Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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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 info@qccartoon.com.

September 9, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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What to do to file a police report after an accident for facilitating claim filing for personal injury?

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In order to protect all parties involved in a car accident in the USA, it is crucial to call the police for filing a police report that documents all incidents and events related to the accident. Despite the frightful and stressful experience that you go through after the accident, you must maintain your cool and then take the first step towards filing a personal injury claim. Moreover, the presence of police can diffuse the tension between the parties involved in the accident that can otherwise escalate and complicate matters. The police can also arrange for medical treatment of the injured persons by rescuing them from the spot of the accident. Even if you fear to earn a ticket for the incident, you must call the police. The insurance company would ask for the police report, and you cannot do without it.

Things to do

 After taking the first step, you can talk to the other parties to collect their personal details like names, addresses, and phone numbers, including that of the other driver involved in the accident. Next, contact a personal injury lawyer from some law firm like Dennis Hernandez law firm to take up your case for filing a claim for personal injury. With the purpose of documenting the incident, you must arrange for a police report no matter how minor the incident might be so that what happened exactly is on record. Sometimes, more damages, both physical and medical, come to the surface that is not apparent initially.  The police can accurately record the facts, so that prevents distortion of facts later by any party.

Police report paves the way for claiming compensation

The police report is just the basic document you need to file for personal injury claim as all parties involved in claim settlement from insurance settlers to judges and jury will call for it. Even if you are not filing a claim for personal injury but approach your insurance company seeking compensation for damages covered by your own insurance policy then also you need the police report. The police report helps insurance companies to understand the case based on the accurate crash report. Even if you face any legal problems later, the police report should help to protect you from the possibilities of the other party trying to distort facts. The police can submit the report to you or DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) as required. In the absence of the police report, you cannot expect any compensation as it is a requirement in most states and insurance companies would surely ask for it.

Let the police decide

For some reasons the police officer might not be available when you call them, and they may not come to the spot of the accident. The laws of some state do not require police to go to the scene of the accident if the value of property damage is too low.  In such cases, you must make it amply clear to the police that you need them at the scene of the accident as there are injuries to people and leave it on to them to decide whether to come or not. Based on your description of the accident, the police will then take a call. In case there are no injuries, and the damages are minor, the police may not come at all. If the police are preoccupied with some other public disaster, it might not be possible for them to come to the scene of the accident. 

However, you must always inform the police because it is your duty and leave it on them to decide. If the police do not come, then, you must record the incident in as much detail as possible by taking notes of what happened and the damages that it caused.

What information you must collect

If the police are unable to come to the scene of the accident, you must seek their guidance in recording the incident by knowing what kind of information to record. They can help you with an information checklist or a car accident form. Take down the name of the person you spoke to so that it can be useful later for citing in the court or for settlement.

You must capture as many details as possible about how the accident happened and the resulting damages including injuries to people, whether minor or major as well other damages to the vehicles and property.  Besides taking pictures, you can make video and audio recordings as necessary about the location, damages, and versions of witnesses and third parties to establish what happened at that time. Talking to witnesses and collecting their contact details and consent to stand beside you when called for is one of the most important tasks. 

Based on the information collected, you must file your report to the police as soon as you can. The report becomes the most important document in determining who was at fault because only if the other party is faulting that it becomes their responsibility to compensate you financially.

Actions that the police will take on hearing about the accident

The primary responsibility of police after arriving at the scene of the accident is to protect the parties involved and ensure their safety first. They will first make the area safe for traffic and call any emergency service besides arranging for medical care of the injured. Next, they will start talking to people around including those involved in the accident as well as witnesses to take down all information that helps to recreate the incident to understand exactly how it happened. Depending on the findings, they can issue tickets to the drivers for violation of traffic rules. After talking to witnesses and being satisfied that they have collected exhaustive information by questioning people who were at the spot or nearby and have seen the accident happen they would compile the report that becomes the base document for subsequent actions.

Obtain the direct contact number of the police officer who is responsible for creating the report so that you can try to add some details that you discover later and try to incorporate it in the report.

September 4, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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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 info@qccartoon.com.

September 2, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon

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 info@qccartoon.com.

