Taking Steps Toward a Business Merger

»Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in International Tax Law | 0 comments

Businesses are meant to grow, and with any luck, this means increasing involvement with another company. Merging two businesses into one is a great way to create a powerhouse that can withstand the test of time.

Before the companies merge, they have to go through a lot of steps to ensure the profitability of the merger. A few of these steps include:

  • Agreeing on a set price for the merge. Both sides have to come out better for the restructuring to have been worth it.
  • If one company dissolves, they have to agree as to whether they should fire their employees or let them join the new joint company.

Firing, in this case, may require a severance package or other form of compensation, but keeping the old employees on can be risky if they are not particularly well-versed with the logistics of the other company. This decision can both terminate jobs and create jobs.

  • If they are companies from two different countries, they must decide whether to pick one country to work in or go international.
  • If they make the choice to go international, this can create a lot of extra work for both sides. Granted, they knew this going in and decided to make the jump anyway, but it’s extra work nonetheless.

Two international companies merging into one means accounting for two different tax systems. Once they decide on which country to file in, they must transfer the tax information into that country. THEVOZ Attorneys, PLLC says that tax transactions can be treated differently based on the jurisdiction and structure of your company, as well as the company’s original classification. This means that it’s not going to be easy to file taxes on a newly-merged company.

One of the ways to set a company up for success is to work with people who know what they’re talking about. Creating a working relationship with a law office that specializes in international tax law is a must for any company looking to merge and go international.

One slip-up and the fledgling company will go under. Nobody wants their business to fail, and it only makes sense to do everything in your power to prevent that from happening. To ensure the success of your business, get in regular contact with a legal team who can walk you through the ins and outs of this complicated process.

Any company worth their salt will be able to guide you through this transitional period, and offer feedback as to which channels you should go through to make your business not only survive, but thrive.

Growing a business with the threat of legal recourse on the backburner is never a good idea. Prevent this by being proactive in your journey instead of reactive. Always remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your business (and customers) will thank you in the long run.

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Top Five Reasons to Landscape Your Lawn

»Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Lawn Care | 0 comments

Life seems to be more and more chaotic every day. Bills, check-ups, date nights, club meetings, and more probably clog up you and your spouse’s schedules. As a result, certain errands or housekeeping needs might fall through the cracks!

An annual spring cleaning will likely take care of any short-term neglect in house upkeep. But other aspects of housekeeping, such as lawn maintenance, cannot wait for an annual deep dive. Instead, landscaping services ought to be used on your property.

With landscaping, you pay professionals to ensure that your lawn is taken care of with regularly-scheduled landscaping services. Here are the most beneficial effects of hiring a landscaping service to maintain your lawn:

Pesky and Pest Control

People unfamiliar with professional-grade lawn care might be surprised to know just how many pesky creatures or plants can reside in your lawn. Thankfully, all of these nuisances can either be prevented from invading your grass or removed once they stake a claim.

Some of the pests include grubs, the larvae of insects. Grubs can feed off the nutrients upon which plants rely to grow or remain healthy. They can also establish a place in the root system of a healthy lawn and damage the growth and vitality of the grass blades.

Other pests or invasive growths include weeds, which can hold your garden hostage if not properly removed and prevented.

Professional landscaping services like the Chicago-area Daybreaker Landscapes have experience in handling these pests. Attempting to resolve these problems on your own may lead you to buy unnecessary products or even doing damage to your lawn with the dangerous placement of chemicals or pesticides.

Leaf Cleanup

When it rains, it pours. And when the leaves fall, they fall dramatically. Keeping up with raking and disposing of leaves can especially be hard in the fall — right when the holiday season hits and you must balance your time between buying Halloween costumes, cooking Thanksgiving foods, and before you know it, wrapping Christmas presents.

If you are unable to maintain a clean, leaf-free lawn, it is completely understandable. But finding some way to take care of the leaves cluttering your lawn is essential if you want to have peace of mind — they are an ugly mark in your front yard! Neighbors are already judgmental, no reason to give them a reason to assume you are unable to use a leaf blower.

