Lawyers and Legal Advice Archive

Legal Issues for Freelance Writers

Freelance writers are, by definition, people who earn their livelihood from their ability to produce and sell words. In order to protect themselves, their reputations and their markets some knowledge of the law is necessary. …

How to Write a Codicil

A codicil is a legal document that amends or changes an existing will. Codicils are generally used to make minor changes to a will. Most lawyers will not choose to use a codicil to make …

What are the Federal Rules on Ediscovery

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern the handling of a civil lawsuit as it progresses through the phases of pleading, discovery, motions, pretrial practice, and trial. During the discovery phase, each party discloses to …

What to look for in a Bike Accident Lawyer

If you own a motorcycle, you should be aware of safety precautions. Every time you get on your bike, whether to ride down the interstate or through less-populated back roads, you run the risk of …

Reasonable Doubt Explained to Potential Jurors

In English law, defining reasonable doubt is very important in criminal trials. Jurors must find a criminal defendant guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt”. The proof in civil matters is a much lower standard, that of …

Ineffectiveness of Death Penalty

Effectiveness. One of the most important aspects of our criminal justice system. Every part of the criminal justice system attempts effectiveness, but the question is, does it really achieve effectiveness? More specifically, does the death penalty achieve …

Foreclosure Redemption Rights in Massachusetts

Redemption rights on foreclosed properties are the rights that are granted to the homeowner to “reclaim” their property by paying their mortgage in full. In Massachusetts, homeowners are not provided these rights except in very …

Marriage without Benefit of Clergy

            There is an institution in the United States called “common law marriage.”  This is a state of marriage entered into by adults who have decided to form a marriage without …

Difference between Murder and Manslaughter

Murder and manslaughter are both charges against a person who, by their actions, has caused the death of another person (or people). The essential difference between murder and manslaughter is that a person who knowingly …

What is a Spent Conviction under UK Law

Under UK law, a spent conviction is a conviction which has become spent under the laws of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act of 1974.  According to legislation.gov.uk, which provides a database of all UK laws …

Help with Texas Dwi

If you are caught driving drunk in Texas it is likely you could find yourself being charged with a DWI. What most people don’t realize about the DWI process is that a qualified Texas DWI …

The Arizona Immigration Law and Aclj

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, urging it to overturn an earlier federal appeals court decision which declared Arizona S.B. 1070 to be unconstitutional. …

The Importance of having a Legal will

The will is probably one of the most important documents any of us will ever consider. It is the only way that anyone will know our last wishes for burial and division of our assets. …

Personal Bankruptcy Laws in California

The laws of bankruptcy in California are generally the same as they are in all states.  The Constitution gave Congress the power to establish “uniform” laws of bankruptcy so that the same standards apply to debtors …

Famous Miscarriages of Justice

Everyone would like to believe that Justice Systems convict the guilty and clear the innocent. However, even the best justice systems in the World occasionally get it completely wrong. In England and Wales there have …

Simple Tips to Prevent a Dui

Don’t drink and drive! It’s that simple. That’s the best tip I can give you. Whether it’s just a glass or two of wine at dinner or a couple of beers, don’t get behind the …

Murder Versus Manslaughter

The difference, in a word, is “intent,” but like everything else in the law, there are exceptions. To be guilty of simple murder you must intend to cause the death of a person and perform …

Child Home alone Laws by State

At some point in his or her life every parent faces a very tough choice whether they can leave their child at home alone or not. In some cases parents have no other choice but …

Overview of the Federal Court System

The federal court system is mandated by Article III of the United States Constitution (“The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the …

Penal Executions Justice or just Plain Wrong

It is a detestable thing to order the killing of another person. It is so detestable that in many countries, and in more than thirty American States, such killings are punishable by extreme jail terms …

A Guide to Child Employment Laws in the UK

There are many different laws and restrictions in place within the United Kingdom in order to protect the rights of young people who wish to join the workforce. These laws are intended to protect the …

What Paralegals should know about Legal Research

The career of a paralegal involves assisting lawyers in their legal work. The role of paralegals is important, since although lawyers are ultimately responsible for all the legal work, they often delegate a great number …

Criminal Intent and the Justice System

Understanding what criminal intent is by definition makes it immediately evident why it is such an important determinant in the justice system. “The criminal act” is the definition purported by thelawdictionary.org. An example this source …