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Since I posted these Jay Leiderman Law Shirts two days ago on Instagram (pix below), I’ve gotten a lot of emails and messages asking for these shirts to be sent around the Country. I can’t afford to send that many all over the place, though I’m happy to give the shirts away for free. I’ve been told to ask for what our typical postage is; to ask for $5 for postage for one shirt, $7 for two and apparently it’s going to cost $11 for 3. I think it’s tacky but I don’t have a choice. Please send to my PayPal: but email me first to see if I can work it out with no postage.  Again, I’m happy to send the shirts themselves on me. I can order more, as I’m sure to run out. I just can’t pay for the shirts and postage. Sorry! These were supposed to be for local clients. Indeed, If you can come to the office, you can have a free shirt.

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I have sizes S to 2XL.  They are on Hanes Comfot Soft T-Shirts.

Also, I have some of the old JL Law shirts that didn’t come out as well. They’re basically good for like playing mud football or painting or whatever. Happy to throw one in, no additional postage. Thanks!

Email your name and address to the same Yahoo! Email.  They just came in 10 minutes ago and we can start shipping on Monday. Again, sorry for the postage issue. There are just too many to ship and too many requests already.

If you want one sent Internationally we’ll run the exact postage.

At Jay Leiderman Law, “We fight the man for you.”  As I’m forever all over the place, we call our dominion “Ventura, California and the world.”

If I’m going to be in your neck of the woods, I’ll just bring you one, no worries.  Again I hate that I have to ask for postage.

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6 Laws You Need to Understand When Buying or Selling Businesses in Australia


Perhaps you’re considering purchasing an established business or maybe you’ve had an offer from someone to purchase your own company, such that you are considering whether or not to sell your business.  Either way, there are a number of laws and regulation which need to be followed prior to the sale.


Failure to adhere to these rules can results in all manner of difficulties, including the sale being invalid by law. Therefore, it’s essential that you do your research and have all documentation in order before signing the deal. There are many aspects to think about, but read on for seven of the main points you’ll need to consider when buying or selling a business.


Minimum Three Years Financial Information


If your selling your own business, then you will need to provide both quarterly and annual financial information to the prospective buyers. This includes all balance sheets, cash flows, income statements and footnotes. You can also ask for financial projections, accounts receivable aging schedule, company and industry pricing policies and a risk management plan. The buyer has the right to have access to all of these documents, so make sure that you have them ready to view. The same applies when it comes to purchasing a business – ensure that you have all the financial data you need to form a clear picture.

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Capital Structure Information


You’ll also need a detailed breakdown of the structure of the business. This can include things like the current outstanding shares along with a list of all the stock holdings, share opening and notes. Remember to ask for a liabilities sheets as well as overviews of bank loans and terms and conditions.


Legal Matters


By law, the business owner needs to provide you with detailed information regarding past and present legal matters, so that you’re not left with any nasty surprises. Request full overview on pending and past lawsuits and their outcomes, as well as employee safety, potential environmental issues, licenses, trademarks and patents as well as details on insurance cover. If you’re selling your business make sure all this information is easy accessible for the buyer.


Considering Capital Gains Tax


If you’re selling your company, you may be required to pay a capital gains tax on the money from the sale or any assets that you keep. Seek advice of a company law specialist if you are unsure. There is a possibility if you do have to pay capital gains tax, that you can get a reduction on the total amount depending on your options and what your government allows.


Selling Shareholdings


If you own a limited company, and you are planning on selling the entire shareholdings to a new buyer, then avoid resigning yourself as a director first. What you will actually need to do is to appoint both new directors and shareholders prior to resigning. Again, this is a relatively easy process, but you will want to make sure that you have all legal paperwork signed and dotted before you choose to do this.


Employee Consideration


While all effort is placed on providing the buyer with the correct information as well as making sure all the right contracts and papers are being signed, you’ll also need to carefully consider the rights of current employees. Make sure they are in the loop of both when and why the company is being sold. If they are being made redundant, then you will need to provide adequate notice as well as details on redundancy packages. If the new business owner wants to keep on existing employees, then you will still need to keep your employees up to date with the expected changes. Being honest and clear with your employees will serve you well in the long run.


Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to buying or selling a business legally. However, there are also a number of other points you’ll need to consider, so you may want to hire a lawyer to make sure there is nothing that you are missing. Legal help could save you plenty of time and money in the long run. Good luck.


This is a guest post by Cassie Phillips. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship of any sort.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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Hi and Welcome!

