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1204, 2017

What US Immigrants Need To Know

By |April 12th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on What US Immigrants Need To Know

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If you are thinking of emigrating to the USA, then you might be surprised at just how much there is to take on board throughout the whole process. These days, the process of actually emigrating to the USA can be quite difficult to finalize, and if you are really keen on living in this country as comfortably as possible you might be surprised at how many hurdles you need to get through first. However, it is still a beautiful country, and if you stick it out you will be pleased with the results. In this article, we are going to look at a few of the basic things that you need to get to know well if you are to settle in and enjoy your time in the USA.

The Culture

Whenever you move to a new country, this is always going to be one of the most difficult elements involved. In part, this is because of the culture shock itself. Depending on what country you are moving from, you might find the culture to be so strange as to cause you some emotional distress. If this does happen to you, try not to worry. Remember that culture shock is perfectly natural and that it will pass in time as long as you don’t force the process. The best thing you can do at this point is to gradually get involved in your local community. That way, you will be able to eventually feel like a real part of the culture, and that will help you hugely in settling in.

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Administration

One of the most important aspects of emigrating to any country, but in particular the USA, is to make sure that you are following any protocols […]

504, 2017

How To Become An American Citizen

By |April 5th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on How To Become An American Citizen

Becoming an American citizen is something that a lot of people in the country are currently striving towards, particularly given the current political situation which has seen people who have been living in the USA for over twenty years being deported. Becoming a citizen is the easiest way to attain a lot of privileges and rights that are only given to citizens in the USA. Here are the four ways that you can become a citizen in the United States of America…

Naturalization

For people who were not born in the USA, naturalization is the most common way to become a USA citizen. The criteria are as follows: the applicant must be aged 18 or over, and they must have one of the following: 1), they must have been resident in the USA for the last five years, 2), they must be married to and living with an American citizen for at least three years, or 3), they must have served in the American Armed Forces for at least one year. Fulfilling one or more of these criteria is probably the easiest way to become an American citizen – talk to a law company like Hacking Law Practice if you want some more information on what exactly to do. If you want to become green card naturalized, you need to have held it for at least five years, have a good knowledge of American history and the English language, and to be a person of good moral character.

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Acquisition

It is possible for a child to have US citizenship even if she or he was born outside the country. If that’s the case, then the child needs to file an Application for Certificate of Citizenship. They can become […]

504, 2017

Growing Up Different: How To Support A Disabled Child

By |April 5th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Growing Up Different: How To Support A Disabled Child

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Most people can probably imagine some of the difficulties parents face when supporting a disabled child. While they still get as much love as any other baby, caring for them can become stressful. Lots of parents simply don’t know where to start, and it can take a few years before they master the process. With that in mind, we wanted to release a post that offers some advice and guidance on the subject. The nature of your kid’s disability will determine the finer workings of your solution. However, the tips below will help you to make a start. They should help you to develop a framework from which you can work out how your lives will play out.

Seeking financial support

Before you do anything else, it’s wise to look into the funding available for parents in your position. Caring for a disabled child could cause a lot of stress any worry. That could encourage your mental health to deteriorate if you don’t have the right level of financial support. Thankfully, there are many government funds and programs that could offer a helping hand. In some instances, you might even choose to seek compensation if the disability could have been prevented. Birth injury lawyers could help you to sue the medical professional or hospital that made a mistake. So, you need to research all those options as soon as possible. That is especially the case if one of you has to stop working.

Taking the time to listen and learn

All children are different, and that’s particularly true when it comes to those with disabilities. As a responsible parent, you will want to give them the life they deserve. So, it’s vital that you always take the time […]

3103, 2017

Standing Your Ground When The Going Gets Legal

By |March 31st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Standing Your Ground When The Going Gets Legal

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The law can be a troubling thing. Most people only know the very basics of what’s legal and illegal. And, don’t have a grasp of the subtleties that come with this area. This is understandable, though. Most people don’t have time to spend researching how the law works in their country. But, without this knowledge, it’s impossible to know if you’re being treated fairly; if you’re ever in trouble. A lot of the time you would need the knowledge, you may not have done something wrong. So, it’s critical that you start learning. To help you out, this post will be helping to you find the resources you will need to get up to date on the laws and legislation in your home.

