Protect Yourself and Your Assets: 5 Steps To Success

Whether you are seeking offline or online quality products, services, or income opportunities (at a reasonable cost), it is imperative to be conscious and take nothing for granted. When one is desperate or urgently in need of something, caution can easily be absent from doing all that is necessary to receive what you desire. However, it is in the time sensitive moments that one should be sharply vigilant about the investment of their financial resources.

There have been numerous features on Dateline, 20/20, and 60 Minutes about various “confidence games,” aka “cons” or “scams” perpetrated by con artists with diverse background profiles (career criminals to referrals by family & friends to prominent business professionals). The most recent, worst example of scandalous fraud happened in 2009 with the hedge fund case of Bernard Madoff. He unconsciously swindled individual investors for an estimated total of $50 billion. For some, they lost their life/retirement savings and the estate planning phoenix are still pursuing a maximized effort to recover as many of the victims’ money as possible.

People from all walks of life have been victims of frauds or scams. Con artists have no respect of persons when it comes to “running their games.”

Tips to Get Some Help When Legal Problems Occur

There can be many reasons why someone may need a little guidance when it comes to legal matters. Debt which has gotten out of hand, or perhaps a DUI arrest, will all have to be faced in the court. If anyone needs some legal advice they should contact a bankruptcy attorney or bankruptcy lawyer likeĀ criminal defense attorney tempe az to get some great advice on what to do next. Any bankruptcy attorney can help of course but it does pay to get someone who has a great reputation up front.

Marriage, or rather divorce, is one of those issues that send people running to the expert when they do not know how to protect their interests. This may follow months or years of physical or mental abuse or even years of infidelity and by the time the problem is presented to the professional it is often a huge battle for control of the assets and children from the couple in question.

Tempers are frayed, emotions very high, and all this on top of trying to deal with children who end up bewildered at the mess their parents are in. Indeed, it is the children who suffer the most in these

Essential Tips for Choosing Legal Services

Legal services can cover a whole range of actions, from the totally official to the sometimes unofficial. For the majority of people such services are only used occasionally, for tasks such as will writing, defence or prosecution in a court case or even obtaining a divorce.

Understandably your choice of legal services is essential. Get the choice wrong and you may be misrepresented, leaving you with a hefty bill and little to show for it. Choosing a solicitor or legal services more generally is about making a considered decision that has taken into account a wide range of factors; the three tips below should help those searching for a legal professional likeĀ traffic law Peoria AZ to make the right choice.

The first and most important factor when considering a solicitor is to listen to friends and family that have used different services in the past. Word of mouth remains one of the most powerful weapons in the consumer’s arsenal, as it is only through effective service that it is possible for professionals to build a solid reputation that previous clients are happy to recommend. If you are going to utilise word of mouth then it is usually advisable to ensure that

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Lemon Law

images (4)Lemon law is not an ordinary law; thanks to it, you can now get what you deserve. If you purchase a car, even if it is a used one, and find it difficult to spend on its repairing and maintenance over and over again, you are eligible to receive the benefits of lemon law. No doubt you first need to talk to the seller and discuss about the problems in the purchased car; if he doesn’t pay attention, you have all the rights to knock the doors of the court of law.

Here are the top ten things you didn’t know about this law:

1) Not everyone or anyone is eligible to lemon law benefits: Not all the people in this world are eligible to enjoy the benefits of this law; first of all, there are only a few countries in which it exists. Secondly, you need to meet certain requirements to be eligible for this law.

2) You need a proper lawyer to talk on behalf of you: You have to have a proper lawyer to enjoy the advantages of this law. Unless you have

Competition Law and the Role of Competition Lawyers

images (3)Competition law is a branch of law that promotes or seeks to maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies. This field of law is designed to promote free and fair competition. ‘Competition’ in simple terms means the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others. ‘Competition’ is typically referred to a situation in the market in which firms or sellers independently strive for the buyers’ patronage in order to achieve a particular business objective. The companies and firms must refrain themselves from anti-competitive business practices. The advantages of a perfect are three fold: allocative efficiency, which ensures the effective allocation of resources, productive efficiency, which ensures that costs of production are kept at a minimum and dynamic efficiency, which promotes innovative practices.

