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DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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Starting a charity is no simple task

December 7, 2018 • By Dennis Beaver

“Nicky” (not her real name) is a television reporter in the Southern San Joaquin Valley with a heart of gold. Brilliant at her craft as a journalist, you just stay glued to her news stories as she finds that human touch few others in TV seem to capture.

Her mother’s death of cancer left Nicky with a sense of duty. “As mom taught high school for over 35 years, I felt an obligation of using my position as someone known in the community to raise money for high school girls living in poverty,” she explained during a phone call.

“So, Dennis, I am collecting money for this project, which I have named after my mother. The funds will buy clothing, school supplies, help pay for bus fare, things like that. Can you give me $100?”

As a group, lawyers are pretty generous, so it wasn’t the money that stopped me, but since I knew Nicky–and the consequences to her reputation of illegal fund raising–I asked a question, and it’s an important one that you need answered if someone out of the blue solicits a donation…click here to read more