Battle Against an Obvious Scam

I hired a lawyer near me when a lawn care company tried to cheat me out of decent service. I hired the company to do some standard work in my backyard, like cutting the grass, removing vines, cutting up any fallen debris, and getting rid of any weeds. I arranged for the company to do the work while I was away at work. I paid them in advance, but when I got home, I found that they had only cut the grass and done nothing else. When I contacted them about the work they hadn’t done, they told me that I only paid them to cut the grass and nothing else.

The company has a price list for the services that they offer, so there was no way that they could think that I was only paying them to cut the grass when I gave them way more money than that. They even gave me an invoice for the payment. Still they argued that I only paid them for the grass and if I wanted the rest of the work done I would have to pay them extra.

When Are You Eligible To Recover Under Lemon Law

eAnd you thought any Tom, Dick and Harry could file a case against any seller?

Not really!

If you are living in one of the states that have the benefit of Lemon Law for the customers, consider yourself lucky; it also means that you have met the first criteria to be eligible to recover under this law!

But wait a minute… just because you have got a car that’s not up to the mark and your state allows you to enjoy the benefit of Lemon Law doesn’t mean you can contact any lawyer and get the compensation against the car; you need to meet the following criteria:

• The car must be covered under warranty; if your seller has given you warranty of the car, you can place a case against him, if the quality doesn’t meet your expectations.
• If the car doesn’t seem to be getting repaired, despite the number of attempts and the amount of efforts you put into it, you are eligible to get a new car. Well, there is absolutely no point in getting over excited because you really have to work hard

Specialty Conferencing Apps for Attorneys

eeIf you are in the legal world, conferencing applications can assist you in accomplishing your objectives and saving you both time and money.

By now, we all know that audio, web and video conferencing can assist attorneys in their daily tasks of moving their cases forward to completion. What is not so well known is that there are several apps and features that can assist attorneys in accounting for costs and improving their efficiency.

One of the best applications is in the area of accounting for audio conferencing costs. You should be able to easily identify which client matter code each conference call is assigned to. You can do this with a pass code/pin code system. After you dial the telephone number to the conference bridge, you put in your pass code, when prompted by the bridge. This gets you into the conference call. When enabled, the bridge will then prompt you to put in your pin code, which would be your client billing matter number.

When this system is utilized, it gives you complete accountability on which calls should be billed to which clients. You can

Changing Lawyers Mid-Case

laPicking the wrong lawyer for your personal injury case can happen. Sometimes people pick attorneys because of advertising, and sometimes a choice is made based on a referral from a friend. But, the best personal injury attorney for you is the one that you know, like, trust, and truly feel has your best interests at heart.

If you feel stuck with the wrong attorney, you might be wondering if you can switch lawyers in the middle of a case. The answer is yes, you can decide to hire someone else to represent you in your personal injury case – even in the middle of a case. Further, I believe you should hire a different lawyer if the one you are currently working with isn’t working within your best interests or you have lost your trust.

When to Hire Someone Else

There are a few circumstances when hiring a different lawyer to pick up where another one left off makes sense. Here are some of those situations:

  • You believe that your lawyer isn’t listening to you or doesn’t want to hear what you have to say
  • Your lawyer isn’t returning

Rights to Compensation from Delayed Flights

Air travel may be common place in today’s world but so too are delays and last year (2015) no less than around 43 million passengers in the UK experienced delays. Delays are at the very least frustrating and concerning and at worst can cause serious difficulties in personal and business life. But, if certain conditions are met, passengers who suffer delays in their flights can claim compensation. The relevant legislation is the European Commission Regulation 261/2004, which basically states that any passenger who suffers a cancellation of flight, is denied boarding, or suffers a long delay is entitled to compensation. This Regulation came into effect on 17th February 2005 and establishes common rules on compensation and assistance in certain circumstances of delays, denial of boarding or cancellation.

Scope of the Regulation

 The legislation itself does not set out the compensation that can be sought but in 2012 the European Court of Justice made a ruling gave passengers the right to claim in their flight is delayed by more than three hours.

As the legislation is EU in origin it applies only to flights on EU based airlines or from an EU airport; this means that even if the flight is with a non

Can You Make a Claim for a Burn Injury? Here’s what You Need to Know

There are a variety of causes when it comes to burn injuries, and if you have suffered a burn injury, you would be fully aware of this. Burn injuries can be caused primarily by accidents at work, for instance, especially if you regularly deal with hot surfaces, with hot liquids, or with chemicals. Other burn injuries can result from road accidents, especially if a vehicle suddenly ignites or you come into contact with hot oil or friction. Burn injuries can also come from the use of products which are defective, such as defective devices, defective toys and equipment, and even products used in beauty or cosmetic treatments. You can even suffer a burn injury due to purchasing hot liquids or hot food from a restaurant. The causes of burn injuries are quite extensive indeed.

