5 Of the Most Common Reasons for Hiring a Private Investigator

l20Many of us are familiar with the popular fictional image of the private investigator – a sleuth that spends all night on a stakeout to catch that cheating husband or dig up information that can help law enforcement agencies. Indeed in real life, private investigators can play a valuable role for many people.

There are many different types of situation that a private investigator can help in, ranging from dealing with deeply personal issues to strictly legal ones; here are five of the most common reasons that people hire these professionals to deliver expert advice and assistance when they need it the most.

The first reason is, perhaps unsurprisingly, to investigate allegations of infidelity of a spouse or partner. Many people who have had a partner cheat on them may be aware of their other half’s odd behavior or just simply feel instinctively that something is wrong, but hiring someone to find out if there is something behind this may be the only logical step.

This can be especially important in the case where the person hiring the investigator plans to seek a divorce if their partner

What Is Document Review Work

l19Document review involves checking litigation, mergers, acquisitions, and government internal audit records to extract useful information, and cull irrelevant or highly confidential details to prevent their disclosure to the opposing counsel. It is a process post e-discovery which extracts useful information relevant to the case.

Even though document review has created jobs and benefited attorneys and professionals, it has agitated them over issues related to work, time, compensation, and ethics. In traditional business settings, printed documents occupy significant space, thus clogging the workflow and making the job more tedious.

Understanding e-discovery process

E-discovery is a process of extracting crucial data related to the case and disqualifying the irrelevant ones; it aids in classifying and preserving important records. Even though the e-discovery process has benefited many firms in extracting information, some firms still keep paper records and follow manual discovery process.

Document coding

Document coding follows e-discovery and involves indexing of the e-discovered information based on key details such as author data, communication date, and cc recipients. It induces quick identification of information during the document review process, thus enabling faster delivery of justice.

Document review in litigation process

Litigation process starts

Bank Secrecy In Cyprus

l18Banking is one of the most important sectors of the economy since it influences investment and consumption. Confidentiality is a cornerstone element of an effective and efficient bank system. In Cyprus, bank secrecy is regulated by section 29 (1) of the Banking Law (66 (I)/97).

According to the provisions of section 29(1), it is prohibited for any member of administrative and management body, chief executive, director, manager, officer and employee of a bank, who has access to the records of the bank with regards to the account of any individual customer of that bank, to give, divulge, reveal or use for his/her benefit any information concerning the account of this client.

Moreover, section 29 (1) clarifies that members of administrative and management body, chief executives, directors, managers, officers and employees of a bank are not allowed to reveal or use any information regarding the accounts of bank’s clients during their employment and after the termination of their employment relationship with the bank.

Nevertheless, following the paragraph 29(2) of Law 66(I)/97, bank secrecy does not apply to some particular cases. An outstanding example of lifting bank secrecy is

5 Questions You Have to Ask Your Lawyer

l17Quality legal representation in any court is very important and in the end, it will determine if you will get a fair hearing or not. Finding a quality lawyer is not that difficult, but with the massive number of law firms available, you may want to take a step back and analyze your options very carefully before settling on a lawyer. The following are 5 questions that can help you consider a lawyer before assigning them your case:

1. How Long Have You Been Practicing?

Experience is one of the most important factors to consider when picking a lawyer. The last thing you want is an amateur handling your case. With this in mind, knowing how long a lawyer has been practicing is very important. Preferably, you should go for an attorney that has been practicing for at least five years.

2. Have You Ever Represented A Case Similar To Mine?

It is also vital to know that the lawyer you have chosen has enough expertise to meet the demands of your case. Although sometimes it may be a little difficult to find a lawyer who has handled

What You Should Always Do After A Car Accident

l16Being involved in a car accident often places people in state of shock. With adrenaline rushing through your body, it can be difficult to make calm and rational decisions. What you do immediately after these events have occurred, however, can have a serious impact on their outcome. Following are some of the most important steps to take for ensuring human safety and your long-term, financial well-being.

Make sure that everyone in your car is okay. Be sure to put your car in park and turn the ignition off. Minor details like these are often overlooked as the result of shock and panic, however, they are necessary for ensuring that no additional damage is done to vehicles and no further injuries are sustained.

Check on the passengers in the other car and make sure that they are in an acceptable condition as well. If emergency response services are required, contact these professionals immediately. If you are not trained in the administration of first aid, see if any passersby are willing to help.

