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How should a licensed California professional handle a fee dispute?

Readers of our blogs at the California Century Law Group likely know that there is no single answer to the above post headline.

Every fee dispute between a licensed California business professional and a third party has a unique fact pattern. Some disagreements can be resolved through direct discussions or mediation. Other fires must be doused through formal negotiation and a bit of applied pressure. And some must proceed to a courtroom.

California law focuses on doctors’ misconduct

California became the first American state last autumn to take patients’ rights against alleged physician wrongdoers to a higher level.

We spotlight in today’s blog post The Patient’s Right to Know Act of 2018. It greatly empowers California patients seeking information about confirmed misconduct committed by their doctors. Patients already had some power in that regard prior to the passage of what is also termed Senate Bill 1448. The Medical Board of California has for some time operated an online application that enables users to be notified of MD wrongdoing.

How potent is the disciplinary clout of the California DSS?

Let’s first flesh out that above acronym in today’s blog post. Formally entitled, the DSS is California’s Department of Social Services. That agency is both sprawling and muscular, commanding broad oversight and enforcement powers over a wide swath of people-centric service providers spanning the state.

You know fully well about the DSS if you are the operator of a California child care facility. That holds equally true if you run a nursing home or senior care center. Ditto that for adult and child home-care providers, mental health facilities and a host of other individuals and commercial entities that provide essential human services to a large population across the state.

California Dept. of Insurance shows clout in bank licensing matter

We readily acknowledge the anger of consumers who were allegedly defrauded by Wells Fargo representatives steering them into insurance products without their knowledge or approval. Reportedly, the bank issued approximately 1,500 policies to unwitting customers over a multi-year period.

After touching upon that, though, we note that the core focus of today's blog post is on another, yet related, aspect linked with that story.

How do CA’s licensing duties differ from those in other states?

California’s zealous and ever-proactive occupational regulators should let state residents “earn a living instead of a license.”

That is the core takeaway message delivered with force in a recent Orange County Register editorial. Its bottom line is akin to a scolding and a taking to task of what is views as regulatory control run amok.

Attorney impairment a real concern for the legal profession

This is “not something that should be swept under the rug,” says a company principal with an insurer that routinely represents attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice matters.

What that commentator and several other contributors voicing views in a recent media piece are referring to is the growing yet inadequately acknowledged problem of stress in the legal industry.

Regulatory pressures dialed up on licensed financial professionals

California’s financial professionals have always faced stringent regulatory hurdles, ranging from license challenges to liability risks.

Financial advisers, stockbrokers and related industry professionals come under close scrutiny from government officials focused upon fraud allegations. Most of those individuals fall under the keen oversight of the federal Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. FINRA investigates money managers’ alleged wrongdoing and has potent disciplinary powers.

Responding proactively when a CA license is under pressure

High numbers of well-trained and impressively educated California business professionals apply their talents and creative energies across wide-ranging work realms. Those span health care delivery, law, financial services, child care, real estate, insurance and additional areas.

Notwithstanding the sheer variance existing among the professional careers that California entrepreneurs pursue, legions of individuals who provide important services for state residents share one common attribute.

Change in security clearance rules spotlights military, finances

American military members who hold select security clearances justifiably value that entitlement, and for multiple reasons.

For starters, having a specified government clearance confirms that an individual has been duly vetted to perform an important role in national affairs. There is honor and more than a measure of earned self-respect that goes with that. And, of course, an earned clearance must be maintained for a servicemember to continuously do his or her job and earn needed income.

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