Contacting a Lawyer Before the Insurance Company

In many cities and towns, the police publish guidelines for when, after a motor vehicle accident, the police should be called to the scene. However, sometimes an accident victim’s interpretation of those guidelines can result in serious problems when later making an insurance claim, which is why I often contact! Firstly, most municipalities suggest that the police need not be called if the damage to the vehicles is less than a certain amount. In Ottawa, Ontario that amount is $1000.00. The problem is that unless you have some specialized knowledge about cars, or unless the accident was truly just a tap at very low speed, how do you know what the damage is? Very often there is damage inside the frame of the car or inside the trunk.

There can be alignment problems, wheel well problems and various other structural problems that are a much bigger deal than you may realize. Continue reading “Contacting a Lawyer Before the Insurance Company”

Proving Liability in a Texas Motor Vehicle Accident

6a00e54ef5e50288330148c693fb8d970cMotor vehicle accidents comprise a large proportion of personal injury cases. Determining which party is liable for the accident requires a careful analysis of the claim. Before a party is entitled to receive compensation for a motor vehicle accident, the plaintiff must be able to show specific elements.



Motor vehicle accidents in Texas and other jurisdictions may be caused by a variety of reasons, including driver impairment, inattention, speeding or distracted driving. The plaintiff has the burden of establishing the legal elements in order to recover compensation for the accident.


Most vehicle accident claims arise out of the negligent actions of one or more parties. The first element of a negligence claim is a duty. This is the legal responsibility of one party to act a certain way toward another party. By virtue of driving on the same roadways, all drivers have the legal duty to obey the laws and drive in a reasonable manner that does not place other drivers or people on the roadway at an unreasonable risk of harm.

Based on the specific circumstances of the case, there may be other

Salaried Workers and Overtime Rights

nj-expungement-lawWith a salary usually come many benefits. A salaried worker may receive paid time off, additional medical days, holidays off and other distinct advantages. This position is often associated with a position higher in the company. However, there can be some drawbacks to being a salaried worker. In some situations, employers give this status to employees in order to avoid paying more money for overtime benefits. However, doing so can be a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires most employers to pay employees 1.5 times their normal rate if they work more than 40 hours a week. There are a few exceptions to this rule. However, salaried employees are still entitled to overtime pay unless they actually meet the definition of being exempt. While some employers may think that they can free themselves from the obligations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by stating that an employee is “exempt,” this is not the case. Similarly, calling an employee “salaried,” “executive” or “administrative” does not remove the employer’s obligation to pay employees in

What if I Ignore a Florida Credit Card Lawsuit?

lawAfter served with a Florida Credit Card lawsuit, depending on the balance alleged by the creditor or debt buyer, the Defendant has to either: File a written response to the lawsuit within 20 days (balance over $5,000), or Attend a small claims pretrial/mediation conference (balance under $5,000).

But, what if I ignore a credit card lawsuit and do not attend the pretrial or file a written response?

When a Defendant fails appear at the pretrial conference or timely respond to the Complaint, the opposing side may move for a default. Once a default is granted, a default judgment or final judgment may be entered. By failing to appear or respond, the Court reviews the supporting documentation, but almost always grants a judgment for full amount requested by the creditor or debt buyer.


As part of the default judgment, most courts will require you to complete a fact information sheet. The fact information sheet is a 2 to 3 page worksheet requiring you to disclose a great deal of personal financial information such as your employer, spouse’s employer, family income, savings/checking

Child Arrangement Options that are Available During Divorce!

Child Arrangement Options that are Available DuringWhen you get legally separated from your partner, there is always every tendency that there may have to be some rearrangements most especially when you have a child. At this point, what such child needs more than any other thing is love. Both parties that are subjects of the legal separation should be able to shower unending love toward the child to avoid him or her feeling depressed about the whole scenario. This is what any divorce lawyer will always stress on. The child doesn’t need to get affected while such problem does last.

The Big Question

You may be wondering what type of child arrangements you would need to make available for your child during the divorce and where you may need the help of a divorce lawyer. First thing to note in this context is that family law solicitors are always needed in cases like this to ensure that both the man and woman reach a peaceful agreement on some important issues.

