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Abandoned Pets In California

Abandoned Pets In California

Abandoned Pets In California

There is little that tugs on the heartstrings more than a family pet that has been abandoned. A startling number of these stories involve a family suddenly moving and leaving a cat or dog behind, often on the property. If you happen to be the person who either rents or purchases the property, it’s important to understand your legal rights.

California lawmakers addressed the issues of abandoned pets. The law was designed to protect both landlords and incoming residents from inheriting responsibility for the pet the previous tenants left behind. All you have to do is report the pet to animal control. When you report the pet, local animal control officers will arrive at the property and remove the animal. Prior to the law change, everyone had to leave the pet where it was for a full two days after its discovery to see if the previous owners planned on returning for it.

This new law makes it possible for the pet to receive shelter, food, and any veterinary care it requires.

If you are getting ready to move and are considering leaving your pet behind, you need to think again. This is a serious problem that law officials are starting to really crackdown on.

Even if there is a legitimate reason your pet can’t make the move with you, you’re legally obligated to take care of them. That means that if you aren’t able to convince a friend or family member to assume ownership, you’ll have to go through a shelter.

It’s important to understand that abandoning your pet is illegal. The resulting charge is a misdemeanor. If you’re found guilty you could be fined $50-$500 and possibly spend time in jail.

If the stress of the move causes a pet to run away, you need to report them as a lost animal as quickly as possible. Reporting them as lost not only increases the odds of them getting safely returned to your family, but eliminates the possibility of you being charged with animal abandonment in California.

 

Selling Real Estate Without A License

Selling Real Estate Without A License

Selling Real Estate Without A License

Selling real estate seems simple enough. Someone wants to sell their house. You know a few people who would be interested. You agree to act as a broker between everyone. Considering that people sell houses as “for sale by owner” all the time, what can possibly go wrong.

Yes, it’s possible that this could turn into a good deal for everyone, it can also go horribly sideways. While state laws do allow you to sell your house without the aid of a real estate agent, you’re not allowed to step in and act as a broker for another person unless you’ve been properly licensed by the state.

Getting a real estate license in California isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does require some commitment on your part. The state real estate board wants proof that you clearly understand the ins and outs of real estate law.

The State of California won’t issue a real estate license to you until you’ve:

  • Completed a specified real estate course.
  • Passed a written exam.
  • Undergone a thorough state background check.

It is important to understand that California has two different types of real estate license: (1) a license that allows you to act as a real estate salesperson and (2) a license that allows you to act as a real estate broker.

You won’t be granted a broker’s license until you’ve first obtained your salesperson license. The state won’t even consider your application to become a broker until you’ve obtained a great deal of hands-on experience working as a real estate salesperson.

Failure to become properly licensed before selling real estate has serious legal repercussions. If you’re caught, you could be facing either a felony or misdemeanor charges. The punishment often depends on why you were eventually caught, how many properties you ultimately helped sell, and if you have ever been charged with selling a property without a license in the past.

In many cases, you’ll serve time in either jail or state prison. It’s also likely you’ll be required to pay a steep fine, have a probation period, and even be required to do community service. Depending on the situation, you could also have to pay restitution to everyone involved in the case. There’s also a chance that civil charges will be filed against you. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever be allowed to legally sell real estate after you’ve been convicted.

All things considered, it’s best to put in the work and obtain your real estate license rather than trying to take a short cut.

 

Tips To Help You Get Ready To File Your 2020 Tax Return

Tips To Help You Get Ready To File Your 2020 Tax Return

Tips To Help You Get Ready To File Your 2020 Tax Return

Your 2020 tax return isn’t due until mid-April, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore that tax season is officially here. The last thing you want to do is wait until a few days before the deadline to file. Turning your thoughts to your tax return now and creating a plan to help you prepare them reduces a great deal of tax season stress.

The key to keeping your stress levels low during tax season is creating a plan of attack. Create a list of specific tasks that need to be completed and determine when you’ll do them. You’ll be amazed how much a solid plan of attack smooths out the process of filing your 2020 tax return.

