Publishing And Digital And Electronic Rights

The following publishing industry article addresses some of the legal issues arising for publishing lawyers, entertainment attorneys, authors, and others as a result of the prevalence of e-mail, the Internet, and so-called “digital” and “electronic publishing”. As usual, publishing law generally and the law of the digital right and electronic right specifically, governing these commercial activities, has been slow to catch up to the activity itself. Yet most of the publishing industry “gray areas” can be resolved by imposing old common-sense interpretations upon new publishing lawyer and entertainment lawyer industry constructs, including the digital right and electronic right, and others. And if after reviewing this article you believe you have a non-jargonized handle on the distinction between “digital right” and “electronic right” in the publishing context, then I look forward to hearing from you and reading your article, too.1. “Electronic Right[s]” And “Digital Right[s]” Are Not Self-Defining.All publishing lawyers, entertainment attorneys, authors, and others must be very careful about the use of jargon – publishing industry jargon, or otherwise. Electronic and digital publishing is a recent phenomenon. Although as a publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney and unlike some others, I tend to use the phrase “electronic right” or even “digital right” in the singular number, there probably tends to be no single consensus as to what constitutes and collectively comprises the singular “electronic right” or “digital right”. There has not been sufficient time for the publishing, media, or entertainment industries to fully crystallize accurate and complete definitions of phrases like “electronic publishing”, “web publishing”, “electronic right[s]“, “e-rights”, “digital rights”, or “first electronic rights”.These phrases are therefore usually just assumed or, worse yet, just plain fudged. Anyone who suggests that these phrases alone are already self-defining, would be wrong.Accordingly, anyone, including a publishing lawyer or paralegal representing a book publisher or entertainment lawyer representing a studio or producer, who says that an author should do – or not do – something in the realm of the “electronic right” or “digital right” because it is “industry-standard”, should automatically be treated with suspicion and skepticism.The fact of the matter is, this is a great era for authors as well as author-side publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, and they should seize the moment. The fact that “industry-standard” definitions of the electronic right and digital right have yet to fully crystallize, (if indeed they ever do), means that authors and author-side publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys can take advantage of this moment in history.Of course, authors can also be taken advantage of, too – particularly those not represented by a publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney. There is a long and unfortunate history of that happening, well prior to the advent of the electronic right and digital right. It has probably happened since the days of the Gutenberg Press.Every author should be represented by a publishing lawyer, entertainment attorney, or other counsel before signing any publishing or other agreement, provided that their own economic resources will allow it. (But I am admittedly biased in that regard). Part of the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney’s function in representing the author, is to tease apart the different strands that collectively comprise the electronic right or digital right. This must be done with updated reference to current technology. If your advisor on this point is instead a family member with a Smith-Corona cartridge typewriter or a Commodore PET, rather than an entertainment attorney or publishing lawyer, then it may be time to seek a new advisor.Even authors who cannot afford publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney counsel, however, should avoid agreeing in writing to give broad contractual grants to publishers of “electronic publishing” – or the “electronic right”, or “electronic rights” or “digital rights”, or the “digital right”. Rather, in the words of “Tears For Fears”, the author and author counsel had “better break it down again”. Before agreeing to grant anyone the author’s “digital right: or “electronic right”, or any elements thereof, the author and his or her publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney need to make a list of all the possible and manifold electronic ways that the written work could be disseminated, exploited, or digitally or electronically otherwise used. Notice that the author’s list will likely vary, month to month, given the fast pace of technological advancements. For example, these kinds of questions can be considered by the author and publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney alike:Electronic Digital Right Question #1, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Can the work be published in whole or in part on the Internet? In the context of an “e-zine”? Otherwise? If so, how? For what purpose? Free to the reader? For a charge to the reader?Electronic Digital Right Question #2, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Can the work be disseminated through private e-mail lists or “listservs”? Free to the reader? For a charge to the reader?Electronic Digital Right Question #3, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Can the work be distributed on CD-Rom? By whom? In what manner and context?Electronic Digital Right Question #4, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: To what extent does the author, himself or herself, wish to self-publish this work, either before or after granting any electronic right or any individual “electronic publishing” rights therein to someone else? Will such self-publication occur on or through the author’s website? Otherwise?Electronic Digital Right Question #5, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Even if the author does not self-publish, to what extent does the author wish to be able to use and disseminate this writing for his or her own portfolio, publicity, or self-marketing purposes, and perhaps disseminate that same writing (or excerpts thereof) electronically? Should that be deemed invasive of, or competitive with, the electronic right as otherwise contractually and collectively constituted?The above list is illustrative but not exhaustive. Any author and any publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney will likely think of other elements of the electronic and digital right and other uses as well. The number of possible uses and complexities of the electronic right[s] and digital right[s] definitions will increase as technology advances. In addition, different authors will have different responses to the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney, to each of the carefully-itemized questions. Moreover, the same author may be concerned with the electronic right in the context of one of his/her works, but may not care so much in the context of a second and different work not as susceptible to digital right exploitation. Therefore, the author must self-examine on these types of electronic and digital right questions before responding to the author’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney and then entering into each individual deal. Only by doing so can the author avoid the pitfalls and perils of relying upon lingo, and relying upon someone else to dictate to them what is the electronic right or digital right “industry standard”. As the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney should opine, “There is no such thing as ‘industry standard’ in the context of a bilaterally-negotiated contract. The only standard that you the author should be worried about is the motivational ‘standard’ known as: ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’”.Finally, the author should be aware that while the electronic right, digital right, and components thereof can be expressly granted, they can also be expressly reserved to the author, by a mere stroke of the pen or keystroke made by the publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney. For example, if an author wants to expressly reserve the “portfolio uses” mentioned in Electronic Digital Right Question #5 above, then the author should ask his or her publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney to clearly recite this reservation of the author portfolio electronic/digital right in the contract, and leave nothing to chance. In addition, if the author has some negotiating leverage, the author, through the publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney, may be able to negotiate the “safety net” of a “savings clause” which provides words to the effect that: “all