12/28/14

Law Grads Face Brutal Job Market

Members of the law-school class of 2011 had little better than a 50-50 shot of landing a job as a lawyer within nine months of receiving a degree, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of new data that provides the most detailed picture yet of the grim market for law jobs.

Members of the law-school class of 2011 had little better than a 50-50 shot of landing a job as a lawyer within nine months of receiving a degree, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Joe Palazzolo has details on The News Hub. Photo: Reuters.

Under pressure from disillusioned graduates and some professors, the American Bar Association for the first time released a tally of the previous year’s graduates who have secured full-time, permanent jobs as lawyers. Until recently, the ABA required law schools to report only general data about how their graduates fared, such as how many were employed full-time or part-time in any kind of job, whether or not it required a law degree.

The Job Market for Law Graduates

See the percentages of law graduates employed in various full-time, long-term positions, and those who were unemployed nine months after graduating.

The numbers suggest the job market for law grads is worse than previously thought. Nationwide, only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. The ABA defines “long-term” jobs as those that don’t have a term of less than one year.

Of course, it isn’t uncommon for people to attend law school to advance their career without practicing law. Several law-school deans cautioned against placing too much emphasis on jobs requiring a law degree.

Nationally, 8% of 2011 graduates were said to be in full-time, long-term jobs for which a law degree was preferred but not required, according to the Journal’s data analysis. Another 4% were employed in full-time, long-term positions for which professional training was required but for which a law degree offered no advantage.

03/25/14

Keeping up with the Trends While Legally Marketing Online

The trends in online marketing are constantly shifting, with algorithms from Google changing rapidly and search engine optimization efforts seeming to become more difficult at every turn. To run a business and maintain an online presence can feel like an impossible task. However, if you find a professional Sacramento SEO company who can keep up with the trends, you will have it made. It is when you struggle along doing it yourself that you will run into trouble. Failing isn’t an option with a true professional. The SEO expert knows all the advanced techniques to get a business showing up on the first page of search engine rankings.

So what does the true professional do? He learns how to please Google. Your website must be Google-friendly and be found when folks are searching for your product or service. For instance, Kaizen Way Marketing achieves marvelous results with building backlinks to a site – backlinks that Google likes. Recently Google penalized many sites because of faulty links. “Cheap” SEO companies didn’t exactly maintain integrity with their bad link building habits. And many online companies had to suffer the consequences – sinking down in the rankings to pages where no one would ever search. But with the right backlinks, sites begin to make the top ranks once again. And of course keyword research is important in making things go right.

It takes time and effort to truly build a site’s reputation and get it moving up to page one of the search engine results. It takes keeping up with the latest news from Google, Yahoo! and Bing. It takes ethical practices and really caring about a client. It takes the right kind of care. Kaizen Way takes the SEO work to a new high, bringing an online company more business, working to get that phone ringing off the hook. And it will happen. You will discover your worries are taken off your plate because they do everything for you – from blogging to press release submission. Getting a consultation from Kaizen Way will help guide your path to success.

12/19/13

7 Benefits For Having A Real Estate Attorney in Your Corner

Real estate industry is booming in Yuba City, California and with that real estate attorneys retainers are increasing. Since we all need a place to live and a roof over our heads, there would be property buyers and property sellers that are going to need help in negotiating contracts. These are 7 ways a Real Estate Attorney could benefit you:

1.    Disputes: Knowing the Law is the specialty of a RE Attorney.Resolving property disputes via litigation and off-loading the property  and using the amount received for settlement.
2.    Tenant Problems: Disputes between landlords and tenants.
3.    Settlement caused by death: Attorneys are most important to help with a property where the owner passed away. Here they sell off the property for settling it among the heirs.
4.    Divorces: A professional RE Attorneys can help with jointly owned properties and the divorce settlement in general.
5.    Not wanting a broker: Some people are just not comfortable with hiring a broker to sell their property, and so they entrust this with real estate attorneys. While not all real estate attorneys do this, some do.
6.    Consultations: Many real estate investors have their own attorneys to consult while looking for homes for sale and with to see the pros and cons of a particular JV (joint Venture) with other investors.
7.    Information: Attorneys are a great source, or the best source, for legal information.  Investors can try to gain an advantage by getting the information earlier than others to help them close the deal faster.