If you are reading this you may have an interest in writing a guest post on my site’s blog.  Thank you for your interest.  I try to keep the rules for submissions to my site simple and clear.  I do accept guest posts.

Here are the rules and guidelines for submitting a post for publication on my blog:

First, the material must be unique and written specifically for my blog.  I do have tools that I use to check.  The post should have a Meta Title, Meta Description and SEO Title.  These should be specified at the bottom of the your post submission and are for our eyes only.  If you do not know how to do this, please google it.  Your post must also include a picture or illustration that does not impinge upon copyright laws.  If you infringe upon copyright or licensing issues, the consequences rest upon your shoulders, not mine. [Note 1]  Creating a picture or illustration yourself really makes your post stand out.  If the post does not have these things the post may not rank, and the purpose of writing the post is significantly frustrated for both of us.  If you submit a picture for which you do not own the copyright, please make sure it is properly credited and authorized for your use.  Without a picture or two or three, your page will also not be as memorable as it could be.  Visualizations help the reader understand and remember the content.

Second, I allow for one link in your bio to your home page or whatever link you would like to support your efforts.  You can, of course, submit a short bio and a picture of yourself if you wish.  We need at three quality links in the body of the post that harmonize with the post.  A fourth link may go to another article on a related topic you have written. The links should be to authoritative or scholarly pages on the subject of your article.  Wikipedia is OK for one of the links, but not more.  If any of the posts are to advertising sites, most especially to gambling or sex sites, I will not use the post.  To be clear, I do not accept any posts, even if they are on topic, if they contain links to pornography, gambling, retail sales (especially Viagra!) and other such materials.  Google penalizes for such things, so it is in neither of our interests to have such links.  If that is your business, this blog is not for you.

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Third, the content must coalesce with my blog themes.  I am a criminal defense lawyer.  I accept posts on all types of criminal law issues.  While I handle all types of cases, I have special concentrations on marijuana/cannabis/CBD issues and computer hacking/Internet issues. Topics upon which you write have to be closely related to crime, criminals, the judiciary, potential legislation or otherwise related to the defense of the accused.  Related topics include immigration law and issues, constitutional law and issues, immoral, but not necessarily criminal behavior, criminal gangs, notoriously nefarious individuals, posts about attorneys or judges (not defamatory),  expert witness issues, prison or the prison industrial complex, addiction or rehabilitation, mental health, law enforcement and more.

While I will occasionally accept civil law crossovers, the content must be such that it will aid a criminal defendant in some significant way.

Fourth, the spelling, grammar and syntax must be close to perfect.  I do not have time to edit posts for such things.  It feels terrible, but sometimes I have to reject posts because the writing is unprofessional.

Fifth, I will own the content of the post, but I will not be responsible for the information provided.  This gives me the ability to make substantive changes if there are corrections that must be made, or in the event the law changes. I have, as they say, “final cut.”  I do my best not to edit at all.  To avoid me needing to make any edits, the best thing to do is to make the article as SEO friendly as possible.  It is in both of our interests if the article receives a lot of hits.  So make sure that you read up on SEO and do what it takes to make sure the page ranks as high as possible.

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If you can abide by those rules, and if the content works for me, I am happy to accept and publish a post from you.

When you send me your post, please send a second email letting me know that you have sent me your post.  For some reason, as of late, posts have been going to my junk file.

Thanks for your interest in my blog.  Please contact me if you have questions.



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Australian Gun Laws and a Comparison to the United States

Right now, gun control is about as ‘hot button’ a topic as they come. In the wake of the recent tragic events at Parkland High School, and with October’s atrocity in Nevada still in fresh memory, the question of reform to US gun laws is in hot political contention, and is a subject all Americans seem to hold their own impassioned opinions on. Australian gun laws surrounding firearm ownership and registration are stricter, and because Australia has comparatively low gun crime statistics, Australia is commonly referenced in these debates – used as something of an exemplary model for our approach to the matter. But what exactly are Australian gun policies? What does gun control look like under the Australian model? And can we feasibly expect a similar framework to be put effectively into place within the United States?

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Why Australia?

Ours is a model debaters often seem quick to reference. Primarily, it may be a constructive comparison to draw, as while the democratic models of our two countries of course differ in many ways, at a level of law making we both share the challenge of finding balance between state independence and call for federal law reform. The circumstances that led to change here also deem the Australian comparison relevant. Following a rather tumultuous period of violent, often gun-related, crimes and a high-profile mass shooting that shocked the nation, Australian laws were reformed rather dramatically and swiftly as part of a highly reactionary effort that had widespread national support. It’s difficult not to draw comparisons now, when similar horrific events occur in the United States, and the question of a need for similar government response in the US is raised.


