By: Renee Sylvestre Williams
A law degree doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a career in law. It does guarantee you will have a degree and most likely a student loan.
In North America, there seems to be a glut of lawyers. Earlier this year, New York Supreme Court judge Melvin J. Schweitzer ruled that lawyers couldn’t sue their schoolsfor marketing the field as a viable source of employment.
In Canada, the Globe and Mail looked at the issue of too many law students and not enough articling positions in the big firms. Continue reading
Procedural law provides the process that a case will go through (whether it goes to trial or not). The procedural law determines how a proceeding concerning the enforcement of substantive law will occur. Substantive law defines how the facts in the case will be handled, as well as how the crime is to be charged. In essence, it deals with the substance of the matter. Even though both are affected by Supreme Court opinions and subject to constitutional interpretations, each serves a different function in the criminal justice system. Continue reading
The main law regarding the intellectual property rights in Italy is the Industrial Property Code that includes the major elements from the European and international legislation. The Italian Code contains regulations related to trade marks, patents, inventions, models, designs etc.
According to this law, a trade mark is a distinctive element of a product or service and its main objective is to identify the company that produces/ sells that product/service. A registered trade mark is protected by the Italian law against any form of usage without the consent of the owner. The registration is made for ten years and can be renewed for the same period whenever the owner wants to. Continue reading
By: Jeanne Sahadi
For adult children, the death of a parent is a fraught experience. Adding to the stress: the unwelcome surprise that Mom or Dad died with big debts.
Who is on the hook to pay them?
Unless you cosigned one of your parent’s loans or accounts, it’s usually the estate, not you.
Usually. Not always. The rules are complex and differ depending on the type of debt and where your parent lived.
Creditors typically have a fixed period of time — usually between two and six months — to make claims against your parent’s estate.
If there’s not enough money to cover the debt, in many instances “[your parents’] debt will die with them,” said certified financial planner Mari Adam of Adam Financial Associates. Continue reading
By: Ben Popken
Need to report an unscrupulous business practice to your state’s attorney general? Here’s all of their phone numbers, listed by state, so you can look them up and file your complaint. Continue reading
By: Ian Millhiser
Richard Tom is not a sympathetic individual. On an evening in 2007, Tom drove his Mercedes into a car carrying Loraine Wong and her two daughters. Wong’s eight year-old daughter was killed. Her ten year-old daughter was seriously injured. Tom was almost certainly driving well over the speed limit at the time of the collision. He may have been legally drunk. Continue reading
This simple refresher from your eighth grade math class tells you almost everything you need to know to cross-examine a police officer regarding visual estimation: Rate x Time = Distance. If you know the time and distance variables, then you can tell precisely the rate of speed of an object. This can be used in court and successfully avoid paying speeding ticket fines. More on how to fight speeding ticket in court later.
In order to beat a speeding ticket in court, there are several points in the police officers case that can be defeated. Below, I will discuss how an experienced traffic ticket attorney will likely argue each point, in an effort to find just one weakness. If any part of the officers testimony can be found to be inaccurate, the case will likely be dismissed. Continue reading