Simple Explanation of Business Formations | Business Law

Simple Explanation of Business Formations | Business Law

A SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF BUSINESS FORMATIONS Starting a business can be a rollercoaster of emotions: excitement to finally be building your dream, fear of financial instability and then, the uncertainty of the legal aspects of your new endeavor may sink in. Consulting a business law attorney can help you make sense of your legal obligations as a business owner as well as aid in setting read more...

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween!  It’s time for kids (and parents too!) to get dressed up and hit the streets in search of the ultimate treat!  However, what’s scarier than any costume you may see, are the child safety statistics that this holiday brings. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on read more...

Durable Powers of Attorney: Does Your Estate Plan Need an Extra Layer of Protection?

Durable Powers of Attorney: Does Your Estate Plan Need an Extra Layer of Protection?

This article was originally published in the August/September 2017 issue of Kern Business Journal A few months ago my car broke down. As you can imagine, this was very frustrating because I still needed to get my kids to school and myself to work.  Fortunately, I decided a year earlier to pay for an extended warranty. At the time I thought to myself, "Do I really read more...

Tips for a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

Tips for a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

It’s safe to say that the Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays.  And how could it not be?  Each year, we celebrate America’s birthday with great food, fireworks, and plenty of red, white and blue.  However, while you are busy celebrating with family and friends, fire and law enforcement officials are busy responding to the increase in incidents that will occur during read more...

Employers Must Beware of the Duty to Accommodate | Employment and Labor Law

Employers Must Beware of the Duty to Accommodate | Employment and Labor Law

Employment and Labor Law | The Court of Appeal upheld a Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s conclusion that the City of Los Angeles violated the Fair Employment Housing Act (F.E.H.A). Atkins v. City of Los Angeles. The decision, awarded 5 recruit officers who sustained various injuries while training in the police academy over $12 million- including millions in future economic damages. The five recruits were assigned read more...

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  This month is a reminder to motorists to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.  Motorcyclists are also reminded to make themselves visible to all motorists.  While the rate of automobile fatalities has slowed or declined in recent years, the number of motorcyclists and their passengers injured read more...

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In fact in 2013 alone, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that attributed to distracted driving. Over 400,000 Injuries Per Year Due To read more...

Personal Injury Attorney | The Importance of Consultations

Personal Injury Attorney | The Importance of Consultations

The legal process requires injured plaintiffs to prove their damages within a certain degree of certainty which means you could use a personal injury attorney. This means that juries cannot simply pick a number they think is fair. It also means they cannot simply guess what happened when the facts are in dispute. In many cases, expert witnesses are necessary to fill these gaps. By read more...

Risks of Texting & Driving | Personal Injury Attorney

Risks of Texting & Driving | Personal Injury Attorney

Risks of Texting & Driving | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | There is universal agreement that texting and driving is a deadly activity. A recent study released by Car and Driver Magazine shows that texting while driving is actually a far riskier activity than drunk driving. To study this, the magazine rigged a car with a light that alerted drivers of when to brake. It read more...

Personal Injury Attorney | Occupant Safety

Personal Injury Attorney | Occupant Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kicked off its annual Click It or Ticket campaign, aimed at increasing the rate of seatbelt use in the United States.  The campaign started on Monday, May 19, 2014 and ran through June 1,2014. Occupant safety is critical during an automobile accident. The seatbelt remains an effective means of reducing injury and avoiding fatality.  In January, NHTSA released read more...

Live-Saving App | Personal Injury Attorney

Live-Saving App | Personal Injury Attorney

Live-Saving App | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | Saving Lives with One Smart App Choosing a designated driver before you head out on the town is simply smart. It means your friends or family can have a great time without putting anyone else in danger. As a designated driver, you're taking on an important role. Shouldn't you be rewarded for it? In California, the read more...

Lane-Splitting Eliminated | Personal Injury Lawyer

Lane-Splitting Eliminated | Personal Injury Lawyer

Lane-Splitting Eliminated | Personal Injury Lawyer California Highway Patrol Eliminates Lane-Splitting Rules from Website Personal Injury Lawyer | In a move that upset motorcyclists and raised questions about attitudes toward the practice, the California Highway Patrol removed the guidelines for lane splitting from its website in July. The rules had only been posted since last year, when they were created as a reference for drivers of all read more...

Brain Injury on Playing Field | Personal Injury Lawyer

Brain Injury on Playing Field | Personal Injury Lawyer

Brain Injury on Playing Field | Personal Injury Lawyer Heads Up: The Danger of Brain Injury on the Playing Field Personal Injury Lawyer | In autumn of 2013, the National Football League (NFL) settled a lawsuit brought by retired players for $765 million. In the suit, the players allege the NFL had knowledge of the dangers of suffering repetitive concussion and failed to inform players. Now read more...

