The Importance of Working with an International Tax Lawyer

If you’ve ever started a business, you know how it feels to be up to your neck in paperwork. There’s a lot of work to be done before you can open your doors for business. Skipping any steps can spell disaster for your company’s future. Everything must be done perfectly or else you’re setting yourself up for failure.

A faulty product design or service that’s not up to par will disappoint your future customers. Failing to market your business properly makes it impossible for the public to even know what you’re selling. And not filing taxes properly can land you in a lot of hot water with the IRS.

Everyone knows that the two certainties we have in this life are death and taxes. The Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, is the revenue service of the United States. They are there to help out taxpayers by providing tax assistance and to investigate potentially fraudulent tax filings. Basically, they’re around to keep everyone accountable, from individuals to business owners.

If you get on their bad side, you’re in for a world of trouble. THEVOZ Attorneys, LLC says that businesses that wish to go international can reorganize between a tax-free and a taxable plan depending on their needs. However, this reorganization needs to be accounted for every step along the way, or else the implications can be severe.

Not only is getting in trouble with the IRS a huge pain to deal with, but it can also have lasting damages. Hefty fines and jail time are just two of the ways that the IRS can punish a new business owner for failing to file their taxes correctly.

Going to jail is pretty much the last thing anyone wants to do, especially after putting in a bunch of time and effort to get their business up and running. The best thing for someone looking to trade internationally is to get in touch with a law firm who specializes in international tax systems.

Because most of the business in the United States is registered at a State level, it can be difficult to figure out how to file. There are three levels at which a business can be listed, and the level to which the business is assigned greatly impacts the process of filing taxes. Additionally, going international throws a major wrench into things.

Going international is a great thing for a business. It opens doors to new investors and spreads the word about your company. But, it also changes the jurisdiction of taxes from the U.S. to a foreign-based zone. If you don’t know how to alter your filings accordingly, you can face fines or even jail time.

To avoid this, speak with a law office who can walk you through these steps. They can make the difference between a flourishing company and a disgraced business owner. Don’t let yourself become the latter, find a firm who can work with you to make sure you’re in the right hands.

Read More

Industries in Southeast South Carolina

Many people know Myrtle Beach for their golf courses and beautiful beaches, putting tourism as an obvious booming industry in the region. Though tourism brings in millions of dollars each year, I wanted to find out more about the industries that prop up the Myrtle Beach and southeast South Carolina economy.

According to the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development website, the following are key industries in Horry County:

  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Healthcare

To better learn about the role that each of these industries plays in the community, I took a more in-depth look at the varied ways that these businesses manifest in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. Launching a career in Myrtle Beach is within reach for many people living in the area.

According to information found on the Law Office of William J. Luce website, South Carolina has laws in place to protect employee’s rights should they experience undue discrimination or pay violations. These protections are also important in ensuring that workers thrive.


In the last decade, the aerospace engineering industry has grown by 600% in Myrtle Beach. The International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP) is located near Myrtle Beach, which makes the region hugely popular for aerospace companies. It has a runway of over 9,500 feet.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Zephyr International, Chippewa Aerospace, Kingman Airline Services, and Executive Helijet are all companies that operate out of ITAP. These companies provide hundreds of jobs to residents in the region and feed millions of dollars back into the southeast South Carolina community.


There are over 35 manufacturing companies in Horry County, employing more than 3,500 workers. It’s estimated that by 2020 around 1,500 more people will be hired. These manufacturing jobs offer decent pay for trade school graduates and engineers alike, keeping workers and their families financially stable.

For students in Horry County, there are plenty of educational opportunities for those looking to ultimately work in the manufacturing business. With three universities and a variety of trade schools teaching in welding, robotics, and engineering.


Hubs like Silicon Valley are known for their abundant tech startup scene. So it may surprise some to know that Horry County has many opportunities for students and prospective employees hoping to work in the technology field. StartupSC is one such place that connects people within the industry. The space is meant to help them foster connections, seek advice, and collaborate with other tech enthusiasts in Horry County.


