In the last decade, only a handful of law students have been successful in passing the bar says, William D King. The ones that did were able to succeed after applying some key points. Just recently, I’ve read an article published by a fellow classmate from our alma mater about being a successful lawyer and what it takes to get there. During our time in the university, we were taught to think critically about what role law plays in our society. If you are reading this now, it’s probably because you want to join that elite group of successful lawyers. This article aims to give you an overview of what you need to know if you decide to be one. The first step is figuring out what it takes for one to be a successful lawyer. If you want to know the answer, you might want to ask those who have succeeded before. Patience and Resiliency Being a successful attorney requires both patience and resiliency. You need to resist procrastination if you want stability in… Read More »William D King- How to be a Successful Lawyer
How to Avoid Accidentally Disclosing Confidential Information to a Lawyer I read a lot of legal documents during the course of my job, and I have to say that there’s nothing more annoying than reading a deposition transcript where I can’t follow what someone is talking about because their lawyer keeps asking them questions like “What did you do next?” or “Did you speak with anyone at ABC Corp. after that meeting?” From the perspective of the person being deposed, it almost feels as if their personal attorney is interrogating her says, William D King. Here’s why… In most states (including New York), lawyers are prohibited from disclosing confidential client information to third parties without prior consent from their clients. In fact, the Model Rules go even further by making it an ethical violation for counsel to use or disclose confidential information when they know or should know that the person communicating with them cannot be legally compelled to divulge the same information. The general rule is this: just because someone has retained a lawyer,… Read More »William D King explains How to Avoid Accidentally Disclosing Confidential Information
Virtually every state requires an employee to give notice of quitting a job, although the required time will vary from state to state says, William D King. If you work under an employment contract for a definite term without a provision specifying the length of your service or if your employer gave you nonextendable short-term contracts, any notice period is not binding on either party and either party can terminate it at any time. But in most states, employees must meet certain requirements before quitting their jobs. In New Jersey, for example, an employee who quits after giving less than one month’s notice must provide “compelling reasons” for quitting early. An employee who fails to abide by these rules does not qualify for unemployment compensation benefits upon separation from his job. An employer, for its part, can require an employee to give notice of quitting a job. Some employers will even have a contract that specifies the number of days or weeks’ notice an employee must give before quitting a job. If you work under… Read More »William D King- How Much Time Do I Need to Give Notice Before Quitting My Job?
That’s the law in virtually every state in the country (and federal law to boot). As a practical matter (and without getting into all of the exceptions), once you walk out of your attorney-client conference, what was at that meeting stays at that meeting says, William D King. You cannot repeat it; no one else can repeat it; except for certain limited circumstances which are beyond the scope of this article (see “Attorney-Client Privilege”), it does not get repeat under any circumstances. And if anyone attempts to make you repeat anything that was said during your attorney-client conference. Or makes you disclose any information that was to you in confidence during your attorney-client conference. Makes you disclose anything about the subject matter of your client’s case. Then they are trying to obtain a secret advantage from unfair competition with those who operate on the up and up. And this is no idle threat-if anyone tries to make you do this. Then they have violated the law and will be held responsible for it. In fact,… Read More »William D King- How Can I Keep My Client Information Confidential After Us Part Ways?
Here is how a criminal lawyer can help: A criminal defense attorney may be of great help to you if you are currently facing any kind of legal predicament explains William D King. It is quite common for people who have no knowledge about the law, or has failed to seek proper treatment, to face some legal troubles. A good lawyer will not only understand your concern but also provide with quick solutions to resolve your problems. The prime role of a criminal defense attorney is to represent his client in the court. A criminal attorney should be well versed with all possible laws that can put an effect on their case, and also how best he can defend his client. The more the experience under that belt, better it becomes for the defendant as he gains more confidence while arguing in the court room. Getting a criminal defense attorney is also beneficial in preventing yourself from making mistakes while speaking on your behalf. When you are nervous, it becomes difficult for you to communicate… Read More »William D King explains How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help You?
