Friday, November 30, 2012

Small Business Incorporation: Are Your Personal Assets Really Safe?

Many entrepreneurs understand the benefit of small business incorporation, but they don't realize how easy it is to lose their "corporate status" if they get sued or end up in bankruptcy. This is dangerous because then the court can come after their personal assets (like their house, car, savings, etc)!

Today, I will review a little bit of why incorporating is so important for small business owners, and then tell you five simple steps you can follow to protect your personal assets, even if your business gets sued or goes through bankruptcy.

Small business incorporation makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, because it protects you from personal liability, and second, because it offers you some great tax advantages. For today, we're going to just focus on the personal liability part.

When you incorporate, your business becomes like another person. This other person has it's own bank account, it can own things like property, and it can take risks. Even if that "other person" (your business) goes completely bankrupt or gets sued, you are safe (assuming you do everything correctly).

This is important because many new businesses fail, but you as the entrepreneur don't want to fail. You want to pick yourself back up and start your next business which will be even more successful. Failure is a necessary way to learn, so we want it to be as painless as possible. Small business incorporation is the key to doing just that.

When everything works like it should, then yes, you personally are protected. But there are certain situations where your corporate status doesn't help you out, and every business owner should be aware of them!

You see, setting up a company gives you so much protection from liability, that unethical people in the past have tried to take advantage of it. They have gone through small business incorporation just to create "shell corporations", or businesses just for the purpose of liability protection, to help them get away with various crimes.

Of course, the law had to be modified to weed out these people and make sure they were appropriately prosecuted. But in the process, the requirements for honest small business owners became tougher. Some extra steps are now required to make sure your corporate status stays intact.

By the way, whenever a court decides to waive the corporate protection and actually prosecute the owners behind the company personally, they call it "piercing the corporate veil". (Lawyers always like to come up with fancy names for things.)

Following are the top five ways to protect you personal assets after going through small business incorporation. Make sure you do these correctly, and you can be sure that even if your business experiences a colossal failure, or gets sued out of existence, at least your personal assets are safe and you can start over.

1. Never Engage in Fraud or any Criminal Act

This sounds simple, but many small businesses owners unknowingly break the law. Never sell a product you know is defective or doesn't work, misrepresent something in your advertising, forge any signatures, or pull a bait and switch (offer a great deal to get people in the door only to tell them it is out of stock so you can sell a substitute.) Run your business honestly and with integrity every day, and it will pay off in the long run.

2. Never Misrepresent Your Corporate Officers or Members

Don't ever lie about who is involved in your company. When it comes time to ask for investors, or get people to support you, you may be tempted to exaggerate about who is actually working with you. If they haven't actually signed your operating agreement (an important step in small business incorporation), then they aren't your partner.

3. Make Sure Your Follow All Corporate Formalities

If you are going to claim you are a company, then you'd better act like a company. Small business incorporation requires plenty of little steps that can be easy to forget. That means you have to file all important documents and keep records of them (your operating agreement, articles of incorporation, and DBA for example). You also have to keep detailed financial records. You could pay a lawyer to put all these together for you, but this will cost you thousands of dollars. I recommend taking the time to learn these relatively simple steps yourself. There are some great resources out there.

4. Keep Your Business and Personal Assets Separate

The business has to have it's own bank account. The money in that bank account is not your money. It belongs to the business. In fact, if you decide one day come along and take some money out to buy yourself a Hawaiian vacation, that is called embezzlement (a crime)! Often, the first time through small business incorporation, new business owners (especially if they are the sole owner) don't understand this concept. The money in the company is not theirs. The company is like a separate person, and all assets must be treated as such.

5. Never Treat the Business' Assets as if They Were Your Own

Don't deposit your personal checks into the corporate account. Don't use company money to finance your personal life and hobbies. Don't lend the company car to your buddy for a weekend excursion. Don't set up a cot in the back of the office and start living there! Again, the business and yourself are two separate people. Treat them accordingly.

With these five basic steps, you can be sure your small business incorporation holds up in court in the event your business goes under.

