CALIFORNIA CODES, STATUTES, RULES, FORMS
U.S. Codes: http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/
CA Codes: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml (currently & after November 2016)
California Rules of Court: http://www.courts.ca.gov/rules.htm
California Judicial Council Forms: http://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm
California Courts General Page: http://www.courts.ca.gov/courts.htm
California Supreme Court Website: http://www.courts.ca.gov/supremecourt.htm
Directory of CA Courts of Appeal: http://www.courts.ca.gov/courtsofappeal.htm
Directory of CA Superior Courts By County: http://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm
LOOKUP STATUSES AND DESIGNATED SERVICE-AGENTS OF BUSINESS ENTITIES THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE
Among other valuable online resources on the California Secretary of State Website is a search tool that can be used to lookup the business status and/or designated service-agent of a California corporation, LLC, or Limited Partnership: https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/
USING THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS / DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT TO FIND CENTRALIZED SERVICE-LOCATIONS FOR SERVING SUBPOENAS AND LEVIES TO BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
In 2013, AB 2364 was signed into law. Included in the law is, now, Code of Civil Procedure Section 684.115, which requires financial institutions with more than 9 branches or offices to file with the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) one or more central locations within California that are designated for service of legal process. Financial institutions that have fewer than 9 branches located in California may, at their option, designate one or more of their branches or offices to be central locations for service of legal process.
“Legal Process” refers to the writs, notices, orders, or other papers required or permitted to be served pursuant to Title 9 of the Code of Civil Procedure (Enforcement of Judgments), including adverse claims as to deposits and safe deposit boxes.
Banks who choose not to designate a singular “Centralized Branch” are considered “Universally Centralized” and are servable at every branch in California. For the most up to date listings, periodically check the California Department of Business Oversight website, at: http://www.dbo.ca.gov/Laws_&_Regs/legislation/service_of_legal_process/
It is for this reason that our subpoena and enforcement of judgment order forms indicate that addresses for banks should be omitted – when serving process, we follow the centralized service locations designated/placed on file by the institutions, which mitigates opportunities for objection.
USING THE FEDWIRE DIRECTORY TO TRACE A ROUTING NUMBER TO FIND WHERE A DEBTOR OR LITIGANT LIKELY MAINTAINS A BANK ACCOUNT
A routing number is a unique number that correlates with a particular financial institution. When someone sends you a check, the routing number is located at the bottom of the check. If you can discover the routing number of a litigant’s or debtor’s financial institution (such as by obtaining direct deposit authorization forms from employers, looking at the reverse side of a check that you previously wrote to the litigant or debtor, looking on page 2 of a 1040 tax return for which the litigant or debtor requested direct deposit of a refund, etc.), you can lookup that routing number using the Fedwire Directory website, at https://www.frbservices.org/EPaymentsDirectory/search.html, and searching the Fedwire participants and/or FedACH participants. On the search page, you enter the routing number, and the result should reveal the litigant’s or debtor’s bank…well, at least, one of them…
ATTORNEY’S FEES, COSTS, AND SANCTIONS (FOR ALL PRACTICE AREAS)
For information and recently published case law related to attorney’s fees, costs, and sanctions, in all areas of law, check out http://www.calattorneysfees.com/.
FREE ONLINE COURT-DAY CALCULATORS, CALENDAR-DAY CALCULATORS, AND SCHEDULING TOOLS
The Los Angeles Superior Court website has a helpful tool to help calculate Court-Days for purposes of service of process, which can be found at: http://www.lacourt.org/courtdatecalculator/ui/. If you want to see a list of Court holidays for the current year, click here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm
For calculating calendar-days, there are many websites offering free calendar day calculators. Here is one from a website called timeanddate.com: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/weekdayadd.html
This website also has a useful tool to help determine best times for calls or videoconferences when participants are in different time zones: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
If you or your staff coordinate multiple meetings simultaneously, or you coordinate meetings with numerous participants, we have found that Doodle (also commonly known as Doodle Poll) is a very effective and practical coordinating tool. It can help the person charged with coordinating these types of meetings create and send a singular list of availabilities to multiple attendees in the form of a grid and, after the attendees mark their availabilities (participate in the poll), the coordinator can see at-a-glance when everyone is available or mostly available, and then simply select a date that everyone (or the pertinent attendees) are available. Checkout their website, at http://doodle.com/. The great benefit to using a tool like this is that the coordinator does not have to independently write down lists of dates and participants and, as responses are received, constantly check off who has responded or who is available and when. The Doodle Poll does all that.
BRUSHING UP ON OFFICE SOFTWARE AND APPLICATION SKILLS
If you or your staff, or anyone else you know, might want to brush up on their office software skills, checkout People OnTheGo, at http://www.people-onthego.com/, where you can take webinar classes to brush up or stay current on software applications or learn new software applications. A calendar of their webinars can be found at http://www.people-onthego.com/webinars.