TOTAL LOSS VEHICLE: WHAT NOW?

The general rule is that the measure of damages for a total loss vehicle is the price at which the vehicle can be sold at public sale or in the open market. Tatone v. Chin Bing (1936) 12 Cal.App.2d 543, 545-46. The judicial test of market value depends upon the fact that the property in question is marketable at a given price, which in turn depends upon the fact that sales of similar property have been, and are being, made at ascertainable prices. San Diego Water Co. v. San Diego (1897) 118 Cal. 556, 633.

California Civil Jury Instruction § 3902J provides further instructions regarding total loss compensation. But calculating the reasonable value of a total loss vehicle is complicated and can raise several issues. Most insurance companies hire a third party company to evaluate the total loss and the fair market value of the total loss vehicle. Therefore, it is important to understand what constitutes a fair compensation before getting ready to bat with the adversary, whether it is your own insurance company or the at-fault party’s carrier. Here are some factors to consider when evaluating a total loss report:

  1. Finding Comparable Vehicles

The first place everyone goes to check the price of their vehicle is the Kelley Blue Book. Although the Kelley Blue Book is a great place to start to get an idea of what a total loss vehicle would be valued, the Kelley Blue Book does not consider several other factors, including recent purchases and public auctions, additional components, recent modifications, etc. as required by California law. After getting a starting point from Kelley Blue Book, the next thing to do is to find comparable vehicles that are being sold within fifty to a hundred miles from the residence of the owner of the vehicle. There are dozens of websites including Edmunds, Autotraders, and Cars.com that can assist in locating them. It is best to find four to six comparable vehicles.

Make sure that the comparable vehicles are the same year, make, model, and have similar mileage. If there are none that are similar, it is possible to make the argument fore vehicles within one to two years and the mileage that is not too far apart. Another important factor is to make sure that the vehicles have the same history – if the vehicle was purchased as a certified pre-owned vehicle from a dealership, make sure the comparable vehicles are also certified pre-owned. If the vehicle was never involved in an accident, make sure the comparable vehicles do not have a history of second-hand parts, which would decrease their value. If there are none with the same history, make sure to raise the argument during negotiations. Also, factor in the use of the vehicle. If the driver of the vehicle is a student or an employee who makes long trips, the wear and tear on the vehicle will be different compared to someone who uses the vehicle in a city and is often stuck in stop-and-go traffic.

  1. Factoring in Additional Parts & Modifications

Tires need to be replaced between 25,000 to 60,000 miles, depending the use. Brakes are changed every 30,000 to 70,000 and brake pads are changed every 25,000 to 60,000 miles. Most new vehicles undergo maintenance checks every 10,000 to 20,000 miles. Make sure that if the tires, brakes, brake pads, or other components of the vehicle were recently changed prior to the collision, to include a copy of the receipt when making the evaluation. If there is no receipt use similar parts and include a copy. This will significantly change the value of the total loss vehicle.

Often times, people make modifications to their vehicles. This includes new rims, tints, an exhaust pipe, floor mats, child seats, booster seats, stereo equipment, roof rack, surf rack, etc. If anything was added to the total loss vehicle, find the receipt or a comparable model, and also include it.

  1. Factoring in Warranty

If there was a warranty purchased at the time the vehicle was purchased, the owner is entitled to compensation for the remaining years left on the warranty. This calculation must be done by apportionment. For example, if a ten year warranty was purchased and the vehicle was totaled after five years, then compensation should be received for the remaining five years.

  1. Factoring in Your Deductible

If the owner of the vehicle’ insurance company is making the claim and liability is yet to be determined, chances are the insurance company will subtract the deductible from the total loss payout. Do not be hesitant to ask the insurance company to waive the deductible given the circumstances surrounding the collision.

  1. When Your Vehicle is a Lease vs. a Purchase

If the vehicle was purchased, as discussed above, the owner of the vehicle will receive compensation for the full value of the fair market value. However, if the vehicle was a lease, make sure that the insurance company is aware and that they receive a copy of the most recent statement from the lienholder. Once there is a final agreement for the value of the total loss vehicle, the lienholder will be compensated for the remaining loan and the balance will be issued directly to the vehicle owner.

