Understanding How a Lawyer Can Help You

Many people are aware that the legal profession exists. They aren’t always aware of exactly how lawyers can help them. A good lawyer can offer many kinds of important services. In general, at some point in time nearly every person will need help from a lawyer. This is true of many events in a person’s life. For example, a lawyer can help anyone draw up a will that specifies how their property is to be distributed. A lawyer can also help people when they are getting married. A prior agreement can help make sure that each party in the marriage has financial interests that are protected throughout the course of their marriage and in the event of a divorce. It’s important to understand what kind of legal services lawyers offer before hiring one.

In Court

Courts are where people go to work out disagreements. They’re also where disputes over criminal activities take place. Even minor disputes can be easier with the help of a lawyer. For example, if you are facing a traffic ticket, you can hire lawyers like those at Russell & Hill Criminal Defense Attorneys. A ticket can result in points on your license. A lawyer can by disputing any issues. They can point out that a cop has made a mistake on the ticket or that the evidence is not on the side of the court. With their assistance, it’s easy to make sure that a minor mistake does not result in more serious consequences like increasing your insurance premiums or even forcing you to surrender your driving license.

Writing Contracts

Another important task that lawyers do is writing contracts. A contract can be a verbal agreement between two parties. It can also be in writing. Written contracts are desirable because they offer specific terms that both parties can reference during any potential dispute. They also help each party involved determine what is appropriate should something go wrong. A lawyer can help here as well by writing a contract that is considered legally binding. The lawyer will typically listen to the needs of each party and then determine what is legally appropriate to protect their mutual interests. A contract has the force of law in the event of a dispute.

Working it Out

Lawyers can also help people work things out. If you and a neighbor have a dispute over where the property line ends you can contact a lawyer. For a small fee, they can often help you and the neighbor come to terms with the boundaries of the property. This way both of you will be able to walk away happy at the resolution of the dispute and pleased that you have settled it. In short, a lawyer can be your best ally in making sure that any issue that arises in your life can be settled amicably and easily. With their help, it’s easy to walk away from any legal problems knowing you have a satisfactory legal resolution.

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Your Legal Rights and Interests in a Medical Malpractice Case

If you have suffered injuries as the result of medical malpractice, you need to learn more about your legal rights and interests. The reality is that medical malpractice represents one of the most complicated areas of the law in Pennsylvania and across the United States. By understanding your legal sights, you are in the best position to fully protect your interests when you have been injured because of medical negligence.

Statute of Limitations

As you contemplate what you will do to assert your legal rights, you need to understand the mechanics of the Pennsylvania statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law that sets a specific timeframe within which you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to the statute, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Pennsylvania within two years of the incident that gave rise to your injuries. If you miss the deadline, you likely will forever be precluded from pursuing a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses.

Compensation in a Medical Malpractice Case

The only real way in which you can garner any sense of justice in a medical malpractice case is by obtaining fair and appropriate compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. The facts and circumstances surrounding the matter that gave rise to medical malpractice, together with your actual injuries, dictate the nature and extend of compensation you can seek in your case.

With that noted, you may be able to seek compensation for injuries, losses, and damages that include medical bills and expenses as well as pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to compensation for emotional distress and mental anguish. You may seek compensation for lost wages and any permanent disability you sustained.

In addition to compensation for your existing or accrued losses, you may be entitled to financial recovery of losses you reasonably can expect to face in the future. For example, you may not be able to return to work any time soon. You may require ongoing medical care. You may endure pain indefinitely. These all represent the types of losses you reasonably can be expected to encounter in the future. In such a situation, you can pursue a claim for compensation for these future losses.

Depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, you may be entitled to what are known as punitive damages in a lawsuit. Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit when the conduct of the party causing the injuries is deemed to be particularly reckless or egregious.

The Right to Legal Counsel

When you have been injured because of medical malpractice, you have the right to seek legal representation. Because of the complexity of a medical malpractice case, you likely are best served hiring a lawyer.

The first step to engage an attorney is arranging an initial consultation. Through an initial consultation, you will obtain an evaluation of your case. In addition, you will be able to get answers to your …

My Husband Did Not Want Kids

When my ex and I got married right out of college, we thought that we were doing the right thing. We had been dating for two years, and we waited until we graduated to tie the knot. We were married for nearly a year when I found out I was pregnant. I was thrilled, but he was not so happy. He wanted to get established in his new job first. He later told me that he didn’t even want kids, which completely floored me. I decided to contact a Austin divorce lawyer when our daughter was a year old, because I knew that our relationship could not be salvaged.

