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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

Reporting Pet-Patient Injuries to the Authorities

States are cracking down on harm to animals. California is no different: see Fines for Pet-Patient Harm to Increase. However, there is a big emphasis in making Veterinarians mandatory reporters of harm. By mandatory reporter, this means imposing an affirmative duty upon Veterinarians, Registered Veterinarian Technicians, and Veterinary Support staff to report on the owners […]

September 28, 2016

California Taxicab Licensing Requirements

In the state of California, some vehicles will require a special license or certificate in order to operate them. Examples include: Commerical Drivers License (CDL) (i.e. Tractor trailers; Construction vehicles; City buses; Shuttles, etc.) CDL with Specified Endorsement (e.g. School buses- (S) endorsement; Passenger buses – (P) endorsement; Tankers – (N) endorsement; Vehicles transporting hazardous materials – (H) endorsement; Double or triple trailers […]

September 27, 2016

Time to Revisit Consent Forms?

On January 1, 2014, AB 1000 went into effect. The Direct Access bill provided, among other things, authorization for a patient to directly access physical therapy services up to 45 days or 12 visits before requiring a physician to approve the plan of care for the patient. The physical therapy must be within the physical […]

September 23, 2016

Doggy Dental

The practice of veterinary dentistry in California is governed by Section 4826 of the Business and Professions Code and Section 2037 of the California Code of Regulations. The laws are clear in stating that performing dentistry upon an animal is the practice of veterinary medicine and needs to be done under supervision of a licensed […]


Fines for Pet-Patient Harm to Increase

Late last year, we brought to your attention the Veterinary Medical Board’s effort to increase fines associated with any harm caused to animal patients – by both licensees and unlicensed persons. Well, that amendment passed with no noted objections, requests for clarification, or further amendments proposed during the statutory regulatory public comment period. Specifically, as […]

September 20, 2016

Public Works Labor Compliance

Contractors and subcontractors working on public works projects, have special requirements for prevailing wages, apprenticeship compliance, and certified payroll records. The following are some useful Labor Compliance Checklists to use to ensure compliance with the various regulations. Prevailing Wage Requirements (PDF) Apprentice Compliance (PDF) Public Works Payroll Requirements (PDF)   For additional information on Public […]

September 15, 2016

Immediate Driver License Suspension Program

The administrative license suspension program, known as “Admin Per Se” (“APS”) was implemented in California in 1990 to serve as a stronger deterrent to drunk driving. The APS program compels the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) to immediately suspend or revoke the driving privileges of any person arrested for the suspicion of driving under the […]

September 8, 2016

Do Not Fail to Renew Your Medical License

Many licenses granted by the state of California are given with a finite time period. This finite time period permits the licensing agency the opportunity to review each licensee’s fitness to practice under a license… as well as collect a small fee for having done so. Renewal Requirements The license to practice medicine in California […]

August 31, 2016

Clarification on Animal Rehabilitation

The Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) has proposed a regulatory action to adopt a new section that they believe will better protect animal patients and California consumers.  The proposed regulation will allow licensed physical therapists and registered veterinarian technicians to perform animal rehabilitation under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. Currently, Animal Rehabilitation is considered a […]

August 29, 2016

Why is the Proof of Service Unsigned?

When documents are sent on behalf of a client to the opposing party or the adjudicative body overseeing the dispute, attorneys are sometimes required to complete a proof of service. A proof of service is usually in the form of a declaration signed by an individual indicating that a particular document has been served upon […]

August 12, 2016



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