Guest Post: 6 Secret Signs your Marriage is in Trouble

6 Secret Signs your Marriage is in Trouble

Many people don’t realize the problems they’re facing in their marriage until it’s too late. This is a major issue because most of these problems can be solved through communication and teamwork. After all, you are partners, and you should do everything together, especially solve problems that plague your marriage. Divorce Lawyer in Syracuse

Not spending “Just the two of us” time anymore

“Just the two of us” is needed very often in a relation. When a couple lacks these alone time with each other, it creates a misunderstanding and lack of attraction. Arrange and plan to spend more quality time without any distractions. Try a secret movie night with your partner or go for a long drive or two the place where you met for the first time. You need those alone time together to eliminate any misunderstandings.

Arguing about the same things over and over

Constantly going back to a problem that should have been solved some time ago is a bad sign. This means that you haven’t been able to reach an agreement that would solve an issue. Instead, you constantly fight and bicker over the same things repeatedly.

Not having fun together

No having fun together in your free time is an indication of avoidance. If your partner starts spending more time with his or her family and friends and not giving the time that you both required then this is a definite sign of distance between you two. Find out the reason and try to do something to impress your partner. Arrange something like surprise date or buy your partner a gift or do somethings innovative to bring back the fun-time that both of you deserve.

Speak but don’t communicate

You talk to each other but those words aren’t getting into your brains, and you simply don’t care about what your partner says. Your marriage is comprised of small talk that exists simply to fill the silence that surrounds you.

 

Not keen to celebrate what you love about your partner

Every partner should cherish and celebrate the quality of their better half to compliment. A sweet word to praise your partner every now and then is highly required. When you feel that you both are not keen on celebrating each other’s quality anymore, it is a sign of fatigue in your relation. For the sake of your relation, try to remember the good things that you used to love about your partner and compliment them and show that you still love these qualities about your loved person.

Fight about silly things

Your partner got mad at you because you spilled some water on the floor. You got mad at your partner because she/he didn’t close the window and it’s too cold in the room. These are silly reasons to fight over, yet you fight because you’ve grown apart.

These are all signs of marriage in discord. They all lead down the same path – divorce & lots of changes come with a divorce. Make sure to be open about these or you might find yourselves talking to a Syracuse divorce lawyer.

Here’s how to fix it.

 

  • Express concerns constructively

 

Talk about your problems with each other. There’s nothing better than healthy communication with your significant other. You’ll solve problems more easily by doing this.

 

  • Remember your vows

 

Don’t forget what you said to each other on the altar! Remember the words you spoke and keep true to them – do not break your vows if there’s a way to fix your marriage!

 

  • Make decisions cooperatively

 

Don’t simply decide to do something without telling your partner. This makes it look like you’re selfish and self-centred. You have a partner and he/she has you, remember? Don’t forget about your partner.

 

  • Restore Intimacy

 

Couples can sometimes lack intimacy for a long time due to their change of heart to each other. If you restore intimacy and start talking about your problems, you’re well on your way to fixing your marriage!

Labour Leader Piers Corbyn MP spotted at Hastings pushing the Channel back to France.

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As it happens, as a Labour voter of 42 years, I quite like Corbyn. He has done many good things in his long time in Parliament. I can’t see him accepting a peerage…but he could stay on as an MP?  I just happen to think that the Labour Party might do better with a younger leader.  I am not being ‘Ageist’ (I’m 64 in May) …just pragmatic about Labour’s electability.

Lord Chief Justice criticises Liz Truss

Belfast Telegraph article

“Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, who was one of the High Court judges who ruled that Parliament, not the Prime Minister, had the final say on triggering Article 50, said Ms Truss had been “constitutionally wrong” not to stand up for the judiciary in the face of fierce press criticism.

The Lord Chief Justice criticised the stance taken by Ms Truss that it was not her role to tell the media what to write.

He told the Lords Constitution Committee: “T o my mind, she was completely and absolutely wrong.

“And I am very disappointed.

“I can understand how the pressures were on in November but she has taken a position that is constitutionally, absolutely wrong.

