In Defense of Personal Injury Attorneys Everywhere!

Maybe I’m a little sensitive lately. Last week a favorite political blogger of mine referred to a politician’s television address and described him “as sweaty as a personal injury lawyer.”  I was offended. It wasn’t funny. It doesn’t even make any sense. I know the indictment of the profession and am familiar with all the derogatory terms that won’t be regaled here for those who delight in lawyer-bashing. Suffice it to say, “ambulance chaser” sums it up.  Some of my colleagues make light of this Read More + Read More +

“I Didn’t Cause the Crash, But I Got The Ticket! Do I Still Have a Case If I’m Injured?”

It happens every once in a while: A client involved in a bad car crash through no fault of his or her own and is handed a citation for causing the collision by a deputy or trooper. It happens every once in a while: A client involved in a bad car crash through no fault of his or her own and is handed a citation for causing the collision by a deputy or trooper. Maybe you were taken away to the hospital by ambulance because Read More + Read More +

Harleys and Gas Station Injuries.

I recently signed up a new client who was filling up his Harley at a local gas station. Little did he know that the gas pump handle was broken. The “float” that tells the handle when to cut off the flow of gas wasn’t working. Someone had even been out to fix it two days earlier, but that wasn’t known to my client. Most Harley gas tanks are on top of the bike. This means he was filling up the tank much higher than on Read More + Read More +

The BP Oil Spill and You. No, really, YOU!

I have a Palm Harbor client whose retail business was shattered after the BP Oil spill of April, 2010. Her business is dependent upon “disposable dollars”, that is, that money that is spent for fun by her clients. Here on the Gulf Coast many of her reliable Palm Harbor area clients stopped using her services in the summer and fall months of 2010 when she is usually her busiest. Why? She asked them. Their answer was almost universal: “Our business has suffered financially since the Read More + Read More +

Pinellas Recognizes Domestic Registry – I’m Offering Price Reduction on Powers of Attorney

As was reported in the Tampa Bay Times this week, our County Commission has finally granted unmarried couples – same sex and straight – legal recognition through our County’s registry. This follows three local cities that have already adopted this: Gulfport, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. I applaud our Commission for doing this. It’s a good start. Legally and ethically it is the right thing to do and will ensure couples access to each other in case of hospitalizations along with other benefits. However, as the Read More +

The Minefield of Timeshares …

The Minefield of Timeshares….. Timeshares can be a fun thing. However, when you’re done with them, timeshares can be a nightmare. The number one problem with timeshares is getting rid of them. Ah, the exotic locations are quite alluring at first. People pay usually more than $10,000 to get their foot in the door for an annual weekly stay at some great location. Even the yearly maintenance fee is usually not a chore for the first few years. Then, the kids grow up, or you Read More +