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  • Governor Brown’s Veto of the Franchise Legislation, Cold Turkey Legs, Churning and Mud-Slinging

    Governor Brown’s recent veto of the proposed California franchise legislation was momentously stunning in light of his political background, the legislature’s strong support for the proposal, and the relatively unthrusting additional functional protection that the legislation would have provided to franchisees. Why did he veto the legislation? Where better to look for an answer than in the Governor’s Veto Message that accompanied the veto. In that document, the Governor provided three rea...

     

    Posted by Jeffrey M. Goldstein 10/04/2017
  • How to Deal With Multiple DUI Offenses and the Consequences of Drunk Driving

    It’s not your first time DUI or DWI offense, and you’re wondering what penalties you’re going to face past your first time DUI. The first charge has caused major consequences, what about the second and the third time? What happens when you get a second DUI and the possible penalties: Community Service Larger fines Up to 1-year jail time Required attendance at a DWI repeat offenders education class DUI License suspension up to 2 years Penalties for third dui conviction o...

     

    Posted by Jim Butler 09/29/2017
  • How To Protect Your Finances through a Divorce in Texas

    Divorce is a financial upheaval – no question about that. In divorce, you lose the financial assistance of your spouse, which can have several implications. Taxes, retirement, mortgage, education – now, it’s all on you to take care of. So here are some tips for couples to help you stay afloat as you transition to your new, single-income life. Keep it civil. A surefire way of making a divorce expensive is making it bitterly contested. Choose your battles carefully, or you...

     

    Posted by John Grubb 09/26/2017
  • WHO IS AT FAULT FOR YOUR TEXAS AUTO ACCIDENT?

    FAQs For Who Is At Fault In An Accident Have you sustained injuries in an accident? It can be difficult to prove who can be held responsible for an accident. How can I legally prove who is it at fault for a specific accident? Most likely it will be an insurance company that you need to present your case to, instead of a court of law. Therefore, it isn’t necessary to get perfect legal “proof” of anything. Instead, you will be informally negotiating with an insurance company via phone c...

     

    Posted by Jerry Trevino 09/26/2017
  • What To Do If You Are Injured At Work in Texas

    If you have been injured in a workplace accident caused by a third party, you may have a basis to receive compensation through a personal injury claim. The South Texas Law Offices of Jerry J. Treviño offers experienced representation on behalf of clients in third-party liability claims. To speak with a personal injury attorney at our firm about a workplace injury, contact our South Texas Law Offices in Corpus Christi or Harlingen, Texas. Third-Party Liability Claims A third-party liability...

     

    Posted by Jerry Trevino 09/25/2017
  • What to do if you are in an auto accident in Texas

    Most auto accidents are the result of driver negligence, including speeding, drunk driving, texting or other forms of careless, reckless or inattentive driving. People who have been injured by a negligent driver have a right to receive compensation for their injuries. If you or a family member has been injured in an auto accident, our attorney at the South Texas Law Offices of Jerry J. Treviño can help you understand your legal rights and work to obtain compensation for your injuries. As a s...

     

    Posted by Jerry Trevino 09/25/2017
  • Setting Up Your ALR Hearing Request in Texas Before License Suspension Happens

    We fully understand how important a driver’s license is to our clients. Living in a city like Houston, you need to have a valid driver’s license or else you will find it hard to get around and perform important tasks you need to do on a daily basis. When you are arrested for DWI or anything related to intoxication, there is usually a separate driver’s license case to be challenged. Unless you or your lawyer requests a hearing to challenge the automatic suspension, the Department of Publi...

     

    Posted by Jim Butler 09/25/2017
  • What Is A DWI In Texas And How to Avoid Them

    Every 20 minutes, someone gets killed in Texas because of a car accident involving alcohol. If you use to drink and drive, you should take full responsibility for the consequences. Even better, you should stop doing it immediately! We are going to be going over what is a DWI in Texas, and what can happen from driving while intoxicated. How To Know When To Stop? The intoxication level depends on various factors. Your impairment depends on your gender, age, and body weight, as well as on the am...

     

    Posted by Jim Butler 09/25/2017
  • 5 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT TRUSTS

    Over the last 20 years, I have met with many clients who had unnecessary or inadequate trusts.  Sometimes the trust was just outdated and sometimes circumstances or the law had changed since the time the trust was written.  Often they were “scared into” having a trust by less than honest attorneys, TV, or friends and family that told them a story of how the government took all of a loved one’s money.  Below are 5 of the most common misconceptions that I have heard from clie...

     

    Posted by John Tatone 09/20/2017
  • Elder Law: The Medicaid Application Is A Tough Process

    When it’s time for someone to move into a nursing home, and he or she will be applying for long-term care Medicaid benefits, there are many personal and financial issues to be addressed by the person who is preparing the application (usually a family member). Before beginning the lengthy application process, these four requirements must be met: The applicant must be: Aged 65 or older, blind or disabled, a U.S. citizen (in some cases resident aliens) In medical need of licensed nursing care...