rights not expressly granted to publisher, be it an electronic right or digital right or otherwise, are specifically reserved to author for his/her sole use and benefit”. That way, the “default provision” of the contract may automatically capture un-granted rights including any electronic or digital right for the author’s later use. This publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney drafting technique has likely saved empires in the past.2. Publishers and Entertainment Companies Are Revising Their Boilerplate Agreements, As We Speak, In An Effort To Secure The Electronic Right[s].It is well-known and should come as no surprise that right now, as we speak, publishers and their in-house and outside counsel publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys are furiously re-drafting their boilerplate contracts to more thoroughly capture the digital and electronic right – that is, all of an author’s digital and electronic rights. The typical publishing agreement drafted by a company-side publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney will recite a broad grant of rights, then followed by a whole laundry-list of “including but not limited to” examples. If the author receives such an onerous-looking rights passage from a publisher or the publisher’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney, the author should not be intimidated. Rather, the author should look at it as an opportunity to make some money and have some fun. The author can first compare the list suggested in Electronic Digital Right Questions #1 through #5 above, to the publisher’s own laundry-list and the author’s own imagination. Then, the author can decide which if any of the separate digital or electronic rights the author wants to fight to keep for himself or herself.If the publisher tells the author to blindly subscribe to their entire digital or electronic right[s] clause (or clauses), then the author still has the ultimate leverage, which is to walk away from the proposed deal prior to signature. Of course, this strategic approach wouldn’t be advisable in most cases – unless perhaps if the author has other written offers from other publishers already on the table. However, an author shouldn’t be forced by any publisher or any company-side publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney to sign away the electronic right, digital right, or any other rights that the author would rather keep – particularly rights which the author never specifically intended to shop to the publisher in the first instance.The author should keep in mind the psychology and motivations of the publishers and their publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney counsel when doing all of this. A Vice-President (or above) at the publishing company probably woke up one recent morning, and realized that his/her company lost a great deal of money on a particular project by not taking a prospective license or assignment of an electronic right or digital right from another author. The VP probably then blamed the company’s in-house legal department publishing lawyers or entertainment attorneys, who in turn started frantically re-drafting the company boilerplate to assuage the angry publishing executive and thereby keep their jobs. When in-house publishing lawyers, entertainment attorneys, or others engage in this type of practice (some may call it “drafting from fear”), they tend to go overboard.Accordingly, what you will probably see is a proverbial “kitchen sink” electronic right clause which has been newly-drafted and perhaps even insufficiently reviewed by the company-side publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, internally and themselves – wherein the publisher will ask the author for every possible electronic and digital right and every other thing, including (without limitation) the kitchen sink. The only response to such a broad-band electronic right or digital right clause is a careful, deliberate, and methodical reply.Using the approach outlined in Section #1 above, the author and the author’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney counsel must separately tease apart each use and component of the electronic right and digital right that the publisher’s broad-band clause might otherwise capture, and then opine to the publisher a “yes” or a “no” on each line-item. In other words, the author, through his or her publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney, should exercise his or her line-item veto. It’s the author’s writing that we are talking about, after all. The author should be the one to convert the singular “electronic right” or “digital right” into the laundry-list of electronic rights. That’s why I use the singular number when referring to “electronic right” or “digital right” – I like to let the technologically-advanced author have all the fun making the list. That way, too, the author can tell me what he or she thinks the phrases actually mean, and what the difference between the two meanings really is, if anything.Next, a few words in defense of the publishers and the publishing lawyers that work for them!Up to now, this article discussed how phrases like the “digital right” or “electronic right” should not be assumed to be self-defining, even by and between publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, and how it is incumbent upon authors to reserve needed rights like the digital right or the electronic right to themselves in the context of a publishing deal. Next up, let’s examine concepts such as the digital right or electronic right from the perspective of the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney, and the standpoint of fairness – who between author and publisher should in fact hold on to the digital right and electronic right, once and assuming that they are first properly defined?3. Yes, Digital Right And Electronic Right Uses Do Compete With Traditional Book Publishing Uses.A publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney may be called upon to handle an author-side deal. A publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney may also be called upon to handle, under different factual circumstances, a publisher-side deal. So, now, a few words in defense of publishers, I suppose.There is a perception in the author and Internet communities that publishers should not be taking broad grants of the digital right or electronic right from authors, since “digital rights and electronic rights do not compete or interfere with traditional book publishing and other media rights”.Not true. Not anymore. For proof of that fact, ask a few veteran news desk editors whether or not they followed, or were otherwise concerned about, what appeared on the Drudge Report during the Clinton administration. Ask the CFO’s or in-house publishing lawyers of a few traditional encyclopedia companies how they feel about Wikipedia.Incidentally, although as a publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney and unlike some others, I tend to use the phrase “electronic right” or even “digital right” in the singular number, there probably tends to be no single consensus as to what constitutes and collectively comprises the singular “electronic right” or “digital right”. There has not been sufficient time for the publishing, media, or entertainment industries to fully crystallize accurate and complete definitions of phrases like “electronic publishing”, “web publishing”, “electronic right[s]“, “e-rights”, “digital right[s]“, or “first electronic rights”.Nevertheless, electronic media and specifically the digital right and electronic right, have already changed our history. You can be sure that they will have some effect, at a minimum, on most author’s individual publishing deals henceforth, and will be the fodder of publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney discussion for years to come. The fact is, electronic uses inherent in the digital right and the electronic right already do compete with older, more traditional uses – particularly because digital and electronic uses are cheaper and faster to deploy, and can potentially reach millions of users in less than, as Jackson Browne might say, the blink of an eye.Commerce is increasingly relying upon the Internet and other electronic phenomena, and the linchpin of this reliance is the digital right and electronic right. After all, you are reading this article, and ostensibly gleaning some information or material from it. The Web, for example, has already put a sizable dent in dictionary and encyclopedia sales, and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably an employee in a dictionary or encyclopedia publishing company or publishing lawyer in-houser in denial of the digital and electronic right, trying to protect his/her stock options. As the recent and well-known Stephen King pilot program will attest, fiction is the next subject matter area to be affected. Many of us