  1. Processing Fees

Do not forget – the insurance company must also pay the sales tax of the vehicle, licensing fee, and any DMV related transfer fees.

It’s not as simple as it sounds.

Lawyers are not experts in math but they are experts in the law. Figuring out a reasonable settlement for a vehicle deemed a total loss by an insurance company is more complicated than described above. Many other factors must also be taken into consideration. Insurance companies are aware of those factors and will often oversee them. In other situations, if a Lawyer is not involved in the negotiations, there is no pressure for the insurance companies to increase their offer once it has been set. Given the severity of the collision, this might be a negotiation no one would want to deal with.

It is important to understand the extent of the damages and what can be recovered based on the specific facts surrounding the claim. It is just as important to consult an attorney in your state immediately following a collision to better understand and protect your legal rights. Do not wait, never hesitate, and reach out to a professional who is ready to work for you.

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Jonathan Bakhsheshian, Esq.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

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California Civil Code § 3281 states in pertinent part, “every person who suffers detriment from the unlawful act or omission of another, may recover from the person in fault a compensation in money, which is called damages.” California law limits recovery to actual harm caused to the victim. Those damages are divided into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.

A. Economic Damages

Economic damages includes “objectively verifiable monetary losses” which includes past and future medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, lost earning capacity, and loss of use of real property. California Civil Code § 1431(b)(1). The amount recoverable for medical care and services must be reasonably and attributable to the injuries suffered from the incident. However, when determining future medical costs, the calculation can get difficult, since the medical treatment has not yet occurred. Typically, an attorney will consult with an expert in the field to evaluate your injuries to determine any future medical care and assign a reasonable value to the care.

The same applies for future lost earnings and lost earning capacity. Attorneys will consult with expert economist to determine the amount of lost wages and the reduced capacity to earn a salary. Loss of use of real property is determined by the cost to rent the similar item of personal property. For example, a rental company may charge $30.00 a day to rent a compact size vehicle. The courts will often rely on such information to determine the loss of use of personal property.

B. Non-economic Damages

Contrary to economic damages, non-economic damages includes “subjective non-monetary losses” which includes pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, injury to reputation, and humiliation. California Civil Code § 1431(b)(2). Emotional injuries includes mental injuries such as fear, insomnia, grief, worry, inconvenience and the loss of enjoyment of life.

Calculating non-economic damages can be very difficult. One way to evaluate the value of your non-economic damages is by multiplying the economic damages. For example, if the economic damages are approximately $10,000.00, the non-economic damages can be a multiplied by five and the average amount of non-economic damages can be $50,000.00. Getting an exact amount is difficult and requires rationale supporting the estimated amount. Lawyers will often consult with experts in the field to determine a reasonable amount and will argue with insurance companies and attorneys to justify their clients’ position.

C. Contributory Negligence

It has been a long policy of the California courts that if the party to a claim was negligent at the time of the incident, the party may be apportioned a percentage of responsibility for the harm. If the party making the claim for injuries is found to have been at fault, then the jury will decide the percentage of responsibility to that party and the defendant, and reduce the total damages by the percentage of responsibility. For example, if the jury finds that the Plaintiff is 20% responsible for an incident, but finds the Defendant 80% liable and awards Plaintiff $2,000,000.00, then the gross verdict will be reduced to $1,600,000.00.

It’s not as simple as it sounds.

Damages are limited but the type of damages is very case specific. Some personal injury actions, such as wrongful death actions, allow for the recovery of burial costs. Other personal injury actions allow for costs of repair or replacement for any damage to property, loss of employment, and loss of business or employment opportunities. Given the severity of an incident, a party may even recover for the lost earning capacity and loss of ability to provide household services. Others allow for the recovery of emotional distress, even when the party making the claim was not directly harmed by the incident.

It is important to understand the extent of your damages and what can be recovered based on the specific facts surrounding the claim. It is just as important to consult an attorney in your state immediately following an incident to better understand and protect your legal rights. Do not wait, never hesitate, and reach out to a professional who is ready to serve your needs.

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Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered to 18 in California?

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All 50 US states have set their minimum drinking age to 21 although exceptions do exist on a state-by-state basis.
Considering health risks, accidents, DUI, analyses found higher legal drinking ages associated with lower alcohol consumption, 18 is the age of adulthood and more.
 
