Helpful Articles

  • Financial & Estate Planning Retirement Workshop

    The workshop will be a comprehensive two-hour presentation covering everything from financial planning in retirement through common estate planning techniques.  Happening Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Center of Elgin (Illinois).   ...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 02/20/2018
  • What happens to my Moms bank account since she did not have beneficiaries listed?

    If your mom had a trust and the bank account was properly transferred to be owned by the trust, then the trust should be able to distribute it. The bank should not give you any problems. If the bank account was not owned by the trust, but the amount in the account plus the total value of any other assets she owned outside of the trust with no beneficiaries adds up to less than $100,000, then you may complete a Small Estate Affidavit.  A Small Estate Affidavit must be properly filled ...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 02/20/2018
  • Talking to Police After a Truck Accident

    Just after a crash with a semi-truck accident, it is only understandable to feel shaken up and afraid of what might happen. Pain may set in, you may be notice possible injuries, and you may even feel shock. In the moment, it can be difficult to know what to do. Your first priority should be to call 911 so emergency medical technicians and law enforcement can come to the scene. Call the Police EMTs play an important role after a car accident, as they can identify who needs emergenc...

     

    Posted by William W. Hurst 02/20/2018
  • Insurance Claims in Indiana

    All drivers should know they have to purchase auto insurance under Indiana law. However, when it comes to choosing the right insurance—or making a claim—many people are at a loss for how to proceed. If you are in a crash, you should know that an experienced personal injury attorney is here to help. The Law Office of William W. Hurst not only handles cases in court but also can navigate the often confusing auto insurance claim process on your behalf. Fault-Based Insurance While...

     

    Posted by William W. Hurst 02/20/2018
  • RECOGNIZING NEGLIGENCE IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CASE

    Walking through a major city is risky and potentially dangerous—every seven minutes a traffic accident injures a pedestrian. Even if you are careful, you could still sustain severe injuries. As a victim of a pedestrian motor vehicle accident, learn your rights and whether your actions could change the amount of monetary damages awarded in your case. NEGLIGENCE: THE DRIVER’S LIABILITY In most automobile accidents, negligence is the legal principle under which you would assert your caus...

     

    Posted by Jeffrey Meldon 02/08/2018
  • CHAIN REACTION CRASHES IN OCALA

    Every car accident is different, and some can involve many different factors and vehicles. One recent accident on Interstate 75 in Ocala demonstrates the complicated nature of chain reaction crashes. On December 9, an older driver was reportedly driving slowly in the left lane of the interstate. A pickup truck driver—not expecting such a slow vehicle in that lane—crashed into the back of the car. Shortly after that accident, an approaching driver slowed down because of the crash scene ...

     

    Posted by Jeffrey Meldon 02/08/2018
  • TRUCK ACCIDENT AND FIRE IN GAINESVILLE

    In early December, a semi-truck carrying packages for the U.S. Postal Service crashed into another large semi-truck near Gainesville in the wee hours of the morning. The mail truck then burst into flames, destroying all of the packages on the truck, many of them probably holiday gifts. However, the packages were only one loss resulting from the accident—three people needed medical treatment and vehicles sustained extensive damage. Interstate 75 closed for several hours while crews put ou...

     

    Posted by Jeffrey Meldon 02/08/2018
  • Braverman Law PC

    I come to my current practice of law at the end of an interesting journey. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley, and receiving my J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law, I chose corporate law, concentrating in venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. I was drawn to the challenge of structuring complex contracts, the intensity of negotiating those agreements and the excitement of closing a deal. And I was trained by excellent practitioners, at the top of their game, at leading ...

     

    Posted by Adam Braverman Esq 02/08/2018
  • The legacy challenge... Can you pass it?

    When you die will your family have an easy time dealing with all of your financial affairs?  We understand that talking about your death or even planning for your death is a hard thing to discuss.  Below are a few helpful guidelines to remind you what you should review and update in order to help your family deal with your accounts.    ·      Make sure your estate planning documents are up to date.  A will, a trust, a power...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 02/07/2018
  • Real Property and “Grandfather Rights” aka Nonconforming Use

    We often hear the expression, “grandfather rights,” when someone’s property is not affected by a land use change while nearly everyone else’s is. In legal parlance, land use attorneys know the term is “Nonconforming Use,” defined as a use “existing lawfully before the rezone of the surrounding area and continues or is ‘grandfathered’ after the rezone, provided the use is not thereafter interrupted for longer than a ...