Black Boxes & Accident Reconstruction | Personal Injury Lawyer

Black Boxes & Accident Reconstruction | Personal Injury Lawyer

Black Boxes & Accident Reconstruction | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | In addition to being flight recorders, "black boxes" also refer to onboard data recorders used in motor vehicles. A more technical name for a black box is electronic data recorder (EDR). As reported by USA Today, trucking companies are divided on the issue of installing EDRs in their fleets. The American Trucking Associations (ATA), the read more...

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists | Personal Injury Lawyer

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists | Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyer | Safety Tips for Motorcyclists Personal Injury Lawyer | Motorcycles are fun to ride, and they are extremely efficient on fuel, but they can also be very dangerous if you are not following all of the safety rules recommended by national insurance companies, state departments of highway safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Motorcyclists read more...

Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents | Personal Injury Lawyer

Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents | Personal Injury Lawyer

Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | While motorcycles are fun to ride and very economical, personal injury lawyers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state that they are much riskier to operate than cars and trucks are. In 2012, approximately 93,000 motorcyclists were injured and nearly 5,000 were killed on U.S. roads, an increase of 7 percent over the read more...

Motorcycle Accident | Personal Injury Lawyer

Motorcycle Accident | Personal Injury Lawyer

Motorcycle Accident | Personal Injury Lawyer Your Rights, If You Are Injured In A Motorcycle Accident If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is very important to seek legal advice from a personal injury lawyer. All too often, victims of a motorcycle accident receive unfair treatment from the insurance company. Insurers feel that people that drive motorcycles are placing themselves at risk and read more...

Distracted Driving | Personal Injury Lawyer

Distracted Driving | Personal Injury Lawyer

Distracted Driving | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | Distracted Driving: It's Not Worth It Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous situations drivers can face, and in 2011, it finally received the attention it deserves when April was named National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. That same month, California did its part by creating an awareness campaign of its own called It’s Not read more...

Common Causes of Truck Accidents | Personal Injury Attorney

Common Causes of Truck Accidents | Personal Injury Attorney

Common Causes of Truck Accidents | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | Whenever you take to the road, it’s highly likely you see a tractor-trailer. Unfortunately, accidents involving these trucks are on the rise. During the past two decades, incidents have increased by nearly 20 percent. What makes these accidents particularly devastating is that the sheer size and weight of the truck can cause catastrophic read more...

Kern Business Journal Executive Profile: Jerry Pearson

Kern Business Journal Executive Profile: Jerry Pearson

Jerry Pearson is a managing partner and business attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP, whose practice focuses on handling labor and employment matters on behalf of California businesses and keeping his clients in compliance with the California state labor code. This executive profile was originally published in the February/March 2017 Issue of Kern Business Journal. Name: Jerry Pearson Title: Attorney Company: Young Wooldridge, LLP About the read more...

Big Rig Safety Tips | Personal Injury Lawyer

Big Rig Safety Tips | Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyer | Big Rig Safety Tips Personal Injury Lawyer | Safety Tips for Big Rig Truck Drivers A big rig weighs a minimum of 10,000 pounds with an empty trailer, and a full load can bring it up to 100,000 pounds. Drivers must operate large commercial trucks carefully because the consequences of any accident can be severe. A reliable personal injury lawyer may be read more...

Best Steps After A Car Accident | Personal Injury Attorney

Best Steps After A Car Accident | Personal Injury Attorney

Best Steps After A Car Accident | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | Each time you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of an accident. Every year, drivers are involved in close to 10 million collisions on U.S. roads and highways. While the majority of these accidents are relatively minor, they can still be quite stressful to those involved. Fortunately, there are a read more...

Auto Accident | Personal Injury Lawyer

Auto Accident | Personal Injury Lawyer

Auto Accident | Personal Injury Lawyer Things To Do After Being Injured in an Auto Accident Young Wooldridge provides individuals access to a department of personal injury attorneys with expertise in this area of the law. A personal injury lawyer can level the playing field against unscrupulous insurance companies who refuse to pay damages. If you are suffering from an injury caused by an automobile accident, there are specific read more...

Alternatives To Drunk Driving | Personal Injury Lawyer

Alternatives To Drunk Driving | Personal Injury Lawyer

Alternatives To Drunk Driving | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | Why Drive Drunk When You Have These Options? When you go out to celebrate with friends and family, your intention is not to drive home while intoxicated. Unfortunately, hundreds of people who fail to plan ahead when celebrating end up behind the wheel. Other times we plan ahead and get hurt by the people read more...

7 Top Driving Distractions | Personal Injury Attorney

7 Top Driving Distractions | Personal Injury Attorney

7 Top Driving Distractions | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | Even though texting while driving is illegal in California, plenty of drivers continue to engage in this dangerous activity. In the best case scenario, they cause near-miss accidents that almost 70 percent of the state's residents say they've experienced. In the worst case scenario, they can cause serious accidents that result in serious injuries or death. Texting read more...