Would you support reducing the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from 21 to 18?
Lawyers help resolve DUI cases and doctors save lives but they all hope to see less of those. Keeping the roads safe is a goal we all share. Can we reduce this problem by changing the legal age of alcohol consumption?

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Here are some 14 pros and cons details with various statistics put together by ProCon.  It will help you learn about aspects of this subject that you might not have considered before.

Pro Arguments

18 is the age of adulthood in the United States, and adults should have the right to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption.

Turning 18 entails receiving the rights and responsibilities of adulthood to vote, smoke cigarettes, serve on juries, get married, sign contracts, be prosecuted as adults, and join the military – which includes risking one’s life

Con Arguments

Lowering MLDA 21 would be medically irresponsible.

Alcohol consumption can interfere with development of the young adult brain’s frontal lobes, essential for functions such as emotional regulation, planning, and organization. When alcohol consumption interferes with this early adult brain development, the potential for chronic problems such as greater vulnerability to addiction, dangerous risk-taking behavior, reduced decision-making ability, memory loss, depression, violence, and suicide is greater

Allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to drink alcohol in regulated environments with supervision would decrease unsafe drinking activity.

Prohibiting this age group from drinking in bars, restaurants, and other licensed locations causes them to drink in unsupervised places such as fraternity houses or house parties where they may be more prone to binge drinking and other unsafe behavior.

Lowering MLDA 21 to 18 will irresponsibly allow a greater segment of the population to drink alcohol in bars and nightclubs, which are not safe environments.

76% of bars have sold alcohol to obviously intoxicated patrons, and about half of drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or killed as alcohol-involved drivers in traffic crashes did their drinking at licensed establishments. Neighborhoods with higher densities of bars, nightclubs, and other alcohol-selling locations suffer more frequent assaults and other violent crimes.

Traffic accidents and fatalities are most common among newly-legal drinkers, regardless of the MLDA.

In 2009, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .08 or higher – 35 percent.  Any increase in traffic accidents or fatalities in 18- to 20-year-olds would be offset by a decrease for those 21 and older.

The right to drink should have a higher age of initiation because of the dangers posed by drinking.

Many rights in the United States are conferred on citizens at age 21 or older. A person cannot legally purchase a handgun, gamble in a casino (in most states), or adopt a child until age 21, rent a car (for most companies) at age 25, or run for President until age 35. Drinking should be similarly restricted due to the responsibility required to self and others.

There are fewer drunk driving traffic accidents and fatalities in many countries with MLDA of 18.

Although the United States increased the MLDA to 21 in 1984, its rate of traffic accidents and fatalities in the 1980s decreased less than that of European countries whose legal drinking ages are lower than 21.

MLDA 21 reduces traffic accidents and fatalities.

100 of the 102 analyses (98%) in a 2002 meta-study of the legal drinking age and traffic accidents found higher legal drinking ages associated with lower rates of traffic accidents. [19] The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that MLDA 21 decreased the number of fatal traffic accidents for 18- to 20-year-olds by 13% and saved approximately 27,052 lives from 1975-2008.

The decrease in drunk driving fatalities as a percentage of total traffic fatalities in the United States does not correlate to the MLDA.

Since 1982, two years prior to the Uniform Drinking Age Act establishing an MLDA of 21, a decline of drunk driving fatalities occurred across all age groups and demographic categories, and therefore cannot be reliably attributed to MLDA 21.

MLDA 21 reduces alcohol consumption.

In a 2002 meta-study, 87% of the analyses found higher legal drinking ages associated with lower alcohol consumption.  In 2009, the NHTSA found that the percentage of weekend nighttime drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher declined from 5.4% in 1986 (two years after the MLDA was raised to 21) to 2.2% in 2007.

Lowering MLDA from 21 to 18 would diminish the thrill of breaking the law to get a drink.

Normalizing alcohol consumption as something done responsibly in moderation will make drinking alcohol less of a taboo for young adults entering college and the workforce.

MLDA 21 should not be lowered to mirror European drinking age limits because the rate of drinking among US teenagers is lower than most European countries.

US teenagers also show equal or lower rates of intoxication/binge drinking than do adolescents from most European countries, and most European countries report higher rates of intoxication and binge drinking for youth under 13.

