When you’re injured in an auto accident or on the job; or if you’re hurt physically or psychologically through the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company or government agency there is normally some sort of insurance coverage which can help you with medical costs, lost wages and time off from work. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t always have your best interest at heart. They are more concerned with numbers and how your claim can be quickly resolved. This is why you should have an attorney get involved. But can any attorney help?
The Law is the Law
Most people assume that any attorney has the same knowledge as another. This is mostly true. All attorneys are schooled and trained n different types of law from criminal law to divorce; but there are so many factors involved with each individual case that no one attorney can possibly be familiar and experienced with all of them. This is why attorneys specialize in different areas of the law to better serve clients. An injury lawyer is specially trained in “tort law” which includes civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person’s property, reputation or rights.
Insurance Companies can be Tough
When you’re injured on the job or as a result of another’s negligence or wrongdoing, your insurance company can suddenly become rather distant and pushy. They’re main interest is with the company’s position and not necessarily yours. Many people have been steamrollered by insurance companies wishing to come to a quick settlement of a claim. This can leave you without adequate money for all your medical bills and pain and suffering. An experienced injury lawyer will help negotiate with insurance companies and help you receive all that you deserve in an injury case.
Over a dozen states have legalized the use of marijuana as a medical treatment for issues like glaucoma, to comfort cancer patients during the rigors of chemotherapy, or to alleviate chronic pain and anxiety. With such limited legalization came the care providers and the dispensaries, who (like the users themselves) have to file with their state governments to engage in what had heretofore been considered illicit business.
Looking Over the Fence
Indiana has long resisted the conversion to medical marijuana, even as states on its borders (like Michigan) went ahead and bent to the will of the voters. When a newly-elected governor came in and immediately expressed a desire to repeal the medical marijuana law, he was somewhat surprised to find that lawmakers had no desire to run afoul of an electorate that had spoken loudly and clearly on the matter.
Benefit to All Sides
Even when a hard-line Attorney General tried to crank up the heat in Michigan, the courts intervened to uphold the rights of patients and everybody else up the chain, from the care providers to the dispensaries to the growers. As time has gone by, and Michigan’s plan has been proven to work for all parties involved (including the state tax collectors), Indiana appears poised to be the next domino to fall in the medical marijuana game.
Indiana Senate Bill 192 was introduced earlier this year by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes). If it passes, it will require the State of Indiana to review its policies and penalties regarding marijuana possession, how to best implement a medical marijuana program, and how to regulate and tax such a program. It passed the Senate in February, 28-21, and awaits action in the Indiana House of Representatives. If approved, reforms will be summarily undertaken by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.
The city of Greenwood, Indiana may be across a map-drawn border from the city of Indianapolis, but they sure do things differently there. A recent law was passed in Greenwood that prohibits its residents from throwing electronic devices into the garbage along with eggshells and coffee grounds. This law took effect on January 1st, 2011, leaving folks in Greenwood with no option but to hold onto their junk or find a techno-recycler to take it off their hands.
Hold the Phones
The original law, from which this provision is being enforced, was actually passed in 2009 when landfills and incinerators were forbidden as methods of disposing of electronics. The specific toxins that are the cause for such concern are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and brominated flame retardants. They can contaminate our soil, water and air, and have to be disposed of in a more responsible manner, at least in Greenwood.
Pay to Play Nice
There are a number of sites throughout Johnson County at which one can drop off their electronics for the legally proscribed recycling process, but it’s not entirely a free service. While remote controls, computers and other equipment can be dropped off during regular hours for no charge, it will cost you $7.50 to drop off a TV set of up to 27 inches; anything larger than that will cost you $12.
Will this keep people from throwing their old electronics in dumpsters under the cover of darkness? Or hauling it across city lines to dispose of it in landfills that don’t care as much as Greenwood does about what they take? Or will people simply keep onto their old devices, leaving them for the bemusement of future archaeologist? Are the makers of new electronics devices on board with this fight to preserve the old stuff? Those are the kinds of questions that the City of Greenwood didn’t address – and good for them, by the way, for choosing to protect the environment over all of the predictable distractions.
