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How to Get a Liquor License & Avoid Objections from the Community

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Get a Liquor License & Avoid Objections from the Community

Liquor sales is the bread and butter for many restaurants and establishments, as liquor typically has a profit margin between 80% and 85% and draft beer usually has a profit margin around 80%. Before you can sell liquor at your restaurant or establishment, you must first obtain an on-license. When applying for an on-license, community members have a right to weigh in and object your application. All objections will be taken into account by the city and will heavily influence how successful you will be in getting that license. To prevent your application from running into any objections, take a look at these 3 techniques. Reduce the Hours When Liquor Will Be Sold Most community members are concerned that the sale of liquor will have a negative impact or influence on the neighborhood. This is particularly true if your establishment or restaurant is located close to residential properties. No one wants to have to deal with drunkards becoming a nuisance in the middle of the night, especially when they have to get up early the next morning. You can put a lot of minds at ease if you reduce or limit the hours of when liquor will be sold at your establishment. It’s best to avoid late nights and early mornings. You can create a custom schedule. For example, you might stop liquor sales early during weekdays, but continue them until later on in the night during weekends. This might be enough to appease those who are living nearby. The key is to be considerate and reasonable. Provide Details of the Type and Amount of Security On-site to Avoid Disasters On top of being rowdier than usual, those who are intoxicated also tend to act more rashly. This means that conflicts and arguments may arise. Safety is a key concern for many community members. If you plan on selling liquor at your establishment, you might be able to further put some minds at ease if you specify the security measures that you will put in place to prevent brawls and other issues. For example, you might have two security guards stationed inside just in case any conflicts arise. As safety is a key concern, you also want to prevent your patrons from getting inebriated to the point where conflicts and disagreements may arise. You should also specify how you plan on limiting alcohol to patrons based on how they’re acting and how much they’ve had to drink. Include Protocols for Preventing the Sale of Alcohol to Minors Another key concern that is commonly brought up is whether an establishment or restaurant has sufficient protocols in place to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors. This is usually a great concern for parents and also for law enforcements. To prevent any objections in this area, show that your establishment takes this issue very seriously. On top of asking to see several pieces of government-issued ID, you might also want to invest in devices that will scan the ID to determine whether they are legitimate or not. Your bartenders and staff should also be trained on how to spot minors and how to spot fake IDs. They should ask patons who they suspect to be underage several questions about their identity. For example, they might want to ask them what their...

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Finding The Best Witnesses For Your Collision

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finding The Best Witnesses For Your Collision

If you’re involved in a collision at a busy intersection where plenty of people heard the squeal of your brakes as you tried to stop and looked around in time to see the wreck itself, you may feel like you have plenty of witnesses handy. However, you can’t just run around getting the names and contact info of anyone nearby as soon as you’ve made sure nobody is hurt and exchanged contact and insurance info with the other driver; you’ll probably only have time to get a few contact details, so try to choose the most reliable witnesses. Here are three ways to assess how valuable a witness will be to your case. 1. Ask if they both saw and heard everything A passerby who looked up when they heard the collision won’t be of any use in court. Why? Because they didn’t see the events that led up to the accident itself. This is why other drivers are often good witnesses, because they’re more likely to be watching the road. This point also means that your best witnesses will be those who were nearby, close enough to see details, but also far enough away to see the big picture (for example, able to see whether the light at an intersection was green or not). 2. Ask what they were doing at the time of the wreck While other drivers on the road are often paying attention to what’s happening around them, they may also be distracted by their own concentration on their driving. If they’re driving nearby when the wreck occurs, they may be focusing more on how to avoid getting involved in the wreck than on the details of who did what and when. For this reason, a bored passenger or someone who was sitting on a nearby bench on the sidewalk and simply people-watching could be an even better bet than someone who was actively driving at the time. 3. Ask if they’ve testified in court before There are many factors affecting a witness’s credibility that you can’t assess on-scene. For example, you shouldn’t ask questions that may offend them and cause them to refuse to give you their contact details (such as asking them if they’re a convicted felon or how good their eyesight really is). However, you can ask questions related to their reliability, such as whether they’ve testified in court before. If they have, you can ask them if their side won or not. If they have testified in court, great; they have experience with how to handle themselves on a witness stand. But this question may also help them open up and tell you other relevant information that will give you insight into whether their testimony will be useful or not. These quick questions will help you get a back-of-the-hand estimate of whether the witnesses whose contact info you have will be helpful in your court case if needed. Later on you can discuss with your lawyer which witnesses will be the most helpful, but these questions will help you get the contact info of witnesses who have a good chance of being useful. Contact a law firm like the Brownfield Law Office for additional information on how to handle a car accident...

