When you are practicing law here in Pennsylvania, it is critical that you correctly and ethically manage your own financial accounts as well as those of your clients. This includes how you handle paying bills for your firm as well as those that are entrusted to you. In addition to the management of those accounts, clear transparent records are essential in case your actions are called into question.
If you own property you may not think about local government rules that apply to it until you want to make some changes. Depending on your plans and the zoning rules, that may or may not be a problem.
There are many good reasons you would want a contract to be in writing, not just a verbal agreement. One reason is that depending on the subject of the agreement a legally binding contract can only be in writing.
You may be paying several thousand dollars a year in property taxes. You may be paying so much because mistakes have been made in the assessment process. If you appeal your assessment to correct the mistakes and/or to lower the assessed value of your real estate you may save thousands of dollars in reduced taxes in the long run.
It's said only two things are certain, death and taxes. Business partnerships, not so much. They are like marriages so they may last a lifetime or they may break up in less than a year. Though they start with the best of intentions and excitement for the future, they can end in circumstances that are not so positive.
An attorney has an ethical obligation to his or her client to represent his or her interests, and zealously defend their legal rights. Part of the many obligations that comes with practicing law are limits on potential conflicts of interests. Your attorney should be focused on you only, not taking your case or working on it in a way that helps others or in a way that improperly enriches him or herself.
Bullying in the workplace is common and is getting more attention. There's no need for an employee to needlessly suffer due to a co-worker or boss who enjoys manipulating others and seeing them suffer. It's the classic situation where a person lifts themselves up by pushing others down.
Nowadays, if you fall behind on your credit card payments, you can expect to hear from someone about it. When credit card accounts fall too far behind, the debt is often sold by the credit card company to a debt collection agency for a fraction of the total amount. The debt collection agency then typically comes after you in an effort to reclaim the debt, but they may only lawfully do so using certain methods.
For example, when trying to reclaim a debt from you, debt collectors may not:
You may hear about them in the news. A class action may be filed, settled or a verdict has been decided and because so many are impacted, or the defendant so well known, the lawsuit has gotten public attention. Most class action lawsuits don't get media attention but that doesn't mean that they're not potentially very powerful tools for people and businesses who have been harmed by a defendant.
Businesses can't just run on effort alone. They need money to survive and to be invested so the enterprise can grow in the future. Money can be raised in many ways, including going into debt or finding investors. When a partnership is involved there are many issues that can come up when a partner puts money into the business.