Many successful business people, from Donald Trump to John D. Rockefeller, went through periods of ups and downs in their life. Not every company they bet on was a success. But they managed to survive and lived to fight another day because they where smart enough to go through small business incorporation correctly. They followed the above five steps to make sure they wouldn't lose their corporate status in the event of a lawsuit. They made sure that their personal assets were safe, even if the company went bankrupt.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Business Principles We Learn from Warren Buffett

According to "Fortune Magazine," the third most admired company in world is Berkshire Hathaway. When we think of Berkshire Hathaway we think of its head one of the wealthiest man in the world Warren Buffett. What business principles we learn from Warren Buffett? What is his magic?

Strategic Approach

Warren is one of the best investors in the world. His approach is simple. He does not buy stocks as much as he buys businesses. He focuses on a company's value, its stock price and its risks. He looks for companies with strong brands, simple business models, a good return on equity with a lot of debt.

If the price of a firm is less than its value, Warren is interested. In doing his homework, he studies the firm's competition, ignores what analysts have to say, and pays little attention to fluctuating market trends. In fact when the market is down, he believes that may the best time to buy.

Jim Collins' Lens

Let's start by looking at Warren from a perspective of what Jim Collins teaches in his seminal book "Good to Great." The book was the result of Jim's research, where he led a team in a five-year study in which they "scoured a list of 1,435 established companies to find every extraordinary case that made a leap from average results to great results."

Jim describes the best leaders of the companies that became great as "level 5"leaders. They are ones who built "enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will." A level 5 leader is first and foremost ambitious for the cause.

Humble Style

Warren's humble style is refreshing. He has simple tastes. He doesn't wear expensive suites. He lives in the same home he bought in 1958. And, he drives his own car. Warren also is famous for how he makes fun of himself. One of his one-liners is, "I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me."

Professional Will

Warren is driven as demonstrated by his almost incomprehensible wealth. Warren looks not only for businesses that are a good deal, but he looks for leaderships who have long tenures of success in their business and who are deeply passionate for the business.

Back to Jim Collins - the Hedgehog Concept

Jim's team came to simple but powerful conclusions. One important point they make is referred to as the "hedgehog" concept. A key to greatness is finding the intersection, referred to as the sweet spot, between your talent, passion,and economic opportunity.

When we look at Warren from the "hedgehog" framework, we find simple insights:

Passion: What are you deeply passion about?

Talent: What you can be the best in the world?

"I was wired at birth to allocate capital and lucky enough to have people around me early on-my parents and teachers and Susie [his late wife]-who helped me make the most of it," Buffett told Carol Loomis of Fortune magazine in the June 25 issue.

Economics: What drives your economic engine?

Finding great companies and leaders and investing for the long-haul.

Warren found his passion and talent in life and focused. He became one of the most successful and richest investor in history.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Things I Learned When I Refinanced My Home

Some days I feel like a home refinancing expert. I've refinanced my home twice in the last three years to take advantage of attractive interest rates. Although interest rates have been rising lately, refinancing may still be an attractive option if you're paying a high interest rate on a mortgage. When my husband and I built a new home in 2000, we felt interest rates were a little high so we opted for a three year mortgage with an 8 percent mortgage rate instead of locking into a 15 or 30 year mortgage with a slightly higher rate.

We were counting on interest rates going down before our mortgage was up for renewal and they did. When the rates went down to 5.5 percent two years later we refinanced. To find the best rate I could, I called my local banks, credit unions, and savings and loan companies. I also checked interest rates on the Internet.

One year later, while checking on the Internet I found a rate of 4.375 percent. (I looked up interest rates because someone told me they had just gotten their mortgage refinanced at 4.5 percent). I ended up refinancing again but not before calculating how much I was going to save in interest versus how much the additional closing costs were going to be. My calculations showed it would take approximately 18 months of payments at the lower rate to recoup the money it cost to refinance. Although my husband and I now have a very attractive mortgage rate, our payment is slightly higher than it was when we were paying 8 percent interest. But instead of having a 30 year mortgage we have a 15 year mortgage. The low interest rate is allowing us to pay our house off in half the time we thought it would!

Although interest rates have been rising lately they are still reasonable, especially compared to the interest rates on many credit cards. In addition to looking for a lower interest rate, people may be considering refinancing to take some of the equity out of their home for things like: paying off high rate credit cards; to fund a home remodeling project; or pay for a child's college education.

Below is a list of some of some things I learned during the two times I refinanced in the past few years.

