Granada Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 8, 2009
Los Angeles County family law attorney Tamila C. Jensen has written a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger urging him to sign Assembly Bill 590, which will help the poor get access to domestic legal services. The governor has until midnight on October 11 to veto or sign AB 590.
Attorney Jensen is a strong advocate for equal access to legal representation. She is a proponent of Civil Gideon, inspired by the 1963 Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright. Writing for Valley Lawyer in April, Jensen explained that the Gideon ruling ordered the states to provide a lawyer for anyone facing a felony charge. However, Jensen noted, the 1981 Supreme Court ruled in the Lassiter case that “poor people do not have an absolute right to a publicly provided attorney when they face losing custody of a child to the state.”
“The main purpose of AB 590 is to fund and support collaborative efforts between the courts, legal services programs, local pro bono projects, and bar associations,” Jensen explained. The resulting pilot projects will improve and expand legal assistance for low-income members of the public in critical civil cases involving basic human needs, she said, such as family law and housing.
Jensen added that she is acutely aware of the legal struggles for low-income residents of Los Angeles County not only from her work as a family lawyer, but also as treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services. “We have only 40 attorneys to serve one million eligible low income people,” Jensen said. “I want Governor Schwarzenegger to sign AB 590 into law so that we can begin the hard work of providing legal protection to those who need it most.”
About the Firm
Tamila C. Jensen is a native Californian who has practiced law for 34 years. She is also a law professor and published author on real estate law, as well as a variety of other legal topics. Jensen’s practice is currently focused on elder law, estate planning, real estate and family law, including child custody. She also provides a wide range of other legal services to small businesses and individuals. Jensen recently finished a term as president of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
Boca Raton, FL (Vocus) May 4, 2010
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San Francisco, CA (Vocus) June 10, 2010
The New York State Senate passed a bill last week requiring more paid protection for its domestic workers, including nannies. The new bill could result in increases in the cost of child-care for families, unless a caregivers benefits already meet the new standards. Au Pair Care, a leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families, already provides these benefits for its au pairs making it an affordable childcare alternative for New York families.
New York is the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation that provides domestic workers with basic labor protections. Known as the domestic workers bill of rights, the legislation guarantees protections such as paid holidays, sick days, vacation days and the right to overtime pay and collective bargaining. The bill would also require 14 days notice, or termination pay, before firing a domestic worker.
At Au Pair Care we are focused on providing host families with quality, live-in childcare while at the same time ensuring a good experience for our au pairs, said Sarah McNamara, director of matching and new product at Au Pair Care. The person caring for your child has such an important job. At Au Pair Care we ensure that au pairs receive vacation, a weekly stipend, and medical benefits according to federal regulations governing U.S. Department of State au pair programs. This simplifies the burden on families and also provides peace of mind.
Au Pair Cares program offers affordable childcare at an equivalent of $ 7.50 per hour, plus room and board, which provides families full-time childcare with all program fees remaining the same, regardless of the number of children. Au pairs work flexible hours, up to 45 hours per week. In addition, they perform duties related to childcare such as meal preparation, laundry and cleaning up the play area.
Knowing I have set time off, insurance, sick days, and local support makes being an au pair easier, as I can focus all my attention on caring for my host child, said Anita Kuzmanoska from Macedonia, a New York-placed au pair with Au Pair Care.
About Au Pair Care
Au Pair Care (http://www.aupaircare.com) is a leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families since 1989. Designated by the U.S. Department of State, Au Pair Care offers superior childcare to fit families unique needs. Au Pair Care has made more than 40,000 successful au pair placements across the U.S. Au Pair Care is a division of Intrax Cultural Exchange, a family of organizations devoted to cultivating international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 80 countries worldwide.
East Hartford, CT (Vocus) October 21, 2010
Travel Insured International, a leading third-party travel insurer, reminds family budget managers dealing with the challenging economy of 2010 that careful advance planning can make the difference between renewing a family travel tradition during this holiday season or staying home. Whether the preferred family gathering place for a year-end holiday is a relative’s or friend’s home, a festive city hotel, or a family resort, the trip planner who takes calculated steps to avoid overpayment for travel necessities can help make the celebration affordable instead of impossible.
