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Family Law in
93401, 93402, 93403, 93405, 93406, 93407, 93408, 93409, 93410, 93412
Finding An Experienced Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will notice that there are numerous lawyers in your neighborhood that advertise that they can concentrate on your type of case. This may make the entire process of finding one with significant amounts of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, when you follow the following it is possible to narrow down your research off to the right one in very little time. Step one is to generate a set of the lawyers which are listed in your neighborhood focusing on your circumstances. When you are making this list you must only include those that you have a good vibe about based on their advertisement. After that you can narrow this list down by using a bit of time evaluating their site. There you should be able to find the number of years they have been practicing and some general details about their success rates. At this stage your list needs to have shrunken further to people which you felt had professional websites as well as an appropriate level of experience. You ought to then make time to look up independent reviews of every attorney. Make sure to browse the reviews rather than relying on their overall rating. The details inside the reviews will provide you with a sense of the way that they communicate with their clients and the time they invest into each case that they are working on. Finally, you will need to talk to at least the very last three lawyers that have the credentials you are searching for. This gives you time to actually evaluate how interested they may be in representing you and the case. It really is important to follow many of these steps to ensure that you find a person which includes the correct degree of experience to get you the best possible outcome.

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How Do You Report A Lawyer That Commited Fraud?
I'M Involved In A Case Where The Attorney Committed Fraud And I Want To Report Them To The Ca Bar Association. Where And How I Do That?

Confused, filing will be easier than getting much action unless it's an attorney that the BAR doesn't like. There's a brotherhood as is found with doctors, police officers and other highly specialized professions. But here's the skinny for California, There's a link for the complaint form in the source box. The BAR is usually used for unethical behavior. Your first stop may be a meeting with your local district attorney or prosecuting attorney. This is the honcho that will handle the criminal indictments in any particular county. If the target of your wrath IS THE prosecuting attorney, a meeting with your state's Attorney General may be in order as the office of prosecutor is an elected position of the public trust.


You should register a complaint with the State Bar if you believe that your lawyer acted improperly, but not just because there is some disagreement between you, or you believe he or she did a poor job. For such a disagreement, you should pursue alternative methods of settling attorney-client disputes, when available.

All lawyers who practice in California must live up to ethical standards imposed by the California Supreme Court and the state legislature. As an arm of the California Supreme Court, the State Bar investigates and prosecutes complaints against lawyers.

Depending on the seriousness of the offense, a lawyer can be given a warning, put on probation, suspended from practicing law for a period of time, or disbarred - prohibited from practicing law in California.

The bar has limited authority to discipline lawyers for such behavior as rudeness or making a single honest mistake. It is limited by law to complaints about unethical behavior as defined in the Rules of Professional Conduct and/or the State Bar Act.

If you believe that your lawyer acted unethically, you should file a complaint. The complaint form should be mailed to the State Bar at the address indicated. Be sure to follow the instructions.

Some things you should know about filing a complaint:

* There is no fee to file a complaint.
* You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to file a complaint.
* When you register a complaint, you should supply photocopies of any papers, such as letters or canceled checks that relate to the problem.
* The State Bar will send you postcard when your complaint form has been received.
* Your complaint will be input into the computer system and a State Bar lawyer will read it to determine how the complaint will proceed. This process can take from two to three weeks.
* Your complaint will then be assigned to a staff member to conduct an investigation.
* You will be informed of the status of the investigation by a State Bar representative.
* At the end of the investigation you will be informed in writing if your complaint will proceed to prosecution in the State Bar Court or if it will be closed.

Alternative methods of settling attorney-client disputes

Attorney Complaint Form

Rules of Professional Conduct

State Bar Act

NOTE: The State Bar's primary jurisdiction is in the regulation of attorneys. However, it is authorized by statute to take limited action against non-attorneys under certain circumstances. If you have information about the possible unlawful practice of law by an unlicensed individual, please call 1-800-843-9053. You should send supporting documents or other information to: The State Bar of California, Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, Intake Unit, 1149 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015-2299, Attn: UPL Project.

Question About Employment Law!?
You Hired Someone To Paint The Outside Your House, Trim Your Bushes And Trees, Plant The Garden, And Stain Your Redwood Deck While You Took An Extended Trip To Florida. While You Were Gone, The Person You Hired Stumbled Over Your Paint And Fell Off The Deck And Broke Their Leg. They Were Unable To Work For 3 Months. They Wanted You To Pay Them Worker'S Compensation For Their Injuries Since They Were Employed By You. If The Guy Correct? Should You Pay For Worker'S Compensation?

worker's compensation does NOT apply under these circumstances,
the injured person was NOT an employee, this is NOT a question about employment law

the painter/handy-person was a contractor working in a home, NOT an employee.
the home owners liability insurance should cover this but it would probably pay very little....
this is why you should only hire contractors who are licensed and insured....

the "guy" is NOT correct, workers compensation would not/does not apply, if the home owners liability insurance did not pay (or had limits) then the "guy" that was injured would have to sue in civil court for lost wages, medical cost, etcetera....

