Leading Payroll Company Counting on LifeLock Identity Theft Protection

Nothing puts a damper on a pay-day celebration like finding out that the dollars on your pay stub have been stolen along with your identity. Although tiny in size, your pay stub is can be pretty valuable in the hands of a criminal. Personal information printed on your check, such as your full name, address and Social Security Number, are key pieces that a thief needs to steal your identity.

Customers and employees of Phoenix-based AmCheck, a leading payroll processing company, can now take advantage of an identity theft protection offering as a result of a partnership announced today between the company and LifeLock┬«. With more than 1,500 clients that service more than 200,000 employees, AmCheck has added LifeLock’s services to its list of human resource benefits, giving clients and employees the opportunity to take advantage of LifeLock’s proactive identity theft protection package at a discounted rate.

“Identity theft criminals will take advantage of any avenue they can find to take over a person’s identity,” says LifeLock CEO Todd Davis. “A few weeks ago I was in the park with my family and found a piece of paper on the ground. It was someone’s pay stub that included all the information I would have needed to cause great harm to that individual. Though it may have been in trash or just lost to the wind, this important information was lost for anyone to use. It’s because this simple mistake could have cost someone dearly, that we stress the importance of placing layers of protection. This should be a tremendous partnership to spread that vital message.”

As the industry leader in identity theft protection, LifeLock requests on behalf of its clients that the national credit bureaus place fraud alerts on its members’ credit files, and requests that members’ names be removed from pre-approved credit card offer and junk mail lists. Members are also entitled to LifeLock’s WalletLock, eRecon and TrueAddress services. WalletLock works to cancel and replace all documents and personal identifying information inside a wallet if it is lost or stolen. eRecon is a regular patrol of the Internet in search of social security numbers, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers and email addresses of LifeLock members to protect against the information being illegally traded or sold online. LifeLock’s TrueAddress service searches to see if members have had a change of address form filed and alert them to ensure they are aware of the change. The company’s services are backed by a $1 million total service guarantee.

“Working in the payroll industry, we understand how crucial it is to devote the utmost attention to people’s personal information, and that’s why we are thrilled to partner with LifeLock,” says AmCheck CEO Dean Lucente. “We strive to offer our customers the best service, and by helping our employers and their employees to protect their identities, we are further setting AmCheck apart from its competitors in the payroll industry.”

Identity theft has become the number-one crime in the nation, passing up drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2007, the fast growing crime costs residents of Arizona $31.2 million and also giving the state the number one title in the nation as the worst in identity theft reported cases, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

About LifeLock

Founded in 2005, LifeLock works to close many of the doors identity thieves go through to misuse personal information. Closing in on 1.5 million members, LifeLock has earned multiple awards, including the Red Herring 100 Global Award as one of the Top 100 start-ups in the world. LifeLock was the recipient of two American Business Awards for advertising in 2008, and most recently, garnered an additional award honor for advertising from the International Business Awards. LifeLock representatives are available to assist members 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the company’s secure facility in Tempe, Ariz. LifeLock lifelock.com) is a private company backed by Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, as well as Bessemer Venture Partners.

About AmCheck

AmCheck is a national provider of Payroll Services, ASO Services and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) services. Launched in Phoenix in 1996, the company is one of the country’s largest independent Payroll Service Bureaus, serving thousands of clients, and managing every aspect of payroll, taxes, employee benefits, pension plans and worker’s compensation. In 2001, the company expanded its reach nationally by opening offices in other states. Today, AmCheck is a leader in Web-based payroll technology, and is recognized for its skill in harnessing and applying the latest technologies in order to improve clients’ internal and external processes.

5 Tips for Surviving Your First Day on the Job

5 Tips for Surviving Your First Day on the Job

After you have updated your resume, gone through the long interview process, and the finally landed the job, the next important step in making a lasting positive impression on your new company is nailing your first day on the job. There are five tips that everyone should know when preparing and experiencing your first day at your new company.

1. Making it to work on time.
Before you start your first day on the job you have to know how long it is going to take to get to your new workplace to start your first day. Before starting, every new employee should take a practice drive to their new work place in order to gauge how long it will take them to get there. You should conduct this drive around the same time you plan on leaving for your first day on the job in order to see what the traffic flow is like. Make sure you arrive at your new workplace at least fifteen minutes early and do not be the first person to leave at the end of the workday.

