Monday, October 15, 2012

Tips for Picking A Great Lawyer

There are many instances you may find yourself in which necessitate working with a lawyer. Some of things instances range from buying and selling a home, adopting a child, being in an accident and or even committing a crime. If you found that you have committed a crime, try contacting a minnesota criminal attorney for help and assistance.

 It is important to pick a great lawyer that can help you with whatever legal instance you find yourself in. First it is important to contact a lawyer early on in the process. This can help cause less stress and keep things going as smooth as possible which of course varies on the severity of your legal issue. You want to keep in mind that you want to work with a lawyer that you feel comfortable with. This not only is in regards to them as a person, but also to them as a professional. Often times the lawyer needs to know very detailed and confidential information about you or your family so it is important that you choose someone with which you feel comfortable. You will also be interfacing a lot with this lawyer and his staff, so you want someone you don’t mind working with. In a professional sense, you want to feel comfortable that they know what they are talking about and will do everything in an ethical manner to help you get your desired results. Also take note of their communication style and how easy they are to get ahold of.

 Depending on what you prefer, you might find a lawyer who likes to communicate mostly through email or mostly through phone. Also pay attention to how quickly you get a response. Nobody likes to hire an attorney then never be able to reach them during the process. One of the best ways to start picking out a lawyer is to ask around for recommendations. Ask people you trust and are close to, or those you value their professional opinion. Try asking family members, work associates, or even church affiliates. You will find this is a great way to start your search because people tend to recommend people they have enjoyed working with. And then you have someone else’s word that the lawyer is good and not just the lawyer’s office’s opinion. Don’t make any rash decisions however. This is a great way to start, but always make appointments for initial consultations and make up an opinion for yourself.

 An individual should also keep in mind that lawyers tend to specialize in specific fields or interests within the law. So look for lawyers who specialize in your specific kind of legal problem or case. By specializing, you can trust that they have more experience in that particular field. These type of lawyers might cost a bit more than a general practice lawyer, but keep in mind that you’d have to pay another person’s hourly rate for them to do research, so even though it might be more upfront, chances are you’ll come out even and have the confidence that the specialized lawyer knows their stuff without having to research much. Keep in mind these basic tips in finding a great lawyer and you’ll be set!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What is a Tax Loophole Really?

Tax loopholes are available in the United States for both businesses and individuals. While individuals can benefit greatly from certain loopholes in reducing their tax burdens, businesses stand to profit the most from them. Proposition 39, a proposed change to the California tax code set for inclusion on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot, is looking to close a loophole that many out-of-state businesses benefit from.

What is a Tax Loophole?

A loophole is an exception to a rule. Any given loophole is usually in direct disagreement with the rule. In the case of a tax loophole, the exceptions are definitely unintended. When taxes go into legislation to increase revenue they are usually for specific things. A great example is the particular loophole that Proposition 39 seeks to close.

The loophole in question allows out-of-state businesses to enjoy doing business in California without dealing with the same tax burden that in-state businesses have to. That creates an unfair playing field that penalizes California businesses for doing business in their home state. Currently, out-of-state businesses can actively reduce their tax burden by choosing to keep all facilities and employees outside California.

That epitomizes the unintentional nature of a tax loophole. Tax legislators always create new regulations to increase revenues. That is the nature of taxation. However, they never intend to penalize those who live and do business in their own state. Measures like Proposition 39 intend to correct those unintentional mistakes, recoup lost revenue and give the potential advantage back to in-state companies.

What will Proposition 39 Do?

If California residents choose to vote yes on Proposition 39 during the November 6, 2012 general election, they will create a more favorable environment for California businesses. Should the proposition pass, out-of-state businesses will have to start calculating their tax liabilities in California-based on their sales in the state. Additionally, it will remove the option out-of-state businesses have to choose an alternate taxation formula that gives them an advantage over California-based businesses.

Finally, Proposition 39 is set to allocate $550 million per year over five years, a total of $2,750 million, toward funding various projects. Those projects would create energy-efficient jobs for Californians and increase overall energy efficiency.

From the perspective of California-based businesses and individuals working in California, Proposition 39 is good news. It stands to even the playing field, create jobs and increase environmentally favorable conditions for everyone. Of course, the corporations operating from outside California do not relish that particular tax loophole closing.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Check Out Fix*us

Below you'll find some information on Fix*us

What is fix*us?
"Fix US" is a social movement to help the public realize that the voices of citizens do matter and that citizens can offer solutions to mend the open wounds of this country. The concept is to find the solutions to these problems in the places where people seem the least likely to look: within each of us.
Why we came up with this idea:
As this country gears up for the impending presidential election of 2012, citizens are recognizing the issues that will ultimately affect us and influence our voting decisions. Among those issues, some reach us on a very personal level that can't be ignored:
  • The Economy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Immigration
  • Health Care
  • Social Issues
Can the average citizen make the choices and decisions required of the president? We think so and we want everyone's input as to how to steer this country in the right direction.
"Fix US" asks you how to fix the US by sharing your solutions with a broad audience of fellow citizens who are - like you - concerned, but optimistic about the possibilities for positive change.
When the Campaign Runs:
August 13th - October 31
How the Campaign Works:
Participants will select from one of five topics (Economy, Healthcare, Social issues, Immigration, Foreign Policy). They are encouraged to give their best solutions within 360 characters or less. Every solution post must have the topic tag and the hashtag, #fixus. Once solutions are posted, they are open to public voting that will determine the winners.
Voting Process:
Voting is open to the public and the participant with the most votes on their solution will be declared the winner. There will be one winner in each of the five topic areas and each winner will receive $1000 to donate to the charity of their choice. Winners will be announced on November 13th.

Training your future business leaders in your organization

In every organization, there is someone or a group of people who is laying low and not drawing attention to themselves while quietly becoming some of the most productive members of the team. Employers hire these people because they want to make a plan for the future. They want people in place who are going to want to stay for the long haul and eventually take over the whole thing. In this day and age, working your way from the bottom to the top has become something of a cliché. If we’re stuck in a job we don’t like or pays us a low wage, we immediately hit the market looking for a new one. Since the economy is sluggish right now, getting another job while you already have one is easier said than done. This is why you will notice a lot of people throwing themselves behind the organization that’s giving them work right now. They want to be devoted so they don’t wind up like all of the people who are out of work. Their employers take advantage of this newfound dedication and mold these employees through the process of leadership development.

 The first step towards training your future business leaders in your organization is making them aware that they’re important. All employees love to be rewarded for when they do right, whether it’s through promotions, pay raises, or any other incentives. Your employees will enjoy working for you if you enjoy that the work that they do. Every company struggles to figure out how they’re going to highlight their best and brightest. They try a number of different things. Some of them work and some of them don’t. The most important thing is that they make an effort to make their employees feel wanted. Companies that fail to validate the contributions of their employees are usually the ones who have a high rate of turnover. They claim that they take care of their employees, but the truth rises to the surface once any new worker starts on their first day. It’s a common misconception that it requires a lot of money to reward an employee. The exact opposite is true. You could bring your top employees into a meeting and tell them that they’re doing a good job. You could then give them more responsibilities and if they continue to do well, a pay raise.

It’s important to have a long-term and short-term role for every employee in your organization. The employees that don’t figure into your company’s long-term plans are usually first in line to be dismissed and will quickly filter out of the door. You have to put all of your time and attention into the employees you know are going to be around for a while. Determine where they will place in your company and train them to have the right expertise to fulfill their future role. Their education could be a few short seminars or a lengthy process where they train under the person who currently occupies where they will end up.