How To Find Lawsuits?
How Do You Find Out How Many Lawsuits Someone Has Filed? To Make A Long Story Short My Maid Of Honor Is Suing The Place I Got Married B/C Her Husband &Quot;Slipped And Fell Hurting His Knee&Quot; It'S A Bogus Frivolous Lawsuit And They Have Even Threatened To Come After My Family Of All Things! We Have Plenty Of Pictures..And 80 Wedding Guests That Will Gladly Testify That They Were Drunk And Merry All Night And Left Without Incident. Everyone Is Very Disgusted By What They Are Doing As They Are Crying The Victim Of Negligence. I'M Wondering If This Is Just Something They Do For Quick Cash? I Wasn'T Able To Find Anything In Public Records Other Than They Refinanced Their House 2 Years Ago For Waayyyy More Than They Could Afford.

Lawsuits are public records. If your maid of honor really has filed lawsuits in the past, you should be able to find them if you look on the court websites in the county or area where they were filed. This will take a bit of research on your part but it's not too difficult to find out.

For example, in California, you can access lawsuits filed in Los Angeles County (http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/civil/), Orange County (http://www.occourts.org/online-services/... Riverside County (http://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/pubac... and many other counties.

So do a search for the court website in your county or the counties surrounding the area where you maid of honor lives, and search for her name or her husband's name. If she filed something, you'll find it.

Good luck!

Can You Receive A Workers Comp Settlement Without A Lawyer?
My Husband Has Been Receiving Workers Comp For The Past Year Without The Services Of A Lawyer, The Doctors Now Want Him To Have Back Surgery, He Is Still Unsure, We Just Dont Know What Is The Next Step. Do We Have To Get A Lawyer?

Hiring an Attorney is a tricky issue in workers comp cases. In the EARLY part of your husband's case, it appears OK that he did not need an attorney, because workers comp was paying his benefits. Because he NOW needs surgery, it can get very tricky & ugly in an instant.
Here is WHY.
The insurance company KNOWS that they must put up more money for the surgery, AND they will likely be required to pay for your husbands PPD (Permanency benefits). THAT may mean lifetime benefits - depending on which state has jurisdiction over his claim.

Whenever you have a serious injury, your claim has been denied, you need surgery, etc., it would be wise to at least consult with an attorney who specializes in worker comp cases.

Your husband is lucky that workers comp has paid his benefits - up until now. EVEN if they approve hsi surgery, you must MAKE SURE that he STILL gets all the benefits he is entitled to receive. Because he needs surgery, the workers comp carrier knows that the cost of their claim will skyrocket, because of the medical bills, and permanency benefits, with the lost time.
Because of this, many of them may try to find ways to either delay the surgery or deny the surgery.
Here are situations to considering consulting with an attorney who specializes in workers comp:
1 - Your claim has been denied - and the workers comp carrier refuses to tell you why.
2 - You have been out of work for a week, and no one is telling you whether you will be paid.
3 - You need surgery now, and your claim has not been accepted.
4 - Your injury is a serious one - falling from a scaffold, falling thru the stairs, being run over by a car while working, inhaling poisonous fumes, etc.
5 - You are being followed by a surveillance person, and you do not know why.
6 - You are not sure about how to file a workers comp claim, and / or do not know the legal deadlines before which you must file.
7 - The workers comp injury involves the death of your family member.
8 - The injury involves electrucution.
9 - Your claim was initially accepted, but NOW you need surgery, and they are denying your claim.
Here is a Web Blog that has a lot of info that may help you.

The Blog is at http://www.GettingWorkersComp.Blogspot.c...
The article is called "Hiring an Attorney" or something like that.

You may also want to check out another article on that Blog called
"BEFORE Getting Workers Comp To Settle", because it also talks about future medicals, etc.
Future Medicals is something that you must carefully consider, because you can bet the workers comp insurance company will be looking at it too.
If you want to chat with an attorney in a forum setting, try http://www.Prairielaw.com
If you want workers comp resources for various kinds of claims, including surveillance, etc., then you may want to try http://www.GettingWorkersComp.com
Good luck

What Is Construction Law? And How Much Money To Attorneys In This Field Make?

It's a pretty interesting field of law. We handle any matter that arises from building a structure. It's not limited to faulty construction. It can include zoning issues, warranty issues, bonding issues for the contractors and, of course, construction defects claims. The going rate for an experienced construction law attorney in my state is $250-$350 an hour. What I like about it is that it's not purely an office job. I spend this morning with a building inspector on the roof of a detention center. It's one of the law jobs where you can put on jeans and boots and get outside to look at projects. We work closely with architects and engineers. I think it's a fun area of law.

Can You Get A Passport With Old Felony Charges?
Drug Possesion Charges

Yes, you can get a U.S. passport if you have felony convictions on your record.

As long as you don't have any arrest warrants and you're not on probation right now you won't have any problems getting a passport.

There are other reasons a U.S. citizen can be denied a passport by the government. Things such as drug trafficking, using a passport while committing crimes over international borders, and even not paying child support owed in defiance of a judge's order.

Denial and restriction of passports
http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/22CFR...