201712.16
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Scientific Expert Witness Testimony – Where You Sue Can Make a Difference

Current Legal News Related to Bodily Injury-Personal Injury   Testimony of scientific experts is common in both civil and criminal litigation. Juries are rarely comprised of individuals qualified to evaluate scientific evidence, and the testimony of experts with appropriate qualifications is often needed to help them reach a verdict. For example, the plaintiff in a…

201712.16
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Newlyweds and Bankruptcy

With couples tending to delay marriage until their late 20s and beyond, it has become common for them to bring existing financial and household assets to the relationship. The resulting decisions, while not always easy, tend to revolve around things such as whose furniture to keep and whether to open a joint bank account. Sometimes,…

201712.02
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Negotiating a Personal Injury Settlement

As a seriously injured accident victim, you’ve probably been waiting months for your day in court. At the same time, though, if you have already been through a deposition, you know the defendant’s lawyer is not your friend and have had a taste of testifying under oath. Take that and add a jury, judge and…

201712.02
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I Have Debts and Little Income. My Spouse Has a Good Job. Should I file for Bankruptcy?

As is so often the case, the answer here is that “it depends”. Only an experienced bankruptcy lawyer can provide reliable advice regarding your options. Here, however, is some general information. Marital Debts and Marriage Trends Debts incurred during marriage, are most often owed “jointly and severally”. This means that the creditor can seek repayment…

201712.02
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Your Home in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

The decision to file for bankruptcy is a significant and serious one, and should only be made with the advice of an experienced bankruptcy lawyer. For many homeowners, the most significant question is whether it is possible to remain in their homes once they have filed a bankruptcy petition. Whether a homeowner’s residence can be…

201711.16
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The Tools of the Trade Bankruptcy Exemption

You may know that so-called liquidation bankruptcy petitions under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code are available only to individuals whose income falls below certain specified limits. However, some individuals who are eligible to file under Chapter 7 nevertheless elect instead to file a Chapter 13 repayment petition. This can be an appropriate choice for…

201711.16
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Driving Without Insurance in California – No Recovery for Non-Economic Damages

California law generally allows injured plaintiffs to claim both economic and non-economic damages. In fact, California law does not place a cap on the maximum amount of either. Economic damages are readily quantifiable monetary expenses, such as lost wages and medical expenses. Non-economic damages are sometimes called “pain and suffering” or “nonpecuniary” damages. Awards of…

201711.16
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Can I Keep My Disability Payments in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

An estimated 10 million American workers and their family members currently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. As with Social Security retirement benefits, making ends meet on SSDI payments alone can be a struggle. The current average benefit is just a little over $1,000 per month. Recipients with significant debts may find themselves considering…

201711.02
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Your Obligations Under a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan

We have written elsewhere about the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, the two principal types available to individuals. The principal difference is that the debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy surrenders non-exempt property and in return for elimination of most common obligations. Setting Up a Payment Plan In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy,…