It is important for each driver to share his or her auto insurance information. Make sure

Competition Law and the Role of Competition Lawyers

l15Competition law is a branch of law that promotes or seeks to maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies. This field of law is designed to promote free and fair competition. ‘Competition’ in simple terms means the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others. ‘Competition’ is typically referred to a situation in the market in which firms or sellers independently strive for the buyers’ patronage in order to achieve a particular business objective. The companies and firms must refrain themselves from anti-competitive business practices. The advantages of a perfect are three fold: allocative efficiency, which ensures the effective allocation of resources, productive efficiency, which ensures that costs of production are kept at a minimum and dynamic efficiency, which promotes innovative practices.

Competition Law in India

The history of competition law in India dates back to the 1960s when the first competition law, namely the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act (MRTP) was enacted in 1969. But after the economic reforms in 1991, this legislation was found to be obsolete in view of international economic

Strange Legal System

l14Laws are peculiar in their own ways and for the reasons best known to the judicial system of India. The experiences faced with the real life are presented here to understand the gravity of the problems faced by the people.

In a cheque bounce case, the court postponed the hearing on several occasions for one or other reason. Each time, the banker promptly attended the case as a witness to the duel.

When a bank filed a suit for recovery of the delinquent loan, the defaulter was not summoned first, but the plaintiff was asked to give a declaration. Moreover, this hearing also took place after adjourning earlier for the reason the judge went on leave. In another incident, the hearing was deferred to another date when the witness did not turn up.

It is regrettable that the witnesses are examined as if they are involved in the offense, frauds or embezzlement. They are made to stand for hours together. Moreover, the hearings are adjourned without any valid reasons thus forcing them to attend the court on different dates, sometimes even spread over several years. Why not

6 Must Have Traits of A Good Lawyer

l13Lawyers undoubtedly are one of the most prestigious professions these days and the demand for these professionals are exponentially increasing with each passing day. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone can aspire to make a name for themselves in this profession.

If you are looking to hire one of these professions, there are certain qualities which you should look forward to. These qualities are:-

    • Good communication skills: Needless to say, professionals in the legal field should be both articulate orally as well as have proper written communication skills. In order to place their argument with judges and juries, having necessary public speaking skills are imperative. In addition to this, they also should have good writing skills because they will need to prepare several legal documents from time to time. But that’s not all, in order to properly analyse and solve their client’s problems; they should also be a good listener.

 

    • Proper judgement: Every professional in this field should be able to draw conclusions on the basis of the information they have. From properly spotting loopholes in the opposition’s argument to considering judgements based on your points

6 Myths About UAV Laws

l12UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are one of the most highly talked about devices at the moment. They are known by many names, most commonly drones. While most people know about UAVs, there is still a major learning curve that still needs to be overcome by the public. There are certain rules and regulations for operating UAV, however, many people are not aware about these rules and are therefore misinformed. Thus, several common myths have emerged regarding UAVs and their usage.

Myth #1: The control of airspace below 400 feet is not in the hands of the FAA

Fact: All the airspace is controlled by the FAA. The FAA controls any space above the ground and this is to keep US airspace safe. This myth may have been originated due to the rule that all manned aircraft must never come down below 500 feet.

Myth #2: It is okay to operate UAS flights commercially on a private property if you are following model aircraft guidelines

Fact: In 2007, there was published a notice in PDF format that can be used as clarification on this matter. The rule says

What Sets Great Lawyers Apart From the Rest

l11Abraham Lincoln once said that a lawyer “has a superior opportunity of being a good person. There will be business enough.” The requirements for obtaining the professional distinction have changed considerably since Lincoln’s time. While he was only required to obtain an Illinois court document vouching for his “moral character,” today’s attorneys typically undertake several years of rigorous study and must pass difficult exams to practice their skill professionally. However, Lincoln’s sentiment can serve as a grounding principle for legal professionals. Above all, lawyers must trust in the law’s ability to maintain and improve society and act as an agent for justice. That said, the modern attorney needs a very specific skill set that includes the following essential qualities.