Getting a solid understanding of your local laws will take some time. Most countries are different when it comes to law. So, first, you have to make sure that you’re looking at the right resources to help you. In most cases, your government websites will be the best place for you to search. You can start with something easy, like the rights that police officers have in your home. And, how long jails can hold you before you go to trial. If you don’t know what the police are allowed to do to you; it’s impossible to know if you’re being treated fairly by them. Once you’ve mastered basic laws like this, you can start to shift your focus onto more pressing things.

Having an idea of what the police can do to you and what your rights will be in court is great. But, you should be preparing for the worst, at the same time. You never know when you might have […]

2503, 2017

The Art of Preparing Yourself For Disaster

By |March 25th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on The Art of Preparing Yourself For Disaster

It’s not something in life that any of us like to think about, but sometimes disaster strikes without warning. It could be that you lose your job, you suffer some sort of injury or there is a break in at your house. If the worst does happen, you need to have a plan of action in place to be prepared. The people who are most prepared are best able to respond should the worst happen.

Here are just a few ways that you can ready yourself should disaster strike you.

Have An Action Plan

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Imagine the types of scenario that could go wrong in your life and how you would respond to them. For example, if you have a break in, you would need to make sure you have the right contents insurance so your most valuable possessions are covered financially. If you get injured in an accident, you should have the number of a good injury lawyer on file and also be prepared financially for any loss of earnings. Ultimately, if you are prepared for any scenario, you will be ready for anything.

Prepare Financially

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When a disaster happens, people are often hit financially. The first thing that you need to focus on is paying off your debt as this can build up quickly. After that, it is worth setting up a savings account and putting a certain percentage of your salary into it every month. This may well be the money that you need to live on at some point in the future. Try to think about other areas of income that you could start up. Many people are getting involved in the ‘sharing economy’, renting out their spare room, storage space, driveway, household items, clothing […]

1803, 2017

Wrong Place At The Wrong Time? What To Do If You’ve Been Arrested

By |March 18th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Wrong Place At The Wrong Time? What To Do If You’ve Been Arrested

The job of the police force is to protect citizens and stop unlawful behavior and criminal acts. When an offense has been committed, the police must also arrest those that are guilty or are under suspicion of carrying out those crimes. Of course, there are times where some citizens get arrested even though they are innocent. In those cases, they could simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time!

We all like to think that we’d never get on the wrong side of the law. But, if you were ever to get arrested, would you know what to do or what rights you could exercise while you’re in custody? Here is what you need to know.

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Don’t panic

Yes, it might be easy for someone to tell you that, but it’s important that you don’t panic if you ever get arrested. The process of arresting someone is a formality that police officers have to carry out, even if they suspect you’ve done nothing wrong, as strange as it sounds!

Depending on the situation, you may even get arrested for your own protection. If you’ve been accused of committing a crime, it’s important you keep your wits about you. That’s because you need to defend yourself against any accusations; more on that in a moment.

Know your rights

Despite what you may hear in the media, everyone has rights when they are in custody. It’s vital that you know what yours are if you ever become arrested for a crime, regardless of whether you’ve committed it or not.

You usually have the right to:

Get free legal advice, paid for by the government;
Make a telephone call to a loved one, friend, or lawyer;
Seek medical help, in case […]

1503, 2017

Will Brexit Impact Employee Rights?

By |March 15th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Will Brexit Impact Employee Rights?

When you look at the current landscape of employment law in the UK, much of the progress made towards employee rights has come from the EU. Annual leave, maternity rights, and even health and safety are all European directives and give workers a vast array of benefits they did not enjoy before.

And while the government is promising to protect those rights post-Brexit, it’s still a worrying time for employees all over the country. The current administration can make all the promises they like, after all. But in the future, all it will take to erode these important and hard-fought employee rights is a single vote in Parliament.

You can say what you like about the EU, but membership of the union means that you are protected as a worker by all these rights. And if a government of a future decides they fancy a change, there will be no European Court of Justice to stand in their way. Worrying times? Perhaps – and here are some of the issues that might arise.