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An Overview on LLC Operating Agreement

If you are going to start a new venture, then there are certain things that you need to take care of. One of those things is the LLC operating agreement. So, before you take it up, let us first try to understand what is it all about, by discussing about it a bit. It is basically a document that is kept internally. The rule goes like this that all the members sign on it and keep this on file along with the limited liability company. This is not filed with any particular government organization, and neither it comes with a deadline or any sort of due date. But all these does not anyway mean that it is one of the most significant documents that any LLLC has at the disposal.

This is also called as an Operating and Member Control Agreement. It can also be called as a vital source of guidance and even a trustworthy direction for a venture, and no owner of the business can take the chance to ignore this part of the business paperwork.

The Types if Information That Need to be Included in the Agreement:

  • How is it possible to remove a member
  • How is it possible to remove

Can You Erase Your Criminal History?

The legal system is a harsh and demanding task master and while there is room in the courts for mercy and lenient sentencing, there is almost finality to the ‘guilty’ verdict when delivered by a judge or jury in the courtroom. For the individual sitting at the defense table this can have serious and lifelong consequences in their personal and professional careers. Even something as small as a DWI charge can significantly affect your ability to drive to work or even maintain your job if this is part of your daily activities. For more significant charges, the ramifications can be even bigger.

Instead of taking this decision and living with it why not look at the possible options available when you work with the best expunction lawyers in Bexar County. These legal professionals have the necessary experience and knowledge of Texas law to know what will and will not qualify for this process.

Expunctions occur when a judge rules that a criminal arrest record can be erased giving the individual a chance to start over with a clean slate and can apply to arrest records, dismissed charges and convictions that were later pardoned. Whether you made foolish decisions in

Atlanta Family Lawyer

I’m very upset that this is happening but I have no choice but to file for legal separation in Atlanta. My husband has become withdrawn, absent and verbally abusive. I don’t want him around the children when he gets like that, so I’m moving out and taking the kids with me. I’m looking for a lawyer in Atlanta who can help me file for legal separation.

I’ve heard stories like this countless times. Each time is never any easier than the first time. However, the one thing that is the same is the fact that filing for legal separation in Atlanta requires the help of an attorney. No two marriages are the same and each separation will be approached in a unique way. When there are children involved, it is important to remember to keep them safe and remind them that they will be cared for.

Besides children, there are many areas of a marriage that will have to be sorted out in the process of the separation. For example, money, possessions, child-care, bills, debt, and medical care are all responsibilities that will have to be addressed. The best way to address any legal separation issues is with a qualified attorney. Don’t

Mossack Fonseca Accounting Services Interview of Ernesto González, CPA

On August 3, 2015, Ernesto González, CPA, head of Mossack Fonseca Accounting Services, gave an enlightening interview to representatives from our Marketing Department. Ernesto has been with the firm for more than 25 years and has consistently delivered outstanding results for our clients.

We would like our readers to get to know you. Please tell us about yourself and your career.

  1. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I graduated from the University of Panamá. I have an MBA with a concentration in Finance. I have devoted myself to accounting since I was twenty. Before joining Mossack Fonseca & Co., I worked for various auditing firms, including Peat Marwick which today is KPMG. I began at Mossack Fonseca & Co. as an external auditor, and subsequently became part of a team monitoring and providing advice to the accounting department. I also spent one year as a consultant. Later, I began working in the accounting department.

How many years have you been with MF?

  1. I have been with the firm for 25 years. The previous position I had was as Group Controller, and then came a series of restructuring steps and the idea to have a business unit to provide Accounting Services. The Accounting Services unit

Amador County Arrest Records Online

can be found from the County Sheriff’s office. The County Sheriff’s Office website gives the public access to facts about arrests, inmates, crimes and missing persons. One can also request for reports such as citations, incident records, criminal history reports, and arrest data through this website.

The most common reasons for requesting such information is a criminal background check. This is done to, maybe determine eligibility for employment and in general, to ascertain a newcomer’s private character to be able to protect the other people in the community. An extensive criminal history check will search further into a person’s past records, his/ her military history if any, gaps in his/ her previous employment, and other such important information. This will uncover any past conviction of felony and any form of misdemeanor, and may reveal if the certain individual is/ or was a sex offender. To perform a criminal history check, one can start with public records. In Amador County, these may be accessed through the Amador County’s website. For criminal history records, arrest records or police records, one can access this information in the County Sheriff’s Office website.

