Background Checks May Not Accurately Check Your Background

A number of cases have surfaced in the past 10 years or so where people applied for jobs and the employers rejected their applications because the background checks uncovered criminal pasts. The problem for some of those people is that the backgrounds that turned up were not theirs. In the digital age, it has become easy for people to access data. It has also become easy for those who access certain data to sell it to others. This is the foundation of the problem.

When companies access information through the internet or buy information from a state’s records, they can then release that information to employers for background checks or sell it to another company. Often times the information will be transferred a number of times and can become outdated or incorrect because of problems with the initial information or updates to the information are not performed. Presently, there is no uniform system requiring companies to update the information and as a result, there is no system in place to enforcement companies to update the information. This problem has been around for years and may be growing.

A number of cases have settled in favor of victims of bad information received by employers conducting background checks. If you feel you have been a victim to the release of bad information to a potential employer, please call Boyer Law Firm.

For more information on this topic please read the full article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ap-impact-criminal-past-isnt-182335059.html;_ylc=X3oDMTNubHQwMDdsBF9TAzExODMzMTE5OTIEYWN0A21haWxfY2IEY3QDYQRpbnRsA3VzBGxhbmcDZW4tVVMEcGtnAzJmNjk4NmVjLTNiNjEtM2Y0NS04ODJmLTI4NjBmZGFiYmIzZQRzZWMDbWl0X3NoYXJlBHNsawNtYWlsBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

Florida Tops the Charts for Foreign Investors Buying Homes in the U.S.

According to online searches for homes in the United States, Florida has claimed five of the top ten spots for cities searched for by foreign investors. Orlando, Kissimmee, and Pompano-Beach all place in the top five and Miami and Davenport help to round out the top ten. The only other state to claim more than one spot in the top ten was Arizona. Point2Homes.com reported this information on December 19, 2011.

While this does not necessarily mean that Florida’s housing market is on the rise again, it does suggest Florida remains attractive to people from the United States and elsewhere when looking for a home. It does mean that Floridians looking to sell their homes have a class of potential buyers they may not have thought about before. Dealing with a foreign investor as a prospective buyer can be tricky because they may lack the knowledge of American laws or there may be a language barrier among other things. At the Boyer Law Firm, we are fully capable and prepared to assist you in the buying or selling of your home. Whether you are a foreign investor looking to buy a home, or you are looking to sell your home to a foreign investor, we are here to help.

Purchase Property for a Visa?

New legislation in Congress will allow wealthy residents of China to purchase property in the United States.  The purchase of a home in the United States will not result in American citizenship for Chinese buyers.  If a Chinese buyer purchases a home in the United States, the home must be purchased for an amount higher than the last appraised value of the home.  Also, the buyer must spend at least $500,000 on property in the United States and half of that must be toward a primary residence.  The effects of the conditions created by this legislation may be twofold.

The first is that wealthy Chinese purchasers will be able to get a five-year visitor visa, which would allow them to enter the United States through multiple locations, or a three-year residential visa that can be renewed.  In so doing, the United States has relaxed its visa requirements, at least as far as wealthy Chinese investors and purchasers are concerned.  They will not be able to obtain federal aid or work in the United States.  Attracting foreign investors and businessmen to purchase in the United States may bring some stability.

The second is that having wealthy foreign investors purchase property in the United States may help to improve the stability of the housing market.  However, this legislation will work more toward removing “bureaucratic red tape that stifles travel and investment in the U.S” than it will to stabilize the housing market.  That is most likely good news for Chinese investors looking to buy nice properties for pennies on the dollar.

We have helped a myriad of international clients buy and sell property in Florida and have also aided people in obtaining various visas.  So, if you are looking to obtain a visa in order to enter the United States, purchase property in Florida, or both, then please contact Boyer Law Firm.

To read more visit: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/12/01/Visas-and-Homes-For-Sale-to-Wealthy-Foreigners.aspx#page1

Francis Boyer admitted to the United States Supreme Court

Mr. Boyer has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the United States. It has ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all state and federal courts, and original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. The United States Supreme Court meets in Washington, D.C., and consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Once appointed, justices have life tenure unless they are removed after impeachment.

To qualify for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court, an applicant must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia for numerous years immediately before the date of application; must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced; and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character.

Each applicant must file a certificate from the presiding judge, clerk, or other authorized official of that court evidencing the applicant’s admission to practice there and the applicant’s current good standing, and the statement of two sponsors endorsing the correctness of the applicant’s statement, stating that the applicant possesses all the qualifications required for admission, and affirming that the applicant is of good moral and professional character. Both sponsors must be members of the Bar of this Court who personally know, but are not related to, the applicant.

Mr. Boyer successfully met the requirements of the United States Supreme Court and has been granted admission to the highest United States Court.

Prices Up, Foreclosures Remains

A number of areas in South Florida have seen a rise in the median list price of houses and other properties over the past year.  Those areas have seen increases in the median list prices for home sales between 15% and as high as 29.5%.  This does not mean that the housing market is back and stable, but it does show hope for Floridians looking to sell and others looking to buy.  The state continues to see foreclosures from north to south and the state’s foreclosure inventory continues to grow.

Both buyers and sellers need to be aware of certain things when contemplating the buying or selling of a house.  Is the market on the upswing or the downswing, can I afford this house, does the seller have good title, what are my options to close, can I put conditions on the sale of my house?  These and other questions are some that people often never ask, but can be important to the seller, the buyer, or both.  If you are thinking about buying or selling property and you need questions answered, or you want the comfort of having an experienced attorney on your side, then please call the Boyer Law Firm.  We are here to help.

To read more on this article: http://www.housingwire.com/2011/12/15/median-home-list-prices-rise-4-05-over-last-year

The International Trademark

Are you wondering how to get your slogan or logo trademarked internationally? Well Boyer Law Firm can help. There are different ways an international trademark can be applied for:

1. Through the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office,

2. Through the desired country directly, and

3. Through an 3rd party company.

A trademark is a name, symbol, design or logo which is used when goods are traded to indicate the source of those goods. A trademark distinguishes one good from another. For the purposes of this article, I will use the Mickey Mouse character to better illustrate the differences between a trademark and copyright. The Mickey Mouse character has been trademarked as a design of Disney. Using the character to sell goods would be an infringement of the trademark. If you are interested in protecting a title, slogan, or other short word phrase, a trademark is better suited for your needs.

When filing an international trademark application in the U.S., “the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks — the Madrid Protocol — is one of two treaties comprising the Madrid System for international registration of trademarks.  The protocol is a filing treaty and not a substantive harmonization treaty.  It provides a cost-effective and efficient way for trademark holders — individuals and businesses — to ensure protection for their marks in multiple countries through the filing of one application with a single office, in one language, with one set of fees, in one currency.” While an International Registration may be issued, it remains the right of each country or contracting party designated for protection to determine whether or not protection for a mark may be granted.  Once the trademark office in a designated country grants protection, the mark is protected in that country just as if that office had registered it.  The Madrid Protocol also simplifies the subsequent management of the mark, since a simple, single procedural step serves to record subsequent changes in ownership or in the name or address of the holder with World Intellectual Property Organization’s International Bureau.  The International Bureau administers the Madrid System and coordinates the transmittal of requests for protection, renewals and other relevant documentation to all members.

At Boyer Law Firm, we help you trademark your logo or slogan internationally with the convenience and ease of knowing you are following the right guidelines and requirements.