Blog Posts in 2017

A Last-Minute Word to the Wise for Soon-to-be Corporations and LLCs in CA

As we get closer to the end of the year, there are a couple of extremely important tax-related items to remember for anyone who may be getting close to starting a corporation or LLC, preparing to file ...
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Reverse Veil Piercing: Another Reason to Pay Your Bills

By: Tamara B. Pow, Esq. A recent California Court of Appeals case ( Curci Investments, LLC v. Baldwin ) means California LLC assets could be at risk for a member’s personal liability. Baldwin ...
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By Reading This Blog, You Are Agreeing To...

By: Robert V. Hawn, Esq. How many times have you registered or signed up for something online and came across a Terms of Service agreement? The answer is a lot, because vendors want to make sure we ...
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Is Blockchain Technology the Future? The State of Delaware Will Find Out

By: Robert V. Hawn, Esq. Delaware recently enacted an innovative law recently to allow an incorporated business in Delaware to keep track of its shares, often referred to as a stock ledger, on a ...
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California Continues to Lead the Way to Maintain Online Privacy

By: Robert V. Hawn, Esq. The simmering pot of internet privacy has finally come to a full boil. While the topic has been debated for almost two decades, and a who’s who of web-based giants have ...
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FinTech 2017: The Changing World of Financial Services and Customer Expectations. A Primer about the FinTech Influence.

By: Jack Easterbrook, Esq. Financial technology companies, or FinTechs, have experienced a meteoric rise over the last five years. During that period, the amount of investment funneled into FinTechs ...
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Online Filing Available for LLC Statements of Information

The California Secretary of State has recently updated their process for filing Statements of Information for Limited Liability Companies. Statements of Information can now be filed online using the ...
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Serge Filatov was named a 2017 Northern California Rising Star

Congratulations to Serge Filatov for being chosen to the 2017 Northern California SuperLawyers Rising Stars List! Here is a link to the full press release.
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Big Changes Are Happening to California Tax Law

By: Tamara B. Pow, Esq. As of July 1 st, important changes are now being implemented regarding the administrative side of California tax law. The state Legislature has restructured the Board of ...
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Urgent LLC Alert - Erroneous Tax Refunds

By: Tamara B. Pow, Esq. Very recently, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has had to notify certain California limited liability companies (LLCs) that their 2017 LLC annual tax/estimated fee payment were ...
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LLC Tax Reminders

By: Tamara B. Pow, Esq. As many of you are aware, annual fees for California limited liability companies were due June 15 th. So here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you are filing forms and ...
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Tamara Pow will be speaking to the CalCPA Santa Cruz Discussion Group on June 14th about 1031 Exchanges, Drop & Swap and Swap & Drop

Tamara Pow will be speaking to the CalCPA Santa Cruz Discussion Group on June 14th. The topics covered will include 1031 Exchanges, Drop & Swap and Swap & Drop.
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Tamara Pow will be presenting to the Bay Area Apartment Brokers Forum on June 14th

Tamara Pow will be presenting to the Bay Area Apartment Brokers Forum on Wednesday, June 14th. The topics covered will be the Real Estate Attorney's point of view on Letters of Intent, what ...
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In An Attempt to Avoid Identity Theft, The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is Sending Out Additional Forms to Taxpayers and Tax Professionals

By: Tamara B. Pow, Esq. Due to a dramatic increase in tax returns that appear to be related to possible identity thefts, the Franchise Tax Board “FTB” is sending out additional forms for ...
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Congratulations to Tamara!

Tamara was chosen as one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 2017 Women of Influence! Press release.
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Beware of the New Form W-2 Email Phishing Scam

By: Tamara Pow, Esq. On February 2 nd, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies, and the tax industry sent out an urgent alert to all employers regarding a recent spike in cases of the ...
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How to Beat Real Estate Passive Loss Rules and Deduct Rental Losses

By: Tamara Pow, Esq. For anyone who is currently invested in real estate or is considering doing so, whether you intend on moonlighting as a real estate professional simultaneously with your day job, ...
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Ethics of Lawyering in a Digital Age

On February 16th, Bob Hawn will be presenting during a webinar for the California State Bar on the Ethics of Lawyering in a Digital Age.
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Cannabis Cash - Green Industry's Troubles with Greenbacks

By: Robert Hawn, Esq. Being a business lawyer in Silicon Valley, I have seen new industries develop and bloom overnight. Last November, California voters created the State’s newest green ...
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LLC Alert! Updated LLC Forms

By: Tamara B. Pow, Esq. The Secretary of State recently updated some of their LLC forms for the second time in several months. They were last updated in July of 2016 and were revised again for 2017. ...
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How to Become a Secured Creditor on Personal Property

By: Serge Filatov, Esq. A mistake that I often see inexperienced lenders make when making secured loans is that they do not take all the steps necessary to become a secured creditor. There are ...
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Not So Fast Getting Out of that Guaranty! (A story about a real estate loan and guaranty.)

By: Jack Easterbrook, Esq. The enforceability of the guaranty of a commercial real estate loan is a question presented to the courts with regularity. A new case, LSREF2 Clover ** testing whether a ...
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Oh No! I don't own what I thought I did - saving your deal when you are the infringer

By: Robert Hawn, Esq. As a business lawyer to many technology start-ups in Northern California, I work with software companies to assist them in licensing their code to OEMs and end users. When ...
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