Canada Immigrant Investor Program

Canada Immigrant Investor Program – one of the fastest method to migrate to Canada especially for investors – has been established by the Government of Canada in 1986 to attract experienced business people and investors whom are able to invest CAD $800,000 into Canada’s economy over a 5-year period (interest-free) and interested to settle in Canada except the province of Quebec.

The applicant requires to provide proof of minimum two years of business management experience within the previous five years, minimum net worth of CAD $1,600,000 (legally obtained. Ex. properties, bank accounts, investments, stocks, bonds etc.), make and investment of CAD $800,000 (interest-free) which can be financed by an approved financial institution approved by the government of Canada and meet certain health and security requirements.

In return, the approved applicant and his/her family (dependents) will obtain permanent resident status upon arrival in Canada and can live, work, study, and conduct business in Canada and also can enter and leave Canada freely and of course applying for Canadian citizenship after minimum three years after landing in Canada.

Also, for those whom wants migrate to Canada and live in Quebec province, they have to apply through Quebec Immigrant Investor Program; the program have slightly different requirements. You still need to have at least two years management experience plus invest $800,000 and provide documents proofing net worth of CAD $1,600,000 (legally obtained) and meet certain health and security requirements.

In general both Canada Immigrant Investor Program and Quebec Immigrant Investor Program are among the fastest method to migrate to beautiful Canada.

When You Need an Immigration Attorney

United States immigration law is a complex field requiring the complete understanding of regulations and laws from multiple government agencies. With those laws and regulations being federal in nature, U.S. immigration attorneys handle cases in all 50 states and represent clients before federal agencies and circuit courts. Persons with immigration related issues of any kind, whether personal or business, require competent counsel from an experienced attorney who specializes in immigration law to help ensure successful results.

Immigration attorneys assist individuals with such immigration issues as applications for work visas, marriage and fiance visas, family petitions, investor visas, deportation defense, asylum, citizenship, motions to reopen, appeals, and any other issue that involve immigration both directly and indirectly. The immigration attorney is able to assess each individual situation with the knowledge of all applicable laws and resources for available options to help resolve the issue or prepare an appeal.

Businesses benefit from representation of an expert immigration attorney when trying to establish a U.S. subsidiary or affiliate. Legal representation is strongly recommended when transferring employees to the U.S. to expedite work visas or legal permanent residence status. It is also recommended before investing in U.S. companies to protect the business interests.

Immigration law is too complex to trust to an inexperienced attorney, with errors or omissions having costly and potentially irreparable consequences. For competent representation, be sure that your immigration attorney is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ask about similar cases to yours that the attorney has successfully represented so you will know that your attorney has the experience needed to offer you the very best available counsel.

Basics of Information Security

Accessing information stored in a computer ordinarily will implicate the owner’s reasonable expectation of privacy in the information. See United States v. Barth, 26 F. Supp. 2d 929, 936-37 (W.D. Tex. 1998) (finding reasonable expectation of privacy in files stored on hard drive of personal computer) The below are a few examples to insure your private information remains private.

1. Encrypt the file/folder; Have a passphrase, do NOT use a word due to software that can do dictionary attacks in multiple languages, but you must utilize a passphrase with numbers and characters. DO NOT write it down. If you are a corporation, remember, industrial espionage is rampant. Ex-KGB, and other out of work intelligence officers make a living applying their trade to the highest bidder these days. I prefer PGP, or Blowfish encryption.

2. Use a wiping utility, CyberScrub, Evidence-Eliminator, etc. that wipes the cache area of your computer; this is where passwords are sometimes stored, and the software also has features that allow you to destroy web browsing history, photographs, etc.

3. Trust your computer to no one. Software and hardware devices cost as little as $30 and will record each character you type and e-mail it to the person who wants to know your passphrase, bank account info, etc. Of course, do NOT open e-mail you do not know who it is from since their is spyware you can be e-mailed, and it will install once opened.

4. If you want to put the icing on the computer security cake, use a proxy that does not keep logs of their users activity, and has a rotating IP which makes hacking your computer next to impossible.

Why Are There So Many Car Accidents Happening on Today’s Roads?

The country has been experiencing a wave of vehicle accidents on its busy roadways. Car accident are not something anyone wants to have happen. Besides potential injuries, there are serious accident costs to repair your vehicle and then there will be the issue of driving in the future. Your insurance rates are surely to go up if you are found to be at fault. Why are so many car accidents happening? There are many reasons and some suggestions to avoid them:

1. There are more drivers on the roads than ever before. The country is a growing and the freeways and roads have never been busier.

2. More people are spending more time on the roads. There are just simply more drivers, driving for longer periods of time.