book lovers including publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys don’t like to think about it, but bound hard-copy books may soon become the sole province of book collectors and publishing lawyer vanity bookcases alone. The vast majority of book readers, however, may so wholly embrace the digital right and electronic right that they soon even lose the patience to wait for their “amazon.com” mailed shipment.Very few people who work in the publishing, media, and entertainment industries, including as amongst fair-minded publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, should dispute that electronic uses inherent in the digital right and electronic right can easily cannibalize the older and more traditional forms and formats. This cannibalization will only increase, not decrease, as time goes on. Again, the author should put himself/herself in the mind-set of the publisher or its in-house publishing lawyer, when having this digital right/electronic right argument with the publisher or publishing lawyer. The publisher otherwise may want to invest marketing and personnel support in the author’s work, and perhaps even pay the author an advance for the writing. In their view, though, the publisher’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney argues, why should they do so, and not also capture the author’s digital right or electronic right?The last thing that the publisher or its publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney wants to do is to pay the author – and then discover that the author has “scooped” the publication with the author-reserved digital right or electronic right, stolen the publisher’s proverbial fire, and undermined the publisher’s investment in the author and the writing. The concern of the publisher and the book company’s in-house publishing lawyer or outside entertainment attorney is rational and valid. If the publisher allows the author to potentially undercut the book by exploiting author’s reserved digital right or electronic right, then the publisher is threatening the publisher’s own investment in the author and in the written work. (And on some subliminal level at least, the company’s in-house publishing lawyer also knows that this could come out of his or her future comp).Compromises are available. One traditional compromise effected between publishing lawyers or entertainment attorneys is a so-called “hold-back” on the digital right or electronic right, whereby the author promises not to use or license-out any author-reserved digital right or electronic right for a certain period of time following publication. The author will need some leverage to get a publisher to agree to such a compromise, though. And a publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney should draft the clause – the author’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney, not the publisher’s counsel!An author may think that small “portfolio” uses (e.g., tucked inside greeting cards, on an author’s personal web site, etc.) are so minor, that they will never compete with publishing rights granted for the same work, and may tell the publisher or the company’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney as much. The greeting card example does seem innocuous enough, but the publisher and its entertainment or publishing lawyer will likely not agree with the author regarding the author’s personal web site. It is the electronic right or the digital right that really scares publishers and their publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, and is perceived as threatening to their long-term investment in the author and his or her work.The distinction to be made here is between hard-copy portfolio uses, and digital right or electronic right “portfolio uses”. The fact is that computer-uploaded text is so easy and quick to transmit, receive, and read. The posted content’s popularity could also spread like digital wildfire, so quickly – for example, if a company hyper-links to the author’s site, or if “Yahoo” bumps the author’s site up in their search-engine pecking-order. Many successes have already been made by virtue of digital right and electronic right self-publishing, and more will follow. Traditional (book) publishers and their publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys already realize this fact. Accordingly, traditional book publishers and their counsel also realize that once they acknowledge an author’s reservation of a “self-promotion” digital right or electronic right, they risk losing control of a potential wildfire dissemination method. Again, this would put the publisher’s investment at risk – but smart business people and companies and the publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys that represent them, don’t put their own investments at risk.4. The Party To The Contract That Has The Better And More Immediate Means and Resources To Exploit The Electronic Rights, Should Be The One Who Takes The Electronic Rights.Here is the final point. If a contracting party has no means and resources to exploit a digital right or electronic right or a given bundle of them, then that same party has no business taking (or reserving to themselves) those same digital or electronic rights by contract or even negotiating such a position by and between publishing lawyers or entertainment attorneys. To analogize, if I am a screenwriter who options or sells my script to the Acme Production Company, LLC, through an entertainment lawyer, how should I react if Acme asks me to specifically and contractually grant them “theme park rights” in my literary property in the negotiation between the entertainment attorneys? (Don’t laugh – this practice is now very prevalent in film and entertainment deals).Well, if Acme doesn’t have its own theme park, I (or my entertainment attorney) now have a powerful argument for reserving the theme park rights to myself instead. “Hey, Acme”, I (or my entertainment attorney) say, “… how do you have the unmitigated gall to ask me for my theme park rights, when you don’t even have the ability to exploit or use them yourself? You don’t even have a theme park!” I (or my entertainment attorney) then make it clear to Acme that I don’t intend to be giving them any trophies that they can put on a shelf to collect proverbial dust.The same argument can work in the publishing context, particularly as argued between publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, regarding the digital right or the electronic right. The author can proverbially cross-examine the publisher (or try to cross-examine the company’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney) as to what successful past uses they have made of other author’s digital rights or electronic rights across multiple books. The company President may fudge the answer, but the publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney representing the publisher must answer truthfully. (One good reason to negotiate through counsel).If the true answer to the question is “none”, then the author can use the “trophy” argument stated above. If the true answer is, alternatively, “some”, then the author has a negotiating opportunity to compel the publisher and its publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney to contractually commit to digitally and electronically publish the author’s work, too. The author can argue: “I won’t grant you the digital right or electronic right unless you, publisher, contractually commit in advance as to how specifically you will exploit them, and how much money you will spend in their development and marketing”. The author or the author’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney can then carve those electronic right and digital right commitments right directly into the contract, if the author has the leverage to do so. Again, one should not try this at home – but instead use a publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney.Needless to say, once the author makes the publisher commit, presumably through publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney counsel, to a development budget or other marketing or “release” commitment for the digital right or the electronic right, then both the author and the publisher might thereby also have some basis for numerical valuation of the rights themselves. And, it is an entirely reasonable argument for an author or author’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney to say to a publisher that: “I will license/sell you the following listed digital right[s] or electronic right[s] if you pay me the following additional amounts for them:_____________________. And in the blank space, the rights can be listed like menu options as they have been broken out in Item #1 above, each to which separate dollar values – that is, price-tags – are now assigned.Click the “Articles” button at: https://www.tormey.org/art.htm to return to the main Articles page.

