Can an Independent Contractor Claim Workers’ Compensation Benefits? Jan14

Can an Independent Contractor Claim Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Generally, California workers’ compensation laws are designed to provide certain benefits to employees injured on the job.  Employers are often surprised when they hear that an independent contractor may also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  How is this possible?  As an example,...

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Parachute Kids and Divorce in a Foreign Land Jan15

Parachute Kids and Divorce in a Foreign Land

Parachute kids, the phenomenon of foreign youngsters living apart from their parents for the benefit of an American education, received heightened attention recently due to a violent bullying incident in the Los Angeles suburb of Rowland Heights. While only now receiving popular attention, successful business people and families from...

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UBER – If You Provide an Indispensable Service to a Business, You’re Probably an Employee Jan15

UBER – If You Provide an Indispensable Service to a Business, You’re Probably an Employee

The California Uber class action (O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc., No. C-13-3826, N.D. Cal.) was in the news again this week when Judge Edward M. Chen allowed California Uber drivers suing Uber for their tips and expenses to do so as a class. This will likely turn out to be a major loss for Uber, because proceeding as a class a...

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Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders Jan15

Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders

Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATRO) advice of the four standard family law restraining orders which start immediately once a dissolution is commenced and restrain the parties from taking certain actions absent a written agreement or a court order. When the Petitioner spouse files the divorce petition, the ATROs bind the Pet...

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California Spousal Support in Long Term vs. Short Term Marriages Jan15

California Spousal Support in Long Term vs. Short Term Marriages

Spousal support (also known as partner support for registered domestic partners) is money that one spouse pays to help support the other after the filing of a dissolution or legal separation. When a married couple divorces after building a lifestyle together, a court may require the higher earner—whether the husband or the wife— ...

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Are Prenuptial Agreements Out of Date?

A prenuptial agreement – also known as an antenuptial agreement or a premarital agreement, and commonly shortened to “prenup” or “prenupt” – is a contract entered prior to marriage or civil union. Older generations have tended to shy away from prenups, but as it turns out, millennials are now taking advantage of the benef...

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Why Should You Consider Surrogacy in the United States?

The surrogacy industry is constantly growing larger, especially with the cost of surrogacies rising in the US. Unfortunately, this leaves families who just can’t afford to do so in the dust. Alternatively, families who do have the money but live in a country in which surrogacy is illegal have an equal but opposite problem. Their so...

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How Common Is Divorce And What Are The Reasons? Jan15

How Common Is Divorce And What Are The Reasons?

In the United States alone, research has shown that 40-50% of first marriages will end in divorce or permanent separation. The risk of divorce for second marriages is even higher at 60%. Although divorce has always been common in American society, divorce has become more common over the last 50 years, and the divorce rate has remaine...

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