U.S President Obama passed a legislation to have a reform in the immigration system of the United States. Unfortunately, the bill is not that easy to pass because of several hurdles.
Obama wanted to reform the current immigration system to increase the spending on border security. This in turns allows the immigrants (undocumented ones) to pursue citizenship after passing some requirements. Here are some of those mentioned by Obama:
- Pass background checks
- Learn English
- Pay taxes and penalty
- Go back to the line of coming to America legally
Why can’t the immigration reform be passed?
Though President Obama has many reasons on why do he wanted to have a reform in the immigration system, other people see it negatively and doubted the outcomes of such reform if ever. This keeps the immigration reform remains a bill and not a Law. There are three major hurdles President Obama is currently facing: read more
Phones – from telephones to the latest mobile phones – have changed the life of many people today. Phones made it easier for people to connect to their loved ones who are far away or business partners all over the world. The existence of phones has immensely helped communication become easier and lighter today.
On top of that, the internet has also made communication easier by means of electronic messaging or what is popularly known as e-mails. Email providers such as Yahoo! and Gmail backs up many e-mail accounts that people use today. However, the privacy and security of the conversations and messages made since their existence are being shaken because of the National Security Agency Leaks or NSA Leaks spreading on the internet. read more
Legal education is obviously a tough topic to talk about. Thus, because of this notion, many people wanted to pursue Law to try how difficult, but satisfying it is. Many wanted to be a lawyer for different reasons. Whatever it is, it is surely for the better since this should be taken seriously or else you will fail.
There are several Law schools in the world. These are the schools authorized to teach legal education to a person qualified for it. Apparently, it is not easy to be a law school student. Law school students are noticeably few in number, but even if that is the case, it is not an assurance that their competition is also little in number once they start to look for work. read more
Two of the dragon companies in the world of technology are Apple and Samsung. Recently, these two have been involved in a series of lawsuits with regards to patents of their smartphones’ and tablets’ design. Here is the timeline of the lawsuits filed by both companies against each other:
- On April 15, 2011, Apple filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung with a 38-page federal complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Carolina. The case was for Samsung’s design of Epic 4G, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Nexus S. Apple sent out copies of images of their i9000 Galaxy S and iPhone 3GS for comparison.
- On April 22, 2011, Samsung sued Apple with similar complaints in Tokyo, Mannheim, and Seoul.
- On August 2011, Samsung and Apple were litigating nineteen pending cases in nine different countries.
- On June 2011, Samsung sued Apple in the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington D.C, United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Seoul’s Central District Court and British High Court of Justice.
- On October 2011, the cases expanded to ten countries.
- On July 2012, Samsung and Apple were already fighting over 50 cases all around the world. Each company had several billions of damages to claim between them.
- On August 21, 2012, Samsung sued Apple in the Tokyo District Court.
- Apple won in the United States while Samsung won in the UK, Japan, and South Korea.
- On June 4, 2013, Samsung was successful in giving a limited ban to Apple after violating a Samsung patent.
Complaints and cases of the two involve false designation of origin, infringement of intellectual property, unjust enrichment, unfair competition, and trademark infringement. The patent war that Apple and Samsung have been in seems to be never ending. Who do you think will be the real victor in the end? read more
This morning, I woke up asking myself this question: Do I still like practicing law? This was a question I found hard to answer. I thought about it for a long time and after three cups of coffee, I ended up with some kind of answer. I would say yes and no. Maybe or not. Of course, or nope, you can have it.
Granted, practicing law has its perks like being able to help people and making a difference in one’s life – especially poor clients unable to afford expensive lawyers. But I sure don’t like the long hours, the nasty co counsel, the rude judges, the dwindling paycheck, the “payment plan” clients and the having to keep up with the law. read more
Proving how severe a personal injury is needs a thorough evaluation of the experts. Thus, a personal injury lawyer handles a personal injury case together with his indispensable buddy – the chiropractors. Chiropractic profession is an alternative profession for health care medicine and currently, more than 100 countries all over the world practice chiropractic profession.
