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Beat The Heat – Make Sure Your AC Is Ready For Summer!

Summer is here and so are the climbing temperatures!  Having a fully functioning air conditioner is critical during the summer months, so having a local air conditioning repair company inspect your system now before the really high temperatures come is a great idea.

Many new homes have heating and cooling systems (HVAC systems) combined, with heat pumps being the most commonly installed units.  Older homes typically have a heating system and if they do have a cooling system, it is typically a separate air conditioning system.  Having an HVAC repair company that is trained and certified to service your type of heating or cooling system is important to ensure any repairs are done properly and according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Heating and cooling systems are complex and typically require trained service technicians for installation and repairs.  When you are ready to have your HVAC system checked you can do an Internet search for a local company, but again, make sure they are trained and certified to work on your specific type of system.

So, be sure to beat the Summer heat, have your existing HVAC checked out to make sure it is functioning properly to keep you and your family cool during the Summer months!

 

Thinking of Building Your Dream Home?

Ah, Spring is here and so is the start of the major home building season!  If you have been thinking of building your dream custom home, now is the time to begin.  Most real estate markets around the country have improved drastically from the lows of a few years ago.  If you haven’t already purchased the land where you want to build your dream home, now is a good time to begin looking.

If you already have a home that you need to sell before building your dream home, now is the time to get it listed for sale as Spring and Summer are the peak real estate seasons.  If you are selling your home, be sure to fix any issues that may need fixing and spruce up the exterior and interior as much as possible.  Remember, any prospective home buyer has to be able to immediately see themselves living in your home.  If the yard is unkept or the interior is in a shambles, then the buyer is going to be turned off and move on to the next home.

Once you sell your home and find the property where you want to build your new home, you will need to find a lender that provides home construction loans.  Not all lenders provide home construction loans, so you may need to shop around for the best programs that meet your needs.  The good news is that lending rates are still very low, so you should be able to get a great rate on your new home.

Finding the right home plans is the obvious next step in making your dream home a reality.  There are many sites online that provide custom home plans, and you can always work with a local architect to have your dream home designed from scratch.  The important thing is that you get your home plans created the way you want your home to now and in the future if you plan on being in your new home for many years.

Contacting a custom home builder is one of the most critical decisions because you want to make sure you work with an experienced home builder that you feel comfortable working with.  Building a home can cause a lot of stress because of all the decisions that have to be made and a good contractor will be able to minimize stress because they understand the process and will be able to smooth out a lot of issues based upon experience.

 

Thinking of Starting a New Business?

Many people have the dream of starting their own business, but may not know exactly how to go about it.  All the experts will tell you that you should start a business doing something you are passionate about.  Many successful businesses have been started from a hobby or idea that the founder is passionate about.

Starting a new business can be scary because there are a lot of risks involved.  To reduce the risk of starting a new business, you should consider starting the business while you still have full-time employment if possible.  Being able to maintain a consistent income can reduce the risk of not know if your business will generate enough revenue to support you and your family.

One of the first things to consider when starting a new business is what type of business entity to choose.  Do you need to set up a Limited Liability Company (LLC), a corporation, or run the business as a sole proprietor?  Selecting the proper business entity is very important and you should take the time and talk with an experienced business formation attorney to ensure you understand all of your options and select the best one for your specific needs.

There are a lot of things you will need to manage when starting your new business and depending on your type of business, entity and other factors, the complexity could become overwhelming.  Utilizing the services of a small business lawyer will help ensure you and your business are protected from legal issues down the road.

Here are some services that business lawyers can help with:

  • Registration of Fictitious Name with Required Published Notices
  • Application for Business License
  • Draft and File Statement of Information
  • Assist in Applying for Federal Employer ID
  • Register with State Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Dispute Resolution Services
  • On-demand Corporate or General Counsel Services
  • Draft Demand Letter and Follow-up
  • Respond to Demand Letter and Follow-up
  • Draft Contracts
  • Annual Review of Legal Needs (A popular service for first-time clients)
  • Review Current Employee Policies and make recommendations
  • Draft Employee Policies and Procedures
  • Draft employee or independent contractor agreement
  • Review contracts and make recommendations
  • Draft Employee Stock Option/Benefit Plan
  • Employment termination and release agreement
  • Draft Use or Licensing contract
  • Negotiation of contract
  • Draft Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Draft Purchase Agreement
  • Draft Partnership agreement
  • Draft Operating agreement
  • Draft Website Privacy Policy
  • Draft Website User Agreement/Term of Service
  • Election to be treated as an S Corporation or Partnership

Contact San Diego Business Lawyers Gehres Law Group for more information about their affordable business services.

What To Do After An Accident

Unfortunately, accidents happen unexpectantly every day.  In a lot of cases, you can be involved in an accident at no fault of your own.  Because serious accidents can have life changing effects on your life, personal injury laws have been created to help protect victims that have been injured because of the negligence of another party.  If you’ve been injured in an accident, below are a few things to consider.

  • If the accident was caused by someone else you need to attempt to document the scene of the accident if possible.  If you are able, try to take photos of the accident scene, get the names and contact information of any witnesses that may have seen what happened.  If you are injured, have someone else attempt to document the scene of the accident and get witnesses contact information.
  • If people are injured, be sure to contact 911, so that emergency teams can be notified to respond to the scene of the accident.
  • There can be many factors that cause an accident, so its important to not tell anyone that you caused the accident.  Responding police officers will document the accident and if you claim responsibility for the accident it could be used against you by insurance companies and personal injury lawyers.
  • If medical personnel do not respond to the accident, you should still consult with a physician to ensure you have not sustained any injuries.  Even if you “feel fine”, you should visit a doctor because some injuries may not be apparent right away.
  • If the accident was serious and caused injuries you should definitely contact a local personal injury lawyer that has experience representing clients with your type of injuries and accident.

If your accident involved injuries, one of the first calls you should make is to a local personal injury attorney.  There are many online resources that you can use to find more information about personal injury laws and to find an experienced local injury accident lawyer.  For your convenience, we’ve included some online resources that may be beneficial if you’ve been injured in an accident.

Accident / Personal Injury Resources