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How Cone Marshall is improving service delivery in trusts and estate laws

The laws on international Trusts and taxation in New Zealand have been a topic of discussion for a while now. There have been people that have been claiming that the country is becoming a tax haven. However, seasoned lawyers such as Geoffrey Cone and Karen Marshall have found it necessary to help people understand these laws in a deeper and clearer way. The company which they are both senior partners at Cone Marshall LLC has been at the forefront in providing legal counsel in estates and trusts. Geoffrey deals with estates while Karen deals with estates.

When discussing New Zealand’s position and whether it was really a tax haven, Geoffrey has clearly stated that the company is the exact opposite of haven. For a country to earn the title of a tax haven, they have to fill certain ideals. To start with, the country has to have somewhat restrictive practices when it comes to reporting on taxes. This will make it more difficult for the home country to access the money after it has been sent out to the accounts in question. New Zealand is one of the cleanest countries when it comes to reporting on tax, especially when dealing with foreign trusts.

The OECD, the body that has the mandate to judge whether a country is transparent in tax reporting has white listed New Zealand. This simply shows that the country is not really one of the places where people who want to hide details about their taxes. For one to be allowed to establish a trust in the country, they have to fill a foreign tax disclosure form and hand it to the IRD. The person should also keep a record of assets, liabilities, settlements and distributions. Accountability for all the money earned and spent is also needed. All these records are supposed to be made in English, failure to which huge penalties are incurred.

The rigorous processes that have been put in place by the country are not characteristic of a tax haven. Countries that are tax havens do not tax foreigners and when they do it is a small fixed charge.

About Cone Marshall Principals

Karen Marshall has more than two decades experience in law. She was a litigator in London before she came and joined the law firm in 2005. In a yer, she had become one of the Principals. Geoffrey on the other hand on the other hand is a graduate of the University of Otago. He established his own practice in 1999 and has been working there ever since.

Stow Company Inc. Hires Phil Dolci as the New CEO

Phil Dolci is the former executive of Dean Foods, Kraft Foods, ConAgra and other notable manufacturers. He will replace the outgoing veteran Frank Newman who retired last month. Stow Company is a Holland-based manufacturer owned by Windquest group. Billionaire family of Dick and Betsy DeVos owns Windquest group. Phil is expected to bring his 23 years of experience to realize an impressive growth in the coming years. Dick DeVos was present in the handover ceremony and thanked Frank for his service. This installation was before he returned to his philanthropic activities.


According to NTI, Dick DeVos started his working career at Amway in 1974, at the age of 19. In 1984, he became Vice President in charge of the company’s operations in 18 countries. He left the company in 1989 to start the Windquest Group. Windquest manufactures and markets storage and closet containers. It also has interests in technology and nonprofit solutions.


In 1991, the DeVos family bought the basketball team Orlando Magic, and Dick was appointed President. Two years later, he returned to Amway as President. In 2000, Amway went through a restructuring period, which resulted in the formation of an umbrella firm. This firm was called Alticor Corporation and consisted of Amway, Quixtar Corporation, and Access Business Group. Dick DeVos retired from Alticor in 2002, to concentrate on Windquest and other private ventures.


The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has many programs. One of them is the ArtPrize, which is an art competition that is held in Grand Rapids annually. The foundation was also behind the establishment of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a public aviation charter high school. The organization also administers the Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship. This scholarship supports students from developing nations who are enrolling for Master programs at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.


In a recent interview, Betsy DeVos outlined the couple’s passion for education. She and Dick, having supported the Potter’s House Christian School for many years, noted that low-income families face challenges when choosing schools. Betsy and Dick have since become advocates for educational choice. Educational choice, through a proposed system of vouchers and tax credits, makes it possible for parents to choose where to take their children to school.


Dick and Betsy have set a good example for me. They have demonstrated how well-organized charitable activities can benefit many people. I have learned from Dick DeVos that if I give generously of my resources to somebody in need, there is always a reward.


