Surveillance Isn't Only for Law Enforcement, Government, and Military - Try Business

You hardly have to join the CIA to become tell spy. In fact, these things are going on in all aspects of our overall society where people are using human intelligence gathering to get a leg up on their competition, whether it be in foreign negotiation, military effort, law enforcement investigation, or even in the modern day corporation.
If you are in business you need to keep quite a bit of information very close to the best, meanwhile you want the information about your competitors to flow into your hand. Information as it has been said is much like water, it wants to be free, it wants to flow, and more often than not it has a life of its own. In fact, if you have a few moments I would like to discuss this with you.

Breach of Contract Insurance for Businesses in Texas Could Provide Leverage in Settlement Talks

In Texas, if proper presentment of a claim is made pursuant to Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, a party that sues another for breach of an oral or written contract is entitled to recover, in addition to the amount of the underlying contract claim, its reasonable attorney's fees. This statute also extends the ability to recover attorney's fees to claims for services rendered, labor performed, and material furnished, among others.

In the past, a company sued for breach of contract was "on its own." In other words, the company was responsible for paying any settlement, judgment, and/or attorney's fees incurred in defending the action. The fact of the matter is that traditional commercial general liability policies do not cover insureds for claims for breach of contract. However, it appears that a new line of coverage is being offered by at least one insurance carrier that would offer insurance coverage "that pays for attorneys' fees if the covered party loses at trial or summary judgment." I understand that it was initially rolled out in California, and is now expected to be written in several other states, including Texas.

In commercial/contract disputes, attorney's fees can often far exceed the amount of the underlying amount in controversy, and it is not uncommon for an attorney representing a plaintiff in a commercial dispute to threaten to "run up" the attorney's fees in an effort to squeeze the defendant business into settling an otherwise tenuous lawsuit to avoid the uncertainty of potentially facing a considerably larger verdict following a trial on the merits.

The ability of a business to have insurance coverage for "loser pays" attorney's fees would offset the settlement negotiation leverage mentioned above because it would eliminate uncertainty. With this coverage, a business owner who is sued for breach of contract would be able to assess the company's risk based solely on the amount of the contract damages and not based on the uncertainty of what amount a jury might award for attorney's fees following a trial on the merits.

I have been unable to date to obtain an actual insurance policy containing this new line of coverage, but I suspect that the underwriting guidelines are strict with coverage being limited to established businesses that have been involved in a limited number of lawsuits involving contract claims. Moreover, I suspect that even with breach of contract coverage, substantial litigation will ensue regarding whether the insured knew or should have known of the potential that it would either need to sue for breach of contract or would be sued for breach of contract when the policy application was completed.

Transparency Helps Immigration Law Firms Improve Productivity

There was a time, long ago, when professionals such as lawyers and others in specialized services, tried to keep their clients in the dark about what they did for them and how they delivered value. Those times are now part of ancient history; what clients want now is a clear understanding of what their firm is doing, how they will deliver value and how it will translate into more productivity and better business management.

Today's immigration law firms no longer hide behind the curtains of the obscure practices of law; instead, they openly share with their clients the steps it takes to manage their immigration cases and, more importantly, collaborate with their clients to complete those steps. Through the use of technology, these immigration law firms are able to capture and share data with clients, as well as with domestic and foreign consultants, governmental agencies, end recipients of visas, and many other, relevant stakeholders in the immigration process.

While, in former times, a client might have to contact their attorney and request an update of their immigration case, today, that attorney can provide full transparency to their client's case, enabling the client to view and track all parts of his or her case through an online immigration case management system. The attorney is then able to focus on more valuable activities that better reflect his or her background and specialties.

How is this transparency delivered via technology? Immigration case management software, powered and accessible from any computer with web access, lets attorneys and immigration law firms set access rights to particular data sets and invite clients, partners, consultants and other stakeholders into that online space. These stakeholders are they able to view accessible data, share information, submit forms and other required data and manage and stay updated regarding multiple aspects of open cases or continual compliance requirements.

Through transparent models such as a client relationship management module, fully integrated with a case management toolset, immigration law firms and their clients can receive the benefits of always available information. They can connect with each other through multiple online portal systems, including foreign national portals, corporate human resources portals, email alert systems reminding stakeholders of upcoming requirements and deadlines and multiple other communications and data sharing tools. All of these forms of communication enable the immigration law firms to focus on more relevant tasks that deliver higher levels of value for their clients worldwide.

INSZoom is the immigration software company - the leader in the global mobility and immigration software industries. We provide comprehensive, open commerce platforms that electronically enable our clients to share valuable information online, process immigration petitions faster, stay compliant and effectively manage their global mobility workforce.

How Green Is Your Business - Regulators Say Not Green Enough to Advertise It

Do you remember how every business used to claim that it was a green company or environmentally friendly? It got to the point where every company was claiming this, and therefore it didn't mean anything anymore. This was quite upsetting for us companies that were working very hard to stay within the rules, even coming up with business solutions to protect the environment.

Indeed, I can remember in the early 1990s I had designed some environmental reclaim equipment for the mobile car washing sector which I was involved with. I was quite proud of this accomplishment, but if I was in business today I couldn't advertise those accomplishments, as we have a new set of rules now. Okay so let's talk about this shall we?

