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3 Things To Do To Keep Your Liquor License

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If you have a restaurant and you want to sell alcohol, you need to make sure that you have a liquor license. Without that, you aren’t allowed to sell liquor and run the risk of being arrested or fined if you get caught selling any kind of alcohol. When you get your license, there are things that you need to do to make sure that you can keep it.  Check ID For Everyone You don’t want to sell any alcohol to underage people. The best way to make sure that you don’t do that is to make sure that everyone is carded. Some places will card people unless they appear to be over a certain age. If your establishment is a bar, then people should be carded before they get in the bar, so servers shouldn’t have to worry about that. At a restaurant, the servers should card the person who orders the drink, and you may have rules that anyone at the table will also have to be carded.  Learn About Fake IDs There are always going to be people who get fake IDs so that they can go out drinking. If you are in a college town, you probably see more fake IDs than other places. Make sure that your employees know how to tell a fake ID from a real one. You can post flyers and pictures near workstations so that your employees will see them regularly so that they are aware of what the fakes look like. You can also ask the police to come in and teach your employees how to recognize fakes. The police may also be willing to share what the new trends in fake IDs are.  Go to Continuing Education Classes When you get your license, your state may require that you go through classes. Those classes can teach you things like how to tell if someone is too drunk for you to serve any more alcohol to. In order to keep your license, the state may also require that you and your employees take classes every few years. That way you are familiar with any changes that may happen in the law.  If you want your restaurant to sell alcohol, you can’t just start selling liquor. You have to make sure that you are doing the things you need so that you can keep it. If you do lose it, then you may have to do a lot of work in order to get it back. For more information, contact local professionals like Arizona Liquor Industry...

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Do You Really Have The Right To Remain Silent?

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You’ve undoubtedly seen countless television dramas where a suspect is cuffed and “read their rights,” beginning with those memorable words, “You have the right to remain silent.” Many of us, however, probably don’t really understand what those words mean. These words, known as the Miranda warning, must be spoken to anyone about to be arrested and must be conveyed before they are questioned. A somewhat puzzling situation can occur, however, when a suspect is being questioned at a police station, but has not actually been arrested. Do you still have rights? Powerful rights afforded by the Fifth Amendment As the warning goes, anything you say from the time you are “Miranda-ized” could be used against you in a court of law. This warning is meant to put a person on formal notice that they are not required to answer questions without having their attorney present. This affords people an opportunity to have a legal professional on hand, advising them on what to say, or what not to say, to avoid self-incrimination. If you wish to evoke your right against self-incrimination, you simply must state “I invoke my right under the Fifth Amendment not to answer, on the grounds I may incriminate myself.” It’s worth noting that this phrase may be paraphrased; it’s not necessary too recite it word-for-word. Being questioned without arrest On the other hand, if you are told that you are free to go at any time and are not held in a locked room, there are no such protections available. There are no laws that require police officers read you the Miranda warning or anything else. However, you should know that if you are given the impression that you are not free to simply get up and walk out, you must have been given the Miranda warning. Failing to do so could cause any subsequent questioning, testimony or even confessions to be “thrown out” and nullified. Keeping quiet What if you simply clammed up and refused to answer questions? A 2013 Supreme Court ruling surprised the legal world when it proclaimed that keeping silent, and thus not evoking your Fifth Amendment right, could be interpreted as a sign of guilt. The bottom line, in light of this ruling, is that even those who are not read their Miranda warning, be they under arrest or not, should make a concerted effort to speak the phrase and evoke your rights to keep silent, if you wish to do so. To learn more about your rights against self-incrimination, consult with a criminal attorney like Abom & Kutulakis...

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Three Factors You’ll Need To Have In Place To Avoid A Court Divorce

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A court divorce, or litigated divorce, is the most highly publicized type and the one that the media loves because there’s so much fighting and drama going on. But court cases are enormously expensive and can have very negative effects on children and their relationships with their parents, and to save your children from that (and spare your budget from collapse) you may wish to choose some other type of divorce. Here are three things you’ll need to have in place in order to settle the divorce without a judge. 1. A working relationship with your spouse If you’ve seen court divorces on TV, you’ve seen some pretty bad relationships between spouses. You may think that your relationship isn’t anywhere near that bad, but the truth is that in order to agree with your spouse about divorce settlements that are bound to be a compromise, you need to have some interest in his or her happiness as well as your own. If you don’t care for your spouse at all anymore or if you have some simmering resentment about his or her annoying habits or other character flaws, these issues could come up during the process and sabotage the plan. 2. A plan for splitting assets and custody If you go into the process with a plan that you’ve already talked over with your spouse, there will be less to hash out and fewer surprises will crop up to upset you. If you have many assets, especially ones that aren’t easily split or liquidated, and/or children or pets, you’ll need to discuss in advance what each of you would ideally get out of the deal, what’s the minimum that each of you would settle for, and which assets or custody rights are the most important to each of you. If your pet dachshund is so important to you that you’d trade custody for the ownership of your beachfront property, it’s important to know that up front. 3. A flexible attitude  You should realize at the start that you won’t get everything you want. Your “ideal” list would likely leave your spouse very shortchanged, so be prepared to make concessions. The best compromise will allow each of you to obtain the most important things on the “ideal” list while stretching a few points by taking “minimum’ on some other things. Remember, you won’t be the only one making concessions, and this process isn’t supposed to be easy; it involves splitting up a shared life, and it’s (probably) not all your spouse’s fault. These three essentials should be present if you wish to settle the divorce between the two of you, whether it’s a mediated divorce, a collaborative divorce, or a DIY divorce. For more information, contact firms like Healy and Svoren Attorneys at...