MLDA 21 is largely ineffective because the majority of teens continue to consume alcohol.

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, underage drinking accounts for 17.5% ($22.5 billion) of consumer spending for alcohol in the United States. In 2006, 72.2% of twelfth graders reported drinking alcohol at some point in their lives.

MLDA 21 laws reduce the number of underage drinkers.

The percentage of underage drinkers has decreased since 1984 when most MLDA 21 laws came into effect.  Studies indicate that when the drinking age is 21, those younger than 21 drink less and continue to drink less through their early 20s, and that youth who do not drink until they are 21 tend to drink less as adults.

High non-compliance with MLDA 21 promotes general disrespect and non-compliance with other areas of US law.

MLDA 21 encourages young adults to acquire and use false identification documents to procure alcohol. In this era of national security concerns, including terrorism, illegal immigration, and other threats, it would be better to have fewer fake IDs in circulation and more respect for the law.

MLDA 18 is not a right.

A US district court ruled on Dec. 22, 1978 that MLDA 21 is “reasonably related to a state objective of reducing highway crashes,” and that MLDA 21 withstands a constitutional challenge on three key legal issues: (1) drinking alcohol is not a “fundamental” right guaranteed by the Constitution, (2) age is not inherently a “suspect” criteria for discrimination (in contrast to race or ethnicity, for example) and (3) using the drinking age to prevent highway crashes has a “rational basis” in available scientific evidence.

MLDA 21 enforcement is not a priority for many law enforcement agencies.

Police are inclined to ignore or under-enforce MLDA 21 because of resource limitations, statutory obstacles, perceptions that punishments are inadequate, and the time and effort required for processing and paperwork. An estimated two of every 1,000 occasions of illegal drinking by youth under 21 results in an arrest.

The American public overwhelmingly supports MLDA 21.

A 2007 Gallup poll found that 77% of Americans would oppose a federal law that lowers the drinking age in all states to age 18.   Numerous state and national surveys dating from the 1970s (when states were raising the legal drinking age) through the present have shown overwhelming public support for MLDA 21.

MLDA 21 is not statistically associated with lower rates of suicide, homicide, or vandalism.

In a 2002 meta-study of the legal drinking age and health and social problems, 72% of the studies found no statistically significant relationship despite claims that lowering the MLDA to 18 would increase suicide and criminal activities by adolescents.

Lowering MLDA 21 would give high schoolers and even middle schoolers easier access to alcohol.

Newly-legal drinkers often purchase alcohol for their underage peers, creating a “trickle-down” effect. Surveys show that the most common source of alcohol among 18- to 20-year olds is their 21- to 24-year-old peers.

Drinking alcohol is an enjoyable activity.

18- to 20-year-old adults should not be denied that enjoyment when other pleasurable activities are legal at age 18.

MLDA 21 helps prevent underage binge drinking.

Binge drinking peaks among 21- to 25-year-olds at 45.9%, while the binge drinking rates of those aged 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, and 18-20 are 1.5%, 7.8%, 19.4%, and 35.7% respectively.

Lowering MLDA 21 would reduce the number of underage people who are hurt from alcohol-related injuries or accidents due to fear of legal consequences if they sought medical attention.

MLDA 21 exerts valuable social pressure on potential underage drinkers and those who may serve them.

Youth may choose not to drink, or to drink less often, because of decreased social acceptability or increased risks from parental or legal authorities. Older youth and adults may furnish alcoholic beverages to minors less frequently, and licensed alcohol outlets may sell to minors less frequently, because of their perceptions that it is illegal, morally wrong, or because they might be caught.

State governments should have the right to establish a lower legal drinking age that reflects their unique demographics, legal context, and history.

The Uniform Drinking Act, which compelled states to set the legal drinking age at 21 by withholding ten percent of highway funding from states that kept the minimum legal drinking age at 18, is an example of federal government overreach into state affairs. Many states that were happy with their MLDA 18 bowed to federal pressure rather than lose millions in annual highway funds.

The MLDA should stay at 21 because people tend to be more mature and responsible at 21 than 18.

18-year-olds are typically entering a new phase of independence from their parents through college or the workforce, and are more susceptible to binge drinking, risky sexual activity, and other irresponsible behavior due to lack of maturity.

Lowering MLDA 21 would be good for the economy.

