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Car Repair Questions

Can I control whether my car is repaired or replaced?

This can be a difficult issue. For most people, getting back into their own vehicle, so long as it is safe, its a priority. Normally, the insurance company has the option to either repair or replace your vehicle, depending on whether it costs less to replace your vehicle than to repair it. If this is the case, the insurance company will declare your vehicle a total loss, and take action to replace your vehicle. If your car is declared a total loss, the insurance company buys your car for its market value (see below), which can be difficult to determine. If you wish to keep the wrecked car, you may purchase it back from the insurance company for its salvage value. The insurance adjuster can deduct the salvage value from the settlement and you can keep the car.

Often the situation is reversed, and the insurance company chooses to repair a vehicle rather than replace it. In this case, if you are concerned about the safety of the repaired vehicle, you should contact our office to discuss your options.

How is the market value of my car determined?

You are entitled to recover the fair market value or the actual cash value of your vehicle immediately before the accident. One common source used to estimate fair market value is the Kelley Blue Book. Other sources of information are the local newspaper or the Auto Trader, which may list the for-sale price of cars of the same make, model, and year as yours. Occasionally, an expert vehicle appraiser is used to help prove the value of your vehicle.

What if I am upside down on the loan for my car?

If you owe more money on the loan for the car than the fair market value of the car, you are upside down on the loan. Unfortunately, if your vehicle is a total loss, the insurance company is not required to pay more money to you simply because you are upside down with your car loan. They are only obligated to pay the fair market value of your car.

Can I choose my own repair shop?

Yes. You always have the right to decide who will repair your vehicle, however the cost of the repair is not always determined by the estimate given by the repair facility of your choosing.

What kind of parts will be used in the repair?

You have the right to demand that only original manufacturer parts be used in the repair, so if your car is a Pontiac, you should receive genuine Pontiac (GM) parts. Since your car was probably not new at the time of the accident, however, the mechanic may use refurbished or reconditioned parts.

What if my car already had some damage before the accident?

If your vehicle had damage to it prior to the accident, it can be difficult to determine exactly what portion of the damage was caused by the accident itself. For example, if your car has a mechanical problem, the insurance company may claim that it existed prior to the accident if some evidence indicates that there was substantial wear and tear. Therefore, it is important that you prove the connection between the auto accident and the damage you are claiming. Ordinarily, mechanics and collision repair personnel can help to prove the age of body damage or the cause of a mechanical failure. They can assist to convince the insurance company that the auto accident caused the damage you are claiming.

Will I have to pay the towing and storage costs?

In most cases, unless there is a dispute as to who was at fault in the accident, the insurance company for the driver who caused the accident will pay the reasonable towing and storage costs (if necessary) of your car. After evaluating the vehicle, if the insurance company declares the car a total loss, they will have the car moved to a wrecking yard or a free storage area. If you refuse to allow the insurance company to move your car, however, you will have to pay the storage costs from the day of your refusal forward, or you can pay to have it towed to your home.

What about license and registration fees that I had to pay to drive the car?

In order to drive your vehicle, you had to pay a tag fee and registration fees. You are entitled to be reimbursed for the prorated amount of these costs that are unused. The insurance company should also reimburse you for tag transfer fees and, in some cases, a prorated amount of sales tax on the actual cash value of the car at the time of the accident.

What if I need a rental car? Do I have to pay for it while my car is being repaired?

If you caused the accident, or if there is a dispute over who is to blame, then you must either pay for the rental car yourself or seek coverage under your own insurance policy if rental coverage is available. Many insurance contracts do not provide for rental coverage for their own customers, so you need to contact your insurance agent to determine what coverage exists. If the other driver is at fault, then we will demand that the insurance company for the person who caused the accident provide you with a rental car for the time needed to repair your vehicle. Sometimes, you must pay the rental car bill first, with reimbursement coming from the insurance company later.

What kind of rental car am I entitled to?

The insurance company has to pay for the reasonably incurred rental cost of a substitute vehicle. Often, there are disputes as to what qualifies as a substitute vehicle. Essentially, it should be a vehicle of similar quality, within the confines of what is available for rent.

Should I purchase any extra insurance on the rental car provided to me?

Your own insurance policy should cover you while driving the rental car, but you should call your insurance agent to be sure that you are covered. The other driver s insurance company is not required to pay for additional insurance if you choose to purchase it from the car rental company.

