Local Mesothelioma Lawyers May Not Be Your Best Choice When Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit

Asbestos attorneys are different from any other type of lawyer and they have in depth knowledge in asbestos-related claims and lawsuits. Leading asbestos attorneys are well experienced in handling manufacturers, asbestos trust funds and corporations that have exposed individuals to the deadly mineral asbestos. There are many high risk industries and occupations that put individuals at a heightened risk of developing a disease from exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma attorneys are dedicated to assist patients and their families receive the compensation they deserve when going through such an unfortunate event. Continue reading

Personal Injury Law

Whenever you get into an accident that causes serious injury, there will often be a number of things that you will need to consider. With a serious injury, you will need to consider things such as where to get medical care and also the costs of getting treatment. Since healthcare for a personal injury can be quite expensive, it will be important to think about using the services of a personal injury lawyer. With an accident attorney, you will have a legal professional who can help arrange a financial settlement which will compensate for your medical costs. Using a personal injury attorney will be a great resource to take advantage of if you were injured in an accident due to negligence. Continue reading

Personal Injury Cases in California

In California there are a number of instances where someone may get injured and face some very difficult circumstances. Whether an individual is injured in a car accident, gets injured on the job they will often be liable for very costly expenses. Not only will this cost them a lot of money but it can also negatively affect their livelihood. Whenever someone is injured and seeking help, one of the best options they can take advantage of is the services of a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer is an attorney that specializes in personal injury cases and will look to arrange a settlement and adequate compensation. Therefore you will be in good position to cover costly medical care as well as preserve your livelihood by using the services of a personal injury lawyer.  Continue reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Start a Business?

The choice to retain a Texas LLC attorney is often made by immediate financial concerns rather than sound business judgment. Online legal forms often give the illusion that legal consultation is no longer necessary if the appropriate forms and FAQs can be found on the Internet. Certainly there are some forms that can be downloaded and used without fear—a Bill of Sale, would be a good example. However, even a freelancer’s contract should generally be reviewed and customized should the freelancer ever need to litigate or even take someone to small claims courts. Are attorney’s necessary for starting a small business? No, but they are a good idea. Here’s why:

An attorney can help choose the right business entity

The type of business entity you choose can have a direct impact on your taxes, how you employ people or compensate them, as well as, your personal liability should their be legal issues with the business. Having an attorney steer and guide you in making the right decisions when it comes to your business model and tax entity can mean thousands of dollars saved over time.

An attorney can help you choose whether to buy a business or start one

Not all would be business owners need to start a business from scratch. Many have the option to buy an existing business and don’t even realize it. In some cases, it is not only cheaper but more prudent to buy out a business (even a failing one) than to start one from scratch. Attorneys know this and will often recommend this to their clients.

An attorney can help avoid issues of involving regulations

The US is a highly regulated society and even lawyers have difficulty keeping up with the mass amounts of new statutes and regulations imposed on people and business. Attorneys help to ensure that you business is up to code, meets all regulations, and ensures that you have all appropriate licenses.

The decision to hire a Texas business attorney is a personal one, but most people will find that the current environment for businesses does require legal assistance to ensure that they are protected from civil or criminal complaint.

Texas Rangers – The Best of the Best

In 1823, Stephen F. Austin informally created the Texas Rangers and headquartered the organization in Austin, Texas. They became the first statewide law enforcement organization in the United States and to this day the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement organization is recognized as the authorized crime fighters throughout Texas.

Although the TX Rangers have always upheld Texas laws some Rangers who wore the badge were regarded as criminals. Of the seventy-nine Rangers who lost their lives in the line of duty, most were killed between 1858 and 1901, the days of the Wild West. The Texas Enforcement officers have also assisted in capturing some of the most high profile and notorious criminals of past history, including Bonnie and Clyde, Wesley Hardin and the notorious bank robber Sam Bass. Continue reading

Case Against Attorney General Gonzales

While calls for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys continue, both Gonzales and President Bush continue to hold their ground. While members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have criticized Gonzales over misleading statements concerning the firings, others have denounced the whole situation as yet another Washington political witch hunt. We’ve asked a New York criminal lawyer for his take.

However, it is not entirely clear to me exactly what Gonzales did wrong to make himself a target of these resignation demands. As in most cases, though, reasons exist both to support and oppose these demands.