2.Treat your first day like the interview.
This is the first day you will meet the other team members and so once again you must make sure you make a good first impression. These people you meet in your new company will more than likely be the people you will work on projects with. Stay confident throughout the day and display the skills that landed you the job during the interview process.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
When you go to start your first day at your new job, be assertive. Your new peers know that you are new to the team and will be sure to help you. If you have questions you have to ask someone for help. Do not go through the whole workday sitting at your desk with nothing to do. Be assertive and ask someone in charge or one of your peers what they need you to do. By displaying your assertiveness, you are showing other members of your company that you are eager to begin working there and are comfortable taking initiative.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings.
This may sound like a simple task but it is one of the most important things any new person on the job must do. It is very important to get to know your work place. Watch and pay attention to the people all around you. Pay attention to when people get in to work and what time they are leaving so you can get a gauge of when you should arrive and when you should leave. Try to break down the dynamics within the workplace and how your new co-workers interact with each other and your boss. The faster you get to new your environment, the faster you’ll be able to thrive in that environment.

5. Meet your co-workers.
It’s always a good idea to introduce yourself to the people you’ll more than likely be working with in the future. You don’t have to become best friends with your co-workers but it’s much easier to work on team projects with people your comfortable around. A good tip is to write down the names and titles of the people you meet. This will help your understanding of how the workplace is structured and will help you to integrate yourself into the workplace structure. Knowing the titles of everyone you will be working with will let you know who to go to when you have questions or concerns.

6 Things Your Personal Financial Planning Company Might Not Tell You!

Like everyone else on this planet, even you have some aspirations and dreams. If you examine closely, all your dreams might require monetary assistance. Right from funding your child’s higher education so that he can become a doctor to buying a home, traveling around the world with your family to buying a swanky vehicle, everything requires money. Financial planning is a process that can help you achieve all your dreams. Proper planning allows you to spend wisely, save enough, and invest cleverly! At the end of the day, when you make three wise decisions like these, your net worth is bound to increase.

A personal financial planning company is the best place to go for advice. However, there are few things that even they might not share with their customers! Let’s see what those 7 things are –

1. Abiding by the fiduciary: These days, every financial advisor who is registered with the organization governing them is made to swear by the fiduciary. It states that they will put their clients’ interest above their own. However, if the financial advisory services or the financial advisors belong to the old school, chances are that they would never have taken this oath.

2. Telling you if they have been in trouble: It is quite common to see a client lodging a case against his financial advisory service or the financial advisor in case the former thinks he has been conned or misinformed. However, your financial advisory/advisor won’t tell you if they have ever been at the center of such a case! You will need to do your own research by typing the name of financial planning company on Google or other forums.

3. The truth behind commissions: Do you know, certain financial advisors who work for a specific firm are given monthly targets by their companies? They have to sell stocks, bonds, and mutual funds amounting to the given target. That’s why they might sell you a lot of things in lieu of earning their company commissions! You should never buy something that you don’t need and be firm on your stance!

4. Other hidden motives: It is actually an open secret that financial advisory firms announce rewards such as a trip to Australia, or a brand new motor cycle to all those employees who exceed targets. Therefore a financial advisor might trick you into buying some of his new investment plans.

5. Investments that cost you big: There are certain types of investments that charge you hefty penalty for backing out. In case you are ever relocating to a foreign destination, such things might cause inconvenience. Also, at times you might be misinformed about the maturity date of your investments. If you fail to collect your money, your investment money might get passed on to the firm. Make sure you read all the offers carefully before investing.

6. They cannot predict growth: The market has already seen recession many times in the past 6 decades. No one can predict the market, and if any advisor does, don’t trust him!

Remember When – Dick Allen’s $250K Highest in MLB, $15K Minimum Pay

Baseball Library records The 25th and 27th of February, 35 years ago, marked two groundbreaking events which have served to shape fiscal and economic reality in contemporary baseball. The former date being the root for the evolution of MLB salary arbitration and free agency.

Baseball Library records on February 25, 1973;

A new 3-year Basic Agreement is reached between players and owners… Among the provisions of the agreement are a $15’000 minimum salary’ salary arbitration’ and the “10 and 53 trade rule’ which permits a player with 10 years in the ML’ the last 5 of which are with his current team’ to veto any trade involving him.

The latter date in 1973 made Dick Allen baseball’s highest paid player having received a 3 year, $250,000 per year deal from the Chicago White Sox.

Allen burst onto the Phillies scene at the beginning of the 1964 season, a season memorable for Jim Bunnings’ Fathers Day perfect game against the Mets, rightfielder Johnny Callison’s All Star game 3 run walk-off homer and the club’s late-season collapse blowing a 6 game NL first place lead in the final 12 games of the season.