Guns in Australia

In April 1996, a gunman, Martin Bryant, wielding a semi-automatic weapon, went on a shooting spree at a tourist attraction in Port Arthur, Tasmania. 35 people were killed in what would become the most notorious and deadly mass shooting incident in modern Australian history. Prior to the events at Port Arthur, semi-automatic weapons were legal in Tasmania.

a shooting spree at a tourist attraction in Port Arthur, Tasmania

As a result of the incident, then-Prime Minister John Howard called for reform of Australian gun policies at a national level, introducing a new set of gun control legislation that was agreed upon and accepted by all six states in less than two weeks.

The changes were comprehensive and included the nationwide banning on the importation and private ownership of all semi-automatic firearms. A governmental buy-back scheme was implemented for these now illegal rifles and shotguns which resulted in the return and destruction of over 700,000 weapons. This key change would effectively make it illegal in Australia to own and use firearms with the capacity to shoot many people in a short space of time.

Other changes that would perhaps most significantly shape the future of guns in Australia surrounded firearms registration. With the national implementation of the Firearms Act of 1996, gun ownership became highly regulated nationally. Gun licensing was introduced, making it essential to undergo thorough background checks, including gun storage checks prior to being legally able to own a firearm of any kind. All guns owned in Australia must now be legally registered in the name of the licensed owner, and prospective licence holders must present a ‘justifiable reason’ for owning a gun (such as hunting or sport) for approval as part of an application. Legislation also includes a 28-day waiting period before a gun licence can be issued.

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So what does this look like in reality? Australia is a country with a long history of gun ownership for sport and recreational hunting, which continues today. Private citizens can legally access firearms for a variety of reasons, and guns are freely available to Australians with clean records who follow licencing procedures. Misconceptions may lead to the belief that gun ownership is virtually impossible in our country – but this is far from the case.

Our system is not perfect in that gun crime and the misuse of firearms does occur. Significantly, however, the prevalence of gun crime involving shootings and deaths is far lower in Australia than the United States. We do have regulations in place, which, to a large extent, stop guns from falling into the wrong hands; and we have a register containing information about who owns which guns and where they reside.

In short, Australian firearm registration laws ensure all firearms sold in Australia can be traced back to their owners.  In my view, the application of the same or similar registration requirements would make a resoundingly positive difference to the safety of citizens of the United States. However, I also recognise the changes which were made in Australia were able to be implemented more readily, as Second Amendment considerations were simply not part of the equation.  One thing is clear though: since these laws came into effect, Australia has not seen a shooting close to the scale of the horror at Port Arthur. In fact, by the United States’ definition of the act of mass shooting, we have not seen any ‘mass shooting’ events take place since.

Gun crime does still occur in Australia, but the overall impact of the change to our gun laws has been a steady decline in gun-related deaths, since the laws came into effect.  And while introduced in response to a mass shooting event, the tightening of gun ownership laws has also had positive impact on homicide and suicide statistics where guns are involved. Comparing year-on-year, 1996 saw 516 gun-related deaths, while 2016 saw 238.*

An Aussie solution to a US problem?

While it’s an easy comparison to draw, it’s difficult to say whether elements of the Australian model could be realistically implemented in the US. Whilst our culture for hunting and large farming industries call for a large population of gun-owning citizens, Australia doesn’t have gun ownership as a fundamental right written into our constitution the way the US does. And public opinion is also a significant factor in the matter. Following the events of 1996, national polls suggested over 90% of Australian citizens supported the tightening of gun control to some degree, and the support of all state governments was behind the ultimate federal decision.  The present position in the US is vastly different and given the divisions that exist across the United States, such swift and extreme government response is unlikely to happen.  However, with a reported 45 mass shooting events Stateside in the first two-and-a-half months of 2018, to me it seems undeniable there is an urgent need to change US gun laws.


Robert Stary is the Principal of Stary Norton Halphen, one of Victoria’s most prominent criminal law firms, and has over 30 years’ experience as a criminal defence lawyer.



The Law Offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the content of this post.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship.  This is a guest post written by Australian lawyer Robert Stary.  It was edited only for grammar and syntax by  Attorney Jay Leiderman.  None of the legal information has been verified.  For legal advice on this or any area of law, consult an attorney in your area.