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article in October 2012 (republished from the AP) titled; "FTC Updates Guidelines On Green Marketing" which had a quote from the FTC in it and stated; "The FTC said; 'Very few products, if any' deliver the far-reaching environmental benefits that consumer associate with such claims."

Now then, my first thought on this is that the FTC isn't green either, so I ask; who are they to judge? I mean just consider how all their regulations have forced businesses to fill-out endless forms, disclosures, and legal documents, how many trees are they causing to be chopped down to support all that paper production? What about the rain forests? If no business can "ever qualify" then what does "green" mean?

Even if a business follows all the EPA rules and regulations which are so numerous your head will spin, even after all that investment in "doing it right" the company cannot tell anyone, advertise it, or tell their customers that they follow the rules while other companies may not and carefully suggest that their customers ought to choose them instead.

It's not that I don't believe we should set the bar very high for what is and what is not an environmentally friendly company. I also don't take too kindly to those companies who are polluting our environment to claim they are one with the cypress tree in all regards when it comes to eco-friendly business operations. The reality is that chances are it isn't true. Nevertheless, in each industry there must be two or three companies who are following the rules and going up and beyond to actually create the best management practices which to help the environment.

If we tell these companies we no longer honor all they are doing, and will not let them advertise such in their marketing brochures, or commercials, then why would any business continue to spend big money without any return or benefit from additional customers? That I see is the biggest problem with what the FTC is doing, although I do realize that the FTC has to make big headlines as it starts out the new federal fiscal year, otherwise they cannot justify their existence, I question this latest move. Please consider all this and think on it.

When and Why to Incorporate Your Business - Or Not

Before we get too much deeper into this subject, let me share a key piece of information with you..."in the spirit of full disclosure," as attorneys love to say. The ideas I'm about to spell out should not be construed - there's another legal term for you - as legal advice. Why? Because I'm not an attorney. Actually, I'm a law school drop-out, which means I know just enough about the law to get myself in trouble. The ideas that follow are good ones, but you should discuss them with a licensed attorney, ideally one who works with small and start-up businesses.

Let's begin with what types of businesses should incorporate and why. If your business is benign, meaning incapable of doing any type of damage to your clients, customers or patients, there should be no need to incorporate your business. What's a "benign" business? Let's say you paint portraits. The chance of you physically harming anyone with your finished product is slim to none, so there's virtually no chance of anyone suing you for having caused them painful injury or physical damage.

Now let's say you've developed the most delicious BBQ sauce in all the word. Friends and neighbors who've eaten your BBQed ribs at your home rave about it. Some have even told you you should bottle it and sell it. That's enough to make your eyes light up 'cause there's nothing more fun than making money doing what you enjoy doing, right? Wrong! Taking that well intentioned advice, you head for your kitchen, cook up a batch, bottle it and start selling it.

First of all, in most states you can't prepare food for commercial sale in a private, residential kitchen. But it gets worse. A week later, someone who bought a bottle and used it gets food poisoning and decides it was your BBQ sauce that made him or her sick. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't, but they decide to sue you for the cost of their doctor and hospital bills, their time off from work and anything else they can put a price tag on. If you didn't incorporate your business, some or all of your personal assets - house, car, savings account, etc. - can be taken to satisfy that law suit.

If you've taken the time and made the modest investment to structure your business as a corporation, in virtually all cases those personal assets can't be touched by that type of court judgment I just described.
But if your business is structured as a sole proprietorship - including a DBA (Doing-Business-As) - those same personal assets of yours are also at risk. The same is true if your business is formed as a partnership. In a partnership, all the personal assets of each partner are "jointly and severally" at risk. Yes, another legal term.

It's enough of a risk to start a new business. Why add even more risk to your venture by not talking with an attorney before your take your first step? Because you might save a few hundred bucks? At the same time risking perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars? That doesn't make much sense, does it?

All My Workers Are Independent Contractors - Are You Sure About That, You'd Better Be

Indeed, I always laugh when a small business person tells me that they don't have any employees; "they are all independent contractors," they tell me. Well, that may or may not be, and there are legal IRS definitions of such, and lots of employment lawyers specializing in suing employers who fail to meet that legal definition. Worse, once the IRS rules against a business owner or now, employer they can demand unpaid income taxes on the wages paid, and the state and federal government can demand payroll taxes and withholdings. Failure to pay would result in seizure of assets, bank accounts, etc.

In case you don't know what the rules are for independent contractors, I suggest that you look very closely at the law, and also recent case law as there are a number of cases pending in court which might change the definition further. The IRS says that you may not tell your workers, those workers you claim to be independent contractors;

1. The Time
2. The Mode
3. The Manner
It is very hard to do this if you are assigning workers to various tasks dealing with customers and/or sending people onto job sites. It's also very difficult to do that if you have a fixed location and you tell workers when to show up for work, even if they are doing piece meal and being paid per unit completed. It's very hard to qualify someone as an independent contractor, and only some business models allow for this.

There are also business opportunity and franchising laws which are very easy to break if you have your independent contractors working under the same logo, and brand name, or if you charge them over a certain amount per year to become one of your distributors or independents. The laws seem to be getting tougher, and making this venue even more difficult, but there is a very good reason, at least from the government's perspective.

