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Welcome to the Law Offices of Chauvel & Glatt, LLP!

We are based in San Mateo, California, and serve the Peninsula and surrounding communities, including San Francisco to San Jose, as well as clients throughout Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties and the State of California. We’ve been providing legal services for more than 3 decades and specialize in the fields of Business Law, Real Estate Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning/Probate, Transportation Law, and Intellectual Property Law. We bring a wide range of knowledge and experience, with members of our team speaking English, Spanish and Tagalog.

Practice Areas

Business Law

Our business attorneys provide full-service representation for companies of all sizes from entity formation, preparation of business agreements, purchase and sales, and litigation.

Employment Law

Our ’employer lawyers’ counsel and protect business owners to ensure compliance with California labor laws and defend your business in the event of litigation.

Estate Planning & Probate

Chauvel & Glatt will help individuals and families plan for the future using estate planning tools that address your specific personal needs.

Intellectual Property

We protect our clients’ creative output, trade secrets, and proprietary information.

Real Estate Law

Our firm is committed to protecting your investment and income property, from lease or purchase negotiations and in the event of litigation

Transportation Law

Our attorneys specialize in the transportation field and have a thorough understanding of carrier regulation, compliance issues, and logistics. 

Our Team

Our attorneys enjoy working collaboratively and strive to keep matters as simple as possible. We share a desire to give you unparalleled customer service by being proactive and responsive to all your needs. 

Members of our team speak English and Spanish.
Miembros de nuestro personal hablan inglés y español.

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This Memorial Day Chauvel & Glatt proudly pays homage to those who have given up their lives to protect our freedom. In observance of Memorial Day, Chauvel & Glatt is closed on Monday, May 27, 2024.

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O.J. Simpson, a once celebrated American icon, morphed into a pariah after being accused of the 1994 double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman. While he was acquitted of the murder charges in 1995, a civil jury found him liable for their murders, and awarded the Brown and Goldman families $33.5 million in 1997.

Simpson, using pension protection and Florida homestead laws, spent the next quarter century skirting the judgments, preventing both families from recovering most of the money. With accrued interest, the original judgment ballooned to over $100 million. Simpson’s repeated mocking of the families created an even more contentious battle between the former NFL star and the understandably bitter families.

When Simpson died on April 10th, 2024, his attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, who Simpson named as executor in his will, scoffed at Ron Goldman’s father Fred Goldman’s predictable aggressive and unempathetic response. LaVergne said that he’d fight to prevent a payout of the judgment, saying he specifically wanted Goldman, Simpson’s largest creditor, to receive “zero — nothing” from Simpson’s estate.

“Within an hour of knowing that O.J. died, he started talking shit. My advocate instinct was, ‘Oh, you’re gonna keep shitting on him even after he’s dead?’” he said. “’Fine, you know? You get nothing.’ And so, those were my remarks then. But I backtracked, and they were pretty harsh remarks. And now I’m going in the other direction.”

The role of executor comes with specific responsibilities, which must comply with both the legal document (will, trust, or otherwise) and equally as important, state laws. Deviation from those requirements is inappropriate and, in some cases, illegal. A deliberate act of non-compliance is even more egregious, and an executor (or trustee) can be held personally liable for damages.

After a day of reflection and counsel, LaVergne pivoted from and retracted his initial statements, and announced that he would comply with all creditors’ rights, including those of the Brown and Goldman families.

Over the years, a grieving Fred Goldman received overwhelming public sympathy, as he relentlessly advocated on behalf of his son’s memory, legacy, and estate. Simpson and his family, friends, and advisors clearly were put off by Goldman, and viewed him negatively.

It can be tempting to advance personal feelings, especially if they are legitimate and well founded, but the duty to beneficiaries and creditors in probate is sacrosanct and deviation can expose one to personal liability.

Whether one’s view is justified or not, using personal animus in decisions as an executor is fraught with danger. While innocent mistakes within the administrative process are troublesome and expose one to liability, even more problematic are decisions made out of spite, when they contradict state laws or violate the terms of estate documents.

Should you find yourself as a successor trustee, or administering a probate, seek legal counsel to understand your obligations and protect yourself from mistakes, errors, or even worse your own frustrations. Avoid the temptation to exact payback or vengeance for prior behavior you find abhorrent. The short-term satisfaction will quickly fade into an expensive and drawn-out legal battle with potential significant financial liability. The laws can be complex, and beneficiaries and creditors are often ready to pounce on irregularities.

For more information on administering a trust, or handling a probate, contact the Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.

This material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute legal advice.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500 for legal assistance.

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PAGA (Private Attorneys General Act) has wreaked havoc on employers since 2004 when it was enacted in California.  It is a commonly seen in legal Complaints filed against employers costing businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars to get rid of a lawsuit for the smallest of mistakes, often unintentionally made by an employer.  Any award settled or won by the employee requires that 75% of these funds go straight to the California Workplace Development Agency known as the CLWDA.  You may be wondering who the real winner is in a PAGA case? It’s employee’s attorneys who take usually up to 1/3 of their costs and fees right off the top of the award before anything is even factored into the money that goes to the employees—and those are not the only fees and costs that come off the top.  Employees would take far more if they sued individually.  But does an individual employee even understand what PAGA suits really are?

This year, there is a chance to finally change this California law on the ballot this November 2024.  New legislation is on the ballot, after pro-employer/business owners obtained enough signatures to get it there.  This bill, called the California Employee Civil Action Initiative, would repeal and replace the existing PAGA law.

This is not a full repeal but rather is a re-writing of the legislation which replaces how PAGA works. The new law would double the statutory and civil penalties for a willful state labor law violation(s), not simply because one exists.  It would also require that the 100% of the money collected be awarded to the employees, rather than to the attorneys unless the labor code allows it.  New resources are necessary to be put in place as well to help employers become compliant with the California Labor Laws as written. The catch? The DLSE (Dept. of Labor Standards Enforcement) would be a party to all labor complaints.  With their involvement hopefully Plaintiffs attorneys won’t abuse the PAGA claims since the financial incentive won’t be as clear depending on the claims.  As Chauvel & Glatt has seen up close, these claims can put companies out of business.

Over the past year or so, the legal arena, from the United States Supreme Court to the California Supreme Court, has considered the impact of PAGA on employers, but there is disagreement amongst the courts but no clear cut answer.  The extreme amount of PAGA claims being filed is egregious so it is so important for businesses to have an experienced legal counsel who understands PAGA, to do an audit of your business from an employment perspective to ensure you are operating California compliant.  Even a paycheck mistake as PAGA exists right now could be awful for a company.  So if you get a letter written with the CLWDA, do not ignore it.  Seek counsel from Chauvel & Glatt’s Employer Lawyers located in San Mateo, California.  Our attorneys are available remotely via video conference or phone or in person.  And get out and VOTE!

This material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute legal advice.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact  Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500 for legal assistance near you.