July 2017 Archives

Is a lawyer's incompetence grounds for a legal malpractice claim?

People hire lawyers when their situations require legal expertise or skillful representation. When someone's life, future or finances are placed in the hands of a New York attorney, a lot may be riding on a successful resolution. If a client has limited knowledge of the law or legal procedures, it may be difficult for him or her to know when an attorney is not handling things well until the case ends badly. However, recognizing the signs that one is receiving ineffective counsel may help a plaintiff or defendant decide if there is a case for legal malpractice.

Musicians and new bands have intellectual property to protect

How many high school kids get together and make music in their parents' garages or basements? In the beginning, most of those kids likely expect they will make it big, cut a record and play their songs in front of stadium crowds. A few of the lucky ones achieve their dreams, and others may see success on a smaller scale. However, before introducing their art to the world, New York musicians are advised to take steps to protect their most important asset: their intellectual property.

What to do after a real estate contract error

You decided to sell your home a few years ago and took all the right steps to ensure a seamless transaction. You diligently worked and researched to hire the right real estate agent and attorney to make the deal complete. The attorney wrote and reviewed a contract while the real estate agent marketed and sold your home. Everything was good, right?

Jenner sisters accused of infringing on intellectual property

New York draws artists from all over the world because of the city's inspiration and opportunity. Writers, musicians, painters, filmmakers and photographers often make great sacrifices to produce their craft, and that makes them rightfully protective of their intellectual property. Moreover, the law protects such artists and their work from unauthorized use by someone else who seeks to make a profit. Kylie and Kendall Jenner may have just learned a valuable lesson about this area of law.

Could your attorney have committed legal malpractice?

It is only natural to be upset with your attorney when the outcome of your case is not what you expected. You may begin to wonder whether your attorney failed to do something that could have changed the outcome. Most attorneys take their responsibilities to their clients seriously, and just because your case did not go as you liked does not mean that your attorney committed legal malpractice. The only way to know is through an investigation regarding your attorney's activities during your case -- whether it took place in a New York criminal or civil court.

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