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How to Simplify Your Blogging

Blogging is not supposed to be tedious because it’s a rather relaxed form of writing, but some people encounter difficulties maintaining blogs.
If you’re one of them, here are a few useful tips.

 

Keep a Pen and Paper Handy
You never know when inspiration could strike, so always have a pen and a small notebook ready where you can write down anything interesting that crosses your mind any time, any where. This way, you can go back to that inspiration when you’re finally in front of your computer and ready to blog away.

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PROS AND CONS OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) 

 

 

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  • An LLC is a hybrid between a partnership and a corporation.
  • It provides liability protection without as many corporate formalities as a corporation, and is thus a favorite choice for busy people.
  • One of its best features, that differentiates it from a “C” corporation, is its lack of double taxation: owners of LLCs do not have to file a separate tax return; they simply add a schedule C for their LLC profit and loss to their personal income tax return, and pay at the individual tax rate.
  • The owners of the LLC are called members; the owners of a corporation are called shareholders or stockholders.
  • An LLC can be managed by a non-member manager, or by one or more members.

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TOP TEN REASONS TO FORM A BUSINESS ENTITY

 

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  1. PERSONAL LIABILITY ISSUES-Forming a corporation, LLP, or LLC may shield you from other people being able to reach in and attach/sell or dispose of your personal assets, such as your home, personal bank accounts and other financial assets. In order to get this protection, however, you must observe the corporate, LLC or LLP formalities (i.e. hold meetings, draft resolutions on important decisions, not commingle personal and business assets, etc.).

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BENEFIT CORPORATIONS 

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Until 2012 in California, if one wanted to have a corporation that was formed for the public good, one could only start a non-profit corporation.  Corporate law required directors to pursue economic goals for the sole benefit of shareholders, with a fiduciary duty to maximize profits for the growth of the corporation and its owners. On January 1, 2012, two hybrids were authorized in California: the Benefit Corporation “BC” and the Flexible Purpose Corporation, or FPC. As of now, 19 states and the District of Columbia have similar laws, with 15 states having pending similar legislation. These two entities are for-profit corporations who may consider criteria in the public good realm when making corporate decisions.  Both types have standards of accountability and transparency to ensure they pursue the benefits for which they were established.   As they are very similar, I will discuss only the Benefit Corporation. 

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10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LEASES

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Many, If Not Most Things Are Negotiable. This includes rent, maturity date, when rent starts, tenant improvements and many of the “boilerplate” items. If the tenant is not an experienced negotiator and has a tenant representative, working for her, she can often get concessions from the landlord by knowing what is out there that competes with the space being rented and what amenities are available to the tenant. If the tenant is on her own, a good real estate attorney can often get concessions worth thousands of dollars or save you from committing to a bad lease.

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CONTRACTS 101  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF  PART THREE OF THREE PARTS 

 

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IX.VENUE/CHOICE OF LAW FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION. Be sure your contract specifies that you want to have your dispute heard in the most convenient place for you, and specify the state law that you want to use.

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Women and Income

lu-casillas-digital-image-6Should women really consider having two forms of income? Have you ever looked at your closest circle of friends? You may have a friend who has a career, a friend who has a career and a part-time job, or even a friend who started her own side business on top of what she already does.

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CONTRACTS 101  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF  PART TWO OF THREE PARTS 

 

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VI.CONTINGENCIESThe best laid schemes of mice and men often go astray.” Robert Burns.

It is impossible to come up with a list of all possible things that can go wrong, but a good contract should try and foresee and provide for as many issues as possible.  Here are some you may want to address in specific paragraphs within your contract: 

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CONTRACTS 101: What you need to know to protect yourself (Part 1 of 3)

Mature woman holding journal and thinking.WHAT IS A CONTRACT?  It is basically a promise for a promise between 2 or more Parties.  To have a binding contract, you need three things:  an offer, an acceptance by the Party receiving the offer, and consideration, which can be money, an action, refraining from an action, love and affection, etc.  

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Implied Warranty of Habitability

nancy-l-print-image-choice-1If you are either a landlord providing rental space or a tenant renting space from another person or company, you need to know your rights if the property is not habitable, or needs serious work to make it habitable.  Here are some common issues that come up in the landlord/tenant areas of my practice.

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