“In short, I believe the Lord Chancellor is completely and utterly wrong in the view she takes.”…..

Immigration Law: Residency Rules Changes Cause EU Nationals Panic

Immigration Law: Residency Rules Changes Cause EU Nationals Panic
Ryan Duffy

Panic has set in this week for EU citizens based in the UK after news emerged that Government regulation changes will grant the Home Office the ability to remove people from the country if they don’t have a comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI).

Immigration specialists have published briefings stating claims that the Home Office acquired controversial new enforcement powers that would start from the 1st of last month against EU citizens.

The new power brings warning to EU nationals who aren’t considered to have EEA PR, more commonly known as a right of residence. This includes spouse of UK citizens as well as many students who don’t have a CSI, meaning they could be refused entry or worse be deported.

The Home Office have been quick to dismiss these claims are incorrect, going on to state to these regulations aren’t a new measure. Their spokesperson said: ‘It is completely wrong to say that we have new powers to deport EU citizens without comprehensive sickness insurance. EU citizens will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have this insurance. Their right to remain will remain unchanged while we are a member of the European Union and they do not need any additional documents to prove their status.’

However, according to the briefing, the new sparked a surge of panic from EU nationals who are living in the UK. There were hundreds of concerned messages following the social media posting of the piece. These issues were coming from mature students as well as spouse of British Citizens who are not working and are therefore at risk at being removed due to these rule changes.

The barrister who put together the initial briefing, Colin Yeo of Garden Court Chambers in London, described how he thought the changes wouldn’t have as detrimental of an impact as what was first thought, however he went on to state how he felt that the Home Office was being ‘careless’ and creating ‘unnecessary panic’ to these people.

Speaking to the Independent, Colin said, ‘According to the regulations, if you are perfectly self-sufficient in the UK and you’re not claiming benefits or anything like that, but you don’t have comprehensive sickness insurance, you don’t have a right of residence and therefore you could be removed. I don’t think the Home Office is going to enforce this against say, the French wife of a British citizen. I think they’re using it against people they don’t like, like Polish rough sleepers. The position of a Polish homeless person who hasn’t committed any criminal offences or claimed public funds is the same as the wife of a British banker but doesn’t have CSI, according to the regulations. They’re both equally removable as far as the Home Office is concerned. I think they’ve drawn it up without really realising the power they’ve granted themselves and the way that it’s going to make people feel, because this is going to make people feel very insecure.’

These immigration law changes come after reports that PM May stopped giving rights to EU nationals under the new freedom of movement rules when Article 50 was triggered. It’s still yet to be apparent if the Governments plan will breach European treaties that guarantee the freedom of movement. Under this plan, there currently is around 3.6 million EU citizens residing in Britain so those who came before the change will have their rights protected – that is dependent on whether the EU agree the same states for UK people living in Europe.

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney Can Be Important for Your Marriage

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney Can Be Important for Your Marriage
Ryan Duffy

It has been projected that each year, thousands of people have an accident or develop conditions that damage their mental capacity. It is likely that you will assume that when you are married to your partner, that if you every require money for your loved one’s medical care, it will be as simple as going into a bank and request access to their money. However, this is not the case, and the only you can do this is with a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). If you do not have a LPA, you may be forced to go through a long legal battle to get the rights to the money. Obviously, when you are having to deal with your partner being ill, this is the last thing you want to be doing! To ensure you don’t get into this position, read below to make sure you are fully informed about an LPA.

What is LPA?

If you happen to find yourself in the horrible position where you condition where you are unable to care for yourself because of an accident or a disease, it would leave you in a position where someone else will have to manage your finances. The LPA is a legal document that allows you to nominate your partner so you have someone you trust to handle your affairs.

When Does the LPA Become Active?

In 2005, the mental capacity act which was brought forward. This act is used as the criteria to assess whether you will be unable to act on your own behalf if you are ill or have been in an accident. The outline of the act states that loss of mental capacity is apparent when a person cannot function and retain information which is required for them to make a decision on something. If you have an LPA already written it will then become active and your partner will make your decision for you.

