Common questions for startups / entrepreneurs

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As a small business owner, I often converse with other professionals who are looking to take the leap of faith and start their own business. Many entrepreneurs are hoping to turn their long-held dreams into a reality, but my job usually involves trying to convince them to take a few parachutes with first. Continue reading

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3 ways to put the “civil” in civil litigation

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Something I’ve always found easy is keeping calm about going to court. My clients, on the other hand, are often a ball of nervousness when it comes to even thinking about it. But for me, staying calm isn’t about education or experience; there are plenty of attorneys who cringe at the idea of court – and probably some judges, too! It’s more about staying focused and remembering a few key principles. Continue reading

May 1: A nexus of civil liberties

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Today is the crossroads of three important days on the calendars of government, faith, and laborers around the world. Although May 1 is always designated by Federal law as Law Day, and throughout the world celebrated as Labor Day (except in the United States), the first Thursday of May is also the National Day of Prayer by Federal law. Each represent a certain sector of our basic civil liberties, but as these three days may seem to be unique from each other, there is actually a commonality between them that makes today a day to celebrate one single reality: our liberty as Americans. Continue reading

The resurrection and the nature of evidence

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While my blog is not usually about comparing religious texts to legal issues, I’d like to continue this Easter week to explore how the resurrection stories touch upon the nature of evidence in a court proceeding. Specifically looking at the Gospel of John, in describing Mary Magdalene as she goes to the tomb, John portrays her as a witness that the stone has been removed from the tomb. She immediately rushes to a prejudicial conclusion based on the evidence before her: someone must have taken the body.

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The trial of Jesus vs. the American system

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“What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime” Luke 23:22

Constitutional rights in criminal cases are something that can be easily taken for granted in our 24/7 TMZ world. Often people complain that defendants get off on a technicality, and they wonder how criminal defense attorneys can even sleep at night, or go to church on Sunday. So I’d like to take this week before Easter Sunday to compare the modern system to the trial of Jesus, as it is presented in the Gospel narratives.

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Overview: legal issues in family cases

Henry VIII of England by Joos van Clees (public domain)

Henry VIII of England, by Joos van Clees (public domain)

Parties to a marriage usually promise their love, care, and support will last “til death do us part,” but as the infamous King Henry VIII showed the world, sometimes the commitment fails for one reason or another. When this happens, numerous legal questions arise that must be dealt with.

Thankfully, society has moved beyond spousal execution as a legally-permissible form of marital dissolution, but today, most parties in a family case are still left with a lot to learn during an emotionally-difficult time. Continue reading

Hidden costs in taking a guilty plea

photo by Victor1558, by CC license on Flickr

photo by Victor1558, Flickr CC license

Pleading guilty in a criminal case can sometimes seem like the only option. A criminal defendant might feel like it’s just not worth fighting it, even if he or she is innocent. But often, this decision is made without understanding how a guilty plea affects one’s life 3, 5, or 10 years down the road. It can be a lot more severe than having to check the criminal history box on a job application and explain the situation at an interview. Continue reading