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

January 9, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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4 Most Important Cases when You Do Need a Lawyer

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There are thousands of bad situations one can get into. While most of them we can get away ourselves, some of them do require professional help otherwise serious consequences will follow. In this article we created a list of five cases when you need a lawyer. Of course, you may to get away of such situations yourself, but in most cases you will only lose money and time while coming to the need of professional help in the end.

Traffic Violation Charges

Car is an indispensable part of our life today. People usually try to tick to the traffic rules and regulations, however, when one is in a hurry, he or she usually does not care about the parking tickets or violation of speed limits. Exactly in such cases most people get their traffic tickets for whatever reason. But the trick here is that in most cases you can avoid paying for the ticker or will be able to stick to your driver’s license without losing it. The trick here is that only professional lawyers in Toronto know how to bring you luck. Got a traffic ticket – don’t hesitate and get help instantly.

Assault charges

No secret that assault situations and accusations are very complex. According to reviews from Mass Tsang assault lawyers company in Toronto you need to seek professional help whether you were a victim or an accused one. As a rule, there will be no possibility to handle an assault case on your own, so one anything so serious happens to you, make sure to call several assault lawyers in Toronto and set up interviews to be ready for any outcome.

Theft and Fraud Charges

With no doubt, if you got accused of theft or fraud charges you are very likely to look for professional legal help according to reviews from professional fraud and assault lawyers in Toronto. You know that serious accusations and fraud allegations can cause pretty serious and irreversible damage to your future. Even the fact that you got only accused will be a black spot on your resume. An expert lawyer will be fighting on your side to ensure that your reputation is clear and nothing will prevent you in future from getting the desired job or career.

Driving Under the Influence Charges

Driving under the influence charges are connected to you driving while being drunk or under the influence of drugs. Unfortunately, this is a very common case in modern society. However, a lot of drinking and driving lawyers explain that people get charged for driving under the influence because they simply do not understand the difference between real guilt and fictional accusations. Make sure that you learn about both for professional drinking and driving lawyers once got charged for any thing not to spend more money than you could have.

We hope that this list of complex situations will give you a hint and push for action should you ever find yourself in any of these situations.

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January 5, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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5 Tips on Finding a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

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If you’ve been injured in an accident or you have a worker’s compensation claim that you’re having difficulty with, a personal injury lawyer is something that you need to seek out. If you want to find a lawyer that will treat you properly, think about these five tips. If you follow this advice, you will get in touch with a law firm that is trustworthy, reliable, and capable of getting you the best possible settlement.

1: Check the Law Firm’s History

You need to make sure the law firm that you are considering associating with has gone to bat for its clients, but that it has done so in an honorable and consistent manner. Check with your area’s local law society to find out if there have been any complaints filed against it or if the lawyer you are considering is not in good standing. This is an important first step to take, as it will help you weed out people who would take advantage of somebody in your situation.

2: Check References and Testimonials

Even if the person who gave you a reference to the law firm that you are considering is somebody you can trust, you should make sure to do a little research for yourself. Law firm references and testimonials can be found online through both a local law society and other Internet searches. The most positive testimonials tend to go on law firm websites. To avoid causing a feedback loop, make sure to look at several different sources when seeking testimonials.

3: Match Your Needs with Their Experience

Not all personal injury lawyers are created equal. Before you commit to a law firm, make sure that you know your needs and then make sure that the lawyers you want to work with have experience in that area. For example, going with Horlick Levitt Di Lella personal injury and car accident lawyers in Toronto is a good option if you have gone through a car accident or are dealing with an insurance claim because they have experience in taking on big insurance companies.

4: Seek Out a Winner

There is something to be said for lawyers who take on the big guys even though they tend to lose, but when it comes to making sure that you get your claim, you need to choose a winner. Check out the law firm’s track record and make sure that they have a history of winning the type of cases that you need them for. Winning becomes a habit, and this habit can help you.

5: Look for Free Consultations

Most lawyers will charge you just for the privilege of speaking to them. This can cost you a lot of time and money before you land the proper lawyer. The best way to avoid these costs is to target law firms that offer free consultations. Such a practice allows you to talk plainly to a lawyer, measure the perks and flaws of the situation, and then get off on the right foot.

The tips above will help you narrow your search in a way that will benefit your case. With these tips, your search for the ideal lawyer will be much quicker.

Stewart Conner operates as a content developer for a number of online content hubs (featuring law firms similar to Toronto injury lawyers), who sheds light on various personal injury law subjects and other legal areas alike.

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TheBuskerToday I looked into another courtroom and spotted TheBusker.  He always seems particularly relaxed, almost to the point of seeming a little spaced on occasion.  Today was no exception and this was exacerbated by the fact that he was against TheCreep.  Never could there have been two such different styles.  It was a building dispute and TheBusker was representing the dodgy building contractors.  TheCreep had some particularly needy clients and this was exacerbated by his own stressed out manner.  It started early on when TheCreep tried to have the argument out with TheBusker in the robing room.

