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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.

Underground Regulations

If a state agency issues, enforces, or attempts to enforce a rule without following the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it is required to for purposes of formulating that rule, the rule is called an “underground regulation.” State agencies are prohibited from enforcing underground regulations. What is a Regulation? A regulation is defined in Government […]

Happy New Year!

May you all have a wonderful and safe close to your 2015 and a happy and peaceful start to the new year. From all who make the services and representation at Simas & Associates, Ltd. possible, we wish you nothing but the best 2016.

STAR Invalidation Help: How to Protect Your Certification

  The State of California’s STAR program certifies independent businesses as smog check stations that can provide testing and repair. If your establishment is one of the many STAR-certified facilities in California, you have probably come to depend on the business that comes in for smog checks and repairs. What would happen to your company […]

Meet and Confer before Demurrer

A new law that goes into effect on the New Year (January 1, 2016) will require counsel to meet and confer before filing a demurrer to any pleading (i.e. complaint, cross-complaint, or answer). Specifically, at least 5 days before a responsive pleading is due, counsel will be required to meet and confer with opposing counsel […]

Legality of Party Buses

Just got paid, Friday night… this used to be the theme song of adults ready to hit the clubs on the weekend after a hard work week. Well, now the party has extended to what are known as “party buses”. This relatively new phenomenon is all the rage but not without incident. As with any new […]

Surprising Salon Statutes

There are some very specific and somewhat obscure (at least to the general public) laws regulating the world of beauty. At least in the state of California and inside and out of barber shops and salons. First of all, comes the agency. In California, you have the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (“BBC”) which governs barbers, […]

Updated Disciplinary Guidelines for Medical Board

The Medical Board of California (MBC, Board) is updating its Manuel of Model Disciplinary Orders and Disciplinary Guidelines to reflect changes in the law that have been enacted since the last guidelines were drafted and adopted in 2011. While the majority of the changes are merely to clarify language and update citations, there are some significant […]

Collateral Consequences of Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-Cal Fraud

There is no doubt that that the possibility of losing anything that you have worked hard to obtain is a hard pill to swallow. Especially, related to your livelihood. So for medical professionals avoiding any hint of billing fraud or abuse related to Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal and State Health Care reimbursement programs is […]

A Change in the Veterinary Practice Relationship – Part 3

This blog entry is the third of a three-part series of entries regarding issues that Veterinarians face when there is a change in the practice relationship. This can be a veterinarian leaving a practice, a clinic selling a practice, or a practice that is closing. The series examines the following questions: Who owns and is responsible […]

Don’t Rely on State to Count for You

Many areas of the law come with deadlines. Tight deadlines. The practice of administrative law and professional licensing defense is no different. One thing that our firm has noticed is that the state licensing agencies like to play a little fast and loose with their interpretation of deadlines. Meaning, they will notify a licensee or […]


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