There will probably come a time in your life when you need the services of a lawyer. Part of planning for the future is to have the name and number of a lawyer you can trust in your address book or phone. Whether it’s for something as benign as dealing with your will and estate, or something tragic like a divorce, dealing with a workers’ compensation claim, or bankruptcy, you’ll need a lawyer in each case. In all of these cases, the chances are that your experience in these matters is almost zero and you want an experienced gui
Archive for May, 2016
When you marry someone, you don’t go into it thinking someday you will get divorced, but, unfortunately, it’s something that happens to a lot of couples. Nearly half of first marriages end in divorce and about 60% of second marriages do as well. If you find your marriage hitting the rocks and fear divorce is on the horizon, you need to set up an appointment to speak to a divorce attorney.
Divorce law is complex, so even if you and your spouse are divorcing on good terms and you don’t have a lot of assets to divide, it is still a good idea to seek the advice of a divorce attorney. People often are at their worst when faced with a situation such as divorce, so it is a good idea to protect yourself and your own interests.
If the divorce is acrimonious or if there are significant assets involved, then a di
Only those who are guilty of some terrible crime go to prison, right? Wrong. The greater majority of the prison population consists of people who have not even been convicted but are only awaiting trial. People can land in prison for anything from simple misdemeanors to complex crimes. That’s why one of the most important constitutional rights is the right to seek and be granted bail, pending the outcome of the trial. For many people, putting together the money needed for bail can be a problem, but a bail bond agency can help by standing surety instead.
The right to seek bail
The Eighth Amendment, which is part of the Bill of Rights, guarantees the right to seek bail: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments infli
Going to court is costly, time-consuming and often drags on for a long period of time. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) offers an opportunity for those seeking resolution in complex civil litigation, commercial contract disputes and a variety of other legal recourse situations. Covering early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration, ADR is an alternative that works, with few such settlements being overturned if they do go to court for appeal.
According to the International Chamber of Commerce, ADR has a settlement rate of 74% if mediation is opted for and 80% is a first meeting with the mediato
While this would have been considered impossible just a few years ago, medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. At least 16 states, and the District of Columbia have not legalized its use for other purposes but have decriminalized its use. Some experts say that the sales of medical marijuana could reach $6 billion by the end of 2016. As more and more states make medical marijuana, the opportunities for making money in this new industry are only going to grow. If you are interested in starting your own medical marijuana dispensary, it is a complicated process. From writing a business plan to consulting a cannabis attorney, there are a lot of steps to take and hoops to jump through.
Make sure you cross your legal t’s and dot your legal i’s. Every sta
Nearly every business across the world has their own secrets they would like to keep. Typically these secrets are harmless keys to business success used to give themselves an advantage over the competition — in some cases however these secrets break laws or regulations or may even cause danger to public health and safety. Discerning the difference between harmless and harmful secrets typically falls on employees with strong moral compasses known as whistleblowers.
Who Are Whistleblowers?
Whistleblowers are those who expose employer secrets that either violate federal regulations and laws or may directly mislead or lie to the public in order to sell a product or service. By far, fraud is the most common reason for whistleblowers to come out as nearly one out of every five corporate