Negotiation

The ability to negotiate is arguably the most coveted skill a litigator can possess. Crushing the competition may be the chosen approach of a business leader or athletic coach, but it’s unlikely to yield the best result in a legal dispute. A talented negotiator takes the expectations of all parties into account and positions him or herself creatively to achieve an outcome that everyone can live

Types and Examples of Larceny

l10When someone is talking about larceny crimes they are talking about the crimes that are associated with personal property. Property has two different titles, which are personal or real. Personal property is any real property that has been cut from the ground. Personal property can become a real property if it becomes attached to the ground. Real property is any property that is affixed to the ground like an apartment or house. The definition of larceny is liable to definition changes that are determined by severance or attachment. When someone is charged with crimes against property, it means a crime in which the defendant acquires property which belongs to someone else. These can include extortion, receipt of stolen property, larceny, false pretenses, robbery.

If you are charged with larceny it means that you have illegally taken of someone’s property, with the intention of permanently dispossessing the owner of their property. It could be goods or money. There are many different forms of larceny, which can include:

• Petty-this is where the property amounting to a smaller prices is being stolen. For a crime to be considered

How To Access Court Records Paper And Electronic Files

l9Whether you are a law student or just interested in obtaining a court record to check some information, knowing how to access records is important. Access to these records are generally available to the public and are often considered as public records. That said, not all records may contain the information that one needs to see as the court may seal certain parts of the court proceedings especially if the case involves a juvenile.

Electronic Access – What is PACER?

As paper files becomes cumbersome, many government agencies are now switching to electronic database. The Public Access to Court Electronic Records or PACER is the US’ centralized electronic database that has court cases and docket information from different courts in the state such as the appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. Terminals are setup in the court clerk’s office and are available to the public. The information obtained inside the court office is free however; one would need to pay certain fee for printouts. If the records are from the Federal Records Center and one is interested to view the documents, a fee is also requested. Records

Anti Piracy Law In Cyprus

l8Cyprus is one of the most important maritime locations in the world. Precisely, Cyprus is the third biggest maritime fleet in the EU and the tenth biggest fleet in the world. The ideal geographical location of Cyprus between Europe, Asia and Africa and the considerable tax incentives constitute the island a market leader in ship management activities. Shipping is one of the most important sectors of the Cyprus economy. Therefore, maritime security is an essential topic that needs to be addressed. That is to say, it is mandatory for ship-owners to protect their vessels when sailing to dangerous areas.

The Protection of Cyprus Flag Ships from Acts of Piracy and other Unlawful Acts Law (77(I) 2012) provides the necessary legal guidelines for Ship owners, Bareboat Charterers and Ship-managers concerning the measures they need to take when they sail to High-Risk Areas and how they can employ private armed security personnel. In addition, it provides a legal framework concerning the engagement of Private Ship Security Companies (PSSC). It should be mentioned that the Law 77(I)/2012 is applicable internationally.

Security and Protection of the Ships:

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When Should You Consider Hiring a Private Investigator

l7There are times you should consider turning to an investigator for help, and other times when a private investigator is really not what you need. Here are a few guidelines for you.

Good Indicators that You Can Use a Private Investigator’s Help

1. You’re a Lawyer.

Attorneys often use investigators to track down any details that the police might have missed when working on a case. The police represent the prosecutors, not the defense, so if an attorney believes she can find evidence that refutes the charges, she’ll hire a private investigator to root out the truth. Or, if the plaintiff believes that the police are purposely or accidentally failing to do a proper investigation, a private investigator can be used.

2. You Suspect Your Spouse is Cheating.

This is an unfortunate occurrence, but it has to be dealt with. Often, a spouse who is disenchanted with the marriage will seek an affair but hang on to the marriage for financial gain. It’s a sticky situation and because no actual crime is being committed by the simple act of adultery, the police don’t want to get involved. There could

Secure Your Documents Now

l6We all want our lives to be in order, and when we document the correct bits of information and find the proper storage modality for them, we create order and peace of mind.

Here are some categories of information you’ll need to store and where.

Life Records – Store in Safe Deposit Box

These are records that would be hard to replace if lost, and in some cases, could be harmful if in the wrong hands. For example, it might not be terribly difficult to replace a government ID card such as the social security cards provided in the U.S., but an identity thief would be delighted to have yours.

Here are some examples of life records: Birth, Death, Marriage, Naturalization, Military Service, Adoption, Divorce, and Dissolution records. In the USA, Social Security and Medicare cards.

