A Surefire Way To Make The Law Of Attraction Work

Probably millions of people know about the law of attraction (LOA), they either watched “The Secret” movie or read one of the many books that have been published on the subject.

However, for the majority of people the law of attraction doesn’t seem to work. Many people told me, they did all the outlined exercises, they practiced for several weeks, they even read different LOA books and tried the various techniques… But still, nothing happened and nothing changed in their lives.

So, how is this possible? Is the law of attraction a lie or does it only work for a few select people? No, I don’t think so. In my opinion, the LOA doesn’t work for most people, because their focus on what they want is not strong enough.

The LOA is actually very simple. You decide on what you want and you become crystal clear about your desire. You focus 100% on your desire. And finally, you let go and you let it happen.

What does it mean, to focus 100% on your desire? It is not sufficient to do some visualization and positive thinking 3 times a day for 5 minutes. You desire has to become an integral part of your life. You need to learn to think, to feel and to be in your desire almost 24 hours a day. Yes, you should fall asleep with your biggest desire in your mind and you should wake up with it. That is 100% focus.

Sure, this is not easy, especially at the beginning. But, try to put all your energy into it, do it for a few weeks and it will become second nature. Just get over the first few weeks, from then on it will be easy. Make the effort and jump over your own shadow – after all it is about making your biggest dream come true and I thing that is worthwhile a few weeks of effort.

Guatemala Pensionado Permanent Residency Program

Introduction Guatemala is offering a Pensionado program. This is a permanent residency allowing one to live in Guatemala for the rest of their life. The Pensionado receives a Cedulla which is a national identity card that would allow the person to open a bank account in Guatemala without showing the passport from their home country. The Cedulla is a high tech digital ID card. The identity card can reflect a lawful name modification for additional banking privacy. With the Cedulla one can travel without a passport to five other central american countries, off the grid so to speak.

Time Frame The process takes approximately 2-4 weeks, so three weeks is a fair approximation of the time frame. One does have to be in Guatemala during the process. Five Star hotels run about $100 to $145 a night depending on the season. It is possible to stay in Antigua, Guatemala which is a lovely resort community (google Antigua Guatemala). A large steak dinner in a five star restaurant is about $20. You will find things cheap here.

Fee The complete fees are $8,000 for one person, $9500 for a couple. Each child is an extra $1000. Children must be under 18 years old. All fees are paid at the start of the application. Fees can be paid by cash or wire transfer. We do not take checks because they take longer to clear (30 days) than the program requires to complete.

Pensionado Economic Requirements The program is for retired or disabled people. There is no age restriction. One does have to show financial responsibility. An income of $1000 a month is needed. This is $1250 for a married couple. This is so stated in a declaration to the government. The income is proven with bank statements, stock broker statements etc. Income can be private sourced from investments, rental properties etc. It is a good idea to also present gold and platinum Visa cards as additional support for financial independence. You will not have permission to work as an employee for others. You can be self employed in your own business.

Guatemala Taxes Guatemala does NOT tax offshore derived income. Money coming in from outside of Guatemala is NOT taxed. Your pension, investments etc from outside of Guatemala are not taxed. If you had a shoe store in Guatemala you would pay taxes. There is a VAT of 15% on some goods. A plasma TV costs a few hundred dollars more than in USA. USA cars are about same price without the discounts which are better in USA. European and Asian cars are higher priced. Solid wood furniture is far cheaper than in USA and better quality.

Official Documents Needed One needs their passport, birth certificate and marriage license if married. If possible marriage license and birth certificate should be the more modern variety with seals etc.

Language Requirement None. You do not have to speak Spanish. It is a great idea to start taking spanish lessons ASAP when here or before. There are a number of computer programs that are excellent. Rosetta Stone is popular. We do advocate learning the language. Our law firm and staff all speak English well. The better hotels and restaurants will have English speakers. Most of the Doctors speak English. Many establishments do not speak English as well.

Rights in Guatemala You have the rights of a citizen except you cannot vote and cannot get a passport. As a Pensionado you are not supposed to seek work as an employee for others. This is not the purpose of the program. You can own property, start businesses, own corporations, have bank accounts, get mortgages etc.

Time to Become a Citizen The normal time is five years. After you are a resident for three years to can apply to have the residency time shortened to three years from the normal five years. Only citizens can have passports, not residents.

