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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.  Coming Soon: ZOOM A LAWYER.

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.

Just how are this 20 year old murder case, the death of George Floyd connected?  The interaction of bias -- conscious and unconscious -- the media, the mega trial, and our evolving perception of justice.

Civil Unrest or Redress Grievances

Jun 3, 2020

A series of protests embroil the entire country following another killing at the hands of a police officer.  Some are outraged by the loss of life, others by the destruction of property and civil unrest that followed.  

Landlord Tenant Law and the Shelter In Place

May 27, 2020

The shelter in place order has effected the pocketbooks of many of us -- effecting the ability to meet obligations, including housing - resulting in state and local eviction moratoriums.  How might this effect you?  Your housing?  Your investment income?  Joining Jeff for a discussion of Landlord/Tenant law are San Mateo Attorney David Finkelstein and San Francisco Attorney Sal Timpano. 

Tips for Preparing and Filing Your Tax Returns 2020

May 20, 2020

Last year’s taxes featured major changes to tax law we were all trying to digest.  what is new as of the end of 2019?  How did the Coronavirus change the equation?  What forms of relief are there?  Joining us tonight are Attorney/CPAs Frank Adam of Pacifica and David Hellman of San Rafael.  Questions for Jeff and his guests, call toll-free at (866) 798-8255.

Economic Life Recovering after Coronavirus

May 13, 2020

This fourth, and final, show in our series on how the coronavirus has affected our lives, our institutions, and planning.  Tonight, we look to economic life recovering after the coronavirus pandemic, addressing such questions as whether commercial frustration will allow tenants to terminate the lease without recourse -- because it cannot operate due to a stay at home order – and when will insurance cover your coronavirus losses?

Your Legal Rights: Coronavirus and Nursing Homes

May 6, 2020

This, the third in our series on how the coronavirus has affected our lives, our institutions, and planning, focuses how the pandemic has affected long-term care patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout California.  Joining YLR host Jeff Hayden, from the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, are Attorney  Michael Dark, and Deputy Director Pauline Shatara.  Questions for Jeff and his guests?  Call toll free at (866) 798-8255.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to profound changes in the way our system of justice resolves disputes in myriad arenas -- whether the release of prisoners from jail or the suspension of trials in most civil, family law and criminal cases -- and not all for better.  How do these changes effect you now?  What changes are likely to survive after the pandemic has passed?  Joining YLR host Jeff Hayden is emmy-nominated legal and political commentator Dean Johnson, and author and attorney James Bostwick who handles catastrophic injury cases.  Questions for Jeff, Dean and Jim?

Coronavirus in the Workplace

Apr 15, 2020

The Coronavirus has led to sweepig changes in law of the workplace, all of which are designed to soften the impace of COVID 19, keep wages coming in and keep businesses alive.  Tonight, co-hosts Jeff Hayden and Dean Johnson welcome employment attorneys Margaret Grover and Thomas Lenz.

How do I start up, promote and sustain a small business?

Mar 11, 2020

How do I start up, promote and sustain a small business? What is the first thing that I should do? The next?.... Guest host Emmy nominated legal commentator Dean Johnson, welcomes Heather Sapp and Robert Wyman, to walk us through a step-by-step process of forming a business and making it legal.  Keeping it small, what will we need to know?  Questions for Dean and his guests?  Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.

Bankruptcy 101A: Looking at it from 5,000 Feet above

Mar 4, 2020

A quick summary of what bankruptcy is.  The types of bankruptcy cases.  How it all works.

What are the laws regarding you & your roommates?

Feb 26, 2020

YLR: "Your Legal Rights" Program Information 

Jeff Hayden Welcomes Mz Shirliz Transitional Inc

Feb 19, 2020

A true story of redemption.  SHIRLEY LAMARR aka Mz-Shirliz Ms. Shirley went from a life of drugs and crime to become a beacon of light that has saved countless lives.  "A special thank you to three of the GREATEST WOMEN I KNOW! Dr Mimi Silbert; Dr Teri Lynch-Delane; and Ms Carol Kizziah. Without them not only would I not have any of the joy that I have in my life today, ... I would not even know how to!!!" For more on who we are, please visit   Questions foe Jeff's guest? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

"Using or Resisting Restraining Orders"

