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April 2017 Archives

California makes move to stabilize marijuana regulations

California has been a national leader on the legal marijuana front for years. However, one of the disadvantages of numerous law changes over decades is that regulation of cannabis has been hit-and-miss, leaving residents and businesses at risk.

Protecting your business if someone files bankruptcy

When consumers or other businesses file for bankruptcy, they are afforded a number of rights that are meant to help them come to appropriate arrangements regarding debt. For example, one of the protections of bankruptcy is known as the automatic stay. That means that whatever collections activity was occurring on most account must stop; a home in foreclosure cannot be foreclosed upon. Creditors can no longer pursue the debt via phone or mail or seek judgments, levies or garnishments while the bankruptcy filing is active.

Researchers worried about impact of ocean levels on California

Being a coastal state on a not-always stable landmass, California often has to deal with the impact of climate and earthquakes. Businesses and developers always have to keep weather and climate in mind when they are building new locations or making changes on properties, but they must also ensure everything they do is in line with natural resource law. One of the reasons for such laws is to try to mitigate the impact that growth and development has on the environment and climate.

4 important aspects of creating a business contract

Contracts play an important role in various areas of life. Whether the contract acts as a rental agreement, employment understanding or business relationship terms, this document provides a solid foundation for you and the other individuals entering into the agreement. As a business owner, you undoubtedly want to ensure that any contract you enter with another person or company has clarity for all parties involved and has legal standing.

The basics of the Fair Housing Act

April is Fair Housing Awareness month, which is a great time to touch on some basics of the Fair Housing Act, which can have some implications for those involved in real estate transactions. The Fair Housing Act covers a lot of residential buildings, though some single-home and smaller units that are occupied by owners are exempt. One of the major purposes of the act is to ensure that access to housing is not impeded because of someone's religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age or other such factor.

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