3. To avoid traffic drivers could check with Sigalert but very few do.

4. Busy area drivers are distracted while on the road. Police report that the main cause of accidents is drivers being distracted while on the roads. In interviewing several experienced Highway Patrol officers they said in 2011 there were increased incidents of car accidents from cell phone usage, texting, and eating food or consuming a beverage instead of focusing on the road.

5. One car crash happened when two drivers, neither of which was paying attention, were both distracted. One was looking at the ocean and the other was texting.

6. This country seems to be home to fast drivers. There were many that have been hurt in car accidents as a result of speeding. On a good day, the average speeds on freeway around the country can exceed 85-90 MPH. That’s more than 20% above the legal speed limit for driving. We know from speaking with motorcycle accident lawyers that many of the motorcycle accidents involve speeding. The chances for a fatality increase significantly if there is speeding involved in an accident.

7. The country has many distractions. One of the worst for drivers can be weather. The chances that you will have more blind spots from the brightness of the sun’s rays or from too much rain or snow has the potential to contribute to a car crash.

The best suggestions for drivers throughout the beautiful country is take great care while on the highways and roads. Don’t be distracted, don’t speed, and prepare for traffic and lots of other drivers being out there while on the roadways.

5 Actions To Take Right Now When Planning for Divorce

When you experience the unexpected loss of a marriage or are thinking about ending a marriage, it can feel like all of a sudden you’ve been blindsided and the rug has been pulled out from under your feet. At the same time, it can feel overwhelming and scary if you don’t know where to look for answers to the steady stream of questions whirling around in your mind.

You can, however, face and overcome your fears by taking these 5 steps right now:

1. Make your mental and emotional health your number one priority. It is essential that you see an excellent mental health professional. If you don’t have someone in mind, you simply have to take matters into your own hands and commit yourself to finding the best of the best. You deserve it!

I know that the lack of a clear path can be overwhelming, especially when you have immediate pressing concerns, like taking care of your children and going to work each day. I urge you to make this a top priority. It’s like when you’re in an airplane and the flight attendants tell you in case of an emergency to place the oxygen mask over yourself first before tending to your children. It’s extremely difficult (not to mention stressful!) to tend to others when you are not in a good place emotionally.

2. Gather information. Knowledge is power. Read anything you can about divorce and the emotional process that you’re going through. If anything, you will most likely feel better when you can validate what you’re feeling.

One book that I often recommend to clients is “Crazy Time” by Abigail Trafford. It describes the divorce process and walks you through the stages of grief. There are also many books on talking to children about divorce and separation.

You should also make sure you have a really good certified financial planner, tax advisor, and if necessary, a tax and estate planning attorney and any others who may be needed. You can obtain references from your attorney, trusted friends, colleagues and family.

3. Make a Plan. Make a list of what is most important to you. Protecting your children? Financial independence? Both? What else? Write down what goals would be ideal for you to achieve. Then, make a list of the resources you will need to consult to get additional information.

4. Gather documentation regarding your finances. You should immediately gather as much information as possible to get a complete understanding of your financial circumstances, including your income and expenses.

Ideally, you should obtain for at least the past 6 months the following: bank account statements, statements concerning your retirement accounts (IRA, 401k, pensions, annuities), stocks and brokerage account statements, deeds and mortgage documents, car insurance and loan documents, paystubs, bonus and commission statements, federal and state income tax returns for at least the last 3 years, credit card statements and loan documentation, medical insurance and life insurance documentation, business records and ledgers, list of monthly expenses for utilities and specific household expenses in budget format (such as Excel spreadsheet).

5. Get good solid legal advice. Any attorney you consult should practice exclusively in family and matrimonial matters. Make sure the attorney explains to you the different processes by which you can get divorced, traditional litigation, mediation, collaborative divorce, arbitration. Before you meet with an attorney, you should view his or her website and research how each divorce process works so that you can better decide which feels right for you.

You will now be on your way to creating a new life for yourself and your children by making informed choices that will enable you to achieve your most valuable goals for the future.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please call my office and I will look forward to helping you.

Responding To The Crime Of Paternity Fraud

Paternity fraud is a serious challenge to the legal establishment, even though it is not legally defined as a crime. Paternity fraud occurs when a woman identifies the wrong man as the father of her child. The man may believe that he is the father and ends up having to pay a substantial portion of his income in child support, until the child reaches adulthood. This often happens when a woman has an extra marital affair that results in a pregnancy. Often, women cover this up by naming their husband as the father. Paternity fraud usually takes place when the man does not doubt that he is the child’s father and is under the impression that he was the woman’s only sexual partner during their relationship or at the time of conception.

