Starting a business? Interested in starting a business but not quite sure how to begin? You first might take a look at what your options are: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company (LLC), C or S-corporation (for-profit), nonprofit corporation and cooperative. If you are trying to decide between a LLC and […]View Post
What is an Advanced Health Care Directive?
An advance health care directive is a document that individuals can execute when they wish to provide instructions as to how and by whom medical decisions should be made for them in the event they become incapable of making them personally. In California, an advance directive allows you to do the following: First, you may […]View Post
What is probate and why should you try to avoid it.
If you decide to not create a living trust and you die, your heirs will typically have to go through court in order to have the Will be processed and for your assets to be transferred to your heirs. This represents a significant amount of paperwork for your loved ones. A probate is a formal […]View Post
Will vs. Living Trust: how to take care of your loved ones.
a.Why should you get a Living Trust? A living trust is an estate plan that is a set of different legal documents that is far more comprehensive than a Will. Usually a living trust includes a Trust Declaration that creates the trust, a legal and financial power of attorney, a durable power of attorney for […]View Post
A different process: Mediation.
Mediation is another way to avoid the courtroom but without a person rendering an award or decision. Indeed, mediation does not have the purpose to decide who is right or wrong but tries to end the dispute in a diplomatic manner. Mediation is really helpful when the parties involved need to remain on good terms. […]View Post
The Arbitration procedure.
Even if arbitration is perceived as a much less formal procedure as compared to regular court litigation, there are still steps to take that may vary from state to state or country to country but that must be respected. The procedure starts with a demand of arbitration. After taking care of the appropriate arbitration fee […]View Post
What does Arbitration involve?
Arbitration is a faster, simpler and less expensive way to resolve conflict than the traditional court system. There are different situations in which the parties might end up choosing arbitration as the way to resolve their issues. Sometimes when a conflict arises, the parties will both agree that they would rather not go to court […]View Post
How to subpoena a witness?
Bringing elements to prove your case is essential in Small Claims courts and bringing a witness who can testify in your favor can change the outcome. However it is sometimes challenging to convince a stranger to come to court. A Subpoena is a court order, which requires a person to come to court and a Subpoena […]View Post
How to file a claim?
Once you have tried to resolve your matter outside of court without success you are ready to file. The form you need to file is available at the Small Claims clerk’s office or you can download it online. It is sometimes difficult to know where to file your claim. In most cases, you will file […]View Post
An overview of filing a claim in Small Claims Court.
Small claims court is a special court within the Superior Court that will give you the possibility of resolving disputes quickly and save money. The Plaintiff and the Defendant are not allowed to be represented by an attorney in court. However, the parties can seek help from a professional attorney before and after the hearing. […]View Post