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Fly Ball! What To Do If You’ve Been Injured At A Baseball Game

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fly Ball! What To Do If You’ve Been Injured At A Baseball Game

Going to the ballpark to see a game is a great way to relax—until a fly ball comes crashing down on you. If that happens, you might end up with an injury. The ball might actually strike you, or maybe there will be a mad rush from the surrounding seats to catch the ball and someone will knock you down onto the concrete floor. Whatever the case, you should be prepared as to what to do in the event that something does happen and you are hurt. Never Linger After A Head Injury If you get a head injury, you need to seek medical attention. If the ball comes crashing down on your head or if someone falls over into your seat and knocks you forward and you bash your skull, you need to get to the hospital ASAP. Security should come over and escort you to an ambulance, but even if they don’t, you need to get to medical attention. You cannot just wait around for the end of the game and then seek medical attention. A head injury can be very dangerous and time is of the essence. So, even if you’re a die-hard fan and it’s a close game, you should leave and head to the hospital. You don’t want to have an internal bleed that could be fatal. Don’t Hang Around With Security In An Office If the injury was not a head injury—perhaps someone knocked into you and you twisted a leg, or your shoulder is hurt—the security might want to take you to their office and have you wait while they call an ambulance. There is no reason to do this; you should have them bring the paramedics to you, or else escort you outside to meet the ambulance. The security office might be in silent communication with the back office, who are more concerned with limiting their liability, and deciding what to do from a legal standpoint. Never Sign Any Papers The other thing you never want to do is sign any documents while you are at the stadium. You might be overwhelmed at the entire situation and be intimidated into signing. This is a mistake. The documents might be liability waivers that the stadium has on hand for just such events. If you do sign these papers, it will be much more difficult for your personal injury attorney to help you be reimbursed for medical expenses. Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer When you are released from the hospital, it is time to contact a personal injury lawyer at a law firm like The Fitzpatrick Law Firm. The lawyer is crucial for dealing with the bureaucracy that is involved in personal injury lawsuits. You are going to have to deal with medical billing companies, hospitals, and the stadium insurance companies. It is a huge and complex process that you should not venture into by yourself. A good personal injury lawyer will know exactly how to deal with the different parties involved in the lawsuit and how to most effectively get you reimbursed for pain and...

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Four Reasons You May Not Be Covered By Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Reasons You May Not Be Covered By Workers’ Compensation Insurance

In the USA, most employees can count on being covered by workers’ compensation insurance (or at least they’re required to be covered, so if their employer doesn’t cover them they can sue). However, there are quite a few exceptions to this general rule. It’s important to know if you’re getting yourself into a situation where you fall under an exception, so here are the basics of four main reasons why your employer wouldn’t be required to take out workers’ comp insurance for you. 1. Your employer runs a small business Although workers’ comp requirements vary by state, several states don’t require a small business to get insurance until they’ve hired more than three, four, or five employees. There are also exceptions in some cases. For example, in some states, your employer also employs a maid who falls under the “domestic servant” category, the maid may not count towards the total number of employees. 2. You work at sea (or in another exempt industry) Workers who work at sea have a different arrangement. Instead of being required to have workers comp coverage, there are different types of compensation they can receive when injured. So if you’re thinking of working in this industry, your workers comp requirements may change. Other exemptions may vary by state; for example, in some states there are fewer requirements for workers comp coverage of agricultural employees. 3. Your employer is a family member This is less frequent, but it’s also possible that you live in a state such as Idaho, where hiring family members that live in your household means you don’t have to pay workers’ comp. So if you live in Idaho, still live with your family, and work for your dad or mom, you may not require coverage. 4. You live in Alabama This just goes to show how much variation there is in the state-by-state requirements for workers’ comp. Some states, such as Michigan and Minnesota, are proud of saying they allow no exemptions and everyone is required to be covered. But in other states, the requirements may be more lax; and in Alabama they apparently don’t exist. Alabama will allow you to get workers’ comp insurance, but won’t require it and won’t enforce it. As you can see, workers’ comp is a little more complicated than it seems at first. Before you take a job, it’s always a good idea to check whether workers’ compensation is one of the benefits that comes along with it; in more cases than you’d expect, it might not be. To learn more, visit resources like Rizzi Law...