I thought that as my pregnancy advanced, things would change. I then thought that when our daughter was born, he would melt at the sight of her. He was at the hospital with me, but he wouldn’t even hold her.…

I Needed a Solicitor on My Side

When I fell down in a store because of water that had pooled at the end of one of the coolers, I knew that I was in for a long journey because of how badly I was hurt. I broke not only my leg and arm, but I also injured my back. I thought the hard part was just going to be recovering physically, but I ended up responding to a sign I saw that read ‘personal injury solicitors in Dublin call 015240606 now for consultation‘ because of problems I was having with the store where I was injured.

They did agree that it was their fault, but they only wanted to cover my medical expenses.…

Invention of the Cash Register

A common sound in any store is that of the till as it rings meaning another sale has been made. These registers have been around for about 100 years yet not many people know exactly where and by whom it was invented. The invention of the cash register was one of the little steps that helped build industrial giants all across the globe. You can’t go into a single store now that doesn’t have at least one register, some of the big stores may have up to 25 registers to provide for the customers.

The invention of the cash register took place back in the 1800s in the United States following the American Civil War. A man by the name of James Ritty opened up a saloon in Dayton, Ohio. One day he noticed a small contraption that counted the times the wheel went around on a steam boat and thought it would be fascinated to create a machine that added up the totals of money for his business. The reasoning behind the concept of a register was to keep track of the sale to make sure that employees weren’t cheating the employer out of any money.

James Ritty went home to Dayton, Ohio and joined up with his brother John Ritty who was a skilled mechanic. They tried a few different prototypes and finally on the third try they got the machine that they wanted where you could push a button and it stood for a certain amount of money. Basically the first cash register was just an adding machine. In 1879 they patented the machine as “Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier.”

The Ritty’s then decided to open up a factory to start the production of their new “cashiers.” It wasn’t long after that James Ritty couldn’t handle running two businesses at the same time so he sold off the factory to a group of investors. These investors become stock holders and in 1889 the majority stock holder, John Patterson, changed the name of the company to the National Cash Register Company and the name has stuck ever since.

James Ritty may not be as well known as Thomas Edison or Eli Whitney but his invention of the cash register has made just as much of an impact on societies all around the world. The register is a necessity to life and this world would probably be in much more disorganization if it wasn’t for the invention of the cash register.…

Olympias – The Mother of Alexander the Great

Olympias was born c.371 BC in the Molossian kingdom of Epirus on the borders of modern day Albania. She was about fourteen years old when she met king Philip of Macedon at a mystery cult festival in Samothrace. It is said that Philip immediately fell in love with her, however this is probably an over romantic version of reality.

Philip had been a very shrewd and successful ruler who had united the various tribes of Macedon into a recognizable kingdom. He had led his kingdom to victories against the other Greeks, most notably Thebes, Sparta and Athens. He had already begun an effective empire that filled the vacuum left after the thirty years of Peloponnesian war between Sparta and Athens in the 5th Century BC. After Sparta defeated Athens, both city states seemed to have exhausted themselves to the point that the Macedonians were able to move across Greece incorporating the city states under Macedonian authority.

Philip's political awareness led him to make a number of political marriages. The Macedonian kings practiced polygamy, therefore Olympias was not the only wife of Philip, though she was his only queen. Philip married seven times, the order of the interviews were as follows: Phila, Audata, Philinna, Olympias, Nikesipolis, Meda and finally Cleopatra in 337 BC. It is remarkable that Olympia managed to become queen, since Philip had older marriages which it might be reasonable to suggest would have been more established. Olympias must have made some impression on Philip to achieve the status of queen.

Olympias became pregnant with Alexander soon after she married and he was born in 356 BC. She had another child, Cleopatra later. She was an avid worshiper of the god Dionysus and ancient writers suggest that she had an interest in using snakes in the worship of her favorite god. The writer Plutarch says that one time Philip saw her sleep with a snake in her bed and after this time he became distant from his wife. Plutarch says that Philip then took other wives which incited jealousy in Olympias. The final breaking point came when Attalus one of Philip's men made a toast to Philip at his wedding fever to Attalus' neice Cleopatra saying that they should all pray that Cleopatra produces a legal successor to the throne. Alexander showed his rage and thread a cup at Attalus. Philip sided with Attalus. Alexander and Olympias left Macedon for Epirus.

Olympias did not help such incidents and in some ways added fuel to the fire. Her intense and dangerous character meant that in a superstitious time, she could make herself seem more in league with the gods than with mortals. She said to have told Alexander that he was the son of Zeus, not Philip and Alexander modeled himself on the hero Achilles who himself had a goddess mother.

