Ask the Experts: Accessing safe-deposit boxes and dividing mom’s estate

Q: My wife and I have a safe-deposit box. After we are gone, will our kids have any problem getting into the box? I’ve heard that banks refuse to give children (access) until certain requirements are met.

A: To read Kay Brooks’ answer, visit the Ask the Experts column here on

Upcoming Seminar: Protecting Trade Secrets – How to Manage Employee Use of Proprietary Information

Thursday, May 17, 2012
9:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Program

400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor, Sacramento, CA

Can You Keep a Secret?

From trade secrets like product recipes and algorithms to confidential details about financing, customers and costs, all businesses have information that could be devastating if it were to fall into a competitor’s hands.

By attending this free seminar presented by our intellectual property experts, you will discover the ways employers must designate and guard proprietary information to ensure legal protection of this most critical asset.

Things You Will Learn

• Steps you can take to protect confidential information

• How to draft and enforce confidentiality agreements

• What “noncompetition protection” is and whether it is available to your business

• What to do when a competitor obtains your protected information

• What policies you must have

• What “venue provisions” are and why they are more important than ever


Ramona Carrillo


Telephone: (916) 558-6046

It’s Official – Weintraub Merges with San Francisco Firm Tobin & Tobin

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corporation and Tobin & Tobin, a professional corporation, jointly announce the merger of their business law and litigation firms. The combined firm will be named Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin and will have offices in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. With over

60 attorneys, the new firm will continue to focus on corporate, real estate, banking, labor and employment, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, tax, trusts and estate planning and bankruptcy, among other areas.

“Our client relationships are expanding more and more throughout the state, and many of those relationships are in the Bay Area. To better meet our clients’ needs and as part of our strategic expansion plan, we looked for a firm like Tobin & Tobin – one that complements our specialty practice areas,” said Michael Kvarme, Weintraub’s managing shareholder. “Given Tobin’s rich history in San Francisco, which dates back to 1852, and our firm’s strong legal presence in the Sacramento region, this merger greatly enriches both firms. Together, we provide more depth and breadth in our shared practice areas and statewide capabilities.”

“We have long admired the work and culture of Weintraub. We share a vision of value-added, trust-based relationships and are confident that with our combined capabilities and expanded services we will be in an even better position to meet our clients’ needs” said Darrell Sooy, managing partner for Tobin & Tobin.

With headquarters in the California state capitol and offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the new firm of Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin combines its shared vision and pledges to be an innovative provider of sophisticated legal services to dynamic businesses and business owners, as well as non-profits and individuals with litigation and business needs. The firm will continue its strong support of the communities in which its attorneys live and work.

Weintraub Lawyers Helped Close 26 Deals Worth $1.6B

That’s a big switch for lawyers who specialize in commercial lending deals at Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corp. Until last year, most of their time was spent negotiating loan workouts.

Now lawyers across the market are refinancing agreements to take advantage of low interest rates and helping clients get new money for acquisitions and other purposes.

“Money is available. Interest rates being charged are significantly less than they’ve been, and terms are more reasonable,” said Mike Kvarme, managing partner at Weintraub. “We’ve done a ton of loans this year. News is always focused on the 5 percent to 10 percent that’s not doing too well – but 90 percent of the economy is still functioning.”

To read the full version of this story, please click the pdf link above.

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak is an innovative provider of sophisticated legal services to dynamic businesses and business owners, as well as non-profits and individuals with litigation and business needs. With offices in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the firm focuses on corporate, real estate, labor and employment, litigation, intellectual property, tax, and trusts and estate planning, among other areas.

Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog is in the Top 25

Over the last year, Weintraub Genshlea Chediak has tripled the size of its employment law department. In addition to enhancing the services we can provide to our clients, this growth has allowed us to continue presenting our quality seminars and maintaining our Labor and Employment Law Blog. Our results have paid off. We are pleased to announce that LexisNexis has ranked our blog as one of the Top 25 employment and labor law blogs in the nation for 2011. We are honored and proud to receive this recognition given the number of other high quality labor and employment law blogs out in the blogosphere.

Voting is now under way to determine the nation’s top (#1) employment and labor law blog for 2011. If you have enjoyed reading the commentary and information we regularly provide on our blog, please take the time to vote for “The Labor and Employment Law Blog” as the Top Blog of 2011 by clicking here.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with commentary and information about developing employment and labor issues in the years to come. Thank you.

Upcoming Seminar: OSHA Compliance – Safety and Prevention of Workplace Violence

Download: Seminar Brochure – April 21, 2011.pdf

Summary of Program:

Federal and state OSHA laws protect California workers from unsafe working conditions. However, the federal and state statutes and regulations are complex and can be difficult to understand. Employers often fall short of complying with provisions of Cal/OSHA simply because they are unaware that the law applies to them, or they fail to understand some nuance or technicality contained in the regulations. This short seminar is designed to remove some of the mystery from federal and state OSHA requirements and assist you in managing your business’ compliance with these laws.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • Implement a compliant and effective Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP)
  • Gain an understanding of Cal/OSHA’s latest general industry changes and know how to comply.
  • Avoid enormous Cal/OSHA fines and hassles by regularly assessing your organization’s IIPP, training your employees, and shoring up weaknesses in your safety practices.
  • Better understand what OSHA regulations apply to your industry so you won’t be caught off guard when accidents do occur.
  • Use effective preventive measures to keep your employees and customers safe from threats of workplace violence.
  • Recognize the warning signs that indicate an employee is capable of violence and know how to respond.


Ramona Carrillo
Weintraub Genshlea Chediak
400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.558.6046
Fax: 916.446.1611

Parking validation provided. Please park in the Wells Fargo parking garage.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

8:30 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Program

There is no charge for this seminar.

Approved for 3 hours MCLE Credit