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Summertime Accidents: 4 Steps To Take If You’re Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Summertime Accidents: 4 Steps To Take If You’re Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident

It’s time to start planning your warm weather activities. If you’re going to be spending time away from home – whether it’s with friends or at amusement parks – it’s time to prepare for those summertime accidents. If you’re like most people, you don’t want to think about potential accidents while you’re planning your vacations. However, that’s exactly what you should do, especially since summer is notorious for traumatic injuries, including those resulting from a slip and fall accident. If you’re injured in a slip and fall accident this summer, here are four steps you should take. Report It as Soon as Possible If you slip and fall while on vacation, the first thing you should do is report the accident – even if you’re staying with friends. Regardless of where the accident happens, property owners have an obligation to keep their guests safe from slip and fall accidents. If the incident happens at someone’s home, report it to the property owner. If it happens at an amusement park, grocery store, or other public property, report it to an onsite manager as soon as possible. Be sure to get the name and official title of the person you’re reporting it to. See a Doctor for Medical Attention Once you’ve reported the incident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is important even if you don’t think you have any serious injuries. It can take several hours – or even days – for injuries to present themselves, especially if your adrenaline was pumping after the accident. Seeking medical attention will allow doctors to document the injuries you may have sustained. Don’t Discuss the Incident After your slip and fall accident, people may want to talk to you about the incident. You should avoid discussing it, especially to insurance agents or on your social media page. Talking to insurance agents about your injuries or posting information about the incident on your social media pages could cause problems should you decide to file a claim against the parties involved in your accident. Speak to an Attorney This is crucial. If you’re involved in a slip and fall accident this summer, you need to speak to an attorney – even if you’re injured at a friend’s home. You’re going to need treatment for your injuries and compensation for any medical bills you incur. An attorney can help protect your rights as an accident victim and ensure that you receive the compensation you’re entitled...

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Pre-Investment Strategy Ideas for Purchasing a Fast Food Franchise

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pre-Investment Strategy Ideas for Purchasing a Fast Food Franchise

If you’re looking to invest in a fast food franchise, it is very important that you plan out your per-investment strategy. Even if you and your partners have the liquid cash ready to invest, many reputable franchises will want to see some sort of viable business plan before allowing you to buy into their company. A well known franchise will not want to be associated with failures (it hurts their brand image) so they want to make sure that they are dealing with professionals. Here are four things to do. Scout Out an Appropriate Location The first thing you will want to have lined up is the right location. You can either find an existing storefront that you will lease and rebuild, or you can find a lot where you plan to construct the building. It’s important to check with the franchise regulations on property location. Some franchises will demand a certain size storefront, or might even, in the case of the major franchise locations, require you do a fresh build on a lot. So, you will need to find a real estate agent adept at sourcing good commercial property. Pay for a Traffic Analysis Assessment Once you have the site picked out, pay a marketing firm to do a traffic assessment. You need to know the foot traffic past the location, the vehicle traffic, what major sources of transportation are in the area (is the location near a big subway or bus stop), as well as nearby population centers (high schools, colleges, office buildings, etc…). All of these items will later be used in constructing the spreadsheet that will be used in creating your business plan. You need these hard numbers. Bring in a Consultant on Your End If you and your partners have never actually worked in the fast food industry, then it is prudent to hire on a consultant to assist with the initial setup. While most franchises will have assistance for new owners, it will vary as to how hands on it is. Some require owners to attend seminars, while others are more hands off and simply provide manuals. A good idea is to bring in a consultant (someone who has managed a fast food store) to help with the initial setup. They should be contacted before you and your partners have signed the deal so that there is no delay. Their first task can be helping to hire staff. Contact a Franchise Attorney to Draw Up Paperwork The most important thing you can do is contact an attorney that is experienced in dealing with franchise arrangements. There will be an enormous amount of paperwork involved in the deal. You and your partners will need to incorporate, the franchise will need to sign documents with the investors, and then there are all of the leasing deals involved in the property. So, even if you currently have a lawyer for certain business (perhaps a tax accountant) it would behoove you to establish a relationship with a good franchise attorney. Learn more through resources like Mohajerian A Professional Law...