2017 Employment Law Update│Part 2

2017 Employment Law Update│Part 2

To learn more about the new and amended labor laws that could impact California businesses in 2017 and what changes to start preparing for, read Part One of our 2017 Employment Law Update here >>> Part Two of our 2017 Employment Law Update highlights the cases that set new precedents in the field of employment law and shaped labor law legislation in 2016 and beyond. It is read more...

2017 Employment Law Update│Part 1

2017 Employment Law Update│Part 1

A new year often means new laws and changes to existing labor laws, making it an important time of year for California business owners and employers. 2017 is no different, with many of these changes going into effect as of January 1, 2017. These new requirements can impact whether or not your business remains in compliance with California state law. This 2017 Employment Law Update outlines read more...

Frequently Asked Questions about Proposition 64│Employment Law

Frequently Asked Questions about Proposition 64│Employment Law

During the most recent election cycle, California voters passed Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which permits the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years old and over. Effective November 9, 2016, state law allows adults to smoke or ingest marijuana in a private home, to possess small amounts of non-medical marijuana, and to grow small amounts at home for personal read more...

Can You Be Liable for Texting a Driver? | Personal Injury Lawyer

Can You Be Liable for Texting a Driver? | Personal Injury Lawyer

Can You Be Liable for Texting a Driver? | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | Lately, the public and the media have had a heightened awareness of distracted driving. More states are enacting strict bans on the use of cellphones and other devices while driving, and public campaigns against texting while driving have been mounted by more states. In California, there is a ban on the use read more...

Medical Expenses for Children | Personal Injury Lawyer

Medical Expenses for Children | Personal Injury Lawyer

Medical Expenses for Children | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | Children’s medical costs can be very difficult to deal with, especially for divorced parents. In California, both parents of children are responsible for their medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance. This includes deductibles and copayments totaling up to $250 per child each year. According to the California Reimbursement of Medical Expenses statute, these medical expenses read more...

No Will, No Way? | Estate Planning

No Will, No Way? | Estate Planning

No Will, No Way? | Estate Planning What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will in CA? Estate Planning | Thorough estate planning is essential for ensuring your property is distributed according to your wishes and avoiding unnecessary taxes and delays in distribution. Nevertheless, many people put off estate planning until it is too late. While your family members still typically receive your property even if you die read more...

Personal Injury Attorney | Victim of Car Accident

Personal Injury Attorney | Victim of Car Accident

Personal Injury Attorney | Victim of Car Accident Personal Injury Victims Of Automobile Accidents It is estimated that 2.31 million people in America were injured in a car accident in 2013. Facial injuries, back injuries and head injuries are among the most common vehicle accident injuries. Some people also experience severe emotional distress after being involved in an accident. If you are injured in a read more...

Be Smarter Than Your Smart Device When It Comes To Estate Planning | Estate Planning Attorney

Be Smarter Than Your Smart Device When It Comes To Estate Planning | Estate Planning Attorney

This article was originally published in the October/November 2015 issue of Kern Business Journal. Almost every day, it seems as if someone is trying to sell me on some hot, new technological device. Over here, I have someone selling the latest and greatest smartphone on the market. What’s so great about it? Well, for starters, it has a screen that is a whopping one-quarter inch read more...

Watch for Pedestrians | Personal Injury Attorney

Watch for Pedestrians | Personal Injury Attorney

Watch for Pedestrians | Personal Injury Attorney Bakersfield Pedestrian Struck by Two Vehicles, Hospitalized Personal Injury Attorney | A Bakersfield man landed in the hospital after being struck by two vehicles on October 17, 2014. According to police, the 31-year-old man was crossing Gosford Road when he was struck by a Dodge pickup and thrown into the path of a Ford pickup that also struck him. read more...

Trouble at the Start: GM Recalls Defective Cars

Trouble at the Start: GM Recalls Defective Cars

In a move that was too little, too late, General Motors (GM) has recalled millions of cars with potentially life-threatening mechanical defects. In February, GM recalled more than a million cars for a defective ignition switch it had known about for years. Concerns about the switch include: In 2006, GM distributed a technical service bulletin noting problems with the ignition cylinder. A heavy key chain, read more...

Truck Accidents are More Complex than Most Auto Accidents

Truck Accidents are More Complex than Most Auto Accidents

Truck Accident Lawyer | When a small vehicle becomes involved in a crash with a massive commercial tractor-trailer truck weighing as much as 80,000 pounds loaded, serious injuries are almost guaranteed. These injuries, combined with the complex legal issues of identifying and proving liability, result in extensive challenges for victims seeking the compensation they need to effectively deal with their injuries. Due to the significant read more...

