Why Hire a Business Transactions Lawyer San Antonio with a similar background to yourself: Asian, Chinese, Philippine, Vietnamese, El Salvador, Guatemalan, Canadian, German, Latino, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Romanian, Cuban, Korean, Indian, Hispanic, American, Foreign, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Orthodox, Mormon, or Buddhist?
If you do you will need a lawyer. The trouble is there are several thousand Attorneys out there just on the internet and the choice in finding a Business Transactions Lawyer San Antonio appropriate for your case becomes more difficult. When you are trying to find a representative there are a few guidelines you will want to follow. Below you will find out how to choose the appropriate lawyer for your needs.
When trying to find a lawyer you first must understand the case you have. Some cases are very easy to determine, for instance those who have been in an accident often have personal injury needs. Those with problems at a hospital with a medical condition will have a malpractice suit and on and on. Once you have determined the type of representative you need, finding a lawyer becomes a little easier.
You may have a general practice representative or someone you have dealt with in Business Transactions Lawyer San Antonio law. Most of us know someone who has had a attorney in the past. In this case you can ask the person for a referral. If you have a business lawyer you can ask them to recommend someone in the field of expertise you need. They will often have at least one name for you and a few to keep away from. Those who have worked with lawyers such as family or friends will also be able to give recommendations. They may say you don’t want this person or that their associate can help you. In either case you are better off to ask for a referral in finding a lawyer rather than other options.
The key to finding a representative that will help you out is knowing as much about them professionally as possible. You want to understand how many years they have practiced and what their specialty really is. Other wise you may find someone who is more out for the gain they will get rather than the gain you will get. When you deal with finding a lawyer, ask them their policies. Kind of interview them during the course of the conversation as well. Some will not charge unless the case is won, while others will charge a small fee during the entire process. It will depend on the case and of course your representative.
Workers' Compensation Laws
A will can be used, when executed, directs the disposition of your estate at death. The term "Intestacy" deals with state statutes that govern distribution of the property of a person who dies without a valid will or whose will does not completely dispose of his estate. In most states, the rules are the same for real and personal property. Heirs and next of kin are synonymous and describe persons who take either real or personal property by intestacy. Generally, the state where a person lives when death occurs determines the disposition of personal property. The disposition of real property is determined by the law of the state where the real property is located.
Intestacy statutes (or wills) apply only to a decedent's probate estate. This consists of assets that pass by will or inheritance and are subject to administration by the decedent's personal representative, (cash, real estate, and personal items). Non-probate assets pass under contract, (life insurance proceeds, trust assets, etc.). If a will is valid than it rules, but if there was no will or the will was not valid or does not make a complete disposition of the decedent's property, than the intestacy succession statute applies. Again for personal property, remember the law of the decedent's state where they lived governs. For real property, the law of the state where the property is located governs.
The most asked question is, "How should the property be distributed?"
Some general rules are as follows:
1.Spouse usually takes half or a third if there are decedents, if not, all distribution of assets goes to the spouse
2.Children take all if there is no surviving spouse or a smaller amount if there is a surviving spouse.
These rules apply to "separate property". Different rules apply to community property. Keep in mind if your state is a community property state, the spouse already owns on half of all community property. Some states that have community property are:
Revoking a Will:
1. By law- Changes in a will may revoke all or part depending on state law
2. By executing another will, revoking the previous one
3. Physical destruction: tearing up, burning or writing "Cancel across the face of the will.
In most cases a complete, formally executed will do not need other documents or act to administer the to the decedents estate. There are grounds for contesting or challenging a will and usually involve the following:
1. Was the will properly executed?
2. Was it revoked?
3. Did the maker lack the capacity?
4. Was there lack of intent?
5. Was there undue influence, fraud or duress?
A person may contest or challenge a will only if they are interested parties, (direst interest in the estate). There can be a no-contest clause in a will, called an "Interrorem". This provides that any person who contests the will shall forfeit all interest in the estate.
Steps in Administration of the Estate:
1. Opening estate proceedings
2. All proceedings subject to court supervision and control
3. Jurisdiction-State of decedent's death
There are fourteen (14) states that have adopted the Uniform Probate Act: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Utah.
