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Helping your attorney will save you money

The average legal client in the Santa Clarita Valley is an individual or small company. Their legal needs and economic situations differ greatly from those of the corporation, insurance company, financial, governmental or other more powerful institutions that commonly are opposing the individual consumer.

December 12, 2008 | By Kevin W. Yeam It’s the Law | Business Columns


Punitive damages aren’t compensatory

Punitive damages are damages imposed to punish certain defendants for malicious conduct, fraud or other despicable conduct. In California, punitive damages have nothing to do with compensating the victim of such conduct. Instead, they are imposed, in addition to compensatory damages, to punish the defendant for egregious or despicable wrongdoing.

December 11, 2008 | By John F. Grannis | Business Columns


Up to $7,500 tax credit for certain home buyers

If you haven't owned a primary residence for three years or more, you need to read this.

December 11, 2008 | By Dr. D. Frank Norton It’s Your Money | Business Columns


Whatever you do, avoid probate court

Avoiding probate is one of the major reasons (and often the only reason) that my clients give for wanting to establish an estate plan. Most of them have heard that a Living Trust can avoid the cost and delays associated with probate and allow assets to transfer to the beneficiaries without court intervention. In most cases, if the trust is properly drafted and funded (many trusts that I review are not), this is correct.

December 10, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


Some lessons for gauging your business

An informal survey of business owners conducted last week provided some interesting lessons learned that might be applicable to most anyone who owns or runs a business.

December 10, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Looking at leadership on a smaller scale

The current financial crisis has owners, managers and employees worried about their companies, their jobs and their futures.

December 09, 2008 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


Couples retirement strategies, part three

Despite some recent reforms, federal and state taxes can still take a big bite out of inherited assets, including retirement plans, but there are some special circumstances.

December 09, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Eight misconceptions of organization

Some people were born organized and then there are those of us who struggle with organizing every year at this time. It seems that it's always at the end of the year when that little annoying bug begins nudging you to clear things up and start the new year organized.

December 06, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


How to trim your personal expenses

The credit and financial market is definitely not in good shape, so entrepreneurs may find that they must dip into their personal finances to keep the business running.

December 05, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Divide family’s possessions before death

Who should have grandma's dining room table or diamond ring? How should family photos be distributed?

December 04, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald | Business Columns


Know your building's roof, or pay the price

A cursory review of media reports nationwide in recent months revealed an alarming number of instances of costly damages to buildings due to negligence or procrastination with roof repairs. Consider:

December 04, 2008 | By Rod Menzel | Business Columns


Heading into another Great Depression?

The answer: Not likely if government doesn't overreact.

December 03, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


The ABCs of successful business ownership

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend I thought about those things that make the translation from school days to the working world. I did a simple compare and contrast analysis to see what tools were used in school as they related to business ownership.

December 03, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Three things I learned from the NFL

When the Green Bay Packers football team hired Vince Lombardi as its new coach, he was intrigued with the challenge of turning the franchise around. Naturally, Lombardi being Lombardi, was all pumped up about it.

December 02, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Retirement strategies, part two

As a follow up to the previous article about couples' retirement strategies, following are some points in planning and protecting your retirement plans should you wish to consider variable annuities and their special income guarantees not offered by any other investment.

December 02, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: Advice given, heard and ignored

Being a trusted advisor is a place of honor. When you reach a certain stage in life, you are compensated not for what you do but for what you know.

June 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Student debt hurts housing

With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.

June 18, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The conversation you really need to have

Throughout the years at the Advisory Board meetings I facilitate, I've heard a fair amount of laughter and grumbling from the business people who participate.

June 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Employees moving could cost you

Jim, president of the top local IT company, came by the other day. He was not happy. He'd just been served with a complaint, alleging that he'd breached a new employee's contract, had wrongfully terminated her, and was guilty of breach of promissory estoppel (whatever that is?).

June 11, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Profitability Matters, but Not To Everyone

The bottom line, the profitability of a company, should matter to every employee but many owners tend to keep this information private. Owners then complain when profits are thin.

June 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Hilltop Homes Preferred by Luxury Buyers

Even in a state with hundreds of miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, luxury home buyers in California preferred hilltop homes over ocean-front properties by a margin of four to one.

June 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Are you having fun?

I've always liked watching team sports. Sometimes you don't even have to be watching a game to know how things are going. You simply have to listen. You can hear the winners.

June 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


Ken Keller: My trees, your people and lessons learned

When we moved into our home, a row of six tall and bushy pine trees provided ample shade and privacy for our back yard.

May 25, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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