Whether you are in the market for an investment property or are a family looking at homes for sale it is best to work with an attorney or a professional agency like Sutter Yuba home finder who has professional real estate agents, loan officers, and attorneys on staff to help you find the best deal for your investment or family.

 

07/25/13

Getting an LLC Set Up in California

Okay, so you are ready to have your business become an LLC. Smart move, business owner! Yes, this is the way to expand and you are on the right road. Now, recently it has been hard to put in an application and get it back quickly. This is due to the fact that the Secretary of State Office in Sacramento has had severe backlogs in filings for the state. Thousands of applications sit with no one doing anything with them. Perhaps some are seen each day, but a small percentage of what is waiting for processing. Filing an LLC in California has become difficult and means long waits for approval. Then add to that the possibility that you have made some sort of an error in the paperwork. Now you are in for months of waiting and hassles and doing everything all over again.

Find a Sacramento legal professional who has been dealing with these issues for a long time. They take the LLC application, look it over to spot any obvious errors, and if okay, they will submit it to the Secretary of State Office. This is so trouble-free for business people that it is quite relieving to know they are there to do this for you. Bypass all that frustration. It is so simple to fill out the paperwork and turn it over to Capital Process to handle from there. As soon as approval comes through, they will get it back to you posthaste.

And an added perk to using their service! For a little bit more, they can expedite your application for an LLC. This is worth the cost, because they know how to push these things through. Get this done quickly and over with, and your LLC formed. Whether you alone are operating your company or you have a partner working with you, an LLC is going to provide many benefits. Get your LLC set up today, and use Capital Process Service to file the application, follow it through and inform you when it is a done deal. You’ll be so glad you did!

12/28/12

The Shift Toward Law School Specialization

The twilight of the generalist law degree is here.

As Peter Lattman reported last week, New York University School of Law is retrofitting its third-year curriculum to allow for increased specialization. Options include advanced study in areas like tax or corporate law, working in Washington at a federal agency or foreign study in Buenos Aires, Paris or Shanghai.

While the study-abroad aspect of the program has received much of the attention, the heart of the proposal is an important shift toward specialization.

In the traditional model of legal education, schools offer a general professional degree in law. No majors or concentrations. Schools provide a strong foundation of legal analysis and grounding in the common law, on the assumption that law firms will teach new associates the specifics of what they need to practice law, whether that means drafting deal documents or taking a deposition.

In the emerging model, law students must add on a degree, certificate or other indication of readiness to engage in a particular practice area or industry. N.Y.U.’s strategy committee described this goal as providing “professional pathways that prepare students to operate in a world that demands increasing specialization.” (Full disclosure: I was a visiting professor of law at N.Y.U. in 2010.)

Law schools, like most established enterprises, change only when they have to. In this case, the ripples of change arising from the segmentation of the market for legal services have been felt by corporate clients, law firms and law schools.

01/24/14

The Legal Aspects of Being a Musician

A musician must think about himself and his music as a business. Yes, I know this is not something you really want to think about. After all, you are here to make music and create. The business side of things is just… well, too much. Hey, let it slide! But you can’t. Really, you have to think about all the ramifications if you don’t take care of business (literally)! Bands have it tougher because there are more people involved. For instance, what if one band member leaves the group? What happens to the songs he or she wrote? Even single male or female metal singers have to put an eye to the business side of their art.

An example of a single rock singer is Tracy Underwood, of Super T fame. She doesn’t have a band as such. She is a musician by trade though, and must handle the business side of things just like she competently handles her vocals and instruments. She is not going to have the situation of a band member leaving and worrying about who is going to own the rights to that last song she performed. But she does have to think about how to protect herself from legal actions that may come about. It happens, even to musicians.

Entertainment Law

For a sole proprietor, an LLC might be the best option. A single performing music artist will be able to protect his or her interests and assets. Of course, one way to approach all this is to hire a music manager and an attorney and perhaps an agent to take care of all this. The musician may have to fill out paperwork and provide details to a manager or agent, but then that person can do all the legal filings, taxes and all that and leave the artist to his or her music. There are ways around it. You just got to think smart. And thinking smart for a musician is easy because musicians are some of the smartest people in the world. Form an LLC and protect yourself, your assets and your life.