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Posts on Jan 1970

Campaign Contributions to Elected Officials Do Not Create Legal Conflicts of Interest, Reaffirmed

Many are surprised to learn that campaign contributions to local elected officials do not create legal conflicts of interest, which would prohibit the public official from voting on matters involving the campaign contributor.

The issue was revisited in a fairly recent California Court of Appeal decision, All Towing Services LLC v. City of Orange (October 2013) 220 Cal.App, 4th 946. The facts of that case involve a solicitation of proposals for towing services by the City of Orange. The City awarded contracts to several of the tow companies that submitted proposals. However, an unsuccessful proposer sued the City

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C&N Partner Elected to Templeton Chamber Board of Directors

Michael M. McMahon, Partner at Carmel and Naccasha LLP, is one of six newly elected Board members to the Templeton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term.

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The Importance of Designating a Third Party Registered Agent

So you’ve formed your corporation or LLC, you’ve got your tax ID, bank account, and business is humming along. Things are going well and so you fill out your first required Statement of Information and write your own name and address in the area for designating the company’s registered agent for service of process – you’re doing everything else, so this should be easy, right? As you likely read in the instructions for the forms, a registered agent is the person designated to receive service of process when a business entity is served with legal papers such as a summons or subpoena. Although the appeal of performing that role for your business may seem like an attractive option, there are several reasons why you should designate a professional to handle those responsibilities. Your business needs to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible and receiving all communications and keeping your corporation or LLC in good standing is crucial.

A physical address in the state of incorporation is required by the California Secretary of State and in most other jurisdictions in the United States. A post office box does not typically meet the requirement, especially when designating an agent for service of process.

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Firm Supports Woods Humane Society Through Special Program

Friends of Woods Humane Society

Carmel & Naccasha LLP is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2014 Tails Gala and induction as a friend of the Humane Alliance Program. The annual Tails Gala supports the various programs offered at Woods Humane Society, such as the spay/neuter services, animal training, and humane education opportunities.

Jon Ansolabehere, associate at Carmel & Naccasha, currently serves as a board member for the Woods Humane Society.

The Humane Society operates in San Luis Obispo County. More information can be found at their website: http://www.woodshumanesociety.org/.

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Highly Informative Discussion with Second District Court of Appeal Justices

If a case is litigated in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court and goes up on appeal, that appeal will be heard in the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Six, based in Ventura.  The Court hears oral argument on almost all of its cases at its Ventura facility.  However, the Justices sometimes make trips to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo to hear oral argument.  Recently, those Justices held a highly informative panel discussion followed by a question and answer session, which was sponsored by the SLO County Bar Association.

Held at the Gardens of Avila, the distinguished panel of speakers assembled to begin the presentation after mingling and talking informally with the county judges and attorneys who were in attendance.  The session was led by Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert, who was joined by sitting Associate Justices Kenneth Yegan and Steven Perren.  Also participating in the discussion were

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