The average legal client of the Santa Clarita Valley is an individual or small company. Their legal needs, and economic situation differ greatly from the corporation, insurance company, financial, governmental or other more powerful institutions that commonly are opposing the individual consumer.
Each of us has flashes of insight that soon dim, maybe to resurface at some quiet moment when we are reflecting, even years later. I had one of these moments over the weekend.
If you are anticipating retiring within the next few years, you may need to do some careful re-planning.
Today, as in any recession, there is one thing you can count on and that is "change." As companies tighten their belts, reorganize and merge, preparing yourself for transition is crucial to your career.
As this is the beginning of the new year, one of your tasks should be to make sure your plan beneficiary choices are up to date.
The recent Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals was an excellent example of how executing will win or lose a game.
These days, with the markets experiencing such wide swings on a daily basis, it is hard feeling the strain and the urge to panic.
The S&P 500 dropped 52.98 percent from its all-time high on Oct. 9, 2007, to its Nov.21, 2008 low.
We have some interesting numbers that will affect all of us as those in charge attempt to correct and replace what we have lost through this financial crisis.
In the past few months, four Union Bank branches in the Santa Clarita Valley have received numerous inquiries about refinancing, a topic especially relevant as the economic climate continues to trend downward, and mortgage interest rates plummet to record lows.
I bet that got your attention.
Employers looking to reduce overhead in 2009 by terminating employees due to the impacts of the bad economy should not assume that such decisions are free of the risk that a wrongful termination action could be filed by the terminated employee.
Did you know that if you are an American buying your first home between April 9, 2008, and July 1, 2009, the U.S. government will give you up to $7,500 in the form of a federal tax credit?
There is tremendous uncertainty among business owners these days. The confidence of many is shattered and for many others, it is wavering, on the verge of being broken.
There are not many individuals and businesses that haven't seen their incomes and retirement plans shrinking due to our current crisis.
Do you remember when Google was just a cool and reliable Internet search engine? PC Magazine recognized the company as the search engine of choice in the top 100 Web Sites for 1998.
Books like "Built to Last," "The Breakthrough Company," and "Good to Great" were written to help business people improve the companies they own, lead and run.
The housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley started the New Year tentatively, yet encouraging news abounds as the traditional Spring home buying season approaches.
If you wonder why your sales people aren't more productive, aren't making enough presentations and are slow to close deals, it might not be the industry you are in, your location or the economy not cooperating.
According to the recent news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the US economy added 113,000 jobs in January 2014 and, "…job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining…Employment in manufacturing increased in January (+21,000)…Manufacturing added an average of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013."
Years ago a major manufacturer hired a research firm to conduct a survey of the cultural climate of the company.
Under the federal Ability-to-Repay rules that went into effect Jan. 10, lenders received guidelines on the type of financial information homebuyers must provide lenders when seeking a loan.
Research suggests that employees do not leave because of the company they work for, but they quit because of their manager.
What is our fascination with forecasts? Are they really helpful and how can we use them for planning purposes?
At the end of the first month of the year, are your objectives for 2014 being met? Have the results versus your goals left a gap? Are you worried that what happened or what didn't happen in January can spread to February? Or March?
In May, 1976 I had just finished what I first thought was my junior year of college. When I put a pencil to things, I discovered I was not 12 months away from graduation, but closer to two years.