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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.

Judge Recommends that PG&E Lawsuit to be Overseen in San Francisco

In a nine-page recommendation issued last week, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow said that although factual details of each of the fires may vary, the lawsuits filed against PG&E in wake of the "Northern California Firestorm" share legal issues making it necessary to organize them in one court, avoiding delays and the possibility of […]

January 11, 2018

Happy Legalization Day! 400+ Legal Cannabis Operators in California

Temporary licenses issued by the Bureau of Cannabis Control for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories, and event organizers are now in effect and businesses can begin operating in California’s newly-legal commercial cannabis market. More than 400 Cannabis operators, from Shasta Lake to the City of San Diego, now hold state licenses in the largest cannabis […]

January 2, 2018

End of Year Checklist: File Statement of Information

As the year comes to a close, here is a helpful reminder for you as a professional or business owner. Did You File Your Statement of Information Yet? California law requires all corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and common interest development associations to update the records of the California Secretary of State either every year […]

December 13, 2017

End of Year Checklist: Confirm or Update Address with Licensing

As the year comes to a close, here is a helpful reminder for you as a professional or business owner. Confirm or Update Your Address with Licensing Each and every licensing department, board, bureau, commission, or otherwise agency, in the state of California, has a requirement that you maintain current contact information with it regarding […]


Simas & Associates, Ltd. Welcomes Heather Hoganson as Of Counsel

On December 1, 2017, Simas & Associates, Ltd. entered into an Of Counsel relationship with long time counsel for the State of California, Heather F. C. Hoganson.  "I have known Heather personally and professionally for a long time," explained firm owner and founder, Steven L. Simas. "I jumped at the chance to have her associate […]


HIPAA Compliance When Selling Health Care Practice

When considering the sale of your healthcare practice (regardless of whether you are a physician, physical therapist, dentist, optometrist, etc.), you will undoubtedly be confronted by a litany of questions: Valuation – how do I ensure I get a fair price? Type of Sale – am I selling assets or majority of stock/shares/membership interest in the entity? […]

December 11, 2017

Simas & Associates, Ltd. Named a 2017 Law Firm 500 Honoree

Over the past 3-years, our tribe at Simas & Associates, Ltd., has been dedicated to providing excellence in customer service resulting in many happy clients. In doing so, our commitment and focus has taken us on a fabulous journey of growth – both personally and for our business. We are pleased to announce that our law […]

November 20, 2017

One Acre Cap… or Not?

California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced today that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis […]

November 18, 2017

Must-Know Information About California Professional Corporations

A California Professional Corporation may be a C-Corporation or an S-Corporation, and is organized to provide services in professions that require a state license in order to practice. Services that constitute professional services are defined in the California Corporations Code section 13401, which includes most healthcare professionals, including doctors and physical therapists. In order to […]

November 3, 2017

Gov. Brown Signs the Transgender Work Opportunity Act

On October 15, 2017, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 396 into law. The Transgender Work Opportunity Act makes California the first state in the nation to require training about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. Presently, California employers with 50 or more employees currently must provide two hours of sexual harassment training for supervisors every […]

October 18, 2017



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