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Managing Pressure at Home

Working women have extra responsibilities and stresses to deal with. Not only do the stress and responsibility of the workplace need to be dealt with, the pressures of home must be dealt with as well. This often creates a lot of stress to those who feel they are unable to cope.

For women who have careers and families to take care of, unfortunately anxiety and stress becomes an integral part of their lives. This sometimes makes life difficult, as balancing things is a tough job. Balancing the responsibilities of work and home is quite challenging and women feel they need to do both perfectly.

In order to manage the pressures which are found in the home, the first thing required is for the family to be an understanding one. If the family understands they all need to pitch in and help, particularly during stressful times, the burden on the woman automatically. In order to manage, a woman should sit her family down and talk to them about the responsibilities which she has to undertake. Giving each member of the family their own tasks to complete is a good idea. When everyone contributes, the burden is minimized. Family are teams, and when everyone does their little bit to help, it helps keep the woman sane and the stress levels down to a minimum – physically or mentally.

Another way in which you can manage stress at home is to believe that you have the ability to do so! Believing in oneself helps a great deal and increases motivation. By believing you have the skills and capabilities of performing the tasks required of you, there is no force which can prevent you from doing the things you want to achieve. Sometimes its worth taking a step backwards, assessing where you may need to learn something to help you move through your life a little easier. Courses on time management, decision making (learning when to say no!) and getting organized can be invaluable in alleviating stress.

Its these skills, which will help you live in the present moment. They will help you focus on home when youre there and leave work at work. Constantly thinking about work while you are at home, is not only stressful, its exhausting. Everyone needs down time! Relaxation time is when the mind and body regenerate to give you the energy to continue.

If you have faith in yourself and in your abilities, there is no need to think about the outcome which may the result of your actions. Everyone does their best, where they are in that moment. There will be some difficult decisions you will have to take within the family environment have confidence you are making the right decision and move on.

Another way stress can be managed is to deal with everything with an open mind. Look at things from other peoples perspectives. If you are having a problem, ask someone who has already been through the same thing.

Either way, accept that outcomes are not within your control. Live in the moment, do your best and manage whatever happens from your and other peoples decision.

Personal Injury – Injuries Abroad

If you are involved in an accident abroad you may be able to claim something back for the injuries caused. If you are claiming for a personal injury compensation claim, the accident that occurs abroad must not have been your fault. Therefore it is important that a expert solicitor is hired to ensure that all the evidence is brought together to prove that you were not at fault, after this you will be able to claim for compensation.

If you are working abroad and an accident has occurred whilst in the course of business, your employer would be liable and it will be possible for you to claim a personal injury compensation claim. You should hire a UK based solicitor based, so long as you are employed by a company that is also based in the UK at the time of the accident, or your employer’s registered office or place of business is located in the United Kingdom. This would mean that your claim would be treated as if you were claiming for damages had the accident occurred at work. If your situation is that you are working for an employer who is foreign or a foreign organisation, it will be vital to seek specialist legal advice in order to understand the best possible options available to you for pursuing compensation.

If the accident occurs whilst you are on holiday abroad, it would be best to hire a personal injury solicitor from the UK. They will be able to claim against the holiday company if the holiday was booked as a package deal through travel agents in the UK. Therefore the accident would need to be the fault of the travel agent or their representatives, such as hotel staff.

In a situation where the accident has occurred while you have been doing a sporting activity that was organised by independent operators in the holiday resort you are staying in, then there will probably be no liability under the Package Tour regulations. Dangerous or hazardous activities such as paragliding, waterskiing, snorkelling, bungee jumping, skydiving, underwater diving or banana boat rides are less likely to be covered under the Package Tour regulations, as they will not be part of the holiday package deal that you would have bought and therefore you cannot claim for compensation through your travel agent of their representatives. However, you can try and sue the companies in that country for the accident, but this can be much more difficult and expensive.

For more legal advice and information, and for free legal resources visit www.lawontheweb.co.uk.

