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Special Marriage Registration- Bangladeshi and Foreigner

  February 10, 2017     By M. R. I. Chowdhury & Associates
Bangladesh Government has made provision of registration of Marriage between Bangladeshi and Foreigner and also between Foreigners under The Special Marriage Act, 1872 which came into force on April-2012.Therefore, from April-2012 “Certificate of Marriage” of Bangladeshi and Foreigner received or issued from City Corporation or simply affidavit executed before the Notary Public or Magistrate Court shall have no legal effect according to The Special Marriage Act, 1872.

Why You Should Think Like an Attorney

  February 8, 2017     By John R. Colvin, Attorney at Law
Practicing law is different than you might think. Most attorneys don’t spend much of their time making eloquent speeches before juries. Television and the movies have type casted lawyers as masters of persuasion making dramatic objections, awing a riveted courtroom audience on behalf of their clients. . However, the normal day to day work of a practicing attorney is much less glamourous and involves hours of reading, investigating, talking to clients and preparing legal documents.

10 Legal Keys to Business Success

  January 24, 2017     By Schmitt Schneck Smyth Casey & Even, P.C.
Avoiding legal pitfalls that may be holding back your business, exposing you to increased risk, or preventing you from getting the greatest benefit from your attorney-client relationship.

Grounds for Annulment of Marriage in Jamaica

  January 18, 2017     By Blair Foreman & Co.
What is an annulment? Annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage between a man and a woman. The legal effect of annulling a marriage is that the marriage is completely erased as though it technically never existed and was never valid.

Stamp Duty in Cyprus

  December 30, 2016     By Kaimakliotis LLC
There have been recent amendments to the Stamp Duty Law of Cyprus (Law 19/1963) (the “Law”) with the aim of modernising and simplifying the Law. The main amendments relate to the rates of stamp duty payable for different types of documents. This short memo provides an overview of the stamp duty regime in Cyprus

Publishing Articles with Unique Content on HG.org = Reaching More Visitors Looking for Legal Help

  December 18, 2016     By HG.org
Whether you walk in the door under your own shingle on Main Street or take your coffee in the corner office on the 42nd floor in Midtown, you are always on the leading edge of every aspect affecting your areas of practice.

Legal Risks All Home Improvement Contractors in New Jersey Must Know

In New Jersey, almost all home improvement contractors fail to follow the numerous requirements imposed upon them by the Consumer Fraud Act and the Home Improvement Contractors Registration Act.

Inheritance Procedure in Romania for UK citizens

Inheritance and succession issues in relation to UK citizens with assets in Romania are one of the areas about which we are being asked more and more to advise upon. As a Romanian law firm whilst we deal and advise on succession in relation to all countries in respect of Romanian issues, I wish to look briefly at the position so far as a UK succession is concerned

Know your Client - Romanian Corporate Governance

KYC or know your client seems to be a mantra repeated by many institutions these days, whether is it from banks of financial authorities the mantra KYC is repeated.

Child Abduction in Romania

The custody and control of children are under Romanian law that of the parents and to those who the courts delegate this authority. Parental authority involves both rights and obligations for the parents for the education and raising of children. The rule is that parental authority is exercised jointly by both parents, regardless of whether they are married or divorced.

3 Must-Have Types of Legal Videos

Our team has worked with numerous attorneys over the years, and by far the most common goals have been generating more leads, which convert to clients, and more time, so attorneys can focus on growing their practices. By implementing these 3 types legal videos for your firm, you can do just that.

Complaints of Serious Complications With the Use of ESSURE® Likely to Result In Litigation

ESSURE® complications may lead to litigation.

Why Outsource Your Legal Service of Process?

Law firms have increasingly begun to address the explosion of costly high-volume litigation matters by teaming with a dedicated legal outsourcing provider to optimize their internal efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Service of process is a very important part of the litigation process and law firms, county family court offices and corporate legal departments can safely outsource to an experienced process service agency.

Company Formation in Romania

The first question international clients usually ask lawyers in Romania is how long will it take to incorporate a company. For an experienced law firm, that should be an easy question to answer, but like most things in the current business world, the answer is not as simple as the question would lead you to believe.

