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William B. Hanley, Attorney At Law

When to File a Protective Order in Business Litigation

A protective order can have two different meanings and applications. One type of protective order is a restraining order against an individual that prohibits certain conduct by that individual. The other type of protective order concerns the discovery process in legal proceedings.

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William B. Hanley, Attorney At Law

Can You Recover Attorney Fees in California Lawsuits?

Going to court to resolve a dispute or seek compensation for damages you suffered can be an expensive proposition. Sometimes, the cost of attorneys’ fees can outweigh any gain you might make by prevailing in your lawsuit.

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William B. Hanley, Attorney At Law

Defining “Direct Physical Loss” in Business Interruption

The lockdowns, shelter-at-home orders, and other measures put in place during the height of the pandemic certainly disrupted life as we know it in California. Many businesses were hit hard financially when they were forced to shut their doors by government fiat.

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William B Hanley, Attorney At law

Important Steps to Take When Your Business Is Being Sued

According to statistics compiled by The Zebra, a website that compares insurance companies and tracks business trends in the United States, anywhere from 36 to 53 percent of all small businesses nationwide are sued every year, and 43 percent are threatened with lawsuits annually.

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William B. Hanley, Attorney At Law

Why Indemnity Clauses Are Important

Indemnity clauses, also commonly referred to as “hold harmless” clauses, are used in various types of contractual arrangements and are certainly prevalent in the construction industry. An indemnity clause basically transfers risk from one party to the other. In legal terms, the indemnitor is the one who assumes the risk, and the indemnitee is the one who is protected by indemnification.

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William B. Hanley, Attorney At Law

Preparing for Business Litigation

If you’re doing business, it’s not unusual to run into disputes with other businesses or individuals, whether customers, clients, partners, suppliers, contractors, or other competing enterprises. Your initial response will probably be to attempt to resolve disputes through negotiation to avoid the cost, public exposure, and time involved in litigation.

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William B. Hanley, Attorney At Law

Important Elements of Proving Business Fraud

Business fraud can be tremendously damaging to your business, whether you are the perpetrator or the victim. Fraud by its nature is often hard to detect because the perpetrator goes to great lengths to hide their activities.

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William B. Hanley, Attorney At Law

What Must a Seller Disclose About Property Defects?

The California real estate market has been rising rapidly in valuations since the onset of the pandemic and low-interest-rate mortgages. The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) reports that the median home price in 2022 is set to rise 5.2% to $834,400 after a projected 20.3 percent raise to $793,100 in 2021 from 2020.

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