Getting a Good Bankruptcy Lawyer

There is nothing worse than having to file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a very serious matter which can destroy the lives of many people and render them completely helpless. Before moving forward with this article it is important to describe bankruptcy and what it entails. Bankruptcy is also referred to as insolvency and is a legal state of being unable to repay debts owed to creditors.

Bankruptcy is applicable to both individuals and organizations. When bankruptcy happens to an organization, many creditors will normally file a bankruptcy petition in an effort to recover a portion of the money owed to them by the company or organization. This results in the organization seeking the services of a bankruptcy lawyer. A bankruptcy lawyer is someone who is conversant with bankruptcy law and will be able to defend you against the petition filed by the creditors. Bankruptcy lawyers are quite expensive and you will have to prove to them that you can pay them before securing their services.

Tips on how to hire a good bankruptcy lawyer?
The increase in bankruptcy petitions has resulted in an increase in demand for bankruptcy lawyers. This has led to an increase in the number of lawyers who are looking to make a quick buck at the expense of debtors who do not know any better, while offering very poor legal services in return. It is important to ensure that the bankruptcy lawyer you have chosen is up to the task and will give you the required help you need throughout the entire process. Some of the tips you can use when trying to identify a good bankruptcy lawyer are given below.

Investigation: Many people often panic when they declare bankruptcy and will select the first bankruptcy lawyer that they come across. This is not a wise move because you need to conduct a thorough investigation. This investigation should involve a thorough background check of the lawyer and should be done before the bankruptcy claim is made. This will also give your lawyer enough time to prepare for the case.

Word of mouth: A good bankruptcy lawyer will be well-known, especially in the business world, so it is very important to ask around and gather information about companies that have filed for bankruptcy and who represented them. It is also important to know the outcome of the cases. You are bound to get information that is helpful. Experience should be your main focus in the search for a good lawyer who can adequately represent you.

The courts: A bankruptcy court is a good source about bankruptcy lawyers. You should always take some time off and visit a bankruptcy court so as to see and experience a bankruptcy case. This will give you an idea of how a good lawyer should conduct the trial when defending someone.

The panel of lawyers: The best place to find out about the best and most respected lawyers is by visiting the bankruptcy lawyer’s panel. The reputations of these lawyers precede them and you are likely to find a very good lawyer who deals with bankruptcy issues and is experienced in the field. Visiting the office of the lawyer may also give an indication about the lawyer’s reputability.

Attending free consultation sessions: Free consultation sessions are the platforms that make it possible for you to ask as many questions as possible about bankruptcy and where to find good lawyers. It is also the beginning of a good working relationship between you and the lawyers because you might get good contacts which will help you in the future. A bankruptcy lawyer will make the difference in the outcome of your case so you should ensure that the lawyer you choose is able to swing the final result in your favor.

Old School Eats, Sweets and Treats

No matter how serious and formal you might be required to be from day-to-day, everyone should get in touch with their inner child every once in a while. Remember the pure joy of those carefree days when the simplest things in life were the most incredible. Even a walk in the park was never just a walk in the park with so much to explore and discover with every tree being assessed for its ‘climbability’ and every hidden corner a potential ‘den’. Of course most of us eventually have to grow up get a job or look after the family and the time for just having fun seems to rapidly shrink.

It’s all too easy to lose touch of that sense of wonder at the world and finding fun in the most mundane things. Children have the most incredible imaginations; capable of turning a plain cardboard box into a spaceship for the day or a bare lawn into the Wild West. So next time you are looking for the perfect give for someone that might be in need of a little reminder of how to recapture the joy of childhood, try to choose a present that will spark off memories and hark back to the good old days.

Old School Fun

There is no better way to bring out someone’s inner child than to recreate the ultimate experience of childhood: a trip to the local sweet shop. Of course it is very difficult to find a genuine sweet shop these days as most people tend to do most of their shopping in supermarkets, so why not make your own personal sweetie store and stock it with retro sweets from the old days?

Retro sweets don’t just taste great but they are sure to bring those sweet memories of childhood flooding back and remind the lucky recipient what it means to be a child. Retro sweets are a great centre piece for a party and make a wonderful talking point as everyone will remember something about their childhood, how ever far off it may seem, when they see the colourful array of retro sweets before them.

A personalised jar of retro sweets makes a great gift for anyone that might be feeling a little over the hill as the sight of long-forgotten goodies is sure to bring out the playfulness and fun of childhood and remind them of the simple joy of focusing on the lighter side of life. Retro sweets include those delicious little Candy Necklaces, the fizzy tang of Flying Saucers and the creamy sweetness of Chocolate Mice. You can even buy retro sweets in a traditional sweet shop transparent jar and recreate the excitement of that moment when the shop keeper unscrewed the jar of your chosen treat and shook it into the scales.