More people would legally be able to drink in bars, restaurants, and other licensed establishments. Revenue would increase for private business owners, and greater amounts of tax revenue would be collected by the government.

Lowering the drinking age will invite more use of illicit drugs among 18-21 year olds.

A peer-reviewed study from the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs found that the younger a person begins to drink alcohol the more likely it is that they will use other illicit drugs. Lowering MLDA 21 would increase the number of teens who drink and therefore the number of teens who use other drugs.

“Mom! I Had an Accident” – The Lawyer Story You Can Relate To

Yesterday, I was Car #2 in a seven-car accident on Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles, but I really don’t know what to do. We called the Police, and we all (… that is, all 7 cars … there was an 8th car, that caused the pile-up, but they sped away …) waited there for more than 45 minutes but the Police never came. Perhaps, when the “911” Operator asked, was anyone hurt, I should have said “YES,” but instead, I said “I don’t think so … “

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Today, I wish I had a Car Accident Attorney “lined-up.” The truth is, I’ve never used an Attorney, and I have no idea who to call. Right now, I’m calling miscellaneous friends, asking, “have you ever been in a car accident,” and did you use an attorney. Sometimes, I’m just leaving voicemail messages. It’s silly to even think about it, but I really wish I had done this research before my car accident happened !

My neck, shoulder and back are stiffening up, and beginning to hurt. Hopefully, this is no big deal, but I’m thinking that I should go to a Chiropractor or some kind of doctor. But same story here … I really don’t know who to go to. I go to a Family Medical Clinic, and I’ve made an appointment, but they can’t see me until Friday. I know … I could go to the Emergency Room at a Hospital or Urgent Care, but I still don’t feel quite right treating this as an “Emergency.” Again, it’s really silly, but I wish I had a list of Chiropractors. I guess if I’d lined up a Car Accident Attorney before, I could call them right now, and get a referral to a Chiropractor that would treat me for free, and get paid after the insurance companies sort this out.

I’ve called my own insurance company, and reported the accident. I got the insurance information from the Driver in front of me, and behind me, but I don’t know what to do …. Am I supposed to call their insurance companies, or does my company do that ? A Car Accident Attorney would know the answer !

Here’s what I’m thinking … right away, I knew to call “911.” At my kids school, they have a list of numbers to call right away, if there’s a problem.
I really should have an “Emergency List,” with the names and numbers of a couple of Car Accident Attorneys, a couple of Chiropractors, my Family Medical Clinic number, a list of friends with cars, that could come pick me up, if I can’t drive, but don’t want to call an Ambulance. I am going to make sure I’m better prepared in the future … starting with a reliable referral to a really Good Car Accident Attorney !

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What if You Misdialed? or, Had Long Nails? – Calling a Lawyer with a Dial Telephone

Compare the diversity and capabilities of today’s phones and you would astonish the mind of anyone traveling in time from the mid 80’s. Not such a far distance on the waves of time but look at what we have accomplished. Our now “Smart” phones are more culturally integrated to our society than religion. Such a small device and yet punches through almost every aspect of our lives.

Not long ago, phones did one thing, gave us the ability to speak and listen to someone on the opposite side of the communication line. Calling involved using your finger (the index in most cases) to turn a circular dial to achieve the proper sequence. More often than non, we misdialed and what we had to do next was most annoying: Start Over! Yes it is true (for all you who are too young to know or remember). In today’s “Smart” phone you can go back and delete a number very quickly but with a dial telephone, you had to hangup the line, pick the headset again and start dialing.

Now days, calling a lawyer, can be as easy as verbally asking the phone to perform the task, hands free. It can even search for the Nearest Personal Injury Lawyer if need to purely magic to our time traveler.

Yellow pages! do you remember those heavy bulky monster books layered with thousands of thin paper?

That’s what we had to deal with. The font was so small you could easily misdialed to your attorney.

Our old dial telephone was a great tool for many years indeed but, it was “cramping-our-style”. 

 

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Long finger nails were the greatest challenge. Back in the day and even now, ladies who pick a job involving intense use of their fingertips know very well whats at stake.

You make them long and soon enough the glory, will be short or chipped away with a tear in the eye.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PROPERTY DAMAGE CLAIM

After being involved in an auto collision, the law requires the responsible to compensate the injured for all the harm that they caused. Generally, compensation is divided into a property claim and an injury claim.