First, it is rather clear that the AG should not resign merely because the firings were (at least in part) political in nature. Because Bush, like any president, can generally fire executive officials for any reason or no reason at all, Gonzales should not be an indirect scapegoat to be sacrificed by those opposing this well-established executive authority. Continue reading

Keep on Truckin’: The Future of Food Trucks in San Antonio

Business has embraced Mobile. But one of the fastest growing business sectors is embracing the more literal use of the word “mobile”: food trucks. Except for anyone who’s been living under a rock for the past few years, San Antonio residents have witnessed the emergence of the city’s burgeoning food truck scene. Like in sister cities Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, San Antonio food trucks have found a loyal following who seek to enjoy the specialized gastronomical offerings of each vendor.

As noted at RoamingHunger.com, (http://roaminghunger.com/sat) an excellent local food truck locator site, San Antonio’s embrace of these road warrior eateries is likely a result of the fact the city is one of the 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S., according to CNN. With all those new mouths to feed, San Antonio has produced a local food scene where residents search for fun and economical meals.

According to a Business News Daily article (http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/1999-great-business-ideas-2012.html) from earlier this year, the food trucks are projected to enjoy revenues of up to $2.7 billion by 2017. The growth is why this specific segment of the food industry was selected as one of the 14 best new business ventures for 2014.

There are other benefits to hitching your wagon to the food truck revolution. Beginning with the initial investment, a new food truck requires far less capital than a traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant. When you pair this fact with the survival rate of food trucks to traditional restaurants, (80 to 90 percent versus 10 to 40 percent, respectively), the way forward is clear: a food truck business in San Antonio’s unsaturated market is a no-brainer.

San Antonio has also put together an infrastructure that favors the growth and success of food trucks moving forward. Boardwalk on Bulverde, a food truck park that is family and pet friendly, offers a food court experience far more enjoyable and unique than one finds at the local mall. The popularity of Boardwalk is an excellent benchmark for the entrepreneur looking to dip his or her toes into the warming waters of the San Antonio food truck market.

Compared to a traditional restaurant, food trucks have a relatively low cost of equipment and overhead, allowing food truck operators to quickly open and start offering curious culinary creations to an increasingly clamoring public. While food trucks are a fun business model, but food truck owners should find a skilled business tax attorney to read over and advise on business plans, state filings, trademarks and copyrights, and tax information. With an experienced business attorney handling legal aspects, food truck owners have the freedom develop new partnerships, contracts, and deals with other business owners in the San Antonio-area food truck industry.

The experienced attorneys at Wilson Brown, PLLC, specialize in business law for the San Antonio area. Call (210) 787-4637 today to speak with a business attorney.

Driving While Ability Impaired vs Driving While Intoxicated

The legal limit for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in your blood is 0.08 percent, any more and you’re automatically slapped with a New York DWI charge. So why is it still considered illegal to drive with less than that? Driving with BAC of 0.05 to less than 0.08 is considered Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI). What’s the difference? Why not just say the legal limit is 0.05%?

The issue is threefold:

    • Police officers must have probable cause to stop your vehicle, such as signs of being impaired.
    • People have varying levels of alcohol tolerance, depending on fitness and body size, whether they have consumed food or drugs, or even just random quirk of genetics.
    • Impairment of the senses and good judgment can be caused by other things than alcohol.

The main thing is that while DWI is a criminal misdemeanor or felony, DWAI is a traffic infraction. Thus, a New York DWI Lawyer will often attempt to get charges reduced to a DWAI at the start. The prosecution has to prove that driving with a BAC of less than 0.08% actually impairs your ability as a driver, while it is much simpler in a DWI charge to prove that your BAC is 0.08% or greater to be considered legally drunk. Continue reading

Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Illegal Immigrants?

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects citizens against unlawful searches and seizures, but what about people who are currently immigrating to this country or even here illegally? Are they protected against unreasonable searches too?

The Fourth Amendment reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

As stated in the first sentence, it is people who are protected under this Amendment and not always citizens. In a case that was decided in 1990 by the United States Supreme Court (See US v. Verdugo-Urquidez 494 US 259), the Court stated that that undocumented immigrants living voluntarily in the United States “have accepted some societal obligations” and thus possess Fourth Amendment rights. Continue reading