In all automobile accident cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of an automobile accident, call Loncar Associates now at (214) 747-0422 or CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SIMPLE CASE FORM. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.


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A paralegal meeting the minimum criteria for the exam should be able to use logical thought processes, elimination of incorrect answers and their expertise in the basic legal principles to correctly answer the test questions.

NFPA has developed many study tools to assist candidates preparing for the exam. Even an experienced candidate should thoroughly review the PACE Study Manual published by NFPA (available at www.paralegals.org) prior to taking the exam. Each chapter includes sample test questions with detailed explanations of the logical process to deduce the correct response.

Examinees also should review other sources, including paralegal textbooks, seminar materials, flash cards and bar charts for law students, and paraпїЅlegal journals such as The National Paralegal Reporter and Legal Assistant Today. In addition, NFPA offers a 50-question online practice exam that simulates test conditions.

NFPA encourages candidates to participate in a study group if possible. Study groups are organized at the local level, although NFPA can assist by providing sample guidelines, a sample syllabus and other information to help the study groups prepare for the exam. Study groups can be as formal or informal as the participants want. NFPA recommends that study groups meet at least once a week and follow the suggested syllabus over a seven- to eight-week period, although they can meet more often or less often. The group can be taught by members taking turns on the various study areas, or the group leader can solicit speakers from the legal community.

Study groups donпїЅt work for all paralegals. Many find it impossible to study any other way but individually. Recognizing that study groups are not an option for many paralegals, NFPA partnered with the American Institute for Paralegal Studies to offer a seven-week, online study course for PACE. This review course includes mentoring, discussions, homework assignments and online lectures, and ultimately provides a structured form of study. It also encourages a disciplined approach to study that many paralegals find difficult to maintain if they study on their own. The online course is available to anyone with an Internet connection and can be accessed any time. Many RPs credit the course for their success on the exam. The review course is offered several times a year, and more information is available at www.paralegals.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1 subarticlenbr=125.

RPs must meet CLE requirements, which include ethics training, to maintain their certification. RPs must renew their certification every two years and provide evidence of at least 12 hours of CLE (approved by the CLE coordinator on a case-by-case basis unless the CLE credits were obtained from a previously approved provider, e.g. bar associations, colleges and universities, etc.). At least one hour of CLE must be in ethics.

Making the Commitment

The single most important resource a PACE candidate can take into the test facility is the desire to become an RP. Making the commitment to take PACE is not something to be taken lightly or forced on anyone. The exam is voluntary, and candidates must be in the proper frame of mind to succeed. They must be confident of their skills and knowledge, but shouldnпїЅt approach the exam in an overconfident manner either.

Why should a paralegal take PACE? The reasons are as varied as the 500 plus RPs who have passed the exam to date, but they generally fall into the following categories:

Career paralegals want to validate their expertise by taking a nationally recognized certification exam;

In the absence of regulation, or with regulation on the horizon, paralegals want to establish their own identifiable standards of professional excellence;

National certification provides a sense of professional accomplishment;

Certified paralegals can gain recogпїЅnition and respect from peers;

Certified paralegals can enhance their marketability and stand apart from the rest of the uncertified paralegal workforce; and

Some employers offer higher salary levels or bonuses for certification.

Paralegals who face their fears and pass the exam gain a huge sense of professional pride and accomplishment. They are authorized to use the trademarked phrase пїЅPACE Registered
ParalegalпїЅ or пїЅRP.пїЅ Some RPs enjoy increased pay, promotions or new job opportunities. Some find themselves in positions of additional responsibility within their place of employment and take on leadership roles within the paralegal community. At a minimum, many new RPs note the increased peer recognition that comes almost instantly with the announcement of their certification.

One of the most important reasons to become an RP is that you want to become certified. Having a positive attitude is as critical to passing this exam as work experience and study. There are many resources to help prepare for the exam. With proper preparation and the right motivation, itпїЅs possible to pass PACE. For more information about PACE, please visit the NFPA Web site at www.paralegals.org and click on пїЅPACE/RP.пїЅ

By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS

When it comes to test time, if possible, find a place to stay near the exam site the night before the exam so you donпїЅt have to rush in on the morning of the test. Allow yourself the luxury of being able to do some last minute review the night before without staying up late.

Here are some additional recommendations:

Take vacation time the week before the test to prepare.

Transcribe handwritten notes from study group classes and create flash cards for quick and easy review.