But the secret is, they are probably using a professional service! At the very least, they might be using a professional crew to sweep and dispose of leaves every spring or fall. This way, the large build-ups are taken care of, but they still maintain their lawn day-to-day. If you are unable to keep up with the demand for a clean lawn — which is understandable — you might want to consider using a landscaping service.

There are many other reasons to use a landscaping service or a professional lawn care crew. But more than anything, make sure that you are doing what you must to maintain a certain amount of happiness with your property. Your joy is priceless and paying for services like lawn care are worth it if in so doing, you become happier or less stressed.

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5 Fabulous Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

»Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in dentistry | 0 comments

There is not a place on Earth where a bright smile is more important than in modern America. We are people who just love to smile, and so when teeth start to turn brown, gray, or yellow, we start to run into problems.

While everyone secretly wants those white teeth, a lot of people dismiss the simple process of getting them just because they think it is a cosmetic issue and not important enough to spend money on at all.

Thats simply not the case. As the people at Dental Expressions have helpfully helped me point out, there are plenty of reasons (at least 5!) for you to go make those teeth pearly whites again.

1. It makes you look healthier

Whether you want to admit it or not, once your teeth start to look a little so-so, you probably smile less. That, plus the color of your teeth, can lead to a less healthy look. Perhaps youre buff enough to look healthy regardless, but for most of us, our teeth are an important way for us to communicate were healthy, happy, and doing well.

2. It makes you feel better about yourself

Having a great smile actually does a lot for how you feel about being you. You look more attractive and, as we said above, healthier. That isnt just about how others see you. Feeling good about yourself is an important part of your mental health. Knowing that your smile looks good and seeing others smile back because of it does a lot to keep you feeling good.

3. It makes others take a closer look at you

Are you looking for a romantic partner? A job? A chance to get on that school board or move up in an organization? Then you probably want to have a smile that goes with your ambitions. A good, white smile is a powerful way to get people to like you and look at you more closely. Research has shown that the more attractive someone is, the better they tend to do in those crucial areas of career, romance, and life prospects. Give yourself a boost in whatever you want to get out of life by smiling a little brighter.

4. It helps you pay more attention to your teeth (which is important for health)

Another research point: a lot of your health runs straight through your mouth. While getting your teeth whitened wont necessarily improve your health, it will give you a new reason to focus on oral hygiene, which can do a lot for you. Brushing and flossing, mouthwash, and regular visits to the dentist can all lead to a longer and healthier life. If your teeth are already looking shabby, you may think you can get away with ignoring them. Shine them up to remind yourself how important they are.

5. Its fast, affordable, and just makes you feel good

Look, it would make sense to put this off if the cost and effort to whiten teeth were enormous, but its actually easy, fast, and cheap, so theres really no reason to avoid it. Give yourself the gift of a perfect smile and enjoy all the benefits.

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Praise for energy workers

»Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Workplace Injury | 0 comments

America needs to recognize the great work its citizens do in the oil and gas business. For so long, there has been a constant stream of complaints against these industries, with a similar disdain only just left unspoken for the people who make such industries work.

At the appointment of Rex Tillerson to the position of Secretary of State, many scoffed due to the business in which he made his name: oil.

And yet, America could not function without gas and oil (and to a lesser but still important extent, coal). America needs its fossil fuels to function, and it should begin to show some respect for that point.

It’s all well and good to mock an executive like Tillerson. It may even be worth pointing out a general need to move away from fossil fuels and into renewable energies. There is a strong argument to be made for a clear policy to eventually move America in that direction.

After all, there are foreign entanglements to consider, and the environment, though the exact nature of the problem is unclear, is certainly harmed by so much use of fossil fuels.

All that being said, however, that does not change the fact that at this present moment America makes its living and ensures its quality of life all thanks to gas and oil.

Barring a small number of people in this county, most Americans drive to work using oil, heat their homes and charge their appliances with gas, oil, or coal, and generally have some form of electronics on their person (phones, notebooks, tablets) that has been charged by similar means.

Essentially, nothing about the American way of life would be possible without these industries. And still, it is a rare day indeed when some small amount of praise is offered to those who make it possible.

Here, it is fair to forget the contentious figures like Tillerson. Instead, focus on the individual hardworking Americans who go to work every day to keep the lights turned on for millions.

