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.

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.

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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.

DWI Warrantless Drug Testing

Drivers now have the right to refuse warrantless DWI blood testing!!!!!

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Most states have laws that prohibit motorists from driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that exceeds a specified level. A test is required to determine whether a driver’s BAC is over the legal limit. Prior to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, under Arkansas law, a driver could be required to take one or more tests, which include breath, blood and urine, without the necessity of a search warrant.

squad-carBecause drivers often refuse to take the test, Arkansas has passed what is known as the “implied consent law” which makes it a crime to refuse the test. The law imposes a criminal penalty on any motorist who refuses to undergo testing when there is sufficient reason to believe the motorist is violating the State’s drunk-driving laws. The dilemma faced by such person is real. If the person takes the test, the risk is a conviction for driving while intoxicated. If the person refuses the test, the risk is convictions for both driving while intoxicated and for the refusal to submit to the test. Many legal practitioners have long believed that those implied consent laws violate the right, guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, to be free from an unreasonable search and seizure.

In Birchfield v. North Dakota, the US Supreme Court decided to address the question of whether a state may criminally punish a motorist who refuses to submit to breath or blood tests for purposes of determining blood alcohol content. The matter of the enforceability of the implied consent laws came before the High Court in the two separate contexts of breath and blood.

The Court decided that a State may legally require a motorist to submit to a BREATH TEST, without the necessity of a search warrant, and to punish those motorists who refuse to take the breath test. Conversely, the Court decided that a State may not require a motorist to submit to a BLOOD TEST, without a search warrant, and thereafter punish those motorists who refuse to submit to the warrantless blood draw.

The Fourth Amendment is alive and well!!!

Submit any questions that you may have to Gary McDonald. gary@garymcdonald.net

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.