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How To Prevent A Denied SSI Application

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Have you suffered a disability that will prevent you from going back to work? If so, you should apply for SSI benefits. These benefits are provided to those who are no longer able to make a living due to a debilitating illness or injury. However, it can be very hard to win an initial SSI claim. Many initial cases are denied and will require an attorney to push for your benefits. There are some things you can attempt to do on your initial application that may prevent a denied claim: Use of Drugs and Alcohol Your SSI application will have a section asking about any uses of drugs or alcohol. You should always be honest in this section, but be careful how you fill it out. You can initially be denied due to drug and alcohol abuse, particularly if it had a prominent role in your disability. The Social Security Administration can say that had you not been irresponsibly using these substances, you would have been able to prevent your disability. If you are asked to have a physician make a statement about your drug and alcohol abuse, be sure to be truthful in your answers. If you are suffering from liver disease, and you are not honest about drinking alcohol, the SSA may think you are being dishonest. Always provide accurate records regarding your disability if they are requested. Marriage Getting married is a major milestone, but it can have a negative role when it comes to your SSI case. The SSA has very strict income limits. If you get married to someone who makes a good income, it can reduce your odds for winning your initial case. The SSI system is based on providing benefits to those who are the most in need first. If you get married, you can risk having your application being denied or at the very least delayed because it appears that you have access to enough cash to meet your daily living expenses. Unemployment Benefits You may also be receiving unemployment benefits for a period after your disability. This is seen as income in the eyes of the SSA. There are some instances in which the unemployment benefits will not have an impact on your SSI application. If you were disabled after you left your job, it should not have an impact on your application. In addition, if you have a disability that keeps you from doing your prior job but you can do other forms of work with additional training, the SSI should not penalize you for that. Getting a positive outcome from a Social Security disability case can be very hard. However, working with a great attorney can greatly help your chances for getting access to the money you need to live your life. For more information, contact Bruce K Billman or a similar legal...

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3 Divorce Related Financial Mistakes To Avoid

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It’s only natural to be stressed and emotionally fragile during your divorce, but keeping your head clear when it comes to making financial decisions could make a positive impact for some time to come. You can take some steps right now, while you and your spouse are still negotiating your divorce agreement. Be sure to take some time to consider the impact that making these 3 mistakes could have on you and your childrens’ future. Read on to learn more about the 3 financial mistakes to avoid during your divorce. 1. Not making a realistic budget. Many married couples prepare a budget, but that particular piece of work is likely now useless. Not only must you make a new budget, but you should do it as soon as possible. Your living situation may be in a state of flux, but you should create a workable plan that not only helps you ensure that you have adequate income for each month, but for the future. While you are working with your financial issues, take a few extra minutes to complete a statement of net worth. A net worth statement probably sounds a lot more intimidating than it really is. It’s just a list of your assets, which is any real estate, vehicles, personal property, bank and investment accounts, and a list of your debts, which include loan balances, credit card balances, etc. The debts are deducted from the assets, creating your net worth. Knowing what you own and what you owe is vital all the time, but especially before you begin making financial decisions during your divorce. 2. Automatically asking for the family home. With divorce being a time of great upheaval, knowing that you, and your children, can stay in a familiar and secure home is a natural desire. While you may think getting awarded the home is a good thing, it may not necessarily be so. If you fail to take into account the financial ramifications of being a single parent homeowner, you may be in for some unpleasant surprises when it comes time to replace that roof, pay the home owner’s insurance, or ensure that the property taxes are paid. Being awarded the family home could mean being responsible for a large mortgage payment each month, so take into consideration all costs associated with that responsibility before you automatically ask for it. 3. Not taking advantage of the financial benefit of a QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order). If your spouse has a retirement retirement plan, taking money from that fund can really impact the net amount available. Retirement funds, like a 401(k), are only meant to provide withdrawals (prior to retirement age) for true emergencies and the penalties charged for early withdrawals are often steep and punishing. During a divorce, however, the funds added during the marriage are considered marital property and are available for withdrawal without penalty. You, as the alternative payee, must still pay any taxes owed on the funds, unless you deposit the funds into a new qualifying account.  Talk to your divorce attorney about more ways to help you have a better financial future after your...