George Soros Donated More Than $8 Million To Elect Hillary Clinton And He’s Not Done Donating

George Soros, the hedge fund investor, and multi-billionaire does not want the White House to be a Republican stronghold for the next four years. Soros spent more than $27 million of his vast fortune in 2004 to defeat George Bush, and when that didn’t work, he stopped donating that much money to political campaigns. But this year is different. Soros has donated more than $25 million in 2016 to elect Democrats on that are on local ballots in six states. Soros has donated more than $8 million to several super PACs that are Clinton backers. The rest of the money has been donated to several campaigns to elect House and Senate representatives as well as prosecutors in state elections.Soros is not the only wealthy donor that supports Clinton’s bid for president, according to an article published by The article mentioned Hollywood millionaire Haim Saban as well as Donald Sussman and Herb Sandler as well as other Democrats that want a Clinton win in November.

The Clinton campaign has received donations from several super PACs, and the people close to Soros say he’s ready to donate more money to make sure she is the next president. But Soros doesn’t limit his donations to Democrats in the United States. The Soros Open Society Foundation supports Democratic causes all over the world.

When Soros is not focused on Democratic issues, he spends a great deal of time attending economic summits and other forums that discuss the status of the global economy. Soros has been predicting a global recession for the last three years, and he believes the recession is now a reality. The European Union’s banking system is in trouble, and the recent news that Deutsche Bank is facing a $14 billion fine confirms the Soros prediction. If Deutsche Bank fails, the repercussions of that failure will ripple through the international financial system on But Soros believes China is still the main culprit that is instigating a worldwide recession. China has already put South American and Asian countries in recession mode, and the United States is just steps away from a negative GDP percentage.

At 86-years-old, Soros is still considered one of the best hedge fund managers on the planet. His family hedge fund has more than $25 billion in assets under management on The Soros fund recently made a huge investment in the gold market. The fund sold several high-revenue producing stocks and invested in the gold mining. When George Soros invests in an asset like gold, other investors know something big is going to happen and they invest with him.

New Metallic Colors That Are Very Popular This Fall

Doe Deere pulls out all the stops with her new fall colors that have become very popular and are only available for a limited time. She is now offering her customers new metallic velvetine matte and superfoil products. Ladies can transform from a bright summer to a relaxed fall mood. You don’t have to worry about dull colors for the autumn season because Lime Crime has the leading sultry colors that are great for any season changing mood. PRN Newswire has reported that their new fall collection is causing them to become oe of the largest growing cosmetic retailers in the industry.


Lime Crime Founder and CEO Doe Deere came up with the idea for her cosmetic line when she use to try on her mother’s attire and makeup and didn’t like the dull colors that she was always forced to use. Over time, she thought of colors that she would like to try for herself and knew that she would eventually have her other cosmetic line. Her signature line is known for bright colors and their velvetine matter contents. They go on soft and dry to perfection. Their eye shadow products also come with a wide variety of matching lipsticks.


Lime Crime is a revolutionary product line that has a variety of accessories, clothing, and shoes, most of which available on Amazon. Her makeup line transitions well from night to day and is waterproof, but still very easy to remove. Her foilescent collection is sure to make your winter and fall go by without a glitch concerning your makeup. Deere says that she wants the women that wear her makeup to be daring and dry other colors that may be great for their attire by trying Lime Crime. Doll’s Kill offers free shipping to Canadian residents for a limited time and all of their products can be conveniently shipped to your door. Each product comes individually packaged in its unique individual wrapping. There is a number of women across the world that continue to rely on the Lime Crime name for dependable cosmetics that are healthy for their skin.  For up to date news, follow them on social media, or bookmark the official Lime Crime blog curated by Doe Deere here:

Norka Luque isn’t Just a Singer

It is hard to imagine a sultry beauty up on the stage being anything but a singer, but that is the case when it comes to Norka Luque. She was not always a singer and she had aspirations in other career fields before she made the decision to become a singer. This meant that she was able to achieve many things before she actually became a singer. There were several things that she needed to do when she first began her career and very few of these actually involved singing. She is a professional who is a professional singer but also a professional in other fields.

Norka began her career by going to business school. She wanted to study business administration and her parents sent her to France to find the best business school for the specific subject she wanted to study. They knew that she would be able to get the best education there and they did their best to ensure that she was given every opportunity that she wanted. They knew that she was destined for big things even though they weren’t exactly sure what those “big things” would involve. They imagined it would be something with singing but they wanted her to be able to feel like she had the opportunity to choose any career that she wanted.