Amador County is the 46th most populated county in the state of California. Crime

What if I Ignore a Florida Credit Card Lawsuit?

After served with a Florida Credit Card lawsuit, depending on the balance alleged by the creditor or debt buyer, the Defendant has to either: File a written response to the lawsuit within 20 days (balance over $5,000), or Attend a small claims pretrial/mediation conference (balance under $5,000).


But, what if I ignore a credit card lawsuit and do not attend the pretrial or file a written response?

When a Defendant fails appear at the pretrial conference or timely respond to the Complaint, the opposing side may move for a default. Once a default is granted, a default judgment or final judgment may be entered. By failing to appear or respond, the Court reviews the supporting documentation, but almost always grants a judgment for full amount requested by the creditor or debt buyer.


As part of the default judgment, most courts will require you to complete a fact information sheet. The fact information sheet is a 2 to 3 page worksheet requiring you to disclose a great deal of personal financial information such as your employer, spouse’s employer, family income, savings/checking accounts, vehicle information, boats, etc. The fact information sheet must be returned notarized under penalty of perjury, and commonly

DACA Renewals – Plus DACA to Green Card

persons who entered the United States as children have obtained lawful status through the DACA program. However, later this year and next, their status is due to expire.

DACA Renewal Process

The DHS has unveiled the DACA renewal process. They must begin by completing the newly-reissued form I-821D, Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, plus form I-765 for a new EAD (along with a filing fee for $465) as well as the I-765 worksheet. They must also submit their fingerprints and photos. The DHS will conduct a background check.
In order to apply for a DACA renewal, an applicant must:

Not have departed the U.S. since August 15, 2012 unless they did so pursuant to a grant of “advance parole”;

Not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors; and

Not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

USCIS reminds applicants to submit their renewal applications at least 120 days before their current DACA application is due to expire. However, it may be prudent to do so 180 days before the expiry date.

From DACA to Green Card

Since many persons with DACA cards entered the U.S. “without inspection”, they have been told that it is impossible to become

Employment for Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Under the proposed regulation, the following classes of H-4 spouses would qualify for EADs:
1. Where the H-1B spouse is the beneficiary of an approved I-140 EB visa petition; and
2. Where the H-1B spouse has been granted a post-6th year H-1B extension under AC-21.

While this is great news for the H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders who are currently in the green card process, it is not as broad as the regulations which allow all spouses of persons in E-2 and L-1 status to obtain EADs. Additionally, if the H-1B spouse has an approved I-130 family-based visa petition, his H-4 spouse will not be eligible to apply for an EAD.

My advice is make sure your employer submits a PERM application, or an I-140 if a PERM application is not required, for the H-1B spouse during the first year of his/her employment. This not only puts the family on the track for permanent residence, but will accelerate the date when the H-4 can be employed.

DHS estimates that 100,000 H-4 spouses would be eligible for EADs in the first year and that about 36,000 would be eligible in each subsequent year.

Another proposed regulation would allow persons in H-1B1 status (from Chile

Should I Plead Guilty?

When individuals are facing a conviction of a criminal charge, they usually are told by their attorney that they have two choices. They can either plead guilty or go to trial. There are certain risks inherent in making either decisions.


If a person has an existing criminal history, this information may be used against him or her in trial, or it may be used to offer a worse plea bargain than would be available for someone with no relevant criminal background. Special problems can arise if the defendant believes that there are inaccuracies in his or her criminal record.

When you are read your Miranda rights, you are told that you have a right to a lawyer if you cannot afford one. This also means that you are entitled to a competent lawyer. If you believe that your lawyer does not recognize important legal issues to best advise you on how to proceed, you can ask the court to appoint another lawyer. You can also choose to hire a private lawyer who may be more knowledgeable about the various issues your case involves.

Immigration Issues

Another important issue for many criminal defendants is how a conviction may affect their immigration cases. Before

H-1B Lotteries Are Over, America’s Got Enough Talent?

-1B lotteries to choose professional employees? Is this the best we can do?


On April 10, 2014, the USCIS announced that they had received approximately 172,500 cap-subject H-1B petitions during the first week of April, over twice the number of H-1Bs (85,000) that can be granted under the law.

For the first time in the 20+ year history of the H-1B cap, less than half the foreign-born professionals recruited by employers in the U.S. will be able to obtain temporary professional work visas. Our country is effectively telling Google, Apple, Amazon, and thousands of companies across the U.S. that they cannot employ the majority of foreign-born professionals that they carefully recruited this year.

