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Congratulations Velma!

Only 5 percent of all attorneys in the state are chosen! This is Velma’s ninth year for this prestigious honor. The Super Lawyer designation is awarded only after a rigorous process of peer review, independent research and accomplishments in their field.

Congratulations Jamie!

Only 2.5 percent of all attorneys in California are chosen for this honor! You must be 40 years of age or younger to receive this Super Lawyers – Rising Star designation. It’s awarded only after a rigorous process of peer review, independent research and accomplishments in their field.

‘Dedicated, persistent, and hardworking’: 2022 Young ATHENA Award winner announced

Kroloff is proud to announce that our shareholder, Jamie M. Bossuat was honored with the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award winner for 2022!

Jamie’s community involvement and dedication to her clients is truly amazing! Way to go Jamie!

For more click the link for the article in the Stockton Record

Kroloff Shareholders Christopher Engh and Velma K. Lim honored as “Super Lawyers” for 2022

Kroloff is thrilled to announce that Shareholders Christopher Engh and Velma K. Lim were selected as “Super Lawyers” for 2022.  Chris was named a Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate, and Velma was named a Super Lawyer in Employment Law.   This is Chris’ seventeenth year and Velma’s eighth year being named a Super Lawyer!

The Super Lawyer nomination process is quite rigorous and is based on peer nominations and achievements. Selected lawyers are considered in the top 5% of lawyers practicing in the state of California.

Congratulations, Chris and Velma!

Trademark Modernization Act Reduces the Response Period for Office Actions

During the trademark application process, the United States Patent and Trademark Office may issue an “office action,” which is an official letter that lists any legal problems with either your trademark or the application itself.  You must resolve all issues identified in the office action before your mark can be approved.

On December 1, 2022, changes to the office action response timeline will go into effect.  Previously, applicants and registrants had six months to respond to office actions.  Starting in December 2022, this timeframe will be shortened to three months.  This also applies to post-registration actions.  Applicants will have the option to request a single three-month extension for a $125 fee.  The application or registration will be canceled if the applicant does not respond within three months or request an extension.

If you have questions about how to apply for a trademark, contact our office to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

Witnesses Now Required to Sign Transfer on Death Deeds in California

Transfer on death (TOD) deeds can be a valuable tool in estate planning, and are used as a way to transfer real property to a beneficiary on the owner’s death without the property having to pass through probate.

Effective January 1, 2022, the California Legislature amended California Probate Code section 5624 to require that TOD deeds be signed by two adult witnesses to be valid.

To avoid potential litigation down the road, the witnesses should generally not be beneficiaries on the deed (recipients of the property on the owner’s death).

With this new witness requirement, the following steps should be followed to finalize a transfer on death deed in California:

  • The owner of the property signs the deed.
  • Two adult non-beneficiary witnesses sign the deed.
  • The owner’s signature is notarized.
  • The deed is recorded with the County recorder’s office within 60 days of the owner’s signature being notarized.

Depending on the situation, additional steps may be needed to ensure the deed is effective.  If you are interested in using a transfer on death deed as part of your estate planning, contact our office to speak with one of our experienced estate planning attorneys.

Kroloff Voted Best Law Firm in San Joaquin County 2022

We are pleased to announce that Kroloff has been voted Best Law Firm in San Joaquin County for 2022!

We pride ourselves in providing excellent legal service to the San Joaquin Valley and thank our wonderful community for recognizing us with this award.

MICRA Modernization Amendment Signed Into Law, Increasing MICRA Damages Caps

On May 22, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 35 (“A.B. 35”) into law, resulting in major changes to California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA”). The primary effect of A.B. 35  is to increase the cap on noneconomic damages awarded to plaintiffs in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Originally enacted in 1975, MICRA established a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages awards. MICRA went into effect during a time when doctors were rapidly leaving California due to rising insurance premiums resulting from high medical malpractice awards. With A.B. 35’s enactment, there will be a new non-economic damages limit for medical malpractice suits. Starting on January 1, 2023, cases not involving a patient’s death will have a new limit of $350,000, which will steadily increase over the next 10 years to $750,000. Meanwhile, cases involving patient death will have an increased limit of $500,000, with incremental increases over the span of 10 years to $1 million.

FREE Webinar on Trademark Law!

August 5, 2022 at 12pm via Zoom

Your business “Brand” is very important. In this free, informative webinar, we’ll be sharing the following:

– What is Intellectual Property?
– What is a Trademark and do I need one?
– Federal vs. State vs. Unregistered Protection
– Unregistered Trademarks
– Brand Identity and Its’ Protection
– Defending and Prosecuting Your Rights
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Jamie M. Bossuat and Courtney S. Hayes Win Defense Verdict in San Joaquin County

Join us in congratulating attorneys Jamie M. Bossuat and Courtney S. Hayes for successfully defending a claim for over $400,000 in spousal support against a decedent’s estate.  During a bench trial in San Joaquin County, Ms. Bossuat and Ms. Hayes were able to prove that the plaintiff received all spousal support due and would be unjustly enriched if she received an award.