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You May Deserve More Than Basic Workers Compensation

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You May Deserve More Than Basic Workers Compensation

The workers compensation is designed to help injured workers recover and return to work without major financial hardship. For the worst injuries, it covers medical procedures that are extremely expensive in the American health market. For lesser injuries, it could mean a few days with a limp or taking it easy while otherwise enjoying a paid vacation. There are many specific situations and prohibiting exceptions between those two extremes, and some legal or financial situations can be worse than the injuries. Before accepting the standard compensation decision, here are a few things to consider. Are The Payments Enough? Workers compensation is different for each state, but the general premise is the same across the US. Your medical bills relevant to the injury are paid for by workers compensation insurance, and you’re paid a percentage of your normal paycheck through a formula, such as California’s compensation pay calculation.  For some people, a percentage change isn’t a big deal. If they’re already making a decent amount of money for their needs, it either makes no difference as they focus on recovery or its a great, slightly lower paid vacation as mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, if you’re barely making ends meet or not doing well in the economy at all, any kind of pay cut can lead to an emergency. Some workers assume that they have to either accept what they’re given or go through a lengthy legal battle to get better treatment, and that’s just not true. Every state has provisions for increasing compensation payments, and the easiest way to do this involves proving that you’re going through a hardship. It isn’t exactly easy to find in some cases, and although you should get a lawyer to double check your options. There are a lot of other provisions for injured workers, since every situation is truly different. You don’t have to do much aside from provide information when asked, since the lawyer will be performing the research. If you want the information as well, just ask for documentation after the lawyer has time to make significant progress. Extended Benefits And Starting Fresh Not all workers compensation claims end with a worker’s recovery. If you’ve been permanently disabled by an injury and your benefits are up, or if there is any indication of future disability, it’s time for a lawyer to begin activating contingency plans. Following a disabling injury, workers have a few choices. They can be routed to social security disability if the injury can lead to recovery that is just longer than workers compensation is designed to handle, or pursue other legal options. Other legal options involve investigating the situations to figure out who is at fault. You may need to seek personal injury compensation from your employer, a coworker, or even a vendor outside of the company. If you were injured by work equipment or safety equipment and neither you or your company can be held liable, a more complex set of research needs to be done. It’s more work, but that work is for the lawyer, not you. Yes, it takes time, but the alternative is usually suffering because of an issue you didn’t cause and paying for it out of pocket. To make sure the people responsible for your injury are paying–or to figure out if other programs can help you easier, contact a...

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How Much Should You Say: DUI Charges And Privileged Communications

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Much Should You Say: DUI Charges And Privileged Communications

For most people, the thought that they might one day find themselves behind bars because of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) is preposterous, but it happens every day to people just like you. When it does happen, your best course of action is to acquire legal representation as soon as possible and to be as open with your attorney as you can be about the events that got you into trouble with the law. You may, once you are out of jail and speaking to your attorney, wonder just how honest you should really be. To learn more about the issue of attorney-client privilege, read on. What is the point of attorney-client privilege? The criminal justice system recognizes that a person accused of a crime has the right to a comprehensive legal defense and that that right to a defense is only possible if the attorney is protected from prosecution. It also affords those accused with the ability to be fearless in their honestly with their attorney, knowing that nearly everything they say to their attorney cannot be acted upon by that attorney. What does attorney-client privilege mean to your case? Everything you say to your attorney, from the time of your initial phone call until you die, is considered privileged information. Your attorney cannot be compelled to reveal that information, no matter what. Whether you communicate by phone, in person, by email, fax, text or sign language, it’s all protected. You do not need to be under contract with that attorney or pay a dime for the representation to be protected. It never expires. Exceptions to the privilege to know about. As always, there are some exceptions to this rule and it’s extremely important that you understand situations where communications are not protected when it comes to your DUI case. If you are unsure, be sure to ask your attorney about it before you open your mouth and make a big mistake. 1. The presence of a third party. If there is an opportunity to be overheard in your communications, it won’t be considered privileged so beware of close and crowded situations. 2. No intent. If you speak in a casual manner with an attorney, but with no intention of seeking legal help, it is not privileged. 3. Future acts communication. If you make mention of your intention to perform a future bad act (a crime), you are not protected. For example, if you tell your attorney you are looking forward to being able to take a few drinks and get behind the wheel, it is not covered. Be sure to speak to your criminal defense attorney for more information about the client-attorney privilege. To learn more, contact a law firm like Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham,...

