This summer, the Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival will get down with some of the best and brightest of the scene, as the festival returns to Croydon, NH from July 29-31. Wild Woods has put together a fun lineup for their annual event, with Turkuaz featured at the top of the billing. Govinda, The Breakfast (x3), and Freddy Todd are all featured on the initial listing.The full lineup includes After Funk, Dwajhay, Moses, Mister F, Of The Trees, People Like You, Stop Tito Collective, Strange Machines, The Kenny Brothers Band, Thunder Body, and VII. Check it out below, and head to the fest’s website for more information.
Ethics panel examines lawyers acting as mortgage brokers Ethics panel examines lawyers acting as mortgage brokers Also says lawyers should be able to use paralegals to represent clients in Social Security hearings Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A lawyer should be able to act as a mortgage broker for clients who, after filing and following a bankruptcy plan for several months, wish to refinance their home and use the proceeds to pay off their bankruptcy obligations, the Professional Ethics Committee has tentatively decided.And lawyers should be able to use paralegals to represent clients in Social Security hearings as long as they are careful not to violate Bar rules on supervising nonlawyer employees and prohibiting fee splitting with nonlawyers, the panel determined.Ft. Lauderdale attorney Jeffrey Tromberg posed the mortgage broker question to the committee. He told the committee the refinancing comes only after all the bankruptcy work is done and wouldn’t affect the initial bankruptcy work because there is no way to tell them whether refinancing would be available later.The refinancing is frequently possible because of the recent rapid rise in Florida home values which gives those in bankruptcy an unexpected source of capital. Tromberg said he began his brokerage business because he saw clients paying exorbitant fees to brokers when they refinanced, which either raised the costs to the clients or gave them less money from the deal.“Lenders won’t touch them [prior to bankruptcy] when they’re in foreclosure; they will after they’ve been in bankruptcy for 12 months or so,” Tromberg said. “This particular niche is to help people who are in a five-year bankruptcy plan to have the ability to get out of bankruptcy. It gives them the equity so they can get out of bankruptcy and move on with their lives.”He originally asked for a Bar staff ethics counsel opinion on two points: whether he could own the mortgage brokerage company that in turn served his own clients and whether his disclosure and waiver of conflict form was adequate. The Bar staff opinion answered no to both questions, and Tromberg appealed to the committee.In response to committee questions, Tromberg said the mortgage work would only occur several months to a year or more after the bankruptcy plan was filed — and the case is essentially dormant unless the clients fail to follow the plan. He also noted that the staff opinion means his company can provide cut-rate mortgage services to anyone in bankruptcy, except his own law practice clients.Some committee members argued Tromberg would have an unwaivable conflict and might be in the position of advising clients whether or not they should refinance when he had an interest in the outcome. But other members said the Bar encourages lawyers to have ancillary businesses, and as long as adequate disclosures are made and the transaction proceeded in the limited way Tromberg described, it should be allowed.The committee approved a motion by member Adele Stone to have the staff opinion redrafted that would answer Tromberg’s questions affirmatively. The opinion would be restricted to the narrow facts of the case and require that clients be told they had the option to seek independent counsel on the mortgage refinancing. The committee sent the matter to a subcommittee for redrafting, and also asked the subcommittee to recommend whether the opinion should be a redrafted staff opinion or become a proposed advisory opinion from the committee.The committee also overturned a staff opinion on the Social Security issue. It voted to issue an opinion that an attorney could use a paralegal to cover Social Security hearings, as long as the paralegal was paid a salary and fees weren’t split. The opinion will also reference Bar Rule 4-5.3, which spells out a lawyer’s duties in supervising nonlawyer employees.Supporters of that vote noted that the Social Security Administration allows nonlawyers to represent others in administrative hearings and that fee splitting is not involved if the fee goes to the firm and not the paralegal. Opponents said clients could think they are hiring an attorney when their case winds up being handled by a paralegal and it would be hard not to base the paralegal’s compensation on performance at the hearings, which could lead to fee splitting.On another matter, the committee asked for an update on policies of when lawyers can be of counsel to law firms. Some members said they had objections to saying one law firm could be of counsel to another. The PEC had referred that matter to the Bar Board of Governors, but the Disciplinary Procedure Committee voted against having a rule on of counsel relationships, and the matter died. August 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News