Olympias understood how power worked during the 4th century BC. This was a time when men dominated politics and where women gained power through the men around them. Aspasia, …

The Fantasticks: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

In 2008, six years after the closing of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, the beloved musical returned to New York City. Forty-two years, it seems, was not a long enough run after all for this record breaker, and furthermore, no one appeared unhappy with the decision.

When in the early 1960s the musical first came to fruition, the beat generation saw itself in the play’s tension of opposites–the ideology of the young versus the ideology of the over-30s–and the dissonance caused by the current political unrest of that time. The play reached out to the generational needs of the ’60s and continued even beyond. But today in 2012 we are undergoing a different kind of turbulance and much has changed since The Fantasticks was written. So why has this musical endured? Why can’t we get enough of its lines and lyrics? What is our connection? Why are we so in love with this play?

A Familiar Plot

The answer may lie in the underlying archetypal plot of the script. Act I opens in the sweet innocence of moonlight; Act II opens in the harsh reality of day. The boy Matt and the girl Luisa thrive on their illusions in the first act but encounter a painful awakening in the second. El Gallo, “the rooster” and professional abductor hired by Hucklebee, ushers in the light of day, literally but also symbolically. He has come to lead Matt and Luisa on separate journeys in which they will leave their innocence behind and become initiates into the world of experience.

In Moonlight

Matt’s and Luisa’s fathers construct a make believe feud and build a wall between their houses in order to encourage their children to fall in love, relying on the old temptation of the forbidden to do the job. It works, and when the two lovers meet in secret, in moonlight of course, they pledge their love to each other. To create the illusion of settling the feud, Matt’s father Hucklebee engages El Gallo to stage the abduction of Luisa, allowing his son Matt to rescue her heroically and end the ruse. Luisa’s father Bellomy agrees, but a happy ending in moonlight cannot be real.

In Daylight

“Their moon was cardboard,” El Gallo tells us. In the daylight, life takes on a less subtle tone and reality casts a harsh glare. All four sing, “What at night seems oh, so scenic may be cynic much too soon.” Suddenly dissatisfied, the boy and girl part ways to find a solution to their restlessness. Matt ventures off to drink and gamble and find a shining world full of adventure while Luisa longs to be kissed upon the eyes by El Gallo who will take her on a journey to see the world, dancing forever and forever. To do so, she must put up a mask to prevent her from seeing the truth. When Luisa refuses to accept this world as only an illusion, the trickery of smoke and …

Diamond Symbolism and Mythology

Nowadays, we all know a diamond engagement ring is the most important jewelry purchase in a man's life and the most significant to the woman who receives it. Diamond is the birthstone of people born in the month of April and is also used as the symbol of a sixty-year anniversary, such as a Diamond Jubliee.

However, the symbolism of diamonds goes beyond romance. Through centuries diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purification. Diamond, because of its remarkable hardness and clarity, also still reigns supreme in its symbolism of power, strength, brilliance and unparallel beauty. Diamonds are enchanting treasures that have fascinated mankind through the centuries. Many regarded them as magical. Not only were they rare and beautiful, no tool could cut them and even the fiercest fire would leave the diamonds unscathed.

Diamonds have been used symbolically because of their extra physical properties. It was said that the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars. In Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle), diamonds are an important symbol and the Diamond Sutra is one of the most popular texts.

In ancient India, diamonds were not cut for fear that they would lose its magical properties. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that diamonds would grow darker in the face of guilt and shine brightly for the innocent. Another belief is that in the presence of poison, diamond would also change color. The rainbow colors of the prism were thought to give one magical power over Evil Eyes.

According to occultist myths, it was believed that diamonds possess several supernatural powers, eg a diamond's hardiness can only be broken by smearing it with fresh goat's blood. Or a diamond gives victory to he who carries it bound on his left arm, no matter the number of enemies.

It was also believed to have been used as a healing stone. Such as a way of detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting calming creatures.

Today, diamonds are used to symbolize eternity and love. The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. At that time, the diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure. The octahedral or eight-sided formation, like 2 pyramid joined at the base, was mounted with the lower pyramid completely hidden in the ring setting and the upper half rising out of it. Light would be reflected from all four sides of this exposed upper point. The structure of this diamond mirrors the symbolism of the Egyptian pyramids. The union in 1477 was celebrated by the exchange of a diamond betrothal ring which would have been an early example and sometimes the first royal one.

Other early example of betrothal jewels incorporating diamonds include the Bridal Crown of Blanche (ca. 1370-80) and the Heftlein brooch of Vienna (ca. 1430-40), a pictorial …

The Vindication of Harold Norman

Harold Norman was only twenty six years old on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. The young African-American was an amiable fellow with a ready smile. An order-filler for the Texas School Book Depository, Harold routinely shared a myriad of jokes with fellow employees to help the day go by.