Allen’s rookie season reflected the same sort of promise of a great career as Ryan Howard’s rookie season did in 2005. But Howard hit his 22 homers with a .286 BA in 88 games where Allen’s 29 homers, 104 RBIs, 201 hits and .318 BA were full season stats. Although he committed 41 errors at 3rd base, having never played there previous to arriving in the big leagues, Allen wooed the baseball writers with his stats and was voted 1964’s NL Rookie of the Year.

While Howard also won rookie of the year honors in 2005 season, he also went on to garner a wall full of awards for his 58 homer, 149 RBI, .313 BA 2006 season which, by comparison, blew away Allen’s second season. Further, it took Allen 4 1/2 seasons to duplicate Howard’s 129 homers accomplished in less than 3 full seasons.

Although Allen would put together impressive numbers in 1965 before really blossoming for the Phils with a 40 homer, 110 RBI, .317 BA season in 1966, his off-field turmoil eventually spilled over onto the field.

A glimpse at the future disruptiveness which would dog Allen throughout his career was seen a year later in 1965 in his run-ins with veteran journeyman utility player Frank Thomas who was near the end of a 16 year career. Thomas, who packed some thump in his bat throughout his career, provided some clutch pinch homers for the Phils after his acquisition late in the 1964 season. But perhaps the turbulence that marked Allen’s career was rooted in his minor league experiences with the Phillies affiliate club in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Wikipedia records this regarding Allen’s minor league experiences;

His career got off to a turbulent start as he faced racial harassment while playing for the Phillies’ minor league affiliate in Little Rock; residents staged protest parades against Allen, the local team’s first black player. Nevertheless, he led the league in total bases.

My recollection is that the run-ins occurred when Allen took issue with alleged “racist” comments made by Thomas.

Wikipedia goes on to record some of Allen’s scrapes through his years with the Phillies;

He quickly wore out his welcome due to erratic behavior. He got in a fistfight with the popular Phillie Frank Thomas in July 1965, gashed his throwing hand by pushing it through a car headlight on August 24, 1967, and earned a 26-game suspension in June 1969 after being stopped by police for erratic driving, and showing up late to a doubleheader; he also began drinking heavily.

Even Allen’s name was a source of controversy: he had been known since his youth as “Dick” to family and friends, but for reasons which are somewhat obscure at this late date, the media referred to him upon his arrival in Philadelphia as “Richie,” possibly a conflation with the longtime Phillies star Richie Ashburn. After several years, he asked to be called “Dick,” saying Richie was a little boy’s name.

The Phillies’ Boo Bird fans, known for being tough on hometown players even in the best of times, exacerbated Allen’s problems. Initially the abuse was verbal, with obscenities and racial epithets. Eventually Allen was greeted with showers of fruit, ice, refuse, and even flashlight batteries as he took the field. He began wearing his batting helmet even while playing his defensive position in the field, which gave rise to another nickname, “Crash Helmet”, shortened to “Crash”.

One of Dick Allen’s most infuriating moments to fans was on June 24, 1969. Allen was fined $2,500 and suspended indefinitely when he failed to appear for the Phillies twi-night doubleheader game with the Mets. Allen had gone to New Jersey in the morning to see a horse race and got caught in traffic trying to return.

When the Phillies had finally had enough of Allen’s antics, they traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1970 season. But even that deal was wrapped in controversy, although not of Allen’s doing.

The Phillies had traded him to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Curt Flood who wanted no part of playing in Philadelphia.

Wikipedia notes;

Flood refused to report to the Phillies as part of the trade. (Flood then sued baseball in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the reserve clause and to be declared a free agent.)

Flood, it turned out, sat out the 1970 season before signing with the Washington Senators where he played 13 games before retiring. The Phillies, who sought Flood, were given young outfielder Willie Montanez instead.

Meanwhile Allen had a productive 1970 season of 34 HRs, 101 RBIs and .279 with the Cardinals. But in 1971, he was traded to the Dodgers and then to the White Sox where he played from 1972 through 1974.

In 1972, after Allen clubbed a White Sox club record and league-leading 34 HRs with a .316 BA, he reached the pinnacle of his career, winning the AL MVP award. In 1973 after receiving the 3 year deal from the White Sox, Allen broke his leg in a base-running collision at the end of June and missed the rest of the season. In 1974, he came back with 32 HRs and a .301 BA but quit the team, without giving a reason, in mid-September.

Former Phillies great centerfielder, Richie Ashburn, now doing play-by-play announcing for the team, coaxed Allen out of retirement to rejoin the Phils. But Allen had 2 disappointing seasons with the club.