Cross Border Travel as a Resident There is a Free Border Treaty in Central America. With a Guatemala Residency ID card you can travel by land or boat into the following countries without any passport needed: Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. Costa Rica has signed the treaty but is known for not honoring it so don’t count on them. If you go by commercial airline you will need a passport. Your home country will not know where you are since the passport is not being swiped. You will not be able to open bank accounts in the other countries by just showing your national identity card (Cedulla), just Guatemala.

Name Change What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional. Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks.

Guatemala Banking As a Pensionado resident in Guatemala you can have a bank account in Guatemala without showing a passport or any ID from your home country. NO passport needed. What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional.

Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks. Guatemala has NO tax treaties for information sharing with any country. There will be no sharing of any banking information for tax reasons (any sort of tax or tax related case). Guatemala has no Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the USA, Canada, UK or EU Countries. This means sharing of information for criminal cases will be difficult.

Other Countries Pensionado Residency Programs – With the Panama Pensionado program there is a zero chance of ever opening a bank account without showing your home country passport. We know people who have tried this with a number of Panama Banks. The Panama banks are not allowed to take the pensionado ID or even a permanent residency ID to open a bank account. The cell phone companies in Panama will not open an account without one showing a home country passport no matter what sort of Panama permanent residency they have. All the panama residency programs, permanent, pensionado or otherwise, are nothing more than long term tourist visa, period. Panama residency ID’s of any sort do not allow for any cross border travel without a passport.There are very few Pensionado programs in the world today. There are residency programs. They usually take about six months to process a residency and one needs to remain in the country during this period of time.

Does One Live Free in Guatemala ? Oh think of it like the USA in the 1950’s. The police cannot come into your home without a search warrant. None of this “I heard a cry for help” garbage. Warrants from the patrol car radio are not happening. The police will need evidence of a violation of law to get a warrant. We did not say probable cause as in a reasonable person would deduct blah blah blah, that is USA not Guatemala. Not a common thing to see a search warrant issued here. If the police stop your car you can refuse to let them search it. You can also call your lawyer and wait until the lawyer comes and then the search proceeds, your choice. The police will generally be polite and a request to search a car would be like when there is an emergency and a roadblock scenario to catch fleeing felons who were shooting at police or something drastic. Not a common thing.

We have a kind of police called Transito. Traffic cops is what they are. They have no guns. They have cool yellow green uniforms with white helmets like Bermuda Police. They can only do traffic or auto equipment violations. Normally they will have a side of the road setup and look at cars to make sure they have a current sticker. They will check trucks to see if their loads are secure or not. When pulled they ask for driver license to make sure it is current. None of this – “where are you going, can I look in your trunk, do you have any weapons, have anything I should know about”. None of this happens with a traffic stop. If you do get a ticket just send your lawyer down to appear for you and pay fine. No point system. Very rare to ever see radar and never saw laser yet in Guatemala. People don’t even bother with radar detectors. Never saw any speed or red light cameras. They do offer parking tickets for parking violations and they can be generous in this area in some locations. Tickets are cheap, relax. Some towns like Antigua boot cars. Never park illegally in Antigua they love parking enforcement. Antigua has a special tourist police force that are on almost every corner when it is busy. They often speak English and you will find them very polite and eager to help. If you say you want leather belts they will even tell you where such a store that sells that is located.

The regular Guatemala police are called the black police (policia negro) because their cars and uniforms are black. They have guns. They do not work traffic and cannot pull you for traffic reasons. They are crime fighters only. They generally ignore you. The police will probably never show if you call them to come to your house or if they did it would take a lot of time. I never knew anyone to have their house robbed. We live in gated communities with armed guards. We have alarm systems. When the alarm goes off two ex military guys from the alarm company on a motorcycle come with guns. Often in about five minutes. One hides behind cover and the other walks around to see what is up. They have body armor and are serious fellows. So you have the armed guards in the community, some sort of fence, the alarm and now the alarm guards show up. Never knew anyone to have his home robbed.

The lawyers and court system does not work in a harassing way like in USA. This is not a society that likes lawsuits. Lawyers do a lot of contracts, real estate law, family law, criminal law but not a lot of civil litigation. If you go about your business and do not bother other people, no one will be bothering you. People here do not go out and start trouble with their lawyers like up north. People will tend to settle their differences more sanely here than the USA. That being said never ever sign any real estate agreement or any contract without a lawyer to review it. I think this rule applies anywhere. The freedom here is very noticeable.