Probate Properties

The Great Probate R.I.P-Off

I have commented before on Ambulance Chasing, where as you would generally expect greedy Solicitor/Lawyers are at the head of the queue, but it would seem along with the banks that they will stoop to the lowest of the low when it comes to grieving families and Probate.

Chasing after responsible parties of injured people, in the all too familiar world of American-Style personal injury work is one thing, especially as the injured party is fully aware of what they are trying to achieve.BUT and this is a BIG BUT When you are the appointed executor of an estate or a beneficiary who is just about coping with the grief of losing a loved one, it is an unconscionable act to prey on this vulnerability like some legal parishioners in the UK specializing in the probate process seem to do these days.

As I am always being asked about how to approach probate properties and the clear sensitivity that exists with this kind of Property investment, it seems to make sense to clear up a couple of items that I know will be on someones mind if it is not on yours.

Firstly WE as the Investor , are there for one purpose and one purpose ONLY and that is to act as a problem solver to the estate, NOT to join the queue of vultures that seem to appear, whenever someone passes away.

Generally in every process there will be a legal appointment for the Probating of the estate and although as the investor we generally do not want to deal with the appointed solicitor per se, it is important you know their role in the process.

Secondly, because we are there to help resolve a huge financial burden for the estate, we are generally seen by the estate as a real benefit, especially if it means a speedier resolution to a process that the legal and financial world are happy to drag out, because as with most things and never MORE so heretime equals BIG MONEY!

Again this is another reason why we can achieve hugely rewarding results, when this problem solving approach is undertaken properly and sensitively.

The Four Pillars Of Financial Intelligence

You would think it would be easy to get people to admit that they want to be rich and then take action, wouldn’t you? But no, people are very worried about firstly admitting they want to be wealthier, and then very fearful of taking action. So, as a Wealth Coach, I usually prefer to talk about Financial Intelligence rather than Wealth Creation.

In order for people to get excited enough to make the leap and join The Money Gym, we have to talk about becoming a millionaire, and the millionaires we have helped create, because most people can’t often be bothered for anything less.

Unless there are guaranteed results and they are big and compelling enough, people often don’t want to pick up a book turn off the tv, go to workshops and learn anything new, certainly not for anything less than millions. And they want it quick too!

Really, Wealth Creation and Financial Intelligence are very similar animals, but Wealth Creation needs to be underpinned by Financial Intelligence, otherwise the wealth will go the way of the wealth of most lottery or competition winners up the Swanee, spent on fast cars, big houses, champagne and very unsuitable companions!

Actually I just described my old age, if you add in long holidays in the caribbean, purple velour shell suits, with lurid hair to match, lots of bling and unfeasibly high gold sandals.

However, rather than my frittering away my kids inheritance, my old age will be funded from ever renewing wealth, because I will have finally graduated in Financial Intelligence 101 by then.

I’ll come back to the kids inheritance later.

How can you train your brain to think in a Financially Intelligent manner? I like to think of Financial Intelligence as a platform on which you build your wealth. And like any platform, it needs to have a sturdy support, which I think of as….The Four Pillars of Financial Intelligence .

PILLAR ONE

Pillar One is “Managing Your Mind” where you discover where you are now financially, your family history with money, where your beliefs, behaviours and attitudes to money have often come from.

Then you must look at your abundance versus your scarcity thinking and learn how to monitor that carefully because that old scarcity thinking will pop up when you least expect it.

Whenever you find yourself thinking “I can’t afford it” then you need to beware! You are getting into the wrong mind set and closing yourself off to ideas.

Think instead “how could I afford it?”

PILLAR TWO

Pillar Two is “Managing Your Money” and covers budgeting, cashflow management and projections, credit management and debt busting. Knowing the difference between good debt and bad debt (and if you don’t know the difference then you need to read “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki fast!).

Learning how to pay yourself first rather than paying Starbucks, Vodaphone, your local curry house, Sainsburys, Egg, Total Petrol, and the list goes on

Austin Divorce Attorneys

The life is full of hassles and you cannot avoid ups and downs. The most common thing we find in all the people across the world is they are, in one or the other way, facing problems. Again, the problems come with many faces but the one that can ruin up your family is the case of divorce. When your past sweet memories of wedding and marital life do not work and you feel enough of it, it is the time to seek some expert divorce attorneys like Austin divorce lawyers.

