Recipient of the Most Recognized Award

2022 Caly Award Winners

Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Hymes, Schreiber & Walden, LLP is the recipient of the “Most Recognized Award” by ProVisors.

The Caly Award for Most Recognized goes to the person in the ProVisors Calabasas group that Received AND GAVE the most testimonials during 2021.

To win this award, you have to be a master networker, willing to work each month on making sure that you are utilizing the Calabasas group members to generate commerce for everyone, while always being available for professional advice and counsel for every professional. 

To learn more about Attorney Douglas Schreiber, contact his law firm in Woodland Hills.

 

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Negotiation and Litigation Legal Panel Discussion

In early September, Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Hymes, Schreiber & Walden participated in a legal panel discussion put on by ProVisors regarding Negotiation and Litigation.

The seminar was held as a series of questions thrown out to the legal panel and consisted of discussion on the difference between mediation and arbitration:

Question: Is arbitration, once thought to be a panacea, really better or less expensive than litigation in court?

Answer:  Not really-retired judges who serve as arbitrators charge upwards of $10,000 per day, and there are associated administrative costs on top of that. Also, in a typical arbitration, you give up a lot of rights, such as the right to appeal. That means that should an arbitrator make a ruling that is legally wrong, you have no right to challenge that ruling. 

Topics that were also discussed included negotiating strategies in mediation.

To learn more about our legal services, please contact our business attorney in Woodland Hills at Hymes, Schreiber & Walden, LLP.

We Are Open For Business During the COVID-19 Crisis

To our friends and clients:

First and foremost, all of us at Hymes, Schreiber & Walden, LLP hope you, your families and loved ones are safe and healthy during these challenging times.

We have heard from many of you regarding the impact you are experiencing, and your concerns about the rapidly changing business/legal environment. As we all face the uncertain course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that through current technology, HSW is adapting, adjusting and available to assist you with your estate, business and real estate needs.  While we have adjusted our operations in accordance with CDC guidelines and state and local laws, our firm is fully operational.  We are fortunate that the technology allows us to work and interact seamlessly, via telephone or video-conference.  Of course, we can arrange to have original documents sent to your home for signature.

If we can be of assistance in any manner during these challenging times, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Avoiding Pitfalls with Home Remodeling Contractors (Part 2)


The content below is a transcript from the home remodeling panel discussion at the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund’s conference Deal With It: A Women’s Conference, held in Los Angeles, Ca on August 5, 2018:

If you are having some work done by a contractor in your house and something goes missing, what do you suggest a homeowner do?

I’m not sure if there is really a good answer to that question because unless you have proof, then it would be difficult to accuse anyone. Nowadays everyone has a video camera in their house, so it’s possible that you may have proof. But in the absence of evidence, you will find yourself in a “He Said/She Said” situation and you are kind of stuck with that.
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Avoiding Pitfalls with Home Remodeling Contractors (Part 1)

The content below is a transcript from the home remodeling panel discussion at the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund’s conference Deal With It: A Women’s Conference, held in Los Angeles, Ca on August 5, 2018:

When you have your budget for a remodel, how can you make sure all your materials are included in the price?

It can be tricky. First, you want to make sure that your contract is very detailed. There are very few general contractors out there that will truly provide what I consider a detailed contract that actually describes what you are going to get. For example, if you are going to get cabinetry for your remodel, the contract should specify:

  • Type/Material
  • Color
  • Hinges
  • The contract should specify this and other details of your cabinetry down to the nth detail.

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    Landlords Beware: “Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”

    Landlord Attorney in Woodland Hills - BedbugsMost of us are familiar with the little rhyme: “Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite”.  This age-old rhyme has taken on a special meaning for Los Angeles landlords as Los Angeles juries have awarded bed-bug suffering tenants multi-million-dollar judgments.

    The New York Times reports that a Los Angeles jury awarded tenants a $1.6m jury verdict against their landlord. The tenants initially notified the landlord that bedbugs were infesting their apartment. The landlord took swift action, instructing the tenants to throw away all their furniture (note that this is not necessarily the best practice — the Environmental Protection Agency recommends only throwing away those items that cannot be sanitized) and paid for the apartment to be fumigated. However, the landlord’s efforts to control the infestation failed. The tenants continued to be bitten and made many more complaints over the next four months before the landlord finally replaced the carpeting in the unit, which eliminated the infestation. Still, it was too late. The tenants sued and won. It is unclear if the landlord offered to compensate the tenants for the loss of their use and enjoyment of the apartment. However, had the landlord taken swift and effective action when first notified of the infestation, offered to pay the tenants to relocate temporarily, and perhaps even offered them additional compensation for their pain and suffering, it is certain the landlord would have prevailed at trial, minimized the judgment against it, or headed off a lawsuit altogether. (more…)

    Elder Law: Top Challenges Upcoming Seminar

    Elder Law Attorney Woodland HillsLos Angeles Attorney KC Marie Knox will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute’s (NBI) upcoming seminar “Elder Law: Top Challenges” on Friday, February 16, 2018. KC Marie Knox is a partner with Hymes Schreiber & Knox, LLP, where her areas of practice include probate administration, probate litigation, estate planning, trust administration, trust litigation, and asset protection.

