November 6th, 2014
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As a lawyer for 30 years, I never found myself hiring a lawyer to sort out my legal issues. I always thought that I could handle them on my own or represent myself, but I could only do so much and the fact that the courts here are not so generous to self-representation. A couple of years ago, I was charged with drunken misconduct because I got drunk and I tripped on a table that caused a commotion in a local bar. They thought I started a fight so I was arrested and detained. I found myself asking help from another lawyer in my firm.
Because I was drunk, I couldn’t stand as the expert witness so I had to be the client. Thankfully, there was one witness in the bar who saw that I fell down. Two of the three witnesses from the prosecution told the judge that I pushed someone and it caused a fight. The story of our witness was then corroborated by the bartender who was there. They found me NOT GUILTY and they cleared the charges too.
Long story short, it’s always a complete irony when you ask help from someone in the same industry as you, kind of like a barber getting his hair done by another barber.
September 3rd, 2014
Employers take advantage of the fact that people need jobs and that they make sure that the employees they get are nothing more than just dumb grunts with no ideas of their rights as an employee. I’ve seen this way too many times wherein an employee is denied of his right to promotion because of his social status, or a female employee is sexually harassed but nothing is being done by the employer to prevent it from happening. This is why employees should work with a lawyer during their stint as a worker for any company. Heck, I even encourage my paralegals to seek outside counsel in any case their contract is violated or if they want to make sure that we’re not going to screw them over.
Lawyers need to double check the contracts signed by employees and their employers so their rights are protected during their stint. For example, if I am fired for no apparent reason, I can sue the company if they don’t provide me with a termination pay or a legit reason why they fired me if it’s stated in the contract that I need to be paid and a definite violation is needed for termination. Minimum wage employees should take advantage of the fact that they can hire lawyers to help protect their rights, and I am just a phone call away. If you want someone to protect you legally, my firm is available.