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372 pages : forms ; 28 cm
  • Is nonprofit incorporation right for you?
  • Legal rights and duties of incorporators, directors, officers, employees, and members
  • Requirements for section 501(c)(3) tax exemption
  • Public charities and private foundations
  • Other tax benefits and requirements
  • Choose a name and file your articles of incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • Apply for your federal 501(c)(3) tax exemption
  • Final steps in organizing your nonprofit
  • After your corporation is organized
  • Lawyers, legal research, and accountants
  • Appendix A: Using the downloadable forms and other online material
  • Appendix B: Forms.
"Tens of thousands of arts groups, educators, social service agencies, environmental groups and others have used this bestselling book to form their California nonprofit. Your group can, too. Obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status has just become a lot easier with the new IRS Form 1023-EZ streamlined application. Use this book to form your California nonprofit corporation and obtain your federal and state tax exemptions. We provide step-by-step instructions for both the Form 1023 and the new easier Form 1023-EZ."-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)
331 pages ; 23 cm
  • Why and how to write a business plan
  • Do you really want to own a business?
  • Choosing the right business
  • Potential sources of money to start or expand your small business
  • Your résumé and financial statement
  • Your profit and loss forecast
  • Your cash flow forecast and capital spending plan
  • Write your marketing and personnel plans
  • Editing and finalizing your business plan
  • Selling your business plan
  • After you open
  • Keeping on the path to success
  • Good resources for small businesses
  • Business plans for nonprofits.
"You need a sound business plan to start a business or raise money to expand an existing one. For over 30 years, [this series] has helped fledging entrepreneurs -- from small service businesses and retailers to large manufacturing firms -- write winning plans and get needed financing. This...book contains clear step-by-step instructions and forms to put together a convincing business plan with realistic financial projections, effective marketing strategies, and overall business goals."-- Back cover.
Law Library (Crown)
340 pages : forms ; 28 cm
  • Overview of living trusts
  • Human realities and living trusts
  • Common questions about living trusts
  • What type of trust do you need?
  • The tax-saving AB trust
  • Choosing what property to put in your living trust
  • Trustees
  • Choosing your beneficiaries
  • Property left to minor children or young adults
  • Preparing your living trust document
  • Transferring property to your trust
  • Copying, storing, and registering your trust document
  • Living with your living trust
  • After a grantor dies
  • A living trust as part of your estate plan
  • Wills
  • If you need expert help
  • Appendix A: Using the forms
  • Appendix B: Forms.
Death may be inevitable, but probate doesn't have to be. By creating a living trust, your property will bypass lengthy and expensive probate proceedings and go directly to the people you've designated, quickly and easily.
Law Library (Crown)
259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Patents and patent searching
  • Understanding patent databases
  • Patent searching at the PTO website
  • Advanced search techniques
  • Patent searching at the EPO website
  • Patent searching at the Google website
  • Additional sources of prior art
  • Hitting the books
  • Using CASSIS
  • EAST meets WEST.
"[This book] explains how to assess the novelty of an idea and do patent searches at little or no cost, under the recently-adopted first-to-file rules. There's no sense paying thousands of dollars to file a patent application if someone else has beaten you to the Patent and Trademark Office. Now you can avoid expensive patent-searching fees with this step-by-step guide that explains the process, online and off."-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)
433 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction to the public domain
  • The use and abuse of copyright
  • Writings
  • Music
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Movies and television
  • Computer software
  • Architecture
  • Maps
  • Choreography
  • Databases and collections
  • Titles
  • Public domain elements in copyright writings
  • Copyrights restored from public domain
  • The public domain outside the United States
  • The internet and the public domain
  • Copyright protection : how long does it last?
  • Copyright notice requirements
  • Traps for the unwary
  • Researching copyright office records
  • What if a work is not in the public domain?
"[This book helps readers] find and identify which creative works are protected by copyright and which are not, The Public Domain covers the rules for: writings, music, art, photography, architecture, maps, choreography, movies, video, software, databases, and collections. [This] edition is completely updated with hundreds of new online and digitized public domain resources. The book covers the latest legal developments regarding copyright and the public domain―from state copyright policies to free and low-cost legal advice for creative types to copyright issues regarding photos lacking human authorship..."-- Back cover.