Allen’s career came to an end in Philadelphia at the conclusion of the 1976 regular season in which the Phillies won the NL East championship. He jumped the club over their decision not to include veteran 2nd baseman Tony Taylor on their post-season roster for the upcoming NLCS with the Cincinnati Reds. Taylor had been a 2nd base fixture and a rock of consistency in the Phillies infield throughout all of the lean last-place finishes of the 1960s.

Allen may have had a point regarding loyalty to a player, but the Phils had to do what was best for the club and Taylor was an aging player visibly at the end of his career. And after the litany of all of his previous tumult, this was just the topping on a very tasteless cake.

Selecting a Limo for Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is coming up and you want to enjoy it in every way possible. After all, you have been looking forward to this day for quite some time! It is a day for dreams, elegance and traveling in style! In order to do this, you need to ride in a limo (short for limousine) on the day for your nuptials. Every limousine company is not made exactly the same nor does every one operate exactly the same way.

When you are in the process of looking for a wedding day limo, do not just think about what the car looks like but how safe it is as well. You should also bear this basic rule in mind: concern yourself about the limousine service before you start worrying about the appearance of the luxurious vehicle and the features that it has to offer.

The car may be what you are excited about but what needs to garner your attention the most in this regard is the owners, managers and chauffeurs that you will be dealing with in terms of the rental. To have the absolute best transportation experience you could possibly have on one of the happiest days of your life, you need to focus in on pertinent questions to ask of the owners or operators of the limo rental business.

Where then should you start with your questioning? The most logical place to start is to find out if the company is licensed in the state you live in. A reputable limousine rental company will have the correct licensing. Ask for the state license number of the company in order to verify the required information. Having a proper license means that the business has the insurance that it is supposed to have. It also means that the company has vetted the chauffeurs it hires which is important.

You need to find out how long the limo company has been in business. The longer the company has been around, the easier it will be to do a background check on. You can browse through public records that can be found through the Better Business Bureau and licensing agencies. Ask the company for references that you can check out. A legitimate company should have no problem at all giving you the references you are seeking.

Seeing the limousines that the business rents out is always a good idea. Ask if it is possible to take a look at the cars. A good business should allow a prospective customer to take a look at the business and also the vehicles before they place an order. In particular you need to ensure that all of the rentals limos are well maintained. When you ask to see the cars this makes it impossible for the operator or manager to just show you the best of the lot.

What fees you will be charged is very important. There is the quoted rental rate but in some cases there are other fees that are charged as well. For example if any extras come with the rental then you may have to pay more. It is pertinent that all expenses are disclosed from the very beginning.

Students – Modern Day Stress, Pressures of Students in Daily Life!

Although it may seem that gifted students are lucky to have been bestowed with intellect and talent, such a classification can come with problems of its own. In fact, gifted students can experience high levels of stress to excel at everything they do.

Because of their gifts, gifted students also tend to be more perceptive than other children when it comes to picking up on environmental cues, so they may be more sensitive to judgments from others (both real and perceived), as well as sometimes feel overloaded and overwhelmed by information. A lifetime of high expectations can lead gifted students to be extremely hard on themselves as they strive for increasingly higher standards and packed schedules.

Gifted students are usually placed in school environments that are filled with pressure. Although students often need these accelerated tracks to keep them from getting bored in school, the demands of both the coursework and the environment of other gifted students can cause a great deal of stress. Children may work so hard to keep up (and stay ahead) that they begin to burn out from stress-which can be a dangerous state, both physically and mentally. Stress can create a vicious cycle, as it is more difficult to concentrate and pay attention when stressed, so students may experience low performance, leading them to be even harder on themselves. Be on the lookout for significant changes in behavior that indicate burnout and stress, such as:

Physical symptoms that are often related to stress, such as stomachaches, backaches, and headaches. Other physical symptoms of stress and burnout can include frequent colds and other minor illnesses, and nervous behaviors, such as tics, stuttering, pulling out hair, or skin-picking.

Negativity or resentment towards school in a child who used to be generally happy or excited about learning.

Difficulty sleeping, fatigue, or low energy. (Please note that changes in sleeping patterns are a normal part of adolescence, as teenagers tend to prefer to stay up later and sleep later, so tiredness is often a normal part of the life of an adolescent who has a tendency to stay up very late, and then has to be at school very early in the morning.) Concern should arise when children are exhibiting sleeping difficulties without other explanations, or are consistently losing sleep due to worry about excelling in school.

Extreme irritability, moodiness, insecurity, inability to make decisions, and/or overreaction in the face of events that the child was previously able to handle.

Acting out through destructive or aggressive behaviors

Self-medication with alcohol or drugs.

