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The Investigation and Disciplinary Process of the Professional Conduct Program

Well-run capital markets pair capital investors with those seeking to invest assets in profitable ventures. Highly efficient capital markets, in turn, give numerous benefits to those providing the investment capital, opening the floodgates for a variety of ethical decisions. The choice between right and wrong is not always crystal clear. Financial complexities can stump even the most well-intentioned investment professionals ...
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What to Look For in a Guardian For Your Child

Have you considered who will take on the guardianship role for your children or family members with special needs if something happens to you? ...
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All About White-Collar Crimes

When a person hears the word “crime,” images of bank robberies or people being mugged in dark alleys easily come to mind. But violent crime isn’t the only form of crime. Crimes committed by business and government professionals with the intention of gaining a financial advantage, property, or services, without using violent means, is known as white-collar crime. These wrongdoings ...
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New Year’s Resolution Estate Planning!

It’s the new year and with that comes new goals! Usually, people vow to get in better shape or to save money for something big. However, we tend to start off strong and have no follow-through. Creating an estate plan is a lot like getting into better shape. We all know we should do it, but most of us never ...
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The Proposition That Passed With Only 51.4%

Did you follow the results of the vote on the Propositions that were on the November Ballot? ...
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Changes to Estate Planning Due to Proposition 19

In November’s recent election, California passed Proposition 19 (Prop 19), which has changed two important California property tax assessments that could have a lasting impact on your estate planning ...
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No Clawbacks. The Time to Act is Now!

In 2017, a window was opened. And at the end of 2025, that window will close. This breath of fresh air was granted by the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, which increased the Basic Exclusion Amount (BEA) from $5 million to a new base of $10 million (indexed for inflation after 2011) for gifts ...
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Landlords: Preparing for the Months Ahead

As moratoriums in most areas of California have been extended and ongoing worry about evictions persist, landlords and tenants may find themselves in a predicament. As state government jurisdictions continue to protect tenants, the question then arises of what landlords can and should do about rent payments once moratoriums are lifted ...
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Force Majeure: How It Can Help You Right Now

With our daily lives changing constantly during the current COVID pandemic, unforeseeable circumstances may prevent real estate owners and tenants from being able to complete the duties outlined in their rental contracts. This situation is referred to as Force Majeure, a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance ...
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Types of Elderly Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse is a very real situation that can cause immense problems for both the elder being abused and for an entire family in general. The behaviors of the perpetrators can be extremely damaging and may often require the abused to seek legal assistance. If family members contribute to the abuse of an elder, it is suggested that an ...
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NOTE: The information contained herein is not intended to be legal advice and the reader should know that no Attorney-Client relationship or privilege is formed by the posting or reading of this article which is also not intended to solicit business.

Cristian R. Arrieta, Lowthorp Richards McMillan Miller & Templeman, A Professional Corporation, 300 E. Esplanade Drive Suite 850, Oxnard, CA 93036