Legal Blog Posts
We have now posted 200 legal blog articles at the Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers. Blogging presents everyone with the opportunity to become part of the internet. Here, though, we focus on the areas of the law that we practice, we know about and we care about.
We often post information based on what you, our audience, our clients and newspaper column readers ask about.
The basics include what personal injury law and bankruptcy are all about. At the other end of the spectrum, we write to keep it lively and entertain. Always, we base what we write on actual law. No fluff.
Our “web gurus” tell us ‘keep it relevant’. That’s our goal. As well as being informative and accurate.
So, in alphabetical order, here is an index of blog articles posted by us to date:
BANKRUPTCY Bankruptcy Basics: Chapter 7, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case Timeline Bankruptcy Discharge Bankruptcy Exemptions: Why You Need Them Bankruptcy: Moral? Ethical? Bankruptcy Petition Preparers Bankruptcy Schedules Focus on Key Categories of Filer’s Finances Credit Counseling: Bankruptcy Requirement Debt Collectors and Bankruptcy Violations Discharge of Student Loans in Bankruptcy: Exception to Rule Essex County, MA First Meeting With Attorney: Bankruptcy – What To Take Frederick’s of Hollywood Files Bankruptcy Include All Income Assets and Debt Is ADHD A Defense Against Not Disclosing All Assets? Keeping Cars in Bankruptcy: Asset Value and Exemptions Keeping Cars in Bankruptcy Means Test – Chapter 7 Parking Tickets and Bankruptcy – Discharged? Personal Injury Claims In Bankruptcy Statement of Financial Affairs Student Loan Debt Crisis Suggestion of Bankruptcy Too Broke To Go Bankrupt
BANKRUPTCY QUESTIONS Can I Ever Get Credit After Bankruptcy? Charge Off: What is it? Do I Still Have to Pay Charged Off Debt? Is Rebuilding Credit After Bankruptcy Possible? Must I Disclose Income In Bankruptcy? Should I File Bankruptcy? What Basics Should be Considered? Trusts and Bankruptcy: Does A Trust Protect Property in Bankruptcy? What Address Do You Use For Creditors in Bankruptcy? What is a Bankruptcy Discharge Violation? What Will The Bankruptcy Trustee Ask at the Creditors Meeting
CIVIL LITIGATION Adverse Possession Law – Boundary Disputes “Can I Sue?” Can You Sue a School? When, Why and How? Court Papers – Always Answer Complaints and Other Legal Documents Depositions: How To Behave Discovery in Civil Litigation Dispositive Motions- Motions for Summary Judgement, Etc. Electronically Stored Information in Lawsuits He Said She Said Cases- Evidence & Credibility Necessity: Defense in Criminal and Civil Cases One Person’s Trash – Another Person’s Evidence
COURT RULES AND QUESTIONS Can Social Media Posts Like Facebook be Used as Evidence in Court? Health Care Decision or Court Review of Congressional Power? Photo and Video Evidence: Always Allowed in Court? Spoliation of Evidence: Penalties Available in Civil Law Texts as Evidence: Electronically Stored Information in Court What If I Didn’t Go For My Day In Court? Why Are There So Many Courts? Where Do I File A Case? DANGERS ON THE HIGHWAY Accidents Don’t “Just Happen” Can You Sue a City or Town for Failing to Remove Snow Properly? Cell Phones and Accidents: Is Legal Cell Phone Use Negligence? Distracted Driving: Eating While Driving Drowsy Driving and Serious Accidents Impaired Drivers: Alcohol, Illegal Drugs, Prescription Drugs & Marijuana Motorcycle Accidents: Causes and Statistics New Hampshire’s Hands Free Law Rules of the Road: Turn Signals Snow, Ice, Bad Drivers and Negligence Texting and Driving: Deadly Combination with Legal Consequences Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in Massachusetts Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in New Hampshire Unlicensed Drivers and Fatal Accidents
DEBT COLLECTION AND CONSOLIDATION Debt Collection Abuse. Legal Constraints on Collection Debt Collection Harassment: When Bill Collectors Go Too Far Debt Collectors & Original Debt Debt Consolidation and Other Options
DRONES AND THE LAW Drone Regulations Proposed What’s the Law on Small Private Drones? Commercial Drones?
ESTATE PLANNING Advance Care Directives: What Are They? Digital Estate Planning: Your Social Media Posts After You Die Wills and other Basic Estate Planning Documents Your Will: Make it Clear and Precise to Avoid Disputes
HOW PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS WORK Adversarial System of Law & Personal Injury Claims Delay, Deny, Defend Insurance Companies & Claims Handling Double Impact Car Accidents & Complex Accident Claims Health Plan Liens on Personal Injury Cases Injury Claim Evaluation By Computer Injury Claim Handling: Hidden Pieces, Unknown Dynamics Insurance Claim Secrets Revealed Interrogatories: Why Must I Answer These Annoying Questions? Liens on Personal Injury Cases Mediation & Arbitration Negotiation of Personal Injury Cases Notice Requirements in Personal Injury Cases Obesity Can Reduce the Value of Personal Injury Claims Optimizing Personal Injury Claim Value: Stepping it Up Proximate Cause: Personal Injury Claim Causation Requirement Reserves And How They Reduce an Injury Claim Seat Belt Use Admissibility in Injury Claims Settlement of Personal Injury Cases: Settlement or Trial? Statute of Limitations
INSURANCE Auto Insurance. Understanding Some Basics. How the Insurance Company Will Minimize Your Injury Claim Medical Payments Auto Insurance New Hampshire Auto Insurance Law: Car Insurance Not Required Unfair and Deceptive Insurance Practices Unfair and Deceptive Practices in the Business of Insurance: An Update INSURANCE QUESTIONS Insurance Exclusions: When is a Comma Worth One Million Dollars? No Fault Insurance: What Does It Mean? What Are Unfair and Deceptive Insurance Practices? What is an Insurance Low Ball?