But if you would like to make a claim for compensation for a burn injury, how can you go about it and what should you do?

First: establish liability

The first thing you need to do is establish liability for the injury. In other words, who is responsible for it? You have to decide who will be accountable under the law for your burn injury. In a case

Why Hire London Commercial Lawyers

Commercial law remains to be one of the most sought-after and marketable areas in law practice in the world. In London or anywhere else, commercial lawyers are among the most in-demand jobs because of the variety of business areas they can work on. Public sector organizations and governmental entities can use their services for regulatory and policy advise. Private businesses need their help in concerns related to patents, commerce, anti-trust legislation, settlement and litigation, debt collection, taxation, and intellectual property law, among others. There are just too many aspects of corporate which require the specialised knowledge of a solicitor.
Any business, then, whether new or old, would do well to hire a commercial solicitor. Older companies with prior experience and history in the business would know of the importance of solicitors already. For new entrants, however, it may not be as apparent. The truth is, services of a lawyer will come in handy even during the initial launch and registration of a corporation. The solicitor can draft the articles of incorporation and by-laws of the company and instruct you on the other process involved to complete registration such as registering your employees to policies and plans and securing tax and

How a Business Attorney Can Help Your Business

When you own a company, you need legal representation in order to protect your business’s well-being. Business law is a special area that deals with issues that arise from interactions between your corporation and other entities. To protect your company, you need an attorney familiar with this legal area.

Business Law Coverage

In short, this legal area not only deals with legal interactions that may arise from conflicts between your company and others, but also the creation of a new enterprise. An attorney who specializes in this arena has a background in many different disciplines such as bankruptcy, tax, intellectual property, employment, sales, and real estate. Many corporations employ a team of such representatives, one lawyer for each area.

To ensure you have the best representation, you should view your company as an entity of its own. It must be separate from you and your employees and represented in this manner. Your enterprise is subject to the same laws and rules as every other person or association working in the same marketplace.

Forming New Enterprises

While it may seem like a business attorney has the main job of keeping his or her client out of trouble, he or she also works to form new companies.

The Law of The Sun

Probably no one would believe that the laws under which we live are derived from the sun, or at least the minds of men who believed they could interpret its signs. There is nothing new under the sun and man’s world, or rather the establishment, depends on ancient thinking and what is passed down from generation to generation for power. These stepping-stones define ‘progress’ and they rest on the most primitive thoughts and expectations.

To gain a foothold anything that did not lead to power was discarded as men sought to make themselves into gods. They looked up and the sun is the greatest of all bodies and they knew it was essential for life. They had no way of understanding it except through the poles they erected to track its movement back and forth as its orbits changed.

They accepted that it had something to do with the lights in the sky but they could not perceive that it was a ball of flaming gas. What they learned was that by taking an object and punching a small hole in it they could create something magnificent. When they held it towards the rising sun the rays penetrated to form the rainbow

A Comprehensive Guidebook for Startup Lawyers

Working or appointing a lawyer is somewhat complicated, yet a daunting task and the situation become worse when you are completely novice in this field. If you are planning to launch a business then hiring startup lawyers is a must. With right and adept lawyer by your side, you can feel quite assured and relaxed about the operation of your legal ducts and swift execution of your blooming business.

Their Importance:

• Tackle governmental issues: You do not want to play with the government laws and at the same time, you surely do not want to cut down your profit numbers by paying excessive or unnecessary governmental taxes. Now a solution for this debilitating problem is a lawyer.

• Handling third party carefully: Third parties and the customers are very vulnerable and to manage them legally, you need a lawyer. A meticulous lawyer understands the potholes of third party politics and customer unrest and can manage it strategically.

• Managing blooming competitors: Market is overflowing with competitors who are fighting neck to neck to grab your customer base. If you are new in business, you need to tame them too. To grab your fair share of customer base you need a sound legal support

When Should A Landlord Hire One And How

As a landlord managing some of your properties, it is likely that you find it difficult to find new tenants and evict your existing ones. Usually the process of eviction of a tenant happens with just talks. As a landlord it is your fundamental right to rent your property for profit purpose. You may run this as a business as well as make this a profitable venture with home rentals.

As in any business, you are also subject to legal obligations for your home rental. Some aspects can be legally complied as per normal understanding. But there are some issues that need a professional intervention of an eviction attorney. Let’s find out the options where you may need to think about hiring an eviction lawyer for fighting your side.

