By Charlie Brown

In the midst of complicated employment legal tussles, you may have to hire a certified attorney to help you through the legal problem. With countless law firms operating today, you may just go to the first person that comes your way. It may seem convenient for you, but you may end up missing out on important aspects of the hiring process. Here are five important qualities you should look for when hiring an employment law attorney for your case.

Licensing

When hiring a lawyer, you must ensure that he/she is licensed to operate in your state. With a licensed attorney, you will be sure that he/she has passed the bar exams and has met other requirements before he/she is allowed to practice. With such a legal representative, you can be assured of quality representation.

Experience

You need to hire an employment law attorney who has been practicing for several years. A seasoned lawyer has the knowledge and expertise to handle your employment case with ease. He/she will know what is expected and will know all the necessary paperwork to fill. A good lawyer will provide insight into the case and will tell you about the likely outcome of your case.

Specialization

When choosing a legal representative for your case, you need one who specializes in employment law. This field of law is quite broad and a general lawyer who handles all types of legal cases may not give you the representation that you deserve. You need a specialist who has in-depth knowledge of employment laws and has handled similar cases in the past.  (more…)

By Charlie Brown

As a business owner, you must ensure that you offer different forms of payments to cater to the needs of your customers. This should include the newer form of payments such as cryptocurrency. In the last few years, cryptocurrency has been making headlines as the future of payments. Major companies are now accepting this form of payment. Read on to know the advantages of accepting this form of payment in your business.

Fraud protection

Fraud protection is one of the key reasons why you should accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment in your business. With this current mode of payment, your customers and clients do not have to provide you with their personal information. At a time when fraudsters are highly skilled at hacking businesses in order to access the financial information of clients, you will have peace of mind with this additional security layer.

Lower transaction charges

One of the major cost factors that businesses have to deal with are the transaction charges associated with alternative payment methods. Unless your business is a cash-only company, it means that you will be paying thousands of dollars every month to different credit card companies. The transaction fees of cryptocurrency are lower than those of credit cards. This means that you will end up saving money with this form of payment.

Get cash faster

When you accept debit and credit card payments for your business, you may not see your money for some time. This is because of all the parties involved in the transaction and the different regulations. You may wait for several days or even a week before this money gets to your bank account. (more…)

By Charlie Brown

Experienced lawyers always have the contact of a reliable court reporting service on their speed dial. Years of working at the court have taught them the value of the great support the legislative services can bring. The job and responsibility of a stenographer seem easy, but they are the key element in several trials and depositions. Without their transcription notes, it would be quite impossible for the judges, attorneys and other parties involved to recount the witness testimonies, point out the discrepancies and submit the depositions on time.

Present state of finances may have left savvy attorneys without trusted stenographers on their team, but that does not mean the clients or the firms do not face the necessity of having someone capable of taking shorthand notes and transcribing the sessions anymore. People are shifting from dedicated in-house transcription experts to court reporter services that provide the same benefits. The modern court reporters have embraced technology, and they intend on providing real-time reports on hearings and trial sessions. They can also transcribe out of the court client meets and the corporate board meets that require the attorney’s presence. They also make perfect records of the witness questioning and other testimonies.

Since most law firms and corporations now outsource their court reporter needs, there is a rising concern about their code of ethics. All professional reporters need to follow certain codes that the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) outlines. It is mandatory for you to check if the court reporter you will be working with has NCRA accreditation. Here are a few things you should be looking for in your court reporting services –

The court reporter should be unbiased and fair

The reporter needs to be fair and unbiased in service. They should be able to provide equal services to all participants. The stenographer should offer the same expedited service to all parties involved once the attorney or his firm commissions his or her service. This is very necessary since everyone involved in the proceeding has equal right to the transcription record. The American Judges Association discourages the practice of unfair or incomparable pricing of court reporting services to different parties. Over the last few years, insurance companies sign up court reporting companies directly on contract. This prompts special pricing for the same reporting services for one individual or party over another. The law reporter you pick must always offer comparable services to each unless the court orders otherwise.

The court reporter must be vigilant about the appearance of misconduct in court

There is that awkward and rather questionable moment when a judge or a lawyer asks the court reporter about his or her personal opinion on a case. Questions like – “what do you think of the defender’s tattoo?” or “do you think the witness lied?” may seem very banal or rhetorical to the audience, but questions like these coming from the attorney or the judge can disrupt the outcome of the jury’s decision. If the stenographer attempts to answer questions like these, it would definitely be a manipulative move on their part. The NCRA code of ethics ensures that the court reporter must NEVER exchange gifts or anything of value with the attorneys, the staff or people involved in the proceeding. They should also avoid the appearance of being partial at all times. They should maintain their integrity as a neutral official. (more…)

By Charlie Brown

You might think that hiring a Harrisburg Compensation | Feather Law attorney to handle your injury claim would be a waste of time and resources but the truth is, you actually need one. You see, just you saying it or thinking about it seems easy, but when the reality dawns on you, you will realize that it is a frustrating and tedious process that you would not want to go through alone.

Below are some of the reasons why it is a good idea for you to hire a compensation claim lawyer to handle your injury case:

– You are not familiar with the law

So what happens when you get a small cut, say when working in your home? Do you stitch it yourself? No. You go to someone who knows how to do the job – a medical practitioner. Well, the case is not any different with the legal field. For you to maximize the number of benefits that you get after you are injured at work, you will have to allow an attorney do his job.

– The attorney will tilt the scale in your favour

Filing for a compensation claim after an injury at work is not like walking in the park. You should understand that insurance companies are well equipped with their well-trained lawyers working on their side to ensure that you get little compensation if nothing. An attorney will work in your favour, plus, you don’t have to worry about the charges since compensation lawyers only receive a small percentage of your compensation.

– The attorney has experience

As you saw earlier, insurance companies have their lawyers who are ready to defend them against clients who are seeking compensation for injuries at work. With that guard intensity, you can bet that the battlefield would be steaming. Therefore, you cannot afford to be at the front. Attorneys are highly trained in the legal field to deal with anything that other attorneys bring to the table.
– You have nothing to lose

Hiring a workers’ compensation attorney is not as expensive as you think. Compensation attorneys work on a contingency basis whereby they only get paid once the case is done and you have won it. If you get nothing in the end, they get nothing too. Another added plus is that the attorney’s fee is determined after the settlement has been recovered, so you don’t have to worry about the lawyer walking away with a greater share of what is on your plate. (more…)