Apr 17, 2018

LATIN LESSONS: Pro Se and Pro Per

You may have heard the Latin terms “pro se” and/or “pro per” tossed about when discussing who someone is legally represented by.

Pro se is a term utilized in the court system to refer to someone who has opted to represent himself.  Translated from Latin it means on one’s own behalf.  Pro per is used in the courtroom interchangeably with pro se and is an abbreviation for the Latin term “in propria persona” which means … Read more

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Apr 13, 2018

Prohibition, Booze Cruises and “Preppers”

DID YOU KNOW?

During Prohibition, it was still absolutely legal to consume alcohol; it was only illegal to manufacture, sell or transport “intoxicating liquors” according to the 18th Amendment which was passed in January 1919. The amendment didn’t go into effect until January 1920 so early American “preppers” could stockpile their liquor(s) of choice. The entire debacle came to a close with the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933 but not before some … Read more

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Apr 5, 2018

LATIN LESSONS: Subpoena and Subpoena Duces Tecum

The legal world still hangs on tight to their archaic Latin terms and some terms have even become part of our modern lexicon such as “subpoena” and “subpoena duces tecum”.

A subpoena is a writ ordering someone to attend a court proceeding. The word subpoena originated in Latin as “sub poena” which means under penalty – words still utilized in subpoenas issued today.

A subpoena duces tecum is a writ ordering someone to attend a … Read more

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Apr 4, 2018

Using the Duty to Report Child Abuse as a Marketing Tool

In a creative if misguided use of the law requiring many occupations to report to the state’s child protective services whenever they have reasonable cause to believe child abuse has occurred, a Pennsylvania dental clinic is notifying parents of children it has treated that it will need to report them for child neglect if they do not bring their children back to the clinic for treatment.  In its letter to parents the clinic reminds them … Read more

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Apr 3, 2018

A Court Holds Seattle’s First in Time Ordinance for Tenants to Be Unconstitutional

In 2016 Seattle adopted an ordinance known as the “First-in-Time” (“FIT”) law requiring landlords to accept the first prospective tenant who applied and met certain pre-established standards.  The announced purpose was to eradicate implicit or unconscious bias in the selection of tenants by depriving landlords of any discretion in their choice among qualified applicants.  The ordinance required each landlord to post written notice of all criteria used in qualifying applicants as tenants both in hard … Read more

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Mar 30, 2018

LEGAL ASSISTANT’S CORNER: I Really Do (Mostly) Love My Job

Legal assistants are notoriously stressed out and we sometimes focus too much on the negative things that rear their head throughout each day – and negative things do happen every day.  On the flip side, the majority of us absolutely love what we do and have no desire to do anything else professionally.

The top reasons (in no particular order) why I love my job are:

Multitasking Mastery

Multitasking is a skill every assistant must … Read more

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Mar 26, 2018

What is the Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration?

One of the primary roles attorneys play in cases is the role of negotiator and problem solver. Many people not in the legal field do not understand the difference between mediation and arbitration.

The simplest answer is that mediation is a voluntary meeting of the parties involved in a case to reach an agreement. The main point of mediation is to settle differences in a way that both sides find acceptable.  Some contracts, such as … Read more

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Mar 23, 2018

Who is Really Benefiting from Tort Reform and Damage Caps?

If you take the media reports at face value, all attorneys are corrupt and only looking to make a quick buck by filing as many frivolous personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits as possible and litigating them through trial to win exorbitant jury awards which causes everyone’s insurance costs to go up.  The solution currently in place for this “problem” is tort reform legislation, but who stands to benefit from the legislation and who will … Read more

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Mar 19, 2018

Bank Robbers Look Forward to Weekends Off Too

DID YOU KNOW?

Friday was the most popular day for bank robberies and the most popular time frame was between 9-11 AM according to the FBI’s 2016 Bank Crime Statistics Report.  I guess bank robbers like chilling out on the weekends too, eh?

© 3/19/2018 Heather M. Carr of Hunt & Associates, P.C.  All rights reserved.

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Mar 9, 2018

Stating Your Age – You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

DID YOU KNOW?

According to federal regulations you actually turn the next year older the day before your actual birthday.  So those 20-year-olds among you technically get to legally drink alcohol one day earlier than you think, unless your state law specifically states “21st birthday”.  Party on, dudes!

© 3/8/2018 Heather M. Carr of Hunt & Associates, P.C.  All rights reserved.

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