The work done by these people in all its various forms and parts of the process is not always glamorous. In fact, it is often dangerous. There are accidents at plants and refineries every day. Such a statistic is incredible, especially for how little any of it is reported.

This dangerous work deserves to be rewarded with praise similar to what other professions receive. If teachers prepare children for the future, energy workers get them to the school today. Police keep the streets safe, and firefighters fight destruction, but neither would be possible without the workers in the energy industry.

So, take a moment today and thank those who work hard in relatively dangerous work to make sure everyone has heat in their homes, gas in their car, and charged phones in their pockets.

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Why Selling Mineral Rights is Less Risky Than Leasing

»Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Mineral Rights | 0 comments

For a lot of mineral rights owners, selling mineral rights is the more financially viable option when compared to leasing. Of course, they are not just blindly looking at the advantages of selling over leasing. They have looked at both advantages and disadvantages of either and have determined that selling is better.

But is it true? There is no right answer to that question. Leasing can also be more viable on the right conditions. Choosing between selling and leasing will depend on your financial situation and goal. However, it can be argued that selling is less risky than leasing, so maybe that is the reason why many mineral rights owners choose it.

Disconnection

The good thing about selling is that you are disconnecting yourself from the responsibility over the minerals, because you are completely selling them to a third party. It is like selling any other object – it is not your business anymore after the transaction. This means that you are no longer a player in the mineral game, which gives you the inherent advantage of not being vulnerable to the possible risks of being in the game.

Time Equals Risk

On the contrary, leasing puts you in the middle of the mineral game. Depending on the contracts, you may be in it for years, and maybe even decades. The span of time alone may put you in numerous financial risks. First, the passage of time may make the value of your minerals decrease, resulting into less royalties. This is not farfetched either, considering that the rise of renewable resources has already begun. Second, the passage of time may make your property less productive. This means that the company will extract less minerals and you will get less royalties.

Leasing may give you more cash in the long run compared to selling, but you have to take note of these two risks because leasing may also give you less cash if they happen. That is the beauty of selling. You get to get paid in a lump sum and get done with it, without thinking about these risks.

Not Without Risk

However, selling mineral rights is not without risk. According to the website of The Mineral Auction, some of the problems you can encounter in selling are low ballers who will try to buy in an incredibly low price and flippers who will try to buy below market value so they can sell it to someone else.

In other words, both selling and leasing have their own risks. It is just a matter of preference of which risks are you willing to tolerate. If done right, selling and leasing can make you a fortune.

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How Drivers Can Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

»Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Drivers and pedestrians should both make the effort of preventing pedestrian collisions, but it can be argued that drivers should be the ones who are exerting more effort. After all, they are the ones operating the machines that can potentially hurt unsuspecting pedestrians.
Also, according to the website of the Toronto personal injury lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents may have legal options, such as getting compensation from the responsible parties, which are usually vehicle drivers.

Follow traffic rules

Traffic rules exist to ensure the safe flow of vehicles and pedestrians in our roads. Following them is the most basic thing you can do to avoid pedestrian accidents. Be particularly mindful of traffic light changes and instructions and warning signs, particularly those that directly involve pedestrians, such as school zone signs and slow down instructions.

Avoid reckless behaviors

It is obvious that you have to avoid blatantly reckless behaviors such as speeding and drunk driving to avoid pedestrian accidents. But there are some reckless behaviors out there that are not as blatant and are often overlooked, such as distracted driving and failing to use turn signals, especially on places where pedestrians may be crossing, like intersections.

Be alert

Be cautious on areas where pedestrians may be particularly vulnerable, such as parking lot entrances and exits, school zones, residential areas, and recreational areas such as parks and shopping malls. Be cautious on areas where pedestrians may also be limitedly visible, like poorly lit parts of the city and roads that have several parked cars where pedestrians may suddenly come out and cross the road.

Always yield

There are times where you have the right of way but a pedestrian still crosses the street. In these instances, it is better to lower your pride and let the pedestrian pass. That clearly becomes a more attractive option when you consider the possible effects of a pedestrian accident if you don’t give in. Yield to pedestrians by braking or slowing down, because swerving into another lane may present its own problems.

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Premises Liability Lawsuit: Who can Raise a Claim?