New Directive in EU Law on Trade Secrets and Know-how

Whilst the protection of Know-how and Trade Secrets is usually covered in local law there is often confusion as to how this will translate internationally and how will clauses covering this in a contract governed by one law be considered in another jurisdiction.

Romanian Employment Regulations

Being an employer in any jurisdiction seems to become more complicated as time goes on. I was recently reminded of this when we were advising an international client of the Firm on employment issues in Romania.

A Trap in Romanian SRL Statutes for the Unwary

Most investors and companies that wish to incorporate a company in Romania chose to form a limited liability company (SRL). As Romanian lawyers we are often asked to advise on the type of company to be formed. In many cases we agree with the client’s initial instructions as to the form of the company to be incorporated.

Data from Past Claims

In an effort to reduce the number of medical malpractice lawsuits and develop more effective safety protocols and prevention strategies, malpractice insurers and other medical groups are closely examining thousands of past claims in order to gain a better understanding of why doctors are sued and identify the issues that compromise patient safety.

Delaware Bill for Homosexuality as Marital "Misconduct"

A bill recently proposed in Delaware could have an impact on how other states consider homosexuality when a couple declares legal grounds for divorce. In order to file for divorce in Delaware, an individual must file a Petition for Divorce, where they declare a specific “grounds” upon which the divorce is being sought. Delaware courts can enter a decree of divorce if they find that a marriage is irretrievably broken, which is characterized in part by one spouse’s misconduct

The Art of Constructon Contract Drafting

A well-written contract is more than a fill-in-the-blank form. It's unique, it reflects your business principles, and it reflects your values. Make sure your contracts reflect the personality and the tone you desire.

Can I Take the Bar Exam If I Am not a Citizen?

  By HG.org
Individuals who want to be lawyers generally must pass a bar exam. This test is perceived as one of the most grueling in the country, requiring many individuals to invest an entire legal education and post-graduation months preparing for it. The test is created in such a way that it should indicate whether a person is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction.

Spoliation in Georgia

The changes made by the Georgia Supreme Court in June of 2015 in regards to spoliation in the State of Georgia.

Useful Legal Tips for Choosing the Best Domain Name

Useful legal rules for choosing the best domain name and well as the necessary checks, that are recommended to be performed in order to avoid violation of earlier rights.

Is It Important to Hire an Attorney with Specialized Experienced Handling Specific Case Types?

The decision regarding whether or not to hire an attorney – and whom to hire if so – is one of the biggest that an individual who is considering filing a civil action will ever make. When considering whom to hire, clients will often mull over an attorney’s rates, case history, or like-ability. But what clients sometimes overlook, yet what is very important, is hiring an attorney with specialized experience handling specific case types.

Cyprus: Warrant of Search Issued against a Lawyer Cancelled Due to Violation of Legal Professional Priviledge

In the recent case, Antonakis Andreou & Co LLC, a Supreme Court Judge, in Certiorari proceedings, cancelled a warrant issued against a lawyer and his law firm, for the search of the lawyer’s premises, on the ground that the law firm withheld certain important documents, relating to the alleged commission of serious crimes, by a client of the law firm.

Using of Facsimile in Business Practice in Ukraine

The facsimile is a technical way of signing documents that reproduces the signature of empowered person; actually it confirms the validity of certain transactions or relationships. Is it legally to use a facsimile?

Collective and Certification Trademarks in Bulgaria

According to Article 9, paragraph 1 of the Law on Trademarks and Geographical Indications, trademark is a graphically represented sign used to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from those of another. Such signs may be words, including names of persons; letters; numerals; drawings; figures; the shape of goods or of their packaging; combination of colors; sound signals or any combination of such signs.

Actions that Should be Taken by Trademark Owners for the Successful Protection of their Trademarks in Bulgaria

What actions trademark owners should take for the successful protection of their trademarks over the years. It is important to be noted that the present material reflects the applicable Bulgarian legislation.

3 Stages That Convert Leads From Video into Clients

Our team has worked with numerous attorneys over the years, and by far the most common goals have been generating more leads, which convert to clients, and more time, so attorneys can focus on growing their practices. By following the inbound marketing methodology and the buyer’s journey, you can do just that.

Why Trademark Applicants Are Advised to Conduct a Preliminary Trademark Search?