Playtime

Of course retro sweets are just one of the many unique and fun gift ideas for bringing back some old school fun into someone’s life. It is also important to remember that toys and games are by no means the preserve of our children. Getting together with friends solely for the purpose of having fun is something most of us rarely find time for and it is difficult to get everyone together without a real focus for the night. So why not give the gift of fun and choose a game that can be played with friends of any age?

A great idea that fits with the theme of retro sweets and toys is to choose a board game that is sure to remind them of their youth, whether it is ludo or snakes and ladders, something that takes them back to the carefree days of childhood and recreates that feeling of the last day of school is sure to be a winner. Or for a more grown up affair, quiz night is a great idea for a party with all sorts of trivia games and books available. But a particularly good option for a retro-themed party is the Nostalgia Quiz, ideal for anyone growing up in the 70s, 80s or 90s. The quiz covers all the iconic moments of these decades and comes with a game DVD and everything you need for an amusing trip down memory lane.

So, whether you are throwing a big party or just want a personal gift for someone special, the retro-theme will be great fun for anyone that might be feeling a little over the hill. Retro Sweets will have their taste buds tingling and recalling all sorts of long-forgotten tales and a night of reminiscing with friends is a great way to relax and get together with all
those great people that you never see enough. Throw in some friendly competition with a nostalgic trivia game and you have the recipe for a perfect evening of retro celebration.

Safe Gun Storage Federal and State Laws

Safe gun storage laws are in effect in most all States to prevent accidents in homes especially where children are involved. The ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) has a mandate in place for gun selling facilities which states that firearms are to be secured in safes or have trigger locks installed to prevent firing. The selling establishment has to sign a certification form that they comply by this law. This law is required by all states.

Just to mention a few of the state’s safe gun laws, in Texas, as well as other states, a firearm sales facility has to place a sign somewhere visible to all customers buying rifles, shotguns and pistols in their store that says ” It is unlawful to store, transport, abandon an unsecured firearm in a place where children are likely to be and can obtain access to the firearm” (information taken from The Firearm Laws of Texas) or a similar statement.

In New York State, all retailers that sell firearms to customers, whether they are new or used, must provide some type of locking device with their purchase such as trigger locks, cable locks, etc. These locks do not need to be installed when sold and each device must meet certain requirements that prevent firearms from being fired. This law does not apply to sales between dealers. New York does not require buyers to secure their firearms with these devices but it is highly recommended they do. Firearm owners should check with their local authorities to determine if there are any local ordinances require otherwise. There are codes within the state that states it is a criminal violation punishable by up to 10 days imprisonment and/or a fine up to $250 for any owner to store or leave a firearm in such a manner that is out of their immediate possession or control, without making the weapon inoperable by installing a safety locking device.

While these required types of locks do protect firearms from being fired, they do not prevent them from being stolen once the buyer places them in their home. Gun cases and wood gun racks do not deter gun theft and do not qualify as safe storage. They should be secured in locking devices such as locking gun racks, firearm safes, etc. to add extra security.

Several states have passed laws that make firearm owners criminally liable if someone is injured because a child gains unsupervised access to a gun and can issue fines or jail time where children are involved depending on the circumstances.

Florida, as well as other states, has several laws and regulations regarding safe gun storage in homes as well as in vehicles. The state of Florida’s major concern is the safety for children. Anyone in violation of improper storage of firearms where children can have easy access could be subject to up to 60 days in jail and a $1000 in related fines.

The state of California, like in most all other states, requires all firearms be stored in a safe and secured manner. They also require all retail sales of firearms include a Department of Justice locking safety device or proof that the purchaser owns a firearm safe that meets regulatory standards established by the department. The types of approved devices can be found on the Department of Justice’s website…

Since State laws are constantly changing, this article is for general information and not for official use. You can check with your state and local authorities for current updates pertaining to safe gun storage laws.

Finding Asbestos Mesothelioma Legal Information

There are many people who are concerned about this type of cancer caused by too much exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma legal information is very much needed in order for them to know the ways and means to combat this kind of disease legally. Looking for legal information can really give them a guide of what they will do next. This is in connection to health-related issues that is why knowing the legal information is quite important.

One good way to get that needed information is by consulting a lawyer. With their expertise in this issue, they can give you the exact legal information of your concern. Today there are many lawyers who are in need of cash and this type of problem is what they like most because there are many people involved who are willing to pay on whatever price so finding a good lawyer is very hard to do. You should research the history of a certain lawyer if he already solved a similar case before. Doing this can let you save time and effort in finding a good lawyer that can give you those legal information.

In libraries, there are many references that can be scanned to get asbestos mesothelioma legal information. You should also take a look at the publishing year of that book in order to get updated. This type of cancer is not new so there are many published books about this and as the years has passed there are new and existing laws and issues that are added so looking at the publishing year of the book is essential.