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Consumer Credit Card Counseling – Get Out of Debt

Regardless of how your why you got into debt, you are there. You need to get out from under what seems an insurmountable stack of bills, but are confused about your options. Bankruptcy lawyers and debt consolidation companies flood the market with enticing commercials, causing consumers to jump to drastic measures when searching for a solution. However, you didn’t get into debt overnight and should make carefully calculated decisions as to how you will get out. Consumer credit card counseling organizations are your best bet when seeking debt advice.These non-profit groups advocate on your behalf when seeking debt relief. Unlike bankruptcy lawyers and debt consolidation companies, consumer debt counselors are not motivated by hefty fees. They provide unbiased advice on how to responsibly manage your money, offering you real solutions for your current financial issues. They also help you set up a debt management plan and develop a personalized program to prevent future financial crisis.Non-profit debt advocates offer consumer tools such as debt calculators, budget worksheets, and facts about debt. While they educate you about your debt solution options, they also inform you on ways to rebuild your credit. You can safely discuss with your counselor the options of bankruptcy as well as ways to handle various debt collection practices. Remember, though your counselor discusses these topics with you, he cannot provide legal advice.Consumer credit advocates receive specialized training and many have backgrounds in finance and/or counseling. When you contact an agent, you may discuss your debt over the phone, via mail, or in person. You have many options when it comes to working with these types of agencies. Check your local listings are search online for a counselor who fits your needs. Debt can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone.

