What is the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act?

In 1975 California enacted the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, better known as MICRA. In a nut shell, MICRA sets a maximum award of $250,000 for pain and suffering in a lawsuit for medical negligence. That limit is for the entire lawsuit, no matter how many plaintiffs are involved. Not surprisingly, the main backers of […]

SBCBA 2019 Golf and Tennis Tournament

2019 Golf and Tennis Flyer When: Friday, September 27, 2019 Where: Santa Barbara Golf Club 3500 McCaw Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 DINNER / RECEPTION  So as to provide opportunity for the victors to boast of their athletic conquests, a post golf and tennis reception will begin at 5:00 PM at the Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar, […]

Prenuptial Agreements

What Are Prenuptial Agreements and Do I Need One? Before marriage, a written contract called a prenuptial agreement may be created. This agreement usually includes the property each individual owns and specifies what each person’s property rights will be after the marriage. The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA) has applied to CA prenups since 1986. […]

California Workers’ Compensation vs. Federal Workers’ Compensation

California Workers’ Compensation Basics All California employers must have workers’ compensation insurance to provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees who have employment-related injuries and illnesses. The insurance company will pay for the employee’s medical treatment, lost wages and at times, compensation for a permanent impairment and job retraining caused by a work-related accident or illness […]

What You Need to Know About A Product Liability Case in California

What is a product liability case? In California, an individual or entity that designs, manufactures or sells a defective product is strictly liable for injuries resulting from use of that product, even without the presence of negligence. The defects can be warning defects (lacked warning labels), manufacturing defects (manufactured in the wrong way) and design […]

I need legal help. Where can I find help via the Internet?

Google A quick Google search using main keywords can help you find the assistance you need or educate you on how to resolve an issue. Example 1: (How do I establish a conservatorship?) If a conservatorship needs to be established, search “conservatorship California” and you will be directed to information on when a conservatorship is […]

5150 Hold 101

What is a 5150 hold? A 5150 hold allows an individual with a mental illness to be involuntarily held for a 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization. The hold may not last for the full 72 hours, but the hospital has the legal right to determine the length of stay within that 72-hour period. Section 5150 of the […]

SBCBA 2018 Golf & Tennis Tournament

2018 Golf and Tennis Flyer When: Friday, September 21, 2018 Where: Sandpiper Golf Course at 7925 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 DINNER / RECEPTION Post golf and tennis reception will begin at 5:00 pm at the Sandpiper Grill, to be followed by dinner starting at 5:30 pm. Dinner is $50 per SBCBA Member/$60 per non-SBCBA […]