Horry County is home to numerous hospitals and healthcare hubs. In the last decade, the industry has only grown as nearby universities and programs provide excellent educational resources for those looking to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Additionally, the presence of quality hospitals in the region provides excellent access to care for residents and tourists alike.

The following are some of the facilities in the region:

  • Tidelands Health
  • McLeod Seacoast Hospital
  • McLeod Loris Hospital
  • Conway Medical
  • Grand Strand Health

Each facility boasts different specialties and address patients with varying needs from orthopedics, cardiac care, palliative care, neurosurgery and beyond.

Read More

Breast Implants an Important Part of Psychology

Breast implants tend to conjure up the same image: models on the beach with suspiciously perfect bodies. While its true that it isnt hard to find breast implants on display in movies, in modeling photos, or on beaches, the breast implant is far more than just a feature to make the already beautiful more beautiful (although it is that as well, for what its worth).

No, breast implants are also an important part of psychological medicine. This has been recognized for years in some countries. The British NHS (national healthcare system) covers breast implants in cases where issues with the breasts (such as underdevelopment or asymmetry) have lead to psychological problems for the woman. In this case, the surgery is an obvious and incredibly effective way to help treat what can be more than just a source of embarrassment for a woman, but a true detriment to her overall psychological health.

Another way that breast implants work as psychological medicine is in the case of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. As Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery points out, mastectomies are becoming an increasingly common treatment for breast cancer (or as a means to remove the risk of breast cancer). While that is excellent news for the longevity of millions of women, the results of a mastectomy can be devastating to some women.

Consider the situation: a woman discovers she either has or is an extremely strong candidate to develop breast cancer. This is shock enough, but then she finds out that the treatment requires the removal of her breasts, a very noticeable part of how she looks and perhaps how she thinks of herself as a woman. Now, the trauma is two-fold. She has to worry about all those things that come with a cancer diagnosis (thoughts of mortality, worries about loved ones, etc.) and she has to deal with losing a crucial part of herself.

Its obvious, in that situation, that serious psychological trauma could develop. Thankfully, the answer is right there for all to see. Breast implants, as in the cases discussed above with the NHS, provide a way to remove this secondary trauma immediately. According to Bergman Folkers, breast implants can restore the original look and feel of the breasts that have been removed, allowing the woman to avoid a lifelong reminder of the difficult situation shes already been through.

Breast implants, then, are a means of psychological recovery, and a way to remove the suffering that might come after the treatment.

Looked at this way, its obvious that we must stop looking at breast implants as something only there for the rich, the beautiful, or the beach-obsessed. We have to start seeing them as something much more as well: as a means of providing true and proven psychological benefits to some women.

For the kinds of cases mentioned above, there is no better means of healing the mind than by providing the physical benefits that can be found with breast implants.

Read More

Modern sailing horrors

There are few careers as romantic to the imagination as that of being a sailor. The word itself conjures up images of wooden ships, pirates with peg legs, distant adventures around the equator, and other things we’ve picked up from hundreds of years of books, operas, musicals, and movies on the subject.

Sailors are always seen as daring, full of clever lines and camaraderie. They’re often tough but with a tender side. Given that stereotypical image, why don’t more people want to be sailors today?

The modern sailor, it has to be said, for those who even consider the idea anymore, does not enjoy that dashing romantic life we’ve come to believe in. In fact, it was probably never a career that fun or amusing. The journeys were tough, dangerous, and long. There was weather, disease, and loneliness to contend with, among many other things.

Surprisingly, the modern sailor’s situation isn’t all that different. Though the ships are now city-sized tankers that constantly prowl across the ocean, and the wooden pirate ships are long out of fashion, it is still a career of last resort, one taken up often by the poor and the desperate.

And it is still very dangerous.

According to the Telegraph, 34 ships still sink every year. As the article suggests, imagine if that were true of planes or trains. How would we react? And yet, with ships, it is shrugged off, because sinking ships and dying sailors (around 2,000 a year) have always been part of our understanding of the world.

Perhaps just as amazing is the amount of lawlessness that still exists on the seas. That same article is full of horrible events that took place because of that mad lawlessness of people far from land and accountability.