Competition Law in India

The history of competition law in India dates back to the 1960s when the first competition law, namely the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act (MRTP) was enacted in 1969. But after the economic reforms in 1991, this legislation was found to be obsolete in view of international

What You Should Always Do After A Car Accident

download (16)Being involved in a car accident often places people in state of shock. With adrenaline rushing through your body, it can be difficult to make calm and rational decisions. What you do immediately after these events have occurred, however, can have a serious impact on their outcome. Following are some of the most important steps to take for ensuring human safety and your long-term, financial well-being.

Make sure that everyone in your car is okay. Be sure to put your car in park and turn the ignition off. Minor details like these are often overlooked as the result of shock and panic, however, they are necessary for ensuring that no additional damage is done to vehicles and no further injuries are sustained.

Check on the passengers in the other car and make sure that they are in an acceptable condition as well. If emergency response services are required, contact these professionals immediately. If you are not trained in the administration of first aid, see if any passersby are willing to help.

It is important for each driver to share his or her auto insurance information. Make

The Hammer of Debarment and Shield of Compliance

download (15)Humans developed shields to protect from weapons. By analogy, strong compliance may mitigate or protect from various enforcement tools in the arsenal of the U.S. Government. Since at least the Civil War, the U.S. Government has been utilizing criminal penalties, civil liabilities, and administrative and contractual remedies to deter and punish procurement misconduct. Recently, the various Federal Agencies have been utilizing suspension and debarment as its tool of choice to exclude contractors, who are deemed not presently responsible, from doing business with the U.S. Government.

Our experience shows that by having an active compliance program, many contractors are likely to avoid suspension and debarment even when there is some evidence of misconduct. This is because contractors with strong internal checks and controls are more likely to discover the misconduct early and take appropriate actions quicker, before the misconduct becomes so serious as to question their present responsibility.

The number of suspensions and debarments for businesses and individuals has more than doubled between 2009 and 2013, and this trend will most likely continue. According to the 2014 GAO Report, the number of government-wide suspensions and debarments

Strange Legal System

download (14)Laws are peculiar in their own ways and for the reasons best known to the judicial system of India. The experiences faced with the real life are presented here to understand the gravity of the problems faced by the people.

In a cheque bounce case, the court postponed the hearing on several occasions for one or other reason. Each time, the banker promptly attended the case as a witness to the duel.

When a bank filed a suit for recovery of the delinquent loan, the defaulter was not summoned first, but the plaintiff was asked to give a declaration. Moreover, this hearing also took place after adjourning earlier for the reason the judge went on leave. In another incident, the hearing was deferred to another date when the witness did not turn up.

It is regrettable that the witnesses are examined as if they are involved in the offense, frauds or embezzlement. They are made to stand for hours together. Moreover, the hearings are adjourned without any valid reasons thus forcing them to attend the court on different dates, sometimes even spread over several years. Why

Juvenile Court – Who Does It Affect

download (12)This is a court that handles all the cases that involve an individual who is under the legal age of adulthood, which in most cases is under the age of eighteen. The judge handles delinquency cases and child protection matters, which are referred to as dependency cases. The delinquency cases that are handled in juvenile court could involve a wide array of law violations. Those can even include cases that are not considered criminal acts if done by adults. One example is a minor could end up in juvenile court after being picked up police for assault and battery or shoplifting. The minor may also be referred to juvenile court if he runs away from home or if he is truant. Minors can even face court proceedings after disobeying their parents repeatedly violating curfew. This particular court is also a likely destination for a minor who is considered to be out of control and continuously defiant.

In most places, if the person is at least an adult, cannot be referred by one of their family members to court but if they are a minor

6 Must Have Traits of A Good Lawyer

download (11)Lawyers undoubtedly are one of the most prestigious professions these days and the demand for these professionals are exponentially increasing with each passing day. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone can aspire to make a name for themselves in this profession.

If you are looking to hire one of these professions, there are certain qualities which you should look forward to. These qualities are:-

    • Good communication skills: Needless to say, professionals in the legal field should be both articulate orally as well as have proper written communication skills. In order to place their argument with judges and juries, having necessary public speaking skills are imperative. In addition to this, they also should have good writing skills because they will need to prepare several legal documents from time to time. But that’s not all, in order to properly analyse and solve their client’s problems; they should also be a good listener.

 

    • Proper judgement: Every professional in this field should be able to draw conclusions on the basis of the information they have. From properly spotting loopholes in the opposition’s argument to considering judgements based on your

US and UK Regulations for UAVs

download (10)We are in the age of constant discovery of new technology and the world seems not to be ready to relax yet. Humans all over the globe are constantly and passionately engaging in one discovery or the other. The whole essence of this research is aimed at ensuring a life of comfort and convenience. It is this quest for convenience that led them to the invention of drones.

