Prepare Yourselves! It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Year

As a small to mid-sized business owner, you have probably already seen the signs that 2016 is starting off very turbulently, financially speaking. While we all want to attribute it to small hiccups that have hopefully passed us by, the truth of the matter is, we are likely to see a 2016 that is going to present us with many financially strenuous situations. Let’s explore why experts believe that 2016 will be the most challenging year for businesses and consumers since the crash of 2008.

China

There is no good coming out of the far-east right now. They are suffering upheaval in their markets that are partly to blame on situational factors, but mostly to blame on self-inflicted wounds due to their hybrid centrally-planned/capitalist economy. With low prices on steel and the bottom falling out in the oil market, China’s long-held positions in higher prices for both presents trillions of dollars of investment that has simply dried up. Paired with the nation’s long history of currency and market manipulation, the doomsayers believe the ripples being generated out of Beijing and Shanghai will shortly grow into dangerous tremors that will be hard felt around the globe.  Continue reading Prepare Yourselves! It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Year

To LLC Or Not, Tis The Question For 2016

It’s a new year, new business forecasts and you’re debating what to do with your startup. Jump into an LLC or not? These are the legal questions that face many Texas startups.

But, what if there was an easy and affordable way to create a legal business entity, so your startup founders have personal liability protection, added credibility, and tax savings?

Texas LLC Pros is an online service provided by the Copp Law Firm, based out of Dallas.  They are an A+ BBB rated firm that focuses on quick turnaround for Texas business formations.  And their rates are crazy-competitive. They literally start at only $100!

Why Would You Setup An LLC?

Limited Personal Liability:  This means that the LLC owners can’t be sued for their personal assets.  This protection will help you sleep well at night and spend the time focusing on your true passion; business growth.

Tax Savings: Nobody likes to pay more taxes than necessary, and that’s even more true for startups that have to keep a close eye on their limited budgets. So by forming an LLC, you can deduct your business expenses from your company’s income, which helps you in the long run.

Credibility:  You’re a business, be a business. By becoming an official LLC, your startup will look more legit, making it easier to sell your product/service, hire employees, advertise, etc.

The Process

Some have a perception that its very difficult, but its very simple.

  1. You first select a package offered by the Copp Law Firm:  Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  Each package includes different services.  If you just want the basics, the Bronze will probably suffice, but if you want all the bells and whistles, definitely go for Platinum.
  2. Fill out a secure and simple online questionnaire.
  3. They handle the rest.

What Are The Risks? Let Copp Law Firm Help

The Copp Law Firm is so sure that you’ll be pleased with their service, that they guarantee your satisfaction.  If you have any problems or complaints, they promise to make it right.  So really, you can’t go wrong (and especially not at these prices).  So get started protecting your startup today!

Cremation and the Indigent

The state of Oregon took one step closer last week to providing a more sound financial protection for the state’s professional funeral directors.Oregon’s HB 3243,which was referred to the subcommittee on Human Services on Friday, June 12, addresses many of the weaknesses in current law that directly affect funeral homes that provide funeral services for the indigent.

As It Is Today

Current Oregon law has led to a system that has convoluted custody and cost obligations when it comes to the state’s deceased, a broken system of reimbursement for the funeral directors who undertake end-of-life care for the indigent, and a regulating body that is not expert in this particular field. Continue reading Cremation and the Indigent

School Administrator accused of DUI after the Field Trip

A Sevier County school employee is currently facing a DUI charge for she was driving 14 children to a swimming party in Maryville whilst intoxicated – authorities said.

According to The King’s Academy, Toni Gioioso had worked at the school as an administrative assistant from the past 16 years.

Gioioso was stopped around about 11:50 am by the Sevier County deputies when they received a call for “reckless driving” on the highway 411 on Thursday. She was driving a King’s Academy van, according to the president Walter Grubb and headmaster.

