Finding A Seasoned Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will recognize that there are numerous lawyers in your town that advertise which they focus on your kind of case. This may make the entire process of finding one with quite a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, when you follow the tips below it is possible to define your pursuit to the correct one out of almost no time. The first step is to make a set of the lawyers that are listed in your neighborhood that specialize in your circumstances. While you are which makes this list you ought to only include those you have a great vibe about based on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down if you take a while evaluating their site. There you must be able to find the amount of years they are practicing plus some general information regarding their success rates. At this point your list needs to have shrunken further to people that you simply felt had professional websites along with an appropriate volume of experience. You should then take the time to look up independent reviews of each and every attorney. Make sure you read the reviews rather than relying upon their overall rating. The details within the reviews will provide you with a solid idea of the direction they communicate with their customers and how much time they invest into each case that they are working on. Finally, you will want to talk with at least the past three lawyers that have the credentials you would like. This will provide you with some time to genuinely evaluate how interested these are in representing both you and your case. It is crucial for you to follow all of these steps to actually find a person that has the correct measure of experience to help you get the ideal outcome.
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Legal Question? Deadbeat Clients.?
I Rent Equipment To The Studios. It'S A New Business Located In Los Angeles County.. However I Have Been Stiffed On A Few Invoices. I Have A P.O. And Contact Info For The Producer And Company But What Can I Do To Get These Deadbeats To Pay Up? Can I Put A Lien Or Other Legal Action With Out Costing Too Much Money? I Don'T Want To Invest Too Much Chasing These Slime Bags Down. Or Do We Just Write Off The Loss In Taxes? Any Resource To Get The Deadbeat Company'S Name Out There So They Don'T Screw Any More People? Thank You So Much.
Your question is common among small businesses. Here's a few tips on how to take care of this matter yourself.
1. Make a photocopy of the first check you ever receive from a customer or if the customer's bank account changes, make a copy of subsequent checks, so you have their bank account number and bank.
2. In general, in California, if the amount in controversy is under $5000, a business may bring suit in small claims court of the County in which the business arrangement was made or executed (need to check jurisdiction with the small claims court). Individuals may bring suit for amounts up to $7500. Small Claims courts do not allow attorneys unless they are the defendant you are suing. Follow the rules given by the small claims court regarding service of the suit, etc. (follow the rules carefully or the case may get kicked and you have to start over again; they may even have a service to serve the lawsuit).
3. Prepare a simple business letter to the court, describing the facts and how you've been wronged and the precise dollar amount you've been damaged. List and attach any documentary evidence you have (proof of delivery, invoice, contract etc.) Include proof that the lawsuit was served, just in case the defendant fails to appear.
4. On the day of the small claims hearing, show up and hand in your letter brief and say you are there to answer any questions. The small claims court will rule then or send you a ruling by mail.
5. Once you have the ruling in your favor, contact the small claims court clerk and indicate you would like help to collect the judgment. The court should have a program for collection of small claims judgments. Fill out the appropriate forms, pay the clerk's fee, and give them the bank account number of the defendant that owes the judgment. The clerk will work with the sheriff to contact the bank and seize the money by court order. Once the clerk has the money, follow the rules to get it.
ALWAYS CHECK THE LOCAL SMALL CLAIMS COURT RULES.
- Include a mandatory binding arbitration clause in your agreement or terms and conditions for doing business with a customer.
- Also include interest charges for the maximum amount allowed by law for late payments, so that if you do have to go after a customer, you can get more money to cover some of the time and cost.
CONSULT A BUSINESS/CORPORATE ATTORNEY REGARDING CREATION OF THE PROPER CUSTOMER AGREEMENTS OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE ABOVE GENERAL ADVICE.
I Have Insurance, But Should I Get An Attorney If I Was At Fault In An Accident And Two People Were Injured?
I Got A Ticket In An Accident. I Hit A Car Which Ran Into A Sanitation Vehicle. I Have Insurance, But I Am Scared That The Bodily Liability Will Run Out And These People Will Try To Get Further Restitution By Suing Me. I Am A Single School Teacher With No Assets. Will I End Up Paying These People For The Rest Of My Life? I Barely Make It As It Is.
You insurance will cover you and DEFEND you up to your policy limit. I am a bodily injury examiner and I can tell you that our job is to try to resolve your claim within your policy limit. You ALWAYS have the right to hire an attorney at your own expense to protect any assets you have outside of your policy limit. There are though several things you can do to protect yourself. Talk to you adjuster about completing an affidavit of no other insurance. This will let the injured party and/or their attorney know that you have no other applicable insurance coverage and that you weren't in the course or scope of your business. If the injured party is represented the attorney may ask you to complete a different affidavit that will ask questions regarding your savings and assets. As you stated, you don't have any; and don't worry, most people are in the same boat as you. Often times once an asset check is completed and it is determined that all you have are you policy limits most claims will settle within the limits of your policy. The other thing to keep in mind is you can always contribute out of pocket above your policy limit. This show of good faith, even if it only $100, sometimes is enough to get the claim settled. You adjuster can also provide you with details about the injuries being claimed. Are they soft tissue injuries or something more serious like a scar or fracture? Your adjuster is knowledgeable and should be able to help answer you questions about the status of your claim. And now that you have been experienced in a loss such as this which may exceed the value of your policy, consider increasing your limits. Remember, you have to protect yourself from the unknown.
