It is normal to be concerned about appearing in court. Whether your case is family law, business, probate or other type case, the way you look and act while you are in court is important, even for just a short procedural hearing.R-E-S-P-E-C-T Signs of respect or disrespect for the court 1. A neat, clean physical appearance = GOOD (tuck your shirt in when possible, especially for guys) 2. … [Read more...] about Tips to Help you Make a Good Courtroom Appearance
Last time we covered fraud that is committed in an "impersonal" manner. Unfortunately, fraudulent activity is not confined to those situations. Here are a few other types of fraud that I hope you never encounter. Marital Fraud When one spouse defrauds another proving the fraudulent activity can be important to a the final division of property in a divorce case. Marital fraud can take various … [Read more...] about The Many Faces of Fraud.. Part II… The “Known” Perpetrator
Unfortunately, this is a big topic. There are many varieties of fraud and this post will cover a few of the most common, as well as give some tips on how to deal with fraud, and how to avoid it in the first place! This first blog will cover the fraud perpetrated by strangers.... the next one will give you some options in the case of a known perpetrator. Telemarketing Fraud: Telemarketing fraud … [Read more...] about The Many Faces of Fraud- Part I of 2
It’s good to be conscientious and to be clear in your writing. However, you should also keep security in mind. Years ago, it was common to include complete Social Security Numbers in important legal documents such as powers of attorney, wills, and the like. These documents then might be filed in the county records. Then along came identity theft. A few years ago the Texas county and … [Read more...] about A few simple tips to protect your private info
We often have clients come to visit us with legal troubles who shake their heads and say, “I KNEW I should have gotten that in writing!” In some situations, having a contract isn’t just a good idea, it’s a legal necessity! Under the law in Texas, and in many other states as well, there are some agreements that must be in writing in order to be enforceable. This law is called the “Statute of … [Read more...] about Get it in Writing!
If you are involved in a legal battle and have agreed to go to mediation (or have been ordered to go by the judge), it will be helpful to you to enter mediation with the right “mindset”. Mediation is entered into with the hope (or at least possibility) of settlement of the case. Some litigants (parties to the lawsuit), view that attitude as defeatist and feel that they are “giving … [Read more...] about Should you Settle your Business Case at Mediation?
It is important to be careful to guard your privacy online. If you are a business owner, you must be careful with what you post online about your business, as well as your personal life. According to Consumer Reports, enemies, criminals, rivals, employers, insurers, and some governmental agencies view social networks in order to gather information. Sharing too much or sharing the wrong … [Read more...] about Guard your Privacy online
There are three main considerations when deciding whether or not to change the form of your business. 1) Tax benefit; 2) liability protection; and 3) the time-cost analysis of changing your company’s legal status Tax Benefit: Oftentimes the tax benefit analysis is not a “legal question”, but rather an “accounting question”. If you are unsure of whether you might benefit … [Read more...] about Three Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Incorporate