Gather Your Paperwork

Spend the second half of January and the first half of February gathering up all the paperwork you need to complete your 2020 tax return. The paperwork you need to have on hand before you’re ready to start preparing your tax return includes:

  • W2s
  • Documents that indicate itemized expenses such as child care, medical insurance, and educational costs
  • Any 1099s connected to freelance contractors you hired throughout the year
  • Donation receipts
  • Mortgage interest payment documents
  • An itemized list of business expenses (if relevant)
  • Investment statements
  • Receipts for any tax-deductible purchases you made throughout the year

Keep all of these documents in a drawer or file that’s specifically dedicated to your 2020 taxes.

Dedicating a few weeks to simply organizing all the paperwork that’s relevant to your 2020 tax return does three things. One, it means you don’t have to constantly stop and look for things while you’re preparing your return. Two, you won’t accidentally forget to add something that could impact how much you owe/receive. Three, by gathering all of the documents early, you’ll notice if something is lost and still have time to find/replace the document.

Prepare Your 2020 Tax Return

Set aside a few days in early March to actually prepare your tax return. If you’re handling this on your own, make sure you have a block of time when you won’t be interrupted. Give yourself plenty of time. If you find the process overwhelming, divide the process into several small, manageable chunks. By starting to prepare the paperwork in March, it means you won’t be in a race to complete the work by the April 15 deadline.

When you’re done, save the documentation but don’t submit it to the IRS just yet.

Review Your Work

Give yourself a week or two before returning to your completed tax return. Carefully go over every single line and make sure everything is correct. This review process is the best way to avoid making a mistake that could trigger an audit. Once you’re satisfied that everything is accurate, it’s time to officially file your taxes.

Set Up A Payment Plan

If you’re getting a refund from the IRS, you can sit back and wait for the check to appear. If you discover that you owe taxes, you’ll want to set up a payment plan and stick to it. It’s better to make your payments a few days early than to be late.

Hopefully, this plan of attack for your 2020 tax season takes all the stress out of the process, making it possible for you to file your taxes and also enjoy time with your family and friends.

 

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Summer is here, and for most people this means it’s time for parties, vacations, and trips. Everyone has their own to enjoy summer. While the season is great for relaxing, one aspect of this time of year can be incredibly stressful. As the temperatures rise in California, wildfires become more prominent across the state.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and become more threatening in warm, dry, and windy conditions. During the summer, California dries out under the intense heat, thereby increasing the risks of wildfires. All it takes is one small spark to ignite a massive blaze that can burn through everything in its path.

Just looking at how bad last year’s wildfires were, it is easy to see how important it is for a person to be prepared for wildfires. This is especially true during the summer months.

Prepping A Home For Wildfires

A person can prepare for in a number of ways from prepping their home for a fire, and preparing their family on how to respond to a potential danger. Both ways are very important, and preparing in both areas can make a huge difference. Preparation can mean the difference between life and death.

When it comes to defending a house, homeowners should create defendable space between their home and the rest of the yard. This means creating ten feet of clearance between a home and any vegetation. It also means removing dead vegetation, leaves and branches, from the yard. Dead plant material is more flammable than living plants, and can pose a higher risk of catching fire. Dead leaves should also be removed from rain gutters and out from under porches.

Keep lawns maintained and watered as dry grass can be incredibly flammable. Mow lawns in the morning when they are damp with dew. This makes it less likely that a spark from the mower could start a fire.

Place metal netting over ducts, eaves, and under patios to prevent embers and dry debris from getting inside. Replace missing or broken roof tiles regularly to prevent embers from reaching the wooden roofing beneath the tiles.

Keeping The Family Prepared

When it comes to prepping the family for emergencies, a lot of it falls to storing emergency supplies, creating a plan, and practicing the plan. Experts recommend having at least two emergency exit plans for every room in a building. Every person in a family should know these plans, as well as where to meet in the event of separation. Practicing these plans regularly can help a person memorize, which means they will be less likely to panic and forget them in the event of an emergency.

