What Are the Benefits of Hiring Corporate Lawyer in Perth

While the main goals in business are growth and profitability, it is important for a firm to achieve these objectives within the confines of the law. Enter the corporate lawyer.  A corporate lawyer ensures that a corporation, from any legal risks that may arise during the day to day running of the business. A good corporate lawyer is well versed in many aspects of the law such as contract law, tax law, securities law, intellectual property rights among many others. This makes a corporate lawyer an invaluable partner in any organization. Here are five ways in which a corporate lawyer can be beneficial to your business.

Advise the business on the laws that apply to its operations

Depending on the industry in which your organization is operating in, it will be required to adhere to certain business rules and regulations. For instance, if you are in the food business, then your company must comply with the Health and Safety Local Laws among other regulations. A corporate lawyer will help you understand the laws that apply to your business and protect you from severe penalties that may arise from non-compliance. Where the regulations are complex, a general corporate lawyer can refer you to specialists in the area.

Draft and Review Contracts and Agreements

Contracts and agreements are part and parcel of business. When you were starting out, you had to sign a lease or sale agreement for your business premises; you had your staff sign employment contracts when you hired them. Every purchase or sale is, in essence, a contract between your company and a supplier or client. It is imperative that the firm hires a corporate lawyer to draft its contracts and agreements because they will ensure that the terms of sale or purchase will help protect the interests of the business should a dispute arise.

Offer guidance on finance and growth options

As your company grows, you will require the necessary finances to expand your operation accordingly. This will involve looking into various types of financing options for instance bank loans or approaching private equity players, venture capitalists or even the stock exchange. A corporate lawyer will help you assess the legal implications of each option, and help you negotiate the terms of agreements.

Should the organization decide to expand by merging with another firm, an experienced corporate law firm such as Steinpag Perth can help conduct due diligence, ensure that the interests of the company are kept front and center and that they are also protected. Should there be any potential risks, the lawyers are able to mitigate these in time as well.

Protect Intellectual Property Rights

No matter your business, you need to ensure that your brand is protected. Whether it is art and designs, literary works and music, or names, symbols, and images used in business, you need to ensure that your intellectual property is protected. In the case of a unique invention you need a corporate lawyer to help you take out a patent while if you are in publishing, you need to ensure that the authors’ literary works are copyrighted.

Give legal advice when the business gets into trouble

In the course of running your business, you may get into a dispute with a client, supplier, employee, competitor or even a business partner.  A corporate lawyer comes in handy to advise you on the best course of action. Do not wait to get into trouble in order to hire a lawyer. Contract one from the moment you consider starting your company and you can save your company court costs, settlements, and other expenses.

 

Getting The Right Personal Injury Lawyer

Did you just find yourself in the middle of a personal injury case and you want to make sure that you’re going to be well-compensated for all of the damages that has been caused on you? Then you need to find a really good personal injury to help you out. Keep in mind that legal cases can easily get really complicated if not handled well and properly so you don’t even want to think about doing handling things on your own. Always remember that lawyers are not only knowledgeable but they are also equipped with the right set of skills as well as an ample amount of experience in the industry.

Don’t rush things by getting the very first lawyer you stumble yourself upon in the telephone book. Make sure you do your research first. Visit different websites and take the time to go through the reviews that their past clients have given them. That way, you’ll know whether or not they deliver good quality legal services. Doing this will help you save a lot of time and money, which are things that you don’t want to waste when you’re faced with a personal injury case.

