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Express Indemnification in California

By Sara A. Bradley, Attorney November 2017 Indemnity is an “obligation resting on one party to make good a loss or damage another party has incurred.”[1] Essentially, indemnity involves a transfer of risk from one party to another, where one party agrees to protect another for its losses.[2] The indemnitor is the party who is…

Listing Agents Have Fiduciary Duties to Both Buyer and Seller:

Dual Agency Transactions in California in Light of Horiike By Sara A. Bradley, Attorney October 2017 What is Dual Agency? A dual agency situation arises when the same broker represents both the buyer and seller in a commercial or residential real estate transaction.[1] Many times two real estate agents represent each party while the same…

Real Estate Photographs and You!

By Lindsay J. Nakagawa, Attorney September 2016 Imagine that you just signed a listing agreement to sell a glamorous house. Your photographer captures many great photographs of the property, but none provide the pizzazz you are looking for. Glancing at the property’s previous listing for inspiration, you notice a gorgeous aerial shot of the house that…

What is Your Data Security Profile?

By: Marinda Neumann, Attorney July 2016 In this digital age, much of our lives are spent online in some capacity. Whether that time is spent checking e-mail, “Googling” directions or information, marketing our business, or downloading the latest app – all of our activities have a consequence. Those consequences are the focus of data security…

Website Legalities and the Consequences of Non-Compliance

By Lisa Allen, Esq. May 2016 Legal compliance when operating a business is hard work. Many people focus on the standard questions: “Am I adhering to the corporate formalities?” “Is my employment agreement valid?” “Am I complying with the applicable tax law?” What most business operators fail to consider is the legalities surrounding the operation…

Intellectual Property 101

By Lindsay J. Nakagawa, Attorney April 2016 Your greatest business assets may be the ones you most often overlook. Intangible assets like copyrights, trademarks, patents and other intellectual property often hold more value than tangible assets such as machinery and inventory. Thus, protecting these assets is essential to your business. But, what are your intangible…