Every year, CQ Press and others will publish a study ranking the states according to how smart they are, citing a number of factors in drawing their conclusions. Indiana ranks right in the middle: Ranked 24th in the most recent study, up two spots from its 26th-place ranking in the previous one. Indianapolis, though, can certainly claim to be home to some of the dumbest criminals ever to pose for a mug shot.
Follow the Money
In 2006, a budding criminal genius held up a tavern on the city’s west side. He shoved all of his cash register loot into a plastic bag, which he failed to notice had a hole in it. All the police had to do, literally, was follow the money trail all the way to the perp’s car. He was probably in awe of the intellect displayed by two Indianapolis men who robbed a fast-food drive-thru (in nearby Lawrence) by firing a gun in the air and then waiting for the food. They also happened to be waiting for the police.
‘Opposite’ of Smart
Being criminally stupid is no passing fancy, but an enduring legacy in Indianapolis. Just a couple of months ago, one Leonard Fodera was arrested for walking around in public wearing not so much as a leopard fedora. When confronted by the naked truth about local indecency laws, Fodera’s excuse for his immodesty was simple: It was ‘Opposite Day’, which he figured meant that if you normally wear clothes, you didn’t have to.
Naturally, greed is often the corrupting factor which ignites bouts of idiocy among the public at large. In 2009, a fellow named Dwayne Roberts was working as an assistant manager at a Fifth Third Bank branch on Georgetown Road in Indianapolis. He devised a brilliant scheme. After sending his employees home, Roberts removed cash from the bank vault, then set fire to piles of money in the vault to cover up his thievery. He would’ve made a clean getaway if it weren’t for those darn security cameras… Not to mention the fact that he’s locked his car keys in the vault along with the burning money.
Even before the housing bubble burst, the Indianapolis rental market was doing quite well. The city is home to a number of universities, including Ball State and Butler, so there is a considerable student population seeking leases each semester. Even with so many foreclosures over the past few years, Indianapolis weathered the economic storm better than most comparable cities, and has even been a bit of a magnet for people looking to start over. They, too, find themselves in need of living arrangements.
A Bright Spot in the Big Picture
In fact, just last year, Money Magazine (along with a lesser-known trade publication called Inman News) ranked Indianapolis as the best investment rental property market in the United States. Apartments.com, for instance, has 400 apartments listed there right now. The local Craigslist page has over 500 rental listings that were posted today. That’s the kind of dynamic market one can expect to find in the Midwest’s second-largest city.
When in Doubt…
With so many landlords out there, any tenant seeking to rent in the State Capitol would do well to verse him- or herself with Indianapolis’ landlord-tenant laws. The same market that brings so many landlords and tenants together has also spawned a huge number of attorneys who specialize in the rights of both parties. Some of it has to do with federal laws, obviously such as those prohibiting discrimination, but also like the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
People who have moved to Indianapolis, and who rented their previous homes, may especially want to brush up on landlord-tenant law, since the details may vary from location to location. In some places, it can be quite an arduous task to evict a person, while in others the landlord may hold all the cards. Always look before you leap, meaning before you sign your lease. And when in doubt, pick up the phone book, and find a qualified attorney to answer your questions. Anything else would be hearsay.
Smoking bans are sweeping the nation, either state-by-state or city-by-city. This patchwork approach has led to more than a few learning experiences. In Arizona, for instance, prior to the statewide ban taking effect the first smoking ban was imposed by the city of Tempe. This proved to be disastrous to the city’s tax coffers, as smokers simply migrated in all directions (Phoenix to the West, Scottsdale to the North, Chandler to the South and Mesa to the East), effectively killing business in Tempe bars and restaurants.
The latest entrant into the anti-smoking foray is the city of Indianapolis. Upon passing their version of a no-smoking ordinance, no fewer than 10 bar owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city just this week. However, since there has been plenty of precedent for such laws on the books, most legal experts don’t give the plaintiffs much of a chance in their quest for justice on behalf of their smoking patrons.
