Arkansas versus A&M

Sec Football: Arkansas Versus A&M at At& T Stadium in Arlington.

As most SEC Football fans now, my favorite college football team, the Razorbacks came out second best against A&M Saturday in Arlington at AT&t Stadium.

The good news is that an Arkansas Alumni was honored at the game. The University of Arkansas honored Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, at Saturdays game.. The Razorbacks celebrated Jerry’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of their former players and notable alumni by wearing Cowboys-inspired uniforms in ‘Razorback Red.’

Even though the Razorbacks came out second best in overtime, I still enjoyed the game and am looking forward to the next one.

Working Remotely

Working Remotely -Is working remotely the same as working from home?

Both yes or no could be the correct answer here. As technology improves, new communication applications and use of the internet allows a lot of flexibility in where a person is able to meet his or her work production requirements.

Many whose job or work requires that they be out of the workplace on a regular basis operate their businesses or fulfill their work duties remotely.

Take a look around you as you are out and about. You will see many using their cell phones, tablets or computers. Our first thoughts may be, why can’t these people put this equipment down, get off Facebook, quit playing games on them or just turn them off.

But if we play closer attention, we might see that many of them are actually fulfilling their work related duties outside the office or workplace.

There are some employees and business owners that rarely of into the office or workplace as most of their job duties can be fulfilled without doing so.

Just recently, in the Walmart parking lot, I spoke with a teacher that shared with me that he was on the way to his college classroom because it was Friday and he was required to go into the classroom one day a week. Most of his classes were online and he was able to teach from anywhere that his could get an online connection. This type of teaching is getting to be offered more and more as it lessons the burden on both the teacher and the student by allowing both some flexibility in their time requirements.

Another young person that I’m acquainted with, works in the insurance department at a bank. His hours are tremendously flexible and he stays out of his office a lot. Much of his work requirements can be done online and thru the use of a computer, tablet or cell phone.

Many jobs in todays marketplace are only available because they can be operated remotely. Some of my family members have jobs that are fulfilled from home and/or by traveling to various locations on a regular basis. Being able to work remotely is what makes these jobs available.

A friend of mine actually has a home based business where he creates a physical product in his workshop at home, packs it, prints a shipping label from his home office and schedules a pickup from UPS to come by and pick the item up and deliver it to his customer. Materials and shipping supplies can be ordered online and shipped to his workshop. So in theory, he doesn’t have to leave home to operate his business.

So yes, I would say that working remotely can be the same as working from home.

In my own case, I’ve have recently done some traveling for personal reasons, and being able to work remotely has allowed me to take the trips. Also, some of my work requires me to be out of the office in the courtroom and at other locations. Being able to keep up with my office work and taking care of my business remotely is certainly helpful and beneficial.

Now granted, many of us would be tempted to not do the work if we were not supervised or otherwise held accountable. But many of us have work or jobs where they are paid for sales or production. If we don’t produce, we won’t have the job or business long.

I would be interested in hearing about any ways that any of your fulfill your work related duties away from the workplace by remote means.

Amazon Prime Day

Did you know that Amazon Prime Day started last evening at 6:00? (July 10, 2017)

Seeing some of the news reports about this, is somewhat amazing to see what is offered at discounted pricing. According to some news reports Amazon’s sales upped by 60% last year on prime day. I assume this is 60% of daily sales.

According to one report, las year on prime day they sold around 90,000 TVs, two million toys, 200,000 headphones and 14,000 of a single brand of  laptops.

Watching other news, it appears that eBay is also running ads to compete with this highly competitive day of sales on Amazon.  I find it interesting that eBay has its own search engine built into the site. Have any of you tried it?

Reports also say that several of the big brand retail storefront outlets are being affected by losing sales to online outlets.

I wonder have  any or many of you switched to purchasing items online versus retail shopping?

Even Wal Mart is upping their marketing programs with their purchase online and drive in and pickup your items. Does our local El Dorado Wal Mart offer this? Or does any one know?

One this is for sure, things have changed a lot in my generations’ lifetime.

Arkansas DWI

WARNING: If you have been arrested for DWI in Arkansas your drivers license may be automatically suspended unless you take immediate action!

Arrested for DWI in El Dorado, Camden, Magnolia, Lewisville or Texarkana Arkansas?