The consequences of this are far reaching, and affect not only the man, but also the child. The man is legally required to pay child support and can go to jail if he is unable to do so. The child can end up losing many means of support such as social security benefits, its inheritance, military benefits, and the knowledge of its paternal family history. Because paternity fraud is not generally recognized as a crime, it has become widespread and endemic. Read on to learn about the best recourses for responding to paternity fraud.

If you suspect that you are a victim of paternity fraud, the first course of action you should take is to seek expert legal advice. Your lawyer will be able to tell you what the best legal course of action will be. You should not pursue legal action before being properly advised and briefed by a competent lawyer who has experience in dealing with paternity and paternity fraud issues.

You should be aware that there is still not much precedent of men being compensated and relieved of financial fraud. In fact, men who are often clearly not the child’s father are still required by law to keep supporting it. This happens so often because the state has a vested interest in mothers naming their children’ fathers, so that the state does not need to support the child out of its own finances. Child support money is known to significantly swell federal bank balances.

The legal actions you can take can include DNA testing. DNA testing is a test of genetic material and can determine with more than 99% accuracy whether you are the child’s father or not. DNA testing is a tried and tested method of establishing a genetic link between a man and his alleged offspring. DNA testing is routinely available in labs throughout the country, but you may require the mother’s assent or a court’s order in order to be able to have it done, which can often be hard to obtain. This is why good legal counsel is of crucial in paternity fraud cases.

Recent legal developments have given defrauded men some reason to cheer. Many states are considering changing their antiquated paternity laws in light of new technologies such as DNA fingerprinting which are capable of determining paternity without any doubt. Courts now often require DNA testing before a man is required to shoulder the responsibility of providing for a child. Divorce cases commonly require DNA testing as a matter of course. You should be aware of all your legal options should the need arise, and therefore it is essential that you hire a good lawyer, one who is experienced and proficient in paternity fraud cases.

Responding to paternity fraud is difficult and your legal options can sometimes be limited, but with the right legal counsel, there is no reason you cannot overcome the fraud and even counter claim for damages.

The Facts About Online Divorce

When most people think of divorce they think of a stressful situation in which two spouses are on bad terms with one another. They are ready to take all their possessions and split them down the middle and have nothing to do with one another ever again. The unfortunate part of this scenario is that it is sometimes true. The fortunate part is that it this type of divorce only happens in a very small percentage of divorces.

Most divorces are actually amicable meaning both parties have agreed to terminate the marriage. They have also agreed on how to divide their property, possessions and have come to an agreement on child support and visitation. This makes things so much easier to put up with in court.

Now you may be wondering what this has to do with the facts about online divorce. The online divorce procedure requires the two spouses to have already agreed to how the division of all property and debts has been determined. Once this is done its just a matter of filling out a questionnaire to allow the Online Divorce Provider to draft the proper forms to take to the local court to be filed.

Here are the facts.

Will you still need to appear in court?

Most likely yes, but it’s not as bad as it may seem. Usually the court appearance consists of you answering a few questions about when and where you were married, when you separated and how long it’s been since you had cohabitation with one another.

Does your spouse need to appear in court?

The answer is no he/she doesn’t need to be there as long as either you have a waiver signed by your spouse agreeing to the terms of the Separation Agreement or you are unable to locate your spouse and the courts have put in an order of publication.

Are there other fees involved?

Yes. But don’t let that scare you. Once you have purchased your online divorce paperwork from the provider, you will need to also file those papers at your county clerk. It’s best to call your local county clerk for filing fees as they do vary from state to state.

How long does the process usually take?

Under regular circumstances your divorce will be final in about 4 weeks if you and your spouse have already agreed on everything. It then becomes just a matter of how long it takes to get your paperwork notarized. The actual length of time can vary depending on the work load of your local clerk. If everything is done in an expedited manor and the clerk workload is not too great, I have seen a divorce finalized in as little as 2 weeks.

These questions and more can be answered at 95DollarDivorce.com. Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions for more in-depth information.

The Trademark Application Process and Costs (Detailed)

A United States trademark grants its owner the right to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark in connection with similar goods or services. The cost of a trademark application can vary considerably depending on the existence of any similar marks.

The trademark application process moves through three stages:

Stage 1 – The Application

As a preliminary matter, trademark applicants have four options for trademark application depending on their particular circumstances:

1) Section 1(a) of the Lanham Act (the United States Trademark Act) allows application for applicants who have already made use of their mark in United States commerce (e.g., already doing business in the US).