You want to evict a tenant:

If you are logically abiding by detailed rules for rent options, notifying the tenant in advance, and file the right forms and agreement papers, evicting a tenant takes much less time as compared to other forms of civil cases. You must know that the situations and conditions of eviction may be set at a high level and ruling may go in favor of the tenants, especially when the

Counteractive & Reverential Legal Services Must Be Preferred

Legal perplexities may arise anytime and anywhere. Corporate departments, personal relationships, medical proceeding and every other domain remains functional if it gets stapled with lawful operation mode only. Any minute violation of respective rules and regulations in either of this field may lead one to severe punishment. However, it is not possible for the general mass to acquire knowledge in such diversified subject. No wonder, best idea in this respect is to fetch options and ideas from diligent and meticulous lawyers and attorneys. Furthermore, preferred are entities, adeptly equipped with some talented and skillful experts like these.

Every country around the world has its specific section of law books. Service solutions in this respect thus vary from one to other. Hence, it is due responsibility for respective seeker to get associated with entities duly knowledgeable and experienced with regional law. Moreover, this is one significant segment that gets constructed and re-constructed for making life flexible, respectful and systematized. Approval of which can be diligently generated from the enactment of FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) in certain regions. Entire hectic fatigues and sufferings by debtors and creditors have significantly come to an end with such persuasion.

Now, there is a huge commercial

4 Things to Do Before Your Court Date

Whether it’s your first trial or your tenth, going to court will always be a stressful experience. A court appearance is something you and your lawyer should carefully plan, because these few hours in front of a judge can have a large impact upon your mental health, your financial health, or even your freedom. In order to improve your chances of a good result from the court date, you should do a minimum amount of preparation.

Here are the 4 things we consider most important when preparing for a court date:

1. Logistics and preparation

Try to visit the courthouse prior to the actual court date. Make sure that you arrive early on that particular date. Dress according to the event and make sure to avoid bold colors – keep it simple and elegant. Your outfit is more important than you think, as are all the other “small” details. Making the best possible impression with the judge can help your case, while the smallest slip-up, like being late, can be fatal.

2. Seek mediation instead of revenge

Remember, you’re going to court to undo a wrongdoing, whether this is your wrongdoing or someone else’s. Your lawyer is paid to help your case and the judge

Panama Papers And Professional Secrecy

The Panama Papers, demonstrate how a law firm assisted its clients to avoid tax, dodge sanctions and launder money. The particular law firm has never been charged with criminal wrong-doing. Specifically, the company provides company incorporation services, tax law and planning consultancy, and other related services. In the official statement, the law firm articulates that the company is “legally and practically limited to control the use of companies they incorporate or to which they provide other services”. In other words, the law firm clarifies that is not directly involved in managing the companies of its clients.

Following the official statement of the company, among the main policies and legal obligation of the company is to protect client confidentiality. That is to say, the company is obliged to protect client’s data within the legal framework of professional secrecy. Therefore, the leak of Panama Papers has the following two dimensions. On the one point of view, there is the issue of transparency concerning how rich and powerful people hide their wealth, and money laundering practices. On the other point of view, it emerges the issue of professional secrecy which is linked to the right to confidential legal advice.

Professional secrecy is a fundamental right

What Is Document Review Work

Document review involves checking litigation, mergers, acquisitions, and government internal audit records to extract useful information, and cull irrelevant or highly confidential details to prevent their disclosure to the opposing counsel. It is a process post e-discovery which extracts useful information relevant to the case.

Even though document review has created jobs and benefited attorneys and professionals, it has agitated them over issues related to work, time, compensation, and ethics. In traditional business settings, printed documents occupy significant space, thus clogging the workflow and making the job more tedious.

Understanding e-discovery process

E-discovery is a process of extracting crucial data related to the case and disqualifying the irrelevant ones; it aids in classifying and preserving important records. Even though the e-discovery process has benefited many firms in extracting information, some firms still keep paper records and follow manual discovery process.

Document coding

Document coding follows e-discovery and involves indexing of the e-discovered information based on key details such as author data, communication date, and cc recipients. It induces quick identification of information during the document review process, thus enabling faster delivery of justice.

Document review in litigation process

Litigation process starts with the plaintiff filing a complaint with the court of law. Then, attorneys from both the

Jobs, Functions and Responsibilities of a Civil Lawyer

A Civil Lawyer is one who solely focuses on civil law only and has no role to play in the criminal cases and proceedings. Civil law consists of areas like family law, probate, intellectual property law, taxation laws, business, real estate, personal injury law and others. The law relating to civil wrongs and quasi-contracts are part of the civil law. Civil law covers any type of legal case that is unrelated to criminal activities or criminal law.

