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Presentation on Veterinary Medical Records as a Defense to Your License

On February 26, 2013, Steven L. Simas, founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd., gave a presentation at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis, California.  The presentation was part of the Winter Lecture Series hosted by Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic. The topic of the presentation was “Veterinary Medical Records as Defense to Your Veterinary License”. […]

New Online Tool – California Licensee Look-Up

Simas & Associates, Ltd. is now offering a new tool on its website.  It is a directory of links to all of the licensee look-up tools offered by the State of California.  This includes look-ups for licensed physicians, attorneys, contractors, security guards, barbers, and nurses, among other professionals. This tool is a good way for […]

Closing a Medical Practice – Required Notices

Physicians do business with many people and entities in their medical practice. This includes patients, billing services, insurance companies (including health maintenance organizations (HMO) and preferred provider organizations (PPO)), liability insurance providers, government providers (such as Medicare and Medi-Cal), and governing agencies (such as the Medical Board of California (MBC) and the United States Drug […]

Reminder – Tomorrow – WRITS!

The Administrative Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association is having its February luncheon tomorrow at 11:45 AM at Blue Prynt Restaurant and Bar (815 11th Street, Sacramento, California).  The topic will be WRITS – Everything You Always Wanted to Know.  Special Guests will be the following Judges from the Superior Court of Sacramento County: […]

The Evolving Standard of “Unreasonable Search and Seizure”

The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution is not verbose (text below), but it is contentious, and the basis of much of criminal procedure: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon […]

Reforming Legal Education

A longtime attorney would probably feel right at home if he/she were to return to law school today. Aside from the proliferation of laptops for notetaking, very little reform or modernization has occurred, despite significant changes in communications, technology and in the legal market. Recently, however, there appears to be some momentum towards at least […]

Opinion Testimony of a Lay Witness

A non-expert witness, i.e., a lay witness, typically is limited to testimony based upon personal observation and knowledge. However, a lay witness may properly testify and/or state an opinion if the opinion includes facts showing that the opinion is rational, based on the witness’s perception, relevant, and helpful in understanding other facts in the document […]

Exhaustion of Remedies

Exhaustion of remedies is a legal doctrine applied extensively in Administrative Law.  “Exhaustion of administrative remedies” requires a person to seek all remedies directly with an agency before a suit will ever be heard by a state or federal court.  Once the agency’s own procedures are finished—i.e., filing a petition, going to a hearing, filing […]

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