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If you have a business dispute, such as when one party to a contract does not fulfill their part of the agreement, the legal system provides relief to the damaged party. An experienced business litigation or business transactional lawyer can often provide the answers your business is looking for.
Children are often a primary concern regardless of the nature of the parents' relationship. Upon divorce, many people seek assistance with child custody issues. Despite the existence of a legal relationship between the parents, they often need assistance with child support and visitation issues. Further, family members of a child concerned with the child's well being may wish to pursue guardianship or an alternate means of custody.
The United States Constitution and its amendments preserve the individual's rights when confronted with a governmental issue. U.S. citizens are thus afforded the right to vote, live free from discrimination, and exchange ideas. There are, however, certain limitations on these rights under the Constitution.
Personal Injury & Health Law
Often, insurance covers the problems and issues relating to the health and well being of an individual. Some people find difficulty in attempting to recover for claims from insurance companies, and need legal assistance. This is especially true for complex cases, such as those involving medical malpractice.
Jobs & Employment Law
The majority of state laws say that employment is "at will," meaning the employer can terminate an employee from a position for any reason, so long as the reason is not an illegal reason. State employment laws also regulate employment contracts, and the clauses an employer or employee may find within employment contracts.
Generally, employment discrimination laws apply to all procedural steps of employment, including interviewing, hiring, advertising, giving raises, and firing employees. The laws state that an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of certain characteristics such as race, gender, age, national origin, disability and religion.
Real Estate, Property & Housing Law
Buying and selling a home or commercial piece of land is one of the most important personal and financial commitments an individual will make. That is why it is crucial to know exactly what you buy, in terms of boundaries, title, and the condition of the premises. Property law provides protections for both the landowner seeking to materially improve the property and the construction contractor providing services.
Many people seek financing through mortgages either to buy real property or to afford improvements on the property. As with any other debt, it is necessary for those interested in mortgages to be aware of the nature and offers of the lending institution.
Criminal Law & Police
Criminal law also deals with problems associated with probation or parole, or requests for record sealing or expungement of records. Crimes can be broken into many general categories such as personal crimes, white-collar crimes, and nonviolent crimes. Personal crimes include homicide, assault and battery, domestic violence, and abuse. White-collar crimes usually refer to tax evasion, RICO (racketeering), securities fraud, and sometimes, environmental violations. Non-violent crimes include drug crimes, gun possession and burglary.
Sentencing and punishment for crimes are often harsh and can be brough against adults as well as juveniles. The criminal process is quite detailed, rigorous, and time consuming. It is often stressful on both the individual suspected of the crime, and that individual's friends and family. Hiring the right criminal defense attorney can often make a substantial difference in your case.
Many companies offer a variety of insurances, in the event that you wish to protect your investments. Insurance companies insure anything from your car, house or business, to your life and health.
Individuals attempt to enhance their financial capacity by investing money and minimizing their tax liability. Often people invest in 401K plans for retirement, or are curious about buying stock in particular public corporations. You should be aware of the legal obligations and risks involved in investments, as well as the potential tax consequences.
Those already in the United States must also abide by immigration laws. Large portions of immigrants who legally reside within the United States have a green card, or permanent visa. While those with green cards may seek to be citizens, they must also stay away from activities that may bring deportation. It is always wise to make whatever attempts possible to reside legally within the United States.
Alternatively, some people who reside in the United States may wish to seek asylum due to the conditions in their home countries. Immigration laws and lawyers experienced in the field offer many options for those wishing to reside in the United States.
Intellectual Property Law
Generally, intellectual property is broadly defined as any invention, creation, innovation, discovery or improvement. Intellectual property embraces such items as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and any creation that would be eligible for a patent. Generally, the intellectual property must be relatively unique in order for it to be protected.
Who is the Owner of Intellectual Property?
• Employees – If an employee creates intellectual property within the scope of their employment, generally, the employer owns the intellectual property.
Intellectual Property Infringement
• Trademarks – A trademark is a word, phrase, logo or other symbol, used to identify a product, the source of a product and the manufacturer or merchant. You can register a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Should I Consult an Attorney for my Intellectual Property Issue?
Products & Services Law
Many people hire the services of others who are specially skilled. The law determines how to draft a contract between parties for services and what obligations each can be held to. The law of each state also places restrictions on the actions of certain specialized practices, such as attorneys and doctors. Thus, whether you are hiring a contractor to renovate your house, or are looking for an attorney to represent you in a products liability case, the law regulates these relationships.
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