The importance of estate planning is essential to protect yourself and your family. Make sure you consult with the proper person to provide you with all your financial needs in planning your future.
Refinancing Your Home With Bad Credit or a Bankruptcy in Texas
Talking about amputation can make many people feel uncomfortable. However, this surgery actually saves lives if it is done for the right reason. If you or someone you know is facing amputation, this article can help you understand the reason for the surgery and how it is performed.
First, amputations mostly result due to accidents or injuries. However, they can also necessary in case of disease or infection. One man even cut off his own arm to free himself from being trapped in a rock slide after hiking. Amputation is typically needed in cases of severe blood loss or to deter infections from spreading to key organs such as your heart.
When injuries are especially traumatic, our bodies lose the ability to grow back new, healthy tissue. For instance, our cells rely on blood for oxygen and nutrients and the removal of wastes such as carbon dioxide from our system. If an injury such as a deep laceration drains the blood and keeps it from circulating to our extremities, these wastes can build up in our cells and kill them. If there is too much cell death, our bodies may be unable to replace the dead cells. Thus, in this case, amputation is necessary to rid ourselves of lifeless limbs.
Sadly, many causes of amputations are the result of personal injuries. Gunshots, car wrecks, and burns are but a few of the causes of injuries that need amputations. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury due to someone's negligence, you should speak to an attorney about your rights.
For more information, talk to a personal injury lawyer from the firm of Palmer & Associates PC, today.
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When discussing a white collar crime, it contains a various amount of crimes, generally all crimes that are committed through deception and persuaded by financial gain. Some of the more common types of white collar crimes include different types of embezzlement, money laundering, tax evasion, and fraud. Majority of the type of frauds and scams that make up the white collar crimes consist of security fraud and Ponzi schemes such as insider trading. Insurance fraud and tax evasion also fall under the category of white collar crimes. Here you can find some white collar crime examples:
Fraud is what makes up the majority of the white collar crimes. Fraud is generally to serve the purpose of deceiving an individual for monetary advantage. One of the familiar types of white collar fraud is securities fraud.
Money laundering is the illegal action of obtaining illegal acquired money, also known as dirty money. This is done through a sequence of transactions that serve the purpose of making the money be seen as if it was made by the company. Money laundering consists of three steps. The first step is when the money is generally deposited into a bank or a brokerage. The second step is to isolate that money from the original place by a large amount of complex transactions, which makes it more difficult to trace the "dirty" money. Last but not least is integration. This last step is the combining of the now clean money with the money that has been obtained legally.
A Contract Dispute Concerning an Oral Contract
The process for mediation will be dependent upon how mediation is triggered. Mediation can be triggered by:
a court or tribunal
an agreement to mediate.
A contract can state that when a dispute occurs to do with the contract or any matter of contractual import or bearing the parties must go to mediation. A well crafted mediation clause will provide that the parties must agree upon a mediator or in the absence of agreement the contract should provide that the matter must be referred to a nomination body to nominate a mediator.
The contact will provide that the mediator will be free to conduct the mediation as he or she sees fit, but the contract will also provide that if the mediation breaks down then the parties are at liberty to abort the mediation. Conversely the contract will provide that if resolution of the dispute through mediation is effected then the terms of settlement that underpin that accord must be in writing, must be co signed by the parties and the mediator and the accord will then be binding.
An example of a contract induced mediation clause is below
The Parties must mediate disputes.
The parties to the contract must use the mediation procedure to resolve a dispute before commencing legal proceedings.
The mediation procedure is:
The party who wishes to resolve a dispute must give a notice of dispute to the other party, and to the selected mediator, or, if that mediator is not available, to a mediator appointed by the president of the Law Institute.
The notice of dispute must state that a dispute had arisen, and state the matters in dispute.
The parties must cooperate with the mediator in an effort to give an opinion to technical matters. Each party must pay a half share of the cost of the opinion.
If the dispute is settled, the parties must sign a copy of the terms of settlement.
If the dispute is not resolved in 14 days after the mediator had been given notice, or within any extended time that the parties agreed to in writing, the mediation must cease.
Each party must pay a half share of the costs of the mediator to the mediator.
The terms of the settlement are binding on the parties and override the terms of the contract if there is any conflict.