These companies will be forced to tell thousands of recent graduates from top U.S. universities with degrees in science, math, engineering, and technology that they can’t work in our country. Please go home, and compete against us! Or perhaps these companies will relocate even more jobs overseas in order to overcome restrictive U.S. immigration laws.

And it’s not just large corporations whichH-1B Lotteries will suffer. School districts across America hire thousands of teachers, especially in inner city areas where U.S. teachers are in short supply from countries like the

Naturalisation in Cyprus (EU) by Investment

Cyprus, being an attractive investment and holding jurisdiction, affords a non-Cypriot investor the opportunity apply for the acquisition of Cyprus (EU) citizenship and therefore a Cyprus (EU) Passport, on the basis of specific investment-related criteria, starting from €2,5 million.


The financial criteria, meeting one of which suffices for a foreign investor to apply for naturalization, can be met by a foreign investor personally or through his shareholding in a legal entity. Any investor must however, prior to meeting these criteria, own a residence in Cyprus of a value of at least €500.000, exclusive of VAT, and have a clean criminal record.

The financial criteria any one of which a third country national must meet to apply for Cyprus naturalization are the following, which are alternative to each other (ie satisfaction of one of the below suffices). Joining a group of investors applying jointly would limit the required investment to €2,5 million subject to certain conditions, in relation to which we can advise and assist.

(1) Investment in State Bonds

The applicant must have purchased bonds issued by the Republic of Cyprus in an amount of at least €5,0 million.

(2) Investment in Financial Assets

The applicant must have invested in financial assets of Cypriot

Naturalisation of Foreign Investors in Cyprus

Cyprus has implemented recently a scheme for naturalization of international investors in Cyprus by exception. A non-Cypriot citizen who meets the relevant criteria of the scheme may apply for the acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship through Naturalization by exception and adopt all the benefits from it.


Our law firm submits applications for the Naturalization of foreign investors in Cyprus by exception if the client satisfies the following criteria:

1 Clean Criminal Record

2 Residence in Cyprus, the purchase of which must be at least €500.000, plus V.A.T.

3 Furthermore, depending of the case, one of the following is required:

A) Investment in government bonds of at least €5,0 million, or
B) Investment in financial assets of Cypriot companies or Cypriot organizations of at least €5,0 million, or
C) Investment in real estate, land and development and infrastructure projects of at least €5,0 million, or
D) Purchase or creation or participation in Cypriot businesses or companies with an investment of at least €5,0 million, or
E) Deposits in Cypriot banks of at least €5,0 million, or
G) Combination of the above criteria amounting to at least €5,0 million, or
H) Persons whose deposits with the Popular Bank Public Company Ltd have been impaired due to

Work Permit in Egypty

For those who have decided to move to Egypt without a firm job offer, the process of obtaining a Work Permit (WP) is slightly more complicated. While it is possible to get a work permit and employment from within the country, the process is more difficult.

The work permit is issued for one year or less, foreigners wishing to stay longer than three months should apply for an entry visa at least three months prior to arrival to Egypt. The required paperwork submitted for an entry visa changes often and is best handled by an agency or through the hiring company. The length and cost of obtaining an entry visa changes depending on the applicant’s nationality and type of entry visa permits in Egypt

Foreigners can acquire the work permit application form from the Ministry of Manpower and Training Office in Cairo. For those foreigners that haven’t arrived yet to Egypt, their employers can get the form for them. In addition to this form, applicants will have to provide numerous documents to support their application.

Foreigners have to pay a registration fee which has been increased according to the New Decree Number 305 for the year 2015 issued by the Minister of

Immigration Report on Detention Centers Housing Women & Children

Little has changed in the level of care for detained women and children


In August of 2012, the Obama administration created a new policy pertaining to certain illegal childhood immigrants calling for deferred action aka “do not deport now”. The program is officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). As immigration reformed remained a political tug of war game, it was the administration’s attempt to address the long hoped for DREAM Act. The pursuit of the DREAM Act was an attempt to address those children brought to the United States at an age where they were basically victims of their parents’ decisions.

