Archive for June, 2010

Update Changes to your Child Visitation Schedule

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

June103Following a separation or divorce, child visitation rights are awarded to the non-custodial parents as a privilege to the parent and best interest of the child. Child visitation allows parents to work together to create a reasonable visitation plan, as determined by the courts.

When the court decides child visitation rights, parents will receive a set child visitation schedule that they need to adhere to. Sometimes, however, one parent has no choice but to change the child visitation schedule for a number of reasons including relocation, job change, dangerous circumstances and violation of a court order. When a change in schedule is necessary, parents often agree amongst themselves, without notifying the courts.

Not notifying the courts could result in legal trouble, especially if one spouse decides to report the other spouse for not following the agreed upon child visitation schedule. A parent that wishes to change any part of the child visitation schedule may need to get approval by the courts.

A family lawyer with experience in child visitation matters can help you officially update the court on any changes in your child visitation schedule. A family lawyer can help you show a change in circumstances, which will show the courts your commitment to parenting. A lawyer can also help settle disputes in cases where parents cannot agree on a stable child visitation schedule.

Attorney Search Network can help you find a family lawyer that handles child visitation cases. Make changes to your child visitations scheduling by contacting Attorney Search Network and speaking to a family lawyer in your area today.

Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

June102Under landlord and tenant law, tenants have the right of control over their leased property and the implied agreement of quiet enjoyment, or living in their property without constant interference. Landlords promise that nobody else can claim a tenant’s right to the property and guarantee tenants that the property offers safe living conditions.

Even with signed agreements, landlord-tenant relationships often face issues that lead to disputes. Common reasons for landlord and tenant disputes are evictions, unlawful detainer actions, fair housing violations, security deposit issues, breach of lease, inability to pay rent, being overcharged for rent, property damage disputes, and collections. In case of a dispute, landlord and tenants can consider the following steps:

  1. Know your general rights and responsibilities under landlord-tenant law
  2. Focus on the landlord-tenant laws in your state
  3. Understand and review the terms of your lease or rental agreement
  4. Stay calm and meet with the landlord or tenant face to face
  5. Keep copies of notes, letters and any other paper trails
  6. Speak to a landlord-tenant lawyer

Landlord-tenant law is multifaceted and may be confusing for both landlords and tenants.  A landlord-tenant lawyer can help protect your rights by evaluating your case. In case of a lawsuit, a landlord-tenant lawyer can review documents, interview witnesses and plan a strategy accordingly.

For effective representation in case of a dispute with your landlord or tenant, contact Attorney Search Network for a landlord-tenant lawyer referral. We can help you find a qualified landlord-tenant lawyer near you.

Protect your Business Identity

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

June101It has happened many times before – a company spending time and money on promoting a new service or product, only to find out that their trademark was already in use by another company. Even though you have trademark protection when you use a name or logo that identifies your business, registering a trademark with the U.S. Trademark Office guarantees protection.

Before launching a new business, product, or service, make sure you protect your hard work by trademarking your intellectual property assets. Protecting your business identity by successfully registering a trademark can get you exclusive rights to use protected names, colors, signs and symbols that distinguish your business from others. This in turn helps you keep a good image, brand yourself in the community and present your product.

Inexperienced entrepreneurs often overlook how important it is to protect their business identity. Mistakes at the early stages of planning and starting a business can end up being costly. That’s why it is best to plan ahead and speak to an intellectual property lawyer about how you can guarantee protection by registering a trademark with the U.S. Trademark Office.

An intellectual property lawyer can protect your business identity by helping you register your trademark and answer any questions you may have. Even if you are ready to apply for federal trademark registration, or suspect trademark infringement action, an experienced intellectual property lawyer can be useful in evaluating the situation and recommending steps you can take. An intellectual property lawyer can work with you in order to ensure that your rights are protected.

If you need help with your trademark registration or suspect trademark infringement, contact Attorney Search Network today. Attorney Search Network can refer you to an intellectual property lawyer near you.