1) The lowest interest rate is not always the best deal. Some companies may offer a very low interest rate but may charge several points. A point is 1 percent of the amount you are borrowing. As an example, if you want to borrow 0,000 and three points are being charged it will cost you ,000 to borrow the money in addition to other closing costs.

2) Closing costs vary with lender. The U.S. government requires lenders to provide what is called a Good Faith Estimate of what your closing costs will be. Closing costs typically include things such as: credit report fees, title company service fees; title search fees; loan origination fees; appraisal fees; and documentation fees. Your lender will give you an honest estimate of what your closing costs will be. Your actual cost may vary slightly because the lender does not always know what the exact cost of a certain fee will be such as the appraisal fee because they probably work with several appraisal companies who likely all charge different rates. One additional thing to keep in mind about closing costs: you may see advertisements that proclaim their company does not have any closing costs. That may be true. The lender may pay the closing costs for you but the tradeoff for you will likely be paying a higher interest rate.

3) There may be other fees involved when you refinance. For example, the first company we refinanced with required that 12 months worth of property tax money be kept in escrow with them. The credit union we took out our original loan with didn't require any property tax money in escrow. We had to come up with a big chunk of money that we hadn't planned on for that tax escrow account. The second time we refinanced I was smarter and asked how much money needed to be kept in tax escrow. It was only 6 months of property tax money so we ended up getting part of our tax escrow money back.

4) Ask if your homeowners insurance will be paid by you or if the lender will require you to pay money into an escrow account each month so they can pay it for you. Many lenders require you to pay into an escrow account to ensure the homeowner's insurance will be paid.

5) Ask if the loan you plan on taking out can be sold to other lending institutions. The possibility of your loan being sold may or may not be an issue for you. It's not uncommon for loans to be sold. It's even likely your local bank sells some of its mortgages. I don't happen to mind if my mortgage is sold to another lending company. It's happened to me once and it was an almost seamless process on my end. I only had to do one thing and that was set up a new automatic payment from my checking account because I prefer to have my mortgage payment taken out of my checking account automatically each month. That way I don't have to worry about forgetting to pay it on time and possibly incurring late fees.

6) An online bank might be a good place to do business with. A good way to find out if the bank is a real financial institution, check to see if it is insured with the FDIC. You can do an online search with the phrase banks insured with FDIC or a similar phrase to find the current link to check. When I found the 4.375 percent interest rate it was with an online bank whose workforce was located in the Eastern part of the United States. I live in the Midwest. Thanks to the technology of the Internet I was able to easily do business with the bank. Any documentation I needed to fill out was either e-mailed, faxed, or posted on a secure Internet site that I accessed with my own personal id and password. The secure Internet site was associated with a nationally known lending company. For the final signing the lender contracted with a lending company in my area and that's where my husband and I went to sign the final papers and close the loan.

7) Get everything in writing and pay attention to deadlines. For example, if you are quoted a specific interest rate, get it in writing. Be aware though that the interest rate you are given will only be guaranteed or locked in for a specific amount of time, usually 30 days. If interest rates go up during that 30 day period you will still get the lower rate you were guaranteed in writing. If rates go down, some lenders will automatically give you the lower rate. It is possible that the rate guarantee period may be extended. When we were in the process of our second refinancing, a lot of other people around the U.S. were refinancing because rates were really attractive. As a result our lender had a difficult time getting an appraisal scheduled. Even though we didn't close until nearly 2 weeks after our 30 day deadline our lender honored the rate they had guaranteed us even though rates had gone up.

The above items are things I learned during the two times I refinanced. I've done my best to include everything I learned but your experience with refinancing may be a little different and you may find out things I didn't. The best advice I can offer if you are thinking of refinancing is to take time to do research, compare lenders, find out what your total costs will be, and ask questions about anything you don't understand or are not sure of. This will help make the process easier for you and help eliminate any unpleasant surprises that cost you more money than you were planning on spending for refinancing.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ombudsman Can Resolve Your Income Tax Issues

To resolve Income Tax related tax issues of the taxpayers, the Government has created office of Income-Tax Ombudsman. The officer designated as Ombudsman hold independent jurisdiction and work as autonomous authority.

The Government has so far set up twelve offices of Ombudsmen. They are stationed in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Chandigarh, Bhopal and Kochi.

