Monthly Archives: January 2015

Injury Cases and Bankruptcy

Whenever I sign up a new injury client, I always inquire about the possibility of their filing bankruptcy in the near future. It is an important topic that needs to be explored since it can make the difference between securing a settlement for a client, and getting the client nothing. Since personal injury cases usually take months or sometimes years to resolve, an attorney doesn’t know the financial situation the client is in or will face in the near future and bringing it up early Read More +

Dram Shop Act: “Overservice” of Alcohol. The Legal Reality

A number of years ago when I was in a larger law firm we tried a Dram Shop Act case in front of a jury. This is when someone is served alcohol to excess and then he or she gets on the road causing a collision, usually with horrific results. The theory is that if the drunk wasn’t overserved alcohol by the bar or restaurant this incident would not have happened. It is an attempt to sue both the driver and the establishment that served Read More +

The Inevitable January Rush for Estate Planning……

As an attorney who practices in Estate Planning, I know from talking to other lawyers that we all experience a flood of calls in January from family, friends and clients to “get our Wills done”.  Typically I write more Wills in January, February and March than any other time of the year. Undoubtedly the calls are a part of everyone’s New Year’s Resolution – an effort to stop procrastinating after years of putting off planning for the inevitable.  It’s never too late to tackle your Read More +