Emergency supplies should be stored in a safe, yet easily, accessible area that every family knows about. When it comes to wildfire prep, an emergency kit should contain any current medications needed by each family member, including pets. Important documents, such as birth certificates, deeds, and insurance paperwork, should be kept in a safe, fireproof area. Fireproof safes are great, but they are not perfect. The safe itself may not burn, but sometimes the papers inside can still ignite if temperatures get hot enough.

Stay Safe & Prepared This Summer

In the event of a wildfire, always follow the advice of emergency personnel. They know best. If told to evacuate by firefighters or police officers, people should listen. If they don’t, they could become trapped in their home. This is bad for two reasons:

  1. No one wants to be trapped anywhere near a wildfire. Emergency crews may attempt a rescue, but there is no guarantee they will get there in time.
  2. Emergency personnel will need to be diverted from fighting the blaze to attempt to rescue the trapped individual(s). That means less people fighting the fire, which is bad for everyone.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and can be very scary when they approach a person’s home. Unfortunately, they are just a part of life in California during the summer and fall. Luckily, there are steps a person can take to help protect their homes and ensure the safety of their families.

What are some of the ways that you have prepared your home for wildfires?

Let us know in the comments down below.

 

Is It Possible To Steal Something That Was Delivered To You?

Is It Possible To Steal Something That Was Delivered To You?

Is It Possible To Steal Something That Was Delivered To You?

Most people are aware of the fact that stealing is wrong. They know that if they take something that isn’t theirs without permission, they could end up in big legal trouble. That is something nobody wants to deal with, which is why most people don’t take stuff that doesn’t belong to them.

However, what should people do when things sort of just fall into their laps? In today’s modern world, packages arrive at peoples’ homes all of the time. Most of the time these packages are delivered properly, but sometimes packages get delivered to the wrong address or the wrong thing was shipped to the person. In these instances, what should a person do? Do they try to return it or keep it as a nice gift? After all, the company messed up, not the person ordering the item, right?

As it turns out, the answer isn’t so simple. This is still relatively new territory as far as the law is concerned, and one Massachusetts man learned this the hard way.

How The Story Goes

A Massachusetts man recently made headlines for being arrested for stealing a TV that was mistakenly delivered to his house. He had recently ordered a 75-inch flat screen TV valued at around $1,200. What was delivered instead was an 86-inch flat screen valued at double the price, around $2,700. The man kept the mistaken delivery, accepting it as a bit of good luck. He even did a quick internet search to see if he could get into trouble for keeping the TV.

On the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website, he found what he thought was the answer he was looking for. The site stated that if a person receives merchandise they didn’t order, they have a legal right to keep it. The man took this to mean that he could keep the TV. However, this particular line was talking about instances where companies try to send people unordered products for free, then demand payment for said products.

The delivery company soon realized its mistake and began to try and contact the man. However, the man never felt any obligation to answer those calls. According to the delivery company, the calls were either ignored or answered by a male voice claiming to be the father of the man in question, who promised to pass the news along to his son.

After a few days of getting nowhere with this, the delivery company contacted the police and filled them in on the situation. A pair of police officers were sent to the home where they met the man in the driveway. They spoke to him about the TV, which one of the officers could see mounted on the wall through a front window. The man denied being home to receive the package when it arrived, despite that the delivery man was able to identify him from a photo lineup. The man stated that one of his employees must have signed for it. He asked to see the signature on the delivery slip, and claimed that it wasn’t his.

The officers left and later got a warrant to arrest the man. As the police sought a warrant, one officer stated that the man clearly lied and refused to answer his telephone, and would likely lie about receiving a summon and will not show up for court. Shortly after, a group of officers surrounded the house and arrested the man. They charged him with felony larceny by false pretense and a second charge of misleading a police. The man was released from jail shortly after and is currently looking for a defense lawyer. If found guilty, the man will face up to 15 years in prison and several thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees.

What Happens Next?