A Friend Is Being Sued For Premise Liability, Damages Including Pain & Suffering, Med. Bills And Lost Wages. This Friend Owns A Apartment/House, But Was In A Way Neglectful To The Place. He Left A Pipe Sticking Out From The Ground And One Of His Tenants Hurt Himself And Had To Under Go Surgery. But My Friend Was Busy With Other Stuff, So I Understand Why It He Didn’T Fix It. But I Mean It Was Clearly His Fault In A Way. The Porch Had A Post And Underneath That Post Was A Pipe That Was Stick Out Of The Ground. The Porch Is Very Bad And The Wood Is Very Old. So When That Post Broke Off Exposing That Pipe That The Person Trip Over. And He Clearly Seen It Pick Up The Broken Post And Just Set It Aside Which Could Only Take A Few Minutes To Screw It Back On. But Instead He Left It Like That For Months, Until Someone Got Hurt. But I Don’T Think The Insurance Policy He Has On The Building Cover So Much If Someone Gets Hurt. It Covers But It Don’T Cover Very Much. If The Tenant'S Lawyer Is Demanding A Pacific Amount. But It Way Greater Than What The Policy Covers. Would He Have To Pay The Rest From His Pocket? Also If The Insurance Company See That It Is Clearly His Fault And The Don’T Have To Pay To Much. Do Insurance Company Give My Friend How Much He Is Due From The Policy And Withdrawal Themselves From That Situation? What Most Likely Will The Insurance Company Will Do? And If The Policy Only Cover For $20,000 On Personal Injures, Do The Insurance Company Have To Give The Remaining Amount If There Is A Balance After They Giving The Policy Owner(My Friend) The $20,000 That Are They Obligated To Pay?
when the lawsuit comes he will put it through his insurance, whatever they do not cover he is responsible for. i have never heard of a landlord only having such a low amount for personal injury.... i would have figured there would be a minimum, however i'm not involved with insurance. the claim will be issued in his name, the company can try to settle for the 20 000 or less, but if they (claimant) wants more, he's going to have to set up and pay for his mistake of leaving things to long to fix. if your friend is unsure on how things are going to be handled have him call his insurance company and inquire as to what their policy is for this, as some may be different from others, also he may want to call a lawyer (many do a 12 hour free) and find out what his best course of action is
Medical Defense Attorney?
What Is The Proper Name For A Medical Attorney That Defends The Doctors, Not A Medical Malpractice Attorney. How Much Do They Make Per Year?
ALL doctors pay an enormous amount of money for malpractice insurance which includes a defense attorney. Some doctors pay as much as $500,000 (half a million) a year. They do NOT need a separate defense attorney for anything. I have never heard of a "medical defense" attorney. As far as I know, there is no such thing.
What Is Constitutional Law? In Simple Terms!?
Hey, Me And Me Friend Are Doing A Presentation On Law, And We Need To Know What Constitutional Law Actually Consists Of. Obviously We Have Browsed The Net In Order To Find A Definition Ourselves But To No Prevail. The Definitions Are Very Specific And Technical And Quite Hard To Comprehend.
So If Anybody With A Good Understanding Of This Field Can Shed Some Light On It For Us In Simple, Easy To Understand Terms That Would Be Great. Thanks! X
Simply put, adhering to the constitution.
Read THE LAW from Fredrick Bastiat
“Nothing, therefore, can be more evident than this:
The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense; it is the substitution of collective for individual forces, for the purpose of acting in the sphere in which
they have a right to act, of doing what they have a right to do, to secure persons, liberties, and properties, and to maintain each in its right, so as to cause justice to reign over all.
Thus, as the force of an individual cannot lawfully touch the person, the liberty, or the property of another individual—for the same reason, the common force cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, the liberty, or the property of individuals or of classes.
But how is it to be distinguished?
Very easily. See whether the law takes from some persons that which belongs to them, to give to others what does not belong to them. See whether the law performs, for the profit of one citizen, and, to the injury of others, an act that this citizen cannot perform without committing a crime. Abolish this law without delay; it is not merely an iniquity—it is a fertile source of iniquities, for it invites reprisals; and if you do not take care, the exceptional case will extend, multiply, and become systematic.”
Excerpts from "The Law" Fredrick Bastiat 1850
Law Suit Personal Injury?
Hi, I Want To Know How Long Will My Case Take For My Personal Injury. I Had A Brain Injury And Severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I Have A Deposition In (June.)
Discovery Closed In (August.)
The Defendants Have To File A Motion In (August.)
If The Judge Don'T Throw The Case Out. I Have Mediation In (October!)
I Have A Good Lawyer, I Have Good Evidence To Show I Wasn'T At Fault. I Also Have A Mri That Show I Suffered A Brain Injury. I Don'T Have Any Past Medical History Of Being Hurt..
Do A Deposition Decide If The Other Party Once To Settle Or Go To Trail??
The deposition is where you are asked questions, under oath, by the other party's lawyers. Your lawyer will do the same for the other guy. Also, if there are other witnesses they will be similarly deposed.
Once that is all in, if the other side reviews the testimony and evidence and decides there is a good chance they may lose at trial, then they will make an offer of settlement. If they think your case is weak and they could convince a jury that their guy was not at fault, or that you were also at fault to some extent, then they will not make an offer to settle and will instead go to trial.