Lawyer,Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Tax Tips for Personal Injury Claims

Tax season is just around the corner and many who have filed and won their personal injury claims will have to report the money they were awarded on their returns. But surprisingly every year more and more of those who have won settlements do not file their taxes properly and end up losing money unnecessarily.

So what should you look for when filing taxes and including your personal injury claim? Not so surprisingly there is a lot of money that can be filed as tax free if done properly.

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Family Law, lawyer,
Written by Edward Lai

Tips on What NOT to do During a Divorce

The unfortunate trend in today’s society is divorce.  Gone are the days when couples stayed together forever. Many more couples are finding themselves in court rather than in a retirement home together.

While the divorce proceedings could take months or even years to complete, one must learn to avoid several behaviors that many adults find themselves in. Here are several common mistakes young adults make while going through divorce:

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Lawyer,Legal Mediation Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Important Questions to Ask When Looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents happen all the time, and very rarely do they come with any warning. When these accidents happen many are left without knowing what to do.

Aside from seeking immediate medical attention, the next most important action one should take is finding the correct legal representation. But how does one actually find the correct lawyer out of the numerous available attorneys out there?

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Business Attorney,Construction
Written by Edward Lai

General Tips for Contractor’s Contracts

It might sound ridiculous to some not to have a written contract between a client and a contractor. However the situation does happen more often than one would think. While this normally happens when the contractor is a good friend of the client, not having a contract would make any good contractor hard pressed to keep track of everything that would go into a project.

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Lawyer,Slip and fall lawsuits
Written by Edward Lai

How to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Many would think that a slip and fall lawsuit would be a rather easy situation considering the circumstances behind the injury itself. However, in certain states, slip and fall lawsuits have specific steps that must be followed or the claim can be considered invalid.

First, you as the petitioner must file the proper paperwork in the correct court. There are some courts in jurisdictions that are not equipped to handle cases such as the one you are preparing to file. You must also give specific details about the case that you are trying to file. These details must match with the elements of liability with the type of case. If this step is skipped many courts will dismiss the case.

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personal injury law, Attorney
Written by Edward Lai

New Law Changes Landscape of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Over 30 years’ worth of personal injury law was turned upside down when California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law A.B. 2159. The reason why this law is so important is that it overturns the rule in the 1986 case Rodriguez vs. Kline.

Rodriguez vs. Kline is so important because it set the precedent for personal injury lawsuits for undocumented immigrants. The ruling on this particular case stated that the proper way to calculate the lost wages of an undocumented immigrant was to pay what the person the amount he/she would have earned in his or her country of origin. This means most of the time the plaintiff would end up receiving very little if any compensation for their injuries.

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Business Attorney, product liability issues
Written by Edward Lai

Basics of Product Liability Lawsuits and Defenses

 

The following is an outline of the basics behind the two theories upon which product liability suits are usually based, along with common defenses used by manufacturers.

Strict Liability

At the core of many products liability lawsuits is the Doctrine of Strict Liability. When applied, a manufacturer does not have to be negligent to be found liable for harm resulting from the manufacturer’s product to a consumer. This doctrine imposes a duty to ensure that a product is safe, and any harm resulting from use of the product means the manufacturer failed in that duty. A plaintiff who files a strict liability case may allege there was a failure to warn of the danger in using the product or a defect in the product’s design or manufacture.

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Family Law, Lawyer
Written by Edward Lai

Americans with Disabilities Act Overview – Part 2

As discussed previously in Part 1, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in certain areas of public life, such as employment, education, transportation, and both public and private places. The law ensures that disabled individuals have equal rights and opportunities in the United States. The ADA is made up of five titles (sections), each pertinent to an area of public life. Part 2 discussed Titles III, IV and V.

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Family Law, Lawyer, Help
Written by Edward Lai

Americans with Disabilities Act Overview – Part 1

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted by Congress in 1990, and it was amended in 2008 by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). This amendment made several significant revisions to the definition of a disability. A civil rights law, the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in certain areas of public life. The law ensures that the disabled have equal rights and opportunities in the United States. The Act is composed of five titles (sections), each pertinent to an area of public life. Part 1 will discuss Titles I and II.

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Lawyer,Construction Defect
Written by Edward Lai

A Guide to Becoming a Land Developer Part 2: Other Considerations

As discussed previously, the current real estate market may present the best opportunity to become a developer. The cost of land is still reasonable, and the number of contractors seeking employment remains high. Nevertheless, becoming a successful land developer will be a challenge, and starting up the business will need careful thought and planning. In Part 1, hiring for key roles was discussed. Part 2 discusses other considerations.

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