How Chiropractors and Personal Injury Lawyer Works Together
A personal injury chiropractor evaluates how severe your injury is immediately after you suffered it. He then helps you receive a treatment to recover from these injuries at minimal cost and at time for no cost at all. A chiropractor will document all the medical treatments done to you and all the costs he incurred for the treatment. After you are in a conscious state and ready to file a claim, he will then direct you to a personal injury lawyer who he knows will take good care of your case. He will then give the documentary evidences of your medical expenses, which are subject to claim, to your lawyer. read more
With the economy going south, being a personal injury lawyer is no longer what it used to be. These days, clients see their personal injury claim as their only way out, their ticket to financial freedom. So what do they do? They shop around for the best injury attorney they can find, hoping that said lawyer will not bungle their case.
On the other hand, practicing personal injury law is no longer what it used for lawyers. Personal injury attorneys are finding that insurance companies just don’t want settle cases without putting up a fight. In fact, in some smaller cities, even small insurance companies are retaining accident attorneys to fight cases for peanuts, while betting that plaintiff’s lawyers will opt not to file suit on a soft tissue injury case. Whether an auto accident, medical malpractice, wrongful death, dental malpractice, slip and fall, truck accident practice or more, the results are still the same. read more
Overwhelmed and confused after a serious car accident? It is understandable that you may feel stunned after this unfortunate event. If you feel lost and unsure, here are some tips that you can use if you are wondering what to do after being in a serious car accident.
Safety is the top priority.
Before anything else, you should check if everyone is in a safe condition. You should make sure that no one is injured from your party and from the other party involved. If there are injuries, no matter how small it is, call the paramedics. If there are no injuries and the accident is just a minor one, you can move the vehicles involved on the side of the road so you may not obstruct traffic. If there are major damages done or serious injuries incurred, do not move the vehicles involved aside. Just wait for the police to reach the area. If you are unsure about who is responsible for the accident, it is also best to leave the vehicles as is so the police may be able to investigate the case and resolve what happened. It is also advisable that you stay on your vehicle if you are injured. read more
One effective way to market a solo practice is to join highly credible organizations. These organizations are established to build a group of individuals who are in the same profession to handle standard, but satisfactory services to its clients by putting up satellite offices in different places.
Satellite offices are common for the personal injury attorneys since they usually join profession-related organizations. This is one way to start in the industry or even maintain a credible status for years. read more
A person can be deported from the United States of America (USA) because of various immigration related reasons. Here are some of the few: immigration lawyer
- Committed a crime.
- Created false information and pretended that he was a US citizen when applying for citizenship.
- Passport has already expired.
- Has invalid immigration visa.
- Stayed more than the time permitted by proper authorization.
- Created false documents.
- Voted illegally on any state, county, local government, etc.
- Involved in a deportable felony.
- Failed to register at the right time.
There are a lot more reasons for an immigration deportation and there are a lot of ways to relieve someone from being totally deported as the immigration and naturalization law indicates. However, not everyone is given that second chance and thereby given a forced exit from the USA with five to twenty year restriction.
Many people who went under the same circumstances are asking the same question, “What do I do now after being deported from the US by immigration officials? Will I be able to go back in the shortest time?” The answer is, yes. Here is a list of some ways to get possible re-entry: read more
Businesses in the United States must follow strict rules and regulations when they hire any new employee. A business owner must be extremely careful when they hire a person who is not a U.S. citizen. This is when it is important to consult with an immigration lawyer to make certain everything you do is accurate and legal. This will protect you in the future.
Business owners are aware that hiring a foreign national means meeting some strict requirements. If you fail to comply with the laws then you can face serious problems. You might also face stiff penalties. If you first hire an immigration attorney you will not have this worry. Hiring a foreign national by following all of the correct rules and regulations will not only save you worry and concern it will also save your business money from failing to meet all of the U.S. laws. read more
There can be no substitute for the grief and pain which you might be feeling due to the loss of a loved one especially if the death is not natural but due to somebody else’s fault. Therefore it is normal that your thoughts and actions may not be exactly targeted at practicalities of life for your future well being. Hence try to find a good wrongful death lawyer before proceeding.
