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Fremont business law attorneyConfidentiality agreements can protect a company’s secrets, ensure an employee knows what is expected of them, and they can mitigate against problematic employees, right from the date of hire – but are they ever a violation of the federal labor law? If so, when, why, and how? Learn the answers to these questions, and discover how an experienced business law attorney can protect your company’s interest with help from the following information.

Confidentiality Agreements Must Meet Certain Criteria

Although employers are within their rights to request a confidentiality agreement from their employees, there are certain requirements to which they must adhere. For example, a confidentiality agreement cannot be so restrictive that it violates an employee’s rights – and that includes their rights to whistleblower protections.

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Fremont brain injury attorneyIt is estimated that some 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) per year. Of those, approximately 52,000 experience a fatality. The rest must endure time away from work, financial loss, and the possibility of long-term complications, such as poor memory or gaps in cognitive function. Studies also suggest that TBI victims may be at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and depression.

Sadly, science still does not understand why these links may exist, nor do they know how to mitigate against them. Instead, they continue to search for answers about the brain and its ability to recover – either with medication, on its own, or through various forms of treatment. One group believes they may have just made a monumental discovery, and it could explain why all other forms of treatment are not working.

New Cell Growth After Traumatic Brain Injury

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Fremont wills and trusts lawyerWhile both men and women are encouraged to have an estate plan in place, the two often have distinctly different needs. Much of this is due to life expectancy, but there are several other factors, such as limited work history, that may impact a woman’s financial portfolio or estate. Learn more about the unique estate planning needs of women, and discover how an experienced wills and trusts lawyer can help with your estate planning needs.

Why Women’s Estate Planning Needs Are Unique

Although women of today are the primary breadwinners about as often as men are, things were not always this way. Instead, women of the past usually stayed home and cared for their children, once they were born, and those that did work may not have received fair pay or benefits. Most also experienced a disruption in their work history during their childbearing years, which may have reduced their nest egg (if they even managed to save for one).

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Fremont personal injury attorneySidewalks can provide safety to pedestrians, bicyclists, and children. Because they redirect slower road users to a place that is all their own, sidewalks can also reduce congestion on busy city streets. What happens, though, when the sidewalk starts to deteriorate? Who is liable if someone falls and is injured on a broken, uneven, or damaged sidewalk? Learn more about sidewalks, their liability, and your legal rights with help from the following.

Property Owners Hold Liability in Most Places

In most instances, property owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of an adjacent public sidewalk. Any failure to do so could also make them liable if an injury or death occurs. Keep in mind, however, that many property owners are not aware of their liability. Furthermore, there are exceptions to this rule – especially in California, where public outcry has led to extensive sidewalk issues and confusion about who is truly responsible for them.

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California small business lawyerWhen small businesses start up or begin to grow, they may have limited funds to hire outside help. Some may find relief through a telecommuting employee – or someone that works remotely. However, this option is not right for every business or every business owner. Learn more about hiring employees for telecommuting positions, including how to discover if it may be the appropriate choice for your small business.

The Challenges of Hiring New Employees

Small businesses that need to hire outside help may find that wages, along with the additional costs that are typically associated with hiring physical employees, are too much of a burden to bear. Hiring physical employees can also mean moving to a physical location for those that have previously worked from home. Add in the stressors of ensuring that a business is adequately protected from discrimination issues, harassment issues, and other legal matters, and the hiring of a physical employee may be downright impossible for some business owners.

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Fremont auto accident attorneyBefore compensation can be awarded to a car accident victim, investigators must first determine who was at fault. While this process is fairly straightforward in accidents involving one or two vehicles, accidents involving more than two vehicles are typically far more complex, with varying factors and circumstances that may deem multiple parties at fault. You can learn more about determining fault in a multi-car accident in the following sections.

Understanding the Complexity of Multi-Car Accidents

In an accident involving just one or two vehicles, there may be several factors used to determine who is at fault, but the liability typically falls mostly on one party. The same cannot be said about multi-car accidents. Instead, there may be varying degrees of fault, spread over one or more road users. Other, external factors, such as weather and road conditions, may have also had a part in the accident; these factors, though not necessarily anyone’s fault, could also set a standard regarding driving behaviors of any involved drivers (i.e. if a driver was going too fast for road or weather conditions, they may be considered partially at fault).

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California wills and trusts lawyerEstate planning is a complex legal process, and it requires some specific knowledge on the various methods and strategies. For example, one should know the difference between a will and a living trust, and how those differences may impact their heirs. Learn more, including where you can find assistance with your estate planning needs, with help from the following.

What is a Will?

In the loosest of terms, wills are legal documents that allow you to state how your assets and possessions are to be distributed. They can also name a legal guardian for any minor children. More specifically, however, wills are revocable and amendable documents that you control until the time of your death. It can be updated, altered, or changed to accommodate changing situations, such as the death of an heir or divorce. Keep in mind, however, that there are some major limitations in a will – particularly when it comes to the amount of control you have over your estate after your death – and the tax burden for heirs may be higher for larger estates.