That is what she did. She chose yet another career after she graduated from business school. The business degree was not good enough for her and she wanted to take her education yet another step farther. She wanted to study the culinary arts in France where she had initially attended business school. She felt that this was her calling but it turned out to be another flop. She tried again with fashion but hit a wall with what she wanted to do yet again.

While she was studying, she met a band who was looking for a female singer. She knew that she could sing well and had always had big dreams of being a professional singer but she never imagined that it could actually happen. The band that she met gave her this opportunity and allowed her to meet with producers. She even collaborated with some and was given the chance at a record deal. She is now one of the most famous Venezuelan singers in the world and she is recognized as a global symbol in the singing world.

Positive Thinking Is Key For Human Rights Activist Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen has dedicated his life to bringing about change in the way human rights are exercised around the world through his work his various groups, including his own Human Rights Foundation.

Halvorssen offers a different way of conducting human rights activism compared to his contemporaries who lately seem more concerned with the issues facing the U.S. than they do with fighting tyrants around the world; for Thor Halvorssen the personal experiences he has with the loss of human rights means he brings a sense of positive thinking to his many different roles not usually found with many activists.

In 2005 Thor tired of working in the restrictive atmosphere of human rights activism groups and made the decision to establish the Human Rights Foundation, which he located in New York where he felt the group would be free from political involvement.

Thor made the decision to limit the number of people working with the group to make sure every case they took on would have the best possible chance of success without political bias based on donations made to the group.

According to HRF, Despite the long hours Thor Halvorssen puts into his position with the Human Rights Foundation and other worthy causes he has also carved out a career as a respected Hollywood film producer; many of the subjects of the documentaries Halvorssen has produced revolve around the human rights causes of people living under Soviet rule in the mid 20th century.

The Hungarian uprising of the 1950s has been the subject of an award-winning documentary Halvorssen produced alongside stars, such as Lucy Liu and Quentin Tarantino.

The positive nature of Thor Halvorssen and the work he completes in the human rights field is shocking when his own history of family members being robbed of their human rights is explored.

The activist himself is willing to place his body on the line in a bid to bring news of political prisoners to the outside world; Halvorssen was once beaten by law enforcement officials in Vietnam after filming an interview with a religious leader who had been under house arrest for over a decade.

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What to Focus On When Managing Your Brand’s Online Reputation

The concept of brand reputation has been around for a long time and is here to stay. Maintaining good public relations is essential if you want your marketing efforts to succeed. This is why large companies, such as Apple, Google and McDonald’s invest huge sums in reputation management services for their brands. Smaller businesses need to take care of their reputation too, especially by managing their online reputation. There are some important areas to focus on. Dominating search engines is the top one. Search engines provide a big source of website traffic and dominating first page listings for keywords that are important in your industry establishes you as an authority. They can also bury negative search results if there is negative information about the company.

Managing your social media PR is now essential as well. You should build a strong presence on social networks that are the most useful to your business. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest , Google + and other social media sites give you a platform to interact with the public and nurture your brand’s personality. In addition, you should use reputation repair services that make it easy for you to stay on top of what people online are saying about your brand. As consumers are increasingly relying on brand reviews and recommendations, they are an important area of online reputation management. Encourage customers to leave reviews and recommend your business, especially on websites like Yelp. Finally, you must have a strategy to handle any form of negative PR. Very often it will come from customers who had a bad experience and post about it on review sites or social media. Depending on the situation, you may either contact the poster privately or respond on the same website.

Hiring online reputation management companies like Reputation Management Fixers will be valuable to any growing business. They have a team of professionals that can help boost your online reputation and bury any bad press to prevent it from having a negative impact on your business. Reputation Management Fixers is a leading figure in the industry and can give you a free reputation review to see where you stand. Their services have helped clients that ranged from individuals to Fortune 500 companies build and maintain a highly positive online image.

Don Ressler and his long success

Don Ressler knows how to make money from start-up companies. Between him and his partner, Adam Goldenberg, they also seem to know what consumers want at the perfect time.

After starting a couple of earlier companies together, Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg decided to start Intelligent Beauty, which is a consumer brand building business. Within a few years their companies had added on companies such as, JustFab and then added Fab Kids and later added The Fab Shoes. The most recent business to join the Intelligent Beauty enterprise is Fabletics in collaboration with Kate Hudson. The collaboration turned out to be a success and is still gaining success as of today.

