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  • How Can a Lawyer Help You in Small Claims Court?
      by HG.org

    Small claims court provides an alternative avenue for individuals to pursue claims of a lower value, usually for a maximum claim of $5,000. These proceedings tend to be less formal than other types of court proceedings. However, a lawyer’s experience and knowledge may make the difference between winning or losing a case.

  • 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.

  • 5 Common Legal Missteps Many Small Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them

    Whether you are just beginning to think about forming your own business, or you've been "in the game" for years, there are 5 legal missteps that anybody can make, and that are made all too often. Luckily, however, these common missteps are also fairly easy to avoid, with just a bit of knowledge and planning!

  • Critical Change for Serving Preliminary 20-Day Notices for Arizona Public Projects

    On April 30, 2015, Arizona’s most common construction industry practice for serving a Preliminary Twenty Day Notice (“Prelim”) on an Arizona public project—first class mail with certificate of mailing—was invalidated by the Arizona Court of Appeals in Cemex Construction Materials South, LLC v. Falcone Brothers & Associates, Inc.

  • 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.

  • Is it Possible to Appeal my Case?

    There are two ways to appeal any judgment or non-final order handed down in a courtroom. The first way is to report a misapplication by the judge. This is otherwise known as an error of law. The other way is to make an argument that there was not enough evidence to support the final judgment.

  • Uninhabitable Conditions in California - The Right of a Tenant To Move Out And Break Their Lease

    In certain circumstances, California Civil Code Section 1942 allows a tenant or lessee to move out of a rented property without prior notice when the property is uninhabitable. A rented property must be fit for humans to live in. When it is so unhealthy as to be a danger to the renter, the renter has the right to leave the premises even when there is a lease. However, there are steps to take before doing so in order to support your claim that the property is uninhabitable.

  • 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?

  • Personal Injury Attorneys In California Need To Be On The Lookout For Legionnaires’ Disease

    Few people realize Legionnaires’ Disease can occur in nearly any location. The first reported outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak was at a Legionnaires Convention at a hotel in Philadelphia in 1976. Since then, outbreaks have been traced in California and other states to building water systems, spas and pools, fountains, and ventilation and cooling systems in hospitals, nursing homes, apartment complexes, shopping centers, fitness centers, dental offices, and individual homes.


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