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Parting Words: Politics and the Judiciary

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Dec, 2012 Issue

Scott Gerien bids farewell.


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What’s Mine Is Mine, What’s Yours Is…?

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Oct, 2012 Issue

Interfering with someone's economic advantage is illegal.


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Successfully Navigating Farm Labor Contractor Agreements

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Sep, 2012 Issue

Little-known truths about the nature of the relationship between farm labor contractors (FLCs) and the landowners or growers who engage them.


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The Unelected Judiciary Un-American? No Way.

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Aug, 2012 Issue

Don’t mess with the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Adding Value to Agricultural Products

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Jul, 2012 Issue

Trademarks and certification marks help improve consumer value of agricultural products.


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I Want My Money! But How Do I Get It?

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Jun, 2012 Issue

Debt collection can cost more than it’s worth—unless you take the right steps.


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Meal and Rest Break Clarification Coming Soon—Really

Columnist: Scott Gerien
May, 2012 Issue

One of the more seemingly mundane employment topics, employee meals and breaks, is also one of the areas most fraught with employer risk and one of the areas where the law is presently evolving.


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Wine Industry Tips From a California ABC Veteran

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Apr, 2012 Issue

Scott Gerien asks former ABC administrator, Mike Mann, about what’s important for wine industry businesses to know about ABC regulations.


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California Tort Law Balances the Needs of Society

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Mar, 2012 Issue

Tort law abuse is trumped by the law’s overall effectiveness.


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What's in a Domain Name?

Columnist: Scott Gerien
NBB Top 500, Feb, 2012

When registering a domain name, there are several details to consider.


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Looking for Justice in the Financial Crisis

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Feb, 2012 Issue

The government and financial institutions need to be held accountable for the struggling economy.


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Is Your Brand Safe in Asia?

Columnist: Scott Gerien
Jan, 2012 Issue

Want to sell your products in Asia? Better make sure you have the proper trademark rights.


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Do Only Fools Rush In?

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Dec, 2011 Issue

Putting off planning until after a new tax act is enacted is risky.


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Planning for Gifts to Minors

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Nov, 2011 Issue

There are simple solutions to passing assets to a minor.


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Planning for Gifts to Minors

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Nov, 2011 Issue

There are simple solutions to passing assets to a minor.


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Engaging in Business Succession Planning

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Oct, 2011 Issue

Business succession planning might sound daunting, but it makes transitions easier and increases the chances of continued long-term success.


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The Perilous Road to Passing on IRA Assets

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Sep, 2011 Issue

The choices you can make to pass on IRA assets are critical to beneficiaries’ financial well being.


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Not So Smart Common Sense (Part 2 of 2)

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Aug, 2011 Issue

When issues involve protecting important and often convoluted real property rights, common sense solutions can sometimes be dangerous.


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Not So Smart Common Sense (Part 1 of 2)

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Jul, 2011 Issue

When issues involve protecting important and often convoluted real property rights, common sense solutions can sometimes be dangerous.


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Estate Planning Without a Trust or Will?

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
May, 2011 Issue

More than 90 percent of us no longer have to use wills or trusts simply to avoid tax. So, if tax concerns vanish, what about “do it yourself” alternatives?


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Tying the Knot the Second Time Around

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
May, 2011 Issue

A second marriage often requires detailed legal planning to ensure your estate plans are carried out correctly.


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Who Holds the License?

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Apr, 2011 Issue

When it comes to licensing alcoholic beverage production and sales activites, it’s important to keep the regulatory agencies informed of any ownership changes. 


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Passwords, Passwords

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2011

Who else needs to know your secrets?


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HCDsGood for Your Future

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Mar, 2011 Issue

Everyone benefits if difficult health care decisions are made before a crisis.


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Estate Planning Goes Green

Columnist: Susan M. Teel
Feb, 2011 Issue

The key green goals of saving energy, using resources wisely and recycling define the best wealth transfer or estate planning concepts.


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