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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.

Veterinary Medical Board Investigation Closed Without Discipline

Sometimes distressed pet owners can take out their frustrations on their attending Veterinarian. Such was the case with a DVM client of S&A who could not properly diagnose the illness of a canine patient because the pet owner was concerned about the cost of testing and treatment. Unable to do the lab work needed for […]

March 14, 2018

Probationary License Granted After Initial Denial

When a veterinary student graduates with their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree after many years of schooling, they often assume the process of getting their Veterinary License from the California Veterinary Medical Board will be (relatively) easy. This was not the case with one of our recent clients, who was denied his Veterinary License […]

2018 CPA Exam Will Have Changes

The 2018 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam will feature a number of content changes and a new and improved user interface effective April 1, 2018. This PDF document from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA ) details all of the AICPA blueprint changes, that went into effect earlier this year. The exam, along with education and […]

March 9, 2018

3 Workplace Investigation FAQ’s and Answers

Workplace investigations can create a lot of stress and tension. To avoid that, make sure you conduct them properly and consult with an attorney whenever you are unsure of best practices. We’re addressing a few frequently asked questions about workplace investigations. Keep in mind, however, each investigation may be different based on the circumstances of […]

February 27, 2018

NEW STUDY: Denying patient requests can lead to lower physician ratings

UC Davis recently published a study that found denying patient requests can lead to lower physician ratings. This can be crucial given the nature of the industry and the importance of patient satisfaction. Some employers even adjust physician compensation based on their patient’s satisfaction. The study involved over 1,100 patients with a total of about […]

Simas & Associates, Ltd. Applies for SLO County Cannabis Hearing Officer Position

Earlier this month, Simas & Associates, Ltd. applied in response to a Request for Statement of Qualifications (SOQ)from the County of San Luis Obispo to serve as Hearing Officers regarding cannabis-related licensed business in the County. As part of this initial SOQ search, the County is seeking at least five (5) qualified candidates to serve as Cannabis […]

February 26, 2018

Heather F. C. Hoganson Presents for SCBA Administrative Law section

On February 8, 2018, Heather F. C. Hoganson, of counsel to Simas & Associates, Ltd., gave a presentation before the Sacramento County Bar Association (“SCBA”), Administrative Law section at its February MCLE Luncheon. Along with her colleague, Helen Geoffroy, Heather presented on the interesting topic of “Attacking Regulations: A Guide to Private Practitioner or Regulator.” […]

February 9, 2018

Simas & Associates, Ltd. Attends 1st Cannabis Advisory Committee Meeting

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Virginia Lambing, Paralegal at Simas & Associates, Ltd., attended the first formal meeting of the Cannabis Advisory Committee. The Cannabis Advisory Committee’s purpose is to advise the newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control on the development of regulations related to the marijuana industry. The meeting, held at the Convention Center […]

February 5, 2018

Don’t Lose S Corporation Status Because of Community Property Laws

If you live in a state with community property laws, your spouse may be an owner in your corporation, even if he or she doesn’t actually have in stock by name. (IRS Reg. Section 1.1362-6(b)(2)(i); provides that when stock of the corporation is owned by husband and wife as community property (or the income from the […]

January 27, 2018

Physicians Beware! Part 2: Unforeseen Consequences of Meeting with Medical Board Investigators

Back in 2012, Simas & Associates published a blog entitled Physicians Beware! Unforeseen Consequences of Meeting with Medical Board Investigators. Since that time, our legal team continues to attend numerous interviews with investigators from the Department of Consumer Affairs ("Department") on behalf of the Medical Board of California ("Board"). It is time to provide an update and […]

January 19, 2018

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