When it comes down to who was right and wrong in this case, no one is quite sure. As stated earlier, this case is rather unique and unheard of. One criminal defense lawyer, who has worked with law for 20 years, argues that larceny in Massachusetts requires the actual taking of property, which didn’t technically occur in this scenario. Another lawyer says that the large price of the item probably necessitated that the man report the incident to the company.

For those looking to avoid a similar situation, it is always best to contact the delivery company or sender of the package to alert them of the error. Depending on the item, some companies have been known to let the error stand, chalking it up to their own mistake. Once that is done, the person should try to help them out wherever possible that way a person cannot be accused of stealing something that was delivered to them.

What do you think of this?

Should the man have tried to return the TV or was he right to keep it for himself? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Bailing Out A Loved Can Be Easy

Bailing Out A Loved Can Be Easy

Bailing Out A Loved Can Be Easy

Bailing a friend or family member out of jail is not something that people do for fun. Due to this fact, many people do not know much about how bail works. All they know is what they’ve seen it on TV. Sadly, television shows don’t give a very accurate representation of how the system works. It rarely is as simple as taking a few hundred dollars down to the police station where the person is being held.

This fact catches a lot of people off guard. They weren’t prepared for how expensive the bail was. Here in California, the average bail amount is several thousands of dollars. This puts it too far out of reach for most individuals. Luckily, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is here to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs one.

Since 1987, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia has provided Californians with affordable bail bonds.

We know that bail is too expensive for most people, so we do everything that we can to make it affordable.

We start by providing clients with bail bonds that only cost 10% of the full bail price. From there, we split up the price and spread it out over several months with a payment plan personalized to the client’s unique budget.

By providing our clients with their own customized payment plans, they are actually able to afford their loved one’s bail bond. Reducing the cost of the bail, and spreading out the remainder over several months, making posting bail easy and affordable, which is our goal at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

We want to make bail easy for everyone, which is why we provide all of the following:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

Getting someone out of jail may not be as easy as it is portrayed on TV; however, that does not mean that it is difficult. With help from the professionals here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, bailing someone out of jail can be fast, easy, and affordable.

If you want the best bail bond service in California, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

 

Did You Suddenly Find Yourself In Need Of Bail Help?

Did You Suddenly Find Yourself In Need Of Bail Help?

Did You Suddenly Find Yourself In Need Of Bail Help?

The thought of bailing someone out of jail is not one that crosses a person’s mind unless they suddenly find themselves needing to bail out a loved one. This is usually due to the fact that people don’t want to even imagine the idea that someone they know might get arrested. While this may work out for some people, not everyone is lucky enough to never need to post bail in their life.

The fact of the matter is, thousands of people are arrested every single day in California alone. That means that at least twice as many people out their learn that that a loved one has been arrested and needs to be bailed out. That is not a fun thing to discover. Something like this can leave a person shocked and confused. Luckily, there are people out there who can help.

If you need bail help in the State of California, then you need to talk to the professional bail agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. For over 30 years, we have been helping clients deal with the shock of a loved one’s arrest. We help our clients understand the bail process, and get their loved one out of jail quickly and affordably.

If you suddenly find yourself in need of bailing someone out of jail, do not panic. You can trust that the bail agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia will have your back. We provide all of the following to our clients:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • 20% Discount – to qualified clients
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No hidden fees – unlike other bail agencies
  • No collateral with Working Co-signer
  • Se habla Español

Do not let the shock of a loved one’s arrest prevent you from lending a hand. Just because you don’t know much about the bail process does not mean that you cannot help. Just talk to one of our helpful bail agents. They will be more than happy to answer your questions about the bail process and your loved one’s arrest. After talking to one of our agents, you will see that there is nothing to worry about. We promise, we won’t let you down.