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Property Law | 0 comments

An invitee, a licensee and a trespasser are the classifications of people who may be found entering the property of another person’s. Besides suggesting the rights of a person, this classification also tells of the level of care a property owner owes his/her guests.

  • An invitee may be a friend, a relative or a neighbor, who has a landowner’s expressed or implied
    permission to enter his/her property;
  • A licensee includes party guests, family friends, people who enter stores to ask about something or to retrieve something that they own. These people have a landowner’s expressed or implied permission to enter the property, but who goes there for his/her own amusement or purpose, rather than for business purposes.
  • A trespasser is a person who has no authority, whatsoever, to be on someone else’s property; thus he/she is on the property illegally and, unless he/she is a child, the owner owes him/her no responsibility if ever he/she gets injured inside such property.

Property owners, especially places that are accessible to the public, like malls, hospitals, government offices, supermarkets, parking lots, playgrounds, swimming pools, restaurants, food courts, churches, etc. (where the people are called licensees), have the responsibility of keeping their premises free from risks of accident at all times, or they can face legal complaints, more specifically, a premises liability lawsuit, from whoever gets injured while within their premise.

One very common accident which can injure anyone is slip and fall. This accident, which may occur in any public or private place (including private residences) can cause injuries ranging from minor bruises to serious ones, like a fractured wrist or elbow or spinal column injury.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 8 million slip and fall accidents occur in the U.S. every year. Some of their most common causes are wet, oily, icy or slippery floors or surfaces, defective staircases, uneven, loose or broken floors, steps, sidewalks or stairs, unsecured rugs or carpets,and, hidden or tangled extension wires.

Premises liability refers to a landowner’s accountability for certain injuries suffered by persons on his/her property, where a defective or unsafe condition exists. More than just sustaining an injury due to slipping, tripping or falling, premises liability also includes in its scope injuries that are caused by falling objects, open excavations, electrocution, broken benches or chairs, and so forth.

Immediately consulting with a highly-competent personal injury lawyer is important in the event of a slip and fall accident. It can be to the victim’s advantage is he/she understands his/her legal rights , especially with regard to seeking compensation for the damages he/she has been made to suffer.

According to the Mokaram & Associates, P.C. Law Firm, “A property owner’s legal duty to maintain their residence applies to commercial property owners as much as homeowners. Any place where the public convenes to shop or conduct business must especially be in safe condition for those on the premises. This legal duty is all the more important if children are on the property. However, to raise a slip and fall claim that occurred in a private residence, a person must have been invited on the property. Property owners do not have a legal duty to trespassers, so those who have no business on the property cannot raise a claim.”

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What Factors Affect The Cost of Salon Services?

»Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Hair Therapy | 0 comments

When having a haircut, rebonding, and other salon services, the first thing that you will look at is the price. You might say that the price of a haircut is too expensive or the cost of hot oil is too much. But what determines the cost of a salon service? Houston makeup artists will tell you that the prices will vary and is on a sliding scale. There are different factors that can affect the cost of salon services and they are the following:

Time And Product

One of the factors that can affect the cost of a service is the time it will take to render it. For example, the cost of a haircut will depend on the time it will take for a barber or stylist to finish a haircut. Once they are done with one customer, they will need to have a break first.

Another factor that will affect the cost of a salon service is the product. You will need to buy different salon products to be able to provide different services to different customers. Again, this will be added to the cost of the service.

Experience

The experience of the stylist will also come into play when pricing services. The experience of the stylist will have an impact on the quality of work they will render.

Competition

The cost of the competition can also affect the pricing of salon services. Of course, the salon will need to make themselves as the more appealing choice than their competition in order to attract more customers. You do not want the price to be too low or too expensive as well.

Promotions

Promotions in the salon can be a great way to attract new customers. Again this will affect the pricing of the service you will put into promotion. You may offer a haircut at half the price or a discounted spa.

These are just some of the factors that can affect the cost of a salon service.

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Types of Accidents Involving Motorcycles

»Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Auto Accident | 0 comments

In 2012, the number of motorcycle accidents, as reported to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was 112,000. The number of accidents that caused injuries was 93,000, while fatal accidents totaled to 4,957. Over the coming years, the possibility of motorcycle accidents increasing is more likely as the number of Americans acquiring and riding motorcycles also continues to multiply.