Why it is important a preliminary trademark search to be performed.

Trademark Monitoring – An Important Preventive Tool Every Trademark Owner Should Use

It is important to be noted that the present material reflects the applicable Bulgarian legislation. This article describes why trademark monitoring is an important preventive tool, which every owner of a trademark is advised to use and which Bulletins should be monitored.

Trademarks Registration Procedure in Bulgaria

A detailed description of the trademarks registration procedure in Bulgaria.

The Law Upside Down: What This Means for Business

Like many industries worldwide, the legal world finds itself upside down. Once the full-service law firm billing its clients by the hour dominated, now clients are demanding more focused legal expertise offered at competitive – sometimes fixed – prices.

Power of Attorney in the UAE

A Power of Attorney is a notarised letter of authority given by a person or a company to another person or a company, which allows them to act for and on behalf of the original person in various government departments and for contractual purposes. The attorney and the person giving it must be over 21 years of age and must be of sound mind.

How to Prepare for a First Meeting with an Attorney

Choosing an attorney can be a mind-numbing experience. That first meeting can be scary, but simple preparation will make the experience better. Most attorneys offer free initial consultations, which is a time for you meet, briefly discuss your situation, and then decide if you want this person to work for you. What you may not have thought of is that the attorney is also looking across the desk and deciding whether he/she wants to work with you.

Recognition of Foreign Judgements in Turkey

According to Turkish Private International Law (“Law”), a foreign judgments may be executed. The execution of the judgments in Turkey rendered by the foreign courts in relation to the civil actions and finalized in accordance with the laws of that state depends upon the rendering of the exequatur by the competent Turkish court.

Termination of Distribution Agreements under Turkish Law

In international or local trade relations, termination of distribution agreements especially by manufacturers come frequently to the fore.

Legal Aspects of Real Estate Purchase of Foreign-Capital Companies in Turkey

Due to Turkey’s rapidly financial growth and increasing population, real estate market has been developing for last five years.

Distribution Agreements in Turkish Law

Due to developments particularly in telecommunication technologies and transport since last century, more products have been demanded by customers in other countries than their place of manufacture.

Judicial Collection in Costa Rica: Law 8624 Calls for Expeditious Judicial Collections

The Judicial Collection Law (#8624), effective in Costa Rica since May 20th, 2008, completely changed the way the judicial collection files were processed, and put in order those people who failed to comply with the payment of debts, regardless the amount.

Dubai Court's Ruling Against Developer

Dubai Court ordered developer to compensate buyer for the shortfall in the size of the sold property and all its supplemented areas.

Family Offices

Many family offices (FO) started their business as so called single family offices, where the family owns the FO and serves only the owner family. Instead of covering the entire operative costs, many owners of single FO decided to offer its services to other families as well. This concept is called multi-family office (MFO) or multi-client family office. Only a few MFO have founded their business independently, without a large family backing it.

What Do I Do When my Current Attorney is Pushing me into a Settlement I Don’t Feel is Adequate?

When you hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, you expect that lawyer to make sure you get all the money you deserve. If your attorney is pushing you into a settlement that you don’t feel is adequate, you may feel frustrated. Your lawyer works for you, not the other way around. If you feel a settlement is inadequate and your current attorney won’t or can’t give you a satisfactory explanation as to why you should accept this low settlement, get a second opinion.

The Perils of Do-it-Yourself Internet Law

There is an unmistakable trend revealing itself in growing numbers of new cases: the “Instant Internet Lawyer.” This term refers to a growing corps of do-it-yourself amateur attorneys who believe that a few hours of web research, aided and abetted perhaps with discussions with total strangers on blogs, they are qualified to handle their own legal matters. Internet or no Internet, the old rule still applies: a person who handles his or her own legal matter has a fool for a client.

Are Verbal Agreements Binding?

  By HG.org
Verbal agreements are contracts even though they were not memorialized in a writing. Assuming that the contract is valid, the verbal agreement between two parties is binding. However, verbal contracts may have unique complications to them.

62% Take 121 Days to Settle Invoices

The Queen’s Speech confirmed a new Conservative Enterprise Bill which, for most SMEs, cannot come into play soon enough! The bill is aimed to help small business in settling late payments and disputes.