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California whiplash injury lawyerOf all the car accident injuries, whiplash is, by far, the most commonly reported in the United States. In fact, recent statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicate that some 66 percent of all claimants file an injury related to the neck, and over 800,000 whiplash injuries have been reported over the last 12 years. What can accident victims with whiplash expect after a crash, and what kind of compensation might they be entitled to receive? The following explains.

What is Whiplash?

A soft tissue injury that involves the tendons, ligaments, and surrounding tissues of the neck, whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly and violently thrust backward, and then forward. It might sound as though it takes a high-speed crash to create this type of motion. However, whiplash is often seen in even low-speed crashes (perhaps as little as six miles per hour, if going by the cut-off limits in the UK). There is also a common misconception that whiplash occurs only in rear-end crashes, but front-on collision victims are also at risk.

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California business transaction lawyerBusiness mergers, when done right, can be mutually beneficial for all involved parties. However, there are some serious challenges that companies must overcome when dealing with mergers and acquisitions. If not planned for and mitigated against, these obstacles can lead to financial loss, a lack of shareholder returns, and possibly even complete financial devastation. Whether you are interested in purchasing an existing business or believe your business may fare better with a larger brand name behind it, the following information can help.

The Importance of a Unified Vision

When examining a possible merger, companies may find that certain elements are difficult (if not impossible) to measure. However, even when measurements are possible, and data and projections look great on paper, they may not translate into real or actual success. Failure to ensure both companies share a unified vision is often the cause of disastrous outcomes.

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Fremont truck accident lawyerStatistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that over 4,000 trucks and buses are involved in fatal accidents each year. Some of these involve unsecured loads. Why are they so dangerous, what does the law say about unsecured loads, and what can you do if yourself or a family member is injured or killed in such an accident? The following explains, and it provides details on where to find assistance.

Examining the Catastrophic Nature of Unsecured Loads

Unsecured loads have always been a problem, but it was not until the catastrophic injury of a young Washington woman that it gained national attention. While driving down Interstate 405, a piece of unsecured furniture fell from a U-haul truck and hit the young woman’s windshield. The injury that resulted left her permanently blind. To date, she has undergone seven reconstructive surgeries and years of physical therapy.

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Fremont wills and trusts attorney millennium estate planningAbout half of all Americans do have a will, trust, or other estate planning documents completed. Unfortunately, that means another half do not have such documents in place. For these individuals, end-of-life decisions may come at the hospital, while they and their families are stressed and concerned. Sadly, this last-minute estate planning is often done with the aid of a nurse or other hospital professional who may lack the time or the knowledge to answer questions about the consequences of specific decisions. Enter the online chat bot, Emily.

Designed to help families and grantors through their end-of-life decisions, Emily is aimed at helping individuals in the 25- to 45-year-old age group. She encourages them to think about estate planning early. If a family is faced with difficult decisions at the last minute, she can also give them direction and insight regarding the different estate planning decisions that need to be made. Could she be the answer to improving the estate planning statistics in America? Perhaps, but the following explains why an experienced Fremont wills and trusts attorney may still be needed.

What Emily Can Do for Your Family

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California auto accident attorneyAuto accidents happen so quickly and are so traumatizing that a person’s adrenaline can mask the symptoms of an injury. Unfortunately, some of those injuries may be severe. In some cases, they may even be life-threatening. As such, it is recommended that every accident victim knows the most commonly experienced delayed injury symptoms. Learn more about them, and discover where you can find assistance with your claim, with help from the following information.

Head and Brain Injuries

Of all the types of injuries, a victim can sustain during an accident, those involving head injuries are among the most common. They are also one of the easiest to miss. Victims may not be aware of hitting their head, may lose consciousness, and often lack any open wounds. Further, it does not take an actual blow to the head to sustain a head injury; all that is needed is enough force to jar or shake the brain inside the skull. If you experience persistent headaches; changes in mood, personality, or physical function; or feel dizzy or lose consciousness, seek immediate medical help. You may have a head or brain injury.

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California business law attorneyEmployers want their staff to be competent, knowledgeable, and compliant with the company’s rules, regulations, and procedures. One way of accomplishing this goal is to conduct regular meetings and lectures. Another is to require that they undergo training, either initially or during interval time periods (i.e. annually). However, one must keep in mind that certain regulations govern an employer’s right to mandate such activities – paying the employee for that time is just one example. Learn more about your obligations as an employer when it comes to paying your employees for training or meeting times, and how you can reduce the risk of a wage violation under California state law.

Are You Exempt?

California state law explicitly states that employers must pay all non-exempt employees for training times, meetings, and lectures unless they meet four specific requirements:

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Fremont dog bite injury lawyerBeing bitten by a dog can be a traumatizing experience. It can also lead to permanent disfigurement, lost time at work, and expensive medical bills. Thankfully, victims do have the right to pursue compensation for their losses and injuries. Learn more about the dog bite injury laws in California, including why it is important to seek assistance with your claim.