2) Section 1(b) of the Lanham Act allows application for applicants who verify that they intent to use the mark in United States commerce within 1 year of publication on the National Register. Such application must be perfected within 1 year by submitting specimens to prove use of the mark in commerce. The purpose of a 1(b) application is for applicants who have not yet used the mark in the US to “lock” in their date of priority to the date of their 1(b) application — in other words, if another entity uses a similar mark after the applicant’s 1(b) application but before the date of perfection, the original applicant will be accorded priority as of the date of its 1(b) application.

3) Section 44(e) of the Lanham Act allows foreign applicants who already own a trademark registration in their foreign country of origin to register their mark in the US based on such foreign registration.

4) Section 44(d) of the Lanham Act allows foreign applicants to “lock” the day of priority for their mark to the day of their foreign trademark application. The practical results of this are the same as in the 1(b) application described above.

Applicants may apply under a combination of the above options. For example, they may apply under Section 1(a) if they have already used the mark in the US and they may also use Section 44(d) to lock their date of priority to the date of their potentially earlier foreign application.

Costs for Stage 1:

USPTO Fees: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) charges a $325 filing fee for each class under which the applicant wishes to register their trademark. A “class” is a description of the type of goods or services with which the mark is associated. For example, Craigslist.com is registered for Class 35 (advertising information) and Class 38 (interactive bulletin boards).

Attorney Fees: Most attorneys charge hourly for trademark work or otherwise charge a flat fee based on the estimate time it would take to complete the initial filing. The initial paperwork for a Stage 1 filing should take no longer than one hour. As explained below, it is not possible to estimate the time it would take to move an application through Stages 2-3.

Search Fees: The USPTO does not refund filing fees, thus prior to filing the application it is highly advisable to have your attorney conduct a search of the USPTO database to confirm that a registration or application for a similar mark does not already exist. The most advisable search method is to have the attorney engage a specialist service, like Thompson CompuMark, to perform a thorough search. Such services generally charge $600-800 for the search.

While most attorneys can perform the search for a lower fee, we feel it borders on malpractice not to urge the client to pursue the more thorough option.

Stage 2 – Office Actions

Once the application is filed, the USPTO will assign an Examiner to evaluate the proposed trademark and decide whether it meets the requirements for publication to the Official Gazette.

The USPTO will issue Office Actions, in the form of correspondence from the Examiner to the applicant, if the Examiner finds defects in the application. The most common and innocuous defects include improper or vague description of the goods and services associated with the mark or a vague description of the mark itself. Such defects can be remedied with a short and simple response to the Office Action.

A more serious Office Action arises if the Examiner finds the application to be confusingly similar to an already-existing trademark. While the chances of seeing this situation are practically non-existent if the applicant performed a thorough search of the USPTO database prior to applying, there is, unfortunately, no 100% guarantee.

At this stage, depending on how similar the existing mark is, and based on his attorney’s advice, the applicant may wish to dispute the examiner’s decision or to abandon the application.

Costs for Stage 2:

USPTO Fees: There are no USPTO fees for responding to Office Actions. There is a $100 per class filing fee to appeal the Examiner’s final decision if the applicant’s responses fail.

Attorney Fees: Attorneys charge an hourly rate for responding to Office Actions and, where applicable, for appealing adverse decisions.

Stage 3 – Publication to the Federal Register and Potential Opposition

Once the applicant successfully moves through Stage 2 by satisfying any problems the Examiner may have with the application (or by successfully appealing an Examiner’s adverse decision), the proposed trademark will be published in the Official Gazette to allow other trademark owners the opportunity to Oppose the mark in the event that they feel it is substantially similar to their registered mark or their unregistered mark for which they may have priority of use (e.g.., they used the mark in US commerce before the applicant used it or before the applicant established priority with his application).

If a trademark owner makes an opposition, the application will proceed to litigation between the Applicant and the Opposer before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Costs for Stage 3:

USPTO Fees: There are no USPTO fees for Stage 3 other than any TTAB filing fees which may arise out of an Opposition litigation.

Attorney Fees: If the application is Opposed by another entity with a substantially similar mark, the application will proceed as a litigation. It is difficult to estimate the number of attorney’s hours such litigation will require. Moreover, additional costs of such litigation will include the costs of discovery to ascertain whether the marks are similar, whether the Opposer has priority, as well as any other remedies that applicant may have depending on the facts learned in discovery.

The total costs of such litigation can range in the tens of thousands of dollars and, as such, we advise our clients that litigation is always the option of last resort. If such a situation occurs, we help our clients minimize costs by vigorously pursuing a settlement with the Opposer whereby the Opposer would agree to a “concurrent” use of the mark in return for some set value of remuneration.

