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The Best Way to Fire Your Lawyer

Posted By on Dec 5, 2017

If you are in the middle of a legal case and your lawyer isn’t living up to their promise, you obviously have a problem. The performance of your lawyer can have a major impact on whether your case is a success, and how big a success. In fact, your case could get dismissed if your lawyer doesn’t do his or her job correctly. Basically, it’s a big deal if your lawyer is not performing at the level you expect.

The good news is, you can fire your lawyer and get a new one. However, if that’s the direction you want to go, there are a few tips to keep in mind concerning how to change your lawyer. If you follow this advice, you can make sure you give your lawyer the boot in a way that doesn’t hurt your case.

  1. Don’t fire your lawyer before you have a new one

A common mistake is to get infuriated with your lawyer, and while your blood is up, to really let him or her have it and fire them right then and there. The problem is, as satisfying as that choice can be, you may destroy your case by venting that way. You need another lawyer in place so a transition can be made quickly and smoothly without missing important deadlines. So, calm down, play the long game, and then enjoy letting your lawyer go once you and your case are protected.

  1. Get recommendations next time

It’s understandable if this is your first go-round with the legal system that you simply went with the first name that sounded like it came with integrity and a winning edge. Now that you’re a little wiser, spend some time finding a lawyer that comes with more than just an impressive name. Check websites and ask around to find a lawyer that has a good reputation for being attentive to their clients and getting the right results.

  1. Expect slowdowns

Even if you switch to the best lawyer in your area and you do it before you can the last one, you should still expect some slow down in your case. Lawyers are required by law to transfer any documents and evidence that you brought to the case, but that doesn’t include any notes or strategies your previous lawyer made. In fact, a new lawyer will basically start from scratch, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

  1. Only do it once

Firing your first lawyer is an understandable choice if the case isn’t going the way you want. But just be aware you can probably only pull that trick once. That’s for two major reasons: first, multiple changes can frustrate judges with all the delays, which might lead to your case being dismissed. And second, word gets around quickly between lawyers, and if you’ve proven hard to please, you may find it next to impossible to find a third lawyer willing to try to keep you happy.

Getting a new lawyer may be the best decision you ever make. It might make the difference between winning your case and getting it dismissed. Just make sure if that is the right choice for you that you do it in a smart way by following the advice above.

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I can’t take advice from my father anymore. That sentence is such a shock to write, but I’ve recently discovered it’s absolutely true. I can’t take advice from my father. Wow.

You would have called me crazy for writing that a couple years ago if you’d known me and you’d known my father. I was an irresponsible 22-year-old back then and my father was about the sanest, most thoughtful, simple-hearted and sweetest man out there. He did everything right in life, even if right often meant boring.
My father, two years ago, worked as an accountant. He had saved up and bought his first house with half the money down and paid it off the rest in less than a decade. He invested smartly in the market, never in anything too risky. At 55, two years ago, he had no debt, a massive retirement fund, and kids who, unlike their peers, would not owe a cent to their universities for their educations.

Then, my dad met Cindy. I can’t blame him for meeting her. My parents were separated at the time. My mom, and this is one of the great ironies in all this, said she felt her life was being wasted living such a dull existence. Well, she went out and married a tax lawyer after my dad, and my dad married Cindy.

Cindy is…something. She’s a waitress at a bar, still, even though she’s with my dad and my dad is worth a fortune. She spent her twenties and thirties traveling around the world doing odd jobs, married to odd people. She has one kid, whom she had when she was 19 and left with her parents who did most of the raising. His name is Derek and he calls his mom Cindy just like the rest of us.

I’m not trying to say she’s not a nice person. She is really nice. She’s a lot of fun too. I can see why my dad likes her and I like her well enough too, except for what she’s done to my dad.

Gone is the safe, stable man I grew up trusting and respecting. He’s cashing in on his retirement to travel. He’s playing dangerous games with the market, making big, risky investments. He’s gambling as well.

Now, he wants to ride a motorcycle. He’s got one all picked out. When I told him like he told me for years, that motorcycle accidents are terribly common and terribly dangerous when they occur, he just laughed and said I was getting too worked up over nothing.

I don’t know. In some ways, I like the new dad. He’s loosened up, and he looks happy, which I see now he rarely did when I was growing up. But I miss the old dad too, the one I knew I could rely on. The one whose advice was always sound, even if it wasn’t the most exciting advice.

I’m 24, I don’t need to hear “get out there and live.” I have that urge down fine. I need to hear the old, smart advice of my old dad. But he’s gone now, and I just don’t have anyone to get advice from anymore.

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No Excuses For DUIs

Posted By on Sep 28, 2017

Edgar Verduzco, a police officer in the LAPD, was arrested on Thursday following a DUI in which three people were killed and two more (including the officer) injured. The three killed included a teenager and his two parents, who were killed after their vehicle caught fire. That the one responsible for the accident was a police officer is bad enough. But he also seemed to have been involved in an anti-drunk driving initiative. The death and pain caused by this accident were easily preventable, as this law firm’s website says. After all, the only thing that’s necessary not to cause an alcohol-related accident is not to drink while impaired. But every day, across the entire country, people ignore this simple rule, resulting in massive amounts of injuries and death.