Analysis of motorcycle crash data show that those who usually get involved in motorcycle accidents are riders who never received formal riding education. These are people who believed that learning from friends or kin how to ride, rather than enrolling in a riding school, was enough. Thus, they never realize that motorcycling is not just learning how to maneuver a motorbike through traffic, it is rather learning how to ride safely.

Motorcycle accidents are classified under two categories: single vehicle motorcycle accidents and multiple-vehicle accidents. Single vehicle motorcycle accidents are more common motorcycle crashes than multiple-vehicle accidents. Its causes include riding with a high blood alcohol level, riding too fast even during poor weather conditions, and failure to brake and maneuver properly, especially when approaching a bend. A rider committing any of these mistakes often result to him/her losing his/her balance and crashing into road fixtures or getting thrown off from his/her bike.

Though less common, multiple-vehicle crashes are, however, causes of more serious injuries. This type of accident involves another vehicle. One example of multiple-vehicle crash, which also happens to be the most dangerous and the most injurious, is head-on collision, which often occurs in undivided rural highways or when one vehicle, either the motorbike or the other vehicle, travels on the wrong side of the road.

Majority of multiple-vehicle crashes occur due to drivers failing to notice approaching motorcyclists or drivers denying motorcyclists their right of way (in these situations drivers are the ones at fault during accidents, though fault is not too easy to prove). Often, rather than accepting fault, most drivers rather blame on motorcycle riders, saying that riders careen in and out of traffic, putting their own and other lives at risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motorcycle riders, especially in multiple-vehicle crashes, are more susceptible to injuries or death due to the absence of whatever may protect them from the force of impact created during collision.

Wausau personal injury lawyers, likewise, says that motorcycle accidents account for a significant number of serious or fatal automotive accidents in the United States each year. Because motorcyclists are not able to rely on the types of protections that other motorists enjoy, even a relatively minor accident can have devastating consequences for the victims, potentially resulting in costly medical treatment and lost income that victims and their families may not be able to afford. As such, a victim of a motorcycle accident that is due to someone else’s reckless or irresponsible behavior may require significant compensation in order to deal with the challenges ahead. Fortunately, it is often possible for an injury victim to file a motorcycle accident claim to pursue this compensation.

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Independent Car Insurance Company Responsibility

»Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Insurance | 0 comments

The kind of driving history you have will affect greatly your compliance with the Financial Responsibility law, the law that requires you to prove your capability to pay for damages due to accidents wherein you are at fault. Proving this capability may be done by showing that you are covered, that is, you have auto liability insurance, or by meeting any state-approved alternative to the mandated auto insurance coverage. While a clean driving record may save you from paying too costly car insurance premiums, a record that is marred with traffic violations, such as a DUI and/or, reckless driving, or worse, an accident wherein you are at fault, can very likely result to more expensive policies because insurance providers will see and tag you as a “high-risk” driver.

Getting identified as a “high-risk” driver, however, is not only based on past traffic violations. A car insurance provider can also identify you as such if you are below 25 years old (more so if you are below 20 since records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association consistently show that teenagers are the ones most prone to accidents), driving a high-powered sports car or any type of car that is more prone to accidents, have high annual mileage, or have been required by the court to file an SR-22.

Except in the state of New Hampshire, where drivers are not mandated to carry car insurance coverage, or in Virginia, where drivers can have their vehicle registered as uninsured by paying the required uninsured motor vehicle fee to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), all other 48 states require drivers to carry auto liability insurance. Possible consequences of non-compliance with this requirement are suspension of your driving privileges, fines, higher cost of insurance premiums and a court order that will require you to file an SR-22. If you do cause an accident, then you may also face a civil lawsuit wherein you would be legally required to compensate your victim for all the economic and non-economic damages he or she will suffer from.

To help you and all other drivers and car owners find the best and cheapest car insurance coverage that will include all your insurance needs are independent car insurance companies which offer free online quotes from different providers. According to the website of Hankey Law Office, P.C., some will provide as many as a dozen quotes to help compare actual prices of policies and the types of coverages included in each policy. Besides car insurance, you can also ask for SR-22 quotes plus require them to make the filing and purchase on your behalf.

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