Study a little at a time and donпїЅt focus on the whole exam.

Be prepared physically as well as mentally by getting plenty of sleep before the exam and eating well.

Stacey Hunt. CLA, CAS, is a freelance paralegal in the San Luis Obispo. Calif. area. She is the co-author of пїЅHot Docs and Smoking Guns: Managing Document Production and Document OrganizationпїЅ (Clark, BoardпїЅman, Callaghan, 1994) and пїЅThe Successful Paralegal Job Search GuideпїЅ (West, 2000). Hunt taught legal writing and ethics for the paraпїЅlegal studies program at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. and is a past president of the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. She is working on a new book for Delmar Publishing on evidence management for paralegals, due out in July 2007.

Ann W. Price. RP, is the vice president and director of PACE and serves on the board of directors for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. She is employed as a litigation case manager in the Washington. D.C. office of Patton Boggs. Prior to election to the national board, Price served as the assistant coordinator for PACE Ambassadors for three years and was the National Capital Area Paralegal AssociationпїЅs PACE Ambassador for six years. She is a member of the International Paralegal Management Association, serving on the IPMA Task Force on Paralegal Utilization. Price received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Va. and her paraпїЅlegal certificate from Merritt College in Oakland. Calif.


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Master of Legal Studies ( M.L.S. )

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S) degree is a 36 unit, two-year graduate program for individuals who desire to obtain an advanced knowledge of the law and the American legal system, but who do not wish to become lawyers. The degree program is designed for individuals in careers that involve interaction with lawyers and the legal system and for those who are entering professions where an understanding of legal reasoning and the legal system will improve their professional effectiveness. The M.L.S. degree program can be valuable to individuals in fields such as law enforcement, public administration, financial services, human resources, healthcare management, government regulation, non-profit management, court administration, and social services. M.L.S. students attend law courses that are part of the regular law school curriculum and are held to the same standards for attendance, participation, and grading as law students.

Disclaimer for Master of Legal Studies Degree

Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at Monterey College of Law other than the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

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Admission Requirements

  1. Submission of a completed M.L.S. Degree Program Application form and payment of the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Completion of the required undergraduate course of studies in an academic (non-vocational) program. For details of the undergraduate requirements, contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere at wlarivier u or 831-582-4000 ext. 1012.
  3. Official transcripts for all college, graduate school, and professional schools attended by applicant.
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. A personal statement on how the M.L.S. degree will advance the applicant’s professional or academic objectives.
  6. Please note that the admission requirements and admission application for the M.L.S. degree program is different than the concurrent MLS/JD degree program. Applicants interested in the concurrent MLS/JD program must meet the admissions requirements for that program and submit a MLS/JD application.

Applicants for the M.L.S. degree program are not required to take the LSAT, GRE, GMAT or other graduate admissions tests. If an applicant has taken one of these standardized graduate admissions tests, they are encouraged to include the scores on their application. Foreign applicants of non-English background may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit their official scores to MCL. Decisions on admissions are made on the basis of a “full file” review that includes each applicant’s previous academic record, test scores (if required or submitted), work experience, personal and professional recommendations, and a personal statement.

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of 36 units of graduate legal studies. A minimum of 18 units must be completed in residence at Monterey College of Law. Students are allowed flexibility in selecting courses in order to provide the opportunity to focus on specific areas of legal interest. There are 25 units of required courses and 11 units of electives.
  2. Required Courses (units): Contracts (6), Torts (6), Criminal Law (3), Constitutional Law (6), Legal Research (2), and Legal Writing Analysis (2).
  3. Elective Courses: The 11 units of electives may be selected from other law courses that are offered as part of the regular law curriculum (subject to pre-requisites for certain advanced law courses). In addition to regular law courses, elective units of clinical programs, research and writing, study abroad, or pre-approved independent study courses may be counted toward the degree requirements.
  4. A written project of a 5,000 to 7,500-word paper on a pre-determined legal issue is required.
  5. M.L.S. students are required to meet the same attendance requirements and are held to the same standards for class preparation and participation as regular law students.
  6. M.L.S. students are subject to all administrative policies, including the Student Honor Code, exam procedures, registration, payment of tuition and fees, academic disqualification, and grade appeals that are contained in the Student Handbook and are not specifically directed to the J.D. program.
  7. No units earned as part of the M.L.S. program are eligible to be applied toward the J.D. degree program, unless the student is enrolled in the concurrent MLS/JD program. A student in the J.D. program or the concurrent MLS/JD program may petition the Academic Standards Committee to request a transfer to the M.L.S. program.