Firearms A resident can apply for permission to own and carry concealed firearms. Assault weapons are not allowed to be purchased now which means no centerfire rifles under a current law which is going to expire in a few months and will most likely not be renewed, as a political guess. There are some already registered assault rifles that could transfer but would have to be kept in the home only, no carrying. They will be hard to find and most likely in .223 caliber.

You can have handguns in any common caliber and 12 ga. Shotguns in semi-auto, pump, double barreled etc. Glocks, CZ, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Walther, Jerico, and Bull are the popular quality handgun brands. Mossberg and Remington are popular shotgun brands. Franchi makes a 14″ pump in 12 ga that is sold as a regular shotgun and can be included on a carry permit, legal and nice for the car. One can get plastic shoulder stocks for some glock pistols and Jerico pistols. The stocks are not a restricted or controlled item. This is called a short barreled rifle in some countries. The most popular handgun calibers are 9mm and .40 but there are a lot of 45acp., .380, and .22 pistols available. Anyone who thinks they cannot defend themselves adequately with a Berretta or Glock handgun and a 12 ga pump shotgun in an urban environment does not know what they are talking about, end of story.

A person is only allowed to purchase 700 rounds of ammunition per month for each gun owned, range ammo excluded. Most manage without shedding any tears. Importing guns is a possibility but they are never going to consider more than two guns being imported. A forty two gun collection is either an arsenal or a store to the customs officials, forget it. Same with your 35,000 rounds of ammo. We have quality shotgun ammo and premium Magtech, handgun ammo in the gun stores. The gun and ammo variety in the USA is not here but we have anything you need for functional self-defense. No handloading. That is considered an ammunition manufacturing facility in most Latin America countries.

One can own an unlimited amount of firearms in their home. Each firearm has a title certificate for it similar to a car title. A person can only have 12 weapons included on their carry license. Rotating guns on the license is possible but a big pain in the neck, ill advised. There are at least 18 gun stores in Guatemala City and the suburbs. There are a lot of guns in Guatemala. We have 100,000 security guards most with a Mossberg 12 ga maverick pistol grip or a .38 caliber revolver. We keep our homes, communities, stores, malls, restaurants safe that way. It does not let the criminals take root.

This paragraph is so extensive because a lot of people are escaping police states and gun ownership is a cherished right and we applaud and support this right. On the other hand no law says you have to own a gun and many people do not own guns. Guatemala is a free country and we do not impose our will on people.

Knives and Edged Weapons Many people carry machetes on their belts, usually in the countryside. Can be startling at first since it looks like a sword. They use them to work on the land. A single edged folding knife with a blade of 3.9″ or less can be carried in a pocket or on the belt in an urban area but is not restricted in the country. There are no size restrictions in the code for non-folding knives. There is a prohibition against automatic knifes, stilettos (not sure of legal definition) and daggers (again not sure of legal definition). If you ask where assisted folders etc stand the answer is we do not know. Could be construed as an automatic or not? Same for flippers. Laws not defined clearly. Generally speaking knives are not considered a prohibited item and enforcement is not tight, but follow the law. This section was included because many of our clients are escaping from oppressive police states and their rights are very important to them and thus to us as well.

Drivers License Of course you can have a driver license as a resident. It is a bit bureaucratic and some red tape. You can drive on your home country license for some time while you adjust into your new home.

Health Care You will find the health care better than North America and Europe. The Doctors almost always have English. The staff is three times nicer than what you’d expect. The hospitals are cleaner and far cheaper. A hospital suite is about $165 a day in an expensive neighborhood. Pharmacies generally do not require a prescription and drug prices are about one third of the USA price.

Pharmacies deliver, many round the clock. Doctors make house calls for $25 to $30. Dentists are about 25% of the USA price and are very good. Veterinarians also make house calls for same price and are excellent. If the pet needs to go into for x-rays etc they transport for you. Without the oppressive prescription laws you can treat a lot of pet infections yourself by just buying the drugs or the pet store will help you out. We have a lot of homeopathy practitioners. There are chiropractors and naturopaths. There are some health food stores and organic food is becoming more and more available. Plastic surgery is popular and affordable. In a word health care way more affordable and better.

