Finding A Skilled Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will notice that there are loads of lawyers in your town that advertise that they can are experts in your form of case. This will make the procedure of finding one with quite a lot of experience a bit of a challenge. However, if you follow the tips below you will be able to limit your quest off to the right one in almost no time. The first step is to produce a list of the lawyers that happen to be listed in your town specializing in your needs. While you are making this list you should only include those that you have an effective vibe about based upon their advertisement. You can then narrow this list down through taking some time evaluating their site. There you must be able to find the number of years they have been practicing and a few general information about their success rates. At this time your list ought to have shrunken further to people that you just felt had professional websites and an appropriate amount of experience. You must then take the time to look up independent reviews of each attorney. Make sure to read the reviews rather than just relying upon their overall rating. The data in the reviews will provide you with a concept of the direction they connect with their customers and how much time they invest into each case that they are working on. Finally, you will want to meet up with at least the past three lawyers which have the credentials you are searching for. This provides you with enough time to truly evaluate how interested they are in representing you and your case. It is crucial for you to follow every one of these steps to ensure that you hire a company which has the proper measure of experience to help you 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.
Going From Urban Planning Undergrad To Law School?
Is This A Good Idea? Has Anyone Done This And Can Offer Advice? What Do You Think Of Law School?
I have not gone from that specific undergraduate major to law school, but I can tell you from my law school experience that it does not matter at all what your undergrad is. If you have a hard science background you can go into the special field of IP law which opens up more doors, otherwise you'll be in the same boat with everyone else.
I STRONGLY urge you to research law school before you decide to go. There are so many law schools you will almost certainly be able to get into some law school, but going to any school outside the top 14 of schools would be a mistake. I attend a top 50 school and I'm in the upper part of my class and I can't find work. If you think going to law school will provide that golden ticket you are very very very wrong. If you go to a school in the top 14 or get in the top 20% of so of another school in the top 100 or maybe lower for T3 and beyond(maybe not but be wary) you could get into the larger law firms that do pay a ton(but you will work for that salary, this is no 9-5 gig). However, even those large law firms are crumbling, check out above the law source below and you will see messages about lay offs and deferring income students. Not even the top rung is safe in any respect. if you dont get that you'll be working for government or small law, if you can even get that. The market is swarming and I mean swarming with lawyers. You'll be lucky to find a job that pays $40-60K. You also will have to take into the debt factor. From the ABA(yes its a little old but gives a good pictures)
"The average 2005 graduate of a private law school carried over $78,000 in debt from law school alone, according to an Equal Justice Works report released last year. Graduates of public law schools fared somewhat better, but not by much—the report found that their average law school debt load at graduation was over $51,000. The burden is even more onerous for the majority of law students who carry debt from loans taken out to finance their undergraduate education. The average undergraduate left school with over $19,000 in educational debt, according to a 2005 report by the U.S. Department of Education. The result is that thousands of young lawyers start their careers with debt loads that easily top six figures." I think those estimates are on the conservative end, when you factor in living expenses and more a lot of students roll out of law school with $100K+ of debt. Go to a loan repayment calculator and see how long it'd take to pay that back.
Law school itself is also very competitive and very demanding. Ask yourself why you want to be a lawyer, is it because you want to argue before a jury? Most of your work won't be such. You'll be drafting memos, briefs and writing discovery. It's not easy work and requires a lot of time.
Personally, going to law school is a real mistake, you'd be better off switching undergrads and going into engineering or going into the medical field. Both will provide better job security and similar or better salaries. don't be fooled by the lawyer stereotype. Do a lot of research on it, going to law school is not cost effective and is a poor choice.
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Divorce And Custody?
I Am Not Sure How It Works In Virginia But Somebody Told Me That Custody Has To Be Established In The Divorce Papers Before A Judge Will Sign It.. Is This True.. Oh And I Am In Virginia
Custody is most certainly discussed and usually resolved as a part of any divorce. In the beginning of the divorce process, temporary decisions are made on where the kids will live and with which parent, as well as temporary visitation schedules, support, etc. By the time a divorce is complete, these temporary agreements / decisions will be leveraged into making them into permanent / long-term agreements. Typically a judge will not allow a divorce to be completed without having all questions and issues resolved, unless there are special circumstances (consult a lawyer for these).