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  • What do medical malpractice attorneys do and when you should hire one?

    What do medical malpractice attorneys do and when you should hire one? When most patients undergo a routine surgery, are admitted to a hospital or visit a doctor’s office there are positive outcomes and patients leave healthy and whole. Unfortunately, not all medical care has positive outcomes, and sometimes medical care can go terribly wrong. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2015 survey, 86 percent of adult Americans, and 93 percent of children had some conta...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice Jr 06/12/2018
  • How can police search a car without a warrant?

    How can police search a car without a warrant? As a criminal law attorney, I have often argued whether law enforcement had grounds to search a client’s clothes, home, car or business. Under law, police need a warrant to inspect premises, but a recent decision from the Court of Appeals of Maryland explains that officers at a traffic stop didn’t need a warrant to search a car. Why? Because the officers had enough direct telltale signs at the stop to determine the driver could have been ca...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice Jr 06/12/2018
  • Prom: Have fun and be safe (Life Saving Tips)

    Prom: Have fun and be safe (Life Saving Tips) Prom season is upon us. Young people will be dressing up, going out, dancing and having a blast. It should be a fun and memorable night for everyone. It should also be safe. Prom night poses several unique risks for teenagers out on the road, and both prom-goers and parents should be will aware of the dangers that students might encounter during the night, and how to best avoid them. Studies have indicated that a large number of drunk driving...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice Jr 06/12/2018
  • Amazon Key-When You’re Out-They’re In, So What’s Next?

    Amazon Key-When You’re Out-They’re In, So What’s Next? Last year Amazon started Amazon Key which allows members to receive deliveries at home when they are not there. It requires a fee for a keyless lock setup and a camera so when the delivery is made, you can either watch as it happens, or it is recorded. Amazon provides notice by the phone when the window of time when delivery can be expected. The latest development allows for Amazon to deliver packages to the trunk of your ...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice Jr 06/12/2018
  • Hunting a Dictator as a Transnational Legal Process: The Internalization Problem and the Hissène Habré Case

    Transnational legal process theory suffers from an internalization problem: it does not adequately explain why international legal norms are internalized. This article addresses the gap by analyzing the Habré case in Senegal as an example of transnational legal process. Utilizing speech act and securitization theories, I argue that internalization can be partly explained by three factors of agency: (1) the validity of the claim, (2) linguistic competence, and (3) discursive strategies...

     

    Posted by Caleb Stevens 06/11/2018
  • The Standing Dead: Law Tackles the Plague of Zombie Properties in New York

    When the New York Knicks granted Latrell Sprewell a five-year contract extension for $62 million in 2000, he settled into a home in Purchase, NY with his own basketball court and outdoor pool, as well as a $2.3 million mortgage. The value of the home increased at one point to $5.4 million though Sprewell had no more need for the property when he was traded away from New York in 2004. The mortgage lender, Deutsche Bank, did not complete foreclosure proceedings on the property until 2015 and th...

     

    Posted by Ronald D. Weiss 06/11/2018
  • New Legislative Changes Aim to Help Resolve Issues in NY Foreclosure Settlement Conferences

    When the foreclosure crisis hit in 2008-09, New York legislators aimed to protect the rights of homeowners and help find alternative solutions to foreclosure losses by enacting a requirement for mandatory mediation and settlement conferences between mortgage lenders and property owners. Through these conferences required under Civil Practice Law & Rules 3408 (CPLR 3408), many New Yorkers have been able to keep their homes by entering into a mortgage loan modification or another settlement...

     

    Posted by Ronald D. Weiss 06/11/2018
  • The Expiration of HAMP: What Options do Homeowners Have Now?

    For years, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) provided a potential for relief for struggling homeowners to cure a default and to prevent the foreclosure of their home by their mortgage lender. HAMP was first enacted in 2009 as part of the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program in reaction to the subprime mortgage crisis. Homeowners who were having difficulty affording their mortgage payments due to financial hardship could qualify for a modification of the mortgage loan throug...

     

    Posted by Ronald D. Weiss 06/11/2018
  • Debt Limits on Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

    It seems counterintuitive that there are actually debt limits involved in the bankruptcy process when the bankruptcy system itself was designed to relieve those overwhelmed by debt. For those with only a preliminary knowledge of the bankruptcy system, it may seem even more confusing to learn that the debt limits apply to petitions for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, in which the debtor agrees he can and should pay a portion of his restructured debts over a fixed repayment period. In order to underst...

