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Chauvel News

Thanks for visiting! Check back here often to hear the latest news about our firm. We’ll also update you on changes in the law, how the changes could affect you, and how we can help.

Legal News, Business, Employment, Estate Planning:  April 16, 2014

How Do We Protect a Startup Founder's Interests?

In the early stages of building a startup, the company’s law firm will advise the founders to sign a letter acknowledging the company, not the individuals, are the clients. This is to ensure the firm works in the company’s best interests as a whole.

As the company grows to include more employees and investor stockholders, founders can lose voting control of the company and eventually have the same voting power as a common stockholder. 

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Legal News, Estate Planning:  April 15, 2014

The 5 Biggest Estate-Planning Blunders

Building a trust, will or power of attorney? Read the Nightly Business Report's story on The 5 Biggest Estate-Planning Blunders.

Chauvel & Glatt will work with you to ensure you do not commit the "five cardinal sins of estate planning" and other commonly made mistakes. Contact us today to learn how we can build an estate plan to protect your assets so they go to your intended beneficiaries and are kept out of probate court.

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Legal News, Business, Employment:  April 7, 2014

Employers: Should You Purchase Employment Practices Liability Insurance?

As an employer, while your employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) can give you peace of mind, it is certainly only one aspect of evaluating your risk management and costs associated with owning a business
An EPLI policy offers insurance protection against claims and lawsuits that are brought against a business, its officers or directors, or its employees and managers. (Such claims include but are not limited to: wrongful termination, discrimination, breach of contract, sexual harassment claims, among others.) EPLI operates on a claims-made basis, meaning that the incident triggering the claim and the timing of making the claim itself to the insurance company must fall within the coverage period.

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Did you know that, as an employer, you must have a written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) in place, or you may be cited by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health?

An IIPP is a written workplace safety program that every employer in California must develop, implement and update regularly. An effective IIPP not only improves the safety and health in your workplace, but also can prevent or reduce costly injuries and illnesses.

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Legal News, Estate Planning:  April 1, 2014

Why Should You Prepare a Trust for Your Pet?

Have you thought about who will take care of your pet after you pass away?

It is fairly common these days to list animals as the beneficiary of a trust.  In California, the Probate Code contains specific law applicable to trusts established for the benefit of animals.  We suggest you hire legal counsel to prepare an animal trust to ensure the trust complies with California law and achieves its intended purpose.

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