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Year-End Charitable Giving Tips

Two vehicles to obtain tax benefits while providing gifts to your favorite charities are a direct distribution from your IRA and creating a charitable remainder trust. Persons over age 70 ½ are allowed to distribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from a traditional IRA (one where your contributions were tax exempt but interest earned will be taxed upon withdrawal) and not pay tax on income earned. This provision under the...

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New Landlord/Tenant Laws for 2013

If you are a residential or commercial landlord, Governor Jerry Brown signed several new laws which may affect you this year … Security Deposits: Landlords may now, with the tenant’s agreement, deposit any remaining portion of a tenant’s security deposit electronically into the tenant’s bank account or other financial institution (AB1679). Disposal of Abandoned Personal Property: The minimum value of property left behind by a tenant...

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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

On March 19, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the “first sale” doctrine applies to copies of copyrighted work lawfully made abroad, reversing the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The 6-3 decision came in the case of Supap Kirtsaeng, a USC graduate student from Thailand who purchased approximately 600 copies of textbooks from his home country at relatively inexpensive prices and resold them in the United States....

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What’s new in Employment Law?

AB1844 Social Media Privacy Law for Employees As of January 1, 2013, AB 1844 added section 980 to the California Labor Code, prohibiting an employer from requiring or requesting an employee or applicant to disclose a username or password for the purpose of accessing personal social media; accessing social media in an employer’s presence; or divulging any personal social media, except as part of an appropriate, lawful investigation....

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2012 WLASLO Judicial Reception

The Women Lawyer’s Association 2012 Judicial Reception at Buona Tavola in downtown San Luis Obispo provided a wonderful opportunity to honor our local judges for the valuable service they provide our community. The 2012 Scholarship Award Winners were announced and WLA also announced that it will now be accepting nominations for the annual Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award (beginning 2013). In addition, our very own Jane Heath was sworn...

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Michele and Janet Visit Washington DC!

Michele and Janet returned this week from five days in our Nation’s Capital, where they helped to organize Ms. JD’s Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, She Leads. The conference was held at American University Washington College of Law and presented young attorneys and law students with an unparalleled opportunity to connect to the nation’s most talented leaders in the law. Attendees had the opportunity to meet top lawyers,...

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New Law Governing Commissioned Sales Employees Goes into Effect Soon. Are You Ready?

The last of California’s new wage and hour regulations from 2011 goes into effect on January 1, 2013. Labor Code section 2751, as amended, affects any employer who has an employee paid on commission. The new law requires that any employee who receives commission, whether as total compensation or in addition to salary: (1) must have a written contract regarding commissions that specifies the terms of payment and includes the method for...

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