Feb 12, 2020

A neighbor jumps out and frightens your kids?  Someone heard a noise, and suddenly your spouse has been accused of domestic violence; you know nothing happened, but the court says she can't return home.  Tonight, we're talking about Restraining Orders.  YLR Host Jeff Hayden welcomes San Mateo Attorneys David Navarro and H. Yvonne Seeley, a State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist. Questions for Jeff's guests?  Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

Labor and Employment Law 250: WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

Feb 8, 2020

YLR tonight, in conjunction with the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, looks at workplace investigations, particularly amidst the “me too” movement.  Standing in for Jeff, Your Legal Rights Guest Host Jamal Anderson a Deputy San Mateo County District Attorney, formerly, he worked in Capitol Hill, ten memorable years including as aide to Nancy Pelosi in the Speaker's transition from Minority Leader to Speaker of the House. Guest Michael A Robbins began his labor law career 1977, at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Your Legal Rights: Acts of Omission

Jan 22, 2020

Tonight, January 22, 2020, Mill Valley trial lawyers James Bostwick and Erik Peterson provide an overview of catastrophic injury cases. James is author of a trial lawyer's account that realistically depicts the ethical dilemmas, anguish and euphoria of everyday life for those who represent victims of negligence — ACTS OF OMISSION, nominated for the prestigious 2020 Harper Lee Legal Fiction Award..

Questions for Jeff and guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.

Your Legal Rights: Impeachment. What's next?

Jan 15, 2020

As Congress votes to present long-awaited Articles of Impeachment, who wins?  How will a Senate trial play out?  What shadow is cast upon the upcoming congessional and presidential elections?  Host Jeff Hayden welcomes Dean Johnson, Emmy-nominated commentator/analyst on both legal and political matters. Questions for Jeff and Dean? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

Landlord Tenant Law & New Laws – YLR 2020 Update

Jan 8, 2020

YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes Sal Timpano and Jessica Chylik, both of whom qualify as landlord AND tenant attorneys. We discuss laws reshaping landlord-tenant relations, a continuing 2020 update. Which new regulations will apply to tenants and/or landlords? Your own questions for Jeff's guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.   

Criminal Law: New Treatment Regimes?

Dec 18, 2019

  For December 18th, our last broadcast of this year, 2019, YLR considers the changing criminal law and penalty paradigm. We move from mass incarceration towards treatment, as specialty courts guide implementation of the new treatment regimes. My guests include San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum (ret.) and Dean Johnson, Emmy-nominated commentator on both legal and political matters. Questions for Jeff's guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.

Labor and Employment Law in 2020

Dec 11, 2019

  This week's on-air show is presented in conjunction with the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and we will look to new laws taking effect in 2020. My guests will include Thomas Lenz and Scott Stillman. Your questions this evening? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. Also, this is our once-a-month Call-A-Lawyer Night. So, while Your Legal Rights broadcasts on 91.7 FM (online 7 'til 8pm PST, attorneys are available off-the-air as well -- 800-525-9917, for your private no-fee consultation on a variety of legal questions.

  Your Legal Rights reflects on Bay Area's "Trial of the Century" Phenomenon, pausing to reflect on the year just passed, with not one but two trials that have been labeled “Trial of the Century” in both media and legal circles.  We welcome three guests this Wednesday who recently and successfully defended one such case, that of Tiffany Li, and can recount their shared experience. We welcome Geoff Carr, Carr Yeley & Associates, Redwood City CA; May Mar, Law Office of May J Mar, Redwood City CA; and Lauren Potter, Law Office of Lauren Potter, Redwood City CA. Co-host: Dean Johnson.

Year-end tips to figure income tax returns for 2019

Nov 20, 2019

  To assist identifying year-end tips to figure 2019 income tax returns, YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes David Hellman and Frank Adam. David Hellman, with offices in San Rafael, is a certified specialist in taxation law and estate planning, trust & probate law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, and is Member of the Business Law, Trusts & Estates, Real Property Law & Taxation sections of the California Lawyers Association; Frank Adam, with offices in Pacifica, is a practicing attorney, real estate broker, and certified public accountant.

Tips on Preparing 2019 Income Tax Returns

Nov 18, 2019

Year End Tax Tips for Income Tax Returns for 2019. YLR Host Jeff Hayden welcomes guests David Hellman, a Certified Specialist in Federal Taxation Law, Real Estate attorney, CPA, and Frank Adam, Tax attorney, Real Estate attorney, CPA, and Daniel J. Ross, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst. Questions for Daniel, David & Frank? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.