William D King: How a Business Can Protect Themselves from False Claims of Harassment or Discrimination
The law in Arizona regarding harassment and discrimination is expansive. Because it covers so many different types of conduct that are potentially harmful to employees, it can be somewhat confusing to figure out what behavior is prohibited by the anti-discrimination laws says, William D King. An employer needs only to create a code prohibiting all forms of harassment or discrimination for it to meet its legal obligation under the law; if an employee makes a claim for discriminatory treatment based on race, sex, religion, etc., the employer cannot defend itself against the claim simply by showing that it had a policy prohibiting such discrimination in place. What will make an employer liable for discrimination has more to do with whether you actually applied your rules in a way that was discriminatory. The court will look at whether you enforced all your rules in a non-discriminatory way, and it will actually take into account the context in which the incident occurred to determine whether or not you were at fault. For example, even if an employer… Read More »William D King: How a Business Can Protect Themselves from False Claims of Harassment or Discrimination
William D King- Hot Topic: Attorney Buys Opening Band’s Album On iTunes And Everyone Loses Their Minds
When Jason Martin goes to buy a CD at his local record store, he sometimes asks for the “Opener” one because that’s the name of his band. Jason Martin is not just an indie rocker; he’s also an attorney in California. He plays bass and sings in the band which has opened up for bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Piebald, and Ra Ra Riot. But apparently, when Mr. Martin makes purchases online, he does so in a fairly straightforward manner says William D King. This week it was discovered by many news outlets that another CD recorded by another indie band called The Opener had been purchased on iTunes On Twitter, various music writers and fans alike expressed their concern that THIS man should not be allowed to have an opinion on music, because he’s the wrong type of person to be buying this other band’s CD explains William D King. The Opener has gotten some media attention in the past for being one of the best “unsigned” bands out there, although they… Read More »William D King- Hot Topic: Attorney Buys Opening Band’s Album On iTunes And Everyone Loses Their Minds
We all need to be aware of the liberal tax laws being suggested. Some are already in effect. Please make sure you are not affected by any of these new changes before it is too late says William D King. Here are some important steps you can take right now to make sure you are not affected by these changes if they go into full affect! As always, please make sure you are filing your taxes correctly by using TurboTax! If you use any other website to file your federal tax return, there is no guarantee that all of your information will be sent over to the IRS. This can lead to big problems for you down the road. The same goes if you try to complete this online through an alternative site. Remember- “If it isn’t TurboTax, it isn’t correct!” Remember that if you use any of the information in this article to file your tax return, using TurboTax will ensure that everything is done correctly. If you decide to go with another site,… Read More »William D King: Why you need to take action right now on these new suggested tax laws
Recently, the Trump administration has proposed a new set of tax laws that could completely alter the existing tax code says, William D King. The following is a summary and review of those suggested changes and suggestions for how they might affect you if they even go through. I hope this article isn’t too long or boring! If it seems like I’m missing something important feel free to leave a comment below and tell me what I got wrong (if anything). Here we go: The Main Points: Here’s the big list: Cut the number of tax brackets from 7 to 3 – 10%, 25% and 35%. Double the standard deduction – $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for married filing jointly. Eliminate personal exemptions and many itemized deductions – State tax deduction, charitable deductions, to name a few. Cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Increase the child care credit by nonrefundable $500 for each child under age 5 and provides an additional credit of $250 for… Read More »William D King: Why it’s time to make a plan in case these new suggested tax laws go through
This paper explores an aspect of the new tax law changes concerning people who work from a home office says, William D King. This realm is fairly grey and has been complicated by a previous court ruling on what constitutes a true ‘home office. ‘The first part of the paper gives some general background on this issue, which will provide a framework for understanding how it can affect you as a homeowner or as someone who works from home. The second part delves into some more specific issues that homeowners may face under these proposals. In particular, there are examples given on the application of this new law to those with paid child care at home, those with adult children living at home, those with home businesses, and those claiming expenses against rental income. Work-space in your home One of the changes that were introduced through the tax reform package in November 2015, is that if you have an area of your home set aside exclusively for workspace, you are not able to claim it… Read More »William D King: Why it’s time to be scared about these proposed tax law changes