Drones with their advantages also have many drawbacks. They can be used to spy on an innocent. It can lead to invasion of privacy. Since drones are too easy to buy now, it becomes a serious concern. Almost anyone can go into an electronics store and buy a drone off the shelf for only $ 100. And if it lands in the wrong hands, several problems can arise. To mitigate this, several countries are coming up with their own laws so as to better protect their citizens. Some time ago, an 11 year old girl was hit with the debris of a crashing drone. Moreover, pilots have reported almost two dozen near misses with drones.

How To Access Court Records Paper And Electronic Files

download (7)Whether you are a law student or just interested in obtaining a court record to check some information, knowing how to access records is important. Access to these records are generally available to the public and are often considered as public records. That said, not all records may contain the information that one needs to see as the court may seal certain parts of the court proceedings especially if the case involves a juvenile.

Electronic Access – What is PACER?

As paper files becomes cumbersome, many government agencies are now switching to electronic database. The Public Access to Court Electronic Records or PACER is the US’ centralized electronic database that has court cases and docket information from different courts in the state such as the appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. Terminals are setup in the court clerk’s office and are available to the public. The information obtained inside the court office is free however; one would need to pay certain fee for printouts. If the records are from the Federal Records Center and one is interested to view the documents, a fee is also requested.

Reporting Formalities for Ships Arriving and Departing From the Republic of Cyprus

download (8)The Department of Merchant Shipping has updated its guidelines to operators of ships calling at ports in the Republic of Cyprus concerning reporting procedures under EU Reporting Formalities Directive and the Reporting Formalities for Ships Arriving-Departing from Ports of the Republic Law of 2012 (148 (I)/2012).

All the necessary information shall be provided online via the SafeSeaNet platform. SafeSeaNet is a European platform for maritime data exchange between EU member states and maritime authorities. Precisely, it is an Internet solution based on the concept of a distributed database. SafeSeaNet has developed a Community ship traffic monitoring and information system following the Directive 2002/59/EC. This Directive applies to vessels of 300 gross tonnage and upwards.

The primary objective of SafeSeaNet is to assist the gathering, dissemination and harmonised exchange of maritime data. Moreover, it facilitates the communication between authorities at a local/ regional level and central authorities. Therefore, it contributes to preventing accidents at sea and maritime pollution.

Under Article 6 of the “Reporting Formalities Directive” (2010/65/EU) and the Section 6 of the Reporting Formalities for Ships Arriving-Departing from Ports of the Republic Law of 2012, information

What Sets Great Lawyers Apart From the Rest?

download (6)Abraham Lincoln once said that a lawyer “has a superior opportunity of being a good person. There will be business enough.” The requirements for obtaining the professional distinction have changed considerably since Lincoln’s time. While he was only required to obtain an Illinois court document vouching for his “moral character,” today’s attorneys typically undertake several years of rigorous study and must pass difficult exams to practice their skill professionally. However, Lincoln’s sentiment can serve as a grounding principle for legal professionals. Above all, lawyers must trust in the law’s ability to maintain and improve society and act as an agent for justice. That said, the modern attorney needs a very specific skill set that includes the following essential qualities.

Negotiation

The ability to negotiate is arguably the most coveted skill a litigator can possess. Crushing the competition may be the chosen approach of a business leader or athletic coach, but it’s unlikely to yield the best result in a legal dispute. A talented negotiator takes the expectations of all parties into account and positions him or herself creatively to achieve an outcome that everyone can

Anti-Piracy Law In Cyprus

download (9)Cyprus is one of the most important maritime locations in the world. Precisely, Cyprus is the third biggest maritime fleet in the EU and the tenth biggest fleet in the world. The ideal geographical location of Cyprus between Europe, Asia and Africa and the considerable tax incentives constitute the island a market leader in ship management activities. Shipping is one of the most important sectors of the Cyprus economy. Therefore, maritime security is an essential topic that needs to be addressed. That is to say, it is mandatory for ship-owners to protect their vessels when sailing to dangerous areas.

The Protection of Cyprus Flag Ships from Acts of Piracy and other Unlawful Acts Law (77(I) 2012) provides the necessary legal guidelines for Ship owners, Bareboat Charterers and Ship-managers concerning the measures they need to take when they sail to High-Risk Areas and how they can employ private armed security personnel. In addition, it provides a legal framework concerning the engagement of Private Ship Security Companies (PSSC). It should be mentioned that the Law 77(I)/2012 is applicable internationally.