Austin family law attorneys are expert in tackling all family issues including the divorce. Austin family lawyers protect you and your family by working through the process of case of divorce and they guide you legally. The Milner Law Firms Austin family attorneys are familiar with divorce laws and an help you advising on how local state government law can be helpful to get the best solution for your case.

Whether you want to file for divorce or it is a matter of divorce and finance, Austin divorce lawyer is always there to help you out. Austin family attorney services also include child support in the matter of child custody. They also make you aware of divorce law in your state and guide you accordingly. By hiring Austin divorce attorneys, you are updated with latest divorce law news and they can also guide you on how to tackle such cases legally.

When it is a matter of divorce court case, you should never take it lightly. It requires a special skill set that Austin divorce lawyers have. They are professional and experienced in tackling such family issues. The professional attorneys are also good at convincing which that will try to sort out the problem in best possible way to avoid further legal procedure. They offer highly skill expert mediation and arbitration service. However, if nothing works, they diplomatically tackle the situation!

The Milner Law Firm is in ethical practice and that is what makes them master in tackling divorce cases. Every customer is treated with all respect and is personally assisted. They have the passion to find a resolution in divorce case that would protect the children, maximize the financial security and last but not the least, promote a positive future.

Hiring expert divorce lawyer may not bring all the sweet memories back but then they certainly help you reducing the pain that has been given by your partner.

Signing A Non-Disclosure Agreement With A Patent Attorney

Clients mostly persuade their patent attorney to sign a non disclosure agreement. Patent attorney appointed for the purpose of patenting is not required to sign the non disclosure agreement on request of the inventor. But various lawyers obtain money from the inventors in order to sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA). This practice is followed so that the inventor questions about the procedure of the invention patenting from the patent attorney. These types of agreements are beneficial to the inventors however the patent attorney acts as a signing authority and has to pay for this process. Therefore, considering the ethical rights this practice has been excluded. If the non disclosure agreement (NDA) is being decided and signed in any case, it is advised for both the patent attorney and the inventor to consult a counsel for the same. This is a little unusual as the patent attorney who represents his/her client has to further consult his/her attorney in order to get advised whether to sign the non-disclosure agreement or not. This is why such an option is not considered by various inventors and patent attorneys who work for patenting the innovation.

Until and unless the idea and information regarding the innovation are discussed with the patent attorney by the inventor, the non disclosure agreement (NDA) cannot be signed as the patent attorney is liable to provide confidentiality to the information given by the inventor. A patent attorney has to abide by various federal rules which are imposed so that the information of the inventor or the client is always kept confidential. In such scenarios an inventor gets confused as in how to get a non disclosure agreement (NDA) signed without disclosing his/her original idea to the lawyer. What best could be done here is that inventor gets the non disclosure agreement (NDA) drafted by a lawyer first and then submit it to the patent attorney for signature and then get started with the client-attorney involvement.

But, this could prove difficult as a lot of money from the inventors end would be spent. There shouldn’t be any discrepancy of interests of the current or past clients while the patent attorney represents the current inventor. This can also create some issues for the patent attorney until the patent attorney is well versed with the client needs and requirements. Disclosing fundamental information pertaining to the invention with the patent attorney which might not necessarily include all the information about the invention can ensure inventors about the faster and successful patenting process and signing of the non disclosure agreement (NDA). However, for some patent attorneys such basic information could not be sufficient enough.

Therefore, clients and inventors do trust some patent attorneys and reply upon them in such scenarios as they would not use the innovative idea for illegal and unlawful use as the patent attorney is not into such competition as is the client himself.

California State Divorce How to Start Yours

California state divorce laws are not that difficult to understand if you have good information. With the right advice, instructions, and explanations, you can get your own divorce started without hiring an attorney, and save a lot of money on legal fees.