Why Set One Up?

If you do get to the stage where you are unable to act on your own behalf and still haven’t set up a LPA, then your partner will then need to try and become a ‘deputy’ – which is a very long expensive process. This is a highly confusing matter and you will more than likely need the help of a wills solicitor to get you through the jargon and help you navigate your way through the matter. This can also cause further stress if you happen to have children which are not the biological children of your partner, and this may cause them to want rights to the money, which could end in a dispute resolution – causing even further stress on your family when they should only be worried about caring for you.

As is the case with many legal documents such as wills or prenuptials, this is something which is never at the forefront of our minds because we’re often too busy loving our lives with the love of our life. However, if you can think one step ahead and prepare for the moments when life not may be as easy – you will give yourself that extra peace of mind.

Therefore, it is important to look at all your options and make sure that you and your partner are fully protected should the worst happen.

Barrister fined by the ICO for failing to keep her client’s information secure.

You have by now more than likely read the story of the barrister fined by the ICO for failing to keep her client’s information secure.  I wonder how commonplace the same security carelessness is within her peer group, through insecure local file storage and/or sharing.  I don’t wish to scare-monger; rather I wish to make clear, that it does not have to be difficult to exercise good practice.  Remember it is your responsibility to look after your client’s data.

Firstly, ensure that any mobile device is encrypted to FIPS 140-2 standard.  There is specialist encryption software available on the market to purchase, however most new laptop machines nowadays come with FIPs compliant encryption built-in (just make sure you deploy it properly and save the key securely!)

Secondly, beware of ‘consumer’ file sharing applications as you often have little control over where the data resides and in the event of an account breach, it presents a huge risk of your files being compromised.

Lastly, (and this is a long term commercial consideration) move towards a private cloud solution as your business environment.  There are many things to consider when making the right choice of cloud solution and IT partner but holding your data in the cloud should mean you have access on the move to your files in a secure environment without the need to download locally.

Sprout IT can offer advice and assistance with all of the above and  IT security in general.  You can find more about encryption, secure file sharing and choosing the right cloud partner by clicking the links or contacting SproutIT on 020 7036 8530.

Legal IT Specialist & Bar Council Service Partner

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Fiona has 15 years’ experience within the legal sector, supplying products and services in various client facing roles.  Focused on forging strong relationships with clients, she is passionate about providing excellent client service, gaining a deep understanding of customer needs and providing quality products and services to improve clients business environment.

 

Smarke – new app and hardware allowing you to share secure, scheduled access to your rental property – no key required

smarkeSmarke – new app and hardware allowing you to share secure, scheduled access to your rental property – no key required
Chantal Cooke

Smarke is the easiest way to share secure, scheduled access to your rental property with your guests – instantly and remotely. No key required.

After successful Beta trials Smarke is launching in the UK.  Smarke promises to completely change the way we give access to people entering our property – whether friends or rental clients. No more asking your mum to let your AirBnB client in because you are abroad – just use your smartphone and Smarke app.

With Smarke you can use your mobile phone to grant immediate access to your property – whether you are nearby or halfway around the world. Simply retro fit a Smarke lock (which is the same size as a standard Euro lock – so easy to fit) and download the mobile app.

The Smarke keyless entry app gives you full control. You decide when guests are able to check in and check out of your property – keeping the process secure, efficient and convenient. You grant access via the Smarke app to your guest‘s smartphone by specifying the dates and times of their visit. The guest can then grant access to other members of their party.

The Smarke app uses Bluetooth to unlock and lock the door, so there‘s no need to rely on potentially hackable Wi-Fi or a vulnerable internet connection. The device fits on any Euro Profile Cylinder lock. It takes just minutes to install.

Smarke is battery operated so there is nothing to wire or connect. When the battery is running low (it lasts up to six months), you are alerted via the app.

Smarke’s home access range currently consists of three products: a smart lock, an intercom solution, and a keypad. All these products are protected via military grade encryption – so you can relax in the knowledge that only people you have authorised can use it.

