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February 26, 2014
1) Disability Insurance Benefits: These are benefits payable to individuals who are disabled to work and are insured, generally meaning, those who have worked and paid FICA taxes for 5 out of the last 10 years. In order to be considered disabled, one must be unable to perform substantial, gainful... Read More
February 26, 2014
Edgar Coker, at the age of 15, pleaded guilty to rape and burglary after his Stafford, Virginia attorney failed to provide reasonably competent representation. Coker, now 22, has had his conviction vacated and is making efforts to clear his name. Though the help of lawyers and law students and the... Read More
February 25, 2014
There are countless outdated laws still on the books today. Below are some of the stranges laws in Virginia that have never been repealed: Bribery is prohibited by all persons except political candidates. Citizens must honk their horns when passing other cars. Children are prohibited from trick or... Read More
February 20, 2014
Tort Reform legislation is an attempt by Congress to modify and supplant an individual's rights and recoveries under tort law. Legislators want to control aggregate costs of tort liability for certain industries, professions and activities by imposing new statutes of limitations, imposing caps on... Read More
February 18, 2014
According to a new study from the Queensland University of Technology's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety, many new mothers report that drowsiness affected their driving safety. It was found that postpartum sleepiness resulted in errors behind the wheel, putting both mother and the... Read More
February 14, 2014
People often suggest that attorneys who represent the guilty are in some ways immoral. It is suggested that if you are guilty you do not deserve a legal defense. Part of this mentality stems from society's belief that the Constitution protects only the innocent and that procedural protections exist... Read More
February 13, 2014
A deposition is a procedure before trial where parties are given the opportunity to ask questions for the purpose of obtaining information. Depositions are formal procedures where the participants may be asked to take an oath that they are stating the truth and sometimes a person may be forced to... Read More
February 12, 2014
How do insurance companies know about my prior injuries and claims? Mark Twain once said insurance companies are a "power behind the throne that is greater than the throne itself." That power is now in the computer programs and databases that catalog all of the information regarding your prior... Read More
February 11, 2014
Whether to live vicariously through them or to gawk at their shocking stories, Americans have always been fascinated with criminals. Below is a list of the most notorious criminals to have come out of the state of Virginia: 1) The Martinsville Seven: A group of seven African-American men were... Read More
February 10, 2014
Portner & Shure is excited to announce that we are re-launching our Spanish, Chinese, and Korean blogs. The blogs will be written in each language and the content of the blogs are specially created for their respective demographic with trending, on-topic posts. As a multilingual firm, we are... Read More
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