[12/16/21 Zoom Meeting] Real Estate Disclosure Requirements and the Top 10 Reasons to Form a Business Entity

Real Estate Disclosure Requirements and the Top 10 Reasons to Form a Business Entity by Nancy Lewellen & Donna Solen

Donna Solen and Nancy Lewellen will be discussing real estate disclosure requirements and forming a business entity, including:

  • Recognizing the need for a business entity for your client,
  • Advising a business on the best type of entity for them, and
  • Recognizing tax issues that may direct a client to a particular type of business entity.

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[6/17/21 Zoom Meeting] Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims

Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims

Speaker: Peter Roldan, partner, Emergent LLP

This presentation will cover:

  • Whether there is insurance coverage for loss of business income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Summaries of key coverage provisions and exclusions and how have courts interpreted these terms
  • Upcoming appellate cases that will affect how insurers and policyholders litigate these claims

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[3/18/21 Zoom Meeting] Stress in the Pandemic from an Old Trial Lawyer’s Perspective

Stress in the Pandemic from an Old Trial Lawyer’s Perspective
Speaker: Gary Gwilliam, California Consumer Trial Attorney

This presentation will cover:

  1. The shifting future of the legal profession since the pandemic
  2. Thoughts on stress management, breathing and self-care for lawyers
  3. How to avoid the pitfalls of substance abuse in these difficult times
  4. The potential for virtual trials

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[2/4/21 Zoom Meeting] COVID 19 Legislative Updates – Consolidated Appropriation Act 2021 (more free money)

COVID 19 Legislative Updates – Consolidated Appropriation Act 2021 (more free money)
Speaker: RONALD S. MOSS, Eckhoff and Company Certified Public Accountants
  1. California grants of up to $25,000 for Covid affected businesses
  2. Payroll Paycheck Protection Loans: Round 1 and Round 2
  3. Loan Forgiveness Explained
  4. Employer Retention Credit
  5. Deferred payment of Social Security Taxes
  6. Flexible Spending Account relief
  7. Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account relief
  8. Employer Student Loan Repayment

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[10/1/20 Zoom Meeting] Domestic Violence in Close QuartersDuring COVID-19 – Resources for Victims and Wrongfully Accused

Domestic Violence in Close Quarters During COVID-19 – Resources for Victims and Wrongfully Accused

Speaker: Tracy C. Miller, Esq., Domestic Violence Legal Center

This presentation focuses on properly handling domestic violence issues and safety plans for victims in our brave new world, with discussion of “shelter in place orders,” exceptions and safety plans for victims of domestic violence. The program also includes the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the wrongfully accused, and practical pointers for successful virtual domestic violence litigation.

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[6/18/20 Zoom Meeting] Of Course, You’re Stressed and Anxious Right Now!

 

Of Course, You’re Stressed and Anxious Right Now! Presented by Stacey Dana

Learn How to Manage Stress and Anxiety from a Former Lawyer/Current Psychotherapist

Stacey Dana will talk about:

  • Understand more about stress and anxiety and how they affect physical and mental well-being (particularly in these very challenging times)
  • Learn when “healthy” stress and anxiety become problematic
  • Learn how to identify early signs of stress and anxiety so they do not spiral out of control
  • Learn techniques to manage stress and anxiety more effectively

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[5/21/20 Zoom Meeting] Bankruptcy in the Era of Covid-19

Bankruptcy in the Era of Covid-19 was presented by Reno Fernandez.

In the era of COVID -19 business solvency, landlord abuse, fraud, and, of course, bankruptcy, are all in the minds of business owners and their clients across the country.

In this presentation Reno Fernandez, Esq. will be addressing the topics of:

  • Corporate Fiduciary Duties in a Time of Insolvency.
  • Fraudulent Transfers and Other “Creative“ Ideas During Lockdown.
  • Protecting Your Firm from Your Clients’ Financial Symptoms.
  • Unmasking the Sick World of Commercial Landlord Abuse in Large Retail Bankruptcies.

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[5/14/20 Zoom Meeting] Alcoholism, Addiction, Mental Health and Stress in the Era of COVID-19

 

Alcoholism, Addiction, Mental Health and Stress in the Era of COVID-19 webinar was presented by Gary Gwilliam

Drinking for stress has always been a major problem for our profession.

The stress, anxiety and real concern we all feel at this time of the Covid 19 pandemic only adds to the problem.I have been speaking to lawyers on this topic for many years. One of my talks is entitled “Am I Drinking Too Much is a Rhetorical Question.” In this time of sheltered in and law offices only operating remotely, it’s time to address this issue with both old and new ways to avoid old excesses and find new ways to navigate these troubled waters.

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

[5/7/20 Zoom Meeting] Considering Commercial Leases during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

 

“Considering Commercial Leases during the COVID-19 Pandemic” was presented by Elva Harding

Elva talked about the following topics:

  • Force Majeure
  • Business Interruption insurance
  • Negotiating rent relief
  • Novel claims to aid commercial tenants

Please note this video is not offered for MCLE credit. We are only authorized to give credit to those who attend at the time of the presentation.