Grading Standards

During their course of study, M.L.S. students will not be identified separately from J.D. students in courses, examinations, or the grading process. All papers, assignments, and exams will be graded using the MCL system for assigning student or exam ID numbers that protect student identity and ensures anonymous grading.

Administration Student Advising

The M.L.S. degree program will be under the academic direction and supervision of the MCL Dean or his designee. The regular departments of MCL will provide all other administrative services.

Faculty

Since all M.L.S. courses are regular J.D. courses, the faculty for the M.L.S. degree will be the same as for the J.D. program.

Scholarships, Awards Student Loans

Students in the M.L.S. program shall be eligible for scholarships, awards, and student loans. In some cases the students will be eligible for the same categories as regular J.D. students. For certain awards, special recognition will be developed for M.L.S. students.

Courses:

Required Courses (25 Units)

Contracts. This class covers enforceable agreements including requirements for the formation of a contract; problems of interpretation, consideration and its equivalent, damages for breach, the statute of frauds, illegality, and rights and liabilities of third parties arising from the contract itself or from assignment of contractual rights or delegation of duties.

Criminal Law. (3) Topics include substantive criminal law and elements of criminal responsibility, law of crimes against persons, property, and habitation, the theory of criminal responsibility, parties and defenses to crimes.

Torts. (6) The historical development and nature of non-contractual civil law that allocates the economic burden of various injuries. A study of the principles of liability for physical harm under theories of negligence, intentional torts, and strict liability, including the law governing defamation, invasion of privacy and other relational harms.

Constitutional Law. (6) A study of the United States Constitution with an emphasis on the theory and practice of judicial interpretation and review. Topics include the separation of federal powers, the relation of the federal government to the states and specific government powers (tax, treaty, war and commercial). The course also covers limitations placed on the exercise of governmental power, emphasizing the Bill of Rights, due process and equal protection clauses.

Legal Research. (2) A class to familiarize students with the basic foundations of legal research. Assignments include researching problems in the law library and researching and writing office memoranda, opinion letters and other documents. Computer assisted legal research is included.

Legal Writing and Analysis. (2) A course designed to improve analytical and written communication skills. Students work on simple legal problems, learning how to identify and analyze legal issues and express their legal reasoning. Assignments include exercises in case briefing, exam writing and drafting legal memoranda.

Elective Curriculum

The 11 units of electives may be selected from other law courses that are offered as part of the regular law curriculum (subject to pre-requisites for certain advanced law courses).

In addition to regular law courses, elective units of clinical programs, research and writing, study abroad, or pre-approved independent study courses may be counted toward the degree requirements. In certain circumstances, pre-approved, law-related graduate courses may be transferred from other law schools or graduate institutions and applied to the 36-unit graduation requirement. A minimum of 18 units must be completed in residence at Monterey College of Law.

A written project of a 5,000 to 7,500-word paper on a pre-determined legal issue is also required.


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For over 30 years, founding attorney, Christy Brad Escobar, has been practicing law with the aim of improving people’s lives. We think that tradition is important.

For over 30 years, founding attorney, Christy Brad Escobar, has been practicing law with the aim of improving people’s lives. We think that tradition is important.

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At Escobar Associates Law Firm, Ltd. we have more than 30 years of experience guiding people through legal issues, including divorce, adoption and other family law matters, as well as estate planning and probate. Our goal is to provide personalized legal counsel for each of our client’s unique needs.

Our background in counseling with family members gives us the ability to carefully listen to our client’s desires and translate them into legal strategies in a variety of legal areas. Our founding lawyer, Christy Brad Escobar, is known for his extensive legal knowledge in the core areas of family law. He knows how important it is to protect your rights as you face family law proceedings regarding divorce, child support and custody, guardianship and other significant decisions affecting your family. Escobar Associates Law Firm, Ltd. is also recognized as an established law firm facilitating adoption in Nevada.

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Starting a Case

Anyone 18 years of age or over can sue in Small Claims Court. If you are younger than 18, your parent or guardian may sue on your behalf. Only an individual can sue in Small Claims Court. Corporations, partnerships, associations, or assignees cannot sue in Small Claims Court. However, they can be sued in Small Claims Court. If you are a corporation, partnership, association or assignee, you can bring a Commercial Claim or Consumer Transaction. For more information, click on Commercial Claims and Consumer Transactions.