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Buying Your First Home? 3 Reasons Why You Need A Real Estate Attorney On Your Team

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If you’re in the process of purchasing your first home, you’re going to need a strong support team. A good team will help you avoid costly mistakes along the way. An important member of this team that you might not have considered yet is the real estate attorney. Trying to negotiate a real estate transaction without legal assistance can lead to some serious complications, especially when it’s your first time through the process. Here are just three of the reasons you should add a real estate attorney to your team before you purchase your first home. Provide Assistance with the Negotiations When you’re trying to purchase a home, you might experience some hurdles along the way. Some of those hurdles will come from other buyers who are trying to outbid you, while other hurdles will come from sellers who want to increase the asking price beyond the actual value of the home. If this is your first time purchasing a home, you might not have the experience you’ll need to successfully navigate those hurdles. That’s where a real estate attorney comes in. An attorney like John M. Ogden can help you negotiate a fair offer from the home you wish to purchase and answer any other questions along the way. Ensure Inspections Are Done Properly When you purchase a home, there are several inspections and surveys that will need to be completed before the transaction can be finalized. If those surveys and inspections aren’t done properly, you can end up with serious problems when it comes time to close escrow. Your real estate attorney will coordinate the inspections to ensure that they’re all taken care of in the way that they should be. Conduct a Thorough Review of the Documents When it comes to purchasing a home, there are a lot of documents involved in the process. You might feel like you’re signing papers every day. Those documents are a crucial part of the home-buying process. If this is your first home purchase, most of the documents will be completely foreign to you. Unfortunately, that can make it difficult for you to fully understand what you’re signing. A real estate attorney will look over all the documents and make sure they’re in order for you. If you don’t understand something, your attorney will explain it to you. Buying a home is exciting. If this is your first home, don’t take chances. Create a team that will help your dream of buying a home become a reality.  The information provided above explains why you need a real estate attorney on your home-buying...

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Three Things You Need To Do That Could Help You Win Your Auto Accident Claim

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Every person that files a personal injury claim after an automobile accident hopes that they will win the case. Unfortunately, it is possible for an auto accident claim to be drastically underpaid or be denied. You need to do your part to ensure the success of your claim. Fortunately, there are three simple things that you can do after you’ve been involved in an auto accident to make your case a lot easier to win. Gather Pertinent Information If you haven’t been injured severely in the auto accident, you should use the time immediately after the wreck to gather important information from the scene of the accident. Your car accident attorney will need the other driver’s contact information, as well as contact information for any people that witnessed the wreck. You also need to collect the other driver’s car insurance information, including the insurance company and policy number. Also, take the time to file a formal police report, and make sure you get a copy to give to your attorney. Additionally, if possible, take pictures of the accident scene. Make sure you take pictures of the following: The entire accident scene from several different angles. Current road and weather conditions. Any damage to your car, as well as damage to the other driver’s car. Any other factors that may have contributed to the accident, such as a blocked stop sign or a street light that isn’t working. Follow Through with Recommended Medical Treatment If you want your auto accident claim to be a success, you need to have documentation that shows the insurance companies and the court the severity of your injuries, as well as how the injuries have impacted your day-to-day life. If you don’t complete any medical treatment that your doctor suggests, including taking medication, going to physical therapy, and going to your follow-up visits,  it might be difficult for your lawyer to prove that your injuries were severe enough to warrant a larger settlement. So, it’s important to keep documentation of all of your medical appointments, the recommended treatment, and all of your medical bills. Refer Calls About Your Claim to Your Lawyer Even if you hire a car accident attorney to help you file a claim, the insurance company might still call you. In fact, there’s a good chance that both your insurance company and the insurance company the other driver uses will contact you several times. If this happens, or you happen to get any other phone calls related to your claim, you should always refer the caller to your attorney. You don’t want to make any statements that could jeopardize your case. While collecting information, referring calls to your lawyer, and following through with all of your medical treatment doesn’t guarantee you’ll win your auto accident case, it does help. Just remember, if you’re unsure about how to handle a specific situation regarding an auto accident, you should consider contacting an auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Click here to find out...