August 26, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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The Importance of Digital Marketing for Lawyers

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If you’re a lawyer or law firm, choosing where to advertise your services can be difficult. Twenty years ago, if a lawyer wanted to place an advert, there were four basic channels to choose from: TV, radio, newspapers (print), or street ads like billboards. Today, the internet has disrupted these four main traditional channels.

As a greater number of law firms starting to get on board with digital marketing, we are starting to see them stepping up their marketing strategies and business development activities. Gone are the days where leads walked through the door on reputation alone. It’s a bigger, fiercer and more competitive legal market out there today.

The internet allows a firm to engage with consumers whilst simultaneously enhancing its brand, firms that lack an online presence are automatically put at a disadvantage. However, firms now must fight with digital marketing, social media, website development and sales training, on top of trying to improve efficiency and maintain staff retention.

Although the benefits of online marketing are obvious, how do you take advantage of the opportunities? Well, it’s about listening to what clients want, focussing and tracking all your marketing activities.

There are so many options to choose from but how do you work out which ones are right for your firm? See our top tips below on digital marketing and how to set your law firm marketing off in the right direction.

1. Showcase yourself and services online

Clients and professionals like to know who they are dealing with. People will search and look you up online and if you’re nowhere to be found, they you are missing out. It’s a captive audience, a perfect opportunity to display your up to date, professional profile on both your website and law firm social media profiles. This can showcase your expertise, any awards you may have won, reported cases and articles you’ve written.

2. Blogging and Vlogging

Blogs have been around for a long time, but they are still a great tool to use on your website. Each one creates a new page which helps with your domain authority as Google rewards sites that constantly put out new content. Google also owns YouTube and therefore creating video blogs (Vlogs) should be a part of your strategy. Whether it’s an article or a video, they both establish you as an expert in a certain area of law and if done right, it will also boost your SEO, raising your website in the google rankings.

3. SEO – Search Engine Optimisation

If you’re not sure what this means, then it is advised to do some online reading around the subject. There are over 2 million legal orientated search queries every day in the UK on Google and if you’re not grabbing that opportunity, by optimising your website, someone else will!

It’s time to get on board with law firm SEO, whether you do some yourself or outsource it to the experts it’s up to you. If your website is looking outdated or it consists of just a few pages, then it’s time for a re-design.

Grow the domain authority of your website by producing content that people want to link to and decide what type of work you want to attract. Then focus on producing content surrounding that type of work.

4. Content is King

Take charge for developing valuable content that is relevant to your practice. Invest the time in learning about what your target audience is interested in and develop content that aligns these interests and questions with what services you can offer. Clients expect you to be at the top of the search engines if they are to trust that you are the best choice or at the very least, they can find detailed information about you online.

Anyone can have a slick website to attract leads, however good quality content and expert guides which answer questions your potential clients may search will help deliver leads to your business.

4. Get your Website Basics Right

Whatever area of law you practise, your clients will at some point need to access your website to find your number, an office address or perhaps they found you online. Online users are becoming increasingly demanding in terms of the experience they expect from a website. They want a fast loading website as a minimum requirement on mobiles and tablets too. A responsive website design essentially responds to the type of device the user is viewing it on, allowing the information to display in the best format.

5. Digital Marketing and PPC

Digital marketing is highly targeted, the more you analyse your online efforts the more you can refine your law firm ppc strategy to increase your conversions. Digital marketing can have a huge effect on generating leads that are the right type of work for you, but in the absence of a sales funnel and a long-term SEO strategy, it is not a sustainable digital marketing method on its own.

6. Converting Leads

Tracking how you found the work and the route it takes to you is essential. Converting enquiries and cross-selling is more important than ever as the competition ever increases.

Sales skills are very important in understanding how to close the deal. Converting a lead into a paying client is what it’s all about!

Conclusion

In today’s on-demand, digital world just being a good at the law is no longer enough, going that extra mile can really help your firm stand out from the crowd. ‘Fee earners’ no longer just earn fees and those that have a greater understanding of the wider business world will be the ones to shine.

To find out more tips and to speak to us about growing your law firm leads, contact us on 0115 8700443  or visit https://marketinglawyers.co.uk

August 23, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Tips For Finding A Good Personal Injury Solicitor

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The Importance of a Personal Injury Solicitor

Whether you want to discuss making a claim for personal injury compensation with a solicitor or get some opinions about how to carry out the process further, you don’t want to approach just any personal injury solicitor.