Call Gary McDonald (870) 862-1498

Getting a DWI in Arkansas can be a very intimating event. Going through the court process with a DWI or Drunk Driving Arrest can extremely stressful and scary, not to mention costly.

You will need a qualified DWI attorney who knows the DWI laws in Arkansas.

 Gary McDonald knows the lawUnion County Courthouse and is Experienced

▪ Dozens of Jury Trials
▪ More than 100 DWI trials
▪ Hundreds of DWI Clients represented
▪ Thousands of hours spent in courtroom   

If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the State of Arkansas, you are facing potential fines, jail time, community service, permanent damage to your record, loss of liability insurance and a loss of driving privileges.

You need the services of a well-qualified DWI defense lawyer.  Police Officers and Prosecuting Attorneys will be trying to convince a Judge to assess driver’s license suspensions, heavy fines, court costs and jail sentences against you.

Call Gary McDonald at 870 862-1498 for a FREE Consultation!

Eldofest

Good Morning Friends,

Spring has finally arrived and with it, we have a lot going on in our fair city of El Dorado.
If you are interest in upcoming events in El Dorado, you may want to explore the website eldofest.com.

Their calendar has the lasted listings of the current events and activities going on in El Dorado. A few that are coming up are the El Dorado Art Walk on the 25th, the West Edge String Quartet on the 26th and a Taste of El Dorado on the 30th.

There are also some Job postings on the site. In all, its a great way to stay knowledgeable about the current events locally. if you are interested n whats going on in our fair city, take a look at the site and start following their page.

How did Black Friday get is name?

How did Black Friday get is name?

The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday is usually considered by retailers to be the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It seems as though the shopping season starts earlier every year as I have been seeing a lot of advertising claiming to be offering the Black Friday Deals early.

black friday signDid you ever wonder how Black Friday received its name? For some reason I had associated it with the recession after World War II when the stock market crashed and there were a multitude of suicides on Wall Street. I don’t know why I thought this, it’s just in my thoughts.

Being curious, I researched the origin of the name on my favorite search engine and received a multitude of hits offering information. I was amazed at what I found out.

Not only was my thinking wrong on the subject wrong, but apparently, a lot of other people has wrong ideas also.

Whats your thoughts on this?

Here are a couple of links to what I thought are interesting  articles about the origin of the name:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/thanksgiving/blackfriday.asp

MORE HELP FOR VETERANS

MORE HELP FOR VETERANS!!!!!

The Veterans Administration has developed what is being called the “Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative”.  According a Department of Veterans Affairs, April 30, 2009, Under Secretary for Health’s Information Letter, “The purpose of the initiative is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible Veterans in contact with the criminal justice system have access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) mental health and substantive services.”

In Arkansas, the initiative is being administered through the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.  The initiative is one of many programs that is being offered.

Although the initiative does not prevent or preclude a veteran from having to face the consequences of his or her actions, it does allow a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney an additional avenue to better serve the client.

The VJO Initiative website can be accessed at http://www1.va.gov/HOMELESS/VJO.asp.

If you would like to learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts, please see the  Justice for Vets site.

Are You a Victim of Identity Theft?

Are You a Victim of Identity Theft?

idenity3Approximately 15 million United States residents are victims of identity theft. Their identities are used fraudulently with financial losses each year totaling upwards of $50 billion.*

On a case-by-case basis, that means approximately 7% of all adults have their identities misused with each instance resulting in approximately $3,500 in losses.

According to the Federal Trade Commission Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. The number of identity theft incidents has reached 9.9 million a year.  Every minute about 19 people fall victim to identity theft.

And according to Wikipedia the Free online Encyclopedia, identity theft is a form of stealing someone’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, usually as a method to gain access to resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person’s name.

The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if they are held responsible for the perpetrator’s actions.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personally identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes such as when someone uses your personal information and Social Security number to set up new accounts that they can control and use to make purchases, or to even get a tax refund.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, you may need to take several steps to recover from it. The federal government has a one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft at www.identitytheft.gov

The site provides step-by-step advice and helpful resources like checklists and sample letters to use in your recovery process.

Warning Signs of Identity Theft

Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance. An identity thief can file a tax refund in your name and get your refund. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

Some warnings signs of Identity Theft are:

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

If your wallet, Social Security number, or other personal information is lost or stolen, there are to help protect yourself from identity theft.

