Grasp the latest legal information for gay and lesbian couples Same-sex relationships are treated differently under each state's laws, and nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in a state with some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies is a practical, plain-English guide to the legal information and guidance lesbian and gay couples need—from making practical decisions about living together and obtaining domestic partner benefits, to making medical decisions, taking care of each other's finances when one partner is incapacitated, leaving property to each other, having and raising children, and much more. Discusses power of attorney, health directives, and real estate and personal property ownership Covers considerations for bank accounts, investments, and estate planning The book's accompanying CD-ROM includes dozens of helpful tools, forms, and letters Brings you up to speed on the latest in civil unions, workplace rights, rental agreements and leases, and much more The information contained in Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies is invaluable for anyone in a same-sex relationship who needs to grasp the laws and regulations that apply to their unique situation CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
This practical pastoral care handbook, written by two self-described queer people of faith, covers the basic skills that religious caregivers and ministry students need in order to be effective, enlightened, and supportive pastoral care providers to LGBTQ persons in congregational and other community settings. Authors Schlager and Kundtz distinguish pastoral care from pastoral counseling: while the latter is reserved for those with special training in the practice of therapy, the former can be developed by ministers and lay people with sufficient education and practice. This book requires of the reader no previous experience with LGBTQ communities and treats the following topics: the definition and functions of pastoral care; effective care in challenging times; coming out of the closet; creating communities of care; and caring for a wide variety of LGBTQ relationships. The authors provide case studies throughout the book to ground and illustrate their theology of pastoral care.
The landlord's essential guide to residential rental law Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies is a comprehensive guideto the laws and legalities of renting property. This one-stop legalreference provides both guidance and the correct forms that helplandlords avoid tenant issues, which could lead to legalramifications. From screening potential tenants to handling yourown insurance and taxes, you'll find expert insight in thiseasy-to-read style that simplifies complex legal matters intounderstandable terms. The book includes access to all the neededlegal forms in both English and Spanish, and contains currentinformation about applicable codes, ordinances, and policies acrossthe country. Landlords have a responsibility to provide a safe, fullyoperational home for their tenants, and oversights can result inmajor court settlements. As a landlord, you need to know what thelaw requires of you. You also need to understand your rights, andthe actions available to you when the tenant is in the wrong. Thisresource brings you up to speed, with the most current informationabout residential rental property law. The book covers privacyrights, domicile laws, paperwork, and more. Features up-to-date lease forms and contracts available fordownload online Provides information about applicant screening questionnairesand anti-discrimination policies Includes state and local building codes, health ordinances, andlandlord-tenant laws Instructs you how to handle breach of lease situations andevictions There's even guidance on hiring a lawyer to protect your assets,property, and rights. Ignorance of the law is no excuse in court,and it frequently leads to misunderstandings that can hurt yourwallet and your reputation. Before you lease another property, getall your ducks in a row with the essential instruction and tools inLandlord's Legal Kit For Dummies.
Align HR practices with your objectives and keep your companycompetitive A company's ability to grow and stay on top of customer demandhas always depended heavily on the quality of its people. Now, morethan ever, businesses recognize that finding (and keeping) a highlyskilled and motivated workforce is pivotal to success. Maybe you'rea business owner and your company is growing, or you're an employeeat a small- to midsize-company and management has asked you to takeon some—or all—of their HR functions. Either way,knowing how to set up and implement successful HR practices (not tomention navigating the legal minefields in today's increasinglyregulated environment) can be tricky. Human Resources Kit For Dummies is your one-stop resourcefor learning the nuts and bolts of HR. It gives you forms andtemplates that you can put to immediate and productive use. New information on anti-discrimination legislation; measuringperformance; hiring, firing, and retaining employees; and trainingand development plans The latest info on online and social media policies Updated forms and contracts, from job application forms andsample employee policies to performance appraisals and benefit planworksheets If you're currently working in Human Resources or areresponsible for employees in your business, the tools presentedhere help you maximize the effectiveness of your own HRprogram.