For a serious injury, it is advisable to seek expert legal representation. Personal injury solicitors help you get the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to and other additional expense that you may have incurred due to accident. 

But how do you go about searching for the right personal injury solicitor? What should you look out for, and avoid?

Here’s our quick guide on how to find a good personal injury solicitor.

  1. Identify the Type of Solicitor You Need

There are many types of solicitors, with different specialities, and experiences. Some will have specific expertise in motorcycle accidents; some have experience in hit and run accidents, and some solicitors are all rounded and have experience in almost all types of accident claims.

The first few things that need to be considered while looking for a personal injury solicitor is how much their previous experience matches up with your potential claim, and their success rate.

  • Consult Friends, Family and Professional Contacts

Often, your close friends and family can be a useful source and starting point in searching for a personal injury solicitor. Ask your close contacts for suggestions, you can ask them to rate their case satisfaction, were they fully satisfied with their legal representation? Ask them their reasons for both “Yes” and “No” answers.

  • Research Specialist Solicitors 

Whether you have suffered a personal injury at work, on the road or have been a victim of medical negligence, it’s important to obtain the services of a solicitor with an extensive knowledge and experience in a particular area.

  • Look At The Accreditations And Abilities The Firm And Its Personal Injury Solicitors Have

An excellent way to recognise a law firm that spends heavily in its commitment to giving quality legal services is to see if it has received accreditations and/or any awards.

  • Know What to Avoid

If your personal injury solicitor shows any of these features, you may need to seek out another legal expert to support you following an accident.

  • Impersonal and neglects communication duties with their clients
  • Avoids explaining case procedures
  • Avoids providing case relevant information
  • Cold calling
  • Resolving personal injury claims without a medical report
  • Settling personal injury claims without their clients’ authorization
  • Paying damages or giving cheques to third parties without considering the client
  • Prepare a List of Questions For Your Potential Solicitor

Before arranging a meeting with a solicitor that you have selected for your case, it is advisable to make a list of questions to ask them that are relevant to your circumstances. Their answers can help you in deciding whether they are right the solicitor for your case or not.

The following questions should to be considered:

  • Have you ever been suspended from practice?
  • What percentage of their practice involves personal injury cases?
  • What is their success rate?
  • Is there a solicitor in particular at that law firm which will benefit your case?
  • How long has the law firm been in practice? And for how long has that specific solicitor been practicing personal injury law?
  • Is the initial consultation free?
  • Can they assist with your claim on a No Win No Fee basis?
  • Are there any additional costs?
  • Make the Most of Free Consultations

The victims themselves or their family members may feel that making a claim for personal injury might be stressful procedure.

Therefore, these free consultations will tell you whether your case is worth pursuing or not, and experienced solicitors can also tell you in minutes if you have a valid claim.

  • Ensure The Firm Is Regulated By The Solicitors Regulation Authority

All law firms operating in England must be registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). As a regulatory body for solicitors, the SRA presents a set of Principles and a Code of Conduct which all solicitors should abide by. If a solicitor breaches SRA principles, the body can take immediate action.

  • Reading Your Legal Agreement Carefully

When provided with your solicitors’ legal agreement, you will need to read through it carefully. This will help you in knowing how they will handle your case by setting out their terms and conditions. By suggesting to read your documents carefully doesn’t mean they have an intention to misguide you, it is recommended so you will understand terms mentioned in the agreement easily.

If you would like a free consultation for your injury claim, contact Direct Solicitors on 08000 250 250. We are on hand to help, support and guide you through the process ensuring you receive tailored advice along the way.

August 22, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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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 info@qccartoon.com.

August 19, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Why hire securities arbitration Lawyer Baltimore for help?

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Whether you are a shareholder or an investor in the USA, you can take the help of a securities lawyer for guidance.  He can help you know a company inside-out before you put your hard-earned money into it. He can protect your interests if you lose your money in the stock due to fraudulent activities (such as insider trading) or not adhering to trading rules.