See the checklist at https://www.identitytheft.gov/

Do I Need A Will

DO I NEED A WILL?

If you wish to designate how your estate is disbursed upon your death, you probably need a will. Your estate is generally considered to be your money, property and other possessions.

The laws vary considerably from state to state and if you die without a will, the state may decide who gets what, without regard to your wishes or your heirs’ needs.

A will is a legal document that sets forth your wishes regarding the distribution of your property upon your death.  Wills are also the best way to transfer guardianship of minors. A will can also be used to inform people about any other special wishes you would like carried out upon your death.

Also, in your will, you can name your executor, the person who you are designating to make sure that your wishes are carried out as outlined in your will.

You need for a will depends upon your specific circumstances. If you are a young person with no minor children and no assets, a will may not be beneficial to you. If you have minor children and extensive assets, a will may be beneficial to you and also your beneficiaries when you pass away.

If you have a small family with very few assets and you want to leave everything to them, creating a will is to meet your needs is fairly simple. If your situation is more complicated you’ll need to plan more carefully. A will can help make sure that what you leave behind passes to the people you intended.

To maximize the likelihood that your wishes are carried out, you want a will that is set forth in writing, and signed by you and your witnesses with your executor named.

As the laws do vary state by state, you may want to use an attorney to prepare your will to make sure it is legally valid and meets all the requirements set forth by the laws of your state.

 

Have you been arrested for DWI?

Have you been arrested for DWI – DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED?

It is against the laws of the State of Arkansas for a person to drive or to be in actual physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. A person is presumed to be intoxicated if he has a blood alcohol concentration in his breath, blood or urine of eight-hundredths (0.08) or more.

It is against the law for an individual to drink and drive in the state of Arkansas. But, just because a person is stopped by law enforcement personnel and arrested for driving under the influence that does not mean that person is guilty under /Arkansas Law.

Criminal and drunk driving convictions in Arkansas carry severe penalties.

If you have been arrested for a DWI, remember under Arkansas Law, you are innocent until proven guilty. You have to be convicted by the court to incur these penalties.

Just because you have been arrested does not mean you are automatically guilty. You have rights, but you must stand up for them. A DWI conviction can be devastating to you financially and personally.

Certain tests, steps and procedures must be followed and performed by the arresting officer when arresting a person for DWI to determine whether the individual is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If the arresting officer is not properly trained in how to perform these tests and procedures, it may result in a person being wrongfully arrested for DWI.

It is possible to successfully defend a “driving while intoxicated” charge. The State of Arkansas has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was intoxicated and was operating or in actual physical control of the vehicle at the time immediately prior to time of the investigation.

The U. S. Department of Transportation, through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, has compiled numerous “clues” which provide the investigating police officer with evidence on the question of intoxication. A well trained officer begins to collect those clues at the moment that he or she first observes you and/or the vehicle. The number of clues collected or observed will be presented to the trial court as a basis for a conviction.

Many police officers in this state are well trained and thus know how to identify, observe and report those clues. Others are not so well trained.

Successful trial lawyers will know those clues well. No attempt will be made herein to express those clues. A good trial lawyer will make an independent investigation to discover all of the information which the police officer had at the time of the arrest in order to make an independent determination whether the facts will support a conviction.

It is more difficult for the prosecuting attorney to obtain a conviction in those situations where the driver refuses to aid and assist in the gathering of those clues. Successful defenses often arise in those situations where the driver refuses to take field sobriety tests and/or refuses to submit to testing for blood alcohol content.

All too often, a driver who has had a “few” drinks will try to talk himself or herself out of the ticket. Such effort usually has the opposite effect of proving the investigating officer with evidence needed to support a conviction.

A person who is found guilty of driving while intoxicated will be subject to a fine, sentenced to a jail term or incarceration within the county jail wherein the conviction was rendered, and suffer additional penalties. The convicted driver will also suffer a suspension of driver’s license. Any person who is found guilty of driving while intoxicated by any district court has the automatic right to appeal the decision to a circuit court.

If you have been arrested on a driving under the influence charge take steps to protect your rights.

For a FREE case evaluation, call Garry MC Donald at the McDonald Law Firm. 870 862-1498

Offices Located in Simmons First Bank Plaza
100 West Grove Suite 308 El Dorado AR
PHONE (870) 862-1498 FAX (870) 862-4071
E-Mail: gary@garymcdonald.net

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