Posts From June, 2016

Press Release: William G. Benz, Partner at Carico Johnson Toomey LLP, named Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star

(June, 2016) –  William G. Benz has been named to the 2016 California Rising Stars list By Super Lawyers.   Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

William G. Benz represents and assists a broad array of clients, ranging from privately-owned companies to public municipalities. He is experienced in civil, employment, and labor litigation, as well…

Read More

Complying with the City of Los Angeles’s New Earthquake Retrofitting Laws

by S.V. Stuart Johnson Esq. | Partner  and Ryan Davis, Esq.

If you are a landlord in Los Angeles, you may have recently received a letter from the City of Los Angeles demanding you comply with vague earthquake retrofitting requirements.  The requirements may seem overwhelming.  But with a short review of the applicable law, one may determine whether the requirements apply, when one needs to comply with them, and how to comply.

On October 9, 2015,…

Read More

Real Estate News: Expectation Must Be Spelled Out in Lease

by Philip A. Toomey | Partner

Most lease transactions are preceded by a letter of intent (LOI).  While LOI’s are a great starting point, normally they are nothing more than non-enforceable statements of what “might” happen in the future. Under most circumstances, a LOI may not counter or add language to a later executed written lease. Many a tenant has discovered reasonable, material and significant expectations, clearly written in the LOI but not in the…

Read More

Employment Law – A Fable: What the “E” in Email Stands For

by Philip A. Toomey | Partner

Once upon a time, in a gentle land, lived an employer.  She normally communicated with employees by speaking words out loud. Every now and then, when faced with something very important, she might write a letter or memorandum. Time went by, and things were good.

One day, a strange and marvelous machine arrived. It was called a desktop computer. Soon it had miraculously multiplied and shrunk, capable of being carried…

Read More

“When Two Consenting Parties Cannot Consent: Indemnification for Future Wrongful Conduct”

by William G. Benz | Partner

Indemnification provisions are so common that one would be hard-pressed to find a contract that lacks one.  While an indemnification provision may be hidden in an agreement as boilerplate fine print, it is often of critical importance long after the contract is signed.  But, indemnification can only be pushed so far.  Once it becomes so onerous that it encourages bad faith, California public policy will void the indemnification provision…

Read More

2016 Estate Planning News

by Christopher D. Carico | Partner

Change in Tax Focus of Basic Estate Planning

The federal government’s recent adoption of “portability,” allowing the transfer of the deceased spouse’s estate tax exclusion to the surviving spouse, and the fixing of the maximum federal estate tax rate at 40%, has shifted the tax planning focus for estate planners from estate taxes planning to capital gains tax for couples with wealth under $11,000,000.  Those couples may now be better…

Read More