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Conflicts arise when loved ones disagree on estate plans

The death of a loved one can take a considerable toll on any friend or family member; this is especially true if the death is unexpected. Under these circumstances, people can be consumed by grief, anger and confusion. Unfortunately, this is the state in which people find themselves when they are confronted with estate planning issues.

Because of this, it is not unusual for disputes to arise between children, spouses, partners and other loved ones touched by the passing. This appears to be what is happening between the widow and sons of the late actor Alan Thicke.

Dos and don'ts of creating a social media policy

Social media is a powerful tool that individuals and businesses alike depend on every day. It connects, informs and entertains millions of users and serves as a primary means of communication for people of all ages. 

Because of how pervasive social media is, it is important for employers across California to understand the importance of having in place a strong social media policy for employees. When creating your social media policy, there are things you should and should not do. 

Selling your business? Get expert help before you start

Buying a small business that's already got a thriving customer base is a great opportunity for someone who wants to own his or her own company but doesn't want the struggle of getting one off the ground.

Despite that, only about 30 percent of small businesses that go up for sale in California ever find a buyer -- possibly because many sellers don't really know how to go about the process.

Hoot-el California: Hotel, owl preservationists agree to new plan

California hotel owners and operators face a whole host of legal issues on a regular basis. They must manage staff, oversee the food preparation process, maintain safe premises and ensure their guests are treated properly and satisfied with their stay.

The responsibilities don't stop there, either. There are numerous real-estate related issues to consider as well. For instance, hotels must comply with local ordinances, which isn't always easy. However, there are some cases of people taking these challenges and turning them into opportunities.

What you can do to avoid employee complaints

Running a business requires you to make numerous decisions on a daily basis that may help increase its success. If you have employees, this includes keeping the workplace free from discrimination, harassment and other activities and behaviors that create a hostile work environment.

That may sound like a good idea, but you could struggle with how to do that considering the myriad of personalities that work for you. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission makes it sound easy, but the reality may not be. You may want to create an environment that fosters productivity and satisfaction among employees and simply need the appropriate advice and guidance to do so.

Investors not in love with Whole Foods, Amazon 'marriage'

Recently, it was announced that massive online retailer Amazon is buying high-end grocer Whole Foods for a whopping $13.7 billion. 

As high as that price tag may sound, some Whole Foods investors argue that it could have been higher if other retailers were given the chance to bid, especially considering that just two years ago, Whole Foods was valued at about $18 billion.

3 reasons to consider alternatives to litigation

If you own a business, you are likely willing to go to great lengths to protect it. And between the emotional attachment you may have and the investments you have already made in the business, your instincts might tell you to be as aggressive as possible when it comes to pursuing methods of protection.

For instance, if a dispute arises with a vendor, landlord or former employee, you might think that jumping right into litigation is the right decision. However, for a few reasons we examine below, pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods to avoid litigation could actually be in your best interests.

6 times to update your will

Drawing up your will may have been an uncomfortable task you were eager to put behind you. However, updating your will from time to time can ensure that it continues to protect the same things it protected on the day you created it.

Plans change, people change and circumstances change, which is why you will want to regularly review your will, especially in the following six situations:

Millennial entrepreneurs: legal resources available, essential

A recent report highlights the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the younger generation. In fact, the study conducted by America's SBDC indicates that millennials are poised to be the most entrepreneurial generation yet, as they have a greater desire to start businesses than any other generation.

However, there are some limitations that come with being a young, first-time business owner. Further, the same characteristics that make millennials motivated entrepreneurs also leave them exposed to possible complications. Below are some examples of this, as well as explanations for how legal guidance can help.

Should you offer an employee a severance package?

At one time, your business might have prospered. However, changes in the economy, lack of demand for your products or services and other issues could jeopardize the future of your business. Due to these factors, the financial circumstances of your business might have changed. As you review your operations, you might need to find ways to cut your costs.

In order to keep your doors open, you may need to lay off some of your employees. As much as it may pain you to do so, you may feel you have no choice. Your employees could be like your family, and you want to help ensure that they are able to support themselves and their families while they look for other employment. In addition, you may avoid litigation from those employees who don't take the news well.

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