There is precedent for the club to sack a title-winning manager, having done so to Roberto Mancini just two years ago, and rumours this week have already linked Pellegrini with a move to Napoli. But the 61-year-old said: “My future is very easy. I have contract here until June 2016 and I will finish my contract here and if I can extend my contract, I will extend my contract. “When I sign a contract, I always try to finish my contract in the amount of years I sign at the beginning. “If I am not happy, maybe you try and finish your contract before (but) here I am very happy. I will continue without any problems until the end of my contract.” Pellegrini lifted the club after Mancini’s reign unravelled in the second part of the 2012-13 campaign. He restored harmony to the dressing room after a fractious period and over the past two years stories of disharmony have notably declined. That changed this week, however, as reports surfaced of an alleged bust-up between captain Vincent Kompany and midfielder Fernandinho during the recent loss at Liverpool It was claimed that Fernandinho reproached Kompany over a mistake which led a goal being conceded and an argument ensued. The claims were then given added weight by the fact neither player was selected for the next game at Leicester. But the incident has been played down by the club with Fernandinho himself saying it was “just a conversation”. Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview Saturday’s game at Burnley, said: “No, there is not any problem in the dressing room. That happened a lot of days ago. “It is normal that in one game that there can be a discussion between two players but it was not important for the team. Inside the dressing room, we don’t have any problems. There was a normal scene, nothing important.” Pellegrini also brushed off concerns that some details of the incident had been leaked to media. He said: “I don’t worry about what newspapers want to say about different things. I manage the squad in one way. I don’t have any problems with the players. There are no problems inside the dressing room so it doesn’t matter what newspapers want to tell.” Pellegrini said he left Kompany out of the side to face Leicester in order to freshen up the team physically and mentally after the dispiriting result at Anfield. Fernandinho has since said he had a slight calf injury and felt unwell. Both players are in contention to return at Turf Moor along with playmaker Samir Nasri, another who was left out against Leicester. City trail Chelsea at the top of the table by five points and have played a game more. They have little room for error and this weekend face a battling Burnley side that held them to a 2-2 draw at Eastlands in December. Pellegrini said: “Burnley are a very good team. They always play as an offensive team and try to win so we must work very hard.” Further speculation this week has seen two of Pellegrini’s players, key midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Stevan Jovetic, linked with Inter Milan, who are now managed by Mancini. With regards to Toure, Mancini has even been quoted suggesting the Ivory Coast international might like to try Serie A. But Pellegrini said: “I don’t know how he (Mancini) has so much information about the players. “Stevan Jovetic, the same as me, has a contract here and there has been so much news about Yaya from the beginning of the year. “Maybe everyone would like to have Yaya in their squad but he has a contract here, he is happy here and he will continue here.” Neither Matt Taylor nor new signing Fredrik Ulvestad will be in the Burnley squad. Taylor has played twice for the development squad as he continues his slow recovery from Achilles surgery but is not yet ready for the first-team squad. Norwegian midfielder Ulvestad, meanwhile, is seen more as a player for the long term after signing a three-year deal this week. Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both cruciate) are long-term absentees. And the Chilean, who led the club to the Barclays Premier League title last season, has said he would like to stay beyond his current deal, which ends in summer 2016. Pellegrini’s position has become the subject of scrutiny after an indifferent spell which has seen City’s title defence falter and left their Champions League hopes in a precarious state. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has tried to quash speculation over his future by insisting he intends to see out his contract at the Etihad Stadium. Press Association