 

  1. The smart lock retrofits onto existing Euro-profile type locks. It sits on the inside of the door, so no one will know that you have Smarke installed on your door and you can still use a key on the outside. Installation is extremely simple, taking up less than five minutes of your time and requiring no drilling, wiring, or professional assistance. It is controlled via Bluetooth by the Smarke mobile app that allows the owner to lock and unlock the door when in range of the lock, while also allowing the lock owner to send scheduled access to family members, friends, and anyone that downloads the Smarke app on their smartphone.

 

  1. Smarke’s intercom solution is completely new to the market, and allows property owners in apartments, flats or gated communities to have a complete smart entry solution. Anyone with an existing intercom system can install the chip in their apartment, allowing you to access your building using no more than a code, while also being able to send a scheduled personalised code to others via the mobile app.

 

  1. The keypad controls the smart lock via Bluetooth. It sits discretely on the outside of the door, and offers users an alternative if they do not have their smartphones with them or their phone battery dies.

 

Smarke is developed and manufactured in the UK.

 

Smarke is designed to meet the needs of property managers, hosts and guests on platforms such as AirBnB and HomeAway. Smarke is also perfect for anyone who has ever been locked out, left their keys at the office, or constantly has to pat-down all their pockets before leaving a public place.

 

Smarke is currently running a rewards crowdfunding campaign that allows users to get their hands on Smarke’s products, at massively discounted rates, as soon as they are available.

 

Smarke’s solution is a game changer for those who offer holiday lets or part-time letting via platforms like AirBnB.

 

For more information see: http://www.smarke.com

And for the rewards campaign see: https://igg.me/at/smarke

 

About Smarke:

Smarke’s smart lock solution allows property managers, hosts and guests on platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway, to share secure, scheduled access to their rental property with their guests – instantly and remotely, through the mobile app. No key required. http://www.smarke.com

 

Twitter: @sharingsmarke
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SharingSmarke/

Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smarke-open-the-door-to-smart-access-smartphone-security#/

 

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers March/April 2017

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers March/April 2017

The latest issue of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers is now published. In this issue

  • Access to justice – Judith Townend of the University of Sussex considers the human impact of the online court proposals
  • Bar marketing – Catherine Bailey of Bar Marketing provides guidance on completing legal directory submissions
  • Legal practice – David Gilroy of Conscious Solutions asks who (or what) should law firms be afraid of in 2017?
  • Court technology – David Chapman of Zylpha describes how the courts are being digitised and the resulting benefits
  • Litigation – Alex Heshmaty of Legal Words explains predictive coding and its impact on lawyers and paralegals
  • Online legal services – Delia Venables looks at the pros and cons of providing legal services online and the firms doing it

Access the Newsletter online

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Artificial Intelligence: opportunities for law firms

Artificial Intelligence: opportunities for law firms

By Rohit Talwar – CEO Fast Future Research

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents both the biggest opportunity and potentially the greatest threat to the legal profession since its formation. This is part of a bigger global revolution – where society, business and government are likely to experience more change in the next 20-30 years than in the last 500.

This large scale disruption is being driven by the combinatorial effects of AI and a range of other disruptive technologies whose speed, power and capability is growing at an exponential rate or faster – and which both enable AI and are fed by it. These include quantum computing, blockchain technology, the internet of things (IoT), big data, cloud services, smart cities, and human augmentation – all of which could literally be hundreds or thousands of times more powerful and impactful within a decade.

The resulting changes will literally lead to the total transformation of every business sector, the birth of new trillion dollar industries and a complete rethink of the law, regulation, legal infrastructures, and the supporting governance systems for literally every activity on the planet.

I believe law firms can and should escape from conventional wisdom and look to drive exponential improvements in internal performance and market growth by exploiting the opportunities presented by AI and other emerging technologies.

AI has truly transformative potential – with a wide range of legal applications emerging, such as:

  • Inferring the likely outcome of a case
  • Determining the best structure for a contract
  • Suggesting how best to approach a new matter, or
  • Making sense of literally billions of data points across the web to spot new and emerging risks and legal threats.