The popular consumer airfare shopping website FareCompare.com publishes valuable advice on when to fly. It includes a dating chart listing surcharges that are built into airfares on different holiday season dates, with the extra costs matched among six competing U.S. carriers. The Fare Compare research reveals that Thanksgiving and Christmas Day have no peak airfare surcharges, unlike most days in the season that carry $ 10 to $ 30 surcharges each way. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are almost as good, with $ 10 surcharges each day. The most expensive $ 30 per ticket fare surcharges this year are on Nov. 28 and 29, the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving; on Thursday, Nov. 23; and on Jan. 2-3, 2011, the Sunday and Monday after New Year’s. There are no fare surcharges for those who can fly prior to Nov. 19, or between Nov. 30 and Dec. 16, or after Jan. 3. Attentive family budget managers will note the potential difference between flying with no surcharges or flying with $ 30 surcharges can be $ 60 per roundtrip ticket per family member.
Families can save additional costs on their outbound flights to the holiday gathering by purchasing gifts through the numerous online shopping services that will ship gifts ahead for free. Combined with organized packing to limit members to one carry-on bag each, families can avoid airline baggage fees ranging from $ 15 to $ 20 to $ 25 for their first checked bag, and more for a second or third bag. Several travel sites publish baggage fee charts for domestic and international airlines that are easy to find. At least one popular domestic airline advertises its bags fly free policy, a best opportunity for avoiding this travel cost.
Kids Are Free
When saving money by planning ahead on family holiday travel, a prudent parent will seek to protect the family’s travel budget against Trip Cancellation or Trip Delay caused by unforeseen disruptions. For most families a sudden childhood illness, or one unwelcome winter storm can be enough to either force a holiday trip cancellation or cause lengthy delays and unforeseen expenses for food and lodging.
The affordable way to avoid both disappointment and lost prepaid trip costs is one of three types of Worldwide Trip Protector Plans from Travel Insured that include Kids Are Free coverage for one or more children under 18 traveling with their related adult. Families on the Worldwide Trip Protector comprehensive plan receive free coverage for all kids under 18 insured with their primary adult. Families on the budget-priced Trip Protector Lite or Trip Protector Lite Expanded plan receive free coverage for one child under 18 for each related adult enrolled on the plan and traveling with the child. All three types of plans include Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss and Delay, among other coverage. Common Carrier Accident insurance, Renter’s Collision Insurance, and even Sports Coverage to protect against ski equipment delays or contact sports injuries are available options in all three plans.
Keeping the family’s holiday travel celebration on the calendar in a struggling 2010 economy is still affordable with some educated advance travel planning. Don’t forget to protect prepaid family plans, however, so that if the worst happens the celebration can still be rescheduled when the holidays are over.
About Travel Insured International
Travel Insured International, based in E. Hartford, CT, was founded in 1994 by the foresight of insurance industry executive Peter Gehris when he acquired the travel protection division of the Travelers Insurance Company. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with executive offices located in New York, NY. Arch Insurance is rated A (Excellent) for financial strength by the insurance rating service A.M. Best. Not all insurance products or coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language
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Grand Junction, CO (Vocus/PRWEB) December 01, 2010
As consumers continue to look for ways to stretch a dollar, one of Colorados best-kept secrets offers a wealth of budget-friendly winter activities. Nestled near 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs, Grand Junction the largest city in western Colorado boasts spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons, mild winters, more than 275 days of sunshine each year, and low-cost (or free) attractions ranging from stunning hikes to winery tours.
Here are a few ways Grand Junction helps visitors experience Colorado at its best without breaking the bank.
Museum of the West With 1,000 years of history to experience, visitors can sit in an old-west stagecoach or one of the first planes to fly in the area, view Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) artifacts and rock art, see the real firearms that outlaws used, and sit in a one-room schoolhouse. Cost: $ 5.50/adult; $ 4.50/senior; $ 3/child (3-12) or $ 16 for a family group.
Dinosaur Journey Museum Located in the heart of the Colorado/Utah Dinosaur Diamond, Grand Junction is internationally known for its wealth of dinosaur excavation sites, exhibits, fossil trails and hands-on paleontological activities. At Dinosaur Journey, visitors can get up close and personal with dinosaur skeletons, a working paleontology lab, and realistic robotic dinosaurs. Cost: $ 7/adult; $ 6/senior; $ 3/child (3-12) or $ 20 for a family group.
Western Colorado Math and Science Center Putting science in the hands of kids, the center offers interactive exhibits in biology, physics, electronics, and earth and space science. Cost: $ 3/person or $ 10 for a family group.
Colorado Riverfront Trail The relatively flat trail winds for more than 18 miles through the City of Grand Junctions picnic grounds, botanical garden, protected wetlands and fishing pier. And while in town, visitors can check out the Art on the Corner Installation, Colorados largest and most diverse outdoor sculpture display. Cost: free.
