Be Persistent and Believe in Yourself
Believing in yourself sounds easy, but we all have our own insecurities to overcome in given situations. Sometimes the easiest road is to fold and not move forward. Taking the easy way generally is the path to things staying the same or getting worse, but we all say we want to do better and be successful. I think part of the reason is persistence. Some people have it and some people don’t. For those who do, … Read More
Partnership Audit Rules Have Changed Under New Tax Law
Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“BBA”) under which existing partnership audit rules have been replaced. The new BBA audit rules are broad and complex and effective for partnership tax returns filed for tax years beginning in 2018. Under the prior audit rules, the tax liability flowed through to each partner. Under the new … Read More
Mildly Satisfied, Still Grumpy: Grumpy Cat Prevails over Infringers
Celebrity kitty Tardar Sauce aka “Grumpy Cat” (or, rather, the entity that owns rights to the GRUMPY CAT brand) has prevailed on its claims of breach of contract and trademark and copyright infringement against a beverage company for exceeding the scope of its license to use the brand to produce and market coffee products.
In 2013, Grumpy Cat Limited (“GCL”), the company that owns rights … Read More
Be you. Not who you think you should be. Not what others want you to be. Be you, just you. You are not an actor or actress, you're not playing a role. If you do, you're doing yourself a disservice.
Less experienced people are more likely to embellish their experience or tell you they know something they don’t. They want others to think they know more than they do and have greater … Read More
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
The same old, same old is the same as becoming stagnant. Said differently: don’t be a stick in the mud! Try to do something new a couple times a year to take you out of your comfort zone. What it is depends on you.
Maybe it’s trying something new, like hiking or Pilates. Maybe it’s attending a class or conference on a subject that interests you but has nothing to do with your career, … Read More
Get Enough Sleep
This seems so obvious, yet most of us don’t. You might; I know I generally don’t. I try, but so much to do and so little time…
I read something that said adults generally need at least seven hours of sleep per night until the age of 60, after which most people need more. It seems like that should be easy, but it’s not always so simple. When you are busy at work (including the time spent … Read More
Turn Your New Year’s Resolution into a SMART Goal for a Better Chance to be Successful
It is the first week of January. We all are back at work trying to recover from the holidays as the new year kicks into high gear out of the gate. Many of you likely made New Year’s resolutions. It could be one of the standards such as losing a certain amount of weight, starting an exercise program, drinking less soda, eating less candy, etc. Maybe it is something different and more personal to you. Or maybe … Read More
Arizona District Court Rejects Discovery of Medical Expert's Previous Reports in Bad Faith Case
In Cheatwood v. Christian Brothers Services, 2018 WL 287389 (D. Ariz. Jan. 4, 2018) (Unpublished) (Order), a bad faith case arising from a health benefits claim, the Arizona District Court quashed portions of the Insureds’ subpoena to a medical expert which sought: (a) all medical review reports prepared by the medical expert during the last five years, and (b)& … Read More
Why it is Time for an Annual “Checkup” for Both You and Your Company
Over the past few years many of you probably read my blog regarding having a checkup for you and your business. This does not involve the doctor, but it does involve all the other professionals in your personal and business life. Since that time, I decided to make this topic an annual tradition. This is based in part on the range of feedback I receive every year.
Some of you said “What a great idea. I am … Read More
Never Underestimate the Handwritten Thank You
Most of you remember when “the usual” was sending anything and everything by mail. People do things for you, oftentimes going out of their way, all the time. Do you acknowledge these people? If not, why not? If so, how?
If someone does something meaningful, you need to let them know. I understand not all people are doing things to receive thanks, or even comfortable with praise at all. … Read More