The IRS and the government realize that if you hire independent contractors, there is a good chance that they will not pay their income taxes. If they don't pay, the government doesn't get the revenue, therefore, they want someone to collect that money for them, thus, doing their job for them. They want an employer, a larger entity they can control to do that work for them. Otherwise they will likely not get the money. Indeed, I guess you can understand why small businesses are upset about this, and why the government is so adamant about the rules and regulations and the definitions which are associated with this contracting of independents scheme.

It is unfortunate that employment lawyers are using this to break contracts, and it is also too bad that most small business owners do not know what they're getting themselves into when they try this tactic. I suggest you contact a good business lawyer before attempting it. Please consider all this and think on it.

Wallace Wattles PDF Book The Science of Getting Rich: Foundation of Other Law of Attraction Theories

If you take a close look at The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, you'll soon discover how much this book has influenced the whole Law of Attraction movement. This book is considered one of the most influential books about the power of our mind to create the life we dream about. Here are four keys elements of The Science of Getting Rich PDF by Wallace D. Wattles that, I think, distinguish the book from other law of attraction books:

First, the Science of Getting Rich in available in PDF for free. The book, written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles, is now in the public domain. This is the reason why it's available for free download in PDF format. It's not only some excerpts, but the whole book in PDF. Don't assume that because the book is available for free, it means that it is not extremely valuable content. Again, the only reason is the age of the copyright, not the value of the content. In fact, this book is, according to me, one of the most important book about the power of your subconscious mind or the so-called Law of Attraction. In fact, The Science of Getting Rich is still inspiring many extremely successful entrepreneurs, a century after Wallace D. Wattles exposed this secret to the world.

Second, Many well-known Law of Attraction theories are based on this exact Science of Getting Rich book, now available to you in PDF. Ronda Rhymes, author of the unbelievable success The Secret, refers to this book as one of the turning point of her life. The same thing is true of Bob Proctor, also a very successful Law of Attraction guru. Even those who don't explicitly talk about The Science of Getting Rich were greatly inspired by it. If you have read other books about the power of the mind, you surely noticed that they are very similar to the original book by Wallace D. Wattles, written in 1910. The vast majority of other theories were greatly influenced by The Science of Getting Rich, available for everyone in PDF.

Third, Where other teach that you can control everything with your mind, The Science of Getting Rich insists on taking ACTIONS. Wallace D. Wattles is clear about this fact in 2 chapters called "Acting in a Certain Way" and "Efficient Action". In fact, Wattles even warns us against the temptation of relying solely on the power of the mind to attract riches to our life. According to the author of The Science of Getting Rich, the lack of focus on Actions is the most important reason why so many other theories about the power of the mind fail. As Mr. Wattles says it, by cultivating a certain state of mind, you may "attract" the things you want... but it is only through efficient actions that you will get what you want. The Science of Getting Rich doesn't ask people to work like workaholics, but to act efficiently.

Fourth, The last key element of The Science of Getting Rich is its central focus on getting rich. Mr. Wattles didn't want us to be contented with a little. The PDF book does not suggest that being really rich means having great friends, family, a great spiritual life, being healthy, or else. The book talks about getting rich. That's it. Sure, some will find that the same principles could be applied to other aspects of their life. Sure, some will feel more calm and at peace when reading the PDF of The Science of Getting Rich. It's perfectly fine. Mr. Wattles, however, by writing The Science of Getting Rich book, wanted us to become really rich, financially, and not only emotionally of spiritually.

Those four points are, according to me, some key differences between The Science of Getting Rich book, available in PDF for copyright reasons, and other Law of Attraction books.

Achieve Your Dream Law Office With Effective Law Billing Software

Are you also a victim of this tragic scenario? You are a full-time lawyer. You know that your days on earth are not on an increasing basis and so you want to maintain your law inclination. You think that your goal will be materialized through pioneering or building up a law firm or a certain law office which shall provide the citizens near your parameter and beyond. You are aiming (with your law firm) to provide your nearest citizenry with an explicit service regarding law paraphernalia, law nature, certain legalities on specific legal matter and how it circles around the greatness and complexities of the entire society. With your goal of securing your future as well as the others when it comes to law services provisions, you want everything to be materialized with great value of professionalism and high mark of excellence. But due to the fact that you do not know where to start, you engaged yourself on an extreme hunt for something or someone to help and assist you to materialize with your goals.

You are already a lawyer, and if ever you are type who has pride in everything that you are engaged with there this one amazing stuff that you should cling on-legal software. Legal software are also of different types and they are namely such as: attorney billing software, law firm management software, law practice management software, law practice software and law software. Most of this software was designed to manage certain cases and records. As well as tasks like billing, bookkeeping, forming schedules and appointments, meeting deadlines, computer filing and to facilitate any compliance such as those with and strict compliance with document retention policies and electronic filing usually performed by courts.

The use of law software is really a growing business in certain powerful areas such as USA and UK. This is due to the highly competitive market to gain customers. Legal Software is the industry body for legal software systems developers, vendors and business enthusiast in the internetwork industry.

