All You Need to Know About the TABC

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Have you heard of the TABC? Well, be sure that you fully understand this governmental entity before you even think about selling or handling alcohol in your business.

What is the TABC?

Let’s start off with the basics, shall we? TABC stands for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and this is the entity that controls the rules and regulations that you must follow as a business that sells and distributes alcohol. Since you are going to have bartenders or other employees handing out alcoholic beverages, you need to be sure that you are adhering to all of the guidelines that the TABC sets up for companies and workplaces in Texas. A TABC expert can help you move things along and get everything put together so that you can spend less time worrying and more time conducting satisfactory business with your customers. The attorneys at Monshaugen & Van Huff are liquor liability experts, and they can help you out in no time at all.

Whom Does the TABC Concern?

The TABC will be looking at you if you are a company or business that has employees who are handling or selling alcoholic beverages, so this could include liquor stores, bars and pubs, restaurants, or even supermarkets that carry liquor and other alcoholic drinks. Hotels are another entity that the TABC will be keeping tabs on, so there are quite a number of people who need to maintain good standing with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The good news is that a liquor law attorney can help you understand what you and your employees are liable for, as well as what rules you must follow within your business and the rules that you can set up for your employees and patrons to follow. Furthermore, these attorneys are extremely helpful when it comes to figuring out counseling services, insurance coverage, and all of those other legalities that give you a headache.

Why is the TABC Important?

The TABC is something that can’t be ignored because it can be your ticket to prison or court, or it could be your way of maintaining good social and legal standing in your community. Your business is in Texas, a place where people want to have fun! Just make sure that you stay safe and responsible at all times. A liquor liability attorney at Monshaugen & Van Huff can make is so much easier to stick to the rules and have a good time in your business ventures. Contact them today to schedule a consultation!

September 30, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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ClaireClaire and I had a drink with one of the more eccentric characters in chambers last night (and that’s saying something).

‘You know, you kids should all slow down’, he said.  ‘You’re all in far too much of a rush to be getting on these days.  It’s all work, work, work.  Careers advisers and goal-setting.  Why not let fate take a hand for once?  Let life flow a little more easily.’

He took a long drag on his cigar in the private smoking room which a certain wine bar continues to provide to particularly favoured barristers.  He was on a roll and to be fair we had finished off six bottles of claret between the three of us.

‘Not that I can understand why any of you would want to come to the Bar anyway.  Who’d want a four day week sitting around in an ivory tower even when you do get paid ridiculously well?  Not when you could be toiling at the grindstone working fourteen hour days as solicitors.  No, the sort of freedom the Bar can give a man is enough to drive him to drink, I can tell you.’

September 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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5 Things NOT to do Following a Serious Road Accident

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With over 187,000 road collision casualties per year, and over 20,000 of those involving serious injury, our chances of being involved in a significant road accident are worryingly high. While we hope you’re never in situation where you have to, knowing how to react after a road accident could make all the difference when it comes to any insurance or personal injury claims you need to make later. Here are five things we’d recommend not doing for an accident involving injury or damage to property:

Driving away

The average person isn’t likely to mosey off after being involved in a serious collision but you might not know that you’re legally required to stay and deal with it even if the accident doesn’t seem that serious or no one seems hurt. Not only is leaving the scene immediately after an accident illegal, it’s also not going to help your case if any injuries (such as whiplash, for example) present themselves at a later date and you find yourself needing to make an insurance claim.

Leaving without documentation

Before you do leave, it’s crucial to exchange the relevant documentation with anyone who has been involved in the accident. It’s your responsibility to both collect and give your own contact details, insurance details and any other pertinent information that might inform any proceeding insurance claims. Unless you have been injured yourself, it can also be a good idea to take photos, get the contact details of any witnesses, and to make notes on the exact circumstances of the accident as these can often be easily forgotten over time.

Failing to report your accident

As well as leaving the scene of an accident immediately, it’s also illegal to neglect to report the accident to the police. In the case of a serious accident this is vital not just for ensuring the correct emergency services are contacted and for clearing the scene but also to protect yourself in case the other person involved in your accident doesn’t have any insurance. After all, without an official police report you could be leaving yourself at risk of being unable to prove the accident happened at all.

Getting angry or admitting fault

In the aftermath of an accident, shock can lead us to react in ways that aren’t always helpful. Rather than getting angry at the other person involved, try to keep the peace and deal with the situation in a calm manner to avoid exacerbating tensions. Similarly, it can also be tempting to apologise or admit fault but doing so could potentially leave you at serious risk if the accident ends up leading to an insurance claim.