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With new laws emerging in many states, the Cannabis Industry has many areas to watch.  Here are 6 that we think are you should keep your eye on.

The market for legal weed is heating up in a big way!

The legal cannabis industry generated nearly $7 billion in revenue in 2016, and analysts expect the figure will more than double by 2020, despite continued federal prohibition.  This exploding growth is what makes cannabis industry a hotbed of innovation.

Industry leaders are trying to tap into the growing economic potential of the market, by keeping the cannabis space on the cutting edge as companies encourage new developments in every segment- production, consumption and more.

Cannabis Industry

Marijuana has stepped out the the shadows into big business.

Here are six exciting areas to watch for cannabis industry development in 2018:


1.     Data & Point Of Sale (“POS”) Software

Medical marijuana is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world and this opens up huge opportunities for software startups and offerings in the cannabis industry.

Software companies have realized the need of the cannabis industry for specialized POS software and other business applications to stay compliant and control costs.

Data scientists have also realized how big data is becoming an indispensable tool to help medical marijuana grow across the globe. These companies aim to take the volumes of sales data and transform it into user-friendly information so that canna-business people can make better-informed decisions.


  1. Banking

The federal banking restrictions limit the ability of the cannabis industry to access even basic banking services. In fact, big banks don’t handle any cannabis-related money due to FDIC regulations.  Congress keeps stalling, as necessary legislation fails to get enacted each year.  Tus, most of the industry’s business – including retail sales in dispensaries, taxes, and payroll is conducted using cash.

Cannabis Industry

People involved in the Cannabis Industry need to bank, but the politicians will not enact legislation

But, the industry isn’t waiting on Feds to ease their banking woes. They have come up with cannabis cryptocurrencies and virtual wallets as an alternative to cash for cannabis businesses and customers. Some dispensaries are also using BitCoin, where a customer can buy Bitcoin and redeem it in the store.


3.     Advertising and Marketing

As the marijuana industry continues to grow, the conflicting federal-state marijuana laws are causing marketing problems for everyone within the industry. Even in the world’s largest cannabis market ― California, the law is smoky.

The current status of cannabis still in flux makes it difficult for many marijuana startups to navigate the tangle of advertising restrictions that state legislators have placed on new entrants.

Sometimes even the social networking sites- Facebook and Instagram accounts of the cannabis related businesses are shut down for violating what they purport to be the community standards as delineated in their terms of service.

Now marketing companies are focused on re-branding the cannabis industry, stepping away from the classic pot leaf logo in favor of sleek, minimalist design-  demonstrating the industry’s futuristic vision.

4.     Consumer goods

Popular culture is embracing cannabis legalization and as the plant move towards fragile but lucrative legal status, it is attracting curious first-time users interested in edibles but not bong rips and smoking doobies.

In fact, edibles and other alternative ingestion methods were proudly displayed at Marijuana Business Conference and Expo.

Entrepreneurs have realized that there’s a strong rationale underlying cannabis as a healthy lifestyle and wellness product. Also, veterans anticipate cannabis-based beauty products as one of the new cannabis trend.

The new customers are driving innovation in the cannabis industry. In the near future, there would be a kind of gentrification of cannabis and probably a cannabis edible version of everything that you can imagine would be available in the market.


5.      Biotechnology-

Within this buoyant legal cannabis market is a sub-sector which is flourishing with opportunity, innovation, and deep roots of medical possibilities.

Many drug discovery and development companies uniquely focused on the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids are aggressively trying to explore this uncharted territory of the plant’s curative compounds and applications.

Fueled by an increasing volume of supportive research, cannabis-based biotech companies would play a pivotal role in the advances in genetic and intellectual property of the cannabis plants.

In 2018, biotech companies will try to define their product and make it more predictable and consistent. Also, the research companies will come up with successful trials that could inspire FDA to review their policies on cannabis.



  1. Ancillary industries

There are countless marijuana- based startups and businesses forming every day. But, industries outside the cannabis space are also taking notice of the boundless opportunities in the booming industry and jumping on the profitable bandwagon.

All kinds of ancillary businesses that never actually touch the plant are entering the cannabis industry- from hydroponics and cultivation products to consultancies, media companies, the plethora of new technologies.

The blossoming ancillary industries have allowed the industry to broaden and establish a level of legitimacy.

Cannabis enthusiasts and business owners will continue to work towards the advancement and innovation related to cannabis in any way possible in 2018.


This is a guest post by Kathy T. Cooley. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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