Law Library (Crown)
670 pages ; 23 cm
  • Where to begin on your path toward immigration
  • Are you already a U.S. citizen?
  • Can you enter or stay in the U.S. at all?
  • Dealing with paperwork, government officials, delays, and denials
  • Special rules for Canadians and Mexicans
  • How and when to find a lawyer
  • Getting a green card through family members in the U.S.
  • Getting a visa to come marry your U.S. citizen fiancé (K-1)
  • Getting a green card through employment
  • Getting a green card through diversity visa lottery
  • Getting a green card as an investor
  • Getting a green card as a special immigrant
  • Getting a green card as an asylee or refugee
  • After your approval for a green card
  • Getting a business or tourist (B-1 or B-2) visa
  • Getting a temporary specialty worker (H-1B) visa
  • Getting a temporary nonagricultural worker (H-2B) visa
  • Getting a temporary trainee (H-3) visa
  • Getting a temporary transferee (L-1) visa
  • Getting a treaty trader (E-1) visa
  • Getting a treaty investor (E-2) visa
  • Getting a student (F-1 or M-1) visa
  • Getting an exchange visitor (J-1) visa
  • Getting a visa as a temporary worker in a selected occupation (O,P, or R visa)
  • Humanitarian remedies allowing stays in the U.S.
  • Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA)
  • Getting a U visa as a crime victim assisting law enforcement.
"Want to live, work, or travel in the United States? [These books have] helped tens of thousands of people get a visa, green card, or other immigration status. You’ll learn: whether you and your family qualify for a short-term visa, permanent U.S. residence, or protection from deportation; how to obtain, fill out, and submit the necessary forms and documents; insider tips on dealing with bureaucratic officials, delays, and denials; strategies for overcoming low income and other immigration barriers; and where to find the latest immigration forms online. [This book] provides detailed descriptions of application processes. There’s also an immigration eligibility self-quiz, which helps you match your background and skills to a likely category of visa or green card―and avoid traps that might destroy your chances. The 18th edition is completely updated to cover recent legal and fee changes including an expanded provisional waiver of unlawful presence."-- Back cover.
Law Library (Crown)
546 pages : forms ; 23 cm
  • Working for yourself : the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Choosing the legal form for your business
  • Choosing and protecting your business name
  • Home alone or outside office
  • Obtaining licenses, permits, and identification numbers
  • Insuring your business and yourself
  • Pricing your services and getting paid
  • Taxes and self-employed
  • Reducing your income taxes
  • The bane of self-employment taxes
  • Paying estimated taxes
  • Rules for salespeople, drivers, and clothing producers
  • Taxes for workers you hire
  • Record keeping and accounting made easy
  • Safeguarding your self-employed status
  • Special concerns for gig workers
  • Copyrights, patents, and trade secrets
  • Using written client agreements
  • Drafting your own client agreement
  • Reviewing a client's agreement
  • Help beyond this book.
"Whether you’re starting a full-scale consulting business or booking gigs on the side, [this book] provides all the legal and tax information you need in one place. This...reference will show you how to: decide the best form for your business (sole proprietor, LLC, or other); make sure you’re paid in full and on time; pay estimated taxes (and avoid trouble with the IRS); take advantage of all available tax deductions (including home offices); choose health, property, and other kinds of insurance; keep accurate records in case you get audited; and write legally binding contracts and letter agreements."-- Back cover.
Law Library (Crown)
347 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Deciding whether to apply for citizenship
  • Are you eligible for U.S. citizenship?
  • Preparing and submitting your application
  • Between filing and interview : dealing with the wait
  • Preparing for the English exam
  • Preparing for the U.S. history and government exam
  • Overcoming disability when applying for citizenship
  • The interview
  • Denials, appeals, and repeat interviews
  • Legal help beyond this book
  • After you are approved.
"For a green card holder, taking the next step to U.S. citizenship offers a host of benefits. But the application process itself can be long and confusing. With Becoming a U.S. Citizen, you can save months, or even years. Best of all, you’ll know that you are taking each needed step in the most efficient way. Becoming a U.S. Citizen also shows how you may be able to take advantage of special benefits and procedures if you have a disability, are in the military, or are the spouse of a U.S. citizen,"--Amazon.com.
Law Library (Crown)
496 pages ; 23 cm
  • Getting ready
  • First steps
  • Taking care of the estate
  • Transferring property
  • Handling Trusts
  • Getting more help.