Neglecting to consider your legal position or potentially to consider getting legal advice

If you have been injured in a serious road accident there is a chance that you could be entitled to compensation, especially if the accident leaves you suffering any disabilities or ongoing medical complications. Unfortunately many people neglect to seek legal advice after an accident until it’s too late. As soon as you are able to, you might wish to consider getting in touch with a serious injury specialist like First4seriousinjury to find out if you’re entitled to claim; it could potentially make all the difference when it comes to recovering from a serious accident.

September 27, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

September 26, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Help With Mediating Your Civil Dispute

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Are you preparing to file for divorce? Is your marriage just starting out, but you want to get a prenuptial agreement? Maybe struggles with child support and custody are dragging you down. Whatever your civil dispute with your partner, the divorce attorneys at Liaise Divorce Solutions mediation services can assist you.

Dealing With Divorce the Smart Way

No one ever wants to deal with a matter of divorce, but it does happen for some people, and that’s okay. With mediation services in San Francisco that are run by certified and experienced attorneys, you will be in great hands. The experts will guide you through the process and get you help with any of the documents or paperwork issues. These attorneys have worked with many case studies and clients just like you, but they also understand that each case is different. That’s why they do their best to get on a one-on-one level with each and every client so that they can find the most optimal solutions at a price that you can afford. Divorce isn’t fun, but it can be much more manageable with these San Francisco-based professionals.

Preparing for Prenuptial Agreements

So what about prenuptial agreements between two parties? These mediation services are involved in that as well. Using the evidence and experience from case studies, the attorneys at Liaise Divorce Solutions work around the clock to identify potential problems and ways that the wealth and assets between a couple can be properly divided. It is not saying that your marriage won’t work out, but it is always best to have a plan of action in the case that a divorce does come up. The clients who work with these attorneys are more than satisfied, whether or not they end up getting a divorce. The prenuptial process just provides the added assurance that many couples feel better with.

Mediating Other Civil Matters

When it comes to other civil matters or disputes, the San Francisco attorneys are ready to work with you, and fight for you if need be. Help with applications and important filings, as well as assistance for court appearances are just some of the services that these trained and qualified professionals have to offer. For instance, they are skilled in handling family probates, child support, alimony, and so much more. Be sure to get in touch with them today to begin the process of resolution. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and no one will provide more safety than Liaise Divorce Solutions.

September 23, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Why You Might Consider Using a Motor Lawyer

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If you have been stopped for a driving offence, and are facing a fine, and points on your licence, contacting a motor lawyer could be a good idea. Doing so could save you from an awful lot of problems, both now and in the future. Below we look at what some of those issues are, and show you how a good motoring lawyer can help you to avoid them.

Avoid being unfairly punished

Many people do not realise that it is perfectly possible to be erroneously accused of a motoring offence. This possibility simply does not cross the mind of most motorists.

Unfortunately, this does happen. Every year, hundreds of people end up getting points on their licence for offences they did not commit. Often, all that is necessary is to ask for the evidence to be re-looked at. A good motoring offence lawyer knows how mistakes are made, so understands which questions to ask to make sure that the evidence against you is sound.

Avoid the more severe sentences

A good motoring offence solicitor will work with you to make the court aware of any mitigating circumstances, so that your punishment can be reduced when appropriate.

A good solicitor understands the system, and knows how to work within it to get the best outcome for you, in the circumstances. For example, in the UK, if you already have 12 points on your licence and you commit another offence you will normally lose your licence.

As you can imagine, for most people, this is a serious problem. Many find themselves unable to travel to work, go shopping or get their children to school.

However, in many cases, an experienced motoring lawyer will be able to put together an ‘exceptional hardship’ defence. An effective defence can allow you to keep your licence, and be punished in another way.

Finding a good motor offence solicitor

As you can imagine, it is important to make sure that any lawyer you hire to help you with a motoring offence knows what they are doing. Hiring a company like, who have a 94% success rate for handling appeals from the magistrate’s courts, will greatly improve your chances of avoiding unnecessarily harsh punishment. They give advice about dealing with notices of intended prosecution and are able to represent drivers who are being prosecuted in Court.

A good solicitor will always offer you a free, or low cost, initial consultation to assess your case. Only the best motoring offence lawyers do this. They are not interested in taking your money for no reason, they want to win, and usually do. This type of lawyer takes pride in their work, and will not waste the client’s time or money by taking on unwinnable cases.

If after reading this, you are still not convinced of the benefits of hiring a motoring offence lawyer, this forum thread will prove enlightening. Reading it will help you to understand how getting a criminal record, including one from driving offences, can have a long-term negative effect on your life. Understanding all of the potential consequences will help you to determine whether hiring a motoring offence solicitor is the best approach for you.

September 21, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Understanding the Position of the Notary and the Services they Offer (in Canada)

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When it comes to legal services, Notaries do not hold a position where they can provide any type of advice, legally speaking, or prepare your legal documents. If they are caught doing this, they can be charged with a crime. Many Immigration lawyer Toronto firms and other types of lawyers use notaries for a variety of reasons.  The following information will help you to fully understand the role of a notary and what services they offer.

