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Small Claims Limit Increases To $10,000

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

Beginning January 1, 2012, the Small Claims Court jurisdictional limit will increase from $7,500 to $10,000 for personal claims, other than bodily injury resulting from a car accident. For a claim of bodily injury resulting from a car accident, the increase to $10,000 will not occur until January 1, 2014.

It should be noted that the jurisdictional limit of the Small Claims Court for business related disputes and claims brought by a corporation shall remain at $5,000.

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


How To Sue for a "Stop Payment" or "NSF" Check

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

A bad check is a check the bank will not honor. There are two kinds of bad checks: (1) checks marked Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF), which occur when there is not enough money in the account to cover the check; and (2) checks returned because the maker issued a Stop Payment order, which occurs when the account holder instructs the bank to stop [...]

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California Increases Small Claims Limit To $10,000

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

On July 8, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 221 into law. SB 221 increases the Small Claims Court jurisdictional limit from $7,500 to $10,000 with two caveats. First, the jurisdictional limit of the Small Claims Court will remain $7,500 for claims of bodily injury resulting from a car accident if the defendant in the action is insured and the insured's policy includes a duty to defend. Second, the Small Claims jurisdictional limit will remain $5,000 for suits brought by entities such as corporations, [...]

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07-2011 NEW IRS Standard Mileage Rate Deduction

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

For 2011, the IRS standard mileage rate deduction for business use of a vehicle was 51 cents per mile. Beginning July 1, 2011, the IRS standard mileage rate deduction for business use of a vehicle is increased from 51 cents per mile to 55.5 cents per mile.

Pursuant to California Labor Code 2802, California employers are required to reimburse employees for all [...]

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Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Employment Law News  Tax Update 


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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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.