Colorado National Monument The spectacular red cliffs and winding canyon trails provide the areas most eye-catching landmark. The monument, celebrating its centennial in 2011, sports some of the nations best hiking and road cycling terrain. In winter, the monument offers excellent cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Cost: Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, daily fees of $ 5/vehicle; $ 3/cyclist or pedestrian. During other periods, and for all passes covering two-seven consecutive days, $ 7/vehicle; $ 4/cyclist or pedestrian.
Grand Mesa Cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile and explore stunning alpine scenery on the worlds largest flat-topped mountain (40 miles wide, 10,000 feet high). Cost: free to access (equipment rental varies).
McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, the area is a collage where the Colorado Plateau is sculpted into rugged sandstone canyons, natural arches, spires and alcoves. Visitors will find hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The easy, 1.5-mile Trail through Time takes hikers past an active dinosaur quarry and offers a look at the landscape of 150 million years ago. Cost: free.
Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area Visitors can observe a band of 80-120 wild horses, and hike throughout the area (check weather and road conditions). Wildlife enthusiasts can spot golden and bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and more throughout the area. Cost: free.
Year-round golf Five unique courses offer 90 holes of world-class golf, with greens fees starting at $ 20.50 for 18 holes. Courses include Redlands Mesa, designed by Jim Engh; Tiara Rado, part of the Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary Program; the nine-hole Lincoln Park Golf Course; the 27-hole Adobe Creek National Golf Course; and Chipeta Golf Course, the areas premier 18-hole executive course.
Powderhorn Ski Resort Mild weather and year-round golf is great, but what would winter in Colorado be without skiing? Grand Junction visitors can simply head up literally the Grand Mesa to Powderhorn Ski Resort, where partial-day lift tickets start at $ 20. Want more? Packages with one-night stays on an on-mountain resort, two lift tickets and dinner for two cost only $ 209.
Grand Junction Symphony The 65-piece orchestra performs classical and modern selections for both adults and children. Cost: tickets from $ 5/person.
Mesa State College performances The colleges highly ranked music and theater departments offer top-level musicals, childrens theater works, repertory dance concerts and plays. Cost: from $ 8/person.
Avalon Theater The historic venue offers plays, concerts, independent films and other entertainment. On tap this winter are performances from the Moscow Ballet and Bryan White. Cost: from $ 5/person.
Bowling entertainment center The 48,000- square-foot GJ Scores features 36 lanes, foosball and video lounge, full-service restaurant and bistro. Cost: from $ 2/game, with weekday and weekend specials.
Swimming The indoor Orchard Mesa Community Pool offers year-round indoor fun. Cost: $ 4.75/adult; $ 3.50/youth and senior; $ 1/infant. Group and weekend specials are available.
With excellent soil and temperate climate combining to produce quality grapes, the Grand Junction area is Colorados wine country. Visitors can explore nearly 30 vineyards and wineries by car, limo or bicycle. Small and personal, most wineries have tours or tasting rooms, and frequently can meet with the owner or vintner directly. Cost: free.
Grand Junction (http://www.visitgrandjunction.com)
Nestled near 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs, Grand Junction is the largest city in western Colorado. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and biking. Boasting more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction recently was named one of the eight sunniest cities in the United States by TourismReview.com.
Among Grand Junctions spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the Grand Mesa, the worlds largest flat-topped mountain, the Colorado National Monument, Bookcliff Wild Horse Area, two national scenic byways and five golf courses. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond. The area also is home to Colorados wine country, with nearly 30 vineyards and wineries.
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Irvine, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2011
An affordable, basic trust is a wise investment when the seven deadly sins of trust and will drafting are avoided. A new web site, http://www.BearStateTrusts.com provides affordable trusts without the deadly sins. This article and the web site are provided by Mark W. Bidwell, Attorney at Law and Certified Public Accountant, Inactive.
The First Sin: Pride or hubris for ruling from the grave
Instead of outright distribution people want to control the behavior of their loved ones by restricting access or use of assets. Ruling from the grave may be appropriate. The classic example is the drug addicted child. Any money given to the child will only go to drugs and most likely kill the child. Here detailed restrictions and safeguards are mandatory. But time, money and effort are needed to prepare such a trust document.
One couple in their trust declared no child of theirs will receive any money until the child has graduated from the University of Southern California. No doubt these parents are devoted alumni. But a basic trust is no place for controlling childrens lives. What happens if a child is not admitted to USC? The parents hubris in their school will fall in a basic trust.
The Second Sin: Sloth for failure to change title on real estate property
The typical California resident who owns a home should have a trust for that home to avoid probate. To avoid probate the home must be titled into the trust. Not taking the effort to transfer the house into the trust is the most common mistake made and the most easy to correct. Now there is an online service http://www.DeedandRecord.com to prepare and record trust transfer deeds.