Preventing Sexual Harassment | Employment and Labor Law

Preventing Sexual Harassment | Employment and Labor Law

Preventing Sexual Harassment | Employment and Labor Law How Can an Employer Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace? Employment and Labor Law | Sexual harassment is one of the most common forms of harassment in the workplace, which can make for an unstable, unproductive workplace as well as open you up to liability issues. Fully preventing it from happening to employees can often be difficult. There are, read more...

Competent Estate Planning Is for Everyone

Competent Estate Planning Is for Everyone

Competent Estate Planning Is for Everyone Estate Planning | Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is not an expensive luxury reserved exclusively for super-wealthy citizens. Indeed, the vast majority of Americans of more modest means arguably have the most need for competent estate-related legal advice. This is because those with fewer assets are less able to sustain big losses. Moreover, middle-class workers are typically inexperienced read more...

Lien Rights in the Oil Patch | Business Law

Lien Rights in the Oil Patch | Business Law

Lien Rights in the Oil Patch | Business Law Business Law | Lien Rights are Powerful Energy in the Oil Patch When I think about energy in Kern County, I immediately reflect on the vast oil operations which have developed since oil was discovered in 1894. Kern is California’s top oil producing county with 81% of the state’s approximately fifty-two thousand oil wells. Most people in the read more...

Why Fighting a Ticket May Be Important After an Accident

Why Fighting a Ticket May Be Important After an Accident

Many people assume that the time and effort required to fight a traffic ticket is simply not worth it. However, if you received a traffic ticket or other citation as a result of your involvement in a vehicle accident, the stakes may be higher than you realize and you may want to call a personal injury attorney. If you were injured, a traffic ticket could read more...

A Car Accident Attorney Can Help When Dealing With Insurance

A Car Accident Attorney Can Help When Dealing With Insurance

Car Accident Attorney | With the flurry of activity that comes after a serious auto accident, it can be easy for an injury victim not to give a second thought when an involved insurance company calls asking for a statement or other information. While it is necessary to provide some basic and concrete information to get your claim started, giving too much without the advice read more...

Safety Tips for Holiday Traveling | Personal Injury Lawyer

Safety Tips for Holiday Traveling | Personal Injury Lawyer

Safety Tips for Holiday Traveling | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | In the U.S., family members live further away from each other than in any other country, which necessitates traveling for holiday get-togethers. Personal injury lawyers from coast-to-coast are prepared for an influx of business during these times, especially when there is inclement weather conditions. More than 6,000 people die every year in motor vehicle read more...

What Are The First Steps To Take Legally When Starting A Business? │ Business Law

What Are The First Steps To Take Legally When Starting A Business? │ Business Law

Business Law│Starting a business is an exciting opportunity for many people, but it can be easy to forget about the legal implications that go along with creating a new company. Business law concepts can be confusing for anyone who does not have a background in legal issues. Here are some steps for potential business owners to take before they get their business up and running. read more...

California Motorcycle Safety Program  | Personal Injury Attorney

California Motorcycle Safety Program | Personal Injury Attorney

California Motorcycle Safety Program | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | It is no secret that motorcycle accidents keep personal injury attorneys throughout California very busy, but steps have been taken by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to keep motorcyclists safe. More than 300 people die each year in the course of riding motorcycles, and a reliable personal injury attorney can help their families reclaim damages. read more...

Safe Holiday Decorations | Personal Injury Lawyer

Safe Holiday Decorations | Personal Injury Lawyer

Safe Holiday Decorations | Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer | Keep Safety in Mind While Decorating for the Holidays Holiday decorations are meant to bring a joyful, festive spirit to your home or office. Unfortunately, decorating snafus can lead to mishaps and injuries that ruin the celebratory season. As you prepare to decorate for fall and winter holidays this year, remember to prioritize safety. Keeping safety in read more...

Dog Safety Tips  | Personal Injury Attorney

Dog Safety Tips | Personal Injury Attorney

Dog Safety Tips | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | On February 10, 2015, two young girls from Delano were hospitalized after being attacked by their family dog. The girls, ages 7 and 8, were rushed to Delano Regional Medical Center, while deputies and CHP responded to the home to secure the dog, a pit bull mix.  After deputies were unable to secure the dog due to its aggressive read more...

Pedestrian Liability | Personal Injury Attorney

Pedestrian Liability | Personal Injury Attorney

Pedestrian Liability | Personal Injury Attorney Personal Injury Attorney | In the majority of accidents between motor vehicles and pedestrians, we tend to assume the driver of the vehicle is going to be the one at fault. In fact, some people believe the pedestrian always has the right of way. This isn’t necessarily true, and there are some situations in which the pedestrian could be considered liable read more...