Summary

The foregoing provides a list of all of the possibilities in the best and worst case scenarios. In most cases, a trademark application will proceed to the Official Gazette without any Office Action (Stage 2) or any Opposition (Stage 3). As explained above, we always advise our clients to elect a thorough USPTO database search prior to filing the application because such a search is the best way to predict how the application will proceed.

Bike Lanes Prevent Injury and Reduce the Need for an Auto Accident Injury Lawyer

In cities across the United States, drivers may be noticing a narrow separate lane has been added on the side of the street. These designated bike lanes, sometimes marked by a symbol of a bicycle to denote their purpose, are preventing automobile-bicycle accidents across the nation and saving people money they would have spent on hospital bills and an auto accident injury lawyer.

Many people’s excuses for not making the healthier, more eco-friendly decision to ride a bike instead of a vehicle include issues with safety and not having a smooth, continuous path on which to ride. Many Americans who own bikes simply consider them recreational toys that are meant to be brought to the park to ride around for exercise.

However, the bicycle is slowly reclaiming its place as a viable transportation device. Thanks to the addition of bike lanes in many major cities, more people have been getting to and from work, school and the grocery on two wheels.

Studies have shown that the number of bike accidents decreases as the number of bicyclists on the road increases. The lanes encourage main road bicycling, which has proven to decrease automobile traffic. The greater presence of bicyclists forces those who do choose to drive automobiles to take the lanes seriously and to yield to the more fragile vehicle.

In the Netherlands, for example, the rate of automobile-on-bicycle accidents is about 26 times lower than that of the United States. This is true despite the fact that about 25 percent of their population commutes by bike, while only 1 percent of our population does so. Why? The Netherlands, though a much smaller area, contains over 18,000 miles of segregated bicycle lanes.

The lanes encourage more cycling and less driving, a change that is overall beneficial. More cycling and less driving means less traffic, less pollution, more exercise, more safety and less money one would potentially spend on gas, maintenance and an auto accident injury lawyer.

But some people have taken issue with the lanes. In New York, ironically one of the first U.S. cities to establish enforceable bike lanes, protesters argue that the lanes take away from their rights as motor vehicle operators by forcing them to share the road. Other arguments against the lanes include the fact that they take away precious curbside parking spots, run through loading zones originally designated for delivery trucks and sometimes actually cause more traffic because of the narrowed lanes.

However frustrating the adjustment period might be, studies have shown that equipping cities with bike-friendly roadways severely reduces instances of automobile-on-bicycle accidents and injuries. The protection of people’s lives and physical safety outweighs the minor Inconveniences posed by the lanes.

In the end, most drivers probably would prefer to suck it up and yield to bikers than to have to deal with an auto accident injury lawyer after accidentally knocking a cyclist off of a bicycle-unfriendly roadway.

About Whiplash Injury And Compensation Claims

Whiplash is one of the most common types of injury sustained when road traffic accidents occur. Whiplash is not a life threatening injury, but it can cause pain, discomfort, partial disability and may take a long time to make full recovery depending on the severity of the injury.

Whiplash injury can be described as a range of injuries to the neck. It occurs when the soft tissues in the neck and spine become stretched after the body is subjected to a sudden, forceful jerk, which mostly happens in car accidents, especially rear-end collisions. But, whiplash injuries can also occur as a result of sporting accidents and accidents at the workplace.

Symptoms Of Whiplash

Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash are headaches, stiffness in the neck, reduced neck movement, swelling around the neck area and pain in the shoulders and neck. The symptoms of whiplash usually take few days to fully develop and it may be essential to seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms following a road accident.

Other symptoms of whiplash may include tiredness, blurred vision, dizziness, inability to concentrate, memory loss and ringing in the ears.

In the most severe cases of whiplash injury, the victim may experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Whiplash Injury Claim

If you have suffered whiplash injuries in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to seek whiplash injury compensation. Following a successful whiplash injury claim, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the following:

– Injury, pain and trauma

– Lost income

– Medical expenses

– Prescription costs

– Cost of travelling

– Other financial losses

The best way to deal with a whiplash injury claim is with the help of experienced personal injury lawyers. The injury lawyer you choose to handle your claim can become your legal advisor and help you obtain what you rightfully deserve. Once you appoint an injury lawyer to act on your behalf, he will take care of the entire claims process.

It is quite logical that you shouldn’t pay for something that was not your fault. Why should you pay for medical expenses, treatment costs, vehicle repair costs and deal with pain and injuries when it was not your fault? This is the reason it is important to seek legal advice and consider pursuing an injury claim so that you are compensated for all your losses. With the help of expert No Win No Fee injury claim lawyers, you don’t even have to worry about funding your claim in any respect.

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