“I’m going to be asking for your Defence to be struck out as it doesn’t comply with the Practice Direction.”

“No worries my friend, you can apply for what you like.”

“Yes, but do you agree that it doesn’t comply?”

“Sorry [Creep].  You’re acting as though you think I might care.”

“Yes, but how are you going to answer it?”

“Oh.  I’m sure I’ll think of something.”

The more stressed TheCreep became, the more laid back was TheBusker.  He had no notes and came across very much as if he’d only just read the papers on the train there (well, I saw him do it).  However, it was only when we got into court that I realised how he had prospered at the Bar for so long despite (or perhaps because) of his approach.

“Your Honour, the Defence fails to comply with the Practice Direction and should be struck out, plain and simple.  Unfortunately, M’Learned Friend has not provided me with an answer to this point…”  He then set it out in characteristic length for the next twenty minutes.

To which TheBusker simply got up and said, “Your Honour.  We’re not here today to argue pleading points.  We know that, you know that and I’m afraid to suggest that even M’Learned Friend might know that too.”  Without even addressing the substance of the argument he sat down and smiled at TheCreep.

The Judge then spent the next half an hour addressing all of TheCreep’s arguments before concluding in almost exactly the same terms as the submissions of TheBusker.

The same applied during the hearing.  TheCreep busily scribbling notes galore.  Occasionally shaking his head or sighing to himself somewhat loudly.  TheBusker on the other hand didn’t make a single note.  In fact he sat back in his chair with his hands behind his head for much of the hearing staring at each of the Claimant’s witnesses.  Watching how they gave their evidence.  Looking for a chink or foible in their character.  Then he’d get up and ever so gently ask them questions which didn’t even seem to be relevant but which resulted in each of them being tripped up in one form or another.  As for his closing submissions, they were again brief.

“Your Honour.  It’s clear the building work wasn’t perfect.  We’d be the first to admit to that.  In fact we’d go so far as to express our regret in that respect.  However, nor was it sufficiently imperfect to be classified as negligence.  M’Learned Friend has, quite properly I may say, made a lot of points today but, with respect, it was nitpicking.  Thankfully, Your Honour, we do not yet live in a world where nitpickers rule the roost nor where courts of law award them damages.”  After which he sat down and TheCreep’s case was done for.

Despite the fact that he’s in the same Chambers, TheCreep went off in a sulk after the case and sat in a different train carriage on the way back.

I do like TheBusker.

January 4, 2017 · Tim Kevan · 15 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

January 2, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Rookie error

BabyB LPlate improvedYesterday I was in Southend, the day before Bournemouth and today it was Brighton which sounds more like the itinerary of a stand up comedian than a baby barrister.  Though come to think of it, the wages are probably as paltry and the audience as humourless.

Anyway, today my opponent was another pupil.  She opened with the line,

“Sir, my client is a very old lady of…”

Wait for it.


The cracking sound of the breaking of the nib of the judge’s pencil reverberated around the courtroom long after judgment had been given against her client.

December 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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My Lord

OldSmoothieWent to court with OldSmoothie today.  He was in front of a judge with whom he had failed to get along since university days.  According to OldSmoothie it all happened “over a particularly strong-minded filly”.  According to Chambers gossip, he stole the judge’s girlfriend.  Whatever the details, there has been no love lost between them since.

Anyway, apparently the judge had always fancied himself as a bit of an academic.  He’d had ambitions to be a high court judge but had quietly been given the word that it wasn’t going to happen and that he might be well-advised to apply for the circuit bench.  Since there was no way that OldSmoothie was ever going to get along with his old adversary, he went instead for the put down, calling him “My Lord” throughout which is the title due to a high court judge rather than the “Your Honour” which he should have been using.  Each time he said it, you could just detect a slight twitch around the corner of the judge’s mouth.  To correct him would only highlight OldSmoothie’s point.  Not to correct him left OldSmoothie getting away with an insult.

He was left with little choice but to pitch for the dignified silence.

December 21, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 5 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

December 19, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann.

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Everyone likes a peaceful and secure environment, but have you ever considered that you are not safe where you are? Life can be dangerous at times – and some of those hazards are caused by the recklessness or carelessness of others. Legally known as “negligence,” the failure to take reasonable care to avoid injuring someone else is more common than you might think. If someone’s negligent behavior has injured you, our knowledgeable attorneys are here to help. We also can assist those who have been charged with committing a crime.

Our firm is all about giving hope to the hopeless, offering peace of mind to those who have been damaged by others or accused of criminal activity. We have been helping people for a very long time and our lawyers are highly skilled at what they do. Through years of serving communities across Pennsylvania, we have seen it all and we have even served as consultants to firms from bigger cities who need local or regional guidance.

