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FGALAW - Celebrating Over 30 Years in 2011
ALONE IN COURT – IT’S A SCARY THING
There are many pitfalls for a person who chooses to represent himself in court. And if you realize you are ill prepared, the court room will quickly become a very scary place. Having not been in court before, you may not be as organized as you need to be or unable to establish what facts and points have the highest priority.
Prior to trial you may not know how to take advantage of discovery. Discovery often permits you to ask interrogatories (written questions),make requests for production of documents, and subpoena records. Most rules of discovery require specific timetables, and if you do not file the interrogatories within the specified time, you may wind up not getting the answers you want. Interrogatories are written questions that the opposing party is supposed to answer. If the opposing party does not answer the questions properly, you may be unaware that the opposing party can be compelled to answer the questions fully and completely through a motion to compel.
Presumably, you're not familiar with the rules of evidence, so you may not be allowed to introduce all your evidence because you do not meet the standards of the rules of evidence. When you attempt to cross examine the opposing party, not having the experience of doing so in the past, may result in not being as effective.
Finding out during your trial that you can’t prove your case may not only be scary but may cause you to lose the case.
Wishing everyonea spooky Halloween andaHappy Thanksgiving. Weare thankful for your business andhope to stay in contact withyouin thefuture!
MEDIATION and BINDING ARBITRATION ARE FORMS OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION – II
One of the best ways to avoid the high cost of litigation and delay of time is through “alternative dispute resolution”.
Alternative dispute resolution is an alternative to going to court. It is not necessary to file suit to have the benefit of alternative dispute resolution. An individual agreeable to both parties acts as a mediator. The mediator is a disinterested third party who is skilled in getting parties to resolve their differences and thereby brings about a resolution of the dispute.
Each party in the process is typically represented by an attorney and often the attorneys can agree as to the identification of the issues, including the damages that are being sought.
Typically, each party sets forth a summary of the facts and identifies the issues as well as the amount of damages being sought and the opposing party describes the defenses and set offs that may exist. Then each party places this summary in writing and presents it to the mediator prior to the mediation session.
The mediator initially meets with both sides together and then works separately with each of the parties. Having a summary of information as well as direct contact with each party, the mediator can then utilize a number of techniques including an understanding of the case and of what is important to each party and the ability to assist both parties to find common ground to assist the parties in moving towards a settlement of their issues. Having first met with both parties together and then separately, the mediator then communicates with each opposing party and often the issues are resolved.
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LESS IS MORE: The Benefits of Trying Tort Claims (including automobile accidents) in the District Court for $15,000.
The district court has jurisdiction over civil claims (including automobile accident) brought for $30,000 or less. However, if the party bringing the claim, who is called the plaintiff, brings that claim for $15,000 there are at least two significant benefits:
A.The defendant may not request a jury trial. Juries in Howard County circuit courts, and in other jurisdictions throughout the state, often are very conservative in their assessments of the value of auto tort claims. Judges in the district court system are more responsive to plaintiffs and often provide better results.
B.Evidence.The rules of evidence often require experts and/or custodians of record to appear in court to establish that the plaintiff’s injuries are causally related to the automobile accident that the medical treatment was reasonable and necessary, and that the cost of the medical treatment was also reasonable and necessary. All of the opinions of the medical expert must meet the following standard: that the above issues are true to a reasonable degree of medical certainty and/or probability.
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Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.”
“Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?”
I’VE GOT A LEAD!
Approximately 2 months ago, I was invited to join the BNI leads group. The Columbia Tuesday lunch group is currently composed of 18 business persons who provide goods and/or services to the general public. The purpose of BNI is for the 18 business persons to become familiar with each of the member’s goods/services and to refer persons in need of the other member’s services. Thus far, I have received over eight quality referrals. On an annual basis, that is more than 48 new customers/clients.
I am impressed with the quality and commitment possessed by my fellow business members in this group and I have set forth below their names and a brief description of the goods and/or services that each member provides. BNI has high standards that each member pledges to meet and I encourage you to become familiar with what these folks have to offer.
On my website, I plan to link a connection so that when you visit my website you can place your cursor on the link and go directly to their website. Below is the name of each member and his/her contact information:
Heather T. Shai – Pinnacle Settlement Services, Inc. 2273 Research Blvd. Suite 701
Rockville, MD 20850 301-908-9470 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hans Lundgren - The National Mortgage Store, 5556 High Tor Hill
Columbia, MD 21045 410-964-3325 x 120 hans@natlmortgagestore
Debbi Rivero - RE/MAX Consultant, 8815 Centre Park Dr. #110
Columbia, MD 21045 - 443-386-1306 - Debbi.Rivero@YourKeyConsultants.com
Dominick Covello - UNIQUE Enterprises, 5841 Shookstown Rd.
Frederick, MD 21702 301-536-7062
Jim Ward - Quick Connect Communications, Inc.
11400 Cronridge Drive, Suite A Owings Mills, MD 21117
443-471-3022 email@example.com www.myqcc.com
Michael B. Platte, CPCU – Platte Insurance Agency – Nationwide , 637 Frederick Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21228 – 410-744-5400
Tom Burtzlaff – CMIT Solutions of Columbia, 10015 Old Columbia Rd. Suite B-215
Columbia, MD 21046 - 443-542-5553 firstname.lastname@example.org
Athlia Patton – 24K Brokers, Inc. – Custom Design Jewelry,
240-672-7623 email@example.com www.24kbrokers.com
Sharon Peniza – Expressway Office Solutions, 1667 Knecht Avenue, Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21227 Speniza@exposinc.com - www.exposinc.com
4As Design – Custom Web Design Solutions, 8775 Centre Park Dr., #525
Columbia, MD 21045 410-461-6025
Agnes@4AsDesigns.com — www.4AsDesigns.com
Jacob A. Mess - Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
8840 Standford Blvd, Suite 4400 Columbia, MD 21045
410-480-7051 Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.org www.nmfn.com/jacobmess
Julie Klopp – Professional Organizer Columbia, Maryland
410-884-4459 email@example.com - www.getorganizedwithjulie.com
Hari Buck - Express Tax & Credit Repair – 8818 Centre Park Dr. #117
Columbia, MD 21045 410-800-4282 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Shaffer - Colonial Life Benefits 1563 Efford Road
Pasadena, MD 21122 410-218-2685
Adona Leonard - ACCe’NT Team Financial Services
4061 Powder Mill Rd. 7th Floor Beltsville, MD 20705
Peg Duchesne - Duchess Enterprise, LLC - 240-577-1236
Jonathan Williams - First Impressions Advertising & Consulting - P.O. Box 253
Owings Mills, MD 21117 410-802-5997 — email@example.com
A HOLIDAY RECIPE FOR YOU TO TRY
One thing you can always look forward during the holiday season is the delicious home cooking you will enjoy with family and friends.
Pour broth into a large pot and bring to boil.
Stir in all vegetables except pumpkin.
Bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to med-low
and cover. Simmer 20-25 minutes.
Stir in pumpkin. Cook until thoroughly heated.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
1 15-oz. can of pumpkin
1 potato, peeled and chopped
2 lg. carrots, peeled and sliced or
½ cup frozen carrots
1 celery stalk, chopped
½ onion, chopped
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Pepper and salt to taste
Hollow out the pumpkin. Pour the soup
into the cleaned out pumpkin and use it
as a serving bowl. You can also do the same
thing with gourds for individual servings.