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What You Need To Consider Before Filing Your Workers’ Comp Claim

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need To Consider Before Filing Your Workers’ Comp Claim

If you have been injured at work, then you may be concerned about the expenses you may incur as you heal. These expenses may include medical costs as well as missed wages and physical therapy. These expenses are typically paid to you by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Before you can file your claim, you should understand whether you are actually eligible to receive a payment or not. Keep reading to learn about a few things you will need to look into. Your State Regulations Every state has its own regulations when it comes to who and who does need to acquire workers’ compensation insurance. Some states require the insurance based on the number of employees you have, while others state that you must have the insurance if you have a single employee. For example, in Arkansas, an employer needs the insurance if they have three or more employees. In California, Alaska, and Michigan, employers need the insurance if they have one or more employees.  However, you should understand that states often allow for certain exemptions, so employers do not always need to carry the insurance. Some of these exemptions are made in relation to the type of job you do or the amount of money that your employer makes. Also, only full-time employees need to be covered in some states. This means that seasonal and part-time employees may not be able to receive compensation for their injuries. Some states are very specific about their exemptions as well. For example, in Mississippi, farm workers do not need to be covered. Before you start thinking about filing a claim against your employer, you should understand if you are actually covered by the insurance or not. Speaking to a legal professional who specializes in workers comp services can be helpful in this case. Your Type Of Injury Workers’ compensation insurance claims can only be filed if you have sustained a work-related injury. This term is a bit confusing, because it seems to indicate that you need to be injured at your place of employment. This is not exactly true. While single, isolated incidents, like a burn from a malfunctioning piece of equipment or a bone break from a dropped pallet on your foot are obvious work-related injuries, others may not be so obvious.  Work-related injuries do include repetitive stress injuries. For example, if you are asked to lift 50-pound loads on a daily basis and you sustain a stress fracture across the spine, then this may be caused by the lifting. You can be awarded money for this type of issue. Also, certain illnesses that are work-related can also fall into this category. Certain types of cancers, like mesothelioma, are related to work activities and fall into this category. However, you should know that serious and life-threatening illnesses may allow you to sue your employer, especially if certain safety protocols were not followed. Also, work-related injuries typically involve tasks that were completed for work, but may not have happened at work. If you were making a work delivery and were off-site when the injury occurred, then this is something that you will need to be compensated for. If the injury happened while you were on your way to or from work though, then you would not be eligible for a monetary award.  If you are uncertain about whether your...

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3 Popular Options for Separating as Business Partners During a Divorce

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Popular Options for Separating as Business Partners During a Divorce

Once your spouse has become a business partner, it’s too late to change that decision. However, it’s typically best to keep the personal and professional areas of your life separate. If you have already partnered with your spouse in life and in business, you may pay a heavy price in the divorce. Be sure to see a business law attorney and consider these three options for separating with your spouse as your business partner. Option #1: Sell Your Company & Divide Your Business Assets This may be a last resort if you cannot come to any sort of agreement with your soon-to-be ex. On the other hand, it may be your first option. It can sometimes be too painful to continue with a business if it was a passion project shared between you and your spouse. If you don’t want to keep the business, the best move to make is selling your company and dividing the sales profits that you get from it. Option #2: Use Personal Assets to Buy Out Your Spouse’s Business Interest Although it is generally ideal to keep your business and personal finances separate for your own well-being, one time where you may need to use your personal assets for a business reason is simple. Buying out your spouse’s interest in your business during a divorce can empower you to be in charge of your company without worrying about future interference from your spouse. You may use your share of real estate profits, retirements funds, savings accounts, or stock to buy your spouse out of the business. Option #3: Pay Off Your Spouse Over Time with a Payment Agreement Instead of giving your spouse a lump-sum payment for their share in the business, your lawyers may work out a structured settlement. A property settlement note can help you hang on to your company if you wish to do so. It does this by enabling you to pay your spouse off for their part in the company in monthly payments. This long-term payout does typically require you to pay interest on the funds, too, so that should be taken into consideration. Finally, keep in mind that things can sometimes get as messy during a feud over business as it gets over the personal issues that led to an end of the marriage. Be sure to see a business law attorney if you have a company and are thinking about separating from your spouse, so that you can be sure that you are acting in a way that protects your best interests throughout the divorce...

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