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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.

URGENT: Healthcare Providers Need to Verify Patients’ Eligibility in 2018

With a new year upon us, have you taken time to verify patient’s eligibility and insurance benefits? If not, it might mean you don’t get paid for services rendered. Many plans reset deductibles and visit limitations with the calendar year – you may want to remind your patients of that before they schedule appointments. Some […]

April 30, 2018

Qualifying Individual for Contractor License

Every license with the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) requires a qualifying individual, or “qualifier,” who is the one person listed in CSLB’s personnel of record, that has demonstrated his or her knowledge and experience through the application process, and holds one or more license classification. A license qualifier may be a Sole Owner, Qualifying […]

April 5, 2018

Alternative Work Weeks

California Labor Code, section 511 (as amended in 2009) and most of the current Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) orders provide for alternative workweek schedules. An alternative workweek schedule (AWS) means any regularly scheduled workweek requiring an employee to work more than eight hours in a 24-hour period. An alternative work schedule can be created for […]

A Shift in Accounting: Bitcoin Payments

We’ve all heard about bitcoin for a few years now. Some people have been really interested, buying and selling bitcoin. Others of us, have never explored it and have just heard about it in the news. But it may be becoming more prevalent. Back in November, PwC accepted its very first bitcoin payment. PwC says […]

April 2, 2018

What Taking Our Core Values Seriously Means To You

As we celebrate our 16th anniversary, Steve Simas is reflecting back on when Simas & Associates was formed. Steve Simas, the leader of the firm, has consistently instilled a core value in all of the work that we do. What is that core value? That we remain guided by the ultimate needs of each client […]

March 28, 2018

Three Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Steve

Steve’s passionate, larger than life personality extends beyond his law firm. And though he considers his partners to be one type of family, we want to share a little bit about Steve personally. Did you know that Steve’s family includes a 1957 Chevy? As Steve put it, this car came into his life before his […]

Reapplying After Denial: Beware Waiting Periods

Generally, the State of California is averse to issuing professional licenses. More than almost any other state in the union, the State of California makes its license applicants jump through the most hoops to obtain something that many of them have worked to achieve their entire life–the right to practice their profession. Whether it is […]

March 24, 2018

5 Tips for CPA Firms

As a CPA, we know you have a lot on your plate, juggling various clients’ needs. We want our CPA clients to be successful and have done a little research on some best practices to make sure your firm has a reputation of responsiveness. Interested? Keep reading for some of the tips we’d suggest. Establish […]

March 20, 2018

Veterinary Medical Board Investigation Closed Without Discipline

Sometimes distressed pet owners can take out their frustrations on their attending Veterinarian. Such was the case with a DVM client of S&A who could not properly diagnose the illness of a canine patient because the pet owner was concerned about the cost of testing and treatment. Unable to do the lab work needed for […]

March 14, 2018

Probationary License Granted After Initial Denial

When a veterinary student graduates with their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree after many years of schooling, they often assume the process of getting their Veterinary License from the California Veterinary Medical Board will be (relatively) easy. This was not the case with one of our recent clients, who was denied his Veterinary License […]

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