Court Upholds Traditional Japanese Adoption Laws in Estates of Sisters

Northern California is home to thousands of Japanese-Americans, many of whom retain strong familial ties to Japan. This can pose some unique challenges when it comes to family law, as Japanese legal and cultural traditions often diverge significantly from American and western practices. Indeed, a recent decision by a California appeals court highlights the potential […]

Ninth Circuit’s “Honey Badger” Ruling Could Impact the Internet

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the creator of a YouTube video had the right to pursue a trademark infringement claim against two companies… On July 30, 2018, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco held the creator of a popular YouTube video could pursue a trademark infringement claim against two […]

California’s Proposed Tax Changes Could Effect Real Estate

In November, California voters are set to cast a deciding vote on the Property Tax Fairness Initiative. This real estate proposal would modify California’s property tax laws. This coming November, voters all around California will be tasked with weighing in on a number of important issues. One of the most notable ballot initiatives centers around […]

Leaving Your Loved Ones With Stories, Values, and Life Lessons

Financial Planning is Only Part of an Estate Plan. Leave Behind Something More Meaningful for Your Loved Ones A palliative nurse interviewed her patients about their regrets and found that the top regrets of the dying were wishing that “I had not worked so hard,” wishing that “I had the courage to live a life […]

Considerations for Owners of Tiny Homes

Real estate is extremely expensive in the Bay Area. In fact, according to Business Insider, San Francisco was the most expensive city to rent a one-bedroom apartment–a problem that tiny home proponents believe they have a solution for. Unfortunately, while simple living, and less expensive living, with a tiny home may sound appealing, the zoning […]

Separating Assets When You Are Not Married

How Do Non-Married Couples Separate Their Assets? The concept of marriage is not as popular as it once was. Marriage has been on the decline over the last quarter century, while cohabitation of unmarried couples is on a rapid rise, even in the last few years. According to the Pew Research Center, 18 million Americans […]

How an Out-of-State Move Affects Custody

One of the most devastating aspects of shared custody is when one parent decides to move out of state and take your child with them, or conversely when you have an opportunity to start a new job out of state and you are denied the chance because the other custodial parent has refused to allow […]

Three Ways Executors Get in Hot Water

An executor of a will has a great responsibility, and unfortunately they are often woefully unprepared for the job. Executors are typically a family member or friend of the testator (the person who made the will), and usually have very little legal knowledge or background in the probate process, which is how a will is […]

Why To Consider Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Why To Consider Protecting Your Intellectual PropertyIntellectual property may be your most valuable asset, and taking steps to protect it has never been more important than now, when intellectual property theft is at an all-time high. Entrepreneur lists the most important reasons for protecting your intellectual property in the following: Brand Recognition–Your customers have grown […]

Intellectual Property And Estate Planning

The average person’s most valuable assets include their real estate, stocks, and other financial savings. According to the Wall Street Journal, for many people the best choice would be to leave their beneficiaries money through a Roth IRA. This may or may not comprise the most valuable assets owned by someone with rights to intellectual […]