Everything in this world has a purpose and so does the law software do. Because law schools do not generally teach their prospected attorneys with business skills to run a law office, many offices have turned to technology to ease the learning curve and reduce clerical errors. That is why, the dire need for an investment in software tools can yield to a long term savings in defending against such claims. Moreover, the main purpose of these programs is to allow a law firm run and operate smoothly and with high level of efficiency.

Medical Corporation Legal Compliance Checklist

A Medical Corporation Checklist To Help You Stay In Compliance Legally

A person can be overwhelmed by incorporating their medical practice, causing them to feel stressed by the unknown that comes with it. Don't let yourself feel stressed out. Instead, use the checklist listed below to get a better understanding about the legal compliance for your medical corporation.

A Look At Incorporation

Forming A Medical Corporation - The two basic choices you have include the C or S corporations. Medical corporations are quite tricky in law so it's advisable to consult an attorney who knows a good deal of medical corporation law to draw together your corporate documents, regardless of what they are.

Fictitious Name Permit - This is considered a DBA or a name that's not the legal name of a medical corporation. In the majority of cases, a person will need to get an invented name permit from the Division of Licensing/Medical Board. You may also need to do a "separate fabricated name" filing with the local county recorder's office.

Shareholders/Buy-Sell Agreement - If the practice has more than one doctor/ owner, then it's in the best interest of the company to get shareholders to keep watch over the relationship with the partners. These agreements will save persons a ton of money should the relationship between the partners goes south.
Buy-sell agreements will determine disputes between warring partners. This includes exit provisions in cases where partners are not able to work together any longer. It's sort of like an economic divorce for partners.
Federal Employer Identification Number - Make sure to obtain your EIN from the IRS or its website.
Bank Accounts - Once you've got the incorporation articles and your EIN, it's time to open your bank accounts.

Pick Your Location - The first thing you need to do is have a general location picked out. Once you do this, you need to look into the local zoning requirements to ensure that you can even do a medical practice in that location. Make sure that you talk to the planning/permits department for this as well as other local requirements of your "proposed" location.

Real Property Lease - A very important contract you'll be signing is the office lease. A lease is a contract that binds you to that location for quite some time. You'll continue to pay rent even if the practice fails to make any real money. This is an area that you should an attorney at your side.

Trademarks - If you plan on having a medical practice that relies on a particular business name/trademark, you need to ensure of anyone else in that area having the rights to use the name. Be sure to check out the Internet to find anyone using the name for medical practices within your region. If the Internet search yields no trademark issue, you need to trademark. However, if there are issues, speak with an attorney to find out what you need to do now.

Local Business License - Be sure to get your business license in the city you plan to operate in.
Seller's Permit - If you plan on selling merchandise, you'll need a seller's permit, which you'll obtain from the California State Board of Equalization.

Employer Filings and Withholdings - If your business has employees, you'll need to file a DE-1 form with the California EDD. Once you do this, you will always have to be in compliance with the employment law. Make sure to employ the services of a payroll company to handle all the employee wage withholdings.
Workers' Compensation and Other Insurance - Once you hire employees to work for you, you'll need an insurance broker to deal with the workers' compensation insurance. According to law, you must have workers' compensation. Be sure to have an experienced broker to buy your professional malpractice insurance.

Features Of A Right Law Office Management Software

Present day law office management software is the modern high tech way of managing your law firm in a flawless manner. Essentially, managing a firm is not an easy affair and this is not an exception when it comes to law firms. A workable mechanical approach is needed in dealing with some rather vital factors associated with the operation of a law firm such as billing, calendaring, time management and even accounting. Such management software will really help your firm avoid some grave mistakes that can cost your business a lot in terms of efficiency and profitability.

Since management software for law offices is such a vital operational tool to any successive law firm or office in that case, you will need to shop for software that has outstanding and above average features. Importantly, you must ensure that the software is able to satisfy your specific demands. For instance, it must allow you to easily change the case of your screen, name and intake and also have the capability of modifying reports, files, and inquiries as well as regulating the flow work in your office as per your requirements. Another feature of suitable Law Office Management Software is that it must be arranged to perform all these tasks in paperless manner. In any case, your aims are to improve the organization of your documents by getting software that is able to save your forms in pdf format and even name your conferences in a customary way.
Another crucial feature that your office management software must posses is that it should help your law office effectively handle all the cases that are presented to it. To manage this, there are certain features that should never miss including billing and accounting, forms for case intake, conflict checks, time and cost tracker among others like document assembly and law office calendaring. Wisely also see to it that your preferred software has a screen that hubs vital detail pertaining your clients, their defendants, settlements, insurance for the defendants and even a sum of salary and medical expenses.

Getting law office management software with such explained tools will be much valuable to your firm. In addition to boosting the productivity of your firm, you can be most assured that it will eliminate most of the expensive and rather risky mistakes that happen in course of your practice. So, it's only fair for your law firm that you get software equipped with only the best features as it will be of greater help to your business. In most cases, you will find that the price paid for the software goes hand in hand with the number of software available. So, as a law practicing person, you will need to decide what is best for the wellness of your business.

Is Your Lawyer or Law Firm Bragging That They Have You or Your Company As a Client - Loose Lips

Social networks can be dangerous if you are someone who owns a small business. It's far too easy to give important information away, details about your company that your competition can use against you. I am always amazed at how many small business owners list their clients, and have their customers come and post information about themselves on their profile page. As soon as they do that, they just alerted the competition that they are a buyer of those types of goods or services, therefore the competition might try to "friend them" and steal them away.

