A Conversation With: One Of The Best Lawyers In Dallas, Chad West

Chad was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in 2014 and has been repeatedly selected as “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

AE: What drew you to working in the legal field?

CW: Working in the legal field peaked my interest while serving my country by serving in the military. The importance of helping those that cannot help them-selves was very important to me.

AE: You have had your own law firm since 2011, what are the significant differences being an owner of a law firm versus working as an attorney for one?

CW: Owning my own law firm requires a great deal of time and energy to make sure everything runs smoothly and the bills get paid. However, the personal reward is much greater. Being in a small law firm in such a community based part out of Dallas give me the ability to connect with each client to make sure we are getting them the best results possible.

AE: Prior to becoming an attorney you served in the military and had a very distinguished career going, what made you decide to leave military service?

CW: I wouldn’t trade my time in the U.S. Army for anything. It was a time of my life that really shaped who I am as a man and as a leader. I left because I wanted to start my own business that focuses on helping people, and I saw the legal field as a way to do so.

AE: How did your time in the military prepare you for running your own law firm?

CW: The military prepared me for running my own law firm by instilling dedication to a greater good, defending freedoms, and working hard.

AE: You are a member of a number of organizations, do you think leaders and business owners have an obligation to get involved and give back to the community?

CW: Without giving back to your community, you should not expect to receive much from it. As a small business in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas, it is a privilege to be able to give back to such a vibrant and evolving area.

AE: The workplace has changed drastically over the last 20 years, do you think what motivates leaders and their teams have changed?

CW: Absolutely. The millennials are swarming the workplace, and the motivations and personalities are completely different than my generations (Gen X’s) motivations.

AE: How do you empower, inspire or motivate others in the workplace?

CW: I hire the best people and do my very best to give them everything they need to succeed. I avoid micromanaging whenever possible.

AE: What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

CW: The ability to recognize your own weaknesses and needs to put a team together to turn one’s weaknesses into strengths.

AE: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

CW: To continue to grow and develop as a leader I look for new ways to challenge myself both professionally and personally. Finding new challenges to take on is a good way to remind ourselves to remain humble.

AE: Have there been any role models for you?

CW: Both of my parents, for very different reasons. My mother taught me compassion and the love for learning. My father showed me the benefits of owning my own business. Both taught me the value of hard work.

AE: What do you attribute your success to?

CW: Success would not be possible without a good support system. My family and friends are my biggest supporters.

AE: If you could give one piece of leadership advice to your employees what would that be?

CW: Work on your most brain-intensive projects first thing in the morning, as you are at your best when you first get to work.

AE: What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?

CW: Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work hard. Don’t sweat the small stuff and never lower your standards.

AE: What has been your greatest professional accomplishment so far as a leader?

CW: Starting my own business. Nothing beats it!

AE: What is something people don’t generally know about you as a leader?

CW: I absolutely hate public speaking, but I work hard to overcome it.

AE: If you could have a conversation with one leader alive or dear who would that be?

CW: Thomas Jefferson.

AE: What would you want to ask them?

CW: He was a multiple-business owner and brilliant politician and was ahead of his time in many ways. I would want to know what motivated him and how he became the leader he portrayed to the world.

AE: They say anyone can become a leader, in your opinion do you believe that?

CW: Absolutely!

AE: What do you want your leadership legacy to be?

CW: I want to leave a legacy of achieving high quality results and making a difference in the lives of others. Helping to start a charity 5k, Dash for the Beads, was a great way for me to give back and help a large number of people while focusing on healthy ways of life.

AE: What is next for you?

My firm is expanding to South Dallas, a second location, and we are welcoming two new lawyers to the firm in June and November of 2015, which I’m really excited about! In the non-legal world, I’m opening an express car wash with my family in Ennis, TX in early 2016.

http://www.chadwestlaw.com/

AE: I start each day off with a motivational quote, do you have a favorite?

CW: Just do it!

Accident Injury Claims – Appoint The Best Lawyer

You never know when you meet with an accident or any other mishap on your way to office or while jogging in the parks. You can become an accident victim for your own carelessness or for the negligence of someone else. If you or anyone known to you ever have been a victim of an accident for someone else’s fault or negligence, you should file for compensation claims for your injury and sufferings. To file a legal case of compensation and to win the amount of compensation, you should take the assistance of a reputed accident compensation claims lawyers. Assistance of a lawyer is very important for your case. So, you should be very careful about appointing the lawyer for the case.

When you are appointing a lawyer for representing your legal case of compensation, you should check his expertise in this field. To get the best assistance from the lawyer, you should not only verify their experience as a law practitioner but you should check his relevant experience in the field. Not all lawyers have the expertise of representing accident compensation cases and by taking their assistance, you might not be able to get the desired result from the case.