Other examples include proof of ownership: Titles to house, car, boat, or camper are included here. You also may have proof of authenticity for paintings, works of art, or jewelry. You may have a copyright for a book or other intellectual property, or a patent for something you invented. You also may be

Five Things a Private Investigator Should Not Do for You

l5A Private Investigator has an interesting niche. Categorized as neither police nor entirely civilian, a PI can do certain things that police and civilians can’t. Let’s explore some of the things your PI should NOT be doing for you. If you find that he or she is, get out of your contract with them as quickly as you can and terminate the relationship.

1. A Private Investigator Can’t Break the Law.

For many people who believe everything they see on TV, a PI is a mysterious character who can take great liberties with the law in their country or jurisdiction. You’ve probably seen PI’s kidnap, hold people by force, beat up people to get them to talk, bribe officers, break into buildings, impersonate persons of authority to get others to talk, break into windows, photograph records without a warrant, etc. Basically, if it’s against the law, a PI can’t do it, even though there are certain privileges in some countries that come with being a PI.

2. A Private Investigator Can’t Wiretap and Is Not a Spy.

It’s illegal to record phone calls and conversations without informing the

Revenge Photos

l4Because of technology being what it is, new crimes emerge from time to time, and one of the new crimes that hasn’t been completely absorbed into the various criminal justice systems around the world is that of the revenge photo.

This is the misuse of nude or provocative pictures taken and exchanged between two people in a loving relationship. After the relationships splits up, one partner uses these photos to humiliate the other one.

For example, a lady that was known as Sandra found out one day that her ex-boyfriend had viciously posted nude photos of her on Facebook! The photos went viral and were shared across many social media platforms. Once the cat’s out of the bag in social media, you can’t control how many places the photo can show up, and this can go on indefinitely.

In some areas, there are laws against posting this kind of photo even if nude or pornographic photos are allowed on a particular platform, because the “model” did not consent to having the pictures displayed publicly. In one case, the laws were so lax that the woman who was

The Injustice Of Jury Duty

l3If you commit a crime, you have the right to a fair trial in which the court decides whether the government has the right to lock you up. But if you don’t commit a crime, the government has the right to “lock” you up (in a jury room) against your will and force you to render a decision as to whether the government has the right to lock up some one else who has committed a crime. Is there something wrong with this picture?

Jury duty is essentially community service for people who haven’t committed a crime.

About a half million people a year in New York State alone are subjected to jury duty. A great portion of them do not want to serve. To many of them it’s everything from a gross inconvenience to a physical hardship to emotional torment. And all this, for what? A voluntary jury system would do just as well as, if not better than, a mandatory jury system.

We have a robust military despite the fact that it’s voluntary and despite its inherent dangers. Why does anyone think people would not

How to Protect Your Prized Car Under Lemon Law

l2Have you noticed your car facing the same performance issue multiple number of times, and that too within the warranty period? Even after multiple attempts to repair the defect, roughly three times or more, if your car is still facing same the problem then your car qualifies to be a Lemon and is protected by the law.

Thus, in order to protect your most prized possession, i.e. your car, from any damage, the following six points should be kept in mind.

• During the initial months of purchase of the car, it is very difficult to identify a car as a lemon until the warranty period has expired, or the mileage has exceeded a said limit. Thus, it is very important to maintain a record which lists down all the events of repairs starting from the very beginning, as this will help you protect your consumer rights. Having repair logs can make the entire process of maintaining the number of repair attempts much more user-friendly.

• All the data should be put on paper, which includes the people you communicate with, the date and time details. Do

Do a Quick Search for Any Inmate

l1There are some situations where you need to find some information about a convicted person. This should not be a problem. You can get easy and conveniently free inmate locator/search services online. These services can help when doing research on criminals’ background information. These services also come handy for persons who need to get information on details about prisoners transferred between facilities

All you need is have is the essential details about the prisoner for example their name and the system would bring back detailed feedback about inmate. This could include their full names, any aliases, mugshot photos and contact information. You also get to know criminal offences they supposedly committed, charges prison facility they are located. This could be useful information for persons who would like to know about how to visit them while they are in prison. You could also find out about bail details in case you would like to post it for them.

Another advantage of doing an online search is that you are able to find out more information about the correctional facility. This includes details on the rules and regulations