5 Easy Steps to Derail Your Attorney/Client Relationship

When clients come to me for legal advice, I assume they will consider my advice, if not follow it. However, for sake of argument, let’s say you are different and you want to know the best ways to negatively impact the attorney/client relationship.

Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) in Egypt

Legal process outsourcing is the process of obtaining legal support in different areas of practice from an outside law firm or legal support services company. The LPO system, according to a survey conducted by evalue survey is considered one of the fastest growing industries in the knowledge of process outsourcing (KPO).

Top 5 Qualities of a Good Lawyer

To become a lawyer is to become a man/woman of many hats. Law schools will teach you some of the skills you need, but they can't teach character. In order to become a "good" lawyer, you have to naturally have certain qualities. Some of these qualities you've discovered within yourself in your time as a law student, but others may need to be worked on.

Accidental Violations of Court Orders

  By HG.org
Many clients come to attorneys when they have accidentally violated a court order. Whether due to an accident or misunderstanding, the consequences can be quite severe. So, what can be done when you have accidentally violated a court order?

Is It Legal to Keep Abandoned Personal Possessions?

  By HG.org
Anyone who has ever found someone else's wallet has probably experienced that momentary moral dilemma of deciding whether to return the wallet or to keep the contents. Wherever you may have come down on that decision, the law actually does have some fairly clear guidelines for how such situations should be handled.

After a Riot, Who Pays for the Damage?

  By HG.org
Riots have erupted all over the United States in recent years, often in the wake of racial tensions created by police activities. Often beginning as peaceful protests, these demonstrations sometimes degenerate into violent riots where people and property suffer harm, leaving innocent people to pick up the pieces. This has led many to ask who should pay for the damage after a riot?

What is Tort Reform?

  By HG.org
The term “tort reform” has been a favorite in the news for years, but what does it really mean? What is a tort, why does it need to be reformed, and what kind of change needs to be made?

Documents Mistakenly Disclosed: Litigation Privilege

When will the courts disallow the use of documents that have been fraudulently or mistakenly obtained? A recent case in the UK has given useful guidance on when ‘privileged’ documents could be used in the course of litigation.

What Are the Conditions Needed to Qualify for a Pro Bono Lawyer?

  By HG.org
Lawyers can be very expensive. They are highly trained professionals with in-demand skills that make them able to charge increasingly high fees for their time, knowledge, and services. But, some attorneys are willing to offer at least a portion of their time to help the less fortunate. So, how do you get pro bono legal representation?

What is the Difference Between an Attorney and a Paralegal?

  By HG.org
When preparing to deal with legal matters, many people experience concern over the expense associated with using an attorney. As a result, many have sought do-it-yourself solutions or paralegal services to help them with their cases. This leads many to ask what the real difference is between an attorney and a paralegal?

What to Expect when Meeting Your Attorney for the First Time

Despite what some popular jokes insinuate to the contrary, lawyers are people, too. They understand that it’s common for potential clients to be nervous or anxious when meeting for the first time. Try to remember that attorneys are there to help you. Knowing what to expect can ease your mind.

How Do Attorneys Charge for their Work?

  By HG.org
When a person needs to hire an attorney, one of the first questions he or she asks is how much it will cost. Different attorneys charge different ways for their work. Here is an overview of some of the possibilities.

When Do I Need a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
With a variety of self-help forms and resources available to individuals today, it may be tempting to attempt to do legal work yourself and avoid the often expensive endeavor of having to hire a lawyer. However, many tasks are better suited for a professional.

Questions to ask a Small Business Lawyer Before Hiring

  By HG.org
Small business lawyers play a vital role in the formation and retention of a business. They are also a source of trust and expertise for small businesses that must rely on their work and advice. Here are several questions to ask a small business lawyer before deciding to hire him or her.

How to Respond to a Subpoena

  By HG.org
A subpoena is a court-ordered mandate telling a person to show up in court or a deposition at a certain time or to provide a party of a case with certain information. Individuals who ignore a subpoena can find themselves in civil or criminal contempt of court. However, a person may not need to blindly comply with the subpoena.

Can a Joint Account Be Garnished?