Some parents may read the list above and feel that all of the points describe behaviors of the typical adolescent. The key in recognizing stress and burnout is to notice major changes in behavior that persist for more than a few weeks, and that seem to be more extreme than other children of the same age.

Parents can help students who are experiencing stress and burnout by trying some of the following ideas:

Put the focus back on effort, rather than innate talent. Gifted children are often very used to excelling (and therefore garnering a lot of praise) without having to put in a lot of work. When they are faced with tasks that require a lot of time in order to succeed, gifted children may feel that they have hit the limits of their ability, and experience stress as a result. Help them be realistic in terms of their expectations for the relationship between time invested and results.

Sometimes gifted children who are grouped together can engage in intense competition. Do not get involved in this competition by comparing your child to others. Make sure that your child knows that you appreciate his uniqueness by supporting the path that he wants to take, even if it is not the most prestigious one.

Consider limiting the number of accelerated classes and/or extracurricular activities that your student can be involved in. Help students find activities outside of school where the focus is on enjoyment, not for the purpose of eventually filling out a college application. Make sure children have outlets for self-expression in an area that they enjoy, through activities such as writing, art, music or physical activity. Try to provide opportunities for unstructured time engaged in such activities; otherwise, lessons or clubs may feel like one more source of pressure.

Make sure that gifted students know that even if they feel burned out or disillusioned about school, they still need to be polite to teachers. Many gifted students are taught that they are as smart (or smarter) than adults, and therefore have the right to question and/or mistreat those that they feel are being unfair or giving them “busy work.” Talk to children about making choices on what assignments to work on when prioritizing, but also help them understand that they have to accept the consequences of their choices. Teach them how to stand up for themselves and question by being assertive without being rude or disrespectful.

Phishing – The “Catch” of the Day

It is the beginning of the “Phishing” season with taxes just months ahead of us. Catching and releasing financial information may garner some very big trophy money in the end. The Phish market stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars. We have seen world events such as Haiti’s Earthquake spawn many malware sites top ranking on Google that were designed to capture donations and personal information. These fake websites are almost identical to the legitimate ones and are becoming increasingly more difficult to detect.

The most common phishing bait can be found embedded in email messages or instant messages. General salutations, such as Dear Valued Customer or Dear Client should be immediately flagged. All banking institutions have your exact name as shown on your account in their database. When misspelled words appear in the email they should be another indicator that the email is a scam. Once a recipient takes the bait by clicking on the link embedded in the email or IM to the fake website the phishing expedition begins.

Phishers’ use several “catch and release” techniques by disguising fake URLs. It has become increasingly difficult to detect the bait because the security certificate on a trusted website can be hidden in a multimedia object on a flash-based website. Other techniques to disguise malicious URLs include URL redirectors on the websites of trusted organizations. Fake URL redirectors can be “miss-spelled” domains or by merging a (.com) and a (.net) website to a convincingly reproduced website. Capturing log in and personal details bring in big prize money.

Some phishing expeditions include hooks, lines and sinkers. “Sinking” and embedding a corrupted (.reg) entry or file into the Windows Registry File will replace the legitimate (.reg) file. “Hooking” the corrupted file with a malicious application will ultimately reroute the “lines” of personal information and consumers’ credentials to the Phishers’ website.

To combat phishing attempts is to pay attention and to simply modify browsing habits. If an account needs to be “verified”, contact the company from which the email originates to see if it is legitimate and rather than trusting the links in the email, type the company’s genuine website into the browser’s address bar. Finally, your computer should always have up to date anti-virus software that includes spam filters.

The damage caused by world-wide phishing can be estimated in the billions per year. This lucrative phishing industry will evolve with more attractive lures and mouthwatering baits disguised as information from your financial institutions, your planned events and unforeseen cataclysms. Remember to be diligent no matter how enticing an email, IM, or website can be. Don’t take the bait.

The Reason Why Paying For A Higher Priced Article Writing Service Makes Good Business Sense

Allow me to read your mind. You are reading this because you KNOW you need to start marketing your business with quality content, but either don’t want to create it yourself OR don’t have the time to create it yourself.

Okay, maybe I am way off or maybe I am way on. Regardless of how you found yourself here, the fact remains that 1) You need relevant, quality and engaging content on a regular basis and 2) You need to focus your efforts on other areas of your business to help it grow.

Well, the good news is that you can address both of the issues mentioned above by utilizing an article writing service. However, not all writing services are created equally.

You see, with larger services you will find that the costs may be cheaper, but you may not be able to get the same writer EVERY time. Why is this a big deal? For starters, just think about it. Writers have a voice all their own and it comes through in their writing. If you got a piece that garnered tons of attention and new subscribers, then hit your readers with another writer, then you may find people asking what happened.