Discover how to be a landlord with ease Thinking about becoming a landlord? Property Management KitFor Dummies gives you proven strategies for establishing andmaintaining rental properties, whether a single family ormulti-resident unit. You'll find out how to prepare and promoteyour properties, select tenants, handle repairs, avoid costlymistakes and legal missteps—and meet your long-termgoals. Now you can find out if you really have what it takes tosuccessfully manage a rental property, and you'll learn all aboutthe various options for hiring someone else to manage your propertyfor you. You'll find out the right way to prepare your propertiesfor prospective tenants, set the rent and security deposit, cleanup properties between tenants, and verify rental applications. Inno time at all, you can become a top-notch property manager byworking efficiently with employees and contractors to keep yourproperties safe and secure. Manage your time and money wisely Acquire a property and prepare it for tenants Make your property stand out and attract tenants Keep good tenants and get rid of bad ones Collect and increase rent Evaluate the different types of insurance and understand incomeand property taxes Complete with lists of ten reasons to become a rental propertyowner, ten ways to rent your vacancy, and the ten biggest mistakesa landlord can make, Property Management Kit For Dummieshelps you achieve your dream of being a successful residentialrental property owner. CD-ROM and other supplementary materials are not included aspart of the e-book file, but are available for download afterpurchase.
Millions of Americans own their own businesses, and millions more dream of doing the same. But starting your own business is a pretty complicated matter, especially with all the legal issues and paperwork. This updated edition of the top-selling small business resource is chock-full of information, resources, and helpful hints on making the transition from a great idea to a great business. If you’ve got a great idea for your own business, you need the kind of straightforward advice you’ll find here — the kind of advice you’d normally only get from business schools and MBA courses. Small Business Kit For Dummies, Second Edition covers all the basics on: Recent tax law changes Balancing your finances Hiring and keeping employees Effective management strategies Accounting fundamentals In addition to the basics of business, you’ll also find top-class advice on more advanced business basics, like business plans, the ins and outs of contracts, and using the Internet to expand your business. For entrepreneurs large and small, this comprehensive resource offers authoritative guidance on all your biggest business concerns, and offers unbeatable advice on such topics as: Choosing your business structure — from LLCs to S corps How to develop and write a standard business proposal Going public, issuing stock, and keeping a stock ledger Raising capital and understanding securities laws Bookkeeping standard practices Tax basics for small businesses Handling the paperwork for new hires Designing employee compensation plans Working with independent contractors and consultants Patent and copyright protections Dealing with the Press In addition, the book includes a CD-ROM full of helpful resources — forms, contracts, and even sample versions of the most popular software for small businesses. With Small Business Kit For Dummies you’ll find all the tools you need to get your small business up and running — and keep it running for years and years to come.
You finally said “yes!” and decided to throw in your lot with Mr. Right. But before you can embark on your new lives together there’s the little detail of your wedding. Handled correctly, it can be what it should be—the most wonderful day of your life. With Wedding Kit For Dummies in your corner, you can guarantee that your wedding celebration is everything you always dreamed it would be. Whether you’re planning an intimate affair, a huge event, or something in-between, this book/CD package arms you with checklists, templates, worksheets and other useful tools to help you manage all the details. And you get expert tips and advice on, among other things, how to: Select the perfect venue Track your guest list and RSVPs Choosing the food and flowers Finding a good photographer Negotiate rates with caterers and musicians Nail down the wedding-day agenda Outfit your wedding p arty Plan a destination wedding Marcy Blum has created magical weddings for hundreds of couples. Now in Wedding Kit For Dummies she shares her tricks-of-the-trade on all aspects of planning, organizing, and pulling off a wedding without a hitch, including such crucial topics as: Financing your wedding and staying within your budget Seating for meals, tracking gifts, creating invitations and finding the perfect far-away destination for a destination wedding Getting all the details of the ceremony right—from choosing an officiant and who walks with whom to cueing the music and dealing with the jitters Throwing a whiz-bang reception—covers all the bases including meals, music, flowers, the cake, the bar...all the way down to the send-off On the bonus CD-ROM you’ll find: Live links to top wedding Web resources Templates, forms, worksheets, and sample contracts A calculator to help you plan your reception Spreadsheets to keep track of all your budget details Your complete wedding planning survival guide, this all-in-one kit is the one accessory every bride-to-be absolutely must have. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.