  By HG.org
When a creditor wants to ensure that it will quickly receive the funds that it is due, it may go after any funds or assets that it can get its hands on. In some situations, creditors may prefer to garnish a bank account rather than go after an employee’s wages. In many situations, the creditor may be able to access funds in a joint account.

What is a Retainer Agreement in Personal Injury Claims?

During the initial meeting between the personal injury lawyer and the victim or a car accident, the types of services that will be provided and the costs of those services are discussed. The client is normally asked to sign a retainer agreement, which is a contact between the lawyer and the client setting out all the terms of the professional relationship.

Discovery and Depositions in Germany

Taking depositions in Germany can be easy with the proper planning and scheduling.

Claims of Lawsuit Abuse Are Not Backed Up by the Facts

To hear some critics tell it, Illinois is overrun with too many lawsuits. Travis Akin, of the group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), claims that “jackpot justice” has turned the Illinois courts into a “judicial hellhole.”

Can I Break Up and Fire My Attorney?

  By HG.org
Sometimes despite an attorney’s best intentions, he or she may find that a client is not happy with the services provided. In many situations, a client can fire his or her attorney at will. However, there may be times when this right is limited. Before firing your attorney, be sure to consider negative consequences and any alternatives.

Implementation of Infrastructure and Facilities in Handling Household Waste in Indonesia

  By Leks&Co
Provisions of law concerning Management of Household Waste are regulated in Government Regulation Number 81 of 2012. To implement certain articles of that Regulation it is necessary to stipulate a new Regulation by the Minister, called Regulation of the Minister of Public Works 03/PRT/M/2013 (hereinafter referred to as: "Regulation 03/PRT/M/2013").

The Tao of Discovery

More than two thousand years ago, the Chinese warrior-philosopher Sun-Tzu wrote a treatise on military strategy called The Art of War. Since that time, this legendary text has become required reading throughout Asia. Whether in business school, the armed forces, or in law school, it is likely that every student is familiar with the fundamental principles of Sun-Tzu’s masterpiece.

Will my Designated Beneficiary Receive the Proceeds from my Life Insurance Policy?

The answer should be yes, but if you have had major life events in your family, such as births, adoptions, divorce, marriage, or deaths, your loved ones may be in for a surprise. If you fail timely to update your beneficiaries, or fail to provide a paper trail showing your intent to keep them the same, you may unwittingly be disinheriting a child or benefiting an ex-spouse.

CA Hwy 74 Motorcycle Injuries, Fatalities and Vehicles Going Over the Side

The stretch of Hwy 74 that runs from Palm Desert toward Mountain Center and then toward Idyllwild as Hwy 243, is a scenic paradise with views of both the desert floor and the pine trees and firs that greet you as you get closer to the Mountain Village of Idyllwild. Known as the Palms to Pines Highway, it is a magnet for motorcycle riders who love the challenge presented by the curves in the road that take them in both directions. It’s also a death trap for the unwary or inexperienced rider.

CA Hwy 86 Injuries and Fatalities, Once Again a Killer Highway

Hwy 86 runs from Interstate 10 to Calexico. It passes through Indio, Thermal, Brawley and El Centro. Once known as “The Killer Highway,” stoplights were installed at some intersections to prevent broadside collisions. Anyone who’s driven the highway, knows it’s still dangerous because of the cross traffic. Now, once again, the highway is taking its toll.

I-10 Big Rig Crashes and Tractor-Trailer Rollovers in the Coachella Valley

The truck speed limit on the I-10 through the Coachella Valley is 55 mph. Most truckers drive through the valley at faster speeds. It would be easy to blame all of the big rig crashes and tractor-trailer rollovers in the Coachella Valley on speed, but there are too many other factors, including the negligence of others. With trucks that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, the passengers in cars and pickups they hit have a lesser chance to survive.

Cathedral City CA Hit and Run Accidents and Fatalities, a Coachella Valley Tragedy

The families of hit and run victims in Cathedral City and their attorneys just want answers. How can a bicyclist be hit by a hit and run vehicle, then a second pedestrian be hit by the same vehicle just moments later, then hit a second time by a paramedics vehicle transporting the first victim, and then hit yet by yet a third hit and run vehicle? These deaths in October 2014 would be just two in a string of recent hit and run wrongful deaths in the Coachella Valley.