In general, the person suing is called the claimant. The person being sued is called the defendant. You may sue more than one person at the same time.

You must be the proper person to sue in Small Claims Court. For example, if you are involved in an accident while driving an automobile that is not registered in your name, you cannot sue for the damage caused to the automobile during the accident. Only the registered owner of the automobile can sue for the damages caused to the automobile.

To learn more about bringing a Small Claims Court case, continue reading below. You can also read the law on this procedure, by clicking on Civil Court Act section 1803 .

Where to Sue: Venue

A claimant must begin the lawsuit in the proper county. In general, a claimant can sue in the county where either party resides. If no party resides within the City, the action can be brought in the county where either party has employment or a business address. If the defendant does not have a residence, employment, or have a business address within the City of New York, you cannot bring the lawsuit in the Small Claims Court. To find the location in your county, click on Locations .

Starting the Case

To begin an action in Small Claims Court, a person, or someone acting on his or her behalf, must come to the Small Claims Court Clerk s office in the proper county and fill out a statement of claim. To find out where the clerk s office is located in your county, click on Locations. To find out when the Small Claims Court Clerk s office is open, click on Court Hours. You may also use an outside service to fill out your statement of claim and electronically file it with the Court. If you are interested in starting your case this way, click on electronic filing .

The person filling out the statement of claim must be able to explain the reason for the lawsuit, know the amount of the claim, and have the correct name and address, including zip code, of the person or business that is being sued. If you are not sure of the correct name of the business, you should go to the County Clerk s office in the county where the business is located and look up the certificate of doing business, photocopy the certificate and bring it to the court. The person filling out the statement of claim must be able to explain the reason for the lawsuit, know the amount of the claim, and have the correct name and address, including zip code, of the person or business that is being sued. If you are not sure of the correct name of the business, you should go to the County Clerk s office in the county where the business is located and look up the certificate of doing business, photocopy the certificate and bring it to the court. View and print the small claims claim form.

You can watch a short tutorial to explain how to fill in the form.

Small Claims Form Instructions:
Video (run time: 4:52 minutes/seconds, Windows Media format )
Written Transcript

You will have to pay the court fee to file your claim. If your claim is for an amount up to and including $1,000.00, there is a fee of $15.00. If your claim is for an amount over $1,000.00 and up to $5,000.00, there is a fee of $20.00. The fee must be paid by cash, certified check, money order or bank check made out to Clerk of the Civil Court. Personal checks will not be accepted.

The clerk will give you a date for the hearing. Small Claims Court hearings are usually held at 6:30 p.m. If you are a senior citizen, a disabled person, or a person who works during the evening, you may request that your small claims hearing be heard during the day. You or the person appearing on your behalf must show proof of age, or disability, or nighttime employment. The proof can be in the form of a letter from your job or from a doctor, a driver s license showing your birth date, or other similar documents.

If you live outside the City of New York and want to sue a party within the City of New York, you may file your claim by mail. Contact the Small Claims Court Clerk s office in the county where the defendant lives, works or has a place of business to obtain the necessary form.

The court system does not provide electronic filing at this time. However, several private vendors provide this service. The service provided by each of the vendors is different, and you must review their requirements. We advise that you review this entire website, as it offers a lot of information on how to proceed with your case.

The current vendors are:

Notifying the Defendant

After your claim is filed, the Small Claims Court clerk will serve a notice of your claim by sending it to the defendant. The notice of claim tells the defendant when to appear in Small Claims Court, and includes a brief statement of your claim and the amount of money you are requesting.

The notice of your claim will be sent to the defendant by certified mail and by ordinary first class mail. If the notice sent by ordinary first class mail is not returned by the post office within 21 days as undeliverable, the defendant is presumed to have received notice of your claim, even if the notice of claim sent by certified mail has not been delivered.

If the post office cannot deliver the notice of your claim (for example, the defendant may have moved without leaving a forwarding address), the court clerk will give you a new hearing date and will tell you how to arrange for personal delivery of the notice to the defendant. Anyone who is not a party to the small claim and who is 18 years of age or older can personally deliver the notice of claim to the defendant. The claimant or any other party to the action may not serve the notice of claim personally on the defendant.

