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Eight questions your LLC operating agreement should address

Many entrepreneurs choose to structure their business as a limited liability company (LLC). Entrepreneurs often favor this structure because it involves beneficial components of both the corporation and partnership structures.

If you are starting an LLC, you probably already know there are numerous steps to take in the formation stage of your business. One of these steps is drafting the LLC operating agreement, which details the members’ rights and responsibilities for the business, as well as how the business will operate. When signed, this document binds the members to its terms.

Defensive driving can keep you safe: Follow these tips

Defensive driving is extremely important to your well being on the road, as taking this approach can help you safely reach your destination. It may be a change to what you're used to, but once you understand the finer details of defensive driving you'll realize it's for the better.

Here are four tips you can follow to turn yourself into a defensive driving pro:

  • Be aware of other drivers: You should always know what other drivers are doing, including where they are currently positioned and the next move they may make.
  • Assume the other driver isn't as cautious as you: Despite the fact that most people try to drive safely, don't give anyone the benefit of the doubt. Assume that other drivers will make a mistake, as this will prepare you to take action to avoid an accident.
  • Leave more space: At a minimum, leave a two-second space between you and the vehicle in front of you. For enhanced safety, lengthen this out to four seconds.
  • Avoid all distractions: Any distraction, from a cell phone to joking with passengers, greatly increases the risk of an accident. If you have to do anything outside of driving, pull to the side of the road.

How parents can minimize their kids' stress amid divorce

No matter how hard divorcing parents work to minimize the impact of their break-up on their children, those kids are likely to experience some level of stress. It's important for parents and other adults in children's lives (like coaches and teachers) to be on the lookout for signs of stress.

These can include regressing to behaviors they had outgrown, emotional outbursts and exhibiting new fears and anxieties. Signs of stress can also be more physical in nature -- including stomach problems, headaches, bedwetting and changes in eating and sleeping habits.

Property division in divorce: Address these questions

Once you decide to divorce, there will come a point in the near future when you begin to think about property division. Although you may have concerns about equitable division, there are steps you can take to put your mind at ease.

Here are some of the most common questions associated with property division in divorce:

  • Do you know the difference between marital and separate property? If you acquired an asset during your marriage, it's almost always considered marital property and is subject to division. However, if you bring an asset into your marriage, it may not be subject to division.
  • What happens to the family home? There's no easy answer to this question, as it depends largely on your situation and what you negotiate with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. For example, the person with physical custody of your children may decide to stay in the home to maintain stability. Or maybe you decide to sell the home and split the proceeds. There is more than one option to consider.
  • How does debt affect property division? It's easy to focus on assets, but most people don't want to think about all their debt. This must also be divided in a divorce and can include things such as credit cards, mortgage, car loans and personal loans.

Child custody: Why does the 'worst' parent sometimes win custody?

One of the most important ways to view your child custody disagreements is from the perspective of your child's best interests. Your child's essential needs must be met as stated in the custody plan upon which you agree or the court orders.

Children are vulnerable, and while they are growing up, parents are their protectors. Therefore, it's your job to prevent your child from suffering emotional or physical injuries. But if one parent is highly litigious and/or an aggressive fighter in court, it could help them win a child custody case. But being an aggressive litigant doesn't always translate into being a good parent.

How to tell your children about your upcoming divorce

Telling your kids that you and your spouse are going to divorce may be one of the most difficult conversations you have with your children. While there is no cookie-cutter script that will work in every situation, there are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare to break the news.

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Placing trust in your criminal defense attorney

When your freedom and your good name is at stake, it can be hard to trust another person to protect your interests. As criminal defense lawyers, no one knows this better than we do. While we empathize and understand this reaction, we also know that mutual trust and cooperation between an attorney and the defendant is a critical element of creating a solid criminal defense.

If you feel you cannot trust your lawyer, you might be tempted to be less communicative, which could have a negative effect on your entire defense. In the interests of improving your situation if you are facing charges, we offer the following tips to help you trust your chosen attorney.

  • Ask questions about your lawyer's experience with cases similar to yours
  • Find out how many cases your attorney has won and how many he or she has lost
  • Ask how your lawyer prepares a defense strategy and if he or she is able to conduct an investigation into the details of your case
  • Tell your attorney about any concerns you have regarding your case
  • Pay attention to the responses you receive from your lawyer to determine how committed he or she is to your defense.

Using parenting provisions to ensure the welfare of your child

Imagine you were married to a spouse who didn't contribute anything to the family. Perhaps you were responsible for all of the child-rearing tasks or you earned all of the money for your household, whereas your spouse lazily did nothing. If your spouse is an irresponsible, disorganized person, it can be terrifying to leave your children with him or her in a joint custody arrangement. How do you know your children will be bathed, fed and cared for in a supportive and nurturing environment?

By including specific parenting provisions related to child rearing within your parenting plan, you can create legal requirements pertaining to the care of your child. If the other parent fails to carry out these requirements, you can take legal action to enforce the agreement. Here are several examples of parenting provisions related to child rearing:

Get into the habit of following these co-parenting tips

The thought alone of co-parenting is enough to scare you. You know how important it is to protect your children. At the same time, you worry about your ability to get along with your ex-spouse.

There are several co-parenting tips you can follow to ease the tension and ensure a better future for everyone.

  • Take everyone's feelings into consideration: Rather than think about yourself all the time, consider the impact of each decision on your children and your ex-spouse. This alone will help you make better decisions.
  • Keep an open mind: It's nice to find a schedule that works and stick with it, but flexibility is a big part of co-parenting success. With an open mind, it's easier to maintain peace.
  • Not everything has to turn into an argument: There are times when you have no choice but to push back. There are also times when a minor argument with your ex can be overlooked.
  • Focus on the importance of communication: You don't have to speak with your ex every day, but you should communicate with them when necessary. You can do so over the phone, in person or via email or text. Just make sure you choose a communication method that allows you to easily get in touch and stay in touch.

Cincinnati landscaper accused of fraud over minority contracts

Did a large Cincinnati landscaping company set up a shell company in order to deceive the city and state so that it could win contracts earmarked for small businesses or minority-owned companies?

Those are essentially the allegations against the owner of Evans Landscaping, a prominent figure in the Cincinnati business community. Aside from fraud and deceptive business practices, the owner is also accused of wire fraud. If convicted of all the charges, the company owner could be sentenced to 103 years in prison.

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