Helpful Articles

  • 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
  • Ask a lawyer: What are your rights as a beneficiary?

    If you know that you are listed as a beneficiary in a will or trust estate plan, what rights do you have when the executor is not being forthcoming?   If you are a beneficiary of a will only (not a trust), there should be a probate court case that is open in the county court where the deceased resided.  If there is, you should get a probate attorney to represent you with respect to your interest in the estate, file an appearance and get up to speed on the assets and ...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 03/19/2018
  • Posted by Michael Mastracci 03/19/2018
  • Know the Statute of Limitations for a Florida DUI

    If you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you will be held in jail for up to eight hours until officers believe you are no longer impaired. Often, you will leave jail with a court date for you first hearing regarding DUI charges. In other situations, however, you may leave jail with no information and wonder whether you will be charged with an offense at all. It’s important to know that authorities have a specific amount of time in which to charge yo...

     

    Posted by Carey Meldon 03/13/2018
  • Travel Ban Waiver - Everything You Need to Know

    The travel ban is in full effect. What does this mean for you and your family if you are from one of the banned countries such as Iran? What happens if you have a pending case? An upcoming embassy interview? What if you are in administrative processing? We will address this frequently asked questions that we receive every single day from many clients and their families. What is Visa Waiver Letter (Presidential Proclamation Waiver)? How Do I Qualify for a Waiver?  The travel ban/Presiden...

     

    Posted by Najmeh Mahmoudjafari 03/08/2018
  • The Costs of a Catastrophic Injury

    Many people who suffer car accidents or falls are fortunate enough to walk away unscathed or with only minor injuries. Even serious injuries may heal with time and the right treatment plans, allowing accident victims to go back to their usual lives. However, some accidents victims are not nearly so lucky. Instead, catastrophic injuries completely disrupt their lives. Types of Catastrophic Injuries A catastrophic injury leaves life-altering damages on the victim, such as: Severe traumatic br...

     

    Posted by Stephen M. Lawler 02/27/2018
  • Take Possible Concussions Seriously

    Many people assume concussions are relatively minor injuries—but concussions are forms of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and any degree of TBI can cause serious harm. Concussions require proper diagnoses and treatment plans as soon as possible after they occur. A concussion can result from any blow or jolt to the head. This can happen in car accidents, falls, sports, and more. Anytime you are in an accident that causes any degree of trauma to your head, seek immediate medical treatments to...

     

    Posted by Stephen M. Lawler 02/27/2018
  • What Should Your PIP Claim Cover?

    In many states, injured car accident victims can file insurance claims with the policy owned by the driver who was at-fault for the accident. Florida law, on the other hand, requires that every driver carry a $10,000 no-fault auto insurance policy called Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. When you are in a crash, your own PIP coverage will cover certain costs of your own injuries—without any need to prove fault in the accident. While PIP insurance requirements aim to reduce the ...

     

    Posted by Stephen M. Lawler 02/27/2018
  • 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
  • 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