Includes tables outlining points of each state's laws, information on estate taxes, plus worksheets.
Law Library (Crown)
450 pages : illustrations, forms ; 28 cm
  • An overview
  • First steps in settling an estate
  • Who are the heirs and beneficiaries?
  • What is the decedent's estate?
  • Preparing a schedule of the assets and debts
  • How to identify the best transfer procedure
  • What about taxes?
  • Transferring title to real property
  • How to transfer securities
  • Joint tenancy property
  • Transferring small estates under $150,000
  • How to transfer trust property and property subject to life estates
  • An overview of the probate court process
  • Conducting a simple probate court proceeding
  • Handling property that passes outright to the surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • If you need expert help
  • Glossary
  • Appendix A: California probate code sections 13100-13106
  • Appendix B: Judicial council forms
  • Appendix C: Non-judicial-council forms.
When you've lost a loved one, the inevitable legal matters can seem difficult and confusing. But in most cases, probate involves little more than routine paperwork to transfer assets to family members and other beneficiaries. How to Probate an Estate in California explains, step-by-step, how to wrap up a basic estate. Whether you do it yourself or work with a lawyer, you'll save money and time. Find out how to: read and understand a will or trust; determine who inherits if there is no will; pay bills and taxes; complete and file all necessary court paperwork; collect life insurance and other death benefits; transfer real estate, securities, vehicles, and other assets to heirs and beneficiaries; transfer some assets without probate. The completely updated 23rd edition provides the latest laws, tax information, forms, and court procedures.
Law Library (Crown)
514 pages : forms ; 23 cm
  • Introduction
  • Getting oriented
  • First steps after you decide to divorce
  • When you can agree : uncontested divorce
  • Working it out : divorce mediation
  • When you can't agree : contested divorce and trial
  • Custody decisions and parenting
  • Custody disputes
  • Child support
  • Yours, mine, and ours : basics of marital property
  • Yours, mine, and Uncle Sam's : dividing property
  • Spousal support and health insurance
  • Military divorce : special issues
  • Getting it in writing : preparing your marital settlement agreement
  • Critical care : when things really go wrong
  • After the divorce
  • Getting help, finding information, and looking stuff up.
Information and guidance about the divorce process and steps of working with lawyers or mediators.
Law Library (Crown)
590 pages : illustrations, forms ; 23 cm
  • Patent law
  • Copyright law
  • Trademark law
  • Trade secret law.
Whether you are in the world of business or creative arts, understanding the laws that govern your work is critical to success. But given the often convoluted terminology that surrounds patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights, this isn't easy. This book explains what legal rights apply to your work, the scope of copyright protection, includes an overview of trademark law, what the law protects and much more.
Law Library (Crown)

13. Plan your estate [2016]

525 pages : forms ; 23 cm
  • Setting your goal
  • Laying the groundwork
  • Children
  • Wills
  • Probate and how to avoid it
  • Understanding estate and gift taxes
  • Reducing or eliminating estate taxes
  • Imposing controls over property
  • Taking care of personal issues
  • Family business
  • Going further
  • Sample estate plans.
Law Library (Crown)
481 pages : forms ; 23 cm
  • The role of mediation and collaborative law in the divorce process
  • What happens in mediation
  • What happens in a collaborative divorce
  • Deciding to mediate or collaborate
  • Proposing mediation or collaboration
  • Finding a mediator
  • Finding a collaborative attorney
  • Using advisers and doing legal research
  • Getting started on information gathering
  • Preparing for and making the most of the first session
  • Evaluating your progress in mediation or collaborative divorce
  • Communicating in mediation or collaborative divorce
  • Negotiating in mediation or collaborative divorce
  • Court-sponsored mediation
  • Encountering difficulties in mediation and collaboration
  • Writing up the divorce agreement
  • Divorce for same-sex couples
  • Women and men in mediation and collaborative divorce
  • Unmarried couples in mediation and collaboration
  • Mediation and collaboration after divorce.
Law Library (Crown)
481 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Hiring
  • Personnel practices
  • Wages and hours
  • Employee benefits
  • Taxes
  • Family and medical leave
  • Health and safety
  • Illegal discrimination
  • Workers with disabilities
  • Termination
  • Employee privacy
  • Independent contractors
  • Unions
  • Lawyers and legal research.