When JustFab was offered online in 2010 at Don Ressler, no one knew that it would grow to over 6 million subscribers within a few years. This accomplishment helped draw in more investors and that in turn helped Intelligent Beauty bring on more companies.

Don Ressler, along with his partner, has had the privilege of seeing their start-up companies be successful and even landed on what Forbes calls “Unicorn List”, which represents private companies that are valued over $1 billion or more.

It takes experience and knowledge to start a company and even more experience to make them successful. The one thing that all the companies Don is involved have in common is consumers are able to shop online and all the fashions are for the everyday shopper.

One of the key points that Don believes makes the perfect partnership is to find a partner that’s right for your business and believing in the product that is being sold to the consumers. Without a perfect relationship being partners there is a chance the company isn’t going to work. The partnership has to be a success before the business itself can succeed. Don is an experienced businessman and understands that without one you can’t have the other.

Don Ressler and his partner are always looking for the next success and in the meantime they always have the consumer in the forefront. No matter what the next big adventure is, it will be a given that the experienced businessman will make it a success.

Online Reputation Management: Why It’s Important

These days customers have access to a lot of information. Among the information they have access to are businesses. They look up all types of businesses they are interested in to see how ethical they are. In other words, they want to know whether or not they are safe to shop at the business. Customers these days are trying to protect themselves because there are some businesses that could cause a lot of trouble for the customer. Therefore, it is very important for the business owner to show people that he is someone that can be trusted to do business with.
Fortunately, as important as online reputation management is, it is also simple. The most important aspect of online reputation management is what appears on the front page of search engines. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the only pieces of information that are on the front page of search results are those that are good news. The front page of search results is where the most authoritative and trustworthy sources of information are placed. Therefore, one has to make sure that there is only positive information or news about events.

There are ways to manage online reputation, it involves review sites like, consumer reviews among other things. One thing the online business owner could do is use customer reviews to his advantage. He could do this by encouraging satisfied customers to write reviews about the company. It is very important to encourage honesty in the review so that they could write how they feel. As a result, there will be a regular stream of good reviews from the customer. This will attract more customers because of how good the reputation is. As a result, customers will feel safe around the business owner, and the business owner will profit greatly from his business.


Lovaganza: The Traveling Convoy

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Lovaganza is going to revolutionize cinema, and entertainment–at least that’s the promise. Principal photography and screen tests have been completed for three films of a planned nine-film trilogy. Substantial backing must be behind Lovaganza, and that makes sense when one considers one of the most prominent articles concerning them comes from Yahoo Finance.

To understand why Lovaganza has so much involved in it, one must first understand what Lovaganza is. In a nutshell, it’s a global revitalization of the World’s Fair, but with modern highlights. Highlights which include 3-D, but no need for glasses. It’s a new technological advance so game-changing, Lovaganza suspended release. Initially, this event was set to take place in 2015, but due to the breakthroughs, it has been pushed back to 2020.

Before 2020, the engineers of the Lovaganza machine are intending to vamp up interest by doing a traveling “convoy” show in 2017. As it turns out, a “convoy” features on prominently in at least three of the motion pictures that will be part of the nine-film saga of Lovaganza. Between now and 2020, three major releases of feature films will take place. At the traveling event, and at the main event in 2020, the new 3-D technology will be featured. But the main event will be so much more than 3-D.

Lovaganza’s saga of films are meant to embrace cultural eccentricities from across the world. They are meant to embrace the peoples of the world in all their shapes and sizes. Likewise, their technological advances at the main event will be designed to emphasize and encourage this cultural unity. It really is going to be a huge event; it’s set to take place for four months in eight strategic locations around the globe. Locations will be included in America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and The Middle East.

Just what exactly the core of Lovaganza is has yet to be revealed, though the buzz is getting louder. In just four months, 2017 will be upon the world, and Lovaganza that much closer to being unveiled. It will be interesting to see what this traveling show is like, and even more interesting to see the main event. If the indications of available news media are correct, then what happens at the traveling show and main event for Lovaganza will be something beyond anything moviegoers have ever seen; something designed to be more than just viewing a film.

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