Civil lawyers differ from criminal lawyers in that criminal lawyers defend the defendant against criminal charges while a civil lawyer handles non-criminal litigation. Their job requires them to present evidence and argue in civil court to support their clients. Civil law involves a private party, which could be an individual or company, that wishes to file a lawsuit against another party and therefore becomes the plaintiff. The burden of proof falls on the plaintiff to prove its case. His job involves presenting cases before judges, deciphering laws and rulings for individuals, companies and organizations, negotiating settlements of legal disputes, investigating legal data, formulating legal briefs, filing legal appeals in higher courts on the behalf of their clients.

A civil lawyer works to find resolutions to

How Long Is a Fire Risk Assessment Valid for

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there is no definitive answer and it all depends on the type of building/premises you occupy, construction of the building, who carried out the last fire risk assessment (e.g. their competence/qualifications), whether there have been any significant changes since the last fire assessment among many more factors.

The single purpose of a fire risk assessment is to identify any risks within your building and then aim to reduce, remove or eliminate that risk to acceptable levels. It is then your responsibility to carry out the findings of a fire risk assessment which you will find in the action plan and keep on top of the maintenance of your fire protection systems such as the fire alarm and emergency lighting systems by completing your fire logbook on a regular basis.

For most buildings, we would recommend that a competent person reviews your fire risk assessment at least every twelve months as a minimum to ensure any shortcomings are identified and put right on a regular basis and there may have been other changes to your building (for example a multi occupied building), that you are not aware of that could have an impact on the

Bank Secrecy In Cyprus

Banking is one of the most important sectors of the economy since it influences investment and consumption. Confidentiality is a cornerstone element of an effective and efficient bank system. In Cyprus, bank secrecy is regulated by section 29 (1) of the Banking Law (66 (I)/97).

According to the provisions of section 29(1), it is prohibited for any member of administrative and management body, chief executive, director, manager, officer and employee of a bank, who has access to the records of the bank with regards to the account of any individual customer of that bank, to give, divulge, reveal or use for his/her benefit any information concerning the account of this client.

Moreover, section 29 (1) clarifies that members of administrative and management body, chief executives, directors, managers, officers and employees of a bank are not allowed to reveal or use any information regarding the accounts of bank’s clients during their employment and after the termination of their employment relationship with the bank.

Nevertheless, following the paragraph 29(2) of Law 66(I)/97, bank secrecy does not apply to some particular cases. An outstanding example of lifting bank secrecy is for public interest reasons.

Precisely, the bank secrecy is revoked if:

    • the customer or his/her personal representatives gives

Opt for the Daily Breathalyzer, and Other Things Only a DWI Lawyer Will Tell You

You’ve rubbernecked past horrific pile-ups and seen countless commercials for DWI lawyers, but do you really know the consequences for driving while intoxicated? In most states, driving while intoxicated includes operating any motorized vehicle: cars, trucks, boats, or even all-terrain vehicles. Depending on your blood alcohol content (BAC) when charged, as well as previous offenses, you could face serious penalties that range from loss of driving privileges to jail time. Here’s the down and dirty on typical penalties.

Fines and Fees

Driving while intoxicated can lead to severe financial consequences. If your BAC is between 0.08% and 0.1%, you could face up to $400 in fines plus fees to supplement drunk driving funds, community service, and alcohol education programs. If you are over the 0.1% BAC limit, these fines increase significantly. In many states, you will also be responsible for paying an annual surcharge of $1,000 or more, and these costs don’t even begin to address the legal fees you will rack up. The bottom line is that drunk driving can lead to ongoing, and sometimes unpredictable, financial costs.

Suspended License

In most states, a DWI conviction means a mandatory suspended license. For a first offense, the suspension could last from three months to

Popular Vacation Rental Fraud

If you’re thinking about heading to a vacation destination, there are a lot of great places to choose from. You can also find some excellent vacation rental sites where you can book an entire home for your stay. While these places are usually a lot of fun and very comfortable, there are some things that you should be aware of – it is not unusual for people to try and run some scams though vacation rental sites.

What to Watch Out For

Popular Scam #1

Most rental sites have a strict policy that requires renters to pay for a rental through that site. However, if you are new to renting homes on a website and do not know what the rules are, you may be tempted to follow prompts from a vacation home owner – one of the most common scams is the wire scam, and it goes like this:

A rental home owner asks you to pay for your rental via wire transfer. You send the money, and then you never hear of that person again. Yikes! More often than not, money should never be sent via wire transfer. If someone asks for this type of payment, make sure to report them.

Popular Scam