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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.

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

What You Should Know About Mediation

Mediation is a flexible, non-binding, confidential process in which a Neutral (mediator) facilitates settlement negotiations. The informal session typically begins with a presentation of each side's view of the dispute, either through counsel or the clients. The mediator, who may meet with the parties in joint and/or separate sessions, works to: Improve communication between the […]


Northern California Wildfires – Office is Safe, Closed for Week

Northern California, stretching from Southern Lake and Eastern/Southern Mendocino Counties, most of Sonoma and Napa Counties, Western Solano County, and Eastern Yuba County suffered an unprecedented level of simultaneous wildfires on Sunday, October 8 around 11:30 PM. The fires have already consumed tens of thousands of acres of farms, ranches, and woodlands, thousands of homes and […]

October 10, 2017

Collateral Consequence of Healthcare License Discipline – Medicare Exclusion

License discipline for professionals has significant collateral consequences. We have previously identified several of those consequences in prior blog entries – see, e.g.,  Top 5 Collateral Consequences of License Discipline.  A unique collateral consequence of license discipline in the healthcare realm is its impact on the practitioner in participating in government reimbursement programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, […]

October 3, 2017

Steve Simas Providing Training at Civil Service Commission

On Wednesday, September 27, Steve Simas is providing training for members of the Civil Service Commission for the County of San Luis Obispo. The training is being held at 1055 Monterey Street, Suite D-250, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408 and is to run from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) oversees administration of […]

September 27, 2017

Steve Simas at Good Morning SLO on Thursday

On Thursday, September 28, President and Founder of Simas & Associates, Ltd., Steven L. Simas, will be attending and given a "Soap Box" moment at this month's Good Morning SLO. Good Morning SLO is a dynamic and informative 90-minute breakfast program specifically geared to San Luis Obispo business people. Held on the fourth Thursday of each […]

September 26, 2017

What types of Medical Marijuana Regulations Can You Expect in California?

Did you familiarize yourself with the proposed regulations for the marijuana industry in California? In May, the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation released its first draft of regulations. As we discussed previously, these regulations were pulled and will not go into effect.  We do anticipate, however, that some regulations will go into effect and new potential […]

September 5, 2017



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