The sailors suffer the brunt of this abuses, and the bulk of these deaths as well.

From the sound of that article, it seems like there aren’t much of the musical-type hijinks and capering about that we’ve all come to associate with the career. In fact, the author calls sailors slaves in the article.

It’s incredible how dangerous that career is, and how little we care, considering how crucial shipping is to our modern way of life. It’s really not so different in that sense from 200 years ago.

And yet, we’ve let these people suffer from appalling conditions. And that doesn’t even take into account the continuing struggles against the weather and other natural problems ships come up against.

At least nowadays there are places for US citizens to go if they are involved in any of these troubles. Lawyers can take cases of abuse, accident, and injury and help get sailors get compensation after the fact. It’s something at least, but not enough.

Perhaps it’s time for us to update our view of what it is to be a sailor and to find a way to help those in that profession to live lives with a little more security and dignity.

Read More

Child Support is only Legally Required until the Child Turns Eighteen, Graduates from High School, or is Emancipated

The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 considers it a major legal responsibility of all American parents to support their biological children after divorce. Child support is a monthly financial assistance paid by a non-custodial parent (or the obligor) to the custodial parent (or obligee). It is intended to cover the child’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, healthcare, shelter and education, and is usually paid until the child turns 18. Although states differ with regard to the factors they consider in determining child support issues, some factors are similar, such as: the age and the needs of the child, and the cost of these needs; the parents’ income, which includes salary, commissions, overtime pay, dividends, and so forth; the age and health of both parents; and, the parent’s capability to pay child support.

Sometimes, besides the child’s basic needs, the court may also require the obligor to contribute to his/her child’s distant financial activities and needs, like college education, dental and/or medical needs, vacation and others.

There are instances when the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent may find it necessary to request for changes in the court’s original decision regarding child support due to these reasons: improved financial situation of the non-custodial parent or obligor, thus the possibility of increasing the amount of support; or the obligor’s financial capability getting reduced, maybe due of loss of job or poor health condition that requires regular medical treatment and medication, thus necessitating a reduction in the amount of support he/she ought to pay. Any changes, however, will have to be decided by the court as the issue is a legal matter and any attempt of the obligor to negotiate directly with the obligee (or vice versa), can result to contempt of court.

Under Texas law, all parents have a legal duty to financially support their children, regardless of whether they are present in the child’s life or not. Child support is legally mandated, periodic payments that are meant to offset the costs of a child’s general well-being, from basic necessities to expenses associated with education and health care. Usually, the non-custodial parent pays child support to the parent who has primary custody and incurs most of the child’s living expenses. However, there are situations where both parents can be ordered by a judge to pay child support. Decisions regarding who must pay whom depend on who has physical custody of the child.

Child support is only legally required until the child turns eighteen, graduates from high school, or is emancipated. The amount of child support that the court mandates depends on the child’s specific needs and the obligor’s level of income. These two factors are variable as time goes on, so a child support agreement may be modified to accommodate changes in the child’s needs or the obligor’s salary.

Read More

Potholes as Road Hazards

Car accidents happen because of many reasons. They can happen because of driver error and recklessness, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. They can happen because of manufacturer negligence and defective auto parts. But one of the most overlooked factors that can cause car accidents is road hazards, particularly potholes.

Potholes form when tiny cracks in the roads widen and deepen because of further erosion. Many roads have potholes, and in turn, many motorists are also at risk of accidents caused by these road defects. According to the website of the Milwaukee car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, municipal agencies responsible for the maintenance of roadways may be held liable for auto accidents that have occurred due to potholes. This is especially true if the accident has caused injury or death.

But how do potholes contribute to car accidents specifically? Firstly, drivers who see potholes have the instinct of avoiding them by swerving. If their vehicles switch to another lane, they are putting themselves in danger of possible collisions with stationary objects or other moving objects such as vehicles, motorcycles, and pedestrians in the other lane. In this kind of accident, it can be argued that driver error has played a role. But it doesn’t change the fact that the existence of the pothole is what triggered the accident in the first place.

