Believe it or not there probably is a point in your life when you will be in in need of legal assistance. Sooner or later everyone will find themselves in a situation where they will need help, professional legal advice, in a legal situation. If you are wondering how to find a good lawyer you have come to the right place, as I will explain the ways in which not only you will be able to find a good lawyer but an excellent one.
Do You Need A Lawyer?
Perhaps you’d think you need a lawyer, but you don’t really need one. Similarly, you might mean a situation where you don’t think you could benefit from legal assistance, but you could be wrong. The first thing you have to consider is whether you need a lawyer in the first place.
Situations which ask for you to get a lawyer are various, if you do, consider public relations and law. For example, if you are planning to go through a divorce, or if you have been convicted of a crime, you probably need a lawyer as soon as possible. This lawyer will be able to provide you with legal representation in court, and appropriate legal advice.
On the other hand, complaints and various returns of products, do not to require legal assistance. In this case you should probably contact a service which deals with such issues, such as customer service.
Furthermore, a lawyer will be able to provide you with advice with establishing a business, or even adoption of a child, which will save you time and money. Also in this way you will be able to save yourself from various ordeals in which people go through in order to find of these things for themselves.
Where Should I Look For A Lawyer?
When it comes to finding a good lawyer, that’s will represent you in a proper way and give you an appropriate legal advice, it can be a little bit more demanding than it sounds. Even though you might be desperate for a lawyer, resist the urge to choose the first one you see. You should be able to choose among at least several lawyers or attorneys which have good recommendations. Take some time to choose between different lawyers, and take into consideration their level of expertise and is their area of expertise. Different lawyers, just like doctors, are specialized in different areas of legal system. Just like you wouldn’t let a neurosurgeon deliver a baby, you wouldn’t want someone always not specialized in this area of law to take your case. Therefore, you should pay special attention when it comes to choosing a lawyer, because you will spend most of your time cooperating with this person and it is for the best that you have established a good communication and that you are certain that your lawyer will respect your wishes. Often people come in conflict with their lawyers due to different interests, but all of this can be prevented with the careful selection of a lawyer.
A gun shop owner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was ordered by jurors to pay almost $6 million to two police officers who were seriously wounded when shot with a gun that had been bought at that store. The ruling was handed down as the result of a lawsuit claiming negligence and was filed by the two police officers against the gun shop, Badger Guns, in suburban Milwaukee.
Guns Found at Scene Bought by Straw Buyer
Firearms found at the scene were linked to the shop and the suit alleged that warning signs were ignored by the shop that the guns used in the crime were purchased by what is known as a straw buyer. This is someone who purchases a gun for a third party who isn’t legally able to do so on his or her own behalf. Jurors opted to side with the Milwaukee officers that the shop was indeed negligent in this case.
Officer Graham Kunisch, now retired, and Officer Bryan Norberg had been shot by Julius Burton when he was stopped in the summer of 2009 for riding his bike on sidewalks. Both officers were shot in the face and surveillance video showed that the two officers had a scuffle with the shooter prior to being shot.
According to investigators, Burton obtained the gun about one month prior to this confrontation after having paid another man $40 to make the purchase at the West Milwaukee store. The other man is named as Jacob Collins.
Injured Officers Win the Law Suit
One of the bullets went through Norberg’s cheek, shattered eight of his teeth and then lodged in his shoulder. Although he is still on the force, Norberg states that his injuries have been making his work difficult. The other officer, Graham Kunisch states that the wounds he sustained forced him into retirement.
The store was ordered by jurors to pay Officer Norberg a settlement of $1.5 and Officer Kunisch the amount of $3.6 million along with another $730,000 said to be punitive damages. Patrick Dunphy, the attorney for the officers said that he expected appeals that could go on for years. The attorneys for the defense would not comment.
Hilary Rodham Clinton Brings Liability Law to the Forefront
When Hilary Rodham Clinton stated that she would push to repeal the gun law dating back to the George W Bush era, the issue of liability gained a great deal of attention in the presidential bid for the nomination. The lawyer for Badger Guns claims that this law shields the store against claims of liability.
The issue at hand is that the attorneys for Badger Guns deny wrongdoing on the part of the shop and its owner, Adam Allan. They further claim that the owner can’t be held responsible for criminal acts that are connected to guns sold at his store.
Badger Guns Listed as the #1 American Crime Gun Shop
According to authorities, Badger Guns is listed as the gun dealer in America that has sold the most guns used in crimes with more than 500 of them being linked back to crimes recovered at the scene. A former federal agent also claimed in relation to an unrelated case in 2005 that Badger Guns also didn’t take precautions that are necessary for the prevention of straw purchases.
The man who bought the gun for an underage person received a sentence of two years for making the purchase and the shooter who pled guilty is sentenced to 80 years for the two counts of first degree felonies of attempted intentional homicide.
Sean Mace, Navy veteran, was sleeping under a pine tree in the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park when a 16 pound pine cone fell on his head, causing what he and his lawyer claim is ‘irreversible damage’ to his brain.
Pine Cone in Question Dropped from Australian Araucaria Bidwillii
The tree in question is a member of the Araucaria bidwillii which is native to Australia, particularly in the southeast of Queensland. Commonly referred to as the bunya pine, these trees can grow to heights between 115’ and 131’. Falling asleep while reading, Mace contends that the cone dropped on his head and that the U.S. Park Service is at fault because there were no signs posted warning of giant falling cones.
Lawsuit Leveled Against the National Park Service
The cone that allegedly landed on Mace’s head was larger than a pineapple and due to the brain damage that Mace says he suffered, he is suing the United States Department of Interior as well as the historic San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park for damages that he states add up to $5 million USD. The park is managed by the National Park Service, a division of the Department of Interior and it is the National Park Service within the Department of Interior that is actually named in the suit.
Mace’s Attorney Claims the Experience Was Devastating
According to Mace’s attorney, Scott Johnson, the pine cone that landed on Mace’s head was akin to a 16 pound bowling ball. He states that the experience was ‘devastating’ for the Navy vet who was visiting the park during the Navy’s Fleet Week.
The date in question was October 12, 2014 during this celebration of seagoing services within the United States military. As a veteran, Mace claims to have been in town for the celebration. Mace’s lawyer states that his client was “immediately rendered unconscious” and that there was literally blood everywhere.
Mace Taken to San Francisco General Hospital
At the hospital surgeons worked to relieve swelling by removing parts of the skull, according to Mace’s lawsuit. As a result of the injury Mace suffered from memory loss that was short-term but will probably need care that is ongoing for the long-term. This according to his attorney.
The lawsuit also notes that warning signs were posted by the park after the incident and that netting was placed around bunya trees. The Park Service refuses to comment on the lawsuit, according to spokesperson Craig Dalby. The agency will not make comments on litigation that is ongoing.
This is not the first time that bunya cones came under scrutiny of officials. In 2002 officials from a town to the southeast of Melbourne, Warragul, became aware of the potential danger to residents of the town. The town’s mayor then proceeded to warn residents as to the dangers of falling pods. Mayor Diane Blackwood stated that these pods could be potentially lethal to anyone passing under the trees if a cone should fall from such great heights.