Dental and Medical Counsel Blog

Social Media and Off-the-Clock Posting

By Ali Oromchian Esq

With social media’s prevalence in our society, many dental practices are left feeling victim to scathing social media postings. Many doctors wonder if they can discipline employees for what they do on their own personal social media accounts?

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Posted on 03/06/2019 at 10:13 AM

Three Tips for Hiring and Keeping the Best Dental Associates

By Ali Oromchian Esq

As every good practice owner knows, the right dental associate can truly make or break your business. Associates can help you grow your revenues, allow you more time off to do the things you enjoy, and increase your team’s energy, among other things

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Posted on 02/27/2019 at 10:00 AM

Why Fighting an Unemployment Claim Might Not be Worth the Trouble

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When terminating an employee from a dental practice, every employer must be prepared to deal with the potential consequences. Regardless of whether you have documented the cause for termination, every terminated employee may exercise their right to file for unemployment benefits. While a former employee has an absolute right to file for these benefits, that does not necessarily mean that the claim will be an easy win for either party or that you should even oppose it. In fact, in many cases, it is more advantageous to simply forfeit your participation in these disputes. Discussed below are several reasons why fighting unemployment claims might not be worth the trouble.

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Posted on 02/20/2019 at 04:04 PM

Does It Make Financial Sense to Build a New Dental Practice?

By Ali Oromchian Esq

One of the most common questions I receive from young doctors is whether it makes financial sense for them to be a practice owner.  The answer may seem obvious to some who already own a practice but when you are faced with high student loans and other debt, it is reasonable to worry about taking even more loans to become a practice owner.  

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Posted on 02/13/2019 at 10:00 AM

Defense in Professional Board Matters

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Imagine that you have a successful dental practice. You serve your patients to the best of your ability; you try to go above and beyond for them. Then one day, you have an encounter with that patient, or there happens to be some sort of incident or accident. What happens next? Below is a high-level look at the way professional board matters work and how to seek to resolve them. 

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Posted on 02/06/2019 at 11:38 AM

Legal Ramifications of Dental Practice Buy-Ins and Partnership Agreements

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Dental practice buy-ins and the partnership agreements they often require can be challenging issues for any practice, and carry with them a number of potential problems and legal ramifications for the unprepared. Understanding the legal aspects of practice buy-ins and partnership agreements will encourage you to solve problems even before they start. Like any change to a business, preparation is key. Once you have completed your due diligence, valued the practice, and agreed upon a purchase price and financing structure, a partnership agreement will need to be agreed upon and drafted.

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Posted on 01/30/2019 at 09:00 AM

In A Dental Practice, Owning Real Estate Has Advantages Over Leasing

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Our dental clients often ask us, should I own the building where I have my practice? Our quick answer is usually "yes," but the analysis is – as you'd expect – quite a bit more complicated. In this post, we discuss some factors to consider when deciding whether to lease or purchase real estate for your dental office, and why ownership tends to win out over leasing most (but not all) of the time.

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Posted on 01/23/2019 at 09:19 AM

What is Arbitration?

By Ali Oromchian Esq

If you are at all familiar with the field of law, you likely know that there is almost always more than one way to bring issues to resolution. There are two basic types of resolution: traditional litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Alternative dispute resolution often involves actions that occur outside of a courtroom as a means of saving all interested parties significant amounts of both time and money. Arbitration and mediation are two examples of ADR, and they are frequently mistaken for one another. Mediation is a more flexible method of resolution which may be both voluntary and non-binding.  Arbitration, however, can be a little more rigid in its requirements and results.

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Posted on 01/16/2019 at 11:45 AM

How to Make “Reasonable Accommodations” for Your Pregnant Employees

By Ali Oromchian Esq

California labor laws require employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees under current disability leave requirements. But what, exactly, constitutes a sufficient “reasonable accommodation?” Even prior versions of disability laws require employers to make these reasonable accommodations, but the laws did little to explain what “reasonable accommodations” meant for practical purposes. The most recent laws provide more information as to what employers must do in order to meet this standard.

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Posted on 01/09/2019 at 11:29 AM

How to Dissolve Your Dental Partnership

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Ideally, when you put together a dental partnership, you include the terms for what you needed to do later, if one or both of you wanted out of the partnership agreement. Unfortunately, that's not always the case, which means that you might need help to figure out how to effectively dissolve your partnership in a way that works for both of you. Whether you have a contract that clearly sets out how you need to go about dissolving your dental partnership or you're not sure where to start with the dissolution, there are several steps to follow. 

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Posted on 01/02/2019 at 11:47 AM

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