There are instances where drivers intentionally go through potholes instead, especially if they cannot swerve because of other vehicles in the other lanes. If these drivers are going too fast and are not holding onto the steering wheel hard enough, they may momentarily lose control of their vehicles and cause crashes or collisions.

Those who go through potholes also put their vehicles at risk of sustaining damages, particularly in the tires. Going through potholes have been known to cause tire blowouts and car crashes.
There are also drivers who unintentionally go through the potholes. This mostly occurs when the drivers don’t even know that there are potholes in the area. These unsuspecting drivers may be vulnerable to rollover accidents and vehicle ejections.

Read More

The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement: A Recalled Medical Device

The ball and socket joint, more commonly known as the hip joint, is one of the largest joints in the human body. Its major function is to support the upper body in various activities, including walking, running or standing; it also enables a person to perform certain movements, such as bending and stretching.

Hip joints are made up of bones that are connected by tough tissues, called ligaments, and strong muscles which hold the hip joint together and prevent it from becoming dislocated. Ligaments are lubricated with fluid so as to reduce the friction between bones, while another kind of tissue, called the cartilage, surrounds the joints to prevent the bones from rubbing against each other.

Despite the ligaments and the muscles that protect the hip joint, there are still instances when this joint gets damaged, such as when a person suffers: hip fracture due to a fall or an accident; rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints’ lining; or osteoarthritis, or wear and tear of the arthritis, a condition wherein the cartilage becomes worn away, resulting to the rubbing of the bones.

A damaged hip joint, which causes persistent pain and makes everyday activities harder to perform, needs to be replaced. Replacement will be an artificial joint, known as prosthesis – this can be made from metal alloy or ceramic.

Hip joint replacement is done through surgery, a medical practice which began in the 1960s. Its purpose is to improve a person’s quality of life by relieving him/her of the pain due to damaged hip, as well as improving the function of his/her hip and ability to move around.

One product which became a well-accepted hip joint replacement was the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement. This Johnson & Johnson product was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution in 2005. As it was the first orthopedic company in the U.S., DePuy Orthopaedics become a trusted name and was able to maintain leadership in the hip replacement business for more than 40 years.

According to the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, however, the fame of the DePuy ASR hip replacement was not able to hide the serious problems which caused patients (implanted with the device) to develop severe medical conditions or require additional surgery. The damaging effects the DePuy device has been linked with include dangerous, even deadly, fragments from the device spreading inside the body, bone fracture, component misalignment, loosening components, metal sensitivity, dislocation, pain, bone staining, increased levels of metal ion in the blood, metal toxicity or metal poisoning, infection, swelling, necrosis (or tissue death), and nerve, muscle and tissue damage.

In 2008 and onwards, about 400 complaints have reached the FDA concerning revision surgeries on patients who have been implanted with the DePuy ASR hip replacement. Due to the complaints and the side effects the device has been linked to, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. issued a recall on the devide on August 24, 2010. With more than a million patients worldwide having received the DePuy hip implant, more lawsuits are expected to be filed.

Defective medical devices is just one area of the various frightening realities which make up the issue of medical malpractice. Liable parties, whether manufacturers of pharmaceutical products or medical health professionals need to be brought to justice; harmed patients, on the other hand, have the legal right to seek compensation for all the damages these defective devices may cause them. Being represented by a skilled, experienced and determined lawyer may be a necessity to make sure that the injured victim gets the compensation that he/she legally deserves.

Read More

Workplace Accidents

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that became one of the most commonly used materials throughout the 20th century, namely in construction, manufacturing, and shipbuilding industries. Come mid-20th century, however, the connection between asbestos exposure and harmful respiratory problems-often cancerous- was made, and it’s use was strictly limited thereafter. According to Williams Kherkher, companies are responsible for taking reasonable safety precautions and making sure workers and visitors are kept out of danger, but unfortunately, the necessary precautions are not always carried out to the fullest, or even at all. Even though federal law mandated as of 1970 that no building, construction or worksite may contain more than 1% of asbestos, the United States is still one of the few developed countries that hasn’t banned it all together. Naturally, this leaves a window of possible exposure open. The most common occupations that have the highest potential for exposure include construction workers, railroad workers, contract workers, factory employees, military personnel, and firefighters, all of which are exposed to and must handle asbestos in the workplace.

