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The Complete Guide to COVID-19/Coronavirus California Tenant Protections has been compiled by the law firm of Astanehe Law in San Francisco. The guide offers landlord and tenant information by city and county of the laws and rules put into place by the state of California and many local cities and counties giving tenants emergency protections, including moratoriums on evictions, emergency temporary rent suspension, and unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuit suspensions during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
The California Department of Real Estate’s Frequently Asked Questions contain relevant information for licensees who are seeking to manage their licenses and other obligations while the coronavirus challenges exist. The Department of Real Estate has announced that it has canceled all salesperson and broker license exams in all exam centers through May 16, 2020. Read more
The coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of lawyers to utilize video conferencing to “meet” with co-workers and clients. One of the most popular video conferencing platforms is Zoom. There are others, but we see Zoom as the choice of many lawyers, especially those in solo and small firms. While we can’t cover all the options and settings for Zoom (there are a ton of them), we’ll try to give our advice on the best way to use and secure Zoom for your firm. Read more
As if businesses did not have enough to worry about during this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s times like these when cybersecurity risk is at its peak. Distracted employees may be psychologically vulnerable to attack, and shifting quickly and unexpectedly to a remote workforce can create technology and control risks. It’s a perfect storm for cyber risk. Read more
The coronavirus pandemic has had a severe impact on businesses right across the globe and with a third of the world now in lockdown, thousands of businesses have moved most of their workforce to remote working. Although working from home allows a business to continue operating, it brings significant security risks, placing a greater need to maintain compliance with relevant data security requirements. Read more
More than ever, civil litigation attorneys need to be able to provide remote oversight of document review teams. The ever-expanding size of data in civil litigation now requires litigators of firms of all sizes, from solo practitioners to "big law" firms, to utilize outside document review teams. Using remote document review teams provides many benefits, such as the ability to scale the document review team, hosting the review in affordable staffing markets, and freeing up valuable attorney time to focus on more substantive issues within the matter. However, utilizing remote document review teams does create management issues for the overseeing attorneys, such as how to remotely ensure quality and consistency of the document review. Read more
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many California superior courts are encouraging attorneys to appear by telephone for certain civil hearings, while in some area’s courts have rescheduled most hearings or closed their doors altogether. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to make a telephonic court appearance. Read more
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
The legal industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of technology in the practice of law in California. Effective legal representation in the 21st century mandates a base level of technological competence. Read more
I’d like for you all to take a moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly. Repeat that once, or maybe a few times. You deserve it. Read more

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