Either party may commence legal proceedings when mediation ceases.
The terms of settlement may be tendered in evidence in any mediation or legal proceedings.
The parties agree that written statements given to the mediator or to one another and any discussions between the parties or between the parties and the mediator during the mediation period are not admissible by the recipient in any legal proceedings.
Court or Tribunal Ordered Mediation
Most courts require litigated matters to be referred to mediation before the case goes to hearing. The courts normally have a published list of mediators that the parties can choose from and each party has to pay the costs of the mediator.
If the mediation facilitates a settlement then the matter is concluded and the legal proceedings will be aborted by consent. If the mediation is unsuccessful then the matter will in all likelihood proceed to trial.
In some jurisdictions like the VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) the parties do not have to pay for the mediator and this is a significant cost saving and benefit that flows from such benevolence.
Agreement Based Mediation
Any party to any dispute, be it civil, commercial or planning can at any time agree to mediate. All the parties need to do is to find a mediator and then in good faith attempt to settle the matter.
There still however needs to be a rigour, there is little point in settling a dispute unless the settlement is agreed in writing, is witnessed and is evidenced by an instrument that states that the parties have agreed to resolve all of their disputes and differences to do with the subject matter.
Any mediated settlement agreement has to be comprehensive, well drafted and must embrace all matters that gave rise to the dispute. Poorly drafted settlement agreements are open to challenge and are frequently challenged when one of the parties in hindsight thinks that result could have been better.
If matters can be mediated at the gestation of a dispute, a mediated outcome has considerable merit. There is little doubt that the fastest and cheapest way to resolve a dispute if negotiations breakdown is through mediation. In any partnership agreement that I have entered into with fellow practitioners or businessman I have insisted on the inclusion of a mediation clause. Resort to court, is last resort.
One of the ostensible benefits of mediation is confidentiality. If a matter is resolved by mediation the disputants can keep their issues of discontent "in house". If there is any "dirty linen" it is "washed" in-house, never in public. For people in high office this is most important, reputations particularly in this day of age where communications via the internet are immediate and widespread mean that anything odorous can be seized upon and published very quickly. Furthermore once the odium is out there it can never be archived or placed in a vault that is dedicated to the scurrilous. Information that is published on the web remains there in perpetuity for all and sundry. The need for confidential resolution of disputes is therefore greater than ever and mediation is a useful although not necessarily perfect way of achieving this.
Not everyone however is convinced that a benefit of mediation is confidentiality.
"It could be said that the reality of confidentiality in mediation is in large part reliant on the goodwill of the parties. If good will breaks down, then somewhat ironically, whether confidentiality will be upheld or not depends on relatively insecure legal protections"
(Field, Rachael and Wood, Neal (2006) "Confidentiality: An ethical dilemma for marketing mediation?" Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 17(2):pp. 79-87 at 7).
"From an ethical marketing perspective it is less than desirous to use the concept of confidentiality to promote mediation; certainly not without providing full information about the qualified nature of the concept in practice. Indeed, the accuracy and legitimacy of some of the assertions made about confidentiality in mediation can be brought into serious question"
(Field, Rachael and Wood, Neal (2006) "Confidentiality: An ethical dilemma for marketing mediation?" Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 17(2):pp. 79-87 at 16).
As one of the perceived benefits of mediation is confidentiality, yet in actual practise as the said co-authors contend this may be an assumption in some instances rather than a fact, settlement condition "belts and braces" should be brought to bear to secure confidentiality. Where settlement via mediation is engineered the settlement agreement should have a confidentiality clause, any breach of which is actionable in a court of law. If part of the consideration in the settling of a dispute is confidentially it should be expressed as such, then a breach of confidentiality is a breach of that confidentiality provision and actionable.
A greater problem is if settlement is not effected by mediation. How confidential is information conveyed during negotiations in these circumstances? Field, Rachael and Wood have said the notion of whether information remains confidential or not may be reliant upon the good will of the parties. All well and good but of little comfort to disputants at loggerheads with one another, particularly if the mediation proves fruitless and as it can on occasion, counterproductive and a tension exacerbater.
