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Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...

Corporate Opportunities

Corporate Opportunities

Does the Rule Apply to Real Estate? If you invest in and/or syndicate real estate what are the duties to your investors? You owe them a duty of loyalty. But how far does that go? The issue of corporate opportunities is important. I wrote a whole chapter on it (from...

Is Your Website Ready For ADA Compliance?

New Court Case May Indicate Future Requirements

Winn-Dixie, a large supermarket chain, was sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Juan Gil, a blind Florida resident, went to court because the chain’s website was not accessible to him. The ADA requires that places of public accommodation provide “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation.”  The U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida relied upon previous court holdings that the ADA covered both tangible and intangible barriers that restrict individuals with disabilities from the enjoyment of a public accommodation’s service. Since the supermarkets’ website did not accommodate the visually impaired, it denied Mr. Gil “the full and equal enjoyment of Winn-Dixie’s goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations because of his disability.” The court issued an injunction requiring Winn-Dixie to make its website accessible to the disabled. A new standard has emerged known as the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), version 2.0. Screen reader technologies can now read website content to individuals with blindness and assist them in navigating the site with voice prompts. Integrating such technologies into a “public” website will help satisfy the new and developing WCAG requirements. Is your website ADA compliant? Hotels, restaurants, retailers and other places of public accommodation that transact business with the public over their website should take note. If not now, at some point in the future you may be required to bring your website into compliance with WCAG 2.0.
Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...