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The Health Care Reform Act Penalties and the Requirement For Buying Individual Health Insurance

In December of 2009, the United States Senate passed the Health Care Reform Act, which was later adopted by the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010. This bill represents monumental changes in the American medical system, both for consumers of health care, as well as employers and insurance providers. Among other things, the Bill requires health care policies to be approved by the government, and provides monetary penalties for citizens not covered by approved health care insurance. The reason for such penalties, as described in the Bill, is that by allowing citizens to go uninsured they become significantly less likely to seek preventative care for conditions they may experience. This translates into increased costs for the health care system as a whole, and indirectly to the taxpayers.But wait a minute. You may be asking yourself, what does this mean for me? To begin with, rest assured that if you are currently covered by health insurance, you will be unaffected by this change: all existing health care plans will be grandfathered in by the Bill. Furthermore, if you are currently uninsured, the government will not penalize you until the Bill comes fully into effect in 2014. Even then, the legislation provides exceptions for individuals who cannot afford health insurance, those who object for religious reasons, are incarcerated, or citizens who do not currently reside in the United States.The penalties thereafter will begin at $95 for uninsured persons in 2014, increase to $325 in 2015, and $695 in 2016. Under the House’s amendments to the Bill, the final amount of the penalty is $695 each year for each person for whom the taxpayer is liable. This can accrue up to either $2,250 (for three uninsured individuals) or 2.5% of the taxpayer’s household income, whichever is greater. Some of the Bill’s proponents feel that this figure is too lenient, as it allows taxpayers to simply pay the penalty until they require a medical procedure. They can then purchase insurance which would normally be more expensive, especially for individual health insurance not provided by an employer. This type of “adverse selection” could potentially be detrimental to the social health system, though it is possible that a future amendment may increase the penalties for uninsured persons to prevent this.The effects of the Bill will not be felt until 2014, though some regulatory acts will come into effect sooner, including regulations on medical plans renewing after September 23, 2010, requiring greater transparency in any existing health care plans, as well as the creation of a federal high-risk pool that will begin this summer.The Bill represents an unprecedented change in the United States government’s stance on health care. The goals of the Act are certainly very ambitious, and time will tell whether it achieves its goals. Though the Act may be changed by future amendments, and even challenged legally on constitutional grounds, it is imperative that taxpayers, insurers, and employers alike understand the Bill and its implications, since they will have a profound and lasting impact in the landscape of America’s health care.

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Discovering The Finest Deal In The Commercial Loan Market

When it comes to navigating the commercial loan market, it is important to know the basic facts and figures required for obtaining a loan and how the process works. Organisations that provide loans for commercial property sanction loans for new or existing commercial properties. Every commercial property is different and can require varying levels of structuring depending on the commercial type. A straight forward loan would be required for commercial real estate investors and owner occupiers. Whereas highly leveraged structured commercial finance can be needed for a variety of reasons such as refinancing, non recourse, specialised real estate and high LVR solutions. The terms of the loan can be fixed or variable and are given the option of being long term or short term.In order to successfully obtain a loan there is a certain level of documentation that is required to prove the borrower can sufficiently service the loan. There are four levels of documentation options which can be carried out; full doc, lite doc, low doc and no doc, also known as an asset lend. Full doc commercial loans are for borrowers that can provide all the documents required to prove they can successfully repay the loan. Lite doc commercial are for borrowers that don’t make the full doc criteria but can provide documents such as interim financials and rental income to repay the loan. Low doc commercial are for borrowers that cannot provide any of the above traditional documents but can obtain an accountants letter confirming they can repay the loan. A no doc loan is also known as an asset lend where the borrower has no documentation to repay the loan making the loan an asset lend against the property.When deciding on a commercial loan broker to facilitate your loan it is helpful to look out for a few key services which will make your process as smooth as possible. Fast turnaround times and tailor made solutions can be extremely beneficial if you require your loan to be approved in a timely and specific manner. If you don’t meet any of the high documentation levels required to prove you can repay the loan, an organisation that has access to non bank private lenders with a commercial view on loans would be most appropriate.If you require some wriggle room within your loan then an organisation that caters for commercial loans with flexible servicing criteria, terms and conditions, and LVR’s would be advantageous for your situation. If money is tight and you require your loan to be based on the valuation of the property as opposed to the purchase price a loan facilitator with access to this as well as commercial loans with no annual reviews would suit your needs.Ultimately, when deciding on a loan broker it is essential to find the people and organisation that you feel comfortable with and that suits you and your commercial loan needs best.

