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Credit Card Purchase + Retailer's Request For Your Zip Code ='s A Lot Of Liability

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2011

Has a retailer recently asked you to give them your zip code? If so, they may have broken the law.

The Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971, set forth in California Civil Code 1747 et seq., was designed to protect consumers. As part of that protection, California Civil Code 1747.08(a) prohibits businesses from requesting and recording a customer's [...]

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Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 


New SBA Program To Refinance A Commercial Property Starts Feb. 28

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2011

Pursuant to the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is implementing a new program starting February 28, 2011 to enable small business to refinance existing owner-occupied commercial real estate mortgages through its 504 loan program. Previously the 504 Loan Program was only available for new development, construction and expansion. For a limited time (February 28, 2011 thru September 27, 2012) it can now be used to refinance an existing owner-occupied commercial [...]

Tags: SBA, commercial refi
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Real Estate Reporter 


New Deduction for Health Insurance Costs For The Self Employed

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2011

For the first time, self-employed individuals will be able to deduct the cost of their health insurance premiums when computing the amount owed in self-employment tax.

In the past, small business owners were not allowed to deduct the cost of health insurance when calculating self-employment tax. Under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and subject to specific statutory restrictions (i.e. deduction is not available [...]

Tags: health insurance premium deduction, self employment taxes
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Tax Update 


Contractors May Soon Start Operating Under a California LLC

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2011

Existing law governing limited liability companies (LLCs), the Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Company Act, prohibits domestic and foreign LLCs from rendering professional services in California. See California Corporations Code 17375. "Professional services" is defined as "any type of professional services which may be lawfully rendered only pursuant to a license, certification, or registration authorized by the Business and Professions Code, the Chiropractic Act, or the Osteopathic Act." See California [...]

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Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Real Estate Reporter 


New Small Business Loan Programs-Up To $250,000 Available Feb 2011

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2011

Small Loan Advantage and Community Advantage 7(a) Loan Initiatives

On February 15, 2011, the SBA is rolling out two new loan initiatives aimed at increasing the number lower-dollar loans to small business in underserved communities: (1) Small Loan Advantage and (2) Community Advantage 7(a) Loan will both offer a streamlined [...]

Tags: small business tax deductions, small business loan, small business, SBA
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 


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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.