Taking a closer look at the statistics involving car accidents is harrowing. The CDC website on the subject lays it all out in full. 28 people a day are killed in the US in a drunk driving accident, totaling 10,265 deaths a year in 2015. That makes up approximately 29% of the traffic-related for that year. Think about what that means- if people made the very reasonable, very easy decision to simply not drive after they had been drinking, the number of automobile-related deaths in the country would drop by one-third. And though police often work hard to try to crack down on dangerous driving, it’s impossible to catch everyone. In fact, according to the CDC, only about 1 million of 111 million annual drink driving incidents are ever arrested.

Young people seem to be the biggest risk factors. The CDC’s research shows that 55% of drunk driving accidents involved people between the ages of 21 and 34. That may be for a number of reasons. Young people are probably more likely to engage in drinking or go out. And when they do, they were probably less likely to consider the risks of their actions and to partake in dangerous behaviors like drinking and driving. But youth isn’t an excuse- but the age all of us start drinking, we have received enough messages about the dangers of driving under the influence to be able to make the right decisions in situations such as those.

So what can be done? Obviously, people are going to drink, and many of them will go out to a club or bar to do it. But when you do sure, be sure to form a plan beforehand. Designate a driver if necessary. If you aren’t able to, bring money for an Uber or a Taxi. In some cities like New York that have extensive public transportations, you may be able to get home even cheaper and more easily than that. And if all these fail, there are many initiatives set up by churches, schools, and community-building organizations that offer free or cheap rides to people who need them. The resources are there, enough of them that no one should ever have an excuse to risk hurting others by drinking and driving.

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Weddings are a tradition shared by many different cultures, and each culture has its own way of making one of the most celebrated events in human life a great expression of their values. In this growing age of globalization, we are more connected with one another than ever before. Air travel is more widespread than ever, and there are budget options that allow nearly anyone to travel to a new place and experience a different culture. As cultures collide, the way weddings are celebrated is changing, and this one couple who met in Chicago went all out to celebrate their different cultures.

The wedding between the Indian Ankur Raniwala and Mexican Veronica Garcia, featured in the Daily Herald, represents a blending of Indian, Mexican, and American wedding traditions. The couple spared no expense making their wedding the ultimate blend of culture, costing just under $100,000. In Indian weddings, elephants or other large animals are commonly used by the groom to pick up the bride-to-be, and in this wedding a beautiful paper-mache elephant was constructed by the groom’s own hand as a stand in. The bride switched from a Sari to a traditional wedding dress, and the guests danced to both salsa and popular tunes from Indian films. The wedding proceedings lasted several days to incorporate all of the Indian pre-wedding festivities, and the ceremony included an exchange of rings common to Catholic weddings. The bride and other members of the wedding party were decorated with intricate designs in henna. There was even an ice cream bar and a cocktail hour, common to many weddings in the United States. According to this article, the trend towards blending different cultures together for a wedding is a growing trend, and there is is a growing market for specifically Indian-American weddings. Some venues are beginning to specialize, and more resources are available for those who want a unique wedding to celebrate each other’s culture.

In the Chicago area, there are many different places that you can host your wedding to ensure one of the most special days of your life is truly the celebration of a lifetime. You can even hold your wedding on the waters of Lake Michigan through Anita Dee Yacht Charters. But regardless of where a wedding is held, the most important aspect of the wedding is that is shared between two families. According to the couple from the article, what they see are two families coming together out of respect for the couple, not necessarily the cultural differences.  

The growth of wedding venues and wedding planners specifically catering to multicultural weddings is a sign that the United States is becoming more diverse and more connected. In a few decades, the definition of what constitutes a truly “American” wedding could drastically change and incorporate elements from all over the world. As families from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate a marriage, barriers degrade, and our world becomes a little bit smaller and more connected.

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Heavy Equipment Malfunction

Posted By on Jun 7, 2017

A necessary, yet, inherently hazardous occupation is construction work. Despite the safety measure observed and implemented by management, contractors, owners, workers and manufacturers of machinery used, the job simply exposes workers to more dangers that can cause severe injuries. This is why in some states, besides the Workers’ Compensation benefits, there are other laws, such as those imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that give extra protection to construction workers.

It is important, though, that you seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney who will help you make sure that you meet the requirements of your state’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance program to avail of the full benefits stipulated in it. Thus, a personal injury attorney’s duties include guiding you on what to do right after the injury, what forms to fill out and when to process your claim so that you will not beyond the set statutory period.

Construction accidents that are work-related are considered as personal injuries, that is, injuries caused by another’s careless or reckless behavior. As a victim of a construction accident, your lawyer will tell you that your rights and interests are protected and supported by the law, thereby allowing you to receive compensation for your economic losses and any injury-related expenses, like costly medical bills.

According to the law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, though construction is a positive sign of growth and progress, it also introduces a host of potential hazards. Construction is a dangerous industry, and accidents occur regularly in construction sites. An especially precarious situation may arise when equipment malfunctions, potentially causing devastating results to workers and bystanders. Depending on one’s proximity to the accident and the equipment in question, the potential for serious injury is high.

Though most equipment on construction sites is in proper working condition, malfunctions do occur and can quickly lead to a serious construction accident. Some of the most common forms of equipment malfunction following: crane collapse, scaffolding collapse, electric shock and improper maintenance of equipment.

Failure to maintain any construction site tools and machinery or failure to manufacture them under the required market standards definitely makes all people concerned responsible for any accident that may take place. In the event of an accident, it will be wise for injured workers or their families to get in touch with a skilled personal injury immediately for their needed help in pursuing compensation from responsible parties to cover any medical costs or other damages sustained.


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