Distracted Holiday Shoppers Causing Car Accidents and Pedestrian Injuries

It’s that time of year, Christmas, that dangerous time in California for drivers and pedestrians which accident attorneys and insurance adjusters know all too well. It’s Christmas. People in cars and pedestrians alike are distracted. They’re shopping, and coming from Christmas parties. Some are unfamiliar with the roads. Others forget what to do when it starts to rain.

The Christmas Tort, For Christmas Dishes You’ve Had to Eat and Lies You Were Told

It’s time to give personal injury lawyers a tort that can improve the lives of people at Christmas. How long are family members going to suffer at Christmas after being served dishes that should have stayed in the 50's, for lies told to them by their parents, and for Christmas traditions they never agreed to take part in, without being able to obtain some type of relief for the distress, the stomach pain and heartburn they’ve endured? Well no more. It’s time for the Christmas Tort.

Twentynine Palms Marine Accidents and Fatalities on CA Hwy 62, The Killer Highway - A Personal Injury Tragedy

At least 182 people have died on CA Hwy 62 since 2002. More than 90 lives have been lost since 2007. The risks of dying on Hwy 62 make this highway a dangerous road to travel and the stretch of Hwy 62 from 29 Palms to Palm Springs one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in California. Marines from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and personal injury attorneys who represent grieving families know all too well what is known as “The Killer Highway.”

My Kid Got Arrested, What Now? Choosing a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Designed to provide parents with specific things to consider before choosing a criminal defense lawyer to represent his/her child who has been charged with a crime.

My Kid Got Arrested, What Now? The Pennsylvania Criminal Process For Parents

Designed to provide parents with general information about the Pennsylvania criminal process in the event that their child has been charged with a crime.

Paternity Suit in Turkey Under Turkish Family Law

Paternity Suits in Turkey under Turkish Family Law. Results of Paternity suits will enable the mother to request financial support from the father.

Is it Worth it to Pursue my Case?

In both evaluations – winning and execution evaluations- there must be a good channel of coordination between the plaintiff, which is the client, and his lawyer.

Recognition of a Foreign Judgment and Public Policy Requirement

Do you have court order from court of your country that you wish to seek recognition of it in Turkey, but you are concerned that it might not be recognized, because it does not contain the grounds on which the decision is built? Well, here is a good news!

I Would Like to Change My Defense Lawyer. How Can I Do This?

  By HG.org
At times, a criminal defendant may find that he or she is not satisfied with the attorney that was hired for one reason or another. Generally speaking, a defendant who has been appointed a public defender or who hired a private attorney can fire the original attorney and hire a new private attorney when he or she wants to do so. Usually, the defendant does not need court approval in order to take this action. However, there may be consequences to taking this action.

I Have a Legal Question – Who Can Help Me?

  By HG.org
Each day that goes by may present a unique legal problem. You may have a dispute with a neighbor regarding differing opinions on the boundary. You may be fighting for custody of your children in family court. You may have been hurt in an accident when you were heading to work. The following list provides potential resources to assist you if you have a legal question.

How to Confirm a Lawyer Accreditation

  By HG.org
Lawyers may receive accreditation to practice law or to practice in a particular area. While lawyers may focus in particular areas, state ethic rules regarding professional conduct generally prohibit lawyers from advertising that they are “certified” or that they “specialize” in particular areas unless they receive such certification from a particular agency, such as the state bar.

I Cannot Pay for a Lawyer. What Should I Do?

  By HG.org
Most people do not anticipate that they will need an attorney and as such do not save for such an expensive need. While many lawyers charge hundreds of dollars per hour for their services, there are a few options available for individuals who are unable to pay for an attorney.

Up Close and Personal: The Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act

The Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (“the Act”) came into force on 15 November 2013. With it, businesses in Malaysia are now faced with additional responsibilities and requirements when it comes to dealing with personal data of their employees, suppliers, and customers. This article summarizes the key issues to note under the Act.

Expunctions in Texas

A criminal record can have far-reaching consequences, even if the criminal charges do not result in a conviction. Fortunately, Texas law provides an opportunity for expunction to people who were arrested but their cases were dismissed or they were found not guilty after trial. However, you will not be eligible for an expunction if you were placed on probation, deferred adjudication, or you finished your case by doing jail time.

