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CA Landlords Must Now Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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

The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 requires all single family dwellings that have either (1) a fossil fuel-burning heater, appliance or fireplace (e.g., a gas stove or water heater) or (2) an attached garage to have an approved carbon monoxide alarm installed outside the bedrooms but in their immediate vicinity (e.g. hallway), and an additional carbon monoxide alarm on each level of the home including the basement (if any).

To be approved, the carbon monoxide alarm must be certified. The [...]

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


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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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 [...]

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


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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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.