 

I envisage five broad categories where we will see increasing use of AI within law firms in the next three to five years:

  • Automation of legal tasks and processes
  • Decision support and outcome prediction
  • Creation of new product and service offerings
  • Process design and matter management
  • Practice management.

In addition, we are likely to see the growing use of AI both by in-house legal teams and in a range of online platforms offering direct services to businesses and individuals. AI will also power developments using blockchain technology (the secure transaction encoding mechanisms that underpin most digital currencies such as Bitcoin) e.g.:

  • Smart contracts encoded in software which require no human intervention
  • Distributed autonomous organisations (DAOs) with no human employees that exist entirely in software
  • Decentralized Arbitration and Mediation Networks – which effectively operate as ‘opt-in’ global justice systems for commercial transactions, and which sit outside the existing national and global mechanisms
  • Algocracy (Algorithmic Democracy) – creating global codes of legal transacting by codifying and automating legal documents, including contracts, permits, organizational documents, and consents
  • Rewriting and embedding the law in software – e.g. automatic fines, drawing evidence from the IoT, standardized open source legal documents, and automated judgements.

So How Might AI Evolve Within the Sector?

Here is a plausible timeline of AI developments in the legal sector over the next five years:

The Next 18 Months

  • Growth of law firms establishing internal technology innovation labs, creating seed funds to invest in legal technology start-ups, and running joint experiments with technology providers and clients
  • A number of firms and in-house teams will run AI trials and develop applications than create smarter internal processes
  • A range of trials and applications of AI for lawyer decision support
  • Launch of the first client facing AI applications and new AI-enabled products and services
  • Growth of FinTech – rising pressure from financial services to embrace AI/ Blockchain technology – with legal cost reduction a key driver
  • Emergence of Blockchain Smart Contracts and DAO’s

 

The Next Three Years

  • Clear evidence of lawyer replacement by smart technologies
  • Widespread and accelerating deployment of AI on core law firm processes
  • Meaningful penetration of AI into in-house legal
  • First truly AI-centric law firms
  • Significant range of AI-based solutions offered direct to consumers and SMEs / Technology businesses
  • Widespread adoption of Blockhain smart contracts in newer firms / Rise of DAOs in both the private and public sectors.

The Next Five Years

  • Applications starting to emerge that display near-human levels of intelligence (Artificial General Intelligence) in certain domains
  • First examples of true Algocracy – Countries moving to digitising / automating / embedding the law
  • Blockchain / smart contracts / DAOs in widespread use in financial services and other sectors
  • 20-50% of ‘routine’ legal work by sector fully automated by clients with no law firm involvement
  • New technology-centric legal sector entrants from the last five years competing head on with Big Law
  • AI in widespread use across law firms and frequently mandated by clients.

 

All these developments will require the interpretation, reframing and redrafting of legal frameworks and the creation of new legal concepts and dispute resolution mechanisms to encompass new political, economic, social, and business paradigms. So while AI will undoubtedly have a transformative impact on how law firms work internally, the true exponential growth opportunity lies in helping, governments, businesses and civil society to understand, regulate for and adjust to the coming waves of AI-enabled disruption.

 

For forward thinking law firms, these developments in AI offer the potential to drive exponential growth in revenues – if we give ourselves permission to invest the time understanding the brave new world technologies and their transformative potential. Whether firms seize the opportunity or become paralysed by fear and indecision will ultimately be a matter of choice and a function of our willingness to step into the unknown and start learning.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rohit Talwar rohit@fastfuture.com is a global futurist, strategic advisor and the CEO of Fast Future Research and Fast Future Publishing. He advises business, government and NGO leaders around the world on how to prepare for and create the future in an increasingly disrupted world. He is the editor of a recently published book on The Future of Business www.fastfuturepublishing.com. The book draws on contributions from 62 future thinkers around the world to explore how developments such as AI and robotics could transform existing industries, create new trillion-dollar sectors and reinvent business over the next decade.