Of course, this is not the only thing that business owners and entrepreneurs do that can hurt them in the competitive world of business. Often business owners talk too much about their future plans, and what they are doing to their vendors, customers, employees, government inspectors that come in, and even their law firm. Oh, now I have your attention. You probably thought that lawyers have a strict code due to the "client privilege rules" well, I would suggest to you that you shouldn't kid yourself.

Lawyers and law firms often brag about their client lists and even if your lawyer personally never mentions that you are a client, someone else at the law firm might mention it. They know things about your business that you don't want your competition to know, and they are liable to spill the beans in casual conversation at the bar, the local watering hole that is, if not the actual bar. And they do it all the time. In fact, I noted that one of the law firms I used when I was in business, often bragged about its client in its brochures, even listed a few on the website.

They were actually using the brand names of larger corporations which they represent as proof that their law firm was worthy of taking on new clients. Perhaps even worthy of charging you increased legal fees for services. This can be a real problem in a competitive world, and I would submit to you that loose lips sink ships, and it is often people you don't suspect that are giving away your company's most important information and intellectual property.
A lawyer at the law firm you use could discuss a negotiation with a new vendor, and upcoming merger, or any of a number of things that can hurt you competitively in the marketplace. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Writing Legal Articles for the Layman

Do you have to be a lawyer to write legal articles online? No, but it certainly would help. Even if you aren't a lawyer and are not giving legal advice you can tell a story about a legal issue, or relay a case study. In doing this you will gain Internet traffic, and explain something to someone perhaps in layman terms that they can then understand.

All too often article authors who are lawyers get to into the nitty-gritty, and actual points of law right away, and are not understandable to a regular person or non-lawyer. Perhaps this is good in a way because it leaves the door of opportunity open for online article authors who don't have law degrees. Let's go ahead and talk about this for second shall we?

One thing I always recommend, as writing on the Internet means people from all over the world will end up accessing your articles, is that you make them regionally specific to the state in which you are discussing. It's important also to make distinctions between the differences between state and federal laws, even where they duplicate, and how those sorts of legal conflicts are dealt with. Often there are people on either side of the business contract or legal issue that reside in different states, and when those laws are different it's almost as if you are dealing with international law, as you run into the same types problems, albeit much milder as we are all part of the United States.

If you're not a lawyer and you are producing online article content on legal issues is important if not mandatory that you do state at the bottom of the articles somewhere that you are not a lawyer and that the individual reading the article should seek legal advice from a lawyer that specializes in that type of law. This lets you off the hook from being accused of practicing law without a law license. It also means that your article if it's well-written may actually end up on a website which refers lawyers, or perhaps a small law firm's website.

These things happen to me all the time, and often my articles on legal issues get replayed or sent out in online e-mail newsletters. If you are writing about business law or dealing with government rules and regulations for businesses in your industry or sector and you have experience in that realm then you can easily tell stories and give warnings to other entrepreneurs of what to look out for, what to consider, and who they can call for advice to keep them out of trouble.

If you are a lawyer and you're hoping to write legal articles for regular people and perhaps potential future customers and clients then you need to realize you are not writing for a law journal and you must keep it conversational otherwise you will turn away future customers rather than attract them. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Benefits Of Getting Free Ebooks - Download PDF Ebooks

E-books have entered the market in this decade and are here to stay much like the social media. Initially, when comparisons were made between the times children gave to computer versus book reading, the statistics got both the parents and teachers worried. However, the new option of having Download PDF ebooks on the PC solves a major problem faced by teachers i.e. directing children towards book reading from an early age.

The best thing about ebooks is that they are usually priced lower than hard-back versions as they circumvent the cost of transport, publishing, any sales tax etc. Once the rights are sold, a downloaded eBook can be passed on from one child to another without any sort of depreciation. That leads us to another unique benefit of free ebooks, they never get old, rotten, torn, smudged etc. Amazingly, they don't even get outdated, so you don't have to worry about a new version every time, like for yearly curriculum books that need to be bought again if a single new chapter is added. As all typing and amendment is done on the internet, any new inclusion will be done online and you can easily download the new version.

Another great benefit is the availability of free ebooks online. It's surprising how good information is available easily and freely with no hidden charges atall. You can find dedicated websites online that let you download free eBooks on a variety of subjects. Children can find free comic ebooks and free entertainment eBooks like free Harry Potter ebooks, free music ebooks, free story ebooks etc. High school students and university graduates can look for in-depth free law ebooks, free medical ebooks, free science ebooks, business ebooks etc. IT specialists will be more than relieved to find free networking ebooks, free oracle ebooks, free java e-books, free Photoshop ebooks, free Linux ebooks etc. They can easily download free eBooks on networking and programming to create their very own website using flash,,, C++etc. For getting basic knowledge of website script, you can download HTML ebooks.

