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April 2015 Archives

Intuit threatened with class action suit over TurboTax security

Two California women are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court accusing Intuit Inc. of failing in its duty to protect its TurboTax customers' private information despite advertising its software as secure. One of the women, who used the TurboTax software to file her taxes online in 2011, said in her lawsuit that TurboTax sent her a $242 bill in 2015 for filing a federal return and returns in four different states.

Dealing with commercial zoning ordinances

When a business is choosing a new location in California, it is important to research the commercial zoning ordinances and regulations that apply to it. Commercial zoning laws prescribe that certain areas be used in certain ways. Just because a prior tenant used a location in a certain way, if its use was nonconforming, a new business may not use it in the same manner.

Understanding commercial real estate trends

California landowners and investors may be interested in learning more about the implications of recent commercial real estate surveys. Researchers project that rental rates for apartments will increase by more than 3 percent annually up through 2017. Rental rates in the office sector are projected to increase by 2.5 percent, and warehouse rentals are expected to increase by over 3.5 percent each year.

Understanding what constitutes a valid contract in California

As some California residents may know, a contract does not necessarily have to be in writing. If an individual or an entity makes a statement that another party believes to be a promise to take action, it could be considered a contract by a judge.

Finding the proper office building in California

There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing space in an office or commercial building in California. For instance, it is important that the building is in an area that is zoned for the type of activities that the business will conduct. It is also a good idea to inspect the building to ensure that it doesn't need significant repair work. However, if repairs are necessary, it should be clarified whether or not the landlord will take care of the needed work.

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