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Getting Fired is a Good Thing

So often I receive calls from clients who believe they were wrongfully terminated and then spend the next 10 minutes (or more) explaining to me how awful their hours were, how awful their employer was, how mean their coworkers were, and how much misery they have spent the last X amount of time enduring. If I am feeling bold, I respond with "congratulations! You never have to deal with that job again!" The point is, that sometimes it's okay to get fired. Sometimes it's a blessing to be welcomed. So, if you've been fired, set aside your ego for a moment and focus on the benefits of losing your job -- especially one that made you miserable.

California's New Sick Leave Policy

As of January 1, 2015, new paid sick leave law became in effect in California. However, the right to accrue and take sick leave under this law does not begin until July 1, 2015.

Advanced Health Care Directives are for All Ages

Estate planning is not for the dead or dying – it's for the living. Its purpose is for an individual to express his or her wishes so that they can be carried out when that individual is unable to do so. Too many people fail to place value in preparation. Too many people must think they are invincible and that accidents "don't happen to people like them." These are such obvious fallacies, yet they are rampant in our society. If they weren't – everyone would have an estate plan. This article is for the 20-somethings and 30-somethings and 40 plus-somethings who believe that they're "too young" to plan. It's for the invincibles.

Whether Your Felony Conviction Can Hurt You in a Civil Suit

A common fear among litigants as that their dirty laundry will be aired if they dare to bring a lawsuit – even when they've been wronged. This article explains the court's approach to determining whether a criminal conviction should be admitted in a civil lawsuit.

How to Appeal a Denial of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

When you lose – or are forced to quit – your job in California, unemployment insurance benefits are typically available to you. Employers, however, often wrongfully deny employees these benefits. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes the employers simply do not understand the law.

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