Harry Potter ebooks are the most popular ones, not only amongst kids, but adults alike. Mathematical e-books are there to learn approaches to problem solving with examples. Medical ebooks are good for professionals who want to keep informed of latest development in medicines and about the reasons and remedies of diseases. Those who want to improve their language skills can look for free Oxford guide to learn simple words with explanations, sentence constructions, grammar, idioms, and phrases etc.

Franchise Agreement PDF, A Sample Document

How To Write A Franchise Agreement

A Franchise Agreement PDF example is the best way to write your own franchise agreement. The downloadable format will take you step by step through the intricate process of writing a franchise agreement in accordance with all FTC standards. There are a lot of these examples to choose from online but finding the one that is right for you will take knowing just what the document should entail.

The franchise agreement is a binding legal contract. It is made between a franchisor and a franchisee and is strictly enforced at the state level. Each state has its own laws governing franchise agreement contracts. The contents of a franchise agreement can vary from state to state and business to business. Whether you have a lawyer prepare your franchise agreement or build your own from a franchise agreement Pdf, below are a few of the things that must be present in any PDF that you are considering:

Franchisor's Obligations - the document must explain what assistance will be given by the franchise to the new franchisee. This includes operational assistance, advertising, site, marketing research, and programs.
The Franchisor, Affiliates and Predecessors -the document has to show the nature of the business and a complete history of the business. It must also disclose corporate history, and mergers or acquisitions if applicable.

Business Experience - the key personnel must be identified and all affiliates that will be an integral part of the new franchise. This disclosure must also include each individual's business experience for five years.

Bankruptcy - it must be noted if the company or its officials have filed for bankruptcy. This information must be for the previous 15 years. If so, what were the circumstances and disposition of the filing?

Initial franchise fees - an estimate of all fees to be incurred by the franchisee must be given. This is to include the initial asking price and how the money will be used. If the franchisee will be able to get a refund in the event the deal fails should also be in writing.

Litigation - any litigation whether civil or criminal must be in the disclosure agreement. This is needed for all officers, owner/operators, directors and other executives.
Other Fees - full disclosure funds the franchisee is expected to pay out, not limited to but including advertising, royalties, training, and insurance.
Initial Investment - there will be other costs aside from the initial franchise fee and this must be estimated and disclosed to give the franchisee an idea of the true cost of doing business. This includes estimates for furniture, supplies, equipment, real estate and starting capital.
Restrictions/Obligations - if the franchise has any designated sources for equipment, supplies and other services this must be included in the franchise agreement. For instance with McDonald's, Martin Brauer is the only Transport Company allowed to be used by its franchisees.
Franchisee's Obligations - specific details must be included if the franchisee has to lease or buy equipment. If you have a designated supplier for this you have to include their information as well.
Financing - what, if any, financing you as franchisor are extending to the franchisee.
Territory - describes how the territory will be divided. The franchisor must let the franchisee know if the area is to be exclusive, and if not what retention rights does each party hold to the territory.

Law of Success EBook by Napoleon Hill: Now Available in PDF Format for Download

Napoleon Hill is known to have written quality books, but the best of all his works is The Law of Success which he published in 1928. The book since its publication has become widely accepted across different countries that the demand has always being on the increase since it was published. He produced what can be described as a blueprint or golden rule to successful business outing.

The laws of success are divided into sixteen lessons, and each lesson dwelt extensively on qualities of behaviours that can launch the readers into greatness. The efficacy of the book as the golden rule to success was shared by influential American people including two former American presidents who see the book as the best of its kind ever to be produced. The sixteen lessons to the laws of success as produced by Hill emphasized such behaviours as tolerance as the launching pad to success. It recognizes the differences in human kind and advocated tolerance and co-operation as tools for success.

The importance of knowledge activated by accurate thought as the driven force to success was also captured by the erudite author. The importance of pleasant personality was also advocated because successful person needs to cross all barriers and challenges to become successful and that can only be possible when such a person is acceptable to others. The spirit of sacrifice was strongly advocated as a stepping stone to success. Successful people adopt the attitude of self control that is why Hill recommended it as part of his sixteen lessons for success. Also the spirit of initiative and leadership are also recommended by Hill as success bound behavior. One cannot stay here and review all the attributes that make successful life as Napoleon Hill clearly articulated in his sixteen laws of success.

The concern is that not many who ordinarily would have wanted the book have access to the all important book. The problem has now being permanently addressed by formatting eBook PDF copy of the book which can now be accessed online. The online book means that anybody who wants can get the book without international trade barriers especially those who would be ordering from foreign countries. The Law of Success PDF can then be downloaded to the PC or the laptop of the buyer. The eBook is not different from the original book; the only difference is that the PDF download can only be acquired through electronic transfer while the original can be purchased physically locations.

The eBook PDF copy can also be printed by the buyer and bind into book form if the person so desires. The advantage of having the eBook copy is very obvious, it eliminates the hassles always associated with moving the book across borders and boundaries and the tariff associated with such movement. For the fact that the book is available online for the first time is a clear indication that the author wants other people who could not have access to the book have a knowledge of what it takes to be successful.

I'm a computer programmer and (I'd like to think) an entrepreneur. I've recently become fascinated with the wisdom of Napoleon Hill through the Law of Success eBook, and I'm looking to connect with a community of Napoleon Hill fans in order to discuss his works and their practical application.