Or worse, they won’t even ask, they’ll just unsubscribe.

With a smaller service, say a one man shop or individual freelance writer you will get the SAME voice EVERY time, BUT you can expect to pay a bit more. Sometimes double or triple or more than you may be willing to pay.

I won’t get into specifics about how higher priced writers produce better work, because this is not always the case, BUT if you think abut it logically it would make sense that you get what you pay for.

Imagine if you were paid $100 to do one job at work, while someone was paid the same amount to do 10 different things at work. Chances are good that the person, in this case you, working on ONE thing would produce something MUCH better than someone having to work on several other things.

Make sense?

Okay, if it didn’t then think of it this way. You pay someone $100 to write ONE 1,000 word article that needs to be delivered at the end of the day. You pay someone else $100 to write TEN 1,000 word articles that needs to be delivered at the end of the day.

Can you see where I am going with this?

The higher priced writer will have MORE time to research, MORE time to write, MORE time to edit, take a break, then go back and reread and rework it to make it EVEN better.

The other person, on the other hand will be scrambling to get piece after piece after piece done to be able to make that deadline. At one point, that person may throw his or her hands in the air and say, “This one is good enough, gotta move on to the next one.”

This is PROBABLY not the line of thinking you want your writer to have. And believe me when I say it WILL show. Seriously.

The only time you may be able to get away with finding a writer who will deliver high quality work at a lower rate is when he or she is just starting out, and trust me when I say that those rates won’t last very long. As soon as the word gets out or they get enough clients to be able to raise their rates, then they won’t be writing for peanuts any longer.

I can already hear your arguments in my head “Yeah, sure, you’re just saying that because you want to convince me that paying more money is worth it.”

Well, at this point if I haven’t convinced you, then I’m not sure what else to say. It really just makes good business sense to find someone who produces quality work. After all, that content will be representing you and your business. If you aren’t willing to invest in your business, then perhaps you may want to look into going back to a regular job.

Brutal, yeah, I know. But as I always tell my friends “A good friend tells you what you WANT to hear, BUT a great friend tells you what you NEED to hear.”

Don’t skimp on your content. Either do a quality job and write it yourself OR find someone who can produce the kind of quality that you need.

How Do You Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer and How Much Should You Pay For One?

If you find yourself in trouble with the law, the first thing the police will usually do is read you your “rights” which means your Miranda Rights which start out with “You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law; you have the right to an attorney at all stages of the proceedings; if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you free of charge.”

That is a very important admonition because it sets the stage for everything that is to follow in the criminal justice proceedings. The very first thing to do is remain silent and ask to speak to a lawyer. But then the question arises “Who do I call?” and “How much will it cost me?” That’s the purpose of this article – to answer those questions and give you some practical advice.

First, as for requesting a lawyer, it’s important to remember that just by saying those words you set into motion the requirement that the police should stop their questioning as soon as you demand a lawyer. Please note that you must remain silent for that to work, so remain silent until you speak to your attorney and afterward too.

Second, who do you call? Well, it is be a good idea to do a little research beforehand so you’re prepared in the off chance you may need a criminal defense attorney in the future. I suggest you take a look at the legal sites, such as Avvo.com, Lawline, Lawyers.com, etc. or look up lawyers on any good search engine. The important things to look for are the length of time practicing, whether they primarily practice criminal defense law, any distinctions like awards, etc. and any publications or higher offices they’ve held. (I happen to like Avvo.com because it actually gives you a rating for each lawyer between 1-10 and prior clients’ comments and other attorneys’ endorsements which are a helpful way to make a preliminary decision.) Of course, if you’ve already been charged and are sitting in a police station, call home and ask for help in getting a lawyer and do the best you can in the moment. You can always change attorneys later if the first one doesn’t work out. The following advice is for those who have the time and energy to really look for the best lawyer available for themselves at the best price.

Since each person is going to be unique, you must look at all of their characteristics before settling on a group of no less than three or more than six attorneys to interview. Of course, make sure that the attorneys you choose to interview all practice in the jurisdiction where your case is pending or likely to be pending. This is important because it always helps to have an attorney who knows the local Judges and prosecutors. Its also important that the attorney’s reputation is known by the prosecutor and Judge because they are the very people that will decide much of your case and it can make a big difference.

When interviewing each attorney, do your best to meet them in person so you can see if you have rapport with them and whether you feel respected by them as you speak with them. This is important because you may one day have to put your future in their hands if they are chosen to represent you. Look into their eyes and make sure they look you back in your eyes rather than looking away. If they won’t look you in the eye, they may not look the prosecutor or Judge in the eye either and that would not go over well once your case is underway.

