Legal Insights

  • Car Accidents: What to do Immediately After

    Car accidents happen even to the most careful drivers. They are unexpected and can leave you with serious injuries. When car accidents happen, regardless of the severity, emotions often run high, and it is important to keep a level head and know what steps you should take to protect yourself and your...
  • What To Do About Difficult Neighbors

    Sharing property lines and/or walls with a stranger is not always easy. How you coexist with your neighbors can make the difference between living in harmony and living in discord. Whether you own or rent, you shouldn’t have to deal with neighbors who interfere with your peace and quiet. If you are...
  • Should You Incorporate Your Small Business?

    One of the first decisions to make when starting your business is how to structure it. This decision will have an impact on many aspects of your business, from the way that your business is taxed to who will have liability for business debts. Each state operates under its own business corporation laws, and each has different filing...
  • U.S. Visa Basics: Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas

    A visa is a document that allows a foreign citizen permission to travel to a port of entry to the United States to request entry to the country. There are two main categories of visas: immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas. Within these two broad categories, there are different types of visas issued depending on the person’s reason for entering the country. The...
  • The Basics of Arbitration

    If you have ever entered into a contract, you most likely have seen a clause that says something to the effect of “any controversy or claim arising or related to this contract shall be resolved by arbitration…” These are arbitration clauses and they appear in virtually any kind of agreement, from securities trading and employment agreements to consumer contracts such as...
  • Choosing the Right Practice

    Many recent law school graduates struggle with the decision about which area(s) of law to practice in. The choices are seemingly endless, from advertising to zoning, with hundreds of options between. Not to mention the decision between whether to take an associate position at an established firm, to start a...
  • Understanding U.S. Visa Laws and Immigration Status

    In the United States, there is little difference between someone who enters illegally and someone who originally enters legally but then stays past the time permitted. As a result, it is important to understand visa requirements and restrictions.What is a Visa?A visa is simply a document that gives a...
  • Should Your Law Practice Hire a Virtual Receptionist?

    For home-based solo practitioners, those with ‘mobile offices,’ and/or those with smaller, unshared office spaces, hiring a traditional receptionist can be helpful, but many times, the benefits don’t outweigh the costs.For those attorneys with non-traditional offices, there has been a rise of ‘virtual’ services designed to...
  • The Basics of Medical Malpractice

    Having to undergo a medical procedure or receive medical treatment can be a nerve-racking experience, and there is always an expectation that the doctors, nurses, staff, and facilities involved will render the appropriate care. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical practitioner deviates from the appropriate standard of care in treating a...
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Managing Punishment & Penalties

    It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle impaired by drugs or alcohol. The name of the specific offense may vary from state to state, but typically it is driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). The ramifications, consequences, and penalties are serious. Pleading guilty to or a conviction for driving impaired can lead to jail...
  • Will Versus Living Trust: Understanding Estate Planning Options

    Estate planning is an important process that should be taken seriously. Estate planning ensures that your property and assets are distributed according to your wishes upon your death, and can also address other important decisions, like who is going to care for your minor. Despite the importance of estate planning, over 70% of...
  • What to Do If You Are Audited By the IRS

    For the average taxpayer, the chances of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are not very high; however, if you receive an audit letter from the IRS, it should be taken very seriously. Below are the basics of IRS audits and some tips to prepare for them.What is an IRS audit?According to the IRS, an audit is “a review/examination...
  • What Is An Exempt Employee and How Does Exemption Affect Pay?

    The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that most employees in the United States be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and be given overtime pay at one and one-half the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over forty hours in a workweek. But employees that are considered executive, administrative, or professional employees,...
  • Trees and Neighbors: Who is Responsible?

    Homeowners often confront a number of legal issues associated with home ownership, and a common one includes the maintenance of, and responsibility for, trees. When an issue arises with a neighbor’s tree, such as a tree falling on to your property or roots damaging your foundation, your best bet is to speak with the neighbor to determine...
  • Attorney Marketing: Effectively Using AdWords

    If you have a law practice, you’re always looking for new ways to reach potential clients, gain an edge on your competition, and see your hard work pay off. Part of this strategy undoubtedly includes increasing your online visibility and presence....
  • Workers’ Compensation Basics

    According to the Hartford Insurance Company’s analysis of claims data, there is a fifty percent chance that a small business will experience a workplace injury claim in the next ten years. That is to say that workplace injuries can occur in any type of business, at any time. Just because your business is not...
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Obtaining and Maintaining 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

    Most nonprofit organizations are established for charitable purposes pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. After you have incorporated your nonprofit organization, obtaining federal tax-exempt status is a critical next step in forming a nonprofit...
  • Advertising Your Business Using Endorsements and Testimonials

    Endorsements and testimonials can be some of the most powerful marketing and advertising tools for any small business; these tools provide “impartial” third party support for a product or service by actual consumers who have used the product or done business with the company. Studies have shown that...
  • The Basics of Forming a Nonprofit Organization

    Identifying a need in the community, and starting a nonprofit organization with the hopes of addressing that need is an inspiring experience. Starting, building, and sustaining a nonprofit organization, however, is no easy task, typically requiring years of commitment and...
  • Resolving Disputes with Bad Contractors

    Building a new home or remodeling an existing home can be an excellent experience and profitable investment when done properly. All construction projects experience some hiccups, but they can be a nightmare if you hire the wrong contractor. While delays and unforeseen expenses are...