Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Employers: Draft your Social Media and Internet Policy

If you are a business owner, it is a good idea to have a social media  and internet policy. Make the policy clear and understandable and make sure all employees receive a copy and have the means of referring to it at a later date.

A clear policy can do the following:

1. Prevent misunderstandings about what is and is not appropriate to discuss or show online

2. Prevent employees from claiming that they are not all treated equally (taking things "as they come" can result in inconsistent policies or reprimands).

3. Encourage employees to put out a positive image about your business online (discouraging any mention of your business online ignores an avenue of positive publicity)

4. Prevent allegations of discrimination or privacy invasion if you have to discuss an area of concern with your employees. For instance, do you allow your employees to use your company name on their personal social network profiles and if so, how would you feel if you saw the employee scantily dressed or obviously drunk on that same profile that contains the name of your company? Do you as the employer claim the right to look through any company computers and view anything that is stored on them, regardless of whether the work station is assigned to a particular employee?

Drafting an understandable internet and social media policy can help you  prevent understandings, embarrassement, or negative publicity later on.

Kalish Law Office: Business attorneys - The Woodlands, Texas Since 1984

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Using Specific Powers of Attorney to Save you Time and Trouble

It seems as if no matter how well you plan things, there are always scheduling conflicts. It’s too bad that we can’t be in two places at once.

The “Specific Power of Attorney” was created for people on-the-go.   Using a specific power of attorney, you can designate someone to act in your place legally, and you don’t have to give them unrestricted access to your entire life.

You can use a specific power of attorney to name one particular person, acting in your place, to attend a specific meeting at a specific time, for a specific purpose.  Your designated agent will be able to make decisions and sign documents in your stead. Their authority can expire on a certain date, or after a particular piece of business is concluded.

So, if the closing for the sale of your home sale in San Antonio is scheduled at the exact same time as closing for your home purchase in The Woodlands while you are in a mandatory meeting in Topeka, it’s still doable!

Perhaps you would like someone here in The Woodlands to be responsible for negotiating and handling the sale or purchase of some type of property (real estate, vehicle, or other personal property) while you are away on business in China for several months.   A specific document can be created for that purpose.
Thanks to technology, we can fax, email, send overnight packages, skype, IM and Tweet. But in situations where you feel more comfortable with a live person representing you,  remember that you have the option to create a specific legal document for that specific time and purpose.  A business attorney can help you create the document so that it will be legally acceptable for your particular purpose.

Kalish Law Office- The Woodlands, Texas- Business and Family Attorneys. “Passionate, Professional and Personal. We make the Difference.” Since 1984

Monday, May 14, 2012

Filing a Deed after a Probate Case is Finished

If you have inherited property in Texas, and have already gone through the probate process, don't forget that you may still need to have additional documents filed in the county real property records. This filing is the final step to transfer ownership, puts other people on notice that you own the property, allows the taxing authorities to update the account, and will be available to a title company in case you should ever decide to sell the property.  

In some cases, a deed will need to be filed that shows that you are now the owner of the property.

In other cases (depending on the situation), an order from the probate court may be able to be filed in the real estate records of the county where the property exists.   (however, these are very specific cases called "muniment of title" in Texas.  States other than Texas may still require a deed).

A deed from the estate must be prepared in a specific way, so that it is clear that the estate is transferring the property to the beneficiary/new owner.

Proper preparation and filing of the final paperwork will prevent questions later on, will insure that ownership is clear, will prevent disputes and allow the property to be sold or passed by will when the time comes.

If you have gone through probate and inherited property, make sure that these final steps are performed, to prevent any loose ends.

Kalish Law Office: Wills and Probate Attorneys, The Woodlands, Texas  Since 1984