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Your Legal Rights

Wednesdays at 7pm

For more than 30 years, Your Legal Rights has provided KALW listeners with free legal information and guidance.  We carry on the work of the program's founding host, Chuck Finney, who passed away in February 2018.

Bay Area attorney Jeff Hayden talks with experts on various legal topics, with listener participation: (415) 841-4134.

YLR: Estate Planning

Jan 20, 2021

What happens if I die without a will?  What does it matter if my property transfers through, or avoids probate?   I just learned that a friend named me as executor.  what have I gotten myself into; must I agree?  Tonight we plan for those people and things that live on beyond us, as we plan for our estates, property, and possessions and transferring them to our loved ones

To guide us tonight, YLR host Jeff Hayden, and tonight’s co-host Josh Borger, is an all-star cast and we’re taking a look at planning your estate with Alexandra Gadzo, Janet Brewer, and Cheri Michaelis.

In the first segment we look to the recently passed Proposition 19, which broadens the ability of some homeowners to transfer their tax assessments to another residence within the state, while at the same time limiting the ability to avoid reassessment for inherited homes.   YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined by Hon.

YLR: Trump's Last Stand ??

Dec 29, 2020

The end of the Trump administration is near – or is it?

Legal and political analyst Dean Johnson and Professor Lawrence Douglas will join us to look forward to what is expected to be President Trump’s last stand, and address 

What happens next week?

Does President Trump still have a shot at overturning the election results?  If all of Mr. Trump’s legal tactics fail, what’s next?  When (and if) former-President Trump finally does leave-what happens to him, and to the Republican Party and to Democracy in America?

In other words: is this Trump’s last stand?

  This year’s taxes, as always, features changes to tax law we were all trying to digest.  What is new as of the end of 2020?  How did the Coronavirus change the equation?  Most importantly, what do we need to do before the end of the year?  Before filing?

YLR: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Dec 16, 2020

You’ve heard a little about a future with robots, and self-driving cars – it’s closer than you think.  How prepared are we, is the legal framework, to deal with it?

Our guests tonight are at the cutting edge of a wholly new world that is emerging upon us, where machines meant to serve us are more and more operating on auto-pilot.  Who is minding the store?  Where do you look when something goes wrong?  

YLR: What's in the Supreme Court Pipeline?

Dec 9, 2020

Wonder what's in the pipeline, that is, what cases are now awaiting review in the United States Supreme Court?

YLR Host Jeff Hayden, along with tonight's co-host, Josh Borger, is joined by two appellate attorneys, Ben Feuer, Chairman of the California Appellate Law Group and Anne Voigts from the Appellate, Constitutional and Administrative Law Group at King and Spalding, who will guide us through what's been happening and just what to expect in the months to come and throughout the remainder of the Supreme Court term.

We have a slew of environmental issues ranging from climate change, to mountaintop removal mining, to the nationwide fracking boom.  We have environmental laws responding to some of these issues, but many claim that the laws or their enforcement is inadequate.  So, in recent years, in addition to pressing the federal government and state governments to regulate climate change emissions under the traditional environmental statutes, like the Clean Air Act, people have turned to the courts.  Why is all of this so hard?  If we know there’s a major problem, why are we struggling so much to deve

Family Law: The View from 10,000 ft.

Nov 25, 2020

Just what does Family Law look like in California?  Just what are the basics of divorce?  How long does it take?  How do I find a good attorney?  Should I represent myself?

To guide us through this overview, YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined by Family Law Specialist B.J. Fadem and, from Fox Rothschid, Craig Bridwell.

Questions for Jeff and his guests?  Please call (866) 798-8255.

YLR: Shareholder Activism

Nov 18, 2020

What happens when a shareholder purchases some of the stock to alter the corporate culture?  to invoke social change?  Or even to strip a corporation of some of its assets?  

YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined tonight by co-host Joshua Borger.  Guiding us through this phenomenum:

David J. Berger, a partner and co-chair of Corporate Governance at the Silicon Valley firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Derek Zaba, a partner and co-chair of the shareholder activisim practice at Sidley Austin LLP.

YLR: COVID-19 and The Bill of Rights

Nov 11, 2020

We have been living under a pandemic for quite some time; restrictions on personal and business activities have been in place for just short of eight months.  Because of this, we have forgone not just luxuries as dining out, but often such necessities as being able to buying groceries or even going to work.

YLR: Election Night Wrap-Up

Nov 4, 2020

With all eyes on the Presidential election, just where are we now and where are we going?  Under cover of the Presidential election, two industries bought results in two of the most expensive propositions in the nation's history.  How do things bode for the future of our democracy?

YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined tonight by guest Bradley Hertz, Past President of the California Political Attorneys Association, and Emmy nominated legal and political analyst Dean Johnson.

Questions for Jeff and his guests?  Call (866) 798-8255. 

YLR: Business Immigration

Oct 28, 2020

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A COMPANY WANTS TO SPONSOR AN EMPLOYEE FOR IMMIGRATION PURPOSES?  WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A TOP EXECUTIVE, OR A SPECIALIZED ENGINEER HAS TO LEAVE TO VISIT HIS HOME COUNTRY; AND, SUDDENLY CAN'T RETURN TO THIS COUNTRY?  

TONIGHT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BUSINESS IMMIGRATION; THAT IS, IMMIGRATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF COMMERCE.

QUESTIONS FOR JEFF AND HIS GUESTS?  CALL TOLL FREE AT (866) 798-8255.

We are voting in an election, as we face a hundred-year storm in the area of public health simultaneous to an atmosphere of distrust, unrest and division.  States have employed various procedural combinations of absentee ballot provisions and early voting to try to enable some modicum of social distancing as the election goes forward.  The validity of the election itself, as well as public health and political unrest are all hanging on a precipice.  Where will all of this lead?  What will our democracy look like when all of this is over?

YLR: Cryptocurrency Revisited

Oct 14, 2020

A look at the law surrounding cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin and others, Block Chain and whether sorting the legal issues still resembles the Wild West.  

Joining YLR Host Jeff Hayden tonight are tonight’s co-host Josh Borger and guests San Jose attorney Chris Boscia, founder and managing attorney at Boscia Legal, courtesy of Goodwin, LLP, Grant Fondo, from the Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie LLP, business attorney Troy Foster and from the Palo Alto office of Cooley LLP, Patrick Gibbs.

YLR: An Overview of Intellectual Property

Sep 30, 2020

Just what is intellectual property?  When do you need a patent or a trademark?  What is a trade secret?  When do you really just need a copyright?

For tonight's overview of intellectual property, YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by attorneys Allonn Levy from Hopkins & Carley, Josh Van Hoven from Haley Guillano, Margaret Caruso from Quinn Emmanuel, and Josh Borger from Berliner Cohen.

Questions for Jeff and his Guests?  Call Toll Free at (866) 798-8255.

YLR: A Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 22, 2020

As a nation, we are in a state of mourning due to the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Many of us have experienced the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in different ways; while it was undeniably a tremendous loss to all of us, her fight, her spirit, her humanity live on in those who were fortunate enough to learn from her and now carry on her work.  Your Legal Rights radio broadcast is devoting Wednesday's broadcast to a reflection on the life and work of an amazing woman, activist, lawyer, judge, and finally Supreme Court Justice.

YLR: The Laws Defining/Protecting Whistleblowers

Sep 16, 2020

You’ve heard about that.  when someone “blows the whistle” -- often officials in the federal government, at least those at the ones who make the news with lessers talking truth to power -- but this sometimes extends to taking major corporations to task for illegal practices ….

Tonight, Your Legal Rights discusses just what is a whistleblower;  and, how are they protected?

YLR: The Laws Governing the Business of Cannabis

Sep 2, 2020

California has regulated a largely legalized marijuana market; the federal government, not so much.

Just how are businesses to operate under a system of regulation that is, to say the least, fluid and evolving.  How is a business – often a very large enterprise – to move through the myriad regulations and keep its executives out of Leavenworth?

YLR: Landlord Tenant Law In A Time Of Chaos

Aug 26, 2020

YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes David Finkelstein of San Mateo, and Jessica Chylik and Sal Timpano of San Francisco, all of whom represent landlords and tenant attorneys in landlord tenant cases. We discuss laws reshaping landlord-tenant relations, a continuing update regarding the pandemic, fires, and the stay on eviction cases.  What new regulations or court orders that apply to tenants and landlords? Your own questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.

YLR: Bankruptcy Law 101

Aug 19, 2020

A distinguished panel will talk about what bankruptcy is, and different types of bankruptcy cases, including Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13.  When you really need a bankruptcy, how do you pay for it?

YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, is joined tonight by Justin Draa, a partner at Greenfield LLP, Monique Jewett-Brewster, an attorney-member of Hopkins Carley’s litigation department , Ryan Penhallegon of The Structure Group. and Michael Malter, a certified bankruptcy law specialist certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

YLR: Elder Financial Abuse 101

Aug 12, 2020

TONIGHT'S PROGRAM LOOKS AT THE SCHEME THAT PROTECTS SENIORS, FROM A WHOLE LITANY OF FINANCIAL ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN ESTATE PLANNER AND A CIVIL LITIGATOR WHO PURSUES CIVIL REMEDIES.  HOW TO PREVENT SUCH ABUSE, HOW TO SPOT IT WHEN IT'S OCCURRED, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.

YLR HOST JEFF HAYDEN IS JOINED BY ATTORNEYS KENNETH HOROWITZ OF SAN MATEO AND JOSHUA BORGER OF SAN JOSE.

QUESTIONS FOR JEFF AND HIS GUEST?  CALL (866) 798-8255.

YLR: Elder Financial Abuse 101

Aug 12, 2020

TONIGHT'S PROGRAM LOOKS AT THE SCHEME THAT PROTECTS SENIORS, FROM A WHOLE LITANY OF FINANCIAL ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN ESTATE PLANNER AND A CIVIL LITIGATOR WHO PURSUES CIVIL REMEDIES.  HOW TO PREVENT SUCH ABUSE, HOW TO SPOT IT WHEN IT'S OCCURRED, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.

YLR HOST JEFF HAYDEN IS JOINED BY ATTORNEYS KENNETH HOROWITZ OF SAN MATEO AND JOSHUA BORGER OF SAN JOSE.

QUESTIONS FOR JEFF AND HIS GUEST?  CALL (866) 798-8255.

California's Unfair Competition Laws protect consumers and competitors alike by addressing such things as unlawful or fraudulent business acts or practices, unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising, and related practices.  Some practices are obvious such as lying in ads or bait and switch, while others more subtle such as securing your automobile purchase against your home rather than the car.

How does a consumer -- or a competitor -- know when he/she has been victimized by such unfair practices?  How can you respond, and what remedies might be available?

YLR: Insurrection and the Law

Jul 29, 2020

Why has President Trump dispatched Federal Officers , often in plain clothes, into cities?  Focused on cities run by Democratic mayors?  Under what circumstances can a president dispatch the military to use police power over civilians?

YLR: The Virus, The Beach, Justice

Jul 22, 2020

Two coronavirus stories to tell.  First, the story of one man, and how one person could and did make a difference. Seeing crowded beaches throughout the beach, how Brent Turner rallied local officials to close the beaches before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Then, a second story, of working in the trenches of the justice system, and how courts throughout the state, and the nation, have been paralyzed as individuals within test positive, and how the public has been excluded to the protection of all.

YLR: Your Evolving Right to Bail

Jul 15, 2020

Our system of Bail has evolved from where someone would await your trial in your stead to make sure you showed up,  to where you posted money to make sure you showed up, to where you posted money to make sure you showed up and everyone else stayed safe.  Come the pandemic, the jails could not remain so crowded or infected persons would spread the virus -- first among themselves, then spread to the rest of the community.  How does this affect bail?  Pretrial release?  Public Safety?   

YLR: So You Are Starting A Business

Jul 8, 2020

So you have a great idea and you want to start up a business.  What NOT to do.  What are some of the big mistakes made by entrepreneurs?  How do you avoid them?  YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined tonight by commercial litigator, Joshua Borger and Business transactions attorney/real estate broker Tamara Pow.

Questions for Jeff and his guests?  Please call (866) 798-8255.

YLR: Where to Find Legal Help During the Pandemic

Jul 1, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, a crisis of justice and conscience and resulting civil unrest; people are left to try to find legal help for myriad legal problems; and with a shelter in place in effect, legal help has been hard to find.

YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined tonight by co-host Deborah Kemper, Executive Director of the San Mateo County Bar Association, and executives of the major local bar associations.

YLR: Civil Rights and Civil Unrest

Jun 24, 2020

YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined by a distinguished panel including professors, attorneys, athletes and analysts – who are engaged in examining the ethical and legal problems that now confront all of us and trying to lead social change – to discuss the implications of the unrest, be it civil or otherwise, and the implication of being black in America. 

Tonight, a special crossover episode Of Your Legal Rights And KALW’S popular Philosophy Talk -- the program that questions everything ... except your intelligence.  

We are simultaneously facing a pandemic and massive social unrest. we all find ourselves entangled in moral dilemmas; so, we have assembled a group of guests-philosophers, attorneys, analysts-who are professionally engaged in examining the ethical and legal problems that now confront all of us.

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