     

    Posted by Ronald D. Weiss 06/11/2018
  • Who pays for the survey when buying a house?

    In the state of Illinois, if you own a single family home or a townhouse with its own lot number, and you are selling your property, your real estate contract will require you to provide a survey to your buyer dated within the last six months.   If you have bought the home in the past five years, and you can sign an affidavit stating that you have made no changes to the home since you have owned the property, it is possible to ask the buyers if they would accept an old s...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 06/07/2018
  • SUSPENDED IMPOSITION OF SENTENCES (SIS) VS SUSPENDED EXECUTION OF SENTENCE (SES)

    WHAT IS AN SIS OR SUSPENDED IMPOSITION OF SENTENCE Having worked hundreds of criminal defense cases in St. Louis, Combs Law Group has faced this exact question (what is an SIS?) from a considerable amount of our clients. It’s a common question because in many of our cases we encounter SIS as the final outcome for the client. The state of Missouri and it’s courts utilize SIS protocol to gain a guilty plea from a defendant in exchange for avoiding a conviction and subsequently plac...

     

    Posted by Chris Combs 05/27/2018
  • Defending and Representing Juvenile Prostitutes in Criminal Courts

    I previously practiced juvenile criminal defense with the Clark County Public Defender’s Office as a student attorney for three years while in Law School. I also organized and taught legal classes to the public for the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic, where I taught Pro Se litigants how to represent themselves in court regarding matters of divorce, paternity, child support, child custody and visitation, small claims actions, and landlord-tenant disputes. My graduate thesis "Defending and Rep...

     

    Posted by Michael Urbano 05/22/2018
  • A ROUGH FORM OF JUSTICE – THE PURPOSE OF MILITARY JUSTICE

    The military justice system has a unique purpose – in addition to prosecuting offenses as defined by Congress and the President, the military justice system is designed to assist commanders in maintaining good order and discipline.  Civilian court systems have no similar purpose.  This is why having an experienced military lawyer – an attorney who understands both the law and the military mindset – may be important to the outcome of a particular case. During my p...

     

    Posted by Peter Kageleiry, Jr. 05/06/2018
  • Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring A Divorce Lawyer

    Going through a divorce is a very exhausting thing. Hiring Joliet Divorce Lawyer can make your life easier only in this situation. But finding the right one for you, who fits all of your requirements, can be challenging for you. Ask these questions before hiring a divorce lawyer for you. 1.    Do you handle cases other than divorce? Involved in other areas of law mean that your lawyer will not be able to focus on the divorce properly. 2.    Fo...

     

  • What on your real estate inspection report can you ask a seller to fix?

    If you are in the process of buying a home or piece of property, one thing I advise my clients to do as soon as the ink on the contract is dry is to set up an inspection of the property performed by a certified home inspector. A lot of individuals think they can have any “handyman” walk through the property. However, if you plan on negotiating with the seller and asking for things to be repaired or replaced, you will need an inspection report prepared by a certified inspector. A...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 04/17/2018
  • Avatar in the Courtroom: Is 3D Technology Ready for Primetime? publication descriptionFDCC Quarterly, 63 Fed’n Def. & Corp. Couns. 295, 295-317 (2013).

    http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/thefederation.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/docs/Quarterly/Archive/V63N4_Cover-to-Cover.pdf...

     

    Posted by David Datny 04/17/2018
  • Inside the Minds: Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Strategies, 2015

    Book with information and filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. ...

     

    Posted by Victoria Anderson 04/09/2018
  • Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Strategies 2016

    Inside the Minds - Book regarding filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcies. ...

     

    Posted by Victoria Anderson 04/09/2018
  • Tech Tips Column, 13

    Compensation Quarterly (Connecticut Bar Association, Workers' ...

     

    Posted by Scott A. Carta 04/05/2018
  • What can be done if the buyer of a house keeps delaying the closing?

    As a real estate attorney, I have seen every reason or excuse as to why a buyer can’t close on time and requests an extension of the closing date. The most common reason being that the buyer’s lender is not ready with the loan approval, due to a plethora of reasons, and the buyer has not been yet been approved for the mortgage. What are your options as the seller, if this keeps happening? When you agree to sell your property to a buyer, both parties sign a contract. For the contract t...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 04/03/2018