Security and Protection of the Ships:

The master of

Revenge Photos

download (4)Because of technology being what it is, new crimes emerge from time to time, and one of the new crimes that hasn’t been completely absorbed into the various criminal justice systems around the world is that of the revenge photo.

This is the misuse of nude or provocative pictures taken and exchanged between two people in a loving relationship. After the relationships splits up, one partner uses these photos to humiliate the other one.

For example, a lady that was known as Sandra found out one day that her ex-boyfriend had viciously posted nude photos of her on Facebook! The photos went viral and were shared across many social media platforms. Once the cat’s out of the bag in social media, you can’t control how many places the photo can show up, and this can go on indefinitely.

In some areas, there are laws against posting this kind of photo even if nude or pornographic photos are allowed on a particular platform, because the “model” did not consent to having the pictures displayed publicly. In one case, the laws were so lax that the woman who

The Injustice Of Jury Duty

download (5)If you commit a crime, you have the right to a fair trial in which the court decides whether the government has the right to lock you up. But if you don’t commit a crime, the government has the right to “lock” you up (in a jury room) against your will and force you to render a decision as to whether the government has the right to lock up some one else who has committed a crime. Is there something wrong with this picture?

Jury duty is essentially community service for people who haven’t committed a crime.

About a half million people a year in New York State alone are subjected to jury duty. A great portion of them do not want to serve. To many of them it’s everything from a gross inconvenience to a physical hardship to emotional torment. And all this, for what? A voluntary jury system would do just as well as, if not better than, a mandatory jury system.

We have a robust military despite the fact that it’s voluntary and despite its inherent dangers. Why does anyone think people would

Five Things a Private Investigator Should Not Do for You

download (3)A Private Investigator has an interesting niche. Categorized as neither police nor entirely civilian, a PI can do certain things that police and civilians can’t. Let’s explore some of the things your PI should NOT be doing for you. If you find that he or she is, get out of your contract with them as quickly as you can and terminate the relationship.

1. A Private Investigator Can’t Break the Law.

For many people who believe everything they see on TV, a PI is a mysterious character who can take great liberties with the law in their country or jurisdiction. You’ve probably seen PI’s kidnap, hold people by force, beat up people to get them to talk, bribe officers, break into buildings, impersonate persons of authority to get others to talk, break into windows, photograph records without a warrant, etc. Basically, if it’s against the law, a PI can’t do it, even though there are certain privileges in some countries that come with being a PI.

2. A Private Investigator Can’t Wiretap and Is Not a Spy.

It’s illegal to record phone calls and conversations without informing

Secure Your Documents Now

download (2)We all want our lives to be in order, and when we document the correct bits of information and find the proper storage modality for them, we create order and peace of mind.

Here are some categories of information you’ll need to store and where.

Life Records – Store in Safe Deposit Box

These are records that would be hard to replace if lost, and in some cases, could be harmful if in the wrong hands. For example, it might not be terribly difficult to replace a government ID card such as the social security cards provided in the U.S., but an identity thief would be delighted to have yours.

Here are some examples of life records: Birth, Death, Marriage, Naturalization, Military Service, Adoption, Divorce, and Dissolution records. In the USA, Social Security and Medicare cards.

Other examples include proof of ownership: Titles to house, car, boat, or camper are included here. You also may have proof of authenticity for paintings, works of art, or jewelry. You may have a copyright for a book or other intellectual property, or a patent for something you invented. You also may

Lemon Laws Are Applicable For Cars Available For Resale

download (1)Even if your car has become old, you can protect from any damage by getting it insured under Lemon Laws. Generally, used cars are nominated under the Lemon Law. But recently, the government has issued new laws, which covers only new cars under this Law. However, there are certain exceptions to this law.

A used car can be covered under Lemon Law only if the owner of a car has documented express warranty, which has details pertaining to the number of years left for the warranty to lapse, and other details specifying whether the warranty of the car has been extended during the purchase, duly certified by the dealer. Having such documented proves will make sure that you are not violating any law and at the same time, your car will be protected under the Lemon Law.

Protection for owners having used cars under Lemon Laws

Owing to a lot of controversies arising during the purchase of used cars, the governments of many countries have passed legislative laws to protect the consumers against any fraud and to curb consumers problems related to the purchase of used