A- Vehicle Repair

Damages to the vehicle are covered under the property portion of the claim. Insurance Code § 758 provides that an insurance company cannot require the vehicle to be repaired at any specific body shop. The claimant is entitled to repair the vehicle at a body shop of their choosing. If the claimant is covered by comprehensive coverage, then the claimant’s insurance will pay for the repairs, minus any applicable deductible. Once the repairs are complete, if the other party’s insurance company has accepted liability, then the claimant’s insurance may waive the deductible fee. Alternatively, if the claimant must pay the deductible out of pocket, the claimant will be able to recover the out of pocket expense from the other driver once liability has been established.

B- Rental/Loss of Use

During the time that the vehicle is being repaired, a rental car may be needed. If the claimant is covered by a rental policy, their insurance company will cover the rental vehicle based off of the agreed coverage amount. If the claimant is not covered by a rental clause and must pay out of pocket for the rental, the claimant will have a claim for reimbursement for the out of pocket rental expenses from the other driver. The rental rate must generally be at a reasonable amount comparable to the damaged vehicle, rented only during the time of the repairs, and does not include reimbursement for additional insurance purchased from the rental company. Typically, if the other party has accepted liability, but the claimant does not have rental coverage, direct pay may be requested by the other driver’s insurance company without requiring the claimant to pay out of pocket.

In certain situations, the claimant involved in a collision may not need a rental vehicle or may an alternative method of transportation. In these situations, the claimant can make a claim for loss of use of their damaged vehicle. A claim for loss of use compensates the claimant for the time that they were not able to use their vehicle during the repairs. Often times, this rate is equivalent to the rate of a comparable rental vehicle.

C- Other Property Damage

Other claims included in the property portion include items damaged during the collision. Insurance Code § 11580.011 requires the insurer to replace a car seat or reimburse the claimant for the cost of purchasing a new car seat if it was in use by a child during the collision or if it sustained a covered loss while in the vehicle. The claimant has the option to give the replaced car seat to their nearest California Highway Patrol office.

Depending on the auto coverage the claimant and the other driver(s) have, there may be additional property damage claims asserted. Other complexities may arise depending on the specific facts of the collision. Auto insurance policies can be very confusing, but it is important to understand the coverage and how the coverage protects the claimant in case of a collision. It is important to consult an attorney in your state immediately following a collision to better understand your legal rights.

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When reading this article, the reader must understand that there is no Attorney-Client relationship between the reader and the posting attorney.  An attorney-client relationship is established only when there is either a Contract between the parties, or a private, confidential meeting and/or communications between the Attorney and the client.

 

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What Type of Chocolate is Your Lawyer?

What Type of Chocolate is Your Lawyer?

What Type of Chocolate is Your Lawyer?

 

To say that lawyers are somehow related to chocolate would spark a long challenging argument in court and on the streets of Los Angeles. Most likely the best lawyer will win and declare their own favorite brand as the best pick.

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Here is the scenario we wish to speak with you about: If you are not already a lawyer, try to imagine you are, just for a few moments. Settle into that job description with all of its potential luxuries: Big office towering above Los Angeles, fancy car, lucrative vacations and the one most important of them all: Unlimited supply of your favorite chocolate. Considering your chocolate-love is locked on one type or brand, which will you choose for your desktop ice breaker? Hershey Kisses, M&M? or, a more refined and well designed like Lindor Truffles, Godiva or some of those yummy gold foil wrapped treasure, Ferrero Rocher?

Perhaps you might even go farther up the list of quality cocoa brands, the top-notch of chocolate heaven. They are lavishly mesmerizing and of course very expen$ive. But of course at your hourly rate as the Best Lawyer in Los Angeles you can afford it, if not for your office guests than surly to stow your private stash hidden at the top locked cabinet.

