Newsletter of the Legal Community of San Diego's East County
Estate Planning Section
Thursday, June 9, 2005
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Nancy Ewin's Office
Family Law Section Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Jury Lounge. Ground Floor
El Cajon Superior Court
From the Court. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
East County Lawyering. . . . . . . .2
Estate Planning Section. . . . . . . 5
Family Law Section. . . . . . . . . . .5
Pro Tem Schedules. . . . . . . . . . .6
Sections & Committees. . . . . . . 7
Ads and Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
FROM THE COURT
by Robert A. Durant
Assistant Executive Officer
Payment of Towing and Storage Fees
Small Claims Court often entertains lawsuits involving towing disputes. Issues occasionally arise regarding the amount and type of payment for towing charges. A vehicle owner or his agent may seek statutory damages when specific procedures are not complied with in regard to payment of towing and storage fees.
Vehicle Code Section 22658 (h) provides for a limit on charges when a vehicle tow is not completed. The code section states that in the event that the owner or the owner's agent returns to his vehicle before it is removed, a towing company may impose a charge of not more than one-half of the regular towing charge for release of the vehicle.
Additionally, Section 22658 (k) specifies acceptable forms of payment for towing and storage charges. Operators of towing storage facilities are required to accept a valid bank credit card or cash payment when the registered owner or the owner's agent seeks the release of his vehicle. Operators refusing to accept payment made with a valid bank credit card are liable to the registered owner of the vehicle for four times the amount of the towing and storage charges. These statutory damages, however, are limited to $500.
Moreover, Section 22658 (k) mandates that owners or operators of storage facilities carry sufficient cash on the storage facility premises during normal business hours in order to make change for reasonable monetary transactions for payment of towing and storage fees. Failure to adhere to this provision allows the registered vehicle owner to pursue an action for consequential damages resulting from the facility's noncompliance.
EAST COUNTY LAWYERING
Not only has summer arrived and the children are out of school, but it is that time again to renew your FBA membership and pay your $45.00 annual dues.
Benefits include this informative newsletter keeping you up to date on the happenings of East County, free monthly section meetings which earn MCLE credit, MCLE seminars, and an annual attorney directory.
The FBA does not send out a separate billing for dues. Your only reminder is in this Newsletter. Please complete the application included in this newsletter and mail with your check today!
Dan Bacal has coordinated another golf tournament aka, the "4-person scramble." The tournament is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2005 and begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Cottonwood Golf Course. Tickets are $75.00 (pending notice per Dan) per golfer and include green fees, cart, beer cart, hats and food. Of course, "fabulous prizes" will be awarded to the winners. Additional information will be provided in future newsletters but in the meantime, please contact Dan Bacal at 588-2064 if you have any questions.
by Randall "Rex" Erickson
". . . 'There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip' ... "(Shoemaker v. F. H. Woodruff & Son, Inc. (1964) 227 Cal. App. 2d 587, 589.)
"The inmates do not run the asylum." (E.E.O.C. v. Steamship Clerks Union, Local 1066, 48 F.3d 594, 609 (1st Cir. (Mass.)1995).)
ESTATE PLANNING, TRUST &
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2005 from 12:15 p.m to 1:15 p.m. , at the Law Office of Nancy Ewin, 8166 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91941. The office is in the La Mesa Plaza retail/office complex on the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard. Bring your lunch, enjoy the meeting and earn one hour of MCLE.
This meeting is tentatively scheduled pending contact with Nancy Ewin. The, speaker and topic will be determined. Please contact Nancy Ewin's office at 619-698-1788 to confirm these meetings.
The meeting is free to members of the FBA. The cost is $10.00 for non members. Applications for FBA membership will be available at the door. This activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hour General Participatory. The FBA certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing mandatory minimum continuing legal education.
If you have any suggestions for speakers or upcoming meetings, please contact Nancy, Scott or Jocelyn.
FAMILY LAW SECTION
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 2005 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Jury Lounge on the ground floor of the El Cajon Superior Court. Food is allowed and you are invited to bring your brown bag lunch.
The speaker will be Marc P. Kaplan, Esq./CPA who will discuss how to understand self-employed, partnership and corporate tax returns to determine income for support. He will also present a brief overview on whether a small business should be valued and if so, how it is valued.
The meeting is free to members of the FBA. The cost is $10.00 for non members. Applications for FBA membership will be available at the door.
This activity has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. The FBA certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing mandatory minimum continuing legal education.
If you have any suggestions for speakers or upcoming meetings, please contact Ed or Judi.
PRO TEM SCHEDULES
SMALL CLAIMS COURT
Please be prepared to take the
bench at 8:15 a.m.
1 Thomas Castonguay
2 Ed Castro
3 Timothy Cohelan
7 Dave Demergian
8 Dave Egan
9 Miranda Franks
10 Larry Kincaid
14 Elliott Kanter
15 Wells Lyman
16 Garrison Klueck
17 Blaine Phipps
21 Clare Maudsley
22 Thomas Marshall
23 Jon McKinley
24 James Mietzel
28 Kristine Nesthus
29 Ron Oberndorfer
30 Barry Pasternack
Legal research for small law firms and solo practitioners. Call INFORMATION RESOURCE SPECIALISTS, INC., at 619-463-1284, or visit us online at www.inforesourcespecialists.com. Local references available.
FAMILY LAW SETTLEMENT
Please arrive at Department 5
by 8:30 a.m.
6-1-05 Stanley Bacinett
6-8-05 Gary Glauser
6-15-05 Michael Bruno
6-22-05 Marilyn Bierer
6-29-05 Heidi Collier
AVAILABLE FOR RENT
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACES WITH
OR WITHOUT SECRETARY SPACE
In El Cajon with easy freeway access, conference room, copier, fax, Westlaw Internet research, lunch room, notary and secretarial/paralegal services available, furnished or not. Call 619-588-2311.
SECTIONS & COMMITTEES
Chair: Mark R. Raftery 589-8800
Members: Jerry L. Carmody, Sam Parise
Chair: Daniel Cohen 697-0333
Member: Andrea Schneider
Chair: Nancy Ewin 698-1788
Members: Miranda Franks, Joselina Medrano
Chair: Edward Torrence 698-6059
Members: Judith Klein
Chair: Joseph Fox (858) 527-0111
Members: Jerry Carmody, Edward Torrence, Wells Lyman
Chair: Joselina Medrano 562-9999
Chair: Joseph Fox (858) 527-0111
Member: Miranda Franks
Chair: Dan Bacal 588-2064
Chair: Jerry L. Carmody 667-9600
Chair: Judy Marolt 442-1857
Members: Judith Klein, Joselina Medrano
Chair: Daniel Cohen 697-0333
Member: Joselina Medrano
Chair: Edward R. Torrence 698-6059
Catherine Tancredi 579-7876
Chair: Judith Klein 698-1882
Member: Jerry L. Carmody
ADS & NOTICES
OFFICE WITH SECRETARIAL
SPACE FOR RENT
Copier, conference room, library. One block from El Cajon Courthouse. Contact Albert Austin, Esq., at 619-588-2828
1 BLOCK TO EL CAJON COURT. FAX, COPIER, HIGH SPEED INTERNET, ETC.
Call 619 441-1100, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLD MINE FOR SALE!
Law Office building, 1100 sq. ft. Room for 4 attorneys, reception area, kitchen, storage. Available for immediate occupancy. 2638 Navajo Road, Fletcher Hills. Contact Bob Stevens, 619-668-1325 or 307-587-2689
Foothills Bar Association
P.O. Box 1077
El Cajon, CA 92022