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Understanding the Major Commercial Lease Types

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When negotiating leases for your dental practice, it is helpful to be familiar with the common types that are specific to commercial leases: gross or full-service leases, net leases, and modified gross leases.

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Posted on 06/20/2018 at 07:45 AM

Managing Employee Classifications And Their Implications

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Properly classifying your staff is one of the most crucial aspects of managing a practice. In fact, failure to do so can result in major problems; this includes fines and penalties from local, state, and federal agencies. Further, improper classifications can result in unpaid overtime, back pay of wages, interest, and your time. In escalated situations, a lawsuit or class action lawsuit could be filed against you, resulting in hefty additional attorney’s fees...click here to continue reading the full article.

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Posted on 06/18/2018 at 09:00 AM

The Critical Guide To Creating Severance Agreements for Your Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

No one likes that moment when you have to terminate an employee. Unfortunately, as the owner of your dental practice, there will be times when it's necessary for you to let an employee go. Whether it's due to poor performance, issues in patient care, or ethical concerns, you want to be sure that you're following the right steps in letting the employee go legally. Writing a solid severance agreement will ensure that you are protected legally if things don't go according to plan. 

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Posted on 06/13/2018 at 09:00 AM

How To Stay Compliant When Selling a Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Once you have decided that you would like to sell your dental practice, there are a number of steps that you can take which will aid you in the success and compliance of the sale. You will undoubtedly want to get the most “bang for your buck” with the least hassle. Further, you will likely want to make the transfer as seamless as possible. With the ability to properly prepare in advance, you can easily make a sale and transfer your practice and be confident in those actions.

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Posted on 06/06/2018 at 09:00 AM

6 Key Considerations For Dental Practice Expansion

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Expanding your dental practice may be the next logical step in your business plan. Perhaps you're struggling to schedule new patients or maybe you're hoping to bring in more associates or partners in order to share the burden of patient care along with increased profits. Before expanding your dental practice, however, make sure that you take the time to think through these key considerations. 

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Posted on 05/31/2018 at 01:24 PM

7 Important Things to Consider When Hiring An Associate

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Hiring an associate dentist for your practice isn't a process to be taken lightly. Not only are you hiring someone who will be working with you and your patients for a long time to come, you're setting the stage for a professional relationship that could last through the duration of your practice. As you create your associate dentist employment agreement, make sure you're giving serious consideration to these key concerns. 

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Posted on 05/23/2018 at 09:11 AM

What to Consider When Protecting the Intellectual Property of Your Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When seeking to protect your dental practice’s intellectual property, the technical nature of the terminology involved can seem burdensome and complex. One of the best ways to remedy any concerns related to your intellectual property is to become more familiar with this language and lingo. Being able to distinguish the differences between them is key. Primarily, you will need to know the difference between a trademark, a copyright, and a patent, and how they might interact with one another. This is important to keep in mind once you buy a dental practice or start one from scratch, as protecting your brand and its reputation is key to building and maintaining a successful practice. Secondarily, you will need to consider the...

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Posted on 05/16/2018 at 08:57 AM

How To Legally Terminate An Employee in Your Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

In a perfect world, you would never have to fire an employee at your dental practice. Unfortunately, you don't live in that perfect world; and there will be times when your employees fail to meet your expectations. Whether it's poor patient interactions that leave patients uncomfortable when they're in your office, a habit of showing up late, or a more serious offense like stealing from the practice, there are times when you simply need to terminate an employee for the good of the practice. Taking care of the process legally will help protect your practice and ensure that you aren't stuck in a battle to explain why you chose to fire a particular individual. 

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Posted on 05/09/2018 at 09:54 AM

Overview of CA Supreme Court Overtime Calculations Involving Flat-Sum Bonuses Decision

By Ali Oromchian Esq

As you may know, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that non-discretionary bonuses are included in an employee’s regular rate of pay for overtime purposes. As a reminder, non-discretionary bonuses are: dependent on an employee’s hours worked or on the quality or quantity of the outcome of the employee’s work, determined through the employee’s service or his or her productivity or efficiency, predetermined by specific criteria, and employees know how to earn it.

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Posted on 05/02/2018 at 10:00 AM

Obtaining Insurance for Your New Dental Practice: The Top Things to Consider

By Ali Oromchian Esq

There are a lot of steps that must be taken before you open your dental practice, but one of the most important items on the list is securing the insurance you need to operate. Before your practice is operational, you need to be sure you have several different types of insurance in place. These simple steps can protect you from costly liability suites, prevent you from losing your dental practice before it even has a chance to get off the ground, and even prevent you from losing your dental license. While insurance may seem like an expensive proposition, it's also an important part of keeping your practice operating smoothly. 

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Posted on 04/25/2018 at 12:14 PM

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