Tried and True Precedent
Foremost, this Gang of 10 is representing itself in court, without the assistance of legal counsel. Everyone is familiar with the axiom about such lawyers having fools for clients. Their assertion, that smoking bans violate the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, won’t hold much water since existing bans have already been determined in court to be part of the legislative branches’ bailiwick in terms of regulating commerce.
The mayor’s office, for its part, simply expresses confidence that it will prevail in court. They crafted their law carefully, even creating exemptions for “tobacco bars”. In fact, the latest portion of the ban covers bowling alleys, bars and hotel lounges – areas which had previously been exempted from the existing smoking ban. In the name of clean air for everyone, most experts believe that the lawsuit against Indianapolis will meet the same fate as other lawsuits challenging similar bans elsewhere.
Each state has their own way of dealing with things especially if it involves personal injury. You always need to be sure that in the event you have gotten yourself into a situation where you need legal representation that you handle it immediately and with an attorney that is familiar with your particular state’s laws. Experienced lawyers are highly recommended when it comes to any type of legal dispute.
In order to find the best legal representation you need to start checking out all of the law firms in your local area. You want to find an attorney that has at least five years experience with personal injury. You also need to find a lawyer that can give you some very solid information when it comes to the laws in Indianapolis. The more information you can get from the attorney, the better you will be able to deal with your situation.
Learning About Indianapolis Law
Another question you can ask your attorney is whether or not there are websites that you can start reading about all of the different cases that have been handled in Indianapolis. If you are able to do some reading on your own time you can better educate yourself about all of the different laws. Laws are always changing so you need to be sure that whatever you read is marked for the current year. Anything that is copyrighted for 2005 or even later is probably not going to be valid anymore.
Learning about the law is always a good thing especially if you have a wonderful mentor such as a lawyer helping you. However, always remember that when you need to get legal representation you should retain a lawyer because they have the experience to help you.
Owning a car dealership in the state of Indiana can be tricky if you do not know which laws apply to you. If you are thinking about opening a car lot in Indianapolis then you need to be sure you know all of the guidelines and laws that pertain to Indianapolis law. At this point in time it is highly recommended that you find a lawyer that is dealing with car dealer services.
The First Steps
One of the most important things you’re going to do is find out what it takes to get a broker license in the state of Indiana. This might seem like a very hard thing to do, but if you do a simple search online through the state of Indiana’s website, you should be able to find out everything you need to know. If there is a number to call, then you should do so if you have any questions or concerns.
If you are opening a car lot, then it is highly recommended you find a lawyer that can represent your dealership. This particular lawyer must know Indianapolis law, so just in case there’s something that goes wrong with a sale, your lawyer is there to help assist and get the matter resolved fast. It is also a good idea to have your lawyer help draw up any type of final sales contract. You want to be sure any contract you are having a buyer sign is completely solid so that both parties are going to be protected.
Making sure your car dealership is a legit one with a solid reputation is very important in today’s economy. You must make sure you are fair, your prices are fair, and that any contract you have signed is legally binding.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to build a home in Indianapolis and that is a wonderful thing. Having the ability to create your own masterpiece you can call home is going to be a wonderful thing for your future. However, you need to be sure that you understand Indianapolis law when it comes to building permits. Most states will not let you just build without some type of permit.
Where To Find Information
A great place to start is by going to City Hall in Indianapolis. You need to find out what it takes to be able to build on your property. More than likely you are going to have to have some type of an inspector on your property to be sure that the piece of land is okay for a home built. If you have already retained a contractor, then your contractor can also help assist you in getting all the permits you are going to need. It is very important that you follow Indianapolis law so that you don’t have a problem when your home is completely built.
Obtaining Everything You Need
The most important thing you can do is make sure every permits and anything you do is legally built in the state of Indiana. The last thing you need is something to go wrong. You might even seek legal advice from a lawyer in regards to making sure everything is done correctly. A lawyer can steer you in the correct directions, and make sure you do not have any issues.
Once you are solid and know that your building is legal and you are ready to go. Then the fun begins in choosing whatever you want to put inside your new home. Enjoy your new home, and have a wonderful future.