This article will provide an overview of California state divorce laws in the context of how you can start your own divorce. You will learn what California law says about the roles of the Petitioner and the Respondent and implications of each role in the divorce.

The Petitioner and the Respondent. According to California Family Law Code Section 2330, every California state divorce starts with a Petition. The legal term for divorce in the code is “dissolution of marriage”.

The Petitioner is the person who first files papers and gets the case started. The Respondent is the other party. A Response need not be filed, but it is a good idea, otherwise the inactive person has little say about when or how the divorce is completed, unless there is already a written agreement. In order to become officially involved in the divorce, the Respondent will need to fill out and file California Family Law Form FL-120 (the Response).

In general, the more both parties participate, the better. After a Response is filed, the divorce can be completed only by written agreement or court trial. Agreement is better.

Equality. Once a Response is filed, the Respondent has equal standing and there is no legal difference between the parties or their rights, and either party can take any available legal step.

The Petition. So if you are the one who will start your divorce, you will be the Petitioner, and you will need to fill out California Family Law Forms FL-100 (the Petition) and FL-110 (the Summons) and file them with the Clerk at the appropriate courthouse. According to California state divorce law (as described in Family Law Code Section 2331), you will then need to serve your divorce papers on your spouse.

The only thing you need to know before you do this is that you want a divorce. The issues can all be sorted out and resolved later. However, it would be smart to learn the basics about California state divorce law before you start.

Advantages to serving the Petition:
Starts the clock ticking on waiting periods. California state divorce law states that the Respondent has 30 days to respond.
Causes automatic restraining orders to take effect, as per the instructions on the back of Family Law Form FL-110 (the Summons).
Has psychological value for Petitioner and tells Respondent a divorce is really going to happen.
Helps establish the date of separation. According to California state divorce law, the date of separation is whenever you can prove that one spouse intended to make a complete, final break (not just a temporary separation), with simultaneous conduct furthering that intent.

Possible downside. Serving papers can upset your spouse and stir up conflict if you dont properly prepare him or her ahead of time.

Getting a smooth start. Unless your soon-to-be Ex is an abuser/controller, you will probably want to start things off as nicely as possible. An abrupt start will probably increase conflict as an upset spouse is more likely to run to an attorney who will probably make your case more complicated.

So take some time to prepare your Ex and let him/her get used to the idea that a divorce is about to start. If you arent comfortable discussing things in person, write a nice letter. Let your spouse know you are committed to working out a settlement that you can both agree to and live with. Unless you are under time pressure, dont serve your Summons and Petition until your partner seems ready to receive the papers calmly.

The Response. A Response should be filed within 30 days of receiving the Summons and Petition, but can be filed any time before Petitioner declares the Respondents default.

Filing a Response is not an aggressive act. In fact, it is usually a good idea for the Respondent to take part in the action, especially if you have kids or property or debts to be divided. It is easy to do.

The only disadvantages are Respondents filing fee of about $320 for a California divorce, and the possibility that you might have to file a questionnaire about your case in order to avoid a case conference hearing.

There are numerous advantages to filing a Response. If theres no Response, Respondent has little control over when and how the divorce is completed, so the Respondent feels insecure. By filing, Respondent joins the case on an equal standing with Petitioner, so Respondent feels more a part of the process, more in the loop, more confident. Experience and studies show that the more Respondent participates, and understands the California state divorce process, the better the outcome is likely to be.

How to Choose a Good Divorce Lawyer

Every relationship begins with a feeling of love and affection. But there can be some unfortunate situations where your life becomes a maelstrom. The marriage that you thought would give love and happiness will end up a lacuna. You experience a mlange of emotions when a necessity to proclaim a divorce arises. What you need the foremost in a situation like that are good lawyers who can understand your emotions, the emotional and financial stress that you are undergoing and help you accordingly. Moreover, the lawyer should be someone who can explicate things in a proper way for you to understand as the divorce process is going to be rigorous and time consuming. Since it is an intricate issue that is subject to too many complications and lots of mutual disagreement, it is indispensable to be circumspect. So it becomes a necessity to know how to choose a good divorce lawyer.