To appoint the best lawyer for your accident injury claim case, you should check the reputation of the lawyer in the field. Many lawyers have experience in representing compensation cases but they do not have a decent reputation in this field. Therefore, it will be better to avoid them. When you want the best assistance without spending a large sum of your money, you should take the assistance of a reputed lawyer. These types of legal cases involve different type of intricacies and hazards. If a lawyer is not aware of all these legal technicalities, it will not be possible for him to provide you with the best assistance for the case.

You must be aware of the fact that representing a legal case in the court of law is a matter of huge amount of money. Lawyers charge a significant sum of money from their clients for the representation of their cases. It is not possible for all people to fight for their right to compensation.. If you are one of them, there is nothing to worry. By searching the web, you will be able to find different lawyers who are ready to represent the case without charging any initial fees. There are many reputed lawyers, who charge fees only after winning the case. Thus, if you lose the claim, you will not have to pay the fees.

When you are appointing a lawyer for representing your accident injury compensation claims case, you need to find the best one for your purpose. You need to check each and every detail of the lawyer minutely before appointing him to represent your case. Always spend some time in comparing the database of the lawyer so that you can be sure of the best assistance from him.

Several Steps to Find the Best Lawyer

Presently, dealing with certain cases is not the easy thing at all, and looking for the help of a lawyer can be the great consideration. In such case, there are a few steps you can do to find the best one. So, everything will run well if you can find the right person to handle your case.

Learn What is Out There

Firstly, the important thing you should do is try to figure out the type of lawyer you are going to need. Whenever the case you have is about criminal, so the person you should find soon is the criminal lawyers. The next thing you should do is find out all the different lawyers of this type that are available.

Are You Paying?

Further in talking about finding the best lawyer for you, the next thing to do is figure out whether or not you have the money to afford to pay for this. Fortunately, there is a legal aid you should qualify on top of this immediately if you don’t have certain sum of money. Some requirements of personal information will be needed to support the considerations, including bank statements and also a copy of your income tax report. The step to get the legal aid for lawyer above will need a week or two to let you know their determination, whether you are the qualified one or not.

The Comparison Time

All you need to do now is spend some time doing a bit of comparing between the different lawyers that you have on your list. Please make sure that you take all the important issues into consideration here. Some of lots of examples are the experience (how long they have been practicing), how a lot of cases they have won and how lots of they have lost.

Health Care Reform: The Employer Mandate and Reporting Requirements

Many employers remain confused about health care reform, and how their business will be impacted. One of the most important parts of the law is the employer’s “shared responsibility” role, in which employers are required to provide affordable health insurance coverage to their staff. However, “this pay-or-play” mandate has been postponed, providing employers more time to understand and comply with the law.

Reporting Requirements

Employers and other reporting entities will be provided additional time to provide input and feedback on ways to simplify information reporting, while remaining consistent with the law. Known as “transition relief”, it is intended to provide employers, insurers, and other providers of minimum essential coverage time to adapt their health coverage and reporting systems.

In anticipation of the application of the provisions in 2015, however, the IRS encourages employers to voluntarily comply for 2014 with these information-reporting provisions (once the information reporting rules have been issued) and to maintain or expand health coverage to all full-time employees in 2014.

Employer Mandate (employers defined as “large” by the ACA)

No “Employer Shared Responsibility” penalties will be assessed for 2014 (the piece of the law requiring employers to provide all employees with affordable coverage). Large employers who do not offer coverage or who offer coverage that does not meet the ACA’s definition of affordable will not be penalized in 2014. However, these employers need to be ready to comply for 2015.

Individual Mandate

The individual requirement, which is effective January, 1, 2014, has not been delayed. Under the individual requirement, U.S. citizens and legal residents are required to carry health insurance or pay a penalty tax. It is expected that the set-up and operation of the new insurance marketplace, called “The Exchange,” will continue in each state.

Premium Credits through the Exchange

The delay does not affect the availability of premium credits for individuals eligible for federal subsidies. Individuals will continue to be eligible for the premium tax credit by enrolling in a qualified health plan through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges (also called Health Insurance Marketplaces), if:

a) Their household income is within a specified range; and,

b) They are not eligible for other minimum essential coverage, including an eligible employer-sponsored plan that is affordable and provides minimum value.

Benefits eligibility for full-time employees/Hours Tracking

The ACA defines a full-time employee, for the purpose of benefits eligibility, to be one working an average of 30+ hours per week. Due to the delay of the employer mandate, employers will not be required to comply with this definition in 2014. There is no need for employers to track hours in 2013 to determine eligibility for 2014, or to decide on a measurement, administrative, and stability period.

Maximum waiting period

The delay does not affect the maximum waiting period rules effective January 1, 2014. The ACA requires that an employer must not have a waiting period that is longer than 90 days. Note that some states, such as California, may have more stringent laws.

Although the two items being delayed are significant, we recommend that employers continue their diligence with understanding and preparing for the implementation of Health Care Reform provisions in 2014, through 2020.