If the notice of claim cannot be served on the defendant within 4 months after you filed your claim, your claim will be dismissed. If you learn new information about the defendant s location at a later date, you can file your claim again.

A small claims case will not proceed to trial until the defendant has been served with a notice of your claim.

The defendant may want to file a counterclaim. For information about this procedure, click on Counterclaims .

Preparing for Court

Before the date of the hearing, you should gather all the evidence that supports your claim or your defense. Evidence may include: photographs, a written agreement, an itemized bill or invoice marked paid, receipts, at least two itemized written estimates of the cost of services or repairs, a canceled check, a damaged item or article of clothing, or letters or other written documents. If there are records that are not in your possession, you may wish to subpoena them to be produced at the hearing date. For information about this procedure, click on Subpoenas .

You should also prepare any witnesses you plan to testify at the hearing in support of your claim or defense. The testimony of a person who has special or expert knowledge and experience concerning the subject of your claim may be necessary for you to prove your case. For example, if your claim involves the quality of medical care, you must find a doctor who is willing to give an opinion, in court, about the quality of the care you received. While you might find an expert witness who will testify at no cost to you, it is more likely that you will have to pay for an expert witness testimony.

If a witness, other than an expert witness, will not testify voluntarily, you can serve the witness with a subpoena requiring them to appear in court and testify. For information on how to do this, click on Subpoenas.


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The law firm of Benjamin & Shapiro, Ltd. has been helping injured people recover compensation for their injuries for over forty years. We are based in the heart of the Chicago Loop, literally steps from the courthouse. Our lawyers at Benjamin & Shapiro, Ltd. specialize in taking difficult cases to trial, when settlement is not possible.

Free Consultation, and remember, WE DO NOT RECOVER UNLESS YOU DO!

Accident and Injury Compensation

We are determined to help you recover compensation for the following types of cases:

  • Auto accident through negligence
  • Trucking accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Trip and falls
  • Animal bites
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Workman’s compensation
  • All cases involving negligence of another person resulting in injury

Personal Injury Courtroom and Trial Experience

Injury cases are ideally settled prior to litigation and trial. However, sometimes it is simply not possible; and that’s where the team of lawyers at Benjamin Shapiro, Ltd., has an edge over most law firms.

  • During Illinois Jury Verdict reporter’s recorded statistics, Benjamin Shapiro, Ltd., was listed in the top three Plaintiff’s law firms for the amount of cases taken to jury trial each year.
  • We are among the most experienced trial law firms in Chicago.

We’ve seen just about everything over the years!

We’ve seen just about everything over the years!

Personal Injury Compensation for the Greater Illinois Area

Another factor which separates Benjamin Shapiro, Ltd., is our ability and eagerness to help clients outside of Cook County. Unlike many personal injury firms based in the Chicago Loop, the team of lawyers at Benjamin Shapiro, Ltd., handles many cases outside of Cook County. Whether the case is in Lake County, Will County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kankakee County, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, our lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome through settlement with the insurance company of the negligent party, with the negligent party himself, or through litigation up to and including a trial by jury.

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Houston Family Law Attorneys

Board Certified Family Law Lawyers

At Short Carter Morris, LLP, we understand that divorce and family law matters can be emotionally charged events for you and your children. Our attorneys strive to minimize the stress associated with these issues by providing you with sound legal counsel and compassionate representation.

Our Houston law firm practices family law exclusively. Several of our attorneys, including all three of our partners, are board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. By completing this voluntary certification, our attorneys have demonstrated their high level of competence and dedication to family law. Each of us is also heavily involved in our legal community through participation in seminars and speaking engagements.

Our Houston family law attorneys represent clients statewide, with many of our clients coming from Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston area.

The Highest Standard of Legal Service

Clients retaining our firm receive the highest standard of legal service for their family law matters and we are always dedicated, diligent and highly responsive to their legal needs. Our attorneys have extensive experience in family law matters, from divorce and high net worth divorce to child custody and property division .

We have the depth of knowledge and resources to handle even the most complex financial issues associated with contested divorce and high net worth divorce. Our experience with inheritances and trusts, business ownership and valuation, division of IRAs, pensions and 401(k)s, and executive compensation plans gives our clients a distinct advantage in complex divorce cases. As experienced negotiators and litigators, we actively pursue the best interests of each person we serve.