Qualities of a Good Lawyer

The lawyer you are looking for, in short, should be a legal eagle. After all, you entrust your future in the hands of the lawyer. An effectual lawyer is the one who will
Assist you in the proceedings of the court and the case
Provide courtly response for the questions that you pose
Help you understand the positive and negative aspects of the case
Assist you in concentrating on the important part of the divorce, keeping in mind the emotional problems. Precautions to Be Taken

You can carry on one of these procedures before you choose the right person to represent you in court.
Talk to friends or people who have already undergone the legal proceedings of a divorce.
Do comparative study by talking to more than one lawyer and check out how they differ and what is beneficial to you.
Think twice if you are comfortable talking to the lawyer about your marriage life.
Observe their opinion about arguing for child custody, if you have a child.
Talk to the lawyers personally and not through phone as this can give you an idea about how honest the lawyer is.
Do not let the desire of getting a divorce soon and breaking up from the marriage affect your analysis about the lawyer.
Check if the lawyer will effectively take care of the settlements, the alimony or the palimony. Clarifications to be Carried Out

Once a lawyer has satisfied all these criteria there are a series of questions that you should ask them to make sure you have chosen the right one. Some of them being,
For how long has the person been pursuing law as a career.
The lawyers area of expertise.
The trail experience that the lawyer possesses.
How has the lawyer handled cases that were similar to your case.
To what extent the lawyer has knowledge about the settlement and parental alienation.
The process of filing and getting a divorce in the city of your residence.
The apparent issues and obstacles in the case.
Duration of the process and the process that s/he would recommend.
Amount you are going to pay them.
The schedule of payment.Play Your Part Honestly

The Truth Will Stand When the World is on Fire

Summary

A version of this statement is often passed down within families. It comes from a variety of sources. One is Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”: “The Truth will Out.” In Ephesians 5:9 of The Bible, a modern translation fits the statement: “The light within you produces what is good, right, and true.” Essentially, it is the little voice in our heart that tells us right from wrong. The world is on fire when enough people do not listen to that little voice. Yet, time after time, even when the world is on fire, enough people have listened, combined, and acted for the collective good. Another quote: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an un-pitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Give Edmund Burke, an Irish political philosopher, credit for saying something that we all know to be true.

Tests of our Character

It tends to happen in small groups. Someone does something out of line. What do the others in the small group do? Usually, they tolerate the act. Then, the antagonist believes that his/her activity has borne fruit. It happens again. Most likely, the group will take note, but will not get involved. A psychologist among them would have an opportunity to conduct a case study on what has become a group dynamic. For everyone else in the group, this could be the opening volley of misery. This is the tyrant in the office, the bully on the school ground,the rule breaker and mischief-maker. What happens if someone in the office realizes, after repeated disruptions, that he/she must stand up to the tyrant? What indeed? If one good person takes a stand, the rest of the group still must do something. Usually, they do nothing. “Let Human Resources handle it.” “Discipline is the teacher’s job.” These moments are a test of character for everyone in the small group. If someone stands up for right, and stands alone, the stronger personality will win. Quite often, the stronger personality belongs to the tyrant. An emboldened tyrant will dominate, much as a sheep-herding dog dominates sheep that outnumber the dog, perhaps 200:1.

