Securing evidence in winning defective product casesWritten by Maui Reyes
Oftentimes when people get into accidents that involve defective products (such as car accidents), they get into shock and delay filing a case. While it is understandable that certain personal injuries can cause you to not file a case right away, you must remember that company whom you plan to sue is already one, if not two, steps ahead of you.
To start, call an experienced products liability lawyer for advice and to schedule an immediate appointment—he should help you in securing all evidence needed for trial. The preservation of evidence is crucial, since this will greatly help—if not determine—the success of your case.
If product was not yours, offer to purchase wrecked or malfunctioning article. It may not seem to be of use now, but obtaining evidence means you can keep an eye on it. If buying a product that has long served its purpose does not appeal to you, think of success it will bring to your case.
Next, make sure you keep article in a safe place where it cannot be altered, or worse, stolen. Many truck companies whose vehicles get into an accident send their trucks for repairs ASAP, which quickly covers up any dents or bumps. There have also been cases where evidence kept in a garage being stolen. Make sure you keep evidence in a safe place.
Legal Issues Surrounding DivorceWritten by Maui
There are two types of divorce: absolute and limited. Absolute, or “divorce a vinculo matu monii”, is judicial termination of a marriage based on marital misconduct or other statutory causes after wedding ceremony—such as adultery. After divorce, both parties are deemed single again. Limited, or “divorce a mensa et thoro” is a separation decree, where marriage is not fully terminated, and couple still retain their civil status as married.
There are seven steps in having a divorce. While process varies from couple to couple, depending on situation of both parties, there are some essential procedures in filing for a divorce. One thing is certain, however: divorcing couples who are mature enough to agree on certain issues makes for a smoother divorce.
First, one party must file a petition for divorce. Even if both parties agree on a divorce, one must file petition, which states ground for divorce. There is such a thing as “no fault” grounds, which simply states that relationship is no longer viable (such as “irreconcilable differences”). While many states allow this, some states still consider ground faults, such as adultery.
A temporary order is next step. This is for claiming temporary financial support, child support, of custody. This is granted a few days after filing, and remains in effect until a formal court hearing. One should file for this ASAP.