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Custom Handmade Furniture For Your Interior Design Project Is A Fit

You know the process. Your shopping on the net, looking at countless furniture sites and you are unable to find the right furniture piece. You have a clear image of it in your head. If only someone can take a picture of your thoughts and custom design the furniture for you.Actually, there are a variety of ways to have that dream furniture piece created. Some furniture outlets want to have a detailed diagram while others will accept a drawing on a paper napkin and create a work of art better than you thought. You can even take a picture of an object and a furniture maker can easily duplicate the product for you.To my surprise, custom made wood furniture is no more expensive than buying a solid piece of furniture at your local retailer. Additionally, you get to pick out the wood, finishes, colors and fabrics, if necessary. Of course, designs that are more sophisticated or require intricate detail will be more expensive, but the end result will be worth it. You will have a unique custom made furniture item that will be the envy of those who see it.While any piece of furniture can be handmade, the following types are best for building handmade furniture:

Bar Stools – Custom bar stools can be created based on the height of your bar or counter top.
Beds – You can have custom beds and headboards made to fit your choice of mattress.
Kitchen Cabinets, Minibars and Wall Units – You can have custom cabinetry made with your choice of doors, fixtures and shelves.
Next, you select the wood, types of doors, number of shelves and fixtures with your choice of height and width for the perfect custom cabinetry. If you are going through the task of creating a custom piece of furniture, make sure you have the item fabricated of premium quality wood materials like mahogany, teak or acacia. Furniture made using high quality materials will provide you with many years of enjoyment.When choosing a furniture maker to build your furniture piece it is best to have a look at some of their previous work. If you are going to have a kitchen table built for instance, look at similar pieces to give you an idea of their work. Well established furniture makers are proud of their portfolio and references of their previous work. Also, make sure you understand how they want you to submit your design and get all costs quoted up front with estimated delivery times. Don’t forget to make sure they include estimated shipping charges and sales tax, if applicable, in their quotation.This will help avoid surprises when your furniture arrives. Also, find out if they are running any specials or have discounts like free shipping. Sometimes changing the material can lead to a price reduction without affecting the quality. A furniture designer takes great pride in their craft and wants you to be completely happy with the product. Now you can give your home or office the special look that is in your mind.

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Get a Fast-Approval Payday Loan Even While Unemployed

Payday Loans Even for the UnemployedUnemployment rates have been lingering just under 10% for the last few years. Many Americans have lost their jobs, have wiped out their savings and are subsisting on unemployment compensation either from the state or federal government. These unemployment packages usually pay only 70-80% of their previous paychecks. They usually need the money quickly. They might consider getting a fast approval payday loan for the unemployed. The could have cash in their bank account within 24 hours.The Bare NecessitiesSome folks are finding that they need a quick infusion of cash just to help cover the bare necessities. They may think that getting a fast-approval, payday loan might infer that they are still getting a paycheck. Some of these loans are more appropriately named cash advance loans. But as more and more people face unemployment, more and more lenders are getting comfortable with the idea of lending money to the unemployed.Traditional Lenders Not Likely to LendBanks and credit unions are not likely to make small, fast-approval, payday loans for the unemployed. Your best bet would be to check lenders online. If you punch your browser with loans for the unemployed you will be rewarded with a number of pages of lenders willing to make payday loans even for the unemployed. You should be able to pick and choose to find the best four or five lenders who look like they would offer the sum of money you need, in the amount of time you need it, and at percentage rates and repayment terms that you would find comfortable.Before You Start ApplyingOnline forms are easy to fill out. You will need some documentation. You will need some government issued identification. You will need proof of your unemployment compensation. Some lenders will even lend to you if you can present an affidavit from a future employer designating when you are due to start working for them. You will also need proof of residency – a utility bill or a cell phone bill usually works. Lenders also like their clients to have direct-deposit checking accounts so they can put the payday loan for the unemployed directly into your bank. If required, you can fax or scan documents for submission to your lender.Fast-Approval, Payday Loan OptionsYou have some options when applying for a fast-approval, payday loan. You can get either a secured or unsecured loan. Secured loans require that you present some collateral, usually real estate, stocks and bonds, or even a late model car. Should you default on the loan the lender can seize the property and sell it to cover the cost of the loan. Interest rates on these loans are usually lower than on unsecured loans because there is less risk of the lender losing money. Unsecured loans have only your promise and your signature. The interest rates on these loans will be higher. You may want to stipulate whether you want a payday loan or a cash advance loan. Payday loans usually require repayment within two to four weeks. Cash advance loans can be paid in installments over a longer period of time.Now Focus On Finding a New JobOnce you make your application, you will probably be approved on the same day, perhaps within an hour or so. Your funds for your fast-approval, payday loan will probably be in your bank account within 24 hours, sometimes sooner. With that extra cash to give you some breathing room, you can focus on your full-time job – finding a new full-time job.