(Michael Moffitt "Suing Mediators" Boston University Law Review, Vol. 83:147 at page 150)
The difficulty in suing mediators is probably because it is a new addition to the dispute resolution repertoire, somewhat of a dark and evolving art. As canvassed previously mediators are not supposed to make decisions and although a mediator never makes a decision, the errant mediator in making a recommendation or proffering an opinion that affects a settlement is influencing the decision to settle. If the decision is settled and compromised on the basis of a misconceived mediator`s expressed inclination, the conduct of the mediator should be actionable at law.
Yet actionable on what basis? The duty of the mediator in not codified or regulated rather it is ill-defined and speculative As some mediators are not remunerated by the parties does their duty to the party differ to circumstances where the mediator is remunerated by the parties, (presumably on a fifty- fifty basis)?
Unlike lawyers who are required to enter into cost agreements with their clients that are regulated by solicitor conduct acts, mediators do not explicitly contract with clients to dispense impartiality, ethical reverence or detachment. So in the absence of any contractual obligation for one to sue a mediator, one would have to imply certain duties, duties that are to reiterate ill-defined and opaque.
For the above reasons it is not surprising that mediators apparently have not been sued to date. Although a party in the absence of any mediator immunity would be at liberty to sue a mediator, success could prove elusive. There would have to be compelling evidence that the mediator, very forcefully recommended a course of action, based upon flawed rationale or pretext, resulting in a settlement that materially prejudiced a party`s interests.
Furthermore if the aggrieved was represented by lawyers it would be even more difficult to sue the mediator, because the question would be asked "Why did your lawyer not advise you to refuse to accede to the mediator's recommendation?"
The disquieting consideration for lawyers, is that the lawyer must be ever vigilant and bold if need be, in ensuring that a bad deal that is put to the client is described as such in no uncertain terms, least the lawyer be implicated in a questionable outcome. The last thing the lawyer would want to become is a client "safety net" for a compromised settlement in circumstances where a forceful or vociferous mediator extolled the virtues of settlement and the lawyer meekly acquiesced or endorsed in that facilitation. For to do so could mean that the lawyer would be sued for a failure to emphatically reject the mediator`s recommended course of action.
As an aside the author can attest to his disappointment with respect to some of his experiences at mediation, albeit a minority of experiences. One case concerned a multimillion dollar dispute where the author was retained by an insurance company and the author's client flew an insurance instructor from one jurisdiction to the jurisdiction where the mediation occurred. The mediator was a fairly relaxed sort of character but the amount that he charged being $6,000 per day certainly did not relax the disputants. It was observed on a number of occasions that when there were "breakout" caucuses, the mediator used his downtime to read the newspapers in the public reception area that someone very kindly left in the reception of the office.
In another matter, again an insurance dispute, one team flew from one jurisdiction to another, at great cost. The mediation was getting traction but because the mediator and some other members of one of the adversary fraternity had to attend a religious festival, the mediation was cut short. The author, a religious man himself, considered that it would have been a far better idea for the mediator to arrange a date that did not conflict with either his or one of the other party's religious commitments. Particularity when the mediator was charging in excess of $5,000 per day and the combined legal spend for the day would have been $12,000. Needless to say that the team lacking the same religious affiliation was in a word; disappointed.
One of the greatest risks with mediations is that successful mediations in the author`s experience often go well into the night. In these circumstances many mediators instead of adjourning over to the following day put pressure on the parties to expedite the "wrapping up" of a settlement. In such circumstances mistakes can be made particularly in regards to the drafting of terms of settlement. This makes one hark back to Michael Moffitt's observation that the lack of formal structuring can compromise the quality of mediation services.
Mediation is relatively cheap and in tribunals such as the VCAT and the NZ WHT it is free. Court nominated mediators however are not free and when the courts, compel the parties to mediate the parties have to engage and pay for recognized and reputable mediators. This can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $10,000 a day but is money well spent if the matter is resolved quickly by mediation.
The most cost effective deployment of a mediator is at the outset of the dispute, at a time that precedes the initiation of legal proceedings.
An actual mediation rarely takes more than a day or so. The critical thing is to ensure that the mediation occurs close to the beginning of the dispute rather than on the eve of trial.