Paid leave

All those lovely long holidays you currently enjoy are not completely down to the EU – the UK legal requirement is 28 days leave every year. However, current EU directives mean that employers must offer a minimum of four weeks leave per year, which no government attached to the EU can scrap. So, while those 28 days a year of annual leave are safe – for now – Brexit could take away that four-week safeguard and allow any future government the chance to slash standard holiday requirements. Don’t be too surprised if Brexit results in a system much like the American one, which sees the average worker being given only two weeks holiday a […]

303, 2017

Securing Your Home Against Natural Disasters – The Essentials

By |March 3rd, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Securing Your Home Against Natural Disasters – The Essentials

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Securing a property is the most important part of being a homeowner. After all, what’s the point of owning a home that is open to a variety of threats? What most property owners don’t realize, though, is that there are more thefts than burglary. Sometimes, to keep your house safe, you have to install more than an alarm. Sometimes, you have to think about the bigger picture, the bigger picture being Mother Nature. Here’s how you can try and fend off Mother Nature should she attack.

Remember that they aren’t foolproof because there is no way to negate a disaster. In case one occurs, they should help make the situation better.

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Move Your Pots & Plants

Your garden might look like a thing of beauty, but it can also be destructive. The reason is due to fire. Fire is lethal, and it loves dry plants and grass because they are easy to burn. The closer the greenery is to your house, then, the quicker it will spread. You might think this is an over-exaggeration, but there are plenty of examples that say otherwise. It is especially pertinent if you live in a dry climate where wildfires are prone. A mere spark could be the difference between a glorious garden and destructive fire, and that’s important to remember.

Create An Incline

Water is just as destructive as fire, although in different ways. The thing about water damage is that it ruins everything it touches. And, it can last for ages if the rain continues to pour. For most people, a flood is more realistic than a fire, so it’s sensible to be pragmatic. The key is to create an incline for the water. Any property that is […]

203, 2017

Head To The Future For Your Next Shopping Experience

By |March 2nd, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Head To The Future For Your Next Shopping Experience

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Shops are changing thanks to new technology that’s benefiting both the customer and the shop owner. With new tech, it’s possible to deliver a more efficient service, avoid wasting time and look a lot more modern. In the future, it’s likely that tech is going to be a massive part of the shopping experience. And, if you look around, it already is.

Contactless Payments

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Arguably one of the biggest advancements in recent times is the contactless payments. With contactless payments, it’s possible to complete transactions within seconds. Though usually, this is only available for purchases that are small and not too expensive. One of the reasons for this is that shop owners don’t want to alarm customers. While it is possible and still secure to complete larger transactions without a pin, customers are already weary of contactless payments. A recent report revealed that thirty percent of customers don’t trust it at all. This is one of the reasons why it’s not yet possible to get rid of contact payment altogether. There are too many customers who would quite simply stop buying.

Smart Stores

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Amazon recently suggested that they were interested in setting up the first smart store on the highstreet. Rather than making purchases the typical way, customers could set up their phone to interact with the store as they walked in. Once they had done this, they would be able to buy products simply by putting them in their basket. No till at the end of the shopping experience would be necessary as everything would already have been paid for using their smartphone or device. You might think this is a highly innovative idea. But in a way, it already exists on shop floors across […]

2102, 2017

Life In The Military Isn’t What You’d Think

By |February 21st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Life In The Military Isn’t What You’d Think

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You probably think you have a pretty good idea of what it means to work in the military and for that matter, live as part of the armed forces. But let’s face it, most people’s conceptions are derived from war films, TV shows and the general media. While these films might be entertaining, very rarely do they paint a true picture of life in the military. It’s probably nothing like what you’d expect. For this reason, seeking out a career in the military could be a fantastic choice and here’s why.

You’re Part Of A Family

There’s no such thing as outsourcing in the armed forces. Everything is handled in-house from legal disputes using military law specialists to the various jobs in a team. As such, you do feel like a family and connected to the people around you more than you would in a typical business or career. You feel as though they would have your back and understand you more than anyone else. It’s fair to say that a large part of the average lifespan is spent in a job, usually in an office. But, it’s very unlikely that you know the people you work with on a personal level. This isn’t true in the military. Here, everyone around you will be part of your life and connected to you on a personal level.

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You’ve Got Great Future Prospects

You might have heard the stats suggesting that a large portion of war veterans end up on the streets and are unable to find work once they leave the armed forces. However, this is just one side of the story. Many other military officials go on to highly successful careers after they have left the armed […]