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How to Get Affordable Self Employed Health Insurance That is Comprehensive

Do you own your own business or plan to? Do you work out of the comfort of your own home? Are you self employed? If so, there is probably one thing weighing heavily on your mind each and every day you work for yourself; I need healthcare insurance at an affordable price. How do you obtain that coverage for the health of your family? Well, most employees receive medical insurance from their employer but since you are your own employer it can be difficult to find the right health coverage with low premiums. Never sacrifice quality and service for low prices. If you are looking for affordable health insurance you should consider organizations that have a strong reputation; not companies that you have never heard of before.Everyone needs medical health care, whether you are working for a major corporation or if you are working for yourself. If you are working for yourself then you more than likely would like to have affordable rates, not costs that will break the bank. People that are self employed and don’t have health care insurance is a larger group of people than those that are self employed with it. A lot of self employed people find it very difficult to pay the premiums for their own medical health coverage because there aren’t any discounts involved. Many companies are able to obtain discounts on premiums for their employees because the company is purchasing health insurance in one lump sum.You have probably looked at more than a handful of health care plans if you are self employed. This can be quite a daunting task and can take hours on end to complete all of the research required to find the right health care provider. There are discount card programs or a la carte coverage offered by insurance providers today. Some of these options can be can be extremely expensive for people that are self employed.So what can you do if you are self employed and need medical coverage? A new trend developing in the world of self employment is people within the same industry banding together to form somewhat of a union. Say for example freelance writers. If you are a freelance writer working for yourself, band together with other freelance writers to negotiate insurance prices with providers. Doing this could get you and your peers lower rates on health coverage plans because you are applying for it in large groups.If you were employed with a company before becoming self employed, more often than not your hmo coverage from that job will last for six more months before you are removed from the company’s plan. If you become self employed, there is an option you can look towards when searching for health coverage. That option is short term medical insurance. Short term health insurance lasts anywhere from six to 12 months at a time and not any longer than that.If you know that you will be self employed for a certain amount of time, sign up for short term health care. Maybe you are dating someone at the time and are planning on getting married in a year. Once you are married you can be covered on the health policy of your spouse while still running your own self employment business. So, if you have your life planned out and know that your future spouse will have medical coverage insurance, your best bet would be to sign up for short term health insurance. This can cost you less money than a full-time health plan since it lasts for a shorter amount of time.Believe it or not, some companies will allow you to stay on their health plan for longer than most companies if you leave on good terms. So, if you made a good impression on your company and your boss, ask him or her if you can stay on the health plan for longer than normal. This can help you stay covered with health insurance even while you are self employed. It will also help you pay the premiums, which will be significantly less than paying for a health care plan on your own.Paying for your own health insurance can be costly, especially if you have any pre existing conditions like asthma, heart disease, or any other medical conditions. Providers might not want to cover a person of your medical condition because you are not working with a company.Finding the right health provider, as mentioned earlier, can be quite a daunting task and a long task. Once you perform the proper research on each available company, narrow the choices down to your top five. Ask your peers in the self employment industry you are working in about the companies you are interested in to see if anyone uses one of those companies.Don’t forget; don’t sacrifice quality and excellent coverage for lower prices on premiums. Don’t let the health care companies take advantage of you either. If you conduct the proper research and take the time to investigate each company, you should be satisfied with your results.