The jurisdiction of the ombudsman is highly restricted; however, they can help the taxpayers in resolving issues such as
(i) Income Tax Refunds matters.
(ii) Refusal to acknowledge letters / communications sent to the department.
(iii) Erroneous demand matters / assets attachments causing harassment to assessee.
(iv) Scrutiny selection procedures and failure to communicate reasons thereof.
(v) Cases related to interest waiver, rectification applications, appeal effects etc.
(vi) Release of books of accounts and asset after the completion of the proceedings.
(vii) Issues relating to refusal to allot Permanent Account Number.
(viii) Tax credits and adjustment relating to TDS.
(ix) Conduct of proceedings beyond working hours at the IT offices.
(x) Impolite behavior of the officials.
(xi) Matters concerning circulars of Central Board of Direct taxes about the Income Tax administration.

However, the ombudsman will not interfere in the proceedings if the issue requested to be settled is already under an appeal, revision, reference or writ.

Application to Ombudsman The Ombudsman reconciles disputes / issues between the department and assessee. The decision of Ombudsman is referred as Award'. The application to resolve an issue can be filed by the aggrieved assessee himself or through his representative. The application should be signed by the taxpayer or his legal representative bearing the name, address and permanent account number of the complainant. The application should also state the details of the official against whom the complaint is filed. The reasons for the application of complaint should also be mentioned therein. The necessary documentary evidence can also be submitted along with the application. The application must contain the details about the date on which the assessee first complained to the income-tax authorities and its result. The application can be filed through personal submission / post / E-Mail. E-Mail complaints can be signed at the time of proceedings in the office of Ombudsman.

As a prerequisite, the applicant must first prefer compliant to higher authorities of the official being complained. The assessee must wait for at least 30 days for the action of the superiors before approaching the office of Ombudsman. Assessee should also restrain from filing compliant which is frivolous or vexatious.

The complaint should be filed within one year from the date of the reply of the department to his representation. If no reply is received, it should be filed within thirteen months from the date of representation to the Income Tax Authority.

On receipt of the complaint, the Ombudsman will send a copy of the same to the concerned officials and try to reconcile the issues through mutual understanding of both the parties. If amicable settlement is not working then, Ombudsman can pass a decision called Award. The award should be in line with the documents available on record and the tax laws. The Ombudsman can also instruct the concerned officials to release payments and also to apologize to the taxpayer. Ombudsman can also award monetary compensation upto Rs. 1,000.00. The Income-Tax authorities are given one month's time for the implementation of the award.

The compensation amount which is subject to a maximum of Rs. 1,000.00 is paid by the Income tax department out of the budget allotted.

The decision pronounced by the Ombudsman should be accepted by the I-T department. However, to comply the order, complainant must send his acceptance to the order within 15 days of the receipt of the award letter. Otherwise, the award shall lapse and be of no effect.

The ombudsman keeps record of various taxpayer problems. The information is periodically submitted to the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Finance Ministry. Ombudsman also reports to the CBDT about the officials found to have defaulted in their regular duties.

Details of Ombudsman offices
1. Delhi: 011, Room No 251, Central Revenue Building, I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110002, E-Mail: delhi-
2. Kanpur: 0512 (U.P&Uttarakhand), 110/25-26, 80 Feet Rd., Kanpur, E-Mail: kanpur-
3. Kolkata: 033, Aayakar Bhawan, P-7, Chowringhee Square,Kolkata-700069, E-Mail: kolkata-
4. Mumbai: 022., 115, Mittal Tower, B-Wing Nariman Point, Mumbai-400021, E-Mail: mumbai-
5. Kochi: 0484, Income Tax Ombudsman, 7th Floor, Kera Bhavan, SRV H.S. Rd., Cochin-682011, E-Mail: kochi-
6. Hyderabad: 040, Room No. 819, Aayakar Bhawan, Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad-4, E-Mail: hyd-
7. Chennai: 044, Income Tax Ombudsman, R.No. 317/319,3rd Floor, Aayakar Bhawan, 121, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-34, E-Mail: chennai-
8. Bangalore: 080, 4th Floor, A' Wing,Kenderiya Sadan,Koramangala, Bangalore-34, E-Mail: bnglr-
9. Ahmedabad: 079, Room No. 104, 1st Floor, Nature View Bldg.,Ashram Road, Ahmedabad-380009, E-Mail: ahmd-
10. Pune: 020, Aayakar Bhawan, 12, Sadhu Vaswani Road, Pune 411 001, E-Mail: pune-
11. Chandigarh: 0172, C.R. Building, 3rd Floor,Sector 17E, Chandigarh, E-Mail: chd-
12. Bhopal: 0755, E-7/511, Income Tax Guest House, Areara Colony, Bhopal-16, E-Mail: bhopal-

