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What Does Escrow Encompass in Real Estate Transactions?

What Does Escrow Encompass in Real Estate Transactions? Many real estate transactions, to some extent, involve escrow. In fact, escrow is a term often used but not often delineated. Let us further educate ourselves on what escrow entails and how we could intelligently and prudently exploit it in
Posted in Real Estate

S Corporations v. Payroll Taxes: A Balance of Salary and Distributions

A recent tax case won by the IRS has closed a loophole employed by S corporations to circumvent paying payroll taxes by characterizing their wages as distributions. This ruling might have serious repercussions in the business world, especially for S
Posted in Business Law

Student Financial Aid V. Taxes: A Dichothomy

Student Financial Aid V. Taxes: A Dichothomy Most students receive financial aid to attend public or private universities. The question then arises if such aid is taxable or not. Let us explore the intricacies involved in treating financial aid taxable or non-taxable. SOME BASICS Whether the financial
Posted in Business Law

Why Should Written Contracts Protect Your Ideas?

Why Should Written Contracts Protect Your Ideas? Probably, the most effective and efficient methodology to protect your ideas is through well-drafted contracts. Contracts could be express or implied-in-fact. If the agreement was not put into writing, the idea could NOT NECESSARILY be protected. Let us analyze how
Posted in Entertainment Law

Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

Failing to Register as a Sex Offender When convicted of certain sex crimes under the California Penal Code, the convict is required to register under the California sex offender registration law. Moreover, the convict must also make sure to renew the registration as needed (each 5-year term
Posted in Criminal Defense

Expungement of a Criminal Record in California

Expungement of a Criminal Record in California The criminal justice system in California has delineated in the penal code a specific measure, accessible to some, that allows for the expungement of a conviction. California Penal Code 1203.4 grants individuals the ability to expunge, or dismiss, the “penalties
Posted in Criminal Defense

A Closer Look at Publicists

A Closer Look at Publicists Celebrities in Hollywood usually have a large team of individuals and firms working for them. Among these individuals are the publicists. While a general overview of being a publicist has been provided previously, this article will focus more on the
Posted in Entertainment Law

Office Leasing Shows Signs of Recovery ONLY in City Downtowns

Office Leasing Shows Signs of Recovery ONLY in City Downtowns Office leasing may be slowly and cautiously recovering. Nonetheless, such tepid recovery seems to be mostly concentrated in city downtowns while suburban office leasing is still experiencing severe occupancy problems. Let us further analyze the rationale for such disparate office
Posted in Commercial Leasing

Real Estate Outlook Gloomier As Lenders Further Tighten Lending

Real Estate Outlook Gloomier As Lenders Further Tighten Lending Residential and commercial real estate markets are bedeviled by recurring woes despite rather reasonable expectations for the markets to restore to relative normalcy by now. In fact, the predominant practice of borrowing ONLY to a very elite and selected group
Posted in Real Estate

The Right of Publicity

Right of Publicity Given the prevalence of the terms in every-day language, most people (regardless of their knowledge of the associated details) understand the importance of trademarks, copyright, and patents for individuals and businesses such that products or brands are protected. However, many
Posted in Personal law