Contact Our Southeast Texas Divorce Lawyers

If you need a Texas attorney for divorce, child custody, custody modification or another important family law matter, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our Houston office. We are located in the Galleria Area inside the Loop. To reach our firm, call 713-626-3345, or contact us online.

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Call 706-508-4292

Because The Amount of Money You Win Is The Amount Of Justice You Receive

Founded in Dalton, Georgia, in 1932, McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle Fordham, LLP, continues its unwavering commitment to quality legal services backed by the highest standard of professionalism and client service. The standards begun more than 80 years ago by attorneys Oliver R. Hardin and Carlton C. McCamy serve as the foundation of our approach to meeting our clients’ needs. We provide clients with an old-fashioned style of legal counsel and representation, backed by exceptional client service and satisfaction.

A Proud and Long Tradition of Service and Commitment to Our Clients

Bringing together the individual strengths and skills of our legal and professional staff, we work as a team to create a dynamic, sophisticated law firm that is recognized by legal professionals across the nation.

Aggressive, effective representation on behalf of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one because of another party’s negligence or misconduct. We are a leading car accident law firm that stands up to fight on behalf of plaintiffs throughout Georgia and Tennessee.

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Our family law attorneys strive to guide individuals and their families through this traumatic time with dignity, sensitivity and respect.

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We represent a number of local governments and public entities in transactional, employment, litigation defense and property development legal matters.

Recognized By Legal Professionals And Our Clients As A Pre-Eminent Law Firm

Our attorneys possess the skills and experience of large city firms but offer the benefit of retaining small-town values of flexibility, responsiveness and integrity. The firm has achieved high AV-Pre-eminent peer review rating for our ethical standards and legal knowledge.

From our offices in Dalton, Georgia, our attorneys provide legal counsel and representation for clients throughout Northwest Georgia and Southeastern Tennessee. Call us toll free at 800-798-3162 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced Dalton personal injury lawyers today.


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Constitutional Law
Batson is back [MCLE]
For only the second time in over 25 years, the California Supreme Court has found that a peremptory challenge violated the constitutional prohibition against racial discrimination in jury selection. By Laura Kelly and Mai Linh Spencer

Constitutional Law
Courts diverge on commercial speech [MCLE]
Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have granted ever-increasing First Amendment protection to commercial speakers. The 9th Circuit, however, seems to be moving in the opposite direction. By Richard A. Samp

Internet Law
Maintain immunity under the Communications Decency Act [MCLE]
What should you do if users start using your client’s website to post hateful, obscene or defamatory comments and images? User-posted content can damage your business image and, with the wrong set of facts, result in legal liability. By Matthew Lubniewski and Samantha Beatty

Evidence
Character evidence in civil cases [MCLE]
The objective of this article and self-study test is to review basic legal principles affecting the admissibility of character evidence in civil litigation. By Elia V. Pirozzi

Discovery
Maintain professionalism in depositions [MCLE]
To avoid the ire of the court and serious sanctions, attorneys taking and defending depositions should conduct themselves as if they were speaking before a judge. By J. Randolph Evans and Shari Klevens


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The D.C. Bar s unique and extremely successful Continuing Legal Education ( CLE ) Program is the subject of a feature article in the June 2017 Washington Lawyer Magazine. Diane Seltzer Torre, Chair of the CLE Committee who teaches numerous CLE programs each year, is quoted throughout the article regarding the courses offered and what sets the CLE.

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The Judges of the United States District Court of Maryland gave Diane Seltzer Torre their Exceptional Service Award

Employment law and civil rights law are constantly evolving areas of law. By focusing its practice on employment and civil rights matters, the Seltzer Law Firm is able to stay abreast of the latest developments in these fields, which best ensures that the firm s clients receive advice based on up-to-the-minute changes in the law.

The Seltzer Law Firm concentrates on employment law and civil rights litigation. The Firm s philosophy is to provide practical solutions to complex, as well as common, workplace issues. We appear before all federal and state trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as before administrative agencies

Diane Seltzer Torre earned her J.D. from American University s Washington College of Law in 1991, where she was a member of Law Review. She clerked for the judges of the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland after graduating from law school. She received her B.A. in Sociology, cum laude.

The Seltzer Law Firm concentrates on employment law and civil rights litigation. The Firm s philosophy is to provide practical solutions to complex, as well as common, workplace issues. We appear before all federal and state trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as before administrative agencies