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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.

License Discipline Data Shows Racial Bias

10 years of discipline data from the Medical Board of California shows a relationship between race and professional license discipline outcomes, so reports the California Research Bureau. Having conducted the research at the behest of the Medical Board of California (Board), the Research Bureau looked at the discipline imposed by the Board from 2003-2013. The […]

February 16, 2017

2nd Amendment Rights Jeopardized by Legal Marijuana Use

“Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” So asks Question 11(e) on Firearms Transaction Record, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Form 4473. And as of January 16, 2017, that form came with the nice, […]

February 10, 2017

What Attorneys Do

The professionals at Simas & Associates, Ltd. regularly encounter individuals who have never needed to hire an attorney—and need one now. These are smart, successful, and savvy individuals, professionals, or business owners, sophisticated in the nuances of their practices, professions, specialties, services, offerings, or products. Unfortunately, that expertise does not always provide an intuitive knowledge […]

February 7, 2017

Department of ABC Issues Fraud Warning

Right before this holiday season, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued a warning to all of its licensees regarding the alleged impersonation of ABC agents and representatives throughout the state of California. The impersonation was conducted over the telephone or via email correspondence and indicated that an investigation had been conducted and concluded regarding […]

January 24, 2017

Beer Brand Registration

Effective January 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 893 amends, adds and repeals several provisions of the ABC Act (Business and Professions Code sections 25200, 25201 and 25204) regarding beer labeling requirements. Specifically, Business and Professions Code section 25200 no longer requires beer manufacturers and certificate of compliance holders to furnish labels of beer containers to the Department […]

January 14, 2017

Collateral Consequences of a Probationary Professional License

Before reviewing the collateral consequences of obtaining a probationary license as a health care practitioner or professional, lets provide some prospective and a disclaimer. Probationary licenses are not a bad thing. For many individuals, given their personal, social, or professional background, it may be wholly unavoidable. And for those individuals, it is much better than […]


Office of Attorney General Identifies 4 States Subject to Travel Ban

California has banned most taxpayer-funded travel to four states that have adopted anti-LGBT protective rights laws. In addition to the states that the State of California’s Office of Attorney General identified in November for inclusion on the list – Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee – Kansas was also named to the official list posted online […]

January 5, 2017

Extending Deadline for Petition for a Writ of Administrative Mandate

Our law firm’s primary practice area is representing professional licensees and healthcare licensees before the various licensing agencies within the state of California and its local or municipal levels of government. Most of these matters are “litigated” – if at all – through the administrative hearing process. Sometimes, the administrative hearing or final decision goes […]

December 30, 2016

Home Distilling is Illegal

While home brewing and home wine making are on the rise and finding more receptive lawmakers across the country, home distilling is still illegal. It is illegal under federal law, mirror-restricted in the states, and unlikely to be altered or amended anytime soon. What is Distilling? Distilling spirits is the process of refining alcohol. It is […]

December 15, 2016

Julianne Allen Lectures at American River College

On November 7, 2016, Julianne Allen, Senior Paralegal at Simas & Associates, Ltd., guest lectured at American River College. The students were part of the Paralegal Program and the course was “Administrative Law and Procedure” taught by Julia Brynelson, Adjunct Professor. “I was invited to speak and jumped at the chance,” explained Ms. Allen, the most […]

December 3, 2016



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