LAW & GENERAL LEGAL BLOG TOPICS 150 Legal Blog Posts: Injury Law, Bankruptcy, Drones & More Boston Bomber Trial: Impartial Jury & Change of Venue Contingent Fee Agreements Donald Trump: Lightning in a Bottle Expert Testimony: Toxicology Fools In The Law Fools In The Law 2014 Fools In The Law 2013 New Year’s Resolutions: Legal and Financial Matters Pardons and Thanksgiving: Turkeys and Famous Pardons Waive Child Support?
LEGAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Are Taxes Voluntary? Federal Income Tax? Backing Into Illegally Parked Car: Who is at Fault? Burden of Proof: How Much Evidence is Enough? Can Private Facebook And Other Social Media Posts Be Ordered Open If I’m In A Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit? Children Drawn To Danger: What Is The Attractive Nuisance Law? Does Posting My New Job Online Violate My Non-Compete Agreement? Is There Pain and Suffering for a Dog? Minor Settlements: Why is Court Approval Required? Name Wrong on Marriage Certificate: Marriage invalid? That Never Happened Before – Defense to an Accident Case? What Can You Do About Spam Email Abuse? What Is The Three Reindeer Rule? When Does U.S. Turn Clocks Back This Year? Why are Lawyers Getting Involved in Deflategate? Why Do Attorneys Say Don’t Talk About Your Case?
LIABILITY AND NEGLIGENCE Are Parents Responsible For Bad Acts of Children? Comparative Fault: Contributory Negligence & Apportioning Liability Damages – Compensatory & Punitive Damages in Products Liability Case Dram Shop Law– Injuries & Negligent Service of Liquor Liability Waivers: Attempts to Avoid Injury Claims Negligence, Gross Negligence & Willful, Wanton Conduct Prescription Error, Pharmacy Negligence & Damages Products Liability: Personal Injuries Caused by Defective Products Vicarious Liability – Responsibility Flows Up
PERSONAL INJURY Broken Baseball Bat Hits Fan: Spectator Injuries & The Law Causation and Negligence Claims Against The Government Class Action Lawsuits Confidentiality Agreements in Personal Injury Do-It-Yourself Follies Dog Bite Cases in Personal Injury Law “Eggshell Skull Doctrine” Emotional Distress Expert Testimony HIPAA: Authorizing Release of Medical Records & Personal Injury Independent Medical Examination in Personal Injury: the “IME” Initial Consultation: Personal Injury Injury Cases: 10 Reasons Not To Do It Yourself Liability – No “Guilt” or “Innocence” Life Expectancy Tables In Personal Injury Cases Massachusetts PIP – Personal Injury Protection Medical Malpractice Mitigation of Damages in Personal Injury Negligence Law & “Torts” Never Give “Statements” in Your Injury Case Without An Attorney Personal Jurisdiction Out of State Preexisting Injuries and Conditions Reasonable Person Standard Res Ipsa Loquiter Rules of Evidence Settlements are Forever – A Full Final Release is Eternal Slip and Fall Accidents Snow and Ice Personal Injury Cases Social Host Liability Supplemental Needs Trust & Personal Injury The Truth About The McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case Video Surveillance: Used Fairly to Kill Personal Injury Cases? What to do After an Accident
PERSONAL INJURY QUESTIONS Can a Personal Injury Case be Reopened After Settlement? Can Recreational Use Statutes Stop Personal Injury Claims? Car Accident Claims Are Simple, Right? How Can There Be Hidden Perils? Does Open and Obvious Defense End an Injury Claim? How Are Personal Injury Claims Investigated? How Can Waiting to File a Personal Injury Claim Hurt? How Do You Prove Lost Wages After an Accident? Is There Tax on Personal Injury Settlements & Awards? Slip And Fall Cases: What Is Mode Of Operation Law? What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth? Why Do Personal Injury Claims Take So Long?
PRIVACY RIGHTS Is My Privacy And Security Protected If I’m In A Lawsuit? Sony Hackers: Crushing a Movie and Exposing Private Information Surveillance Cameras: When Do They Violate Privacy Rights? PROPERTY LIABILITY Negligent Security: Property Owners Liable For Security Failure? Premises Liability Law and Injuries Property Dangers: Premises Liability Uninsured Motorists: Car Accidents with the Uninsured & Underinsured THE INTERNET Be Careful With Internet Postings The Yelp Bill & Prohibiting Bad Reviews Online
WORKER’S COMPENSATION Benefits Defined By Law Benefits & Job Injuries Double Compensation Injuries Who is Responsible?
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