When an individual initially contacts a law firm to seek legal advice or representation, that individual is typically involved in some type of problematic or difficult situation that requires the knowledge and expertise of an attorney. Whether it is someone seeking representation for a DUI hearing or advice on a landlord / tenant dispute, a consultation with an attorney is beneficial and often necessary in successfully navigating a tough situation. This is no different from those individuals seeking legal advice for a family law matter such as divorce, custody, or spousal or child support, as those matters can often be complicated areas of law.
The first step in seeking legal counsel is to contact a law firm to schedule an initial consultation with an attorney that specializes in the area of law in which guidance is needed. During the initial consultation, the attorney will be able to answer any questions, offer legal advice, and potentially recommend and initial course of action based on the individual’s specific situation. In addition to the information that the attorney is able to provide, there are a handful of things that the person seeking the consultation can do to enhance his or her experience in order to get the most out of that first hour or two with the attorney.
Legal Options Regarding Wrongful Termination
One common employment claim is that an employer has wrongfully terminated an employee. This may be based on illegal discrimination, that the employee had a contract or that the employer implied that the employee would have an ongoing job. When a wrongful termination suit is on the horizon, there may be some options to help resolve the situation.
An employer may try to reach out directly to the employee if he or she is not represented or through its own legal counsel. The parties may agree to negotiate a severance package or other agreement in exchange for not being named in a civil lawsuit.
The employment agreement may state that the employee will submit any employment-related claim to arbitration instead of through the judicial system. This process involves having a neutral arbitrator with subject matter expertise determine a fair outcome. The parties agree to who will be the arbitrator as well as other terms related to the arbitration process, such as what types of evidence will be presented and which formal rules will be observed.
Another possible option is for the parties to present their issue to a mediator. He or she helps the parties have a more realistic outlook on how the case may go if presented in court. He or she also helps the parties communicate better so that they can work out a solution that works for both parties, such as providing a strong recommendation letter to the employee for future employment prospects.
Making the Most of Your Summer Vacation
The summer is a common time when people take off work in order to enjoy their summer vacation. Whether traveling to a beach, heading abroad for a cultural experience or staying put during a staycation, the summer is a great time to recharge. Some ways to ensure that you make the most of your summer vacation include:
Do not worry about filling up every minute of every day. Some spontaneity can trigger positive endorphins and provide important inspiration. Try to leave the schedule at work and focus on downtime in order to get some much needed rest and relaxation.
Be present with your spouse, kids and friends during your time off. Things may be chaotic with busy summer schedules and new projects, but take the time to tune into your family. This can help develop connectedness that will carry into the next season.
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Staying Cool this Summer
Summer increases the possibility of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Some ways to stay cool this summer include:
While this is a valid tip for any time of year, it is especially important in the summer. A good rule of thumb is to drink half the amount of your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water a day.
Alcoholic drinks can cause you to lose more fluids than you take in, increasing the risk for dehydration.
Take a Cold Shower
Taking a cold shower can help you lower your body temperature and make you feel more refreshed on a hot day.
Hang Out in Cool Places
You can still get your workout in while staying cool. Walk inside your local mall or swap the outdoor trail to one in an air-conditioned facility.
Right to Gamble
A Los Angeles lawyer put his law degree to use by suing MGM after he alleges that he was thrown out of one of its casinos for being too lucky. According to his claim, the lawyer was ejected because he was winning thousands of dollars at a high-stakes blackjack table. He also alleges that the casino sent pictures to other Las Vegas casinos, causing him to be banned from three casinos on the same day. He sued for $74,000 in damages and for a change in MGM’s policy that would require a disclaimer that states that skilled players are targets to be barred.
Exercise in Intellectual Property
A yoga expert sued a yoga master on the basis that the yoga positions are the expert’s intellectual property. The expert sent cease and desist letters to over 100 yoga schools and teachers alleging that they were violating his copyright and trademark by offering classes to teach his method of yoga without his permission.