Category Archives: General Legal Information

Do I need the consent of the father of my abandoned child for him/her to be adoped by another man?

If the father has taken certain legal steps to establish paternity, then you would need to show that he has only had minimal contact with the child or failed to support the child for one year. Continue reading

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Who is eligible for a public defender?

Generally speaking, you are eligible for a public defender if you are a juvenile or are an adult charged with a crime in which prison time may be required and you are considered “indigent.” Continue reading

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What is an expungement? Can my record be expunged?

The ability to have a record expunged depends on a variety of factors, including the type of crime you were convicted of and whether or not the crime is your first and only offense. Continue reading

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If I am a victim of a crime, can I file a lawsuit?

It is very rare for a civil suit to also be filed for most criminal matters simply because most criminals don’t have financial resources. Continue reading

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What if an attorney is not acting in my best interest?

If you have concerns about your attorney, talk with him or her openly about your concerns. Ask questions. As in any relationship, communication is the key to improving the relationship. Continue reading

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How do attorneys normally charge clients?

Attorneys generally work on a flat fee, contingency, or hourly basis. Continue reading

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What if I fire my attorney?

If you do fire your attorney, the discharged attorney still has obligations to you. He or she must cooperate with you or with your new lawyer in making the transition. Continue reading

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What if I’m not happy with my attorney?

If you are not happy with what your attorney is telling you, you can obtain a second opinion. Continue reading

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What is the Fair Debt Collections and Practices Act?

The Fair Debt Collection and Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits debt collectors from using abusive, decep­tive, and unfair debt collection practices. Continue reading

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What are the differences between civil and criminal cases?

The civil and criminal systems are each governed by separate Rules of Procedure, which are materially different in many respects. Continue reading

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