The Third Sin: Feeding the lust of youth by distributing to a minor
Persons under 18 years of age cannot receive assets. Any distributions directly to a minor will go through probate under court supervision. At least while the assets are under supervision of the court they are not wasted. But at age 18, the court must release the assets to the minor. The minor then spends the assets to feed his or her lust for life.
If there is a potential distribution to a minor, the trust should have a childrens trust provision. A childrens trust keeps the minors assets under control of the trust until the child has reached an age of financial maturity, such as 25 years.
The Fourth Sin: Envy created by one trust with two prior marriages
Often persons in their second marriage together create one trust. The survivor is usually the wife. The husband never intended for distribution of assets to his children on his death. The trust provides for distribution of assets to all children upon the death of the second spouse.
In a pattern that is repeated again and again, an adult child envious of the assets of the deceased husband will demand from the widow a distribution of the fathers assets. For some reason this is also done within a few days of death without giving the widow time to grieve.
The widow is now afraid, angry and hurt. The widow promptly goes to an attorney for protection. The typical trust can be changed by the surviving widow and in the process of change the terms of the trust are less favorable to children of the deceased husband.
Spouses with children from a prior marriage should avoid a joint trust. This means two trusts at twice the cost. But both surviving spouse and children will be protected. A basic trust is not appropriate for couples with children from prior marriages.
The Fifth Sin: Wrath incurred by an amendment instead of a restatement
Amendments must be read with the original. The heirs see what they would have received and what they now receive. Amendments typically do not include no-contest provisions. The situation causes wrath in the disinherited heir and is ripe for litigation or at the very least creates bitter resentment. Restatement replaces the entire prior document and does not waive red flags in the face of the disinherited heir.
The Sixth Sin: Gluttony and the risk undue influence
People will put off their estate planning until their later years. In the later years objectivity is lost and dependency on others is created. Persons befriend the elderly in anticipation of a windfall at death. Heirs and friends gluttony for the elders assets only increases as capacity decreases.
Any distributions out of the ordinary are questioned and become suspect. Even if the distribution or bequest is valid. Trusts and Wills should be prepared when there is no question in the capacity of the testator. Changes then should only be made judiciously when there is a substantial change in circumstance.
The Seventh Sin: Greed of attorneys
Californians will use trust mills, boiler plate forms and pseudo legal centers because of apprehension or fear of walking into a law office and paying the full cost of an attorney. Often an estate planning attorneys best value is not in what is done, but advising on what to avoid. But a client needing a simple, basic trust should not have to pay for the cost of advanced estate planning.
There is a low cost alternative for attorney prepared trusts in California. A website Bear State Trust provides the basic, affordable trust and avoids the seven deadly sins of trust drafting. The site is http://www.BearStateTrust.com. Another alternative is to call attorneys and ask if they have a fixed rate charge. Many do.
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(PRWEB) March 25, 2012
The home owners in the United States and Canada no longer need to spend a fortune to enjoy the benefits of efficient home security systems. The recent introduction of the affordable basic security plan from Elite Security Services has taken the home protection market by storm. This package provides all the benefits of an advanced wireless security system for a monthly rental of only $ 35.99. The package has received unprecedented success in the market within a few months of its launch and is presently one of the most sold packages from any security company. It may be recalled that the company offers two more popular security packages that are priced slightly higher than the basic package.
Home security systems are no longer a luxury for the houses because of the increased crime rate in most of the areas in Canada and America. However, sophisticated security packages are often beyond a common man’s means. Elite Security Services have done well to completely change the trend in the market with their basic security plan. It needs to be mentioned here that the Arizona based company is an ADT authorized dealer of home protection systems. The basic package from the company is capable of transmission of signals to ADT monitoring stations using the basic telephone line. This package comprises of tons of sophisticated security devices like sensors, burglar alarms, motion detectors, digital keypad, remote control, and much more.
This excellent home security systems package is the brain child of the renowned domestic protection expert, and the owner cum founder of the company Paul Shakuri. He thanked the house owners in Canada and America for their support saying, “We wanted to create a package that can be afforded by the mass. I thank all our customers for showing their trust on us, and promise better service for all of you in the coming days”.
Hunt Valley, MD (PRWEB) March 28, 2013
ConnectYourCare joined fellow member organizations of the nonprofit Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) as they fanned out across Capitol Hill on March 7, to engage influential Congressional leaders on the importance of preserving and advancing employer-provided tax-advantaged benefits programs as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented. In this unclear and unchartered road ahead, our goal is to work closely with key legislators to help set the new course for healthcare reform, explains Dennis L. Triplett, ECFC Board Chair. Together with our members, we want to demonstrate how our industry is a vital, influential, and beneficial part of the healthcare system.
