The basic premise of bankruptcy means the bankrupt is unable to pay all his debts. In order to repay his creditors he therefore surrenders his property to his creditors, however, the Trustee in Bankruptcy (TIB) will administer. The TIB divides the bankrupt’s assets amongst his creditors, he is then excused from repaying his debts (discharge).
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.
The Job Interview
Continue reading 3 Reasons to Take Care of Your Criminal Record
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
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.
Continue reading Poor and Nice – Doctors Who’re Never Sued Twice
US News Law school rankings are out: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools
Grad schools always jockey for position in the ranking scheme, after all, prestigious spots covet the best teachers and students, and then the cycle continues. But what else do the rankings induce? Continue reading Law School Rankings Ruffle Feathers
Have you heard of horror stories that upon purchase of a new home, a couple may encounter that there are no appliances. Not just a microwave or toaster oven, but the fridge, range, washer and dryer, all gone?
It happens all the time.
You have to declare in the sale what items are included with the purchase, they are called chattels. Continue reading Pay Attention to the Fine Print – Chattels
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.
I should just publish now….OK, here are a few additional tips.
First off the best way to at least get acquainted with the right attorney is to operate on recommendation. Continue reading How to Select the Right Lawyer for the Job
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?
There’s an old saying that attorneys are a, “dime a dozen”. With the advent of social media the tools to select the right attorney for the right job, and compare all at the same time, is at your fingertips.
That means the following concern should happen less in our digital age.
My attorney for 2 years has done nothing that I understand. I drive 80 miles one way for a meeting and we discuss options/strategies then I leave (after she charges 400.00) and she does not follow thru. Continue reading Dime a Dozen for Attorneys – Do Your Research