Real Estate We live far better than North Americans or Europeans imagine. Most of our single family detached homes are at least 500 sq. meters. A sq. meter is 10.75 sq. feet. Most housing that is top drawer will run $900 to $1100 a sq. meter. In the countryside real estate prices are lower. The more rural the lower it gets. It is common to see homes of 800 to 1000 sq. meters. Hacienda homes will run up to 1800 sq. meters. For a perspective one can get a 3000 sq. foot (not meter) executive townhouse in a gated community with armed guards new for $200,000 with fenced yard, garage etc. Check out a community called Antigua, Guatemala in google. You can get a great townhouse there for $150,000 a beautiful patio home $250,000 to $350,000.

Beaches We have beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean. Simple but acceptable beach homes can be had for $100,000 to $150,000. The Pacific beaches are about ninety minutes from Guatemala City. Beaches are warm and humid.

Weather Guatemala is at about 5000 foot altitude. It is 55 to 75 degrees year round. Homes have no air conditioners or heaters. Think of savings on utility bills. We do use fans, usually ceiling fans. It never snows except on the very top of the volcanoes. Warning: Do not bring ice skates, they will rust.

Schools There are a number of k-12 private schools. They are generally bi-lingual english and Spanish. The schools have campuses with playgrounds etc. They are far nicer than USA schools and the teacher student ratio is much lower. Costs vary from school to school but will be a fraction of USA price.

Domestic Help A live in maid runs $175 a month plus you feed them and supply uniforms. A gardner handyman can run $400 a month if you need one every day. A driver would run $500 a month live in. A nanny for the kids would run about $225 a month live in. Elderly folks can hire two maids and a driver and avoid going to a rest home. There are always two servants on premises and they can go on car trips, to the doctor, shopping, beauty parlor etc. They do not have to clean, cook or drive. Beats the heck out of the alternative.

Food The food is close to organic or free range meat. Prices are a fraction of USA prices and quality is wonderful. Numerous fruits priced so low almost for free. All kinds of vegetables, breads, juices etc. The food is Central American style not Mexican so it is not very spicy. We have restaurants offering anything you could want including: French, Greek, Italian, Steaks, Chops and Ribs, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese. Middle Eastern, German and much more.

Internet We have 1 meg DSL and cable connections available.

Cell Phones We have great cell phones, 3G etc.

How to start Call, email or Skype us. We will create an immigration case file for you. We will have you send us scans of the documents required for review by one of our lawyers. If the documents are not in order we will have you correct them before coming since it is much cheaper and easier this way. Next after the documents are in order you will need to schedule a trip to Guatemala. The hotels will send a shuttle bus to pick you up at the airport. We will have one of our English speaking drivers collect you from the hotel and take you to our executive offices to begin. A bi-lingual associate from the law firm will accompany you to all the needed visits to government offices for fingerprinting, signatures, photos etc. You never go to government offices yourself. We do require a $1000 deposit in order to open a file and begin the work. This fee is 100% applied to the Pensionado fee. It is not an additional fee. This is paid by wire transfer.

1. First you fill out an online order form. Click Here
2. Next you send us scan of passports of all parties applying (husband, wife kids, etc). These are sent in an email as a file attachment to .
3. Then we will forward wire instructions to you. We do need to have the $1000 fee paid before we can schedule an appointment. You can pay the remaining fee when here in cash or by wire transfer. You could also elect to pay the whole fee before coming as many immigration clients do for convenience.
4. Then you come to Guatemala.When you come for your appointment you remain here and process for the Pensionado. Figure about three weeks. You will not be busy every day so there will be time for sightseeing. We have beaches, Mayan Ruins, Volcanoes to hike up and there is always Antigua. One could always drive over to a nice white sand beach, all inclusive hotel in El Salvador like the Decameron with a three and a half hour drive time. In about four hours you can be in Mexico where there is a lot of cheap shopping. In any event many of our clients just enjoy a nice rest hanging around the swimming pool at one of our many five star resorts. Warning Our food, beverages and wines are so good here do not even think about dieting.

Download MP3 Music From Legal Sources

You can see that many of the parts of the internet are considered to be dark alleys. Like the towns and countries of the world there is much in the way of bad parts of the internet. You will find that most often these places are where the illegal happens and the last thing that you want to do is get caught using the places where illegal activities take place. If you are caught there then you have to be sure that you getting some legal help because you could be charged with several crimes that are able to land you in jail for a good long time.

More often then not these illegal places are working with things like download MP3 music. They know that people will come and do what they want with the idea of music. So they are going to post as much as they can along the way but you have to be sure that you are not taking part in this. Legal download MP3 music sites do exist out there and you do not want to get into trouble. The fact of the matter is that many people are doing this and things are starting to go bad for them.

