This Saturday the United States celebrates its 239th birthday and while there are many areas for improvement I believe most people can find something for which to be thankful. Whether it be business opportunity, freedom of choice, freedom of travel, or some other liberty or privilege, there are multiple reasons that so many persons risk life and limb to migrate to the United States.
This 4th of July I think we should each reflect on the good, not-so-good, and in between as relate to our nation and strive to be part of the solution to at least one problem we see in our midst. And after all this thinking and planning and remembering our veterans who sacrificed so that we could have these opportunities I implore you to enjoy a cold beverage, grilled item, or other good taste of the summer. Godspeed to each of you and have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend.
I am contacted frequently by potential clients who do not have vital information needed for us to examine their prospective cases. For example, calling me about a used vehicle purchased from a dealership but failing to have any information as to the existence or nature of any warranty on the vehicle. Another example is seeking legal advice on how to proceed with a claimed breach of contract but not having the contract handy for review. Nothing really earth-shattering here; more common sense than anything.
In an effort to help people have the information handy which is needed for a full and frank discussion of their situation I have created the following list (more…)
Accidents happen. In the legal world we refer to accidents as acts of negligence. In essence, when an accident occurs and we can identify the party(ies) responsible for the accident and resulting injuries and damages it is important that a claim be made for compensation. There is nothing illegal, unethical, or otherwise bad about this approach. It is merely a real world application of the mantra many of us heard as children “take responsibility for what you do.” Insurance companies, sureties, and related entities were created to (more…)
The worst question may be the one you do not ask but a close second may be the question you pose to someone who lacks the knowledge required to provide a correct answer. If you pose a question to a family member or friend one would assume the person would mean well and not desire to intentionally mislead you. However, a desire to help cannot make up for a lack of knowledge. And a lack of knowledge can be quite problematic depending on the question you are asking. (more…)
I would suggest you leave no vehicle documents in your vehicle except for maybe your vehicle registration and proof of safety/emissions inspections. Vehicles are insured for a reason. They can be stolen or damaged and are quite movable. For these reasons it always baffles me when I see people use their vehicles as a de facto filing cabinet. I have seen mail (with Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information) left in plain view and (more…)
Here is a tip which may save you or someone else some time, injury, or even worse. When there is a need to exit a parking lot or otherwise cross a line of traffic please DO NOT get “waived through”. Being “waived through” is where a vehicle is seeking to make a left turn across one line or direction of traffic and relies upon a driver (or several drivers) to stop and indicate that it is safe to make the left turn. I have seen far too many near misses when this occurs. The better alternatives are (more…)
Today is Father’s Day and those of you who have a father who takes his responsibilities seriously, makes regular and honest efforts to provide, and is a source of support and inspiration should definitely pass along a hearty “thank you.” In the news and in daily life we see all too often the perils of a lack of true fatherhood.
My father passed away several years ago but he was a good provider and a great role model. I would not be who I am or where I am without the lessons he taught me while I was a young boy growing up in (Brooklyn) New York. He served in the United States Army and in the New York City Police Department during an era when race relations were a bit tenuous. Nonetheless he carried himself with dignity and did the right thing in protecting and serving citizens and fellow Americans.
I am blessed to have several friends who are outstanding fathers and deserve to be celebrated. I dare not list names lest I leave someone out but I take this opportunity to send each of you a proud “Happy Father’s Day” and commend you to keep up the good work. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads across the land.
I have been blessed to be able to participate in the celebration of five high school graduates this year. Each graduate navigated the many distractions around them and remained focused to accomplish their objective of obtaining a diploma. These graduates deserve to be celebrated and so I share their names and alma maters:
David Delemar (Westlake High School—Atlanta, Georgia)
Devin Chislom (Maiden High School—Maiden, NC)
Jada Herndon (Cherryville High School–Cherryville, NC)
Victoria Daniels (Enloe High School–Raleigh, NC)
Tyler Street (Middle Creek High School–Apex, NC)
These fine young adults are headed in different directions as they commence the next chapter of their lives. I am immensely proud of these graduates and their parents and wish the graduates all the best in their future endeavors.
One key lesson I am left with is that the news of the world is not all bad. There are bright spots all around us and we should celebrate and support them as they represent the hope of our future. Congratulations to all graduates across the land and may you each use your talents and gifts to make our world a better place.
Okay my family, friends, colleagues, clients, and associates….I am back! I was away this past weekend through Tuesday at the 2015 North Carolina Advocates for Justice Convention. At Convention a lot took place:
I presented on the subject of updates in consumer law
I played (not great but not horrid) in the golf tournament and made some key contacts
I networked and learned tactics and information that will help me in my practice of law and representation of my clients
I saw one of my favorite colleagues hand off the torch of leadership for the organization
I saw another of my favorite colleagues ascend to the presidency of the organization
I recharged my battery for the second half of this calendar year
Unless you have been out of the news for a while you should have heard about the massive recall on vehicles with airbags manufactured by Takata. To see if your vehicle is subject to this and/or other recalls click here.