You should also ask each one you interview how much they charge for various types of cases, from the lowliest traffic ticket to murder. Get some idea of how they charge, whether on an hourly or flat fee or a combination of the two. If the attorney is uneasy with setting out his or her fees, you should note that since it may become a problem down the road if they cannot communicate with you about fees up front.

Many attorneys in the criminal defense area offer flat fees for the entire case in order for the client to feel comfortable with their financial exposure. While this may feel pretty good up front for you because you get to know exactly what it will cost you, remember there are more ways to “skin a cat” than one. Often if an attorney sets a flat fee, he or she may want to spend as little time as possible to complete your case. It stands to reason because if they are only going to earn just so much on your case, they want to finalize it as quickly as possible. On the other hand, if you want to fight the case as hard as possible, that attorney could be thinking to him or herself that “this person wants to fight this case with MY blood” and may be resistant to pursuing your case beyond trying to get you to accept the very earliest plea reduction offered to you by the prosecutor. This doesn’t always work as well in reality as it seemed at the outset.

On the other extreme, if an attorney is charging an hourly fee, there is always the chance that he/she will want to spend an inordinate amount of time on your case in order to build up their bill as much as possible. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a better defense, but it does mean you have the potential of an unlimited bill for the defense of your case. That may mean you get a better defense, but not necessarily. So what’s the answer.

Perhaps the best approach is a combination of the two ways of charging for criminal matters. To do that, the attorney may charge a flat fee for a set number of court appearances (3-5 times) and then set another amount for more than the initial amount of appearances. By doing this, the attorney will use his/her expertise to give you a fair fee schedule for the number of court appearances it usually takes to conclude a case of that nature and then, in the event the case requires more court appearances, then the client will pay a set amount of each additional appearance. That way, if the client is being unreasonable in their demands, they must pay for the additional court appearances it will take to pursue their defense. In other words, both parties compromise a little and that usually is the best arrangement for both.

As far as exactly how much you should pay for a defense attorney, that varies a lot from place to place and from attorney to attorney. In the metropolitan areas where competition is keen, fees can vary widely, however, in the field of criminal law you usually must pay a premium for an experienced attorney who has a well known reputation and who brings more knowledge and personal experiences along the way than a less experienced attorney might. Of course, if you want a less expensive attorney, you may have to settle for one with less experience who is looking to gain more experience. This will also depend upon the type of case you have pending against you.

If it’s a simple Driving While Intoxicated case and you really don’t want to argue about whether you did it, but want to get it over with as little discomfort as possible, then you might want to go to a less experienced lawyer and get reasonably good representation at a more reasonable fee. However, if you want to fight the case to the very end, then you will have to “pay up” for a much more experienced attorney who will take every part of the case apart and attack it with a vengeance.

Of course, that will cost you dearly, but it may make all the difference in the end, which often makes it well worth it. This is especially so if suffering a conviction could have a negative impact upon your employment or any licenses you may hold. This usually applies to those who have been charged with Felonies, however, it can also hold true with Misdemeanors.

One more factor can be the area in which you live which may have fewer attorneys. That can often lead to higher fees because there is less competition and often none of the attorneys want to break the lower
limits of fee schedules to garner more business, so they all keep their fees high and clients have no choice but to retain one of them at the higher fees.

Last, but not least, if you find yourself charged with a very serious matter and you absolutely must be acquitted by a judge or jury after a trial, then all bets are off. In such a situation, you must pay up for the best trial lawyer you can find in your immediate vicinity who has vast trial experience. If none of the attorneys in your area meet that standard, then you may have to reach out to those who do meet that criteria in other areas of your state or elsewhere. There is no way to adequately advise you about how much to pay for such representation, but when it comes down to it, if you are innocent and must be found not guilty, then the sky could be the limit and all that’s left is to figure out how you’re going to pay for it because there’s no choice.

Most important of all considerations is whether you trust the lawyer you finally choose. Remember, you are about to enter into a “War” with the authorities. Both the police force as well as the Prosecutor’s office generally have unlimited resources and usually have the intent to convict you once they have their eyes set on you. It’s up to your attorney to thwart them at every turn and attack everything they do through legal means. It often feels like the odds are overwhelmingly against you, but luck tends to favor those who are prepared and that is the hallmark of a great criminal defense attorney.