There is also the idea of the viruses. When you go out to download MP3 music then you have to be careful about where you are finding it. The fact is that the illegal sites are most likely going to have files that have viruses and so on. They will also put spyware and adware on their files. When you download them then you are going to be infected. This is part of the process where they make money and you have to be sure that you are not getting taken for this system.

The legal sites are not going to have any of this kind of thing. They know that people are going to come to download MP3 music and they want it to go smoothly without worry and if they end up getting a virus then they are going to leave in a big hurry. Of course that is not going to stop some people from still trying to get to the illegal sites. However, there are many more enforcement branches out there that are working to get to the people that do the illegal downloads.

Hilary Mujikwa is the person behind Free Music Download Websites , a project that was created to help people find totally free music downloads legaly. You can learn more about him on his Free Mp3 Music Downloads site.

The value of Hiring a Veteran Employment Attorney

New York City is regarded as the place of many opportunities; if you’re motivated to achieve your dreams and have the capabilities, then you will definitely succeed here. The rivalry in this city is tight, but individuals take it positively and make all the effort to do a lot more. However, the Big Apple is also a place where legal battles are fought each day. Litigations concerning employment problems are popular, and in a situation such as this, obtaining the help of a dependable employment lawyer is crucial./p>

Nearly all companies are backed up by a group of lawyers who are willing to battle workers with employment-related issues at court. As a worker nevertheless, you ought to realize that there are laws which protect your rights. Employers could possibly violate your rights. If this happens, then be sure to obtain expert advice from a NYC employment attorneys. You must be quick in taking legal actions as the time you delay your move, the less chances you can have in winning the case.

Many people think that you will only need employment attorneys when legal action has been submitted, but this is not true at all. Remember that taking legal action is costly, time-consuming and stressful. That is the key reason why if it is still probable to resolve the dispute before it gets a full-blown legal battle, it is better to enter in an out of court negotiation with your employer first. A NYC employment lawyer will look for a way to maintain your advantage during the settlement. Aside from that, he or she will also guide you all the way.

If the lawsuit is already on its way, then get an employment attorney to help you with your case. Absolutely, employment laws change over time and they are difficult to cope with. Numerous legal loopholes and traps are inescapable, which is the reason why when you make even a single wrong action, you would definitely have a lot more problems and may end up losing the case. Hence, make it sure that your lawyer is specializing in employment and civil litigation law, for you to have the problem solved efficiently. It could be smart if you’d work with a professional employment lawyer NYC having a reputation in assisting clients obtain advantageous results of the case.

In terms of legal advice, the extensive legal knowledge of NYC employment lawyers is precisely what small businesses and non-profit organizations are after. With the assistance of these experts, business owners can follow appropriately in all New York?s policies for employment. It doesn’t matter how large or small the firm is, what is important is to meet the security standards and all other obligations of the employer. The employment lawyers can also help draft company policies, to make sure that it doesn?t breach any employment laws and regulations.

Just like everyone, you may be confused regarding where you must start. Fortunately, NYC employment attorneys are just a call away if you need to consult about legal matters. By telling them your situation and the whole truth, they’ll know the best ways regarding how to solve your problem. In order for you to meet your goals with this matter, the employment lawyer will be there for you to work on everything that should be accomplished.

If you’re needing the help for Employment Attorneys, then you are not by yourself in this quest. The good news is that there is actually a significant number of support that you could find. You can always depend on the on-line world as your source of info. One good example to this is http://www.youngandma.com. Shortly after reading through the tips provided in this website, many folks got to be victorious in pursuing their objectives.

How Much Compensation for a Whiplash Injury

When people get hit by some vehicle and damages their own, this attached with physical damage, entitles the person for claiming some compensation in return. It is a very common phenomenon to get hit by a car today and these accidents often result in whiplash injuries (meaning injury in spinal cord). Since this is a serious injury, the compensation whiplash offers should also be according.

Claims

As already said, whiplash compensation for road accident claim should be in accordance with the level of injury. Different types of injuries imply different types of compensation. There are 5 types (grades) of whiplash accident types; from Grade 0 to Grade 4. Whiplashes can take many other forms, too such as unbearable pain in the neck, stiff neck, shoulder pain, headaches, blurred vision, pain or numbness on some portions of the body.

Depending on the injury type, each claim is individual and the connections between even similar cases seem very subtle. The more critical and complex whiplash injuries are, the more are the claims. However whiplash claims are needed to be claimed within three years from the date of the accident.

