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Resolving Debt Resulting from a Margin Call

Recently, high-risk funds such as XIV and SVXY dropped more than 80% overnight, causing many margin-trading investors to fall into substantial debt with their brokerages. Margin trading allows investors to borrow money from a financial brokerage to purchase stock. In order to trade on margin, an investor needs to open a margin account with a brokerage. 

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Cost of Record Keeping for HOA and Condominium Associations

Are you on the board of your HOA? Did you know homeowner and condominium associations are required to keep financial records for at least three years; and that board meeting, member meeting and committee meeting minutes dating all the way back to the beginning of 2007 must be accessible to the membership within 30 days of a request (or 15 days for committee meetings)?

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Will Your Voice Be Heard on Election Day?

As the third and final Presidential debate concluded last night, the importance of getting out and voting never seemed more important than now.  Voting is the foundation of our democracy.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves—and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

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Of Counsel Ken Weinfield Guest Lectured at Skyline College

Our of Counsel Ken Weinfield gave a guest lecture at the Skyline College Business Law class taught by our Associate Angel Riley on Thursday, March 24. Addressing various intellectual property topics, Ken found the students particularly interested in questions of copyright infringement concerning the music and fashion industries. Other topics covered included trademark, trade secrets and patent law.

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What Do You Tell Your Insurance Company?

Whether you are an employerbusiness owner, independent contractor or the average citizen, it is important to know your rights and obligations under your insurance policy before contacting your insurance to avoid potential pitfalls.  Most people think if they or their company are involved in an accident, they can call their insurance company (i.e. their “carrier”) and the insurance company  will take care of the rest.  Unfortunately this type of thinking can lead to your insurance company denying your claim based on how it interprets what you tell them on that initial call.  It can also cause your insurance premiums to increase.  In some cases, your reporting of the accident may even lead to a lawsuit against you and criminal penalties if it is determined the accident was caused by your negligence.

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Great Turnout at the Burlingame Chamber’s Women Empowering Women Panel

Last Thursday’s “Women Empowering Women” panel hosted by the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Referral Group was a huge success. Our partner, April Glatt, was one of the ten featured panelists and spoke estate planning do’s and don’ts to a packed house.

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To Sue or Not to Sue?

I am regularly asked whether or not a lawsuit should be pursued.  There are so many individual reasons to sue or not to sue. 

Today, most lawsuits are brought based on principle – and the majority are settled based on economics. Due to the excessive cuts by the California Legislature, the operating hours of the local courts have decreased, thereby increasing the start to finish time of a case.  Now a case can be more than 1½ years from filing to the trial, and hearing a motion can take months. This takes a huge emotional toll – as well as financial toll – on clients.

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Why would this millionaire adopt his girlfriend instead of marrying her?

Father’s Day must be awkward for John Goodman and his kin – which, for a time, included his 42-year-old girlfriend.

After the Florida polo tycoon was arrested for DUI manslaughter charges related to the death of 23-year-old civil engineer Scott Wilson, Goodman, 47, adopted his girlfriend, Heather Hutchins, in September 2011 so she would be a beneficiary to his trust.

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Friday Laugh: Don't Mess With The Judge!

We all need a laugh...and maybe a reminder that presenting ourselves in court before a judge, regardless of why we are there, requires at the very least, a minimum level of respect.  If you haven't already seen it, check out the video that has recently gone viral:  "Miami Woman Gets Additional Jail Time for Flipping Judge Off" . The judge appears to be finding the defendant before him amusing until it all goes downhill for her and she is ordered to spend 30 days in the county jail for contempt!  Enjoy a bit of entertainment from the legal world--we all need a laugh.

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New Name, New Office!

We are pleased to announce that April Glatt has joined Ron Chauvel as partner!  Beginning December 1, 2012, we will be known as Chauvel & Glatt, LLP, formerly Chauvel & Descalso, LLP. 

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