As leaders in Washington shape the future of employee benefits plans, we wanted to give voice to businesses on the Hill, explains Jamie Spriggs, President and CEO, ConnectYourCare. We wanted to make sure they understood the importance of giving the nations workforce access to affordable, tax-advantaged healthcare financing tools through employer-provided plans.
The Capitol Hill meetings were part of the three-day, hands-on ECFC annual industry conference, Transforming Uncertainty into Opportunity, held in Washington, D.C., March 6-8, 2013. Individual and group members in attendance, including Spriggs from ConnectYourCare, gained insider insight into the tax reform and political climate in Washington from POLITICO Senior Tax Reporter Steven Sloan and House Ways and Means Committee member Representative Ron Kind (D-3rd WI). A regulators panel featuring Donna M. Crisalli, Esq., Internal Revenue Service, and Kevin Knopf, Esq., U.S. Department of the Treasury, addressed the latest on ACA compliance and regulations as well as tax-advantaged accounts, cafeteria plans, flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
A legislative update, Its a Game Changer: Pay or Play or Pay to Play?, led by John Hickman, Esq., CFCI, Chair, ECFCs Legislative and Lobbying Committee Chair, took a close look at the many requirements for employer-sponsored health plans on the horizon for 2014, including the employer responsibility (pay or play) requirements, new fees and taxes, HRAs and individual policy exchange arrangements, wellness program rules, and the 2014 mandates. Mr. Hickman also monitored a Technical Advisory Committee panel that fielded pressing ECFC member questions to help them gain traction on the estimated 127 million man hours per year needed to ensure compliance with all of ACAs rules and regulations.
Speaking Up on the Hill
Spriggs participation in the ECFC annual conference gave ConnectYourCare a unique opportunity to initiate meaningful, collaborative exchanges with key Congressional leaders and their staffers on how to best preserve and expand employer-sponsored flexible compensation programs. First and foremost, we demonstrated how account-based plans enable middle class Americans to better afford healthcare, increase their net spendable income, and gain access to the healthcare, dependent/child care, and work-related transportation compensation they need and value most, explains Spriggs, ConnectYourCare.
Key priorities for meetings with Congressional leaders and their staffs included the need to:
Deerfield Beach, FL (PRWEB) June 23, 2011
Looking for the right drug rehab can be difficult, however finding one that matches your budget is often times even more tasking. Florida House Experience was started just over a decade ago with a mission to provide consistent, quality, long term treatment to addicts and alcoholics at an affordable cost. Recently, the Founders and Staff of Florida House Experience celebrated their tenth anniversary.
Addiction and alcoholism have proven to be on the rise in recent years and it affects approximately 10% of the United States population in one form or another. Additionally, public awareness has grown dramatically with the explosion of media about many celebrities and several popular television shows.
Before and throughout the trend of traditional drug rehabilitation, Florida House Experience has remained innovative in their approach to treating addiction with specialized programs such as: gender specific treatment, dual diagnosis, professionals program as well as an encompassing family program. Kelly, a parent of a former Florida House patient said: My family and I are so grateful to the Florida House and all the employees, especially Jennifer Lorey. This has been the greatest gift to all of us. As we continue to take it day by day we see a big change in our daughter. Our two meetings with Jennifer have taught me so much, not only about her but what I need to work on for myself. Your program and staff is the best Ive seen and I have seen quite a few.
Additionally, what sets us apart from so many other treatment programs is that we are CARF accredited and we offer a multiphase program that enables the individual to reintegrate at their own pace back in to a normal life says Clinical Director Robin Moustafa. Our location and credentials as well as our staffs dedication to recovery from addiction and alcoholism provides for the safest and most comfortable start in ones new journey.
In addition to being an affordable drug rehab, Florida House also accepts many major insurances. For further information or questions about helping yourself or a loved one in to a treatment program, you can call direct at (866) 421-6242 or visit their website: http://www.FloridaHouseExperience.com
The Florida House Experience is a nationally recognized and CARF accredited all inclusive, gender-specific drug and alcohol treatment facility and sober living community. Our vision is to help struggling addicts and alcoholics achieve the immense potential that a sober life can offer. Licensed by the State of Floridas Department of Children and Families (DCF), we employ a team of highly qualified, licensed clinical and medical professionals dedicated to providing the most complete and comprehensive array of clinical services across the continuum of care.