The Author, CA A. K. Jain, can be contacted at, 21, Skipper House, 9, Pusa Road, New Delhi 110005, Mobile No. 98-100-46108, E-Mail:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Useful Tips For Successful Real Estate Lead Generation

The real estate industry is often considered as volatile, such that trends can change immensely, influencing either positive or negative outcomes, and overall affecting the state of business for many companies. For this reason, many real estate companies have to constantly come up with the best strategies that will help them reach out to would-be property buyers. In marketing terms, such practices and methods would fall under real estate lead generation.

What is real estate lead generation? In a nutshell, generating leads means that a real estate agent or a broker is able to spark an active interest in their prospective market. This means that to consider a particular client as a lead, the agent has to encourage him or her to make an inquiry, find out additional info about the properties being sold, and more.

To be able to generate successful real estate leads is not a simple task because of the already competitive industry. There are nearly 600,000 Americans employed in the real estate business, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. And from those stats, more than 60 percent of them operate as self-employed real estate agents. Within a span of ten years, sources project these numbers to grow significantly, because there will always be someone somewhere who is looking for properties to buy.

There are also scenarios which can push an individual to delve into the real estate business as well. For instance, due to current economic situations in the US, some homeowners are forced to put up their properties for sale. In this regard, average Joes are forced to learn more about the real estate business, to find out ways to make their properties more interesting to clients, and to earn profits in the process. All the more is real estate lead generation a vital factor in determining success in the field.

If you have seen TV ads and infomercials about homes for sale, then you are no stranger to the methods under real estate lead generation. Broadcast advertising is only one of the many effective strategies used to generate leads from the home-buying market. Both small and large real estate companies would take the time to invest in TV commercials, radio ads, and print media to get their message across a larger group of people. Effective as broadcasting may be, not all real estate agents, especially the self-employed ones, can afford such a costly move.

So what are other ways to generate real estate leads? Thanks to the rapid developments in information technology, many independent real estate brokers are given the chance to market their businesses across more people, too. By now, you probably already realize how essential the World Wide Web can be for real estate lead generation, or for generating leads in any other industry for that matter, may it be cars, electronics, home products, and more. This is because nearly every one has access to the internet, and there are tons of ways to spark the interest of prospective real estate clients - without you having to spend a fortune!

Mentioned here are a few tried and tested techniques to help boost real estate lead generation:

Websites - You can put up your own business website for free or with a low start-up cost. Having your own parking space on the WWW makes you more accessible and easy to find for clients searching for properties in your area. Also, having a good website will be a way to present your credentials, to showcase properties that you have, and to be contacted by clients.

Online classifieds - Posting ads with your contact information on online classifieds can also be done for free. Targeted ads which are made more visible on these sites would often require a minimal payment on the part of the advertiser. Online classifieds sites and even auction sites like eBay can generate a high volume of traffic, because these are places often visited by web surfers in search of something they need.

Real estate forums - Signing up as a member of forums for real estate agents doesn't have to cost you a thing. An advantage to becoming a member is that you can also communicate with fellow businessmen, learn the tricks of the trade, expand your list of contacts, and also make your own real estate business more visible online.

Social networking sites - These days, MySpace, Facebook, and similar sites are not just for meeting friends or sharing photos. Both small and large real estate businesses take advantage of the massive popularity of these social networks. In this way, a real estate broker can establish a list of immediate contacts, notify them more efficiently about updates, as well as disseminate necessary information quickly. And using these sites are for free!

Blogs - Here is yet another cost-effective way to create an internet presence for you and your real estate business. Putting up a blog helps you post photos, descriptions, and other relevant info about properties you have on sale. Through a regularly updated blog, prospective clients can also read about your experiences in the field, as well as find out your reliability as a real estate broker.

Email marketing - Once you have generated a list of prospective contacts, another smart real estate lead generation method involves sending regular newsletters or updates via email. Informing potential buyers through email also helps disseminate info rapidly and makes it easier for feedback to return to you; thus, giving you an edge as you try to generate more leads.