Claim classifications

There can be three main types of whiplash claims. They are namely insurance settlements, general damages and special damages for whiplash. Legally you are entitled to claim through any one of these methods although you should consider heavily before considering one, perhaps get legal advice too. Insurance settlements allow you to settle the claim by applying directly through your insurance company, general damages compensation whiplash consist of your physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional pain and even loss of enjoyment of life.

Also you can demand compensation for any mental condition that is an effect of the injury such as depression. Special damages include loss of wages or potential future earnings, any medical attention (Doctors visit, clinic costs, nursing costs, chiropractic treatments and therapy) due to the injury and even car hire expenses as you car is in repairing shop as long as you do posses a record for the expenses.

Compensations

The car accident claim compensation depends on many parameters; for one, the suffering period. The amount may vary between 750 (a few weeks) and 86500 (the claimant is physically disabled for life). Whiplash cases resulting cervical spondylosis with severe limitation and possible need for further surgery may cost up to 8150 to 14500.

Basically the amount of claim depends on the recovery period and level of injury. So while compensation whiplash to neck with recovery period of 4 weeks may cost 750, compensation whiplash to neck with incomplete recovery ever may cost up to 12000+.

There are also some other important factors for traffic accident compensation. Choosing your lawyer wisely is the foremost important thing to do. Then its wise to remember that the amount returned from the court is dependant of the previous similar case fought there. Also in most cases its also possible to ask compensation for the fees for lawyers.

Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer Jerry Vinkler Named Super Lawyer

Jerry Vinkler, an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer, has been selected as a Super Lawyer. This is the fourth consecutive year Mr. Vinkler has earned this prestigious distinction.

Burr Ridge, IL, January 30, 2012 – Jerry Vinkler, of Vinkler Law Offices, Ltd. has once again stood above the rest with his work in medical malpractice law in Illinois. Mr. Vinkler has been honored as a Super Lawyer for 2012. This is Mr. Vinklers fourth consecutive award, having also been named in 2009, 2010 and 2011. This award designates Jerry Vinkler as one of the top 5% of all lawyers in Illinois.
From the Super Lawyers website:
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Clearly, Mr. Vinklers outstanding work as an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer has distinguished him among his peers, gaining this level of attention and recognition. Candidates are selected using a multi-phased process which includes both peer review and third-party research. This rigorous and multi-faceted process ensures that only the best are recognized for this prestigious award. Because of this, being named a Super Lawyer ensures only the highest level of work, respect and distinction in a lawyers field.
Once a candidate is nominated by his or her peers, or found through Super Lawyers own research of specialists and leading attorneys, they are subject to independent research. The Super Lawyers body has their own, third-party research team, made up of attorneys. This team researches all nominees based on multiple areas of peer recognition and professional achievement. Once a candidate passes this step, the candidate is then judged first against other candidates in their field, and finally against other lawyers working at similarly sized firms. Only after all of this can a candidate be named a Super Lawyer.
The Super Lawyers final list represents no more than 5% of a states top lawyers. This list is then published and distributed both regionally and nationally. The list is published annually in regional and state versions of the Super Lawyer magazine. This magazine is made available to top law libraries. The list can also be found on the Super Lawyers website at SuperLawyers.com.
Jerry Vinklers work as an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer has been consistently stellar. Year after year, he has shown he is the gold standard in his region and field. This nomination is a testament to his excellent service and record. His fourth consecutive Super Lawyer award is just more proof that his peers have recognized his work. As an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer, Jerry Vinkler truly is a Super Lawyer.

Collaborative Divorce — breaking up doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank

The collaborative process, started by Minneapolis family lawyer Stuart Webb in 1990, provides alternative dispute resolution using a team of professionals working jointly for the couple, rather than in adversarial roles. It is just now hitting the radar screen in Illinois, where practitioners estimate that about 300 divorces have been handled this way in the last several years. The state averages about 35,000 divorces a year, records show.

Both parties agree not to enter litigation. Couples often hire attorneys trained in collaborative law and bring in shared accountants, financial planners, business valuation experts, child psychologists and even life coaches to help the couple. Unlike impartial mediators, the attorneys can advise their clients as advocates.

Proponents say it dramatically cuts the tension–and the costs–involved in traditional contested divorces.

There are skeptics, however. Among the critics are those who say the peacefulness of the process encourages divorce and attorneys who say the best representation for any divorcing spouse is a vigorous offense.

