Straight Talk TV Show: Constitutional Law Expert Dr. Craig Smith Part 3

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“The Legal Term Is Scumbag” (Request)

August 31, 2010 News Corp

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Where can I get case law regarding parent/child issues?

I need case law supporting modification of visitation involving father having different girlfriends frequently moving in and out or spending the night on a regular basis. Where can I find case law that allows you to search with broad keywords? What is considered evidence? Head to your local law library. Ask the librarian to show […]

Legal News Headlines 6/3/2010

Legal News Headlines for June 3rd 2010

The Supreme Court retreated from strict enforcement of the famous Miranda decision on Tuesday, ruling that a crime suspect’s words can be used against him if he fails to clearly invoke his rights and instead, answers a single question after nearly three hours of interrogation.

Calling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the “greatest environmental disaster of its kind,” President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to prosecute those responsible.

Obama went on to say that if laws were broken, he pledged to bring those responsible to justice

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer made clear Tuesday she’s not worried about a potential legal challenge from the Obama administration over her state’s controversial immigration law.

Criminals have adopted texts, e-mails, instant messages and other forms of electronic communication, and a state senator says the law hasn’t caught up to the technology.

Sen. Fran Pavley says criminals have become a lot more sophisticated since California passed its wiretapping law 21 years ago. It allows only phone calls and digital pages to be monitored.

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Am I giving legal advice when I use

QUESTION: Am I giving legal advice when I use

ANSWER: The author of all legal documents at LawCentral is the lawyer that puts the document up at LawCentral. The lawyer keeps copyright in the document. No one else is legally the author. The lawyer has the sole control and ownership of that document.

Therefore, the answer to your question is usually no. It is the lawyer that provides the document on the website. It is the lawyer that has created the logic flow and set up the questions. It is the lawyer that has written all the hints to explain how the document works.

The lawyer puts the document up at LawCentral so that a locked PDF document is created. That document is locked so that it can not be altered. That gives the lawyer confidence that the client can NOT alter the document. An altered document may destroy the effect of the document.

Law firms can only put their documents up at LawCentral if they provide a minimum of $1.5m worth of the law firm’s Professional Indemnity insurance on each and every legal document created at LawCentral.

The person that puts in the answers to the questions on the web site is just a mere scribe. If you are only a mere scribe – i.e. filing in forms and questions – then generally you are not giving legal advice.

“… the court held that work of the mere clerical kind, such as filling out of skeletal blanks … should be generally regarded as the legitimate right of any layman because it involves nothing more or less than the clerical operations of the now almost obsolete scrivener.” cited in Computer Accounting & Tax Pty Ltd [2007] WASC 184 (13 August 2007).
However, you need to be careful that you do not interpret a question or explain one of LawCentral’s hints. If you do then you may be giving legal advice if you are producing a legal document that only lawyers are allowed to prepare.

There seems to be some latitude when it comes to setting up Unit Trusts, Family Trusts and Self Managed Superannuation Funds. Most are set up by accountants and advisers on behalf of their clients. LawCentral prepares over 1,000 Division 7A Loan Agreements most of those are prepared by Accountants on behalf of their clients. Provided you are only acting as a mere scribe you generally are not giving legal advice.

However, if you prefer, stick the client in front of your computer to answer the questions.

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Oz Sex Workers: Legal Prostitution Is “Safer”
An Australian expert tells Sky News the UK would have fewer murders if prostitution was made legal. Sky’s Ian Woods is shown around a legal brothel in Sydney by “Randy Dollars”

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Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture – Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook

Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture
Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook – Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
April 8, 2008 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Is Corporate Law Still a Race to the Top?
Judge Easterbrook will revisit issues relating to corporate law, in particular whether competition between states for corporate charters produces a race to the top of corporate law, a long-standing assumption in academic literature.

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