Read More

Negligent Hiring of Truck Drivers: The Cause of Many Major Accidents

One fatal trucking accident which may probably be considered as among the worst that have occurred in the US was the one that took place on Interstate 80 on the morning of August 1, 2006. A minivan, which had four occupants in it (a woman, her mother, and her two sons – one 15 months old while the other was 3 years old) was caught in traffic congestion and slowed down behind a flat-bed truck. Approaching behind the van was a three-axle Intercontinental 9400 semi-trailer, which was said to have failed to slow down in time. The truck rear-ended the van, crushed and slammed it into the flat-bed truck, causing it and the semi-trailer to be engulfed by a horrific fire. No one survived the accident: not the semi-trailer driver and, definitely, not the occupants of the minivan.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times a day, resulting to more than 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries each year. While this number of fatalities caused by trucks is only a tenth of the number of deaths resulting from car accidents, truck accidents remain to be more tragic due to their much more destructive results.

Despite the threats presented by trucks (because of the severity of the damages that these can cause in the event of an accident), there is no way that these huge vehicles will be removed from US roads and highways due to their major contribution to the country’s economy. Therefore, in order to allay the fear of so many other motorists from sharing the road with these vehicles, the government makes sure that only qualified, licensed and well trained drivers are allowed to operate them. Laws have also been passed, all of which are aimed at ensuring the safety operation of trucks; laws like the allowed maximum number of driving hours and the required number of hours of rest, lower level of blood alcohol concentration (0.04%), strict prohibition of the use of cell phone, use of standard tires and brakes, regular maintenance of the vehicle, and a mandate on employers to keep bad drivers off the road.

Upon digging deeper into the accident mentioned above, however, a private investigator hired by the lawyer of the victim’s family found out that driver of the semi-truck had 3 past cases of rear-end accidents, 7 warnings from his safety manager, and drove at an unsafe speed prior to the accident: the warnings and the past cases of rear-end accidents, according to traffic authorities, should have been seen by the driver’s employer as a red flag for unsafe driving, more than enough reason to keep the driver off the road.

According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, hiring a driver with a bad driving record (that is, with a history of accidents or other moving violations) is a grave act of negligent hiring – a major offense committed by employers who only intend to increase their own profit. This is one example of careless employer act to which any employer can be held totally responsible and for which he/she can be required to answer in court.

Read More

How Is Premises Liability Still Personal Injury?

In the most basic definition of personal injury, it talks of an injury that has been done onto a person due to the negligence of another party. The injury itself need not be physical in nature but can also be emotional, mental, or any combination of the three. So how can premises liability still be a subset of personal injury since, from the name alone, the party liable for the injury is the premises itself – and you can’t very well sue a building or a park, can you?

The thing about premises liability is that the premises itself may not be sentient but, as according to any Georgetown personal injury lawyer, the owner or manager of the premises is. It is the responsibility of the ones responsible for the premises to make sure that those who may pass by or enter the area of responsibility are free from any harm.

For example, the place should not be coated with paint lined with lead. Wet or slick floors should have warning sign in order to make people be extra careful with how they tread. Ceilings and sealing wax and pillars and all sorts of things need to be made with the utmost care and precision in order to ensure the safety of the people who are in the building. If any of these things are ignored or neglected, then that carelessness could result into someone’s injury – and that is what makes it a kind of personal injury.

If you or someone you know has suffered a debilitating injury due to the negligence of any sort of premises such as a mall, a park, an office building, or some such – it is recommended to contact a personal injury lawyer that specializes with this particular branch of the law in order to be certain that the case does actually fall into the responsibility of premises liability. An experienced professional will then be able to guide you through the legal process smoothly and allow for transition into normalcy just that much smoother.

Read More