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CRIME VICTIMS’ RELIEF ACT : Civil Damages for Victims of a Defendant’s Criminal Behavior

American legal proceedings can generally be divided into two categories: civil and criminal.  Criminal cases are deemed to be brought by the “State” against an individual for crimes against society generally, and the defendant stands to lose freedom.  Civil cases arise out of common law or statutory wrongs against another.  The “wronged” individual may seek […]

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PERSONAL INJURY AUTO CRASHES: Are the Other Driver’s Prior Convictions for OWI Admissible at Trial?

A recent case handed down by the Indiana Supreme Court provides a nice overview of two areas of our practice worth discussing in this paper for our clients: (a) The admissibility of prior drunk driving convictions in a personal injury case; and (b) punitive damages. Andrew Pappas was driving to work when Danny Sims, who […]

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Insurance Tips for Added Financial Protection

When most people purchase insurance for your auto or residence, they typically only have a couple of protections in mind. First, they want to cover the auto or residence (and contents) in case of a mishap so that they can repair or replace them. Second, they are concerned about liability to others. This article is […]

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AN OVERVIEW OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES AND THE DAMGES RECOVERABLE

From a legal standpoint, every personal injury case has two main issues: (1) liability; and (2) damages. Your attorney will be evaluating both of these issues at all phases of representation, starting from the moment you have your initial meeting. A. COMPARATIVE FAULT – THE ALLOCATION OF NEGLIGENCE The “liability” aspect of the case is concerned […]

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BASIC ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING THE POWERS OF ATTORNEY – THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED SIMPLE PLANNING TOOLS

Many clients will schedule an appointment, stating that they want to talk about setting up a will or a trust to plan for the future.  They often cite the desire to make sure their “things are in order” or to make sure that “there are no problems” when they are gone.  Making known your wishes […]

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