Citizens

People predominately live their lives as members of a human society. In some parts of the world, those societies are still called tribes. In industrialized countries, citizens often form around villages, towns, cities. Folks identify themselves to be part of a district, a state, a region and a country. Besides geography, people form around their familial ties, their religion, their sport team, their school, their earned educational designation (society of engineers, local labor union). In all of these examples of shared human bonds, the rule of law is necessary. Someone must lead. He/’she is expected to promote the welfare of the society through governance. Tests of our character are found here too. The same people who will not listen to their inner voice, will not stand up for righteousness, will not support the one who does, also will not likely contribute to the society. They will not lead or volunteer to support. They will not vote and will not communicate with the one who was elected. When trouble comes,they expect the police to handle it. When their child acts out in public, they will not correct the child. Their country might have been born from sacrifice. Others, before them, may have given their lives to guarantee the freedoms that all of the citizens enjoy. Yet, in time of need, during crisis, and even during the safe times when voting in the best leader is so important, so many will shirk their obligation to their ancestors and to the society’s needs today. They will not listen to their inner voice. “Let someone else vote.” “Someone should say something to that lady who lets her dog C*** on their lawn.” “I don’t have time to answer that senator who asked me how he is doing in Congress.” “Those poor starving people in the earthquake zone;someone should organize food for them.” “What is the world coming to? Those people have just taken another country. Don’t they realize that their leader is a tyrant? I hope we stay out of it.”

The Truth

The rule of law only works when society enforces the rule. Many will argue that there is too much corruption and crime in the world, too many different points of view to gain consensus on what is right, vast distances in geography, and greater personal risks today make it harder to take a principled stand. Yet,no argument has the strength to withstand public scrutiny or self-examination. When we do not take a stand, we stand for nothing. Edmund Burke is not remembered for being correct about the stands that he took. He is admired for standing up. Any of us who have done that in our lives, look back on the moment without the stinging rebuke of regret. The ones who stand alone against the tyrant and bully stand tall, even if they lose. It is the ones who will not stand with him/her, those who let themselves fail the test of character, who cast their eyes down to their shoes in the presence of the one who was sacrificed. But, take heart. Some of the most admired, good people of societies were slackers for much of their early lives. One day,they looked up and stood up for right. That became their habit. The truth will stand when the world is on fire. Truth is revealed by people who will not tolerate a wrong. When they stand, they are the rock. Those who stand with them build a stone wall about that rock. Never are there too many of them to extinguish a moral fire. There can be too few. Stand up!

The Why and How about a Prenuptial Agreement

Before marriage, couples often shy away from discussions of money, and their reluctance is understandable: Finance and romance seem mutually exclusive.

In fact, however, bringing financial issues into the open can be healthy, and it can be done without a full-scale return to the days of arranged marriages and fiercely negotiated dowries. Today, a couple can enter into a prenuptial agreement before the wedding, and that agreement will govern a wide range of financial matters in the future.

What can you put into a Prenuptial Agreement?
A prenuptial agreement can cover a wide range of financial matters both during and after the marriage.

You can use a prenuptial agreement to specify whether some property individually obtained during the marriage will remain the property of one spouse and will not be treated as community property.

You can keep property, including property that might later be acquired by inheritance, in one spouses family.

You can limit one spouses liability for the debts of the other spouse.

You can define your respective financial responsibilities during the marriage, separating responsibility for household expenses, specifying how bank and credit accounts will be handled, and determining how taxes will be filed.
You can make provision for a spouses children from a previous marriage.

You can decide how property will be divided in the event of divorce and, in some jurisdictions, whether alimony will be part of the divorce settlement.

The precise answer to the question “What can you put into a prenup?” varies from state to state, but its fair to say that almost anything that is otherwise legal can be included, except for an agreement that defines the terms of support for the couples children.

How do you get a prenup?

The hallmarks of a valid, enforceable prenuptial agreement are disclosure and fairness. Unless both parties disclose all relevant details of their finances, the agreement is readily challenged, and it makes good sense to provide that information well in advance of the wedding day. The party receiving that information should have enough time to understand its implications. When information is provided at the last minute, a prenuptial agreement lawyer can argue that it was tantamount to receiving no information at all.

Demonstrating the requisite degree of fairness does not necessarily require that the agreement be fair by some particular standard. It does, however, necessitate the involvement of legal counsel. Each spouse must be provided with his or her own prenuptial agreement lawyer, someone with undivided loyalty to the individual, not to the parties as a couple.

The question “How do you get a prenup?” is only part of the ultimate question. In order to arrive at a prenuptial agreement that works, one that is valid and enforceable, both parties must put their cards on the table and each must have separate legal representation.