What is civil litigation?
Civil litigation is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of different types of cases, including:
- Divorce cases
- Real estate lawsuits
- Personal injury claims
- Anti-trust litigation
- Product liability cases
- Medical malpractice suits
- Landlord/tenant disputes
Basically, civil litigation covers all law that isn’t criminal law. Cases are filed by the victims rather than a prosecutor and are handled in civil court as a lawsuit with the goal of getting some sort of financial compensation or to force the defendant to adhere to your wishes.
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Does your business have a “Days without an accident” sign?
How often do you have to reset it? And how many of those resets are the result of someone slipping and falling? We’d wager that it’s more than a few.
American companies lost $11 billion last year due to slip and fall accidents, a figure that doesn’t take into account lost productivity or liability costs from personal injury cases.
It doesn’t have to be that way for you and your company. Here are a few ways you can protect your workers, customers, vendors and anyone else visiting your business from slip and fall accidents.
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We’ll be blunt. No one wants to find themselves talking to a personal injury lawyer.
If you need our services, it’s because something catastrophic happened. You were hurt in such a way that someone needs to answer for your injuries.
In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at four scenarios in which you might need a Pennsylvania personal injury by your side.
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The concept of alimony has been with us for centuries.
It’s older than the Roman Empire, predates the birth of Socrates and Aristotle and had been around for 1,000 years at the time of the first Olympic games.
The point is, humans have long held that alimony – financial support from one spouse to another in the wake of a divorce – is a good idea.
But how is alimony determined? There’s no simple formula. Courts in Pennsylvania will typically have an ex-spouse pay three types of support during a divorce:
- Spousal support – This is paid after a separation but before a divorce becomes final.
- Alimony pendente lite – Those last two words are Latin for “while action is pending.” The action in this case is the pending divorce. A judge can order one spouse to provide temporary support before the divorce becomes final.
- Alimony – An order for financial support issued when – or after – the divorce is finalized.
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Divorce can be a frightening experience, partly because there is so much uncertainty involved.
You look to the future and see only questions that you can’t answer
“Where do I go from here?”
“Can I afford this?”
And, most importantly, “What’s going to happen to my kids?”
This last one is likely to be a major issue in settling your divorce case. That’s why we’ve put together this list of common questions you might have about deciding child custody.
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Last year was a bad year for DUI crashes in Pennsylvania. According to state police, troopers responded to more than 5,100 DUI-related accidents in 2017, a 14 percent jump from the previous year.
That’s to say nothing to the number of DUI arrests – 19,963. And of those arrests, 243 took place over a three day period: between December 23 and December 25.
The holiday season, we’re sad to say, is often a dangerous time for drivers, and a busy time to be a PA DUI attorney.
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When the music legend Aretha Franklin died this month, she left behind an amazing musical legacy and her estate.
What she didn’t leave was a will, meaning her heirs are left to divide up her estate.
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Whether it’s Google or the corner grocery store, every business needs a lawyer.
“Wait a second,” you might be saying. “I can see why Google would need a lawyer. Facebook, sure. They’re always in the news. But we’re a two-person operation. Most of our customers can walk here. Why do we need a lawyer?”
And yes, chances are you won’t have to deal with the types of legal issues the Mark Zuckerbergs and Elon Musks of the world have to face. But your company could still benefit from having solid legal advice. Here are some scenarios where a small business lawyer might come in handy.
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You’ve probably heard the term “amicable divorce” more than a few times throughout your life. “Amicable” is a word that often appears in news stories when celebrity couples decide to break up.
But there’s quite a gulf between the idea of a peaceful dissolution of marriage and the reality of divorce, a life event that often brings feelings of guilt, fear, anger, and recrimination.
Maybe you’re going through a divorce, or on the brink of one, and don’t want to arrive at a place where you and your spouse exhaust your financial and emotional resources and end up hating each other.
It doesn’t have to be that way. An amicable divorce is possible, if you and your partner make the right choices for how to proceed.
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You drive this road every day.
You know every turn, every stoplight, every sign. Every day, it’s pretty much the same drive.
Then one day, it’s a different drive. You have a green light, but somebody makes an illegal left turn right in your path. You have time to think, “This is going to happen,” right before the crash.
The next thing you know, you’re talking to a paramedic. The police are on their way. You’ve been injured and need medical attention, but you might also need a lawyer.
In the wake of a car crash, accident lawyers in PA can help in a lot of different ways.
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