Surveillance Isn't Only for Law Enforcement, Government, and Military - Try Business

You hardly have to join the CIA to become tell spy. In fact, these things are going on in all aspects of our overall society where people are using human intelligence gathering to get a leg up on their competition, whether it be in foreign negotiation, military effort, law enforcement investigation, or even in the modern day corporation.
If you are in business you need to keep quite a bit of information very close to the best, meanwhile you want the information about your competitors to flow into your hand. Information as it has been said is much like water, it wants to be free, it wants to flow, and more often than not it has a life of its own. In fact, if you have a few moments I would like to discuss this with you.
You see, there is a very good book that I own on intelligence and information gathering for businesses and corporations. Regardless of the size of your business you can use these techniques to help get a leg up on the competition, and stay ahead of the game. You'll also learn how to prevent information leakage from your organization. The name of the book is;
"Confidential - Uncover Your Competitors' Top Business Secrets Legally and Quickly - and Protect Your Own," by John Nolan, Harper Business Publishers, New York, NY, 1999, 385 pages, ISBN: 978-00666-1984-2.
The author suggests "using a well-planned conversation" to suck out information from competitors. Some of the best sources of information are employees of other companies, newsletters, their marketing material, interviews they give, as well as their vendors and customers. You might also look into their factory workers, sales and marketing teams, minor government employees the do regulatory enforcement, and believe it or not the law firm or lawyers they hire who are busy bragging about their list of clients.
None of this is illegal, and if you aren't doing it, perhaps you should, because your competitors are doing it to you whether you realize it or not. No, most aren't that sophisticated, but many are. And they spend time doing this sort of information gathering. The authors also get into the tactics to keep your competition from stealing your information using social engineering strategies and leading a conversation to their benefit of information gathering.
You might be surprised at fact that the most important information about your competitors whether large or small is some of the easiest to get using simple strategies and tactics. In fact, the authors have a 12 step strategy to getting that information flow through casual conversations. They suggest provocative statements, trading information, simple flattery, and using the instinct to complain to your advantage.
In the category of manipulating conversations they explain how word phrase repetition helps very well, and quoting facts and reports, or even giving criticism allowing the other party to deny, defeat, or help you get to the truth of that criticism. Another strategy is to use incorrect

Legal Book Review - Incorporating Your Small Business

If you own a small business and you wish to protect your assets, and stretch your tax dollar to the fullest then you might wish to consider incorporating your business. Maybe you don't know a lot about how to incorporate your business, or why you should. Perhaps, you'd like to know the history behind the reasons people have incorporated their businesses in the past, or how that relates to the same needs, challenges, and issues of our present time and your particular business.

If so, there is a book that I would highly recommend, and one that I have in my own personal library. Interestingly enough, this book has been on my library shelf for 30-years. And when I was clearing out all the old books, donating some and giving others away, I decided to keep it. Not because I could use this same book today to incorporate a business, I can hire a lawyer to do that.

Rather, because I think the history, and arguments for and against incorporating a small business are discussed at length, and they still play today. The name of the book is;
"How to Incorporate; A Handbook for Entrepreneur and Professionals," by Michael diamond and JL Williams, 1987.

Boy, have things changed since 1987, still much of the philosophy and definitions of course and all the history is the same, but the forms are much different and now there are LLCs which they didn't have at all back then. This book is extremely interesting because it helps us understand the evolution of corporations in America both large and small. The flow of business law is quite interesting in that regard. Indeed, I hope you will please consider this.

Five Significant Reasons Why Employers Need An Employee Manual

When you're an owner of a business, you want it to be successful. You must ensure that everything involving your business runs smoothly, whether it's the labor or the operations. For everything to run like clockwork, your employees need to know what their jobs are and how important fulfilling those tasks is. They also need to know the regulations and rules to follow when at work so that your business runs in harmony.

This is not as simple as telling them what they're expected to do and not do and holding an orientation may not be enough. After all, the human mind can forget things and your employees shouldn't be expected to remember it all... especially on the first day.

It's for these reasons that each business needs an employee manual/handbook. Human resources personnel along with the employer can come up with an employee manual. However, it's better to get the assistance of an employment attorney. After all, he/she will know what rules and regulations you are proposing to set forth will conflict with the labor and employment laws.

If you're running a company, then speak with an experience employment lawyer.
Five Reasons Why You Need An Employee Manual
1 - Employers will clearly define that the employment connection is at-will, giving the employee notice of what the scope, nature and working relationship is. It helps to reduce or eliminate any wrongful termination claims.
2 - Provisions to the system and/or manner of submitting grievances along with any disciplinary procedure that give employees the right venue to air out their concerns and enforce an impartial ways to discipline delinquent employees.
3 - Retaliation, harassment and discrimination policies help to protect the employer from any legal liability if an employee files a lawsuit.
4 - Data on set payday, set work hours along with policies on holidays, overtime, sick pay and vacation so the employer is not paying out unfair wage claims.
5 - Employer can set specific code of conduct and behavior for employees including dress code, absentee/tardiness and provide employees with a guide on what they need to avoid so they don't get fired.
The employee handbook or manual is an excellent place to bring together employment and job-related information which employees need to know. It can include holiday arrangements, company rules and disciplinary and grievance procedures and other importance rules and regulations to follow. It can also provide useful source of information to new hired staff as part of the induction process. A written employee manual gives clear advice to employees and creates a culture where issues are dealt with fairly and consistently during the employment period.