    Elder law is a rapidly evolving practice area, hurtling new regulatory and practical challenges at attorneys at a neck-breaking pace. Go beyond simple gifting techniques to trouble-shoot your clients’ long-term care problems. Learn what asset transfer methods cause problems down the line and how to prevent and fix them. Ensure clients’ Medicaid eligibility even under the toughest and most urgent of circumstances. Get practical guidance for litigating financial and other types of elder abuse. Enhance your practice – register today!

    Although this legal course is designed for attorneys, it will also benefit trust officers, accountants and CPAs, tax professionals, nursing home administrators, geriatric care managers, nurses, and social workers.  The course provides continuing legal education credit for attorneys and continuing professional education for accountants depending on which state you reside in.

    The course content includes:
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    KC Marie Knox Recognized in the Valley Lawyer Art Contest

    Bass Guitar Lawyer ArtLos Angeles Attorney KC Marie Knox isn’t just a talented lawyer. She has a creative, artsy side that made recent news. KC was recognized by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s “Valley Lawyer” magazine for her painting of a (bass) guitar.

    ARTIST’S INSPIRATION

    “Being a partner in a law firm, a mother to two wonderful elementary school aged children, a wife to a very patient husband, and just someone who likes to be busy, I needed to find a way to sit still for more than 20 minutes and relax. I took a painting class and Ioved it! When I sit and paint, I can put everything else out of my mind and focus on just what’s in front of me and truly create something from just three simple primary colors, and black and white, of course.”

    KC MARIE KNOX is a partner at Hymes, Schreiber & Knox, LLP, a law firm in Woodland Hills focusing on business, real estate and wealth protection. She received her JD the University of San Diego School of Law and has spoken on various topics for the National Business Institute, and has served as an adjunct professor at Abraham Lincoln School of Law.

    Read the full issue of August’s Valley Lawyer magazine here (KC’s mention on p. 37): https://sfvba.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/VL-August-lowres.pdf

    How to Avoid the Nightmare of Giving Up Business Ownership

    Business Attorney in Los AngelesContinuing from our last post, Pitfalls of Giving Up Equity in a Business Venture, Ownership of your business is key. It is the symbol of your own hard work and passion, and security for the success of your future decisions. The more ownership you give up, the more you assume the responsibilities to other parties who can hold up your progress, especially if they have selfish or malicious intentions.

    Don’t make life more complicated. It at all possible, avoid giving away ownership. To help you in this key strategy, here are some basic tips:

    1. Work with you attorney to develop a rock solid Buy-Sell Agreement that protects your interests and decision making capabilities.
    2. Include stock option plans, profit participation programs, bonuses, and incentive-based programs to mitigate equity grants.
    3. Evaluate key man insurance, disability policies, and other strategies that emphasize employee benefits without giving away ownership.

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    Pitfalls of Giving Up Equity in a Business Venture (Part 1)

    Pitfalls of Giving Up Equity in a Business VentureFrom entrepreneurs to trusted advisors, financing a new business venture can be extraordinarily challenging. When you are considering your options, however, be very cautious about giving up ownership. Such a strategy can help get your business started in the short run, but it also can be a complete headache in the long run.

    An Ounce Now, A Pound Later…

    • Imagine that you are an entrepreneur with a great idea and superb business model, but no start-up capital, or at least not enough to take flight with your business. You go to your parents, spouse, brothers, sisters, friends, and your spouse’s brothers, sisters, and friends (you get the picture).
    • They spare you some change, and in return, you offer them something as a symbol of your gratitude, something that will pay huge dividends later when your idea takes off and the big-money suitors come knocking: ownership in your business
    • A few years later, guess what? Congratulations! A large publicly traded company wants to acquire your business. Your hard work has paid off. Your potential acquirer wants to write you a check for several million dollars. All you have to do is cross your “t”s and dot your “i”s and the deal is done. In order to do so, however, your attorney tells you to have a meeting, take a vote, and make sure all of the other owners are on board.

    Uh-Oh, I Didn’t Forsee This…

    From the initial start-up capital to the equity you granted key employees, your business now has 10 other co-owners, all of whom are entitled to vote on the proposal. By the way, as part of the acquisition, the acquirer wants to move your operations to Ohio. Plus, in the years since you started the business, you and your spouse went through a messy divorce, but your ex-father-in-law and ex-brother-in-law are still owners. (Trust us; we’ve seen this and much worse …)

    With all of these variables, do you think getting a consensus vote from all the co-owners will be easy? Not a chance! Some people are not so keen on the idea of moving to Ohio. Others (your ex-in-laws) see the dollar signs and know that they can make life very difficult for you if they refuse to go along with the acquisition.

    What’s the Solution?

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