Dog Bite Law Overview

Dog bite injuries in California are covered under Civil Code Section 3342. It states that a dog’s owner can be held liable for injuries sustained by victims. However, there are a few stipulations should be taken into consideration before pursuing a claim. 

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Fremont wills and trusts attorneyMany reasons and situations require an update to your estate plan. Divorce just so happens to be one of the more common and potentially catastrophic situations. Unfortunately, it is also easy to overlook or forget. There are many loose ends to tie up once the divorce process is complete, and with more to manage, estate planning can easily slip through the cracks. Unfortunately, if something does happen to you before you have made changes to your estate plan, assets may not go to the people and places you had hoped. Do not let this happen to you. Learn what and when you should update in an estate plan after divorce.

Changing Your Beneficiaries

If you have a 401K, IRA, or another retirement plan, the beneficiary listed on your policy should be checked upon completion of the divorce. Of course, you may have to split some of your savings, but the remaining amount should go to you. If you do not want the remainder to go to your spouse upon your passing, and they are listed as the current beneficiary, it is important that you change this in your policy. Alternatively, if you wish your spouse to be listed as a trust for your children, ensure the policy and your other estate planning documents reflect this desire.

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Fremont car crash lawyerAggressive driving is a common factor in traffic accidents across America. In fact, a 2009 study from the American Automobile Association (AAA), which used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatal Accident Report System (FARS), found aggressive driving was a factor in 56 percent of all U.S. car crashes between the years 2003 and 2007. What do these statistics mean for non-aggressive drivers, and what can victims do after an accident has occurred? The following explains.

What Constitutes Aggressive Driving?

Most people see the terms “aggressive driving” and “road rage” as synonymous, but road rage is actually a form of aggressive driving – one of the more concerning displays of it. Other forms of aggressive driving include:

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California small business attorneyMost companies do everything in their power to abide by the rules. Sadly, there is a select few that refuse to comply with local, state, or federal regulations. They cut corners to save time and money. They fail to provide a safe work environment or refuse to go the extra mile to ensure their products or services are safe for consumption. All these situations put others at risk, which is why the state of California encourages internal reporting from employees - an act also known as “whistleblowing.” Learn more about how the state encourages this activity and why it could matter to your business.

What is a Whistleblower?

“Whistleblowers” are employees that have reported local, state, or federal violations, or hazards that pertain to public or employee health and safety. Some may unknowingly participate in a wrongful act and then report it. Others may recognize the violation and refuse to participate in an action that they feel violates health and safety standards or local, state, or federal laws. In either case, they are protected by the state under the California Labor Code.  

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Fremont traumatic brain injury lawyersSociety tends to think of children as resilient, but they are just as susceptible to head injury during a car crash as adults. Further, children may be at an increased risk for certain long-term complications. In fact, former studies have found that children may be at an increased risk for mental health issues during adulthood if they have sustained a head injury during childhood. Now, a more recent study has linked childhood traumatic brain injuries to an increased risk of adult anxiety and depression. Learn why this may be important to your auto accident injury case, and how an attorney can help.

A Closer Look at the Study

Published in the Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, the study examined over 120 adults who had experienced mild to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) during childhood. It had been at least 10 years since the injury for most, and 15 years or longer for some. Regardless of the severity of their injuries, all the adults in the study were five times more likely to have an anxiety disorder than adults without a history of TBI. They were also four times more likely to suffer from depression, panic attacks, or phobias. It should also be noted that individuals who suffered moderate to severe TBIs had the highest risk for an anxiety disorder; they were also more likely to suffer from multiple disorders than those with less severe TBIs.

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Fremont wills and trusts lawyerEstate planning can be a complex matter, with state and federal laws to consider, but the initial steps do not have to be complicated. In fact, almost anyone can complete an effective estate plan with the right mindset and good advice. Learn more about these initial steps, and where you can find help, with the following information on effective estate planning in Fremont, California.

Know What You Own

From your beloved baseball card collection to real estate and the remainder of your retirement plan, it is crucial that you know what you own before you start the estate planning process. Start by gathering detailed documents on financial accounts (i.e. bank accounts, savings bonds, retirement accounts, etc.), real estate, vehicles, and other large or monetary items. Then make a list of family heirlooms and assets that may hold value. If necessary, have items appraised so that you know how much you are leaving to each of your heirs.

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California bus crash lawyerEstimates indicate that some 700 million people in America are transported by bus each year. Whether they are traveling by school bus, public transit bus, charter bus, or a tour bus, these riders count on the driver to help them safely get them from one location to the next. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Accidents do occur, and sometimes they result in serious injury or fatality to the passengers. Learn more about the causes and consequences of bus accidents with help from the following information.

Common Causes of Bus Accidents

Like with auto accidents, driver error is the most common cause of bus accidents. Some of the most common causes include:

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