The US law allows the spouse, children, parents and blood relatives to claim damages in a lawsuit. A wrongful death attorney can help you get your just monetary compensation which is calculated by considering all the after effects of the death of the person in question. read more
It sometimes happens that your loved one or you might be suffering with any injury or illness due to various reasons for which you may have to be hospitalized for intensive health care to recover. But in some cases, due to the negligence or medical malpractice of doctors or hospital your illness or injury would have worsened that may even push you to death. In such cases you may require the help of a medical malpractice lawyer who would defend for your rights to get the compensation and quick recovery. read more
Felonies are crimes that result in punishment of more than one year. If charged with a felony, you have the right to a jury trial. Felony charges are made in cases of murder, robbery, treason, burglary, rape, and kidnapping or more. Marijuana possession can even be a felony depending on the amount you posses and your former related convictions. A felony lawyer may be able to prevent you from being convicted of a felony if it is shown that the defendant lacked a “guilty mind” or did not commit a “guilty act”. The felony attorney will analyze the defendant’s state of mind according to the model penal code terms of negligence, recklessness, knowledge, and purpose. read more
Anyone who has recently suffered serious financial headaches due to loss of job or decrease in monthly pay has probably heard all the advice they need from family, an ex-brother-in-law, neighbors and the guy on the adjacent stool at your local drinking establishment about what to do to solve your dilemma. The financial pressure is really on if you begin to lag behind on several mortgage and car payments. If you’re the annuitant of this scenario and wish to assuage your fears of losing everything you own including the shirt off your back, best you eschew all the aforementioned suggestions and get back to what your best options are for you and your family before you think about packing up and moving to the nearest boxcar or homeless shelter. read more
The meaning of Divorce Litigation is the legal process when the couple or two parties require divorce but do not agree on certain terms and conditions. There are many countries where the litigation problems are faced. Few countries like Philippines do not have the rules of divorce hence there are no problems of litigation exits.
Most of the divorce litigation cases are handled by the family lawyers. The court operates in a very limited jurisdiction and they are sorted out in the family courts. When compared with the criminal and civil cases these courts are smaller and handle only the cases of family disputes especially of divorce. read more
If you’re already hosting your videos online and you’re not getting the results you expected, then you might need to adjust your strategy. Online marketing isn’t always intuitive and there are some common mistakes made by law firms. And if you’re just starting the process of shooting them, then be sure to incorporate the tips below into your planning.
- Your videos shouldn’t exist in a vacuum. Yes, they’re useful tools, but they’re most effective in concert with other marketing campaigns. Work to time the release of your videos with your other marketing efforts—for example, radio advertisements or print advertisements. You should also consider about whether some of your printed materials should reference them.
- Don’t fall into the trap of making your videos too direct. Unless they’re incredibly funny, potential clients don’t go online to view advertisements; they go online for information about their legal problems. Instead of giving them a hard sell through your video, why not give a taste of the kind of advice you’ll provide when you represent them? They’ll be pleased, and will at a minimum think well of your firm—if not hire you straight away.
- Publicize your new videos. At a minimum, send emails to your target list and to your media contacts when you upload new videos. Better yet, work with other websites and blogs to try and get them to link to—or even host—them as well. The more points of entry you provide for your videos, the more mileage you’ll get out of them.
- Vary the types of videos you use. Instead of having all your videos feature attorneys speaking directly to the camera, why not use former clients? Prospective clients love to hear from people who have gone through the same hardships they have—and come out on the other side smiling.
- Make sure that you have a system in place for tracking your visitors. While your videos may not have attracted any new leads, that doesn’t mean that no one’s watching them. Given the low overhead, simply increasing the traffic to your website and building some brand recognition is likely enough to provide you a return on your investment. Obviously, attracting new clients is the end goal, but at least you’ll know if anything about your current campaign is working—and have a better idea of how to improve it.
- Consider changing the location of your videos. Are they clearly marked on the homepage of your website? Are they buried at the bottom of a webpage? Most viewers don’t spend much time on the websites they visit, and you want to make sure that they see your videos — or at least that you have them.
By incorporating these tips, your firm can help make the most out of the videos you worked so hard to create. And if yours is one of the shrinking minority of firms that aren’t using online videos, then what are you waiting for? read more
People have been relying on the internet for information about certain things before making a final decision in terms of purchases, availing of services, or even in trusting somebody. Feedbacks and reviews are found almost anywhere in the internet about the credibility of almost anything.
Lawyers are no exceptions to these feedbacks and background checking that people do. Legal cases are highly sensitive so people feel more comfortable in bringing these issues to a lawyer if and only if he has a high ranking in Google, highly recommended by other people, or has good online lawyer reviews. read more
The Law industry has been very competitive and people are becoming more wary of scams and frauds to handle their sensitive cases. More clients seek out the help of the internet to check on the quality and credentials of a certain law firm before finally deciding if the firm is worthy of the trust and the money they are going to invest in for their cases.