Participants in a collaborative divorce sign documents promising to disclose all assets, and their attorneys agree to walk away from the case if the parties end up going to trial.

An average contested divorce can run about $30,000, but it’s not uncommon for some to reach six figures, attorneys say.

Collaborative costs vary widely, depending on the number of professionals involved and the number of meetings it takes for spouses to agree on a settlement. Collaborative attorneys estimate that most of these cases settle for half to a third of what their bill would have been with a court battle. Settlements must be reviewed and approved by a judge.

Costs ranged from $5,000 to $21,000, representing as high as 15 percent of annual household income.

Even friendly divorces come with costs that reach beyond the courtroom, however, and women especially tend to feel the strain. Divorce Magazine reported the drop in standard of living for women after divorce was 45 percent in 2000. About 20 percent of people filing personal bankruptcy had been recently divorced, according to Harvard University law professor Elizabeth Warren, who has studied families in dire financial straits since 1986 and who is considered one of the leading national authorities on bankruptcies.

Your staff: In addition to consulting attorneys, divorcing couples are turning to specialized financial planners to run living cost estimates, decide the value of family businesses and prepare investment return projections on proposed settlements.

Typically these are accountants, certified financial planners or other financial advisers who offer a specialized divorce practice. Someone who has a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation has also taken a self-study course and completed four exams related to divorce finances, but be sure to inquire what other credentials he or she has. Training is done through the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts in Southfield, Mich. (800-875-1760).

If you’ll need help valuing assets or a business, or suspect your future ex may be hiding money you also may need to contact a forensic accountant.

If you are the primary breadwinner but are considering a lower-paying job as you go through the divorce transition years, tread carefully. Some judges will require you to maintain your family’s previous standard of living. A judge may rule you’re more than capable of a high earning power and decide to award less alimony.

Your portfolio: If you think you’ll have to draw down some retirement money to cover expenses in the first few years of divorce, do it sooner rather than later, this way you can take a distribution at the time of divorce without a penalty,

Your tax return: Be sure to consider the tax consequences of your divorce settlement. The more money a primary breadwinner doles out as alimony instead of child support, the more he or she can deduct from income, experts say. The spouse receiving the alimony will have to pay income taxes on the money, but usually it will be at a lower tax bracket. Child support, on the other hand, isn’t deductible from income.

Protect Your Legal Rights As An Employee Through The Aid Of Employment Attorneys Nyc

It is very important for employer and worker to work harmoniously together. Workers and employers alike will both thrive if their working relationship is mutually beneficial. The company makes profit because the employee is knowledgeable, efficient, and profitable; while the worker gets just compensation for all his efforts at work. This arrangement should be followed, but not all offices can follow this kind of practice.

If the labor law or employment law is implemented accordingly by both employer and employee then work conflicts won’t possibly happen. The problem is many people just cannot stick to the law at all times. In this case, work troubles take place. Getting the help of an expert and veteran new york employment attorney is a good course of action at these times.

Work-related issues generally occur due to variety of reasons. This has something related to age, gender, race, disability and also religious differences of employees. Unjust payment and harassment made by employer to his employee are the other work-related issues. If it’s clear that their client’s right was violated, professional employment attorneys nyc can help even if the case is quite complex.

In what manner Employment Attorney NYC can assist their clientele?

The most typical work-related issues taken to the court are unjust workers’ payment and untimely termination of employment. Employees who are sexually harassed or have suffered devastating injuries also accounts to a large number of complaints filed against business employers. Lawsuits are also filed against employers who didn’t process the retirement plan of their previous workers. It is hard, costly and time-consuming to deal with these things alone. Due to these unfortunate circumstances employment lawyers come to rescue.

They will make certain that their clientele understand what their legal rights are. So as to provide clients with a good legal advice, they will evaluate the case thoroughly. Highly trained lawyers know whether it is best for their client discuss a settlement. Work-related lawsuits filed on the court are represented by them.

Employees will have great possibilities of winning their case through the help of employment attorneys. To be able to strengthen their client’s case, they will review every work related documents and contracts. On the other hand, employment attorneys who are working for firm owners use “preventive lawyering. With this strategy, company policies are made based on local and federal/state employment laws.

Employment lawyers believe that filing for a case is not always the best solution for conflicts at work. As much as possible, these experts prevent feasible lawsuit considering that it is laborious. A worker chould think cautiously if filing a lawsuit is the ideal thing to do if they do, their life, name, and career will be at risk.