On point, the author was engaged by the Law Reform Commission and the Law Institute of Victoria in the early 90's to co-author a plain English building contract with Jude Wallace (Jude worked with the Victorian Law Reform Commission). We decided to make mediation the first "port of call" in the dispute resolution process whereby it was a term of contract that no party could issue proceedings in any jurisdiction unless they had at first instance attended mediation. The contract also provided that the parties remunerated the mediator on a 50/50 basis, regardless of outcome.
It is critical, for fear of labouring the point that mediation occurs at the outset. Ideally, a mediator should be engaged before a matter goes to court, arbitration or a tribunal but this requires a contractual condition that binds the parties to this course of action.
A mediated outcome at the earliest possible time can indeed arrest the deterioration of a commercial relationship. Mediated outcomes can also be positive, they can turn the tide from discord to accord and where this occurs the relationship can be strengthened.
Adversaries can also learn more about one another, a constructive mediation can enable both parties to better understand the other party's point of view. As Sir Laurence Street, the prominent Australian mediator and a past NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice likes to say. "If you look at a coin, the coin has a head and a tail. In any given dispute one party sees the tail, the other can only see the head, yet they are both looking at the same coin".
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If ever there was a misunderstood business entity, it is the close corporation. Most people have heard of them, but have no idea what they are. Well, the answer is pretty simple.
First off, a close corporation is not a business that has been shut down. The name suggests as much, but such an interpretation is sort of incorrect. The close element refers to the number of shareholders in the entity. Specifically, there is a cap on the number of people that can have an ownership stake, to wit, the number of shareholders. This number varies from state to state, so you will have to look it up. The secretary of state often has a website and provides such information.
Close corporation can be a great way for the little guy to benefit from relaxed corporate rules, while gaining the liability and debt protection afforded to huge multi-national corporations. If you are considering incorporating, this might just be the perfect choice for your business.
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Incorporating in California is one of the best ways to protect personal assets from creditors and litigators. By operating a business as an incorporated entity in California, the risk of entangling in lawsuits can be diminished. The chances for having an IRS audit can be lowered. Business operating losses may also be deducted.
The primary advantage of forming a corporation in California is personal liability protection. Incorporation in California helps to separate personal assets from that of the business. There is the possibility of law suits against a California Corporation. If so, there are legal provisions and UCC codes to protect owners, shareholders, directors and employees from personal liability. In a sole proprietorship or general partnership, the owners are directly responsible for the debts and obligations of the company. The California Corporation has a separate legal entity from its owners. So if the company has a debt or claim from a law suit, the California Corporation is responsible for it, not the owner.
California is corporate-friendly and promotes all kinds of businesses. The conditions in other states are not as strong or favorable to business owners and corporate officers as in California.
Estate Planning Decisions - Choosing Trusts, Wills and Lawyers
Regrettably, most of us will experience a road traffic accident at some time in our lives. If you are involved a road traffic accident, even if you are fortunate enough to not be injured, there is valuable advice you should follow including things that you should and shouldn't do.
If you, a friend or a loved one is unfortunate enough to suffer a personal injury from a road traffic accident, you should consult a personal injury solicitor
If involved in a road traffic accident resulting in injury, or sizeable damage to your vehicle, don't move from the scene of the accident until the police arrive and advise that you're OK to leave. If you're in any way unsure about the 'quantum' or amount of financial damage caused by an accident; take care of your actions as these can impact on any claim you make and affect any testimony you may have to make in court.
Seek Medical Help
Has someone been injured in the road traffic accident? Are you or anyone at the scene trained first aid? Then get them, or yourself to the injured immediately. Ensure that injured person isn't moved. Instruct the nearest person to contact the police and report the accident. Giving details of who is injured, how many persons are involved so that suitable emergency help is dispatched. Do what you can to warn and divert oncoming traffic away from the accident using hazard lights and any warning triangles available.
Typically, shock and adrenaline caused by any accident can hide the true symptoms of your accident.
Be sure to give the medical practitioner as much information as possible about how you're feeling as a result of the road traffic accident including:
i) loss of memory ii) headaches iii) blood or fluid in your ear iv) dizziness v) ringing in the ears vi) disorientation vii)nausea viii) confusion or other unusual physical or mental feelings
To prevent the onset of a concussion or other head and brain injuries do not avoid speaking to a medical practitioner or a doctor.