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What Are Common Wage and Hour Laws in California?

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California wage and hour laws regulate the standards for how and when employers must pay their non-exempt employees, as well as cover issues like time worked. Our Modesto employment attorneys explain common wage and hour laws in California below. What Do Wage and Hour Laws in California Encompass? Wage and … Read More

The Crucial Legal Documents You Will Need for Your Child Who Is Now a Young Adult

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As parents, we know that even when your children turn 18, they still need our guidance as they continue to learn and grow in the new chapter of their lives. As such, having access to certain information is critical. Whether your adult child plans to continue their education away at … Read More

How Can a Business Transaction Attorney Help My Business?

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Running a business often requires many different types of commercial transactions. From mergers to commercial leases, these transactions can make or break your business. Get a bad deal and you could spend years undoing the damage done to you and your company. That is where a Modesto business transaction attorney … Read More

Determining Fault After a Rear-End Collision in Modesto

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There are currently over 210,000 people living in Modesto, California. The majority of the population has a driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle. It is no surprise that car accidents occur on a regular basis in Modesto, particularly on Highway 99 and State Route 132. According to the … Read More

George S. Arata and Amanda J. Heitlinger Named to the 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers List

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We are pleased to announce that two attorneys from Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger have been selected to the 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Northern California. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than … Read More

When Do You Need a Business Litigation Attorney?

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No business owner wants to think of his or her business embroiled in legal disputes. However, in today’s world, businesses often face a variety of issues that can result in conflict and litigation. These legal disputes can inhibit a business and prevent it from growing, remaining competitive, and ultimately succeeding. … Read More

Wills, Trusts and Dying Intestate: How They Differ

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Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing. However, many of us do not take the first steps to get that estate plan in place because we do not understand the differences between a will and trust – and dying without either. Below, … Read More

10 Different Types of Trusts: A Quick Look

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Considering the myriad of trusts available, creating the right estate plan can seem daunting. However, that is what we, as estate planning attorneys, do every day. We know the laws and will design a plan which addresses your specific situation. Here is a look at the basics of ten different … Read More

Revocable Trust vs. Irrevocable Trust: Which Is Best for You?

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There are many benefits to a properly funded trust. It allows you to avoid probate and minimize taxes. It provides organization, maintains control and provides for yourself and your heirs. In its most simple terms, a trust is a book of instructions wherein you tell your trusted people what to … Read More

Trusts vs. Wills: A Quick & Simple Reference Guide

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Are you confused about the differences between a trust and a will? If so, you are not alone. While it is always wise to contact estate planning experts like us, it is also important to understand the basics. Here is a quick and simple reference guide that explains trusts vs. … Read More