2018 National Small Business Week April 29th-May 5th

April 29th-May 5th 2018 is National Small Business Week. From business.com: Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. According to the SBA, more than half of Americans own or work for a small business. Entrepreneurs also help create two out of every three new jobs in the United States, yearly. Since the week-long event was first issued in 1963, the number of small businesses created has continued to rise. Fewer businesses are failing, too. Although it is quite popular to cite startup failure statistics — particularly in their first year — the reality is that 50 percent of small businesses survive five years or more in business. Thinking of starting your own business? Already own a small business? Either way, use this link to find some interesting tips to help you on your way. https://www.sba.gov/con…/2018-national-small-business-week-0

Bar Soap in Contra Costa Lawyer’s April 2018 edition

It has been a while since I penned a Bar Soap column. It seems the more news there is to write about, the more anxious I get and the more difficult it is to settle down and write the column. I should do like Herb Caen. That is, write something every day and then decide if it is worth mentioning in a column, as opposed to gathering information in a file for weeks on end, then having to sort through it for inspiration. This is a habit that I better develop soon because I am inundated with reports on verdicts and about to have a lot more fodder for my Jury Verdicts report. As you all know, I have been whining for years about the need for the court system to provide preparation of monthly trial statistics. The good news … Continue reading

Leadership Contra Costa

Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett was well represented at yesterday’s Leadership Contra Costa Meeting. Two of our partners, Matt Guichard and Erika Portillo, were there to make a presentation on Immigration. Coincidentally both Matt & Erika are alumni of this program, along with Chris Teng. Get Connected. Get Involved. Attached is the link to the program. It is run through the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce. Click on the link and there is more information including an application to join. http://www.walnut-creek.com/walnut-creek-programs-and-committees/walnut-creek-programs/leadership-contra-costa

Distracted Driving

Something to consider if you have an urge to text or read email while driving, you are now a distracted driver. If you cause an accident you may be on the hook for punitive damages. Do you know what that means? It means your insurance doesn’t cover that portion of any monetary award. You have to pay it. Ouch! Be smart. Be safe.

Thank you for your repeat business!

A huge thank you to all of our clients that 1) keep returning when they need legal advice and 2) refer other people and businesses to us. The faith, confidence and trust you put in Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett is appreciated! We offer a wide range of legal services. We get RESULTS. Come in and let’s talk. 925.459.8440 just in case you forgot!

Don’t Get a DUI on St. Patty’s Day!

In 2 days a lot of folks will be out and about celebrating St. Patty’s Day.  You might end up at an Irish Pub… While you are making your plans with friends and co-workers, remember to stay safe and be smart.  And if you are going to raise a pint or two, arrange for some sort of public transportation. BUT if you forget and find yourself in trouble with the law for a potential DUI arrest, remember to give Matt a call at 925.459.8440.  Many people have hired him to handle this sensitive situation. Come in and let’s talk.

Tip #4: Hiring the right lawyer…make sure it’s in their wheelhouse.

Do you need lawyer but don’t know who to call? Do you have a current lawyer but need a different type of lawyer? Give Matt a call. He’s experienced. He won’t accept your case if it’s not in our wheelhouse. He knows other excellent lawyers and will give you a referral that you will feel good about it. Call Matt at 925.459.8440. Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett is here to help you get the legal services you need.

Tip #2: Selecting the right lawyer…

Think you need a lawyer? Then you probably do…how do you choose? First you will ask friends for a referral. Talk to a couple of lawyers. But how do you choose? Do you pick the really feisty lawyer that gets caught up in your problem because that one can relate to what you are experiencing? Or do you hire the one that understands but will give you a realistic assessment of your case and get you results? Sometimes in the heat of the moment we pick the wrong one. Don’t make that mistake. The lawyers at Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett are here to help you get the right results. We are here to help you solve your legal problems. Let us help you. Call Matt at 925.459.8440 so you can get this behind you.

Tip #1: You get what you pay for…choose experience!

You know, sometimes you need a more experienced lawyer. Most times. But when you are deciding upon a lawyer to handle your legal matter and one lawyer charges $x/hour and another charges more don’t think you are getting a better deal if you choose the lawyer with a lower hourly rate. That lawyer may not be able to get done what the experienced lawyer can accomplish in less time. Experience matters. Results matter. Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett gets results. The results that matter. When it comes time to hire a lawyer, hire one that gets the results. Call Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett at 925.459.8440. We get it done.