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Criminal Law

How Does the Law Define Self Defense?

The metaphorical lines drawn between self-defense and assault are blurred for most people. Many debate the limits and permission of self-defense, with interpretations ranging from liberal to conservative. But regardless of common belief or misconceptions, it is the law and only the law that dictates the rules of self-defense. Continue reading to learn the true meaning of self-defense.Self-Defense LawDepending on which state you live in, the laws surrounding self-defense may vary. But ultimately, the basic rules are relatively the same across the board. For instance, Indiana legislation recognizes that citizens have the right to protect their home against unlawful intrusion, as well as, defend themselves and third parties from physical harm or crime. And this is essentially the same recogni

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Criminal Law

The Most Common Types of Fraud Crimes Committed Around the World

There are unlimited types of crimes that are categorized as fraud according to our nation's judicial system. From embezzlement to tax evasion, the list of possibilities, especially when combined, can truly be infinite. However, there seems to be a top 20 list of the most common fraudulent crimes committed all across the globe. Continue reading to learn which crimes top the list, what they entail, and what you can do if you are facing one.Common Fraud Crimes:BANK FRAUD - Common crimes include, tampering with checks, check fraud, altering checks, debit card fraud, account identity theft, stolen check fraud, gift card fraud, opening multiple accounts in an attempt to defraud, making insufficient deposits to cover debits, using a false identity to open accounts, counterfeiting checks, knowingl

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Elder Law

The Care Act 2014 and Caps on Individual Care Costs

IntroductionYou may have read in, or heard on, the news that The Care Bill became the Care Act 2014 when it received the Royal assent recently; on the 14 May 2014, to be exact. Potentially, the Care Act 2014 contains some major reforms that will have important consequences for people receiving care in their homes. A reform of huge significance for everyone involves an upper limit, a cap, being placed on the amount that you as an individual will have to pay for your domiciliary care.The Legislative ProcessThe Care Act 2014 (from now on referred to simply as the Act) is an Act of Parliament. An Act of Parliament - or a statute as it is often called - is law made by Parliament. Parliament consists of one elected body - the House of Commons - and two unelected bodies, the House of Lords and th

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Traffic Law

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – How Does It Affect You in the Future?

Any DUI case can affect you in the future at some point in your life. First offenders if they get a good DUI attorney can have the case watered down to you doing community service. The attorney needs to know the laws of your state, city or country where you live. Offenders especially if they are repeat offenders will have a harder time staying out of prison. They will be incarcerated and place in a rehab program. Some will go while others will not. Because drinking is a problem for these people they will not, realize the danger they are to themselves and others until it is too late.There have been some serious cases of DUI which have caused death or numerous deaths. There have been some cases which have left people crippled or paralyzed from the neck down. How will these victims of DUI be

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Personal Injury

How to Overcome: “Another Attorney Dropped His Fee to Just 25%”

One thing intake specialists have a hard time dealing with are objections and stalls from potential new clients. As I've written about earlier, most intake specialists come from a call center or customer service background-they don't have a strong sales background-so when they get stalls or objections, they usually fold on the call and let the prospect get away.In fact, just this week I was monitoring calls for a client firm I work with, and when a caller called in to cancel the day after signing the contract, the IS (intake specialist) literally said:"That's perfectly okay to take your time. Our agreement gives you three days to cancel and if you're not comfortable with our firm, then you can definitely walk away... "Seriously, she said, "You can walk away"! In fact, she went on for over

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Criminal Law

Can a Public Defender Bail Me Out of Jail?

Many people who are facing criminal charges in the United States cannot afford private legal counsel. And why should they? Private attorneys can cost an average of $500 an hour! And since it would be unfair to deny a person the right to sufficient legal counsel based on their income, the law provides governmental relief in the form of public defenders. Public defenders (PD's) are real lawyers, even though it might be common belief that they are not. In fact, they are equally skilled and experienced as any criminal attorney in a private practice.When a defendant cannot afford private counsel, they have the option of choosing a public defender. A court can either appoint defendants a PD, assigning them anonymously, or the defendant can choose to call the county's public defenders' office and

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Copyright

Trademarks and Copyrights – How Important Are They?

It is vital that you take care of the registration of your firm once you have started off with the business of your choice. The registration applies to the name of the company, the company logo and also a unique business code. The importance of registered trademark can never be ruled out and can save you a lot of trouble from fraudsters and also protect you from possible lawsuits arising out of copyright infringement. But first let us get a broader understanding as to what exactly is a trademark and also know the copyright registrations procedure.What Is a Trademark and what are the different types of it:Anything that is a distinct quality or characteristic of a person, a product, a service or a company such as a logo or a slogan or the company name or all of the above come under the purvi

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Elder Law

Utah Intestacy Laws Explained

Utah Intestacy Law will govern the distribution of property of the majority of those people who die in Utah.Intestacy is a fancy word for dying without a will or a trust. The Utah State Legislature decided over 60 years ago what would happen to a person's property if they did not make those decisions for themselves by making a will.A lot of people ask me what will happen when they die if they don't have a will or a trust in place. The answer to that is different based on their family situation and how the individual assets are titled.Basically, if someone do not talk about all the property that has a beneficiary already designated like life insurance, 401k's, IRA's, etc. and those assets that already are jointly owned i.e. a home, automobile, or land, then we have everything else that is s

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Personal Injury

Automatic Entry Gates – Personal Injury & Damage Claims – Part 1 of 2

A comprehensive look into automated entry gates, gate injuries, gate maintenance, and gate service providers. How to determine responsibility of involved parties and understand what leads to a claim. Specific technical aspects associated with motor controllers and gate functions are intentionally omitted from this article. This article is not intended to be a training manual for automatic gate operators for the general public. It is derived from many years of personal experience as an installer, service provider, and retained gate expert witness.Introduction:Property entry gates that are automatically operated by adjacent motor controllers are responsible for a myriad of different types of claims ranging from vehicular damage to wrongful death.In this article, generic automated motor contr

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Cyber Law

Data Protection As a Website Liability Issue

The much publicized lawsuits against Target arising from hacked breaches into its consumer credit and debit cards records is only the face of a rising trend of data protection lawsuits. Website liability today is no longer limited to what is on your website. It also includes the private data not publicly available.Have you wondered how a spammer obtained your email address? Often it is the result of a website being hacked and email addresses stolen. That type of activity is now leading to lawsuits against website owners by consumers who rightfully demand that their personal information be protected.The legal question that arises is - was the website negligent in maintaining, storing, and protecting private data?When a hack occurs, no matter how sophisticated, the answer is likely to almost

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