Of course, in line with these great online marketing strategies for real estate lead generation, one should not disregard the value of having a strong network of contacts. Even without the use of emails, instant messaging, or social networking sites, you can generate real estate leads through referrals from family, friends, and business associates. Sometimes, even the simplest effort of getting to know other people in person can be one of your best assets as a real estate agent. In this manner, possible buyers or clients can readily assess your qualifications, thus helping you establish yourself as a reliable authority in this already competitive field.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mobile Home Refinancing

Receiving a loan for mobile home refinancing means that you will be swapping out an existing mortgage in order to receive a new mortgage, most likely this new mortgage will have a better interest rate as well as better terms of repayment. Generally, an individual should apply for a loan intended for mobile home refinancing if their current interest rate has dipped by over two percent, than what already exists on the current mortgage.

The main purpose of the loan for mobile home refinancing is to receive a lower interest rate and save a substantial amount on the mortgage payments overall. However, there are several different things that have to be taken into consideration before you apply for mobile home refinancing. The very first question that you should ask is whether or not there is still going to be some savings after you have paid all of the charges for refinancing.

During the time that you are refinancing a loan, all of the charges that need to be paid are document preparation charges, appraisal charges, tax service charges, lender charges, and appraisal charges. Even though there are some points that may prove to be rather burdensome, because they may be one or two percent of the whole entire mortgage value One of the other points that you have to consider is whether or not there are any type of prepayment penalties on the mortgage that already exists.

There may also be some type of closing fees that may increase the actual cost of the loan, and the owner may be required to pay more than just the savings. It is very important that you understand that a loan for mobile home refinancing is a little different from the equity loans for mobile homes. Within a refinancing loan, the owner will exchange the initial mortgage with a new one, whereas within an equity loan, the owner is going to takes the new mortgage out on the equity that has built up over an extended period of time.

Basically, the refinancing loan is considered to be a new first mortgage, while the equity loan is known as a second mortgage. Each of the lenders must follow the exact same procedures in order to disburse a mobile home refinancing loan. The very first step would be to conduct a brand new appraisal on the property. The exact amount of the refinancing loan is going to be different than the amount of the original mortgage, because it is going to take the appreciation into consideration.

In the event that you are interested in learning more about the mobile home refinancing loan, there are several websites online that specialize in this particular area of expertise.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Easy Way To Find Free Criminal Records Of Colorado Online

The State of Colorado is an open record state, which means that all its public records are open to the public. Colorado Arrest Records are managed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. All criminal justice records are administered in the bureau and the issuance of these records are also assigned to them. The state repository is also located at the bureau.

With so many outlaws roaming free, it is just right that you gather information on people around your community especially the ones you encounter always. You gather information not for gossips sake, but to protect your life and family members, and also your business. Arrest files are the most informative. All imprisonment of a person can be seen here. Such details are essential tools for performing a background check on certain people.

The Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC), a Computerized Criminal History (CCH) database, is maintained by the CBI. Arrest documents that came from arresting offices in Colorado are kept in the database. Only those that are based upon the fingerprints will be taken in into the database.

Details of warrant information, juvenile records and sealed records are not available for the public to be accessed. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the KT International has agreed upon a contract to allow the general public, corporations and others to search the official state repository. You can contact the KT International for more inquiries. And the bureau also has a hotline which is available 24/7 to assist clients if they encounter any difficulties. Certified copies of arrest records are found only at the appropriate courts as the Police Department will not provide them for you.

If you know the full name and birth date of a subject, it will be enough to start a name search. Requests of arrest files can be done in two ways a manual search and through the use of CBI's CCH. A manual search is done by filling out the appropriate form and mailing it to the bureau with the corresponding fee of . A search using the CCH will cost lesser, at .85 per name searched. If the database finds more that one result, you can view each file but you have to pay the same amount for every file opened, regardless of how many files you will open. Payments are only accepted in forms of cash, business checks and major credit cards. No refunds will be granted to you even if there is no available file for your search.

Documents outside of Colorado cannot be found in the state repository. If you want to access public arrest records outside Colorado, look for a private site that provides public documents. They also maintain a database that has a wide array of sources that assures you a complete and trustworthy version of the documents. You can access them through the internet which saves you an awful lot of time, rather than going to the agencies and tire yourself out from waiting.