You can also find information online because there are many sites that deal with this issue. Just like offline, you should also be careful in giving out money because there are many scam sites that are ready to take your money away. There are many cases of this type of cancer and it is up to you to take whatever it is that you find helpful in order to have the information that you need.

Badminton and Lightening Bugs – Using the Memoir to Teach Middle School Students to Write

One of the best ways to get middle school students to write, begin to enjoy writing, and eventually find their own voice is to teach them to write memoirs. Once they learn to put their own thoughts and feelings on paper, writing memoirs can have a double benefit. Often, with a little prompting, students can write memoirs that quite naturally fit into the structure of a well-written essay. But how do you get them started? The very best way is to model an example for them. When you assign them a topic, complete the assignment yourself, give it your best effort, and share your writing with your students. Share with them how you brainstormed to narrow down your topic, how you organized it, and how, why, and where you edited and revised it. Students will follow your lead. If you produce good writing, they will watch and model you and they will produce good writing. Try it and see.

What follows is one of the first memoirs I produced and shared with my students. They were writing pieces for an autobiography and this piece was called, “My Most Treasured Childhood Memory.” They were free to change the title or add sub-titles as their pieces progressed. Mine became: “Badminton and Lightening Bugs.”

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Badminton and Lightening Bugs

(My Most Treasured Memory)

When I think about my most treasured memory from childhood, it isn’t a trip or vacation or a special occasion, like a birthday or a particular Christmas. Instead, my favorite memory centers around those long summer evenings when my family was all together and we did nothing special at all. What makes those evenings stand out in my mind and my heart? Perhaps it was the easy-going carefree atmosphere, kind of like the Andy Griffith Show. Or maybe it was that all my family was there, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. That treasure is something I’ve lost forever. My brother and sisters are busy with their own lives, my parents have passed away, and my cousins have all moved away. Another family lives in our house now. The memory of those summer evenings lives only in my heart.

I grew up in a small, white house with my mom and dad, two sisters, and a brother. In the summer, with no air-conditioning in the house, we found ourselves outside as much as in. Our house had a concrete porch with steps that led down to a sidewalk. At the end of the sidewalk, two more steps led down to our gravel driveway. The sidewalk separated our yard into two halves. A pine tree marked the edge of the left side of the yard and a large, spreading elm shade tree marked the edge of the right side. It was a lovely yard to play in, and the sidewalk made a natural division for choosing sides and playing Tag or Red Rover or our favorite summer game – Badminton.

We had a number of cousins who lived within walking distance, so many times in the late summer evenings, one or more of them showed up at our house and a game of one kind or another got started. It was easy to play Badminton because the sidewalk made a kind of natural “net” and we didn’t have to worry about setting up or taking down an actual net. In fact, I can’t recall us ever owning a real net. We just grabbed the Badminton rackets and a couple of “birdies” out of the basement and the games were on. Our yard was big enough to play one against one or even two against two. The trees on either side of the yard served as boundaries. Our games were sometimes fiercely competitive elimination games, especially as we grew older and more skilled, but just as often they continued in a friendly, easy-going manner until the dusk overtook us and we could no longer see the birdie well enough to hit it.

By that time, the lightening bugs were out and flying everywhere around us. One of us took the Badminton rackets and birdies to the basement and returned with a couple of mason jars. Then a new competition started as we ran around the yard in a frenzy, each of us trying to get the most lightening bugs in our jar. Just as tricky as catching them was keeping them in the jar as we added to our stash. Sometimes two or three escaped when we tried to put a new one in. We got extra points for having bugs with different colored lights. Did you know that lightening bugs’ lights are different colors? They are – I can tell you that for a fact. I don’t know what the different colors are supposed to mean – if it’s evidence of the bug’s age or gender or what – but the lightening bugs in our yard could be dark or light green, dark or light orange, or golden yellow. Whoever got at least one bug of every color in a single night was “King of the Lightening Bug Catchers” for that day.

Eventually our parents, who were sitting outside on the porch watching us, called us in to get ready for bed and sent the cousins back home. We set our lightening bugs free and put our jars away, ready to be filled on another evening. As the summer wore on, the katydids started chirping and the number of lightening bugs slowly diminished, going, I suppose, where all lightening bugs go with the coming of fall. The night air started getting nippy and soon it was time for school to start. That was the end of our late evening “Gatherings on the Lawn” until the next summer called us out to play once more.

It’s been many years since I last played Badminton or caught lightening bugs in my front yard, but it doesn’t take much to awaken those memories in my heart. The smell of freshly-cut grass or the deep green scent of a pine tree, the swooshing sound of a birdie being hit by a badminton racket, the keen, echoing chirp of a katydid, and of course, the tiny glow of a lightening bug are all it takes to carry me back to my most treasured childhood memory – Badminton and Lightening Bugs.