Google Panda and Google Penguin are two SEO-related updates from Google since 2012. Now, law firms are ranked more properly by strictly enforcing guidelines. Google penalizes and punishes anybody who violates the policies in terms of pushing up the ranking of websites. It is getting more comprehensive, thorough and precise. And this is where SEO companies get in the picture to help lawyers increase their ranking. So if you want your firm to stay on board, it is a must that you work with SEO experts that are very knowledgeable in Google+ Local. read more
Funding has always been a great distress for a lot of lawyers, especially those who are taking a solo path on their careers. Litigation funding is one way to take care of it.
Litigation funding is known for a lot of names: legal financing, settlement funding, third party funding, and professional funding. This type of financing enables another company to take care of the litigation expenses in exchange for a few percent share upon settlement or judgment. This mechanism is currently common in a lot of law jurisdictions. read more
Technology has been going more and more advanced in this 21st century. The possibilities have been almost endless for a lot of people and for a variety of fields. One can basically do and learn most things in his or her own homes now without anyone’s help other than that of the internet. Same goes for solo practitioners who plan to start their own firms, but do not know where to start. It is not easy to flourish as a lawyer if you do not know what to do. Fortunately, legal technology has been developed to provide these solo practitioners the software or tools they need whether they are online or offline. read more
Many firms, especially small ones, think that branding is only the province of large corporations or huge law firms, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is, every law firm—and every solo practice—needs to think about its branding. After all, anyone who has heard of your firm has some kind of opinion about it, whether it’s positive, negative or indifferent. And whether you plan to or not, every time your firm appears in the news, or advertises in a local paper or gets a visitor to its website, you’re helping shape that opinion. Rather than do so haphazardly, you may as well take your time to consider how you want your firm to be perceived, and devise a plan to help you get there. You may as well, in other words, attempt to brand your firm. Here are some tips on how to do so effectively. read more
Social media sites are all the rage right now. They’re hip, they’re popular, and they’re incredibly tempting places for lawyers to go to and try to promote their websites. Many lawyers, however—especially those two or three generations removed from Generation Y—aren’t familiar with the social media sites, or whether it’s appropriate for lawyers to create profiles on them. And for a while, websites like Facebook and Twitter weren’t, in fact, great places for lawyers to migrate to: the other users of those sites weren’t looking for professional services at all. With their rise in popularity, however, social media sites are being used more and more for business purposes, and there are a number of reasons for lawyers to follow suit. read more
Even though blogs have been around for ages, there aren’t a lot of lawyer blogs. Undoubtedly some of that is due to the fact that most lawyers work long hours and simply don’t have the downtime to create blogs, but some of it is also due to the fact that lawyers are held to a high standard of professionalism, and blogs are generally known for tawdry or frivolous content. However, there is no specific restriction against lawyers blogging, and in some cases, it can be beneficial to both the lawyer and his firm. Here are some questions to help you evaluate whether blogging is right for you. read more
It is now absolutely difficult to survive in any business if you do not have online presence; however even if have a website it should also definitely have some of your law firm videos that are interesting to watch as these can convey more to your potential client than mere words on the webpage.
If you are looking for an edge over others in the market you must seriously look for people who can shoot interesting videos for you as you can tell in a short span of time the increase in your business through law firm video marketing. A lot of times clients can feel a little anxious in meeting you in person for the first time especially those who do not have any idea of how the law or court proceedings take place. Such clients find law firm videos very useful since it answers a lot of their basic questions thus giving them the confidence of taking the next step which is about fixing an appointment with the lawyer. On the other hand the lawyers in your firm save time by not wasting the first meeting in clearing simple doubts but rather utilize the meeting to understand the case thoroughly and having the contract signed. read more
The law can be complicated for most of us and hence the usual practice was to seek advice by meeting legal experts such as lawyers and paying a fee for it. However the world has shrunk into a small village thanks to the help of the net thus finding legal information is now not only easy but free too. read more
In order to find lawyers with experience and good reputation we have to do some research or ask friends, colleagues or family. Today this can also be done through plenty of online legal forum that are abound with advice on every topic that can make you approach the court and also to choose the best lawyer. Topics on these forums range from tax laws, wills, property law, immigration law, starting a nonprofit organization, employment law to traffic tickets laws and everything else under the sun bound by the laws of the land.