Based in beautiful Williamsport PA, we have enough attorneys, paralegals, and support staff to offer big city capabilities with small-town personal service. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Scranton to State College, Allentown to Altoona, we can assist individuals, families, and businesses – no matter where you live or where the legal matter has its roots. The qualified legal team at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, Attorneys at Law, provides excellent representation on a wide variety of claims. We know how the legal system operates and how to use the unique circumstances of each case to get the best result possible.

Some of Our Services

Personal Injury Lawyer: One common area of personal injury law involves consumers who have been hurt by unsafe products. Thousands of products are recalled every year due to design or manufacturing defects. Some products are dangerous when sold, others develop problems once they are on the market. Another common PI area is vehicle accidents. Whether car, truck, or motorcycle, these types of accidents often result in serious injuries and even death. Motorists, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists – there are lots of categories of people harmed every day by negligence on the road. At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we can help determine responsibility, prove your claim, and recover financial compensation. In addition to our experienced attorneys, our resources include licensed nurses and medical experts that can assess your treatment and your records to help ensure you get all the damages you are entitled to.

Medical Malpractice Lawyer: If you or someone you love has suffered at the hands of a negligent medical professional, you have a right to compensation. At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we know that there are many ways medical providers can cause harm such as by failing to diagnose a condition, misdiagnosing a condition, operating on the wrong site, administering the wrong medication, and mismanaging tests. In addition to physicians, parties responsible for medical mistakes can include nurses, surgeons, technicians, hospitals, and pharmacists.

With hundreds of successful cases under our belt, we are well versed in the medical malpractice field and we are well known for settling disputes efficiently. If you think the actions of a healthcare professional resulted in harm, you need the expertise of highly skilled and qualified medical mistake attorneys.

Workers’ Compensation Lawyer: If you get hurt on the job, you will be compensated for lost wages and medical bills, right? Well, maybe, but far too many people find out the hard way that pain from the injury itself isn’t the only difficulty they’ll have to contend with. Far too many employers and their insurance companies try to deny or minimize legitimate benefits. At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we represent Pennsylvania workers and make sure they get what they deserve. Questions about benefits, medical treatment options, and retaliation are just a few of the areas that we can consult on.

Criminal Defense Lawyer: If you have been falsely accused of a crime or violation, you should seek legal representation as soon as possible. It is crucial that you have the right attorney at your side who will advocate for your rights and help you reach the most positive outcome possible.

To get more information and explore your options, contact us today.

December 17, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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The Legal Implications of Dating While Divorcing (in the USA)

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Divorcing is an emotional and difficult process for anyone. Some people find themselves wanting to date during this emotional and difficult time, but it’s always best to wait until the ink is dry on your divorce papers before you begin a new relationship.

If you do choose to date, no matter how ready you feel to move on in your life, make sure you understand what’s at stake when you start dating before your divorce is final. Here are some important legal implications of dating while divorcing from Austin divorce attorney Ben Carrasco to be aware of.


Divorce can often bring out the worst in people, and if you begin dating during a divorce, it will likely feel like a personal offense to your spouse. He or she may not think reasonably, and instead may set out to ruin you for your actions. You may end up battling much fiercer competition than you otherwise would have, simply because your spouse is angry and seeking to make your life difficult. Child custody, alimony, division of assets… nothing will be too sacred to touch.

Not only that, keeping things civil is the best way to move quickly and reasonably through your divorce.

Questionable Morals?

If you live in a state that recognizes fault in a divorce, your dating may be viewed as adultery – even if it’s happening after being separated. This can impact the decisions made about your alimony, child support, and more.

If you live in a no-fault state, you still may see your morals called into question. This can sway decisions more favorably in your spouse’s direction.

Your New Partner Can Be Scrutinized

If you have children, you’ll be facing child custody issues, and any new partner can be called into question since that person will likely be spending time with your children. Does your new partner have a squeaky-clean background? If not, you may end up losing the custody you’re hoping to get.

A judge makes child custody decisions based on what he or she considers best for the children, and if there is anything shady about your new boyfriend or girlfriend, you may end up with limitations on your child custody. In addition, your new boyfriend or girlfriend could be dragged through the mud as your spouse tries to paint the worst picture about your situation.

And did you know your spouse could even potentially try to sue your new boyfriend or girlfriend for alienation of affection? Not only that, but your new partner may even be asked to testify at trial so your ex’s lawyer can determine and prove any distribution of marital property. The lawyer can even question your boyfriend or girlfriend, looking for evidence that you have said anything that can be used against you.

Alimony and Child Support

If you’re living with someone during your divorce, any alimony and child support amounts may be reduced since there will be two incomes contributing to your household. In addition, in the division of property, a judge may look closely at any gifts you may have given to your new partner, and factor those expenses in when making decisions on the division of assets.

Some Guidelines

The best advice is to simply wait to date until your divorce is finalized. 

You might also want to find a family law attorney you can trust, and direct any specific questions you have about dating to your attorney.

December 14, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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