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If I use divorce mediation, will I have to go to court?

In California, couples who use mediation can obtain a complete, legal divorce without ever having to go to court.  In fact, the Judicial Branch of California officially recommends that all couples consider divorce mediation as a way to save money while avoiding the hassle and stress of court appearances. But using mediation does not mean that a couple cannot go to court.  For example, a couple may... 

How Do I Go About Selecting A Divorce Mediation Attorney?

California has a high number of skilled and experienced divorce mediators.  Individuals who want to pursue divorce mediation but are not sure how to pick a mediator can use the following process as a basic guide. The first step is to create a short list of divorce mediators.  Divorce mediators can be found through personal referrals, online searches and legal directories such as Avvo or Nolo.  Although... 

Consider the Details when Estate Planning

Once you’ve drafted a will and advance directives and signed a health care proxy, take into consideration some of the less obvious things that may alleviate some of the burden on a loved one or family member.  Here’s a quick list: Access to Information The family needs to understand and have access to the individual’s documents. Three steps are recommended: creating a centralized and comprehensive... 

More deaths and injuries linked to GM ignition switch defect

The independent administrator of the General Motors (GM) compensation fund has found more deaths and injuries caused by the faulty ignition switches than GM originally found on its own. The new count includes at least six more deaths and four more injuries that GM has not acknowledged. And the independent administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, says that the number is likely to rise. As Feinberg told the... 

Investment company sues Burger King Europe in Texas federal court, claiming tortious interference

An investment company has filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court against Burger King Europe GmbH, accusing the fast-food giant of interfering with a contract. Chrisian Groenke, the sole shareholder of Strategic Global Investment Capital, Inc., claims that Burger King interfered with Groenke’s contract to sell his shares of German Burger King outlets to a joint venture that already owned 91 other... 

When Is Pre-Settlement Funding Appropriate?

Litigation can take a very long time; sometimes, cases drag on for years. During this time, if the injured person is suffering from serious injuries or disabilities, unable to work, and faced with reduced income, it may not be possible to wait until a settlement is reached. When savings are drained and family or friends can’t help, plaintiffs may consider pre-settlement litigation funding. The only... 

Respondeat superior may not apply for FedEx employees

The doctrine of respondeat superior typically applies wherever there is an employer/employee relationship. However, it does not apply to FedEx Ground drivers. They are not considered employees, but are instead classified as independent contractors. The company states that it does check its drivers before hiring them, but some bad apples still slip through the cracks. Consider the case of Gubani Quinteros... 

Counterfeit Surgical Screws Used in Spinal Fusions in Texas

The CEO of Spinal Solutions amassed a $22 million fortune by selling surgical screws for use in spinal fusions.  At one point, his company owned three corporate jets and flew spinal surgeons to Vail, Co. and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico for all-expense paid vacations. The company was known for its lavish strip club spending sprees and its purchase of court-side season tickets for the L.A. Lakers games.... 

The Date of Separation in California is Important

In California, couples need to mark the date of their separation. The date is necessary to determine property and spousal support rights and interests. Property acquired after the date of separation is deemed to be separate to each party; property acquired before the date of separation is community property. The difficulty is, many couples do not think to record their exact date of separation. Such... 

How do I get my mugshot off the internet? Feds may help, but for now you must seal or expunge your arrest record.

As a criminal record sealing and expunging lawyer, many people call me because they need to get their mugshot off the internet because they can not find a job or obtain housing because of their criminal background.  For now, you must seal or expunge your record to get your mugshot off the sheriff’s webpage.  You also must be eligible.  I often have people call and say “the sheriff or... 
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