What is a Notary?

A person working as a notary public is an office that has been appointed and then has been commissioned by the Governor and who has the primary function of providing specific, limited duties, as outlined by the area’s law. Some of the duties they offer include oath administration, certified copies of documents, deed acknowledgment and a number of other tasks. Essentially, the main duties of notaries are to offer a state agent, or impartial party, who serves as a witness for signatures. What this means that is unless the notary has a title of a notary at law or civil law notary, they will not be allowed, legally speaking, to offer any legal advice.

Who is Eligible to Become a Notary?

While there are a number of people who will be eligible to hold this position, you should determine if you meet the criteria ahead of time. You will also need to ensure that you do not attempt to offer any illegal services. Before you actually engage in this business, you need to have the answers for the questions and considerations that are here.

Types of Services Provided by Notaries

The services of a notary can be necessary for a number of different reasons, which is why you will typically find someone in this position in a number of different working environments, including: government offices, medical facilities and schools. The role they offer is crucial for the actual day to day operation of a number of industries and offices. Some other situations where a notary’s services may be needed is if you are facing bankruptcy or some type of immigration issue. Keep in mind, this will not be for offering legal advice, but instead handling the authentication of the various documents and other services.

Since a notary is in a position of trust, they are held to a higher standard than other types of people. If a notary violates this trust and the public they are serving is harmed, then they can face serious consequences.

September 21, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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BusyBodyBusyBody was in chambers today. “Hi BabyB.  I’m back in court next week. How do you like my new deadly weapon?”
“Sorry, I don’t know what you mean.”
“My new glasses, silly.”
“Oh. But I didn’t know you ever needed glasses before,” I answered, looking at the thick rimmed pair that now adorned her face.
“I still don’t.”
“Don’t you get it? They’re great. They’re just filled with plain old glass.”
“But why?”
“Well not only do they make me look more intelligent, kind of Lois Lane style but they’re also going to work a treat when I cross-examine and spin them around and about.” She took them off and me a lingering and slightly made stare as she rabidly spun the glasses around in her left hand.

I think I must have looked just a tiny bit sceptical. “You see BabyB.  According to my advocacy and all round general life coach, he says that not only will the action of taking off the glasses intimidate the witness but when you spin them around it’ll completely distract them and allow me to trip them up.”

Suddenly I had a vision of armies of BusyBodies entering the courts all over the land wearing the same silly glasses and then brandishing them at anyone who got in their way like some sort of weird sword.

September 21, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

September 19, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Steps To Take To Locate An Experienced Birth Injury Law Firm (in the USA)

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You should never hire the very first birth injury law firm you find on the internet. We are talking about a really important moment in the life of the parents and the injured child. The difference between proper and improper legal representation can be huge. It can mean the difference between having to go through all the medical problems alone and having the party at fault pay for everything on the long run.

If you want to find professionals like, birth injury law firms that can help you get the right settlement or financial compensation, always focus on the following steps.

Narrowing Down The Search

Always look at the different law firms that focus on birth injury cases in the area where you live. Do not pick the very first company you find online or in the Yellow Pages. Research is necessary. Create a list of all the appropriate firms and then try to learn all that you can about the services that are offered. The more information you know about the company, the higher the possibility you are going to make a really good choice! This is definitely something that is going to help out a lot at the end of the day.

Pick those firms that have a lot of experience in the medical malpractice based birth injuries. Never add the firms without medical negligence specialization on your list of considered firms. This would be a huge mistake.

Filter The Companies

The number one factor that has to be taken into account as you differentiate between the different birth injury law firms you find is experience. The companies that have been servicing clients for as long as possible will always be more beneficial. Once again, the internet is going to be highly tremendous and can aid you during the entire research phase. Look at websites and try to find anything you can about the companies on the internet.

Arrange An Initial Meeting

By now you surely made a list of at least 3 law firms that could be considered. It is not at all a bad idea to arrange initial meetings with all of them. Birth injury law firms are going to normally offer a free initial consultation. This is where a conversation happens with the attorney and when details about the case are discussed. Try to listen to all that is said and do be sure you ask all the questions you may have about the birth injury case that will have to be covered. Make sure that you mention the fact that you discuss terms with different birth injury law firms. This will help because the attorneys may show more interest and may offer a better deal.

Trust Your Instincts

It is really important that you create a good relationship with the birth injury attorney. Always work with those that you can trust. If there is any reason why you may feel that the birth injury attorney is dishonest with you, simply look for another one. With such situations it is a really good idea to trust your gut instinct. It will rarely be wrong.

September 14, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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