Friday, 21 May 2010 22:41

Adoption and Family Law

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

It is wonderful when a couple decides to give a child a home by adopting. Once the decision is made, however, you may seem unsure on how to begin and what legalities you may face. On the other hand, we can only imagine how hard it is putting your child up for adoption because you want your child to have a better life. If you are a couple wishing to adopt, please send us a letter and biography, which we will keep on file for 6 months. We represent birth mothers in adoption cases and those who need legal services for step-parent adoptions as well. If you are a birth mother needing assistance for an adoption placement, please call our Little Rock office and speak with Mike LeBoeuf, Randy Hall, or Gary Green.

While we have placed infants with adoptive parents from all over the U.S., we currently limit our family law practice to the State of Arkansas. We do not handle adoption cases in the State of Missouri. Our fees in adoption cases and the reasonable expenses of the birth mother are paid by the adopting parents. Attorney fees for all other family law issues are charged hourly against an advance retainer.

If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:41

Business and Commercial Litigation

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Business litigation deals with the legal problems arising from commercial and business relationships including litigation of controversies arising from those relationships. Business and commercial litigation law includes evaluating, handling, and resolving such controversies before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, mediators, and arbitrators.

We offer percentage and hybrid fees to help finance the cost of business litigation. To submit or discuss a particular situation please contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Law Offices of Gary Green is located in Little Rock and serves clients throughout Arkansas and across the country.

Incorporation and a limited liability company are both ways to attempt to avoid personal liability by creating a separate legal entity that is recognized as a person under the law. A limited liability company (LLC) is a legal form of business offering limited liability to its owners. It is similar to a corporation and is often a more flexible form of ownership, especially suitable for smaller companies with a limited number of owners.

If you choose to limit liability in this way, it is important to remember that the mere fact of incorporating the business or forming the limited liability company is not enough. You must hold out for the world to see that they are dealing with a separate entity and cannot reasonably expect personal liability from the owners of the business. In this regard, the name of the business should always show the limited designation when the name is displayed, e.g., on signage, stationery, business cards, etc. In addition, when signing for the company the signer should always have a title following the signature, e.g. John Doe, President. In case the corporate or limited veil is pierced, liability insurance is always recommended to a business owner.

The main difference we find between corporations and limited liability companies is the record keeping requirements. A corporation can have its corporate veil pierced for not keeping corporate records, while a limited liability company is not expected to keep much in the way of records beyond its annual franchise tax requirement and income tax reporting requirements.

Corporate records should be kept of all major transactions and updated at least annually. These record keeping requirements are statutory and are not as stringently found in the later-year statutes, which allow the creation of LLCs. LLCs pass all income directly to the members, with no lower taxation applicable to the LLC entity.

While limiting liability is probably the most important reason for forming a small company, tax treatment is also a consideration. Companies are usually taxed at a lower rate than a high-income individual is and corporations sometimes can elect a fiscal year end other than the calendar year while LLCs cannot elect a year end other than the end of the calendar year.

Without giving tax or securities advice, our fee for incorporating a small business or forming a limited liability company in any state in which we have an office is $500.00 plus costs. Costs include filing fees at the Secretary of State’s office, initial franchise taxes, and the cost of a corporate record book. Costs vary from state to state but usually do not exceed $200.00.

Contact the attorney manager of Law Offices of Gary Green in the state in which you reside for this service or for any questions or additional information contact us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:13

Drunk Driving

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Alcohol is an integral part of American life and is one of the most readily available consumer products on today’s market. It is cheap and often marketed toward young people as an acceptable part of popular culture. However, while drinking is a normal accompaniment to most social events, our society no longer considers drunk-driving crashes as unavoidable accidents. More than 100,000 deaths are attributable to alcohol consumption each year, and the economic costs associated with alcohol problems total more than $100 billion annually.

For victims who survive a drunk-driving crash, the crash itself is just the beginning. In a split second, their lives are changed forever and it becomes a daily struggle emotionally, physically, and financially. In many cases, the offender often walks away with minor injuries or no injuries at all and receives an insignificant punishment or is sentenced to a few months in jail. The victim, on the other hand, often sustains serious injuries that result in paralysis, coma, traumatic brain injury, or life in a vegetative state.

For the families of a loved one involved in a serious drunk-driving collision, life is suddenly interrupted, and tragic consequences soon follow. Life becomes a prison, not only for the seriously-injured victim, but also for the care-giving family members who must adjust to the day-to-day challenges of becoming an around-the-clock caregiver. Their life is put on hold. They lack the energy to maintain normal activities, become overwhelmed with emotion, and struggle to cope with the unrelenting demands of day-to-day life.

Financially, the costs for medical treatment can be astronomical, as the offender often has no insurance. Prescriptions, therapy, and respite care can become all consuming. In many cases, the injured person will end up permanently disabled and begin receiving disability payments much less than their regular income.

As if the sorrow that follows is not enough, dealing with the legal ramifications can be overwhelming. Many victims of these tragic collisions describe life afterwards as a scream that will not come, forever haunted, because life is never again the same as it was before the wreck. The right lawyer can help alleviate the worry and stress that comes with the legalities of the situation. Law Offices of Gary Green has the right attorneys for you. We are a corporate sponsor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. Law Offices of Gary Green contributes to MADD in honor of every victim it represents against a drunk driver.

If you or a loved one has become the victim of a drunk driver, or if you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:04

Wrongful Death

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

It is nothing short of a tragedy when a loved one’s death could have been avoided. In terms of the law, a wrongful death claim is when a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company, or entity. Immediate family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, loss of companionship, medical costs, and other expenses.

These situations are not accidents when there is someone at fault. Most of our practice is devoted to wrongful death and personal injury claims. We know what to expect in your attempt to be compensated for a loss. We have the experience and the acumen to help you find justice and peace during your time of duress.

We accept wrongful death claims on a contingent basis. All cases are unique, so call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.

Friday, 21 May 2010 07:11

Class Actions

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

A class action lawsuit is nothing more than the consolidation of several related lawsuits into one. Not all lawsuits are eligible to become class actions, in fact, most cannot. However, if there are numerous plaintiffs (or possibly defendants), all with common legal issues to resolve, then a judge may allow them to join as a class. Class action plaintiffs can include consumers hurt by defective products and small businesses bringing suit against large corporations for unfair business practices, persons harmed by pharmaceuticals, persons who have lost money in the securities markets, and many other types of common losses suffered by many people.

The ideal of the class action allows a remedy en masse to those who otherwise might not be able to afford access to the courts. Currently, cases can be under either state or federal jurisdiction and claims can be large or small.

For a class action lawsuit, a named plaintiff stands in for a group of similarly situated plaintiffs injured by the same defendant or group of defendants. The need for resources and ability to keep track of the many parties and issues involved make these very complex cases to handle. Many class action suits fail because the issues presented are not clear enough.

We are willing to consider any reasonable claim you wish to present to us. If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.