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The Legal Department articles are not intended to serve as legal advice and are offered for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for independent legal advice and it is not intended to address every situation that could potentially arise. Please be aware that laws, regulations and technical standards change over time. As a result, it is important to verify and update any reference or information that is provided in the article.


Learn how the ADA affects you and your professional practice when approached by a potential client with a disability.

Learn how the ADA affects you and your professional practice when approached by a potential client with a disability.

The laws surrounding disability discrimination are vast and complex, this is an attempt to narrow down and summarize the main guiding principles.

This article will present four vignettes that discuss hypothetical situations involving a therapist's treatment of patients in the military. Readers are invited to submit a written analysis of the legal and ethical issues evident to each vignette.

One of the most important decisions a therapist can make, when forming a private practice, is choosing the right type of business entity to form. Most therapists wish to avoid personal liability for the obligations of their business and may also wish

This article takes a closer look at some of the legal and ethical issues presented in Richard Leslie's article. "Closing a Practice," and discusses various options that a therapist should be aware of when closing his or her practice.

In recent months we have received inquiries from members possessing medical marijuana cards, engaging in marijuana usage for medical purposes, and requesting information on the implications of such usage and possession on their practice and license.

Many therapists understand the importance of non-profits to communities and they may even desire to start new non-profits, but they may not know where to begin. This article discusses the basics of organizing a non-profit public benefit counseling corporation in California.

Have you ever been conflicted of, plead guilty to, or plead nolo contendere to any misdemeanor or felony? This question can be tricky to answer if the misdemeanor or felony was expunged.

As a licensed mental health professional in California, you may organize your private practice as either a sole proprietorship or a professional corporation.
Learn about forming a professional corporation and its advantages.