Provides the information employers need to handle every aspect of the employment relationship, including hiring, performance reviews, benefits, and layoffs.
Law Library (Crown)
300 pages ; 23 cm
  • What is discrimination?
  • Laws prohibiting discrimination
  • What is discrimination?
  • Discrimination based on disability
  • Genetic discrimination
  • When and how discrimination occurs
  • What is harassment?
  • Which laws apply to your company?
  • What is harassment?
  • Who is a harasser?
  • Who can be harassed?
  • What is not harassment?
  • Policies prohibiting harassment and discrimination
  • Benefits of an effective policy
  • Elements of an effective policy
  • Complaint and investigation procedures
  • Communicate the poicy to employees
  • Review the policy regularly
  • Training
  • Benefits of training
  • Combined training session for supervisors and employees
  • Separate sessions
  • How to conduct training
  • Who conducts training
  • Diversity training
  • Investigating complaints
  • Receiving a complaint
  • Conducting an investigation
  • Concluding your investigation
  • Documentation
  • What your documentation should look like
  • What documents you should have
  • Document management
  • After the investigation
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a complaint
  • Retaliation
  • Getting others involved
  • Dealing with government agencies
  • The role of fair employment agencies
  • The complaint process
  • Preparing for an agency investigation
  • Mediation
  • Your role in dealing with investigative agencies
  • Lawsuits
  • Why employees sue
  • How lawsuits work
  • Alternatives to litigation
  • Your role in a lawsuit
  • If you are sued personally.
Law Library (Crown)
447 pages : forms ; 23 cm
  • Basics of small claims court in California
  • Do you have a good case?
  • Can you collect your money if you win?
  • How much should you sue for?
  • When should you sue?
  • Settling your dispute
  • Who can sue?
  • Suing different kinds of defendants
  • Where can you sue?
  • Filing fees, court papers, & court dates
  • Serving your papers
  • The defendant's options
  • Getting ready for court
  • Witnesses
  • Your day in court
  • Motor vehicle repair cases
  • Motor vehicle purchase cases
  • Bad debts: initiating and defending cases
  • Motor vehicle accident cases
  • Landlord-tenant cases
  • Miscellaneous cases
  • Disputes between small businesses
  • Judgment and appeal
  • Collecting your money
  • Legal research
  • Appendix A: Major California consumer laws
  • Appendix B: Legal jargon for California small claims court.
Law Library (Crown)
332 pages : forms ; 28 cm
  • Is nonprofit incorporation right for you?
  • Legal rights and duties of incorporators, directors, officers, employees, and members
  • Requirements for section 501(c)(3) tax exemption
  • Public charities and private foundations
  • Other tax benefits and reporting requirements
  • Choose a name and file your articles of incorporation
  • Prepare your bylaws
  • Apply for your federal 501(c)(3) tax exemption
  • Final steps in organizing your nonprofit corporation
  • After your corporation is organized
  • Lawyers and accountants
  • Appendix A: Using the interactive forms and other online material
  • Appendix B: How to locate incorporation resources online
  • Appendix C: Information and forms.
A guide that provides the forms and information needed to turn your group into a tax-exempt nonprofit. With this book, you can form a nonprofit corporation in any state and gain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS. Includes step-by-step instructions for both IRS Form 1023 and the new streamlined form 1023-EZ federal tax-exemption application for smaller nonprofits. Learn how to: choose a legal name; prepare articles of incorporation and bylaws for your nonprofit; obtain federal and state tax-exempt status; fill in minutes of the organizational meeting; establish a corporate records book.
Law Library (Crown)
270 pages : illustrations, forms ; 28 cm
  • Choosing the right legal structure for your business
  • How California corporations work
  • Issuing and selling stock
  • Corporate taxation
  • Steps to form your corporation
  • After you incorporate
  • Lawyers and accountants
  • Appendix A: Using the interactive forms
  • Appendix B: Incorporation forms.
Law Library (Crown)
363 pages ; 23 cm
  • Understanding the basics of the law
  • Finding legal resources
  • Identifying your legal issue
  • Finding and using secondary sources
  • Finding and using constitutions, statutes, regulations, and ordinances
  • Finding cases
  • Using case law
  • Validating your research
  • Organizing and putting your legal research to use.
Law Library (Crown)


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