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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.

Advance Fee Ban for Loan Modification Services

On October 11, 2009, California made advance fee bans for loan modification illegal. Pursuant to Senate Bill 94, it became illegal for any person, lawyer, real estate broker, real estate salesperson, real estate licensed-entity, corporation, company, partnership, or any other licensed or unlicensed person or party, to demand, charge, or collect any advance, up-front, or […]

Employment Law Workshop – PowerPoint Presentation

Our law firm’s founder, Steve Simas, is hosting an Employment Law Workshop at the 2011 annual conference of the American Agents Alliance this week (September 29-October 1, 2011) in Palm Springs, California. Part of his workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation concerning a variety of hot-button topics in California Employment Law. This includes information about: Exempt v. […]

Terminating Your Attorney

Many individuals experience buyer’s remorse after hiring an attorney. And why not – hiring an attorney is a BIG decision, often involving countless hours of research and consultation, and thousands of dollars in retainers and fees. Therefore, the adrenaline of the hire and the thrill of having someone to call, “my attorney”, does not usually […]

Felony Convictions Affect Notary Public Commissions

California Government Code section 8214.1(b) provides that the Secretary of State may refuse to appoint any person as notary public or may revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew the commission of any notary public upon a number of grounds, one of which includes conviction of a felony of a nature incompatible with the duties of […]

New Physical Therapy Board Regulations on Adequate Supervision and Patient Records

The Physical Therapy Board of California (“Board”) has issued new regulations which became effective July 14, 2011. The regulations address and define “adequate supervision” of physical therapist assistants (“PTA”), requirements for use of physical therapy aides (“PT aides”), and new recordkeeping requirements. Background In 1983, the Board established a regulation that requires a supervising physical […]

Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training

California Law requires revocation of a state license to sell alcohol if an establishment has three violations within three years of selling alcohol to, or permitting consumption of alcohol by, a person under 21 years of age (ABC’s version of “three strikes”). All ABC Licensees must therefore be extremely vigilant about service to minors. There […]


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