Understanding securities arbitration

In the event of a fall out between you and your investment professional, you can choose a lawyer as your representative during arbitration proceedings. Securities arbitration is the same as the court proceedings. However, the only difference is that it is comparatively a faster, affordable, and simple process. In this procedure, the concerned parties appoint an arbitrator (a neutral third party) for the resolution of the dispute. The matter takes place before a FINRA panel comprised of three arbitrators. The tribunal hears all the arguments, examine the evidence, and give their judgment called award. Once announced, the parties have to accept it. No one can challenge the decision. Nevertheless, there can be specific exceptions. 

How many arbitrators participate in the discussion depends on the value of the claim. For example, if the claim is worth $50,000, only one arbitrator can do the job. However, if the amount is over $1,00,000, then there can be three panelists along with a chairperson to attend the in-person hearing. In the first case, a single arbitrator can make a decision based on the phone, paper, or in-person hearing.

Benefits of hiring an attorney

As per FINRA rules and regulations, every party has the right to hire a lawyer to represent their case in the arbitration session. If you choose an experienced Maryland attorney for dispute resolution, you can benefit in multiple ways.

  • Since you may not have proper knowledge of how arbitration proceedings work, you may feel slightly uncomfortable. But having an expert advocate by your side can remove this tension.
  • The process can be less complicated than litigation, but it also involves complex legal issues and implications that only an expert can understand and handle.
  • You can take help of the attorney to understand where you stand in your claim for arbitration and whether it is the right decision on your part or not. His guidance can save your money as well as time.
  • You and other parties can carry emotional baggage to the arbitration proceedings, but your lawyer can remain unbiased in his approach and provide the best legal suggestion.
  • You can discuss every minute detail of your case with him or her as lawyers cannot compromise the confidentiality of the client at any cost. Whatever you share with the person will stay between you two. It can help both of you build trust and hence, make way for accurate guidance.

If you want to improve your chances of winning a case in your favor or save your valuable efforts, then bringing a licensed and experienced securities lawyer makes sense. You can search for lawyer Baltimore Maryland online, or ask your friends and family for a reference. You can find one for your need quickly.

August 13, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon

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 info@qccartoon.com.

August 12, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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How a Lawyer Prepares An Asbestos/Mesothelioma Injury Case

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Asbestos is a mineral that is naturally occurring. This mineral can be separated into strong, durable fibers, and is often used in house constructions. However, the substance is toxic and can lead to mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer. In such a situation, the affected one will want to file an injury case to get compensation for the damage.

But how do Asbestos lawyers prepare such a case? You’ll find out by reading this article.

Discovery

To build a strong case in the USA, you and your lawyer will need to gather evidence about asbestos and what led to the medical condition.

However, don’t imagine that it’ll be an adventure to find the actual asbestos. What will happen is that the attorney will ask a lot of questions and request documents. The lawyers that have been hired by the defendants will chronicle things such as your medical history, marriage data, employment, and so on. Meanwhile, the lawyer on the plaintiff’s side is trying to find out who is the culpable party regarding the exposure to asbestos. Through this, both sides will be working to build the case.

Deposition

After the investigative part, there comes deposition. This consists of some attorneys- either at their office or close to the plaintiff’s home- and asking some questions. The whole process will be recorded on video, and it will only proceed under oath. There will be two rounds of questions, one asked by the defendant’s attorneys, and the other by the plaintiff’s attorneys. 

This whole process usually takes a few hours, but depending on the situation, it may take entire days or weeks. This is why you should look for a lawyer with experience because he/she will make sure not interfere with your personal schedule and make the deposition as smooth as possible. 

Health Condition

Sometimes, the client’s health may not be in the best condition, and if things are not too bad and there is no rush with medical care, the process may take longer. Conversely, if there is a medical emergency and the client needs care, then the case can take fewer months.

Behind the Scenes

Aside from these parts of the case preparation, there are other things are taking place behind the curtains. Some investigators contact people in the client’s life, such as co-workers, look for company records, review depositions, etc. Whereas this is a time-consuming task, these lawyers make sure to go through even hundreds of pages to find relevant information that may help. Everything goes to establishing a strong case.

Final Thoughts

Are you or is someone you know suffering after being in contact with asbestos? Then inform yourself about how preparations are taking place and how long it takes. Hopefully, this article has shed some light on the matter.

August 12, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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