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To name a few of those lavish brands, we turned the wisdom of top sweet-tooth junkies in our nation: From the land of aged cheese and chocolate delectable Switzerland is at the top of the list – DeLafée. Because of their sensual chocolate experience the Swiss chocolates are famous around the globe. The DeLafée is a taste buds “orchestra” delivered in the golden wrapper and called “Golden Truffle”. Your cost will be around $500 for one ball of deliciousness. Next comes Knipschildt Chocolatier’s Madeline truffle – Stuffed with a French Perigord truffle and crafted from 71-percent single-bean Ecuadorean dark-chocolate.. wow! The list goes on and on with names such as To’ak, Amedei’s Prendimé, Debauve & Gallais’s Le Livre and more.

As a top lawyer in your field you must make tough choices and stick to them for the win, picking your chocolate is no different.

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The Lawyer’s Guide to DATING Without Losing a Case

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Many lawyers in Los Angeles are lonely and very single. The fact of having spent most of their waking life digesting law books, has taken a toll on their social life. The goal of having a framed diploma hung on your office wall someday is the dangling carrot for lawyers, doctors, scientists and more.  But what happens during that long period of years where most of day time hours are dedicated to achieving their dream?  Are there enough minutes on their clock to fit in a date or a relationship?

Thanks to advancements in technology we now have dating websites and apps. Not long ago an app named Tinder took the world by storm. This smart phone app, is designed to show users compatible candidates for love based on distance, age and gender. Pictures and short descriptions allow the user to decide with a swipe of their finger, if they “Like” or “Don’t Like” the one showing. 

Now bear in mind that there are millions of singles out there in search for their true love and some, who belong to the temporary club, hence serial daters. Most of these singles are drawn to the popular generic apps and dating websites, which are designed for anyone over the age of 18. As a lawyer, doctor or in any other field, you want someone who you can relate to and better understand. Relating to someone based on culture is one thing but, it’s another when a lawyer wants to have a morning coffee talk with a partner who can speak the lingo. 

Lawyers don’t have to go the distance to find their best possible match, behold the lawyers’ dating websites.

Here are a few examples for lawyers choose from: lawyerflirts.com, lawyerdatingservice.com, lawyersinlove.com and more.

For doctors: marrydoctor.com, singledoctors.com

For scientist: sciconnect.com, datingforscientists.com, dating.newscientist.com/s/

Professionals in general: catch22dating.com, theleague.com, professionalmatch.com/ 

Things are looking bright for those lonely single lawyers after all. These services in most cases are free, with some offering a few extra features for a modest monthly membership fee. 

Are you a single lawyer or other professional who has a story to share? We want to hear about it.

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2016 Election Withdrawal & How to Cope With Post Addiction Symptoms

The newly elected president of the United States Of America 2016

Who will pay for our addiction problem because of this election?

Dear Hillary and Don,

    We are having the time of our lives and the level of excitement is shooting through the roof. Thanks to your gracious and constant delivery of a raw, unrefined and entertaining show, we have, as a nation conveyed this clear statement to the rest of the world: “We are the greatest reality show on earth” .

During the last two years, we have gone through a constant learning curve. The goal was to understand who will serve us better in the next 4 years as the Commander-‘n-Chief. (Perhaps 8? Yes. No. Maybe?).

As a nation, we love our spangled-stars, we make sure to follow every episode, article, tweet and announcement. It is the “bread and butter” of our emotional and mental well-being. We are amazed, that with such candor, you have managed to reach new heights. In fact, we can confidently say you two have reached the stratosphere. We can’t get enough of you, especially during your debates, you both performed exceptionally well?

The main challenge for us now is the looming date: Election day Tuesday, November 8. 2016. After that, you will no longer share the stage for a common goal. (sad)

We are starting to feel the possibility of anxiety and withdrawal. After all, it’s not at every election we get swept off our feet with such pizzazz, integrity and empowering words by presidential candidates.

What are we going to do? Who will guide us during those dreaded hours of emptiness after the election. A void we greatly fear that could make our way of life boring, pointless and drive us to brink of post addiction depression.

As a nation, that is already addicted to sugar, drugs and greasy yummy food, we should be pleased about the fact that one of you will still be available for us to “consume”. We just don’t know yet who, the one in office or the golden tower.

Either way, during the first weeks of 2017, we should be covered. Because some of the residual “flames” from this fun period in United States history, will be dissected by the media for our viewing pleasure. It will help us cope with our addiction (hopefully).

For closing, we get to the point?

Four years in an oval office, dealing with the most pressing matters of our country and world’s affairs. We hope, that whoever is handed this enormous privilege, knows what he or she is doing. Because we cannot afford another season. 