     

    Posted by Inna Fershteyn 08/30/2017
  • About That Irrevocable Trust . . . Change It And Save Tax!

    We all know the story. Mom and dad had their trust drawn up years ago. So much of the law related to estates has changed. So much of the law related to taxes has changed. And, so much of the family’s situation has changed. But, like most, mom and dad never sat down with their estate planning attorney to do periodic reviews to ensure their estate planning documents reflected all of these changes. Indeed, the average individual or couple might see their estate planning attorney once every ten y...

     

    Posted by Inna Fershteyn 08/30/2017
  • California Amusement Park Accident Attorney Helps Injured People

    A visit to an amusement park should be an enjoyable adventure for adults and children alike, but there are times when something goes wrong and someone gets hurt.  Certainly, amusement parks are are part of American culture and here in California we have our fair share of theme parks such as Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain and more. Throughout the United States there are as many as 400 amusement parks and attractions with an estimated 290 million visitors a...

     

    Posted by James Johnson 08/14/2017
  • Sued by a Debt Collector in Michigan?

    The legal system can be scary. You are served with a Summons and Complaint, (lawsuit), by a debt collector and you are confused and stressed. The first and most important thing to do is:   DON’T DEFAULT!!!   In Michigan you have 21 days to Answer the Complaint if you are served in person. You have 28 days if you are served by mail. If you do not respond within this time period, the creditor/debt collector will obtain a Default Judgment. Debt collec...

     

    Posted by ADAM ALEXANDER 07/13/2017
  • Chapman Law Review Volume 16 and 17

    John Steiner served on Chapman University SOL Law Review as a staff editor and later as an articles editor, working on the publication Chapman Law Review's Volume 16 and 17. His work on the Chapman Law Review has assisted him in his practice as a California personal injury lawyer based in Sacramento. ...

     

    Posted by John Steiner 07/12/2017
  • Injured Truckers Have Rights Too

    Truck drivers are some of the hardest working individuals on the planet.  They haul cargo thousands of miles for hours on end to get deliveries made on time. But what happens when they get hurt on the job.  What legal rights do that have to recover monetary compensation for a back, neck, or head injury?  Analyzing the legal aspects of potential liability and whether a legal remedy is available through filing a workers compensation claim or whether a trucker can sue the person that...

     

    Posted by Steven Sweat 06/20/2017
  • Tax Tips for the Solo Lawyer

    Tax issues for solo practitioners and small law firms are pretty much the same as those for other businesses. In order to reduce your chances for an audit, report all income, and don’t over-deduct your expenses. The IRS pays close attention to Form 1099 reporters, so make sure all of that income gets reported on your Form 1065 partnership return, Form 1120S income tax return, or your Schedule C if your firm is not a partnership or S-corporation. From the expense per...

     

    Posted by David Sprecace 05/25/2017
  • Attorneys as “Independent Contractors”

    Principal attorneys and directors of law firms should be aware that the United States Tax Court reclassified contract attorneys of a personal-injury law firm as employees of the firm, and therefore subject to the employment tax provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. The ruling against the professional corporation law firm was for more than $150,000.00 in tax and approximately $10,000.00 in penalty. The law firm appealed the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on June ...

     

    Posted by David Sprecace 05/25/2017
  • After a Commercial Vehicle Collision--Steps to Follow

    Commercial vehicles, of course, must adhere to stricter rules. There are special laws that apply to the oversized trucks or buses. Since the vehicles share the roads with passenger cars, mass casualties may follow.  Hence, collisions with commercial trucks or oversized vehicles have complex issues. They require in-depth inquiry as to who's at fault. In this case who's responsible for damages. Does the company own the vehicle, the driver or is it leased? Filing a Legal Claim The commercial ...

     

    Posted by Michael Ehline 05/12/2017
  • Can your life insurance company take advantage of you?

    Recently, I watched a 60-minute news story about how some of the largest life insurance companies don’t pay benefits even when they know the policyholder has died. Insurance companies claim that it is up to policyholders’ beneficiaries to contact the insurance company and to file a claim in order to collect whatever death benefit may be due them. But if beneficiaries are unaware of the policy, they don’t know to file a claim. Do you want to know another scary fact? The news reporte...

     

    Posted by Lauren Jackson 04/23/2017
  • How Good Is Your Power of Attorney & Do You Know?

    Family Elder Law is pleased to offer the legal column entitled “From the Attorney’s Desk,” authored by Jason A. Penrod, B.C.S., CELA.  Jason is board certified as an Elder Law Expert by the Florida Bar and the National Elder Law Foundation.  He is also the founder of Family Elder Law with offices in Lake Wales, Lakeland, and Sebring, Florida.  The column addresses legal issues of particular interest to our readers.  In addition, the columnist answers individual q...

     

    Posted by Jason Penrod 04/06/2017