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Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation […]

Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate

The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be […]

The Strange Case of Spilled Coffee

Did you ever wonder what the facts were in the famous (or infamous) McDonald’s coffee spill case? It’s been a few years but it is still remembered by many, especially by those who use it as an example of a tort system having gone wild. Is there more to it than just some woman spilling […]

Negligence, Malpractice and Some Differences

There are occasions when lawyers who represent clients injured as the result of the misconduct of their dentist or physician would prefer to characterize the acts or omissions of the practitioner as other than an action based on negligence. An example might be where the statute of limitations might bar a negligent act but allow […]

So, You Want to Make Federal Case Out of It?

When we were all kids, sometimes, to make the point that too much was being made of a situation, we used to say something to the effect, “you don’t have to make a federal case out of it.” Consequently, many of us grew up believing that a federal lawsuit involved anything with substantial issues or […]

Periodontal disease and Dental Neglect

Periodontal disease is a serious oral infection which invades the soft gum tissue surrounding teeth and advances to destroy the bone and ligaments which anchor the teeth in the oral cavity. Because of the destruction of these supporting structures, teeth loosen and are eventually lost. Periodontitis, as this disease process is called, is related to […]

Discovery in Litigation

When lawyers speak of “discovery” within the context of the handling of a lawsuit, they are referring to the process by which information is collected from an opposing party. This process includes interrogatories, requests for the production of documents and material things as well as depositions and other procedural devices. What all discovery devices have […]

Will or Trust: Is there a Preference?

People are sometimes confused about the differences between a will and a trust. Frequently, without knowing exactly why, some people believe that one is superior to the other. There are very real differences, but one is not necessarily superior to the other. A Last Will and Testament is a document in which a person, called […]

Who should own the trademark for a business

It may sound perfectly obvious but the party or entity which controls the quality of the goods of a particular brand should be owner of the associated trademark. The owner of a trademark can be an individual, a partnership, a corporation or possibly some other legal entity such as an estate. Sometimes, if there is […]

The locality rule

In malpractice law there is a concept known as the “locality rule”. Proof of malpractice requires that the claimant demonstrate that the opposing party committed an act inconsistent with the standards of care of his or her profession as established by members of the same profession in the same or similar communities. As the rule […]