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Presentation on the iPad

Exhibit A – Trial Presentation on the iPad

Having just spoken at the Kentucky Bar Association about the paradigm shift the iPad is creating, I am incredibly excited about the new version of Exhibit A. Up until now, most lawyers use programs like Sanction, Verdical, Trial Director, or Exhibit View to present exhibits at trial. This requires a laptop computer and normally someone to run the computer from counsel’s table while the attorney speaks. Such a setup hinders the flow of the lawyer’s presentation and creates ‘cross-talk’ between the lawyer and person running the computer as they try to highlight, callout or mark on the exhibit. The iPad changes this dynamic by allowing the lawyer to do all of these things him/herself. Granted, the trial presentation apps on the iPad do not offer all of the same “bells and whistles” the PC applications have, but when I speak to most other attorneys, they, like me, only use about 10% of what those programs costing thousands of dollars offer. For the most part, trial lawyers want to be able to search for an exhibit, highlight, draw on, zoom in and create a callout on an exhibit. Everything else is lagniappe as my dad would say.

There are a number of trial presentation apps in the App Store for the iPad which have all of those features but the one feature every trial lawyer needs – callouts. Callouts are those boxes which zoom in on a particular area of a document. We’ve shown you an early look at TrialPad 2.0 which has them (and we’ve spoken with the developer Ian who has advised us that 2.0 has been submitted to the App Store) but unfortunately Exhibit A has beaten every other app to the punch with the release of v.1.3.0. Among other things, the new version of Exhibit A has true callouts, block highlights, redaction features, exporting of exhibits via email and a completely new interface. Let’s take a look at these new features.

CALLOUTS
Let’s just get to the guts of this update. Without the ability to do a callout of a portion of an exhibit, trial presentations on the iPad weren’t truly competing with anyone except for themselves. Now that we finally have an app which can do it, others will follow suit out of necessity. To create a callout in Exhibit A, you simply open an exhibit and select the “Tools” button to select the callout icon on the far right. Creating the callout is as simple as sliding your finger from where you want the upper left side of the callout window to start and sliding to where you want it to end. If you’ve ever used a trial presentation program on a PC, it’s exactly the same except you use your finger or stylus instead of the mouse.

As you can see the callout is presented beautifully, with the underlying exhibit greyed-out and the callout contrasted against the background, perfectly sized.

While it is nicely displayed, I have a few issues with the callout feature which I am sure will be addressed in future updates. First, the annotations made on an exhibit do not get “called-out”. For example, if I create highlights, draw marks or other annotations on an exhibit, and then callout that area, those markings do not show up in the callout as you can see below.

his is the sort of thing that happens in early versions of software and is missed by programmers since they don’t typically foresee this sort of usage of a tool. While it may seem minor, this is certainly something which must be fixed before using Exhibit A in trial or a courtroom setting.

BLOCK HIGHLIGHTS
This feature is pretty straight-forward but seems to be ignored by some other developers. Many times it is necessary to highlight portions of an exhibit and so other apps allow this by giving you a free-hand highlighting tool, which Exhibit A also provides. However, when highlighting lines of text or entire paragraphs, using the free-hand tool is cumbersome and to be blunt, messy. The inability to create nice blocks of highlighted text is definitely an issue in other apps and so the inclusion of this in the latest version of Exhibit A is most welcome. My only complaint about this feature is not really about the feature but in the way highlights in general are created in Exhibit A as well as most other trial presentation apps save for TrialPad. Instead of creating a highlight which increases the contrast with the text below, Exhibit A merely places a semi-transparent block of yellow on top of the text, thereby making it difficult to read the text below and negating the point behind highlighting, to call attention to a part of an exhibit. I have provided examples below of highlighted text in Exhibit A and TrialPad to better visualize this oversight.

This works just like the block highlights, except allows the user to redact portions of an exhibit. For some reason developers keep putting this into their apps, probably because ‘redaction’ sounds like a legal term. In practicality, your exhibit should probably be redacted before trial using a desktop app. Regardless, it works as advertised, allowing for redacted areas to appear as either a block of white, black, red, green or blue. To use redaction, it is selected in the same tool area as highlighting. Problem, and this is a MAJOR one: when you redact an area, if you make a callout of it, the text below appears! Why? Because the callout feature does not callout annotations and the redaction tool is simply another annotation. This oversight makes the redaction feature incredibly dangerous and could potentially cause a mistrial. It must be fixed ASAP.