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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.

Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Medical Records in California, Part I

Under California law patients have a guaranteed right to access to their medical records. This is made clear by the plain language of Health & Safety Code § 123100[1], which reads, in relevant part, as follows: The Legislature finds and declares that every person having ultimate responsibility for decisions respecting his or her own health […]

Court Interpreters Program – Is Your Interpreter Certified?

The Judicial Council of California is accountable for the Court Interpreters Program (CIP). The goal of the CIP is to give access of the court to non English speakers as well as hard-of-hearing and deaf people.  Beginning in 2010 California adopted an exam that is accessible in 43 other states for interpreters, in order to […]

Compiling Evidence of Rehabilitation, Mitigation, and Character

In the blog’s prior posts, we discussed the importance of compiling evidence of rehabilitation, mitigation, and character in professional license defense law. In addition, we identified types of evidence of rehabilitation, mitigation, and character. In this post, we are going to describe some strategies you can go about in compiling this type of evidence. Please […]

Types of Evidence of Rehabilitation, Mitigation, and Character

In the blog’s previous post, we discussed the importance of evidence of rehabilitation, mitigation, and character. In this post, we are going to discuss different types of evidence of rehabilitation, mitigation, and character that impact license discipline decisions. It is important to note that all of the licensing agencies are mandated by law to develop […]

Importance of Evidence of Rehabilitation, Mitigation, and Character

All licensees should be aware that as a license-holder, they are held to a higher standard of responsibilities than other members of the public. This means they are entrusted with the ability to provide certain types of services, given their education, experience, and skill. However, that trust only goes so far. If the licensee fails to uphold […]

AMBER Alerts – Every Second Counts

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is authorized by the California Vehicle Code to adopt and enforce such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the duties of the department. These rules and regulations are subject to the procedures contained in the California Government Code and as specified by the California Office of Administrative […]

Special Education Division of the Office of Administrative Hearings

Parents of children with disabilities often do not understand their rights as well as California’s special education dispute resolution system. The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is an independent state agency that provides resolution services for individuals and government agencies that are in dispute. OAH conducts hearings consistent with their mission statement to provide a […]

Violence Against Women Act up for Renewal

In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which provided federal funding for the investigation and prosecution of acts of violence against women.   The Act also contained provisions allowing legal-immigrant battered women, and children of such relationships, to petition for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, independently of their abusive spouse/parent.  The Act was […]

10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Legal Fees

Hiring an attorney for the first-time is often an eye-opening experience for a client. Many do not realize that contingency and flat fees are a rare type of legal representation and often not relevant to the type of representation that they are seeking. Others do not understand how quickly an initial retainer can be exhausted […]


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