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Simas & Associates, Ltd. Newsletter | February 5, 2016 | Volume IV, Issue 2
Firm Announcement

Simas & Associates, Ltd. Expands to San Diego

San Diego, CA — Simas & Associates, Ltd. recently opened a new office in San Diego, California.

"For the past several years, we have had occasional inquiries from potential clients in San Diego and in Southern California, generally," explained firm owner Steven L. Simas. "And some of those inquiries resulted in several loyal and long-time clients and relationships. So, to serve those relationships and to see if we can make even further connections, we decided to open an office in San Diego."



The office is located in the AT&T Building, a 20-story skyscraper located in the Horton district of Downtown San Diego. The 24th tallest building in city, it sits is in a prominent location, across the street from the Edward J. Schwartz U.S. Courthouse for the Southern District of California and blocks away from the County of San Diego, Superior Court of California, and the State of California offices housing the Office of Administrative Hearings, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

"It is also close to the famous Gaslamp Quarter District," stated Simas. "So, it will be a good spot to entertain clients." 



At present, the plan is to staff the office on an as-needed basis. 

"Our law firm has had success with out other satellite offices, located in San Luis Obispo and Santa Rosa," continued Simas. "So, this will be more of the same. We will not be relying upon walk-in clients, but will be available to meet within the next business day, if necessary. Furthermore, with its perfect location, we are perfectly located for court appearances and depositions."

The law firm is just beginning the process of opening the location. Specific contact information is still forthcoming. The firm also intends to join the San Diego County Bar Association and gain admission to the United States District Court. Southern District of California. An open house is being contemplated. 

For more information on Simas & Associates, Ltd. and its locations please visit our website at www.simasgovlaw.com.
Staff Announcement

Britton Alastair Lilley

Congratulations to Amanda Lilley, Firm Administrator, and her husband Shawn, on the birth of their son, Britton Alastair Lilley!
 

Britton entered the world on January 28, 2016. He was 7 lbs, 11 ounces, and 20 inches long. It was a very long day but according to Shawn, Amanda and Britton are both doing great!

Congratulations to the Lilley Family! The Simas & Associates, Ltd. family sends its love and cannot wait to meet the handsome little man.
Client/Vendor of the Month
 
Integral Networks, Inc.
4960 Rocklin Rd.
Suite 100
Rocklin, California 95677
P: (916) 626-4000
http://www.inetinc.net/

Integral Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions, infrastructure management, and value-added technical services to organizations of all sizes and from all sectors in industry. Integral is first and foremost designers and employers of customized solutions. It has a strong foundation in industry-standard practices and best-in-class technology.

Simas & Associates, Ltd. appreciates the opportunity to serve Integral as special counsel. If you would like to be featured as our law firm’s “Client/Vendor of the Month,” please contact us at info@simasgovlaw.com
Featured Agency Announcement

California Assembly approves Daily Fantasy Sports Regulatory Bill

Sacramento, CA — The California state Assembly voted overwhelmingly on January 27, 2016 in favor of a bill that would authorize and regulate daily Internet fantasy sports betting. The lone “no” vote was cast by Sonoma-Marin Assemblyman Marc Levine, who contends that the decision should be left to voters.

The measure, known as the Internet Fantasy Sports Games Consumer Protection Act, or AB 1437, was approved on a 64-1 vote and now heads to the state Senate. The bill authorizes the Department of Justice to issue licenses to fantasy games operators and requires them to facilitate collection of personal income taxes from players.



According to news reports, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington have ruled that most games, including DraftKings and FanDuel, cannot be played. New York’s attorney general sued the two companies, but they are continuing to do business there after a judge’s order in the state’s favor was stayed.

In California, Assemblyperson Levine had asked California Attorney General Kamala Harris in November 2015 to order daily Internet fantasy sports game companies to cease and desist operations. No action has been taken in response to the request.
Featured Blog Entry
 
Legality of Party Buses

Just got paid, Friday night… this used to be the theme song of adults ready to hit the clubs on the weekend after a hard work week. Well, now the party has extended to what are known as “party buses." This relatively new phenomenon is all the rage but not without incident. As with any new hot trend, there is typically a down side that creates a need for legislation to curb abuses. California tightened up rules regarding party buses after a San Mateo teen died in a crash after leaving a party bus.

Laws for limousines have been in place since the 1980’s following similar incidents of deaths related to underage drinking while onboard. However, legislation has been somewhat unclear on some key points surrounding party buses and liability since it is still somewhat of a new fad.

To keep reading this entry, please click here:
Legality of Party Buses. 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

Wager

A contract by which two or more parties agree that a certain sum of money or other thing will be paid or delivered to one of them on the happening of an uncertain event or upon the ascertainment of a fact which is in dispute between them. The parties typically have no interest or ability to impact the happening of the uncertain event.



And the uncertain event is typically some form of lottery, contest, sporting event, or a game of chance (e.g. the Super Bowl). However, it explicitly does not include investments or insurance. 

For more terms related to our practice areas, please visit our law firm’s glossary at 
SimasGovLaw.com - Glossary.
Billing Month Change

We will be modifying our normal calendar for our billing month starting February 2016. Rather than attempting to close the billing month at the same time as the calendar month, we are changing to the 25th of each month. 

Closing the billing month on the 25th should not have any negative impact on our clients. Rather, it will just ensure that our clients receive their invoices earlier in each calendar month and on a more consistent schedule.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact Sharon Cain, our administrative assistant, at our Sacramento Office.
Upcoming Calendar

February 5 -
12th Annual Release of Pliny the Younger.

February 7 -
Super Bowl 50.

February 8 - Happy Chinese New Year - çŒ´å¹´å‰ç¥¥

February 9 - Fat Tuesday.

February 10 - Ash Wednesday.

February 12 - President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday.

February 13 -
13th Annual Race for Justice Valentine Run.

February 14 - Happy St. Valentine's Day! Also, NBA All Star Game.

February 15 - Presidents' Day - offices closed.

February 18 - SLO Bar Association -
Don't Hide the Scars.

February 22 - President George Washington's Birthday.

February 26 - National Pistachio Day.

February 28 -
The Oscars | 88th Academy Awards.

February 29 - Happy Leap Day! Also, Sacramento County Bar Association Section Leadership Institute.

March 3 - SDCBA - Tips for Successful Networking in Your Everyday Life.

March 4 -
Employee Appreciation Day.

Also, Happy Birthdays this month to
Karen Walsh, Justin D. Hein, and Rachelle Allison-Lamb!
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