Of course, they must also be expert at cross-examination and that’s rather difficult to determine on your own. Perhaps the best way to determine who is the best cross-examiner in the local courthouse where your case is or may be pending is to visit it on a quiet day and watch a few trials to see who is most impressive to you. If there aren’t any trials or you’re not quite settled yet, then quietly ask as many Court Officers as you can find who they think is the best defense lawyer at cross-examination. You might also ask Court Clerks or Court stenographers if you can strike up a conversation with them. Remember, they are the people who actually get to see the majority of the lawyers do their work and they usually form their own opinions about them. Of course, don’t rely solely upon them, but ask enough people to get a feel for who they think is the best and then add that name to your list of lawyers you intend upon interviewing.

There are probably many more ways to choose a lawyer and get an idea about how much to pay them for their services, but these are perhaps the most salient and practical and I trust they assist you in this important decision.

Low Thyroid Levels And A Free Test You Don’t Need To Pay For

With Low Thyroid Levels, no honest progress is made not including the open mind of discovery. A clever Russian expression is accepting as true everything but confirm it. Are you prepared?

The deep pot hole in your smooth ride to diagnosis is the gold standard of thyroid diagnosis, the TSH blood test. It is the one test most often used. I believe you will be missed and suffer significantly longer if you trust only it.

Herein is a pathway you can add more authentication to your alleged low thyroid diagnosis. It will rule it out. It will warn you that is an effective indicator of low thyroid levels. Its philosophy are well recognized by world published Dr Omura at Columbia University Medical School. To be clear, this is a combination of lots of authors and presented here for your deliberation. Ready? No Pain now. No expense. To proceed, bunch up your fingers on your left hand and place the 5-bunched tips 2 inches higher than your belly button. Keep them there for the duration of the whole test. This will make the test more accurate.

Write the word shame on a 3×5 card and turn it down on the table face down. Now note the word God on another card. Turn it face down. Write the word low thyroid on a card and turn it face down. Write the word malaria on a card and turn it face down. By now you should have 5 or 6 cards to “try with” Okay? Now remain standing with your feet close together. Pick up a card and place it at the base of your neck. Close your eyes and check which way you tilt, (Forward or back) keep with me now. Review the piece of paper and comprehend what it says. If you chose the card “shame” and you leaned rearward then you distinguish that the statement-card disrupts you. If the statement “God” caused you to you hunch, then everything explicitly honorable and powerful will incite you to lean forward. Now for the body muscle trial, be accepting this works rather well. Its secret is that it will disturb your body balancing or sturdiness when things are put into its field. Deposit anything in the field namely unhealthful and you will sway to the rear. Even if you just put the name on paper. BUT if you laugh please progress on. I don’t want you to lose a chance to garner a fair diagnosis… Try this, test a pouch of aspartame. Investigate some strong substance… don’t hurt yourself. You will realize bad things force you sway backward. Now put out some blank cards. Put the title low thyroid on one and turn it face down. Put the designation high thyroid levels on a new card and turn it face down. Stick malaria on a card as well as shame and a million dollars. Now choose one card. Don’t scan. Situate it at the starting point of the neck. Close your eyes. Situate your feet close together and wait. Inquire you slant back or to the fore. Then examine every card. Test every piece of paper. So how about the low thyroid card? Did you teeter backward? In that case you in all probability have more heavyweight verification you are low thyroid. Believe me If you swayed backward you should suppose you are low thyroid. Carry on amassing confirmation.

Practice makes perfect. Get familiar here with test. It can help you to see if this food is beneficial for you or it the deodorant you wear unbalance you. Test your coffee and some green tea. Sway forward it is probably good for you… Sway back well you know….

Well, so to assess the conditions we are going to apply what is called kinesiology. This is regularly referred to as the muscle test. So bear the card with malaria printed on it and fix it close to the navel. If you lean forward then that means you do not have malaria. If you lean backwards, then that measures that you do. This is a high-quality reference to support that this check works. I do not recognize how but it is the most perfect examination I have ever used to date. So now do this with the piece of paper that says Low Thyroid Levels and do the same check. This will signal whether your Thyroid Levels are not optimal for your body.

If the body temp is 97 F or below for 10 days you have low thyroid operation according to Dr Broda Barnes and his oceans of study linking low thyroid levels. He found no correlation concerning the TSH and further blood tests involving the body temp. So is your way of thinking still available? Lend it a go.

Has it occurred to you to put to the test the expressions “I necessitate natural thyroid supplements?” and “I necessitate more Iodine?” Supplementing Iodine with any thyroid treatment is unconditionally a necessity. Do talk about this with a medical practitioner who is acquainted with its application. (The body sway experiment or Kinesiology) I expect it foolhardy to poll a reverend regarding meditation, or perhaps not.