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When faced with the possibility of a lawsuit, many people want to seek the help of an attorney. Though it is possible to represent yourself in a lawsuit, there are cases where the assistance of an attorney is invaluable. Lawyers are not only trained in and very knowledgeable of the law, but have experience in preparing documents, courtroom procedure, settlement negotiation, and other aspects of legal proceedings. Some lawyers may even have experience in a case very similar to yours. The hiring of an attorney will help things to run more smoothly in your case, and may very will increase any potential judgment or settlement you may receive, depending on their skills and past experience in this area. The purpose of this section is to help you familiarize yourself with the process of deciding to hire an attorney. When faced with the question “Do I have a lawsuit?”, there may…
Frequently Asked Questions About Mesothelioma Many people have never heard of Mesothelioma and are unaware of its symptoms. Although considered a rare form of cancer, each year the number of cases grows. With the prevalence of this disease on the rise, it is critical to understand why and how Mesothelioma develops and what courses of action can be taken in the event of diagnosis. The following is a list of frequently asked questions and answers that will provide you with some information on Mesothelioma, and the legal issues surrounding it.What is Mesothelioma?Mesothelioma is the term used to describe a cancerous tumor found in the mesothelial cells of an organ. The organs where this form of cancer is most commonly found are the lungs, heart and abdominal organs. Pleural Mesothelioma is cancer of the lung lining and is the most common form of Mesothelioma.What causes Mesothelioma?Mesothelioma is almost always caused by…
Why is it important for your organisation to comply with the Data protection Act?The Data Protection Act 1998 ("DPA"), lays down eight data protection principles that any organisation processing data of individuals must comply with.What does the DPA cover?The DPA came into force on 1 March 2000. The DPA implemented the European Union ("EU") Directive on data protection into UK law introducing radical changes to the way in which personal data regarding identifiable living individuals can be used. The constant need for businesses to process personal data means that the DPA impacts upon most organisations, irrespective of size. Furthermore, the public's growing awareness of their right to privacy means that data protection will remain an important issue.The DPA makes a distinction between personal data and personal sensitive data. Personal data includes personal data relating to employees, customers, business contacts and suppliers. Sensitive data covers an individual's ethnic origin, medical conditions,…
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Serving As a Juror What to do when you're summoned for jury duty?A jury is a group of citizens empowered by the law to pass judgment on the behavior of others. A jury examines the evidence presented in court, determines the facts of the case based upon that evidence, and decides whether to deny or grant a civil claim or (in criminal cases) whether to convict an accused criminal or acquit him.Potential jurors are selected in a variety of ways, depending on the particular jurisdiction. In most cases, the names of jurors are drawn from a list of persons registered to vote, or who have valid driver's licenses. From this list, the names of potential jurors are drawn, and they are then issued a summons to appear at the courthouse for jury duty.In some states, statutes automatically exempt certain people from serving as jurors. Government officials, convicted criminals, and judges…