Get the bail bond process started right away by calling David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

You Didn’t Plan On Needing Bail, But You Handled It Quickly

You Didn’t Plan On Needing Bail, But You Handled It Quickly

You Didn’t Plan On Needing Bail, But You Handled It Quickly

One minute, everything was going great, and the next thing you know you are getting a call from jail. One of your loved ones was arrested, and asking you for help. You didn’t plan on bailing someone out of jail today, and yet here you are. Helping your friend or family member get out of jail is now your main concern.

You’ve never had to bail someone out of jail before, but you are not going to let that stop you. After a quick internet search, you have found some professionals who can provide their assistance. Since 1987, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia has been helping Californians deal with bail.

We will be more than happy to help you too.

Our professional bail agents are available 24/7. Whenever you need to ask them a question about bail or need assistance with the bail process, they will be there for you. Once you start talking to one of our agents, they will begin working on your loved one’s bail. All they need to get started is your loved one’s name, his or her date of birth, and county of arrest.

Once we have located your loved one in the county jail system and filled out the paperwork, we can begin figuring out a payment plan. This payment plan will break up the upfront cost of the bail bond and spread it out over several months. With a payment plan designed to fit your financial situation, you will be able to afford to post your loved one’s bail.

With help from David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, you will be able to get your loved one out of jail quickly and affordably. This means your loved one will be out of jail in no time, and that you will not have to drain your bank account to achieve this goal. You can rest easy knowing that you and your arrested loved one are in good hands.

To learn more about our services, feel free to call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now. Consultation is always FREE!

We Provide Flexible Payment Options

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia Provide Flexible Payment Options

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia Provide Flexible Payment Options

Your life is a constantly changing and evolving thing. What works for you at one point in your life, may not work for you a few months down the line. Due to this fact, all long term plans need to be flexible enough to accommodate change. Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we understand that, which is why we provide our clients with flexible, affordable payment plans.

Bailing someone out of jail without bail help is an expensive undertaking. However, with help from David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia you will only have to pay 10% of the full bail price. That means you save 90% just by coming to us for help. However, that is not all that we do to help out our clients.

We also provide everyone with personalized payment plans that fit into their budgets. This way, the 10% of the bail is broken up into even smaller monthly payments that are much more manageable. To make sure that our clients are always able to pay for the bail bond, we accept a variety of different payment methods to give them some flexibility.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we accept:

  • Cash
  • Checks
  • Major Debit & Credit Cards
  • Western Union Money Transfers
  • E-Checks
  • Wells Fargo Business Account Deposits

Our clients can also choose to make some of these payments over the phone, online, or through our website. We provide all of this flexibility to make paying for the bail bond as easy and affordable as possible. A client can use one payment type for a few months, and then switch to something else if they need to. The choice is yours.

If you are ready to bail a loved one out of jail, just call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us today!

Bail Is Easy With David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

Bail Is Easy With David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

Bail Is Easy With David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

There are a lot of things out there that are difficult, but get easier with practice. For instance, playing a musical instrument at first is pretty tough, but it gets easier with continued practice. However, there are some things that no one truly wants to deal with enough times to become an expert at. A perfect example would be bail.

No one wants to deal with bail more than they have to. They just want to get their loved one out of jail as quickly as possible. They do not want to have to experience this again because that would mean a loved one got into trouble once more. No one wants that. Unfortunately, this all means that bailing someone out of jail is a strange and mysterious task for most people.

This can make bailing someone out of jail difficult, unless you find professional help. Luckily, getting professional bail help in California is as easy as contacting David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. Our bail agents are some of the best in the state. They are available to provide bail help to anyone that needs it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our expert bail agents will be more than happy to guide you through the bail bond process. They can answer your questions, and show you how easy it can be to bail someone out of jail. With our help, your loved one will be out of jail in just a few short hours. In addition, you will not have to drain your bank account to achieve this goal.

The thought of trying to bail someone out of jail for the first time can be very scary. After all, you’ve never done something like this before. However, it can be incredibly easy if you contact a professionals to help you. The best bail agents in the state of California can be found here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. They are ready and waiting to assist you. Call us today and get the bail process started!

Don’t hesitate to call, consultation at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is always FREE, so call us at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

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