Archive for February 2011

Very Superstitious

Imagine you are on trial for murder. Your defense attorney tells you that in order to give you the best possible chance at freedom, he will eat at the same restaurant, sit in the same seat and order the same meal every day until the trial is over. You might think you’re doomed. These strange... Read more »

You Can't Convict Me, I'm A Nerd!!!

The nerd defense: telling your client to wear glasses for trial, even though they have 20/20 vision, in order to subtly convince the jury that they don’t look like a criminal. This practice has been around for a while, but people have been talking about it after a recent article in the New York Daily... Read more »

Office Pool Time!!! Is It Legal???

  Have you decided whether to join your office pool? Filling out a bracket and putting in $20 may seem like no big deal, but it’s still gambling. And gambling is not allowed at Bushwood Country Club (vague Caddyshack reference) or in Illinois. Some states allow office pools, but here, it’s is a misdemeanor the first time, and a... Read more »
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Real or Fake???

  Though this is not very common, we’ve actually gotten questions about this problem twice this year alone:  I thought I hired a lawyer to handle my case, but he/she wasn’t actually a lawyer.   This situation can come up when the person you hired used to be a lawyer, but is not currently licensed. ... Read more »

Are You A Better Writer Than Me?

Probably, who isn’t?  If you have something to write that is legally related, interesting and not promoting anyone in particular, e-mail me at legalhelp (at) findgreatlawyers.com and if I like it I’ll have you as a guest writer.    Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is... Read more »

Great News For Criminals

Great News For Criminals
Cook County budget cuts are coming, and it’s not looking good for the state’s attorney’s office. According to Cook County State‘s Attorney Anita Alvarez, she is going to have to make some major cuts, including more than 100 layoffs. Alvarez has negotiated down the number of attorneys she’s going to lose, which now looks like... Read more »
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Shoplifters Getting Tricked In To Fines

If a store catches you shoplifting, they may or may not contact the police. It’s their call. If you’re a run-of-the-mill shoplifter, they might decide to just let you go, along with barring you from the store. Now if you try to walk out with a pricey necklace, Lindsay Lohan style, it’s a different story... Read more »

Seven Ways To "Save" Marriage

Seven Ways To "Save" Marriage
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are getting divorced.  I’m sure you are as broken up about that as I am. Forget about phonies saying gay marriage is ruining traditional marriage. Let’s talk about all the people out there who have no business getting married in the first place. I propose the following laws to protect... Read more »

Ask A Lawyer Questions For Free

At 11:00 a.m. today, I will be hosting a one hour chat on this page.  You can ask me any question you want and it won’t cost you a penny.  Hope to see you then. &ampamp;lt;a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=bc71ea4377″ &ampamp;gt;Lawyer Chat&ampamp;lt;/a&ampamp;gt;    Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list... Read more »
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I Got Dibs!!!

The law says you can’t put crap in a parking spot that you don’t own in order to reserve it for yourself. Well, it doesn’t say exactly that, but it does say that you can’t keep your personal property on a public way. Technically, claiming dibs on a public parking spot is illegal. But the... Read more »
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