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Understanding the Role of the Experts in Family Law

By: Evan D. Schwab

The typical family law proceeding in the Clark County, Nevada Family Court involves a judge, attorneys and the litigants. What many family law litigants are not completely familiar with is the role of the expert in a family law matter. Understanding the role of the experts and how they can be useful can assist clients in achieving the most favorable result possible.

Product Liability Prevention Programs

Manufacturers should adopt an internal Product Liability Prevention ("PLP") program. The first step in developing a PLP is to select a team leader. Larger companies should create a team to help this person deal with overall issues, especially in multi-plant organizations.

Employee or Independent Contractor?

For businesses, classifying workers as independent contractors versus W-2 employees is a dangerous trap for the unwary. It is tempting for businesses to do so because they do not have to carry worker's compensation insurance, pay payroll taxes, take tax withholdings, pay overtime, etc., for independent contractors.

Duration of a Mechanic's Lien in Nevada

Nevada Revised Statutes ("NRS") Chapter 108 primarily governs a lien claimant's legal rights to file and enforce a mechanic's lien claim in Nevada. There are many deadlines and timeframes that must be adhered to in order to protect a lien claimant's legal rights. It is particularly important that a lien claimant in Nevada is aware of the duration of a lien, and the timeframe in which to bring an action to enforce a lien in a proper court. NRS 108.233(1) mandates the relevant duration of a lien as follows:

Borrower Rights During the Foreclosure Process

According to the California Foreclosure Report, the number of foreclosure sales has almost doubled from last year. In April 2010, it was reported that foreclosure sales increased 92.3% from 2009, when lenders had voluntary moratoriums in place while awaiting the implementation of the Administration's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

What is a Franchise?

When we say, "franchise," we think of the traditional franchise empires like McDonald's and Starbucks. Lately, there has been a surge of new and eclectic trendsetting franchise businesses entering the franchise arena, including frozen yogurt shops with a contemporary flair and self-help stations, gourmet tea shops, and seasoned fried chicken restaurants. Franchising is no longer a business structure that is reserved for "large franchises" that have a long operating history and business track record. It actually has become a popular business structure that business owners can elect to set up even in the earliest stages of their respective businesses. What is necessary is the right product and business concept, and the financial means to support its franchise program, in order to propagate the business quickly in a growing market or industry.

Protecting Customer & Client Lists

By Allyson K. Thompson

When preparing Employee Handbooks, we frequently are asked by clients, "What can I do to protect my client and customer lists from being taken by departing employees?" Client and customer lists are often a company's most important asset. Legally protecting that asset in California can be difficult.

Which Model is Best for Your Divorce?

By: Jill L. Barr

The end of a marriage is often equated with death. There are various stages of mourning one undergoes upon a "death" of a marriage. The dissolution of a marriage is also a termination of a partnership and thus, in many respects, a business transaction. It is often difficult to competently enter into a business transaction while undergoing the grieving process. Stresses in marriage do not always equate to dissolution of the marriage, but when it appears that dissolution is inevitable, there are various models one can utilize when going through the dissolution process.

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