Creating Quality Content About Government and Law to Educate America

Okay so, as an online article author I would submit to you that there is not enough quality content about government and how it operates. What we get instead is political rhetoric and bantering back and forth often chastising bureaucratic agencies, many of which we need for a stable society and civilization. This is unfortunate because there are a good number of Americans who work in these agencies who really do care about us, and they try to streamline things and make things easier for the public.

Can you imagine a civilization without some form of government? Indeed, I'm sure you appreciate the infrastructure such as roads, water pipelines, city sewer systems, and services such as libraries, police departments, fire departments, and what have you. Many people say that the government is inefficient, and it needs to take more advice from business. Yes, it does take advice from business occasionally, and many of the management strategies used, the sharing of information has served our government well.

Still, we must realize that government is not a business, and it is not in business to make a profit. After all, you wouldn't want the police department getting paid $500 for every person they arrest, otherwise they would just arrest everyone, and grow the police department to the point there would be no personal freedom. Do you see that point? Now then, it is possible to write articles on the structure of government without dipping into the political fray. For instance I might suggest the following topics;
Theories of Government
US History - Presidents
Federal Agencies
The Constitution
Regulatory Law
Legislative Law
Tax Structures
If you are an online article author like myself and you are having trouble producing quality content on government. So, I suggest you go down to a used bookstore or thrift store and pick up an old textbook on those very things they taught you in school, in government class. Now that you've grown older it will be easier to understand, and you can put personal experience and observations to the test. You might also be able to better discuss the philosophy of government, and all its theories, along with why we have a Constitution and a balance of power at our federal government level.

Further, if you are later going to write about political topics, it will sure help for you to have a basic understanding of how it all works, why it works, and what we need to do to promote it. You need to learn this stuff well, as does the general reading public online. You can do a lot to bridging the gap for better understanding between citizens and government. Please consider all this and think on it.

Should All Car Washes Recycle Their Water? California Thinks So With a New Law

Over the years I've become so very cynical when it comes to lawmakers producing new legislation. So, often it pretends to come from an environmental fear, but when we look close, it came into existence due to industry associations and businesses funding political campaigns to get new legislation past preventing one business from competing with another. I know many folks don't think this happens or perhaps believe it only occasionally happens, but I assure you it is so wide spread that it has ruined our free-market economy. Okay so let's talk shall we, and for this article I'd like to use a piece of legislation in the car washing sector because, I have a good bit of knowledge there.

There was an interesting article in Car Washing Magazine recently titled; "Law requiring car washes to recycle water passed in CA," which was published on September 27, 2012. The actual Law states;
"Section I. The Legislature finds and declares that the purpose of this bill is to reduce water consumption from commercial car wash facilities by requiring all new conveyor and in-bay car washes to install operational, recycled water systems," and "(a) Install, use, and maintain a water recycling system that recycles and reuses at least 60% of the wash and rinse water. (b) Use recycled water provided by a water supplier for at least 60% of its wash and rinse water."

Sure, it makes sense to save water, but realize that businesses want to be efficient to save money, so really such a law isn't needed. If there is a water shortage prices should increase and therefore, the car wash owner will automatically lean towards recycling their water. By the way most car washes already do. It's a lot like the CAFÉ standards for fuel economy on new cars, people want more MPG when fuel costs are high, so they buy cars that get better mileage, thus, the car makers make cars which do to solve that demand.
Now then, back to this regulation, if they are doing it to the Car Washing Industry - they are going to do it to the truck wash sector too. Not that recycling isn't wise, just that it is mandated in this way. Truck washes already recycle also, but what about other sectors of the washing industry? How about a very small detail shops that also wash cars, allowing customers to come in between quarterly or monthly details? In that case, the detail shop is probably only using 2.4 GPM (gallons per minute) at 1200 PSI (pounds per square inch), so if it takes them 6-8 minutes (maximum) of spraying time they aren't even using the 15-20 gallons (maximum).

An actual car wash uses that much even after they recycle, plus, 4-6 gallons of water typically leaves the car wash and drips off later outside as they move the cars out of the tunnel quickly. Then it also drips off the undercarriage as they drive down the road.

Still, although the law affects very little, it has unintended consequences and will be used by the equipment vendors in the car wash associations to sell more equipment, and put little guys out of business, that's too bad, but that's how the "rule maker" and crony capitalist "rule maker" syndrome works. California is notorious for coming up with new rules and who knows what they might do next? Yes, there is opportunity in crisis, but believe me there is enough chaos with the economy, weather, and industry, we hardly need the government creating more you see.

Next, consider that there is landscape, bathroom, and washing down the facility of car wash, all of which also uses water as well. Does that count? Do car washes now have to put tiny meters on all of their other water uses? Who is going to monitor all this, that costs taxpayers money for more enforcement officers to run around to check? When will they check, will they wait until someone complains? Who might complain - a competitor probably - see that point? Personally, I think we need to stop making rules for a while, and perhaps start a rule reduction problem, unfortunately, that's not how obtrusive government rolls. Please consider all this and think on it.