The Most Important Things Lawyers Can Do in the Wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already terrible inequality we have in the United States. Prior to the outbreak, income inequality was the highest it had been in fifty years. Now, with more than 30 million people unemployed, it’s likely to get even higher for the foreseeable future.

This inequality is not only an economic problem, but it’s also a legal one. The bigger the disparity in resources, the more the wealthy will be able to consolidate power. The more power they have, the more they are able to influence the law to work in their favor. And the more the law works in their favor, the greater inequality becomes. I consider myself an optimist, but I worry that if we don’t do something major to stop this trend soon, we will end up living in a feudal society.

Lawyers will have a huge role in determining how this plays out.

On a micro-scale, the rich are better able to afford legal services, which means they have an advantage in negotiating contracts, handling lawsuits, or exploiting the law to work in their favor. As someone who has been party to a handful of lawsuits over the course of my career, I know exactly how much value a good lawyer can provide. And while the other parties in these situations usually had more resources than me, I know that, as a successful business owner, I have an advantage over most other people who find themselves in these situations.

At the most sophisticated levels, we see wealthy individuals and corporations donating money to influence elections, appointments, and our education system so that those in charge of setting law and policy will do so in a way that favors their personal interests. This imbalance has been playing out for decades but is likely to get worse if we don’t intervene.

What you can do to reverse inequality

As lawyers, you have the power to help reverse this course. Here’s how.

Educate the public

As lawyers, you understand the gravity of your role in interpreting the law. And your beliefs about how the law is supposed to work will naturally influence this interpretation. People naturally want to work with lawyers who interpret the law in a way that favors their interests. And since the wealthy have inherently more access to legal services, we end up with a legal–and by extension an economic and justice–system that heavily favors them.

Over time, people can begin to misconstrue these interpretations as truths so that those who are less educated in the law will assume that the way things are is the way they’re supposed to be. For example, the law in Washington State does not explicitly say that a corporation must act in the best interest of shareholders, but many people assume that is the case. As such we have a society in which business leaders are taught this is the only right way to do business and have created a system in which those who choose to do business otherwise are at a disadvantage.

The best way to combat this is through education. What do people tend to misunderstand about your practice area? What is fact and what is opinion? What does the law actually state and how does that differ from how people discuss it? Education creates empowerment, and only when everyone is empowered can we create a truly just society.

Strive for sustainability, not profitability

As mentioned above, we as a society have been led to believe that a business’s number one priority is to make as much money as possible. But if you’re not legally required to do so, what is the purpose of maximizing profit? Of course, a business needs to make money in order to survive, and the more money it makes, the more it can invest back into providing the products, services, and innovations that help consumers.

But at a certain point, a business simply doesn’t need to make any more money in order to fulfill its function. And the more it focuses on making money at all costs, the more it neglects other considerations. How often do executives choose to harm customers, employees, communities, or the environment in the name of profit?

It’s no secret that the law can be an extremely lucrative profession. But in order to maximize your profits, you have to ally yourselves with those who have the most money. Of course, in certain cases, this may be the right thing to do (the wealthy are not inherently less worth defending than the poor), but when you make decisions based on money, you will inevitably be forced to make decisions that make our society less equal and more unjust.

When considering which clients to take on, ask yourself why you’re doing so. And when thinking about finances, consider only what you need to be sustainable instead of what you need to be the most well off.

Remove harmful incentives

Money is a powerful motivator, but it often motivates people to make the wrong decisions. Several years ago, we decided to stop paying commissions to our sales team. We knew that if someone was worried about how they were going to pay their mortgage, they would not be incentivized to make the best decision for our clients, which would ultimately hurt everyone involved. When considering pay or other incentive structures at your firm, ask yourself how they affect people’s decision making. Are people being rewarded for making decisions in line with your firm’s values, or are they doing so in order to make the most profit?

Go against the grain

The only way to prove there’s a better way of doing something is to prove it. In 2015, when I decided to raise the minimum wage at my company to $70,000 a year, people told me it wasn’t possible. But I believed that our business would be better off if we paid our employees a living wage than it would if we simply paid them market rates. A lot of people talk about raising the minimum wage or the problem of inequality, but few people actually take steps to do something to fix it. What problems do you wish you could fix in society? How can you take a small step in doing so through your own work?

What about your clients? What do they value and how do they want to run their business? What would be the legal ramifications of doing so? Often, the main reason people don’t act is because of fear. But knowing that they are legally protected and/or understanding the legal ramifications of a policy or program they want to enact might be enough to convince them something is worth trying.

People like to joke about lawyers, but good lawyers are essential to creating a just and prosperous society for all. There are countless ways you can use your knowledge and influence to make the world a better place. How you do so is up to you.

Dan Price is CEO of Gravity Payments. He is best known for implementing a $70k minimum salary for everyone at the company and other unorthodox business practices. Through the Gravity Legal payments platform, Dan and Gravity help law firms reduce the cost and administrative burden of accepting client payments and trust deposits.