What to Do if a Default Judgment is Taken Against You

A default judgment is a judgment that is taken against someone that’s been sued when the person sued (defendant) is served with a lawsuit but ignores the lawsuit, fails to file the proper documents (an Answer) or otherwise make him or herself known to the court.

Lessor Beware: Estoppel by Deed in Oil and Gas Leases Comes to Pennsylvania

This case illustrates the critical need of a grantor to know the exact extent of his or her ownership interest when conveying an ownership or leasehold interest.

Guidance by the Ministry of Justice on Apostille and Cyprus Public Documents

The Ministry of Justice and Public Order, which is the public authority designated as a Central Authority for the purpose of implementation of the Hague Convention of the 5th of October 1961 on the Abolition of the Obligation for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents (enacted in Cyprus through Laws 50/72 and 91/72) (the “Hague Convention”), has recently issued informative guidelines regarding the placement of apostille on Cyprus public documents.

Five Points You Should Know About the Cheques (Checks) in the UAE

The payment of the cheque (check in American English) should not be conditional. Whereas, if the payment of the cheque was related to some conditions, and those conditions were not fulfilled, the cheque will still remain due on its date

Dealing with Harassment from Debt Collectors

The Texas Debt Collection Act and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibit debt collectors from taking certain actions when dealing with alleged debtors. They also provide remedies for people when collectors fail to comply with the statutes. This article is to help you determine whether a debt collector has violated the law and what you can do about it.

Resisting Arrest Without Violence

Usually when people think about “resisting arrest” they imagine a suspect physically resisting the arresting officer who try to restrain them. It should surprise no one that this act is illegal and comes with additional charges. You may not be aware that a person can face resisting arrest charges whether they touch the officer or not.

HK New Companies Law : Key Changes relating to Private Companies

With a view to enhance corporate governance, facilitate business operations and modernise the legal infrastructure for incorporation and operations of companies in Hong Kong, a complex new Companies Ordinance (CO) was enacted and 12 pieces of subsidiary legislations on technical and procedural matters were introduced.

How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Attorney

  By HG.org
Few areas of legal practice are as crowded as the personal injury field. In most jurisdictions, billboards, website banner ads, television commercials, radio spots, yellow pages and magazine ads, and other forms of advertising permeate our consciousness with pitches for different personal injury attorneys. With so many choices and so much information, how does one choose the best personal injury attorney?

Laws Regarding Sleeping

  By HG.org
I used to attend and speak at events designed to educate youth on the legal profession. I would often start my presentation asking the children if they could think of anything for which there was not some related law. Invariably, several of the kids would shout out “sleeping!” But, as I would point out, there are actually quite a few laws that have some impact on sleeping. Here are a few:

Common Advertising Mistakes that Get Lawyers in Trouble

  By HG.org
Although it seems impossible to drive around any city in America without seeing billboards advertising attorneys or hear radio ads for law firms, attorneys are actually one of the most heavily regulated industries when it comes to advertising. Most rules make sense, like avoiding doing anything that would mislead the general public. But, there are a few that are easily and commonly violated, though not often considered until the damage has already been done.

What is the Difference Between an Attorney a Paralegal and a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
One common area of confusion for those outside the legal profession is the difference between various job titles among legal professionals. After all, in many jurisdictions there are now paralegal firms that offer services that to some might seem similar to what an attorney can do. So what is the difference between an attorney and a paralegal, an attorney and a lawyer, and other legal professionals?

What is Hearsay?

  By HG.org
Easily, one of the most complicated subjects for law students to grasp and one of the most commonly misused terms in the English language is hearsay. Many incorrectly use it to refer to something that is speculation or rumor. What is hearsay? Is it admissible in court? Are there exceptions?

Who or What Can Legally be Considered a Person

  By HG.org
Since the dawn of civilization, there has been an ongoing philosophical and political debate about who or what can legally be considered a person. Traditionally, this took on the debate of whether certain human minority groups should be afforded the same rights and obligations as those in power. But, the debate has shifted in recent years to one involving non-humans. So, what makes a “person,” legally speaking.


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