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Who Is The Funniest Lawyer? Vote Now

Lawyers play an important role in our society, but they also make us laugh and entertained by playing outrageous characters on the big screen.  

One of the most popular ones from recent years was “Liar Liar” (1997) Fletcher Reede, played by the hilarious Jim Carrey.  Fletcher a Los Angeles Lawyer working for a lucrative law firm falls under a spell which his son Max laid on him during the blowing of his birthday candles. This so called wish or spell, prevents his father from telling a lie for one whole day.  The effect of the spell on this best lawyer in the city is life changing and funny as hell. We all know Jim for his talents in making us laugh and in this movie he does just that, along with tons of crazy facial expressions.

Here is a scene taken for the cross examination of his client Samantha Cole:

 

Our second on the list is Mr Vinny Gambini in “My Cousin Vinny” (1992) played by Joe Pesci.  Trapped in a small town for the purpose of saving his cousin from going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit.  This town is in unusual one, it presents our unseasoned lawyer from the big city a series of challenges which are not associated with the case.  Joe Pesci is an amazing actor and he delivers one of his most highly rated comedy roles.  Being such a smart and street savvy young lawyer, contributed to his unusual and not so traditional method of winning a case.

There is a famous line out of that movie which involves the words “the two youths”, here it is:

 

 

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We come to the last on our list of choices which is a more recent one and in this case it involves two lawyers share the leading role “Wedding Crashers” (2005). John Beckwith played by Owen Wilson and Jeremy Grey by Vince Vaughn. Both great lawyers by day and expert wedding-crashers by night. Some have strange hobbies and these two nutcases are no different, it turned into a lifestyle because they were driven by the fact that weddings are a great avenue to meet single women. Their abuse comes to a halt as they land on the wedding of a lifetime were they each meet their dream girl and then faced with the twisted reality were they are forced to tell the truth by revealing their true identity. 

Here is the scene at that big wedding were it all started:

 

We have before you the top three choices to pick which is the funnies one of all:

  1. Liar Liar?

  2. My Cousin Vinny?

  3. The Wedding Crashers?

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The First LAwyer On Mars – Should We Send One Right Off The Bat?

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Aside from the fact that Elon Musk is looking for ways to overcome the basic challenges of landing humans on the red planet. We are buzzing to the micro possibility that one of the lucky first Human Martians could actually be a lawyer? Well, we have no facts to prove such possibility yet, but are sure that after Elon finds a way to get his Mars One spaceship to its destination in no more than 30 days of space travel and manage to protest his crew from the deadly radiation he could be faced with a whole other dilemma – Should there be a lawyer among his new settlers?

What do you think, should there be at least one lawyer?
If we do end up sending one, which type of lawyer will be best to start with?
Can we start a new society without the need of lawyers?

A USAF astronaut, test pilot, and combat veteran by the name of Richard E. Lawyer didn’t make it to space but he was the closest one to having any relationship to the trade by having a last name associated with the legal field. Lawyer was selected as one of the first astronauts to the Air Force’s classified Manned Orbital Laboratory.[2] The MOL program, canceled in 1969 before sending any astronauts into space, Richard Earl “Dick” Lawyer (November 8, 1932 – November 12, 2005) RIP.

We have scouted the net for more astronauts who were lawyers however, couldn’t find one. Should you know of one please let us know.

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The Wheel of Fortune Quiz Giveaway – Get it right and Win 200 Points!

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Today we are in midst of giving away Points. Not because we want to but because we have to. It part of a tradition on planet Lawyer during September of each year (Yes, we do share the same calendar months)

 

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Should you require my services, it would mean you have been physically, mentally and or emotionally hurt. You have the need or obligation to seek compensation from the so called liable party. Who am I?

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tvTRIVIA for Those Who are a Fans of – I Love Lucy – Nelson the Dog 1964

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Lucy Is Her Own _ _ _ _ _ _?

What is our beloved Lucy doing this time?
To stop Mr. Mooney’s dog Nelson from barking, Lucy takes him to court. Just as the court proceedings couldn’t get any worse, Lucy decides to cross examine Nelson, the dog.
Season 2 Episode 23
Episode aired 9 March 1964

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