These are the children that have known nothing but the United States all their lives. They have attended school with your children, graduated, and otherwise made positive contributions to the United States. Children you just assumed were legal immigrants or citizens of the United States. Children who themselves had no idea they were illegal and subject to deportation to a Country they know little to nothing about and often do not even speak the language. These same illegal children have served in the military and sacrificed their lives to a country they believed in yet were

Retention of I-140 Priority Date for a Subsequent Employment-Based Petition

A beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition for the first, second or third preference category may retain the priority date of the approved petition for any subsequently filed first, second or third category employment-based petition.


The pertinent regulation on this matter is 8 CFR 204.5(e) which states that:

Retention of section 203(b) (1), (2), or (3) priority date. A petition approved on behalf of an alien under sections 203(b) (1), (2), or(3) of the Act accords the alien the priority date of the approved petition for any subsequently filed petition for any classification under sections 203(b) (1), (2), or (3) of the Act for which the alien may qualify. In the event that the alien is the beneficiary of multiple petitions under sections 203(b) (1), (2), or (3) of the Act, the alien shall be entitled to the earliest priority date. A petition revoked under sections 204(e) or 205 of the Act will not confer a priority date, nor will any priority date be established as a result of a denied petition. A priority date is not transferable to another alien.

The Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) clarifies that only petitions revoked based on fraud or misrepresentation are not conferred with a

The Increasing Role of Marriage Contracts in Marriages with Ukrainians

The number of signed marriage contracts is constantly increasing in Ukraine, what is more, it is growing in the segment of international couples when one spouse is a citizen of Ukraine and the other – a foreigner.


This trend is an evidence of a balanced, rational approach of individual to the process of getting married, especially if both parties of the marriage, or one of them, is an economically active person and she/ he purchases significant assets before marriage. An important reason that affects the increase of marriage contracts is increasing of the average age of marrying people.

Previously, young people got married in 18-22 years, but now they prefer to gain some financial independence, and only then they think about their own family. And of course, at the marriage-time couples already have variety of assets which they want to protect from claims of the spouse. High numbers of marriage contracts are present if the marriage for spouses is not the first, and people have some experience, often negative, in solving property disputes during divorce procedure.
Unfortunately, Ukrainian mentality treats the requirement to sign a marriage contract as an attribute of distrust or disrespect of one spouse to another. This

Transformation of a Bulgarian Limited Liability Company into a Joint Stock Company

Various reasons may lead you to the resolution that a going limited liability company in Bulgaria is necessary to be transformed into a joint-stock company. Improvement of the image of the company with regard to future financing/projects, provision of certain anonymity to the shareholders, bond issue, planned listing of the company on the Bulgarian stock exchange, etc., is just a short list of the likely reasons for a Bulgarian company to be transformed.


Bulgarian Company Transformation procedure:

• Preparation of a notarized transformation plan by the director(s) of the company

The main purpose of this plan is to outline the mechanism of the company transformation. In other words, it should provide information about the name and address of the joint-stock company, about the share exchange ratio (i.e. how much shares in the joint-stock company will obtain each shareholder in the limited liability company) as well as information about the terms and conditions for the handing-over of the shares in the Bulgarian joint-stock company. A draft of the statute of the joint-stock company to be formed after the transformation of the Bulgarian limited liability company should also be attached to the transformation plan.

The plan must be published with the Bulgarian Commercial Register

Wage Theft: The Multi-Million Dollar Problem Pennsylvania Workers should Know About

Researchers from Temple University say employees lose up to $32 million per year.


A new report out of Temple University sheds light on a problem that’s hitting Pennsylvania workers in the wallet: wage theft.

Some staggering statistics were revealed in Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy, published by the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

According to the report, every week:
• Nearly 400,000 Pennsylvania workers experience a minimum wage violation.
• Over 300,000 Pennsylvania workers experience an overtime violation.
• $19–$32 million in wages are stolen from workers in the state.

What is Wage Theft?

Wage theft is the illegal nonpayment or underpayment of wages. It can take many forms, including:
• Minimum wage violations, in which workers are paid below the state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
• Overtime violations, in which employers fail to pay eligible employees time-and-one-half for any hours worked beyond the 40-hour threshold in a week. Employers may intentionally misclassify workers to avoid paying overtime, or they may offer confusing rationales for how they calculate the number of hours worked.
• Illegal pay deductions, including unreimbursed charges for equipment rental, gas, uniforms, or other items needed to