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Know the Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is likely one of the the majority primary must retain system stricken and fit. That is likewise extreme and potent treatment to different eternal illnesses. Performing yoga with standard groundwork is rated to rejuvenate overall fantastic thing about figure. Plenty yoga performers have outstanding wellbeing and fitness enhancement principally with regards to removal in quite a few ailments which don’t own hard medical answer. There are many infirmities which don’t experience everlasting therapy in medicinal answer, however through yoga, they may be cured effectively.Yoga is definitely such an crucial supply of care that supports marry thoughts, physique along with the spirit attention. A few yoga experts say that the correct yoga cure to mind and body can have potent result to them. it will develop the relation to each other. A few critical conditions such as cancers that will as yet don’t experience medical solution is said to be curable by way of working towards yoga. More, this can be the yoga that helps you wait focused on your body’s frame of mind, situation and model using change. Yoga works body grow to be bendy and relaxed of stress-stricken nature. Applying yoga, in all its spirit can make physique repaired, energetic, contented and soothing.Yoga is often a technologies which happens to be professionally recognized as an essential therapeutic having realistic medicinal solution to several conditions. The technology with yoga is founded on thesis, values and observation that will in concert focus on mind and body and their own reference to one another well. It is exactly medically validated that yoga carries most health benefits and different poses of yoga provides it really is main value to giving health benefits to physique. Yoga makes sure ultimate equilibrium within mind and body. Distinct yoga poses has some health benefits placed on psychological, psychological and biochemical fronts.Yoga leads to great flexibility to joints with physique which includes those which will be in no way comforted although performing many practice. This task offers utmost lubrication to joints, ligaments and tendons in the physical. To induce versatility to whole parts of the body is definitely one of the best suitable virtues associated with yoga. Its been observed that with carrying out yoga, parts of body feel supreme versatility including many issues which have certainly not been acted about. Additionally, yoga could be the ultimate basis that massages whole body such as domestic glands and body systems. Yoga backs more desirable overall performance associated with organs and glands that for this reason enhance their own immune method.The negative effect in performing yoga have corresponding outcomes about wellbeing and fitness as to numerous blood amount to total perhaps the body system. The numerous blood course for this reason achievements flushing out toxic substances out of system thereby presenting it then finished nutritional consumption. This subsequently rewards physical with regards to delayed ageing, clear blood, grit and revitalized force in every parts of whole body. More, this can be the yoga that helps matching from the muscular tissues. Muscles which have emerge as flimsy and sagging might efficiently just be bettered by way of constant practice in yoga.As said before, in case yoga is finished via meditation, it d cause harmony that will help thoughts set up reference to system. Afterward, the whole system occurrences stress free and revived ardor for all times. Lastly, also there have been several physical effects by means of yoga that happen to be blessing on show.

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Keep These 5 Rules in Mind for Successful Commercial Designing

Who doesn’t want an excellent commercial design? Excellent commercial design is important to maintain the reputation and brand image of the company. As it is said, the first impression is the last impression, a good impression always attracts potential customers. It’s obvious no one would ever love to walk in a congested environment with bad lighting.

Bad design and interiors deteriorate the productivity of the employees. It can be a confusing task when planning a commercial designing project for the first time, hiring expert Commercial Architects Melbourne can be the best option to know about the latest trends and perfect matching designs.

This blog is about some basic rules to consider for making the commercial project successful.
Keep structures versatile

When it comes to transforming any commercial space, focusing on convertibility and keeping office interior decor versatile can be the best option. It can be done by implementing a versatile structure to spaces such as cafeterias, offices, and many more. Everyone gives preference to comfort hence, focusing on spatial and versatile design will help to complete commercial designing projects in an optimal way.

Consider the latest technology implementations

Technology plays a supportive role to enhance the commercial designing project. Moving forward with the latest technology is important to execute any business smoothly because technologies make the work much easier and comfortable for the employee as well as organizations. Implementing centralized and decentralized digital control is much needed in any commercial design.

Keep office aesthetics updated

Good aesthetics and interiors impact the overall representation of the office and make the place functional and attractive. Hire a reputed designer for modern d├ęcor and furniture ideas. Hiring a designer reduces half of the project stress and helps to meet the contemporary fashion and latest trends. They can help to choose the perfect theme that blends well with the office decor, atmosphere, and colour.

Provide personalized space to prevent congestion

Majority of customer prefers personalized space such as different seating to seat comfortably and do the personal work. Personalized space is one of the crucial factors for customer-based service offices such as hotels and cafeterias to provide an ambient and comfortable place.

Always keep safety first

Safety is the central feature of every construction and designing project. Hence, it’s the high-priority factor to keep the aesthetic and functional safety at the working place. It can be compromised for interior decoration and design purposes but it’s not at all affordable to compromise for safety purposes.

Following the above useful ideas can easily help in the successful completion of a commercial designing project in a safe and pleasing way. In today’s, modern construction, reliability, and comfort is also an equally important factor.

Final words,

It’s important to hire the experienced Building designer Melbourne to make the commercial designing project worthy. Hope the above rules helped you to scale up your interior designing projects with a better outcome. Follow the above tips for any renovation or remodelling project and surely you will get award-winning and achieve a better office experience.

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