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Your Legal Corner - Client Alert Blog - Archives for March 2016

Los Angeles Ellis Act Removal To Be Scrutinized

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2016

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Gil Cedillo have essentially ordered the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) and all other city offices to improve enforcement of the Ellis Act.  The Ellis Act, passed in 1985, allows properties subject to a rent stabilization ordinance to be removed from the rental market under specified conditions. Effective immediately HCID will not just review the demolition permits and plans to remove a rent controlled [...]

Tags: Ellis Act
Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 

Interest Charges and Late Payments on Services- Are They Legal?

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2016

According to the California Supreme Court, interest charges on unpaid invoices for goods and services are legal if the right to collect interest is set forth in your contract, or invoice, and if the mount of interest being charged is [...]

Tags: interest charges on services
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 

California's NEW Uniform Voidable Transactions Act

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, SB 161 creates the California’s Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) codified in California Civil Code § 3439 et. seq. The purpose of the UVTA is to make it easier for creditors to attach and reclaim assets transferred by a debtor to a third party while the debtor was “insolvent.” Under the prior law, creditors were often forced to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the debtor was trying to commit fraud. Under the new UVTA, to void a transfer that occurs after January [...]

Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 

California's NEW Revocable Transfer on Death Deed Avoids Probate

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2016

Effective January 1, 2016 through January 1, 2021, California Assembly Bill 139 creates California Probate Code §5642 to provide a low cost alternative to avoid probate for individuals that own real estate.  The new California Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (aka “TOD Deed” and “Beneficiary Deed”) [...]

Tags: California Revocable TOD Deed, TOD Deed
Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 

California's Revised Equal Pay Law

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2016

California first enacted an equal pay statute in 1949. Existing law prohibited a California employer from paying women a lesser wage than the men at the same location if the two performed the same work, unless the wage differential could be justified by seniority, merit, or a system that qualitatively measured an employee’s quantity or quality of production. The existing law, however, was almost impossible to enforce because most California employees couldn't prove that an actual wage discrepancy existed.

Effective January 1, 2016, the new California Fair Pay Act (SB 358) set forth in Labor Code §1197.5, [...]

Tags: California Equal Pay Act
Posted In: Employment Law News 

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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.