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Simas & Associates Newsletter | December 7, 2012 | Volume I, Issue 1
Firm Announcement
 
New Service Areas – State Bar Defense, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Counsel-of-Record Services
 
Sacramento, California - Simas & Associates, Ltd. is proud to announce that it has expanded its scope of offerings to its clients and California residents, statewide.  Specifically, Simas & Associates, Ltd. now offers representation in the practice areas of State Bar Defense, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Counsel-of-Record Services.  These practice areas expand, formalize, and diversify the potential solutions Simas & Associates, Ltd. can offer California businesses and professionals, statewide.
 
“I am really happy that we were able to finally put a label on some of the services our firm offers,” explained Steven L. Simas, founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd.  “For so many years, I sought creative ways to resolve conflicts between parties.  I am excited that I have now formalized my training and can now confidently mediate and arbitrate controversies brought to our firm by competing parties.”
 
“In addition,” Mr. Simas continued, “the firm had been offering continued ‘counsel-of-record’ services to a number of our clients for many years.  These are clients who used our firm to formally organize their practices.  Depending upon the profession," Mr. Simas explained, "this could be as either a professional corporation, non-profit corporation, partnership, or a limited liability company."

However, there was never a way for Simas & Associates, Ltd. to offer formal continued representation to these and other entities.  The new Counsel-of-Record offering addresses that need.  "Yes, it turns out that there a number of existing businesses that need formalized representation," explained Mr. Simas.  "But this was only after the founders had already created the business without legal assistance.  Given my firm’s experience, of course we would be willing to take these clients on and help steer them through California’s complex menagerie of laws and regulations.”
 
The firm also expanded its professional licensing defense representation model on behalf of attorneys.  “Last and not least is our firm now offering and representing attorneys before the State Bar,” explained Mr. Simas.  “Since the State Bar Court adopted the Administrative Procedure Act as its procedural base, this practice area became a natural fit.  How better to serve the legal community than to serve my fellow attorneys in their deepest and darkest time of need.”
 
For more information about each of these new practice areas, please visit SimasGovLaw.com at the following links:
Staff Announcement
 
Welcome Our New Paralegal, Susan J. Pòggi
 
Simas & Associates, Ltd. is happy to announce the hiring of a new paralegal, Ms. Susan J. Pòggi.  Ms. Pòggi joins the firm having worked as paralegal for three other law firms in California since 2005 and after having worked as a trained arbitrator and mediator in the state of New York prior to that.  Ms. Pòggi is also a commissioned Notary Public in the state of California since 2011.  For more information, please check out Ms. Pòggi’s staff profile at SimasGovLaw.com – Susan J. Pòggi.  And feel free to welcome her to the team!
Client of the Month
 
Senior Care Link
2775 Cottage Way, Suite 36
Sacramento, CA 95825

 
Senior Care Link provides liaison services on behalf elderly individuals throughout the state of California.  Specifically, they identify and find retirement, assisted living, and long term care placement and solutions for individuals and their primary caregivers and family.  Although working to find good matches for elderly individuals and their loved ones, Senior Care Link is compensated directly by care providers.  With connections across the state, Senior Care Link is able to find customized solutions for most of their applicants.  For more information about Senior Care Link, please contact Care Coordinators, Marri K. Stevenson or Monalisa Legaspi at (916) 568-9162.  Their website is still under construction.
 
Simas & Associates, Ltd. is proud to serve as Senior Care Link’s General Counsel since 2011.
 
If you would like to be featured as our law firm’s “Client of the Month”, please contact us at info@simasgovlaw.com

California Agency Announcements
 
Featured Blog Entry
 
Top Five Reasons You Need Legal Counsel at Your Administrative Hearing
 
Administrative hearings come in all varieties.  More often than not the nature of the rights at stake in the administrative hearing are quite significant.  In particular, the California Administrative Procedure Act governs the rights of licensees in defending disciplinary actions against their licenses, appealing license denials, and other proceedings.  So often the stakes are high and career ending in administrative hearings.  Yet at Simas & Associates, we see time and time again, licensees and other administrative litigants try to represent themselves to save money.  Don’t let the informal nature of an administrative hearing fool you! 
 
To keep reading this entry, please click here: Top 5 Reasons.  For more blog entries from our attorneys and legal staff, please visit our law firm’s official blog – Wit of Mandate.
Word of the Month
 
Stipulation
 
An agreement between all parties.  It is typically used in the context of a hearing or proceeding.  For example, the parties might stipulate to some or all of the facts, and therefore will not have to present evidence concerning those facts.  Another common stipulation is concerning continuances of scheduled hearings.  Finally, a common form of stipulation in the field of professional licensing law is a Stipulated Settlement, in which the parties agree to some level of admission in exchange for a lesser form of license discipline.  Stipulations will either be made in writing before the hearing, or may be stated on the record by the parties after the hearing starts.
 
For more terms related to our practice areas, please visit our law firm’s glossary at SimasGovLaw.com – Glossary.

Upcoming Calendar
 
December 7, 2012 – Simas & Associates, Ltd. Staff Photo and Event. 

December 10, 20122012 Sacramento County Bar Association Annual Meeting.

December 11, 20122012 Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association Holiday Party.

December 13, 2012 - 2012 SacLEGAL Holiday Party.

December 24, 2012 – Offices are CLOSED and remain closed through New Years Day!

December 25, 2012 – Merry Christmas!

January 1, 2013 – Happy New Year!

January 2, 2013 – Offices are Open.
 
Also, happy birthday to Michael Simas, Julianne Allen, and Amanda M. Lilley, all who celebrate birthdays in December!



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