How Much Should You Pay for an Injury Attorney?

Most injury lawyers will work on an agreement that they’ll be paid out of the settlement you receive. That means they’ll work for free. Kind of. Sometimes payments, especially those that go on for a long period of time, will amount to 40-50% of your settlement. The total value is dependent on how complex and long your case is.

It can amount to a lot of cash tomorrow, but generally this is the only way one can afford representation.

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3 Reasons to Take Care of Your Criminal Record

From the misdemeanour to the felony, once individuals complete their time many turn their life around. The process to get back on track can be a long one, but during that time you’ll want to be mindful of some future issues to be ready for. If you have or had a criminal record there are certain life situations that may be impacted.

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Shoot First, Ask Questions Later – Bush Style

In true Bush style, the legacy left behind from Jeb Bush’s tenure as governor was the 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law which essentially says a citizen doesn’t have to retreat before using deadly force against an attacker. This issue comes to the forefront after a white (Hispanic?) block watch captain shot and killed a black teenager from the same community.

Police in the central Florida town of Sanford have said that 28-year-old George Zimmerman says he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense during a confrontation in a gated community. Police have described Zimmerman as white; his family says he is Hispanic and not racist.

This is precisely what happens when lobbyists wield too much influence. Pro Republican and gun toting Floridians championed the changes. In that span justifiable homicides have gone way up (many with heartbreaking stories). Continue reading Shoot First, Ask Questions Later – Bush Style

Poor and Nice – Doctors Who’re Never Sued Twice

Or even once. One of the huge downfalls of the privatized healthcare system in the USA is how a litigious society impacts healthcare. Doctors themselves, and nurses, have to take out insurance policies to protect themselves from impending lawsuits (that in the course of a career can happen multiple times due to legitimate reasons like gross negligence to frivolous lawsuits). THe former of course will face more lawsuits in his or her career.

Rising legal costs and the cost of insurance push up healthcare costs, then those rising costs are passed on to the patient or the state (thus the patient thru taxes).

Is there anyway to reduce the number of lawsuits if you’re a doctor? Turns out there is.
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General vs. Specific Practices

There’s a lot to be said about specific law practices. In fact, there are few ‘general’ practices. Unlike the trades, lawyers typically aren’t ‘Jack of all Trades’. One guy doesn’t specialize in all forms of law. Certainly, there is a general knowledge of other areas, but specialization is very real and something you should pay attention to when selecting an attorney. just going with someone’s cousin Guido doesn’t mean you’re a shoe in for success.

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On the Hook for Debts of an Estate?

When someone leaves you some cash, land, a turtle, behind in their will, who is on the hook for any outstanding debts?

It goes without saying, nowadays there are fewer and fewer people retiring with a mound of cash. Some of our elderly folks need to work well into their seventies, and even then they’ll end up racking up debt to stay afloat.

In a will a Executor is appointed over the estate to divvy everything up. But what happens when you have more debts than assets? Continue reading On the Hook for Debts of an Estate?