Crucial Steps Necessary For Successfully Getting Through Probate

Being named as a beneficiary or personal representative in a deceased loved one's will may entitle you to monetary benefits, but you will need to wait until the estate has been fully settled before you can collect. If you don't know what is involved in the process, you should consider consulting with a probate lawyer, like Patricia K Wood Atty, so that no vital steps are missed and you avoid making errors that will just make settling the estate take longer. Read More 

Why Do Courts Try Defendants In New Cases When They’re Already Serving Life?

By now, it's hit pretty much every news feed and newspaper out there: former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, already sentenced to life in prison for the murder of one man, was just acquitted of the murder of two Boston men and witness intimidation of a third. Hernandez reportedly wept at the verdict, although that doesn't change his current incarceration. Many people may wonder why an acquittal in the Boston trial makes such a difference to Hernandez -- and why prosecutors went to the trouble and expense in the first place of holding a trial when the defendant is already serving life. Read More 

What Your Attorney Will Look For In Potential Jurors

If you have a jury trial coming up, you're probably curious about how the jurors will be chosen. Technically, they're not chosen but rather eliminated, and it will all come down to who's left at the end. During voir dire, your attorney will examine behavior, traits, and other characteristics that indicate whether someone seems biased towards the other party. Here are the six main things they examine. Relationships Jurors who have careers in or relationships with people in law enforcement are often eliminated from the pool. Read More 

When a Defendant Tries to Avoid Paying a Judgment, What Are Legal Means to Force the Issue?

Going through a personal injury lawsuit is often difficult enough, especially if the defendant refuses to make a reasonable settlement and insists on taking the case all the way through a trial. Once you've won your lawsuit, collecting the judgment should be easier—except some defendants seem willing to do just about anything to avoid paying. If you're having trouble collecting a personal injury judgment, you aren't alone. Here's what you should know about the types of tricks some defendants will use and what can be done to stop them. Read More 

3 Ways That Environmental Law May Impact Your Small Business

If you run a small business, you still have to follow the environmental laws set out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as your state. Being small doesn't exclude you from these rules. Here are three areas of environmental law that may impact your small business. #1 Air Pollution One area of the environment that is very well regulated is air pollution. Air pollution regulations do not just apply to factories with large smoke stacks; they could apply to your small business as well. Read More