     

    Posted by Thomas L. Dickson 01/27/2018
  • Deciphering the “Lis Pendens”

    Seattle real estate attorneys, real estate brokers, and escrow companies deal with the “lis pendens” from time to time, and many people are not sure what it means. The Latin definition is simply: notice of a pending lawsuit. The Revised Code of Washington defines “lis pendens” as an “instrument having the effect of clouding the title to real property, however, named, including consensual commercial lien, common-law lien, commercial contractual lien, or demand fo...

     

    Posted by Thomas L. Dickson 01/27/2018
  • Judicial Foreclosure and Nonjudicial Foreclosure: the Differences

    Used together, a promissory note and a deed of trust embody the most common type of mortgage. The deed of trust is recorded on the borrower’s title securing the note and prioritizing the loan’s position on title. There are only two ways to foreclose on this mortgage: judicially and nonjudicially. Judicial Foreclosure and Redemption A judicial foreclosure is processed through the courts by filing a complaint for a judgment on the note which accelerates the unpaid balance, and orders the sh...

     

    Posted by Thomas L. Dickson 01/27/2018
  • Zoning, Nuisance, and Barking Dogs

    One barking dog is private nuisance, many is a public one.  Under either circumstance, counties and cities have remedies for these problems.  Complaints are made to the Code Enforcement of the local government, and to Animal Control.  If there are questions on licensing of animals, the auditor of each county may be source to challenge eligibility.  Nearly all local governments have Internet forms for lodging formal complaints. The denser the zoning in a locality the less ch...

     

    Posted by Thomas L. Dickson 01/27/2018
  • Are you responsible for your parents' debt?

    A question I often get asked when discussing the consequences of the death of a parent is: Am I responsible for my parents’ debt when they die? The quick answer to that question is…..no. Whether your parents have an estate plan or not, if they die with debt in THEIR names, there is a legal process that should be followed. Firstly, if the parent died with assets that are not in a trust, depending on their assets and the amount, a probate case needs to be opened with the county co...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 01/23/2018
  • How to Fight an Insurance Fraud Charge

    Being charged with insurance fraud means that the prosecutor is accusing you of making a fraudulent (false) act to get a certain outcome from an insurance company.  Most insurance fraud cases involve car insurance or health insurance, although other types of insurance can be involved. Fighting an insurance fraud charge can be difficult. However, if you hire a Los Angeles insurance fraud attorney with experience fighting insurance fraud cases, you can often achieve a better outcome for y...

     

    Posted by Aaron Spolin 01/17/2018
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  • Are You Charged With Assaulting a Family Member?

    The holidays are rapidly approaching, and ‘tis the season to be jolly. Unless, of course, the stress that can accompany the holidays leads to a family dispute that ends in an assault charge. Against you. Experts have long maintained that domestic violence can go up during the year-end holiday season due to holiday stress from spending time with relatives you might not normally see—or even get along with. There’s also the expense of seasonal gift giving, and the pressure of ...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice, Jr 01/12/2018
  • Is DUI in Maryland a Felony or Misdemeanor?

    Is DUI in Maryland a felony or misdemeanor? In the State of Maryland, a DUI is a misdemeanor. DUI stands for “driving under the influence of alcohol.” Maryland Transportation Article 27-101 classifies a DUI as a misdemeanor. Maryland Transportation Article 27-101(a), which contains the penalty for DUI, states, “it is a misdemeanor for any person to violate any of the provisions of the Maryland Vehicle Law unless the violation: (1) Is declared to be a felony by the Maryland Vehi...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice, Jr 01/12/2018
  • First Offense DUI in Maryland

    What will happen with a first offense DUI in Maryland? Most first offense DUI charges in Maryland result in a PBJ as the outcome. A PBJ is an acronym for “probation before judgment.” A PBJ is defined in Maryland Criminal Procedure 6-220(b). BENEFITS OF A PBJ IN A DUI CASE A PBJ means that the defendant has not been found guilty. The law states, “a court may stay the entering of judgment, defer further proceedings, and place the defendant on probation subject to reasonable condition...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice, Jr 01/12/2018
  • How to Find a Baltimore Car Accident Lawyer?

    Finding a Baltimore car accident lawyer can be tricky. Yet hiring the best lawyer can mean the difference between a successful outcome and settlement after your accident. A car accident lawyer in Baltimore specializes in representing victims of car accident. You know you need a car accident lawyer if you can answer these two questions as “YES”: I was injured in a car accident; and The accident the fault of someone else. If you answered yes to these two questions, then it is essential t...

     

    Posted by Randolph Rice, Jr 01/12/2018