Weinberger Law Newsletter – July 2020
Life Must Go On
COVID-19 is still with us, unfortunately, but life must go on. This is true for legal matters as well. There are still disputes, lawsuits, contracts, court proceedings, and many other legal issues that need handling – many of them in an expeditious manner.
At Weinberger Law, we understand, and we have come up with creative ways of providing our clients with the help they need under these very unusual circumstances. From phone consultations, to Zoom appearances, to electronic documents and signatures – we do it all, so if you choose, you can stay safely at home and still continue to make progress on important legal matters.
Count on the “Powerful Warriors on Your Side” to provide you with the most effective representation, no matter what the circumstances are. We recognize and accommodate our clients’ needs, and we craft solutions that fit their comfort levels for communication and solving legal problems. Even a pandemic won’t prevent Weinberger Law from keeping legal matters moving on a course toward positive resolution for our clients. We hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe during these unprecedented times.
Operating Agreements and Shareholder Agreements
An operating agreement is a document that describes the rights and obligations of each member of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), defines who is authorized to take what actions, and identifies the managers of the company – the person, or persons, responsible for conducting the day-to-day affairs of the LLC.
An operating agreement should contain terms that limit the authority of the manager to take certain actions, and require unanimous or close to unanimous consent before certain actions may be taken. A well-drafted operating agreement will also contain dispute resolution procedures, allowing for disputes to be resolved expeditiously and inexpensively; buy-out provisions that define when and how a member can be removed, and how their share of the company will be valued in the event of their departure should be included as well.
Weinberger Law Moves to New Office
We have recently announced the move of our offices to a new location at Suite 200 on 17767 N Scottsdale Rd in Scottsdale, Arizona, to accommodate the growth of the practice.
“As we grew over the last several years, our previous office was not adequate for the amount of cases we handled and the number of clients we served,” said Brian Weinberger. “Our new office is much more spacious, more comfortable, very modern in design, and considerably more easily accessible from major freeways in the Valley”, he added.
The new office complex features all the modern amenities needed in today’s increasingly digital work environment. The office includes comfortable sitting and meeting areas, and a spacious conference room equipped with cutting edge two-way video conferencing technology.
In this new reality we call ‘COVID’ (or simply ‘2020’, depending on what else you think this year might have up its sleeve), N95 masks, surgical masks, and cloth face coverings have become a requirement to enter some establishments. Many residents of the US have made their displeasure at these mandates well known. Unfortunately, some folks let their frustration get the better of them, and found a way to express their feelings while simultaneously grossing out everyone around them. While treating the sidewalks as a spittoon is not a new thing, using another person as a loogie catcher seems to no longer be reserved for the occasional bar fight. And during a pandemic, when asymptomatic virus carriers could be anywhere, spitting isn’t exactly the best idea; in fact, wiping one’s nose on another person ranks about the same.
In May, a kindly looking older gentleman went full snot-nosed kid in a Detroit Dollar Tree. When the employee reminded him a mask was necessary while shopping, he thanked her by wiping his nose and face on her shirt, claiming “Here, I will use this as a mask”. Genessee County, Michigan returned the favor with an arrest and charging him with assault and battery. Too bad he didn’t take his anger out on the signage up all over the store letting customers know of the face covering requirement. Mr. Rex Gomoll was sentenced to one year probation, mandated to comply with mask policies, and will be attending “life adjustment counseling” (which truthfully is probably going to be of the most benefit to him and those he interacts with).
Earlier this month, a woman from Illinois’ Highland Park got into a dispute at Costco with a man who was simultaneously exiting the store and removing his mask. Elizabeth Mach rammed her cart into his, shouted that his mask should still be on and “I am a schoolteacher and I have COVID-19”, and finished her tirade by taking off her own face mask and spitting in the man’s face. (Wait…wasn’t she just yelling at him for not having a mask on where he was…and she ripped hers off right there?) Pesky surveillance got Mach too, and detectives arrested her on battery (two counts) and disorderly conduct (one count) charges. She is now out on bail, hopefully keeping her spit to herself.
Way before COVID-19, the city of Goodyear, Arizona had the right idea, and made spitting on basically any public place where people would walk against the law – sidewalks, crosswalks, paths, certain roadways, parks, and the interiors and floors of public buildings. Make no mistake about it – a pandemic brings out the best and worst in people, and police seem to be ready to deal with the worst.
CEO/Managing Partner, Pinnacle Employment Services
Video Conferencing Best Practices
Last month, we shared the history of video conferencing. Many people don’t know that the work on this currently indispensable technology started all the way back in 1927!
Appearances Are Everything
The temptation to keep it casual while on a conference call from home could cause some embarrassment – just ask Will Reeve, a news reporter for ABC, who we could see was wearing a suit from the waist up with some type of thigh-baring shorts. It might seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you are “ready for your close-up”, which includes appropriate attire, personal hygiene, and a non-cluttered area that the camera will capture.
Location, Location, Location
Background and lighting play an important part in how you come across to other attendees, as do camera angles, whether or not interruptions continually happen during the call, and if there is a glare so bright from a nearby window that your face cannot be seen. Sometimes the unavoidable happens during your Zoom session, and something urgent comes up. The proper protocol is to politely excuse yourself (perhaps through a chat message, hand signal, or quick announcement), then mute your microphone, obscure the camera’s view if necessary, and take care of the unexpected situation.
The Most Important Tip: Do A Test Run…Or Several
Just like you would practice for certain in-person meetings or a speaking engagement, be sure to take time well in advance of your video conferencing appointment to do the same. Microphones and webcams can malfunction, and Internet speeds or the connection itself can drop without warning and for no obvious reason. At least if you have, say, 30 minutes prior to your call to try to fix the technical issues, you will have an opportunity to contact the other attendees ahead of time to inform them of your trouble connecting; maybe even have saved face, and not just ghosted your team because you didn’t check to make sure you could connect prior to the time of your meeting.
In addition to tech gremlins, lighting also presents a reason to login early and test those camera settings. The time of day, room you are able to use, proximity and height of light sources, and even your individual camera settings can all have effects on how you look (remember our first tip) and are perceived.
There are few things more disappointing than checking yourself in the mirror and feeling like you look wonderful, then sitting in front of a video camera and realizing you’re not seeing the same thing the mirror reflected. Many times, lighting can be the culprit but don’t discount your clothing choices, or even simple discomfort and unfamiliarity with being in front of a camera and seeing your likeness displayed on a screen. Try to avoid clothing and accessories with patterns, obvious textures, very bright or fluorescent colors, not enough contrast with your face and surrounding items, and anything ill-fitting. During your practice runs, try to get comfortable with the idea of being on video conferencing. While it seems more natural to look at yourself on the screen, rehearse what you’ll discuss during the actual call while looking into the camera.
More than likely, you’ve experienced and overcome fear of public speaking at some point – maybe during your first few job interviews or meetings when you needed to speak to a group. Becoming comfortable with video conferencing is no different. By utilizing our best practices, you will be a successful attendee or host – and you can even use the historical information we gave in last month’s related article as an icebreaker.
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