As JFK’s motorcade was scheduled to approach the Depository, located at the intersection of Elm and Houston Streets, Harold was joined by co-workers James “Junior” Jarman and Bonnie Ray Williams, all of whom planned on viewing the passing procession from open fifth-floor windows at the southeast corner of the building. In a crouched position, Harold stationed himself at the corner window, while Williams and Jarman knelt at the windows immediately right of him. It was the lunch hour and the three men had the choice of either standing with other employees who had congregated downstairs at the Depository’s main entrance, or having the entire upper floor to themselves. The latter option was a way to avoid the crowds below and, as JFK’s driver would be required to make a sharp turn from Houston to Elm Street beneath them, the commanding, bird’s-eye view each anticipated having of President and Mrs. Kennedy seemed ideal.

The motorcade finally reached Dealey Plaza. Sure enough, Harold, Bonnie Ray, and Junior were exhilarated with the panoramic sight of the handsome JFK and Jackie seated in an open blue Lincoln Continental, smiling and waving to the crowds at curbside.

“The weather,” Harold recalled decades later, “was picture-perfect; and I was surprised at how sandy-colored President Kennedy’s hair was.”

The presidential limousine had no sooner negotiated a slow turn onto Elm Street when, suddenly, three shots rang out!

The Texas School Book Depository had been built as a warehouse in 1901. The ribs in its antiquated wooden floors were wide enough in some areas to detect conversations from co-workers on stories above and below.

The first report was loud – too loud — followed closely by a second burst, then a brief delay, and finally a third explosion, all approximately ten seconds in duration. The windows trembled with the reverberations. Stunned, Harold was certain someone was shooting directly above him. The upper floors of the building shook as motes of white powdery-like dust descended upon Bonnie Ray’s head. What the three men heard overhead was unmistakable. Gunfire! –accompanied by the click-click sounds of a rifle’s bolt action. Ejected shell hulls were heard bouncing on the floor above with a ping. To Harold, who was experienced at firing a rifle, the ear-splitting resonance briefly reminded him of a segment from the popular ABC-TV television series “Combat!” He excitedly pointed upward and exclaimed, “Listen!” Bonnie Ray gasped, “No bullshit!” “I can hear the shells being ejected!” Harold urgently shouted.

The trio’s senses fired on all cylinders; their pulses, and minds, racing. What villain is on the sixth floor? Why would he want to harm President Kennedy? This can’t be happening! Harold, Junior, and Bonnie Ray, …

Do You Deserve To Be A Leader?

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Do you possess the personal integrity, vision, planning, strength, and commitment that is a prerequisite for truly effective leadership? Many people believe they should be leaders, but are unwilling to do what is necessary, including undergo training and education, commit the time, energy and sacrifices that differentiates the few great leaders from the multitude that merely ascend to positions of leadership.

1. Integrity cannot be taught, but must be innate. Too many people are either afraid of exposing themselves either to ridicule or criticism by opening themselves up honestly, or simply prefer to “spin” or distort the facts to place themselves in the best light. A true leader cannot pick and choose his moments to have integrity, because personal integrity is truly an “all or none” scenario. Once a leader abandons his integrity even once, he surrenders his manifest to his constituents. Many in leadership have discovered that once they lose the trust of their followers, it can almost never be fully regained. A leader with integrity does not consider the political ramifications or popularity as motivating factors, but is rather guided by his belief in what is best for his organization. Obviously, no one is correct all the time, but one can have integrity all the time. Someone with integrity cannot sell out his beliefs for any reason. There is never a justification for a leader to be deceitful!

2. Do you have a vision for the organization that guides and motivates you towards action? In my over three decades of working with various leaders, I always ask them what their vision is, and what they wish to accomplish, and what their primary motivation for wanting to be a leader might be. I specifically ask them why they feel they are uniquely qualified to be a leader? Unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases, I receive simply rhetoric as the response, with things like “growing the organization,” “change,” “take it to the next step,” etc., stated, rather than non- rhetorical, sincere, and responsive answers. A leader’s vision must be specific and an effective leader should be able to explain his vision in the length of a sound- byte. Vision is a combination of what motivates someone to care, what (in actual terms) they feel the challenges that need addressing are and why, and what specifically they would do to bring about those changes, and what they “visualize” the organization as they would like to see it in the short term (under three years), intermediate term (three to seven years), and longer term (over seven years).

3. Do you have a plan? Do you know how to go about planning? Does your plan include both an Action Plan with responsibility table, as well as a time line?

4. Do you have the inner strength to be a leader? Effective leaders must be thick- skinned, and be able to accept criticism. They must have the inner fortitude to act, with the …