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Arrested For A DUI? Why You Should Hire An Attorney

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If you’ve recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you’re probably experiencing many different emotions.  Even if you’ve received traffic citations in the past, a DUI may be more serious since it often carries stiffer penalties that can be life changing in some cases.  That’s why it’s vital for you to hire a lawyer after being arrested for a DUI.  A DUI attorney can be a powerful ally who helps to make the DUI journey much easier to handle.  Use this information to learn more about why should hire a DUI attorney as soon as possible. A DUI Attorney May Help To Get Your Sentence Reduced One of the most critical ways that a DUI lawyer can be of assistance to you is by getting your sentence reduced.  You would be amazed at the negotiation techniques that a skilled attorney may be able to use in order to get a serious DUI sentence lightened up. When you hire a DUI attorney, they will likely ask you a battery of questions to determine which course of action can get your sentenced reduced.  For example, if you’re the sole breadwinner for your family, the attorney may request a sentence reduction on the basis that you just can’t spend time in jail because you must make money for your partner or children.  If there are prior convictions that make the judge hesitant to reduce your sentence, your lawyer may campaign for weekend stints in jail for a substantial amount of time so that you can work during the week, and fulfill your penalties on the weekend. A DUI Attorney Can Get Evidence Removed Another reason why it’s such a good idea to hire a DUI attorney is because there may be evidence presented in your case that is inadmissible in court.  Unless you have an extensive background in legal matters, you may not understand that the items being presented to prove your guilt should not be seen at all. Your lawyer will go to work to see whether or not the arresting officer was qualified to issue a field sobriety test.  If not, the judge may move to throw out the test results.  This act alone could be enough to have your entire case dismissed. Don’t let anxiety about your DUI case disrupt your peace of mind.  After you’ve been arrested for a DUI, keep these tips in mind so you’ll know the right course of action to...

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Why You Should Carefully Choose Your Lawyer For A Personal Injury Case

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If you were injured in a car accident and are considering suing the other party, you should hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you. As you begin looking for one to hire, one of your biggest challenges may be knowing which is the best one for you. Here are several factors to consider as you look for the right one, along with the reasons you should make sure you select a good one right from the start. Qualities to look for There are a lot of really good personal injury lawyers around, and you can compare them by looking at the following qualities: Length of experience – Length of experience does not always matter, but it can be helpful in most personal injury cases. Area of expertise – There is no point in hiring a lawyer that specializes in product liability if you suffered injuries from a car accident. Stick with a lawyer that knows car accident laws for the best results. Percentage of cases won – A lawyer with a 100% win rate might be rare, but this is the type of lawyer that may be good to look for. Rates they charge – Personal injury lawyer fees are typically in terms of percentages, and these can range from 33% to 40%. The best way to find the right lawyer for you is to look for one that is highly experienced handling and winning car accident cases. Reasons you need a good lawyer Finding a good lawyer is important for several reasons: Better chances of winning – By looking at a lawyer’s percentages of wins to losses, you will be able to choose one that may help improve your odds at winning the case. Replacing your lawyer may cost you – Personal injury lawyers work on contingency in most cases, which means you only pay if you win; however, if you fire your lawyer halfway through the case, you may end up owing that lawyer money. In addition, you will also owe money to the next lawyer you hire if you win the case. You should also be aware that if you fail to pay your original lawyer for the fees owed after firing him or her, the lawyer may have the right to withhold your paperwork from your new lawyer. If you are ready to learn more about how a personal injury lawsuit could help you recover money for damages and injuries, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer...

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Can A Nursing Home Sue You For Your Parent’s End-Of-Life Care?

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Do you have an elderly parent who is receiving end-of-life care at a nursing home? Have you just received a certified letter that the nursing home is suing you for the cost of your parent’s care? If so, here’s a crash course on filial laws and whether or not they apply to you. What Are Filial Laws? Filial laws are laws that state that adult children are responsible for the care of their parents if the parents cannot care for themselves or afford their own third-party care. Such care includes shelter, clothing, food, and all medical costs, including end-of-life care. Do These Laws Apply To You? If you live in one of the 29 states with filial laws, then there is a good chance that you will, indeed, be responsible for paying back the nursing home for the care they provided to your parent. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you can prove that your parent was neglectful or abusive to you while you were growing up, or if they were absent from your childhood, then the court may waive your duty to compensate the nursing home for their care. The state may also waive your responsibility to pay for elder care if you are not financially sound enough to do so without damaging your own quality of life.  What If You Refuse To Pay? If the court deems you financially able to pay for your parent’s end-of-life care and you haven’t had the responsibility waived due to a history of parental abuse or absenteeism, there could be some very severe consequences including fines and jail time. In Pennsylvania, for example, a person who has deliberately refused payment after being ruled to do so in a filial support trial can be found in contempt of court and sentenced to 6 months in prison. What If You Don’t Live In The Same State? It doesn’t matter what state you live in — you will be held responsible for your parent’s care if the state in which they received the care has and enforces filial support laws. This holds true even if your parent was a resident of a non-filial support state but received care in a state that enforces filial law. What Should You Do? If you’ve just received notice that you’re being sued for your parent’s end-of-life care expenses, contact a lawyer who specializes in elder law. Your lawyer can help you build a case to prove to the court that you either shouldn’t have to pay these expenses or can’t afford to pay...

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