The Deputies noted that Gioioso was crossing the double-yellow lines several times, nearly hitting several people almost killing them. When authorities turned on their emergency lights, she passed through many safe stopping locations before she finally stopped on the Chapman. Continue reading School Administrator accused of DUI after the Field Trip

US Rep Rodney Davis Intends to Reintroduce the Opportunity KNOCKS Act

Recently, US Representative Rodney Davis ® spoke with students at the Richland Community College Workforce Development Institute about his plans to reintroduce his Kindling New Options for Career and Knowledge Seekers (KNOCKS) Act in the House. The Act seeks to enable people to collect unemployment benefits while in an educational facility where they were being retrained for a new job. According to Davis, workers who have been dislocated from their job should have the opportunity to retrain and transition without worrying they will lose unemployment benefits.  Continue reading US Rep Rodney Davis Intends to Reintroduce the Opportunity KNOCKS Act

Criminal Justice Reform and Asset Forfeiture Looks to Be a Big Part of the 2016 Campaign

The discussion recently surrounding legal reform has been one of excitement and surprise, given that the leading proponent of this is a Republican by the name of Rand Paul.

From newsrooms to blog, the catch phrase “Only Nixon could go to China” is being applied to Paul on this issue and many hope the adage will ring true. Currently, Paul has several bills being passed around the Senate floor that apply to criminal justice. One of the more popular bills with the public regards the treatment of non-violent offenders and offers reform by way of reducing sentences, removing federal mandatory minimums, restoration of voting rights and gun ownership. The other has focused on his desire to reduce the use of asset forfeiture on the part of the government prior to trial. Paul believes that this is a violation of the principles of “presumption of innocence.” Continue reading Criminal Justice Reform and Asset Forfeiture Looks to Be a Big Part of the 2016 Campaign

Supreme Court Case Recaps

As the Supreme Court came back in session last week, the media focused on their denial to hear any of seven separate petitions regarding same-sex marriage and their interjection into Wisconsin’s voter ID laws. For those paying closer attention, however, there were some interesting happenings during week 1 of oral arguments. G. Todd Houck, provides some case recaps below.

Criminals Have Rights

Many people assume (wrongly!) that incarceration following a conviction by the state includes complete forfeiture of one’s rights. While a convicted felon’s rights are severely curtailed, the United States Constitution provides that each of us possesses certain rights that cannot be granted nor taken away.

The state of Arkansas argued last week against allowing inmates, regardless of their reasoning, for growing even a half-inch of facial hair. Citing security reasons, such as hiding contraband or easily manipulating one’s appearance post-escape, the state of Arkansas was met with derision by Justice Samuel Alito, who assured the state’s lawyers that a small comb would sufficiently flush out any contraband. “If there’s anything in there, if there’s a SIM card in there or a revolver or anything else you think can be hidden in a half-inch beard, a tiny revolver, it’ll fall out,” the justice proffered to a smattering of laughter in the gallery.  Continue reading Supreme Court Case Recaps

Laws and Policies Aims to Increase Happiness?

Laws and policies are described in many dictionaries and it is possible to find many descriptions and ideas of what is the true purpose of laws and policies. Theodore Roosevelt has said, that “No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”

The first question to oneself was – what is happiness? Am I happy? And what has made me happy. All these questions, I believe, many people have asked themselves. Meeting people every day also made the author come to another question about happiness. There are people who have a lot of money and they can afford to spend it as it please, going on vacations in the middle of winter and spending these vacations in five star hotels. Many of these people also are art collectors and enthusiastic theatre visitors. But many of these do not enjoy theatre, opera, art or music, making them loses a way of broadening one’s horizons. I have been raised in an environment that does not allow not attending theatre and opera because it makes people more intelligent. You do not always have to be extraordinary smart to be intelligent. And even with little money and interest in it, it is possible. I believe that it is more important than money, but I have been challenged by this idea very often. Even Oscar Wilde has written: “When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.”  Continue reading Laws and Policies Aims to Increase Happiness?

Why the Minimum Wage Hurts Everyone and Causes Unemployment

Supporters of a higher minimum wage incorrectly believe that it will help teenagers and minorities. This post is a somewhat brief overview of why and how the minimum wage and the raising thereof actually hurts low-skilled workers in terms of unemployment.

On the surface level, raising the minimum wage increases the cost of labor across the board and makes it more expensive for firms to hire workers. At first glance (the only glance Washington ever takes), raising the minimum wage is very attractive to the average person and to politicians. It’ll put more money in the pockets of a low-skilled laborer, they say. Upon analysis using some basic principles of economics, however, the proposition seems the opposite of beneficial. Continue reading Why the Minimum Wage Hurts Everyone and Causes Unemployment