The written and oral communication skill of an new york employment lawyer should be excellent. Know-how about labor law is a must for him as well. Last but not the least, he should have excellent analytical skills and is sensitive as well. The client has good chances of winning the case if the legal professional has all these characteristics.

Custody of Children after a Divorce

Over the course of history women have been given custody of children after a divorce more often than men. This used to be seen almost as an automatic right. This has changed slightly in recent times though, with Fathers given significantly more rights when it comes to looking after children post-divorce. This applies to both custody and visitation rights if their ex-wife has been given custody. A Fathers role in the development of children is taken much more seriously than in previous times. Family Law states that Fathers have equal rights to Mothers and each decision should be made on its specific merits.

Statistics show that women get custody more than men though. What is the reason for this? It could be that there is still some bias towards women by judges, who assume that Mothers make better parents. On the other hand it could just be that Mothers tend to more often be in the position where the children living with them would be more appropriate.

After a divorce there are many factors that are taken into consideration when deciding which parent should get custody of the children. Each parents employment status can be a very important factor. If one parent works full-time and the other doesnt work at all, it may be deemed best that the children live with the parent who does not work. This is because (s)he has more time to be able to devote towards the children. This may be one reason why women gain custody more often than men; it is more common for women to be stay-at-home parents than men, although this is not as common as it once was. A decision is most likely to be based on this reason if the situation was the same when the couple were married, and this parent has spent more time with their children as a consequence. The decision can in some cases be made the other way round, with the parent who does work being deemed to be in a more financially stable situation. This is not always the case because this parent will usually be required to make maintenance payments to help the other parent bring up their children.

The situation each parent finds themselves in and the stability of this situation is also important. This can depends on employment as well as other factors, such as lifestyle. If one parent has medical or psychological problems, then they may not be deemed the best parent to bring up the children. If one parent has re-married it could work either way. It may be seen as a negative to have someone else playing a part in their upbringing so soon after their parents have separated, but it could also be decided that this is a better family environment to bring children up in. A criticism of the system is that too much of the decision comes down to the opinions of a particular judge, and no matter how much Family Law stipulates what should happen, everyone has certain biases.

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Looking Beyond India For Successful Legal Process Outsourcing

The most popular Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) destinations include China, Israel, Philippines, Sri Lanka and, of course, India. For a decade, India has reigned as the world’s premier outsourcing destination because of its favorable time zone, the better quality of experts from the country, foreign educated professionals, language and the similarity to English common law systems. Despite India’s supreme reign, LPO is moving beyond India’s borders into new countries and with new strategies.

Redefining LPO

As the LPO industry matures and expands, corporate legal departments and law firms alike are becoming more open-minded about the types of legal processes to outsource and where their LPO providers are located. The trend today is to think about outsourcing in its broadest terms as “to outsource any legal work — including from one law firm to another law firm — in any geographical location, for example from the UK to Kenya, India to Uganda and so on.”

Rethinking LPO

This new mindset is leading to a surge in new destinations and operating models for LPO work. Examples of new LPO locations include the UK, Chile, Ghana, Jamaica, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, and Vietnam. These regions share several important attributes: they offer a rich pool of multi-skilled talent with a high work ethic. They also have cost advantages, sound IT and telecom infrastructure, good connectivity, ease of travel, government support, business-friendly policies and cultural compatibility.

Relocating Legal Process Outsourcing

The concept of “near-shoring” is also gaining global acceptance. The term describes any outsourcing location “near” its primary market (for instance, Eastern European countries to Western European Countries), or as services delivered from an adjacent or nearby country. The near-shore outsourcing model offers a number of benefits equal to the offshore outsourcing approach. The primary benefits include:

*Proximity and Time Zone
*Cultural Affinity and Ease of Doing Business
*Cost Savings

Although near-shore rates can be higher, near-shore engagements offer greater efficiency gains that working in close proximity and in the same time zones can bring. Therefore, near-shoring can be more efficient in achieving higher percentages of work performed at a lower cost location than offshore. Thinking past simple labor arbitrage, companies that engage in long-term engagements, measured by strategic service level agreements, can better leverage the advantages of the near-shore model.

The near-shoring trend illustrates the value of LPO beyond simple cost-savings. With the huge global potential that near-shoring presents, LPO will be more widely adopted as a flexible, effective strategy for delivering legal services to a global business community.

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