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James W. Cushing

James Cushing’s Legal Guides

13 total


  • But you don’t have to take my word for it…Read It!

    Those of us in Generation X and perhaps a little older remember LeVar Burtons constant refrain in his PBS childrens show Reading Rainbow: But you dont have to take my word for it! Mr. Burton was telling his young viewers that they do not have to take his word when it comes to wha...

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  • Custody Orders Cannot Resolve Everything

    A child custody case is often among the most divisive and personally visceral case one can litigate, from both the attorneys and partys point of view. A custody order can go a long way to helping resolve many items of dispute, including where the child will live/sleep and when a...

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  • What's In a Name?

    Part of my practice is to help adults and children change their names. Although the process for children is markedly simpler as compared to an adult, this process is much more complicated than people anticipate. In Pennsylvania, in order to change ones name, one has to get finge...

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  • The Secret to Unemployment Compensation Defense

    I have litigated dozens, if not hundreds, of unemployment compensation cases. I represent both claimants and employers but I more frequently represent claimants. I think it is fair to say that claimants are more likely to win an unemployment compensation case against an empl...

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  • Showing Entitlement in Order to Receive Alimony Pendente Lite

    I am excited to say that I won a recent alimony pendente lite (APL) case on the basis of entitlement. This is a pretty rare occurrence as evidenced by the paltry amount of case law on the subject. A little background may help. First, APL is the support a spouse receives wh...

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  • Always Contest a Ticket and Go to Traffic Court

    From my own personal experience (evidently the police do not appreciate someone trying to get somewhere as fast as possible) and as an attorney representing traffic clients, I think it is safe to say that in practically every instance it is a good idea to contest a traffic ticket...

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  • Happy Adoptions

    When people ask me what I do at work, I often joke that I hear complaints and get yelled at all day. By that I mean, my clients come to me with complaints about others, or yell at or argue with me over their case, judges are often not the nicest people to interact with, other att...

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  • A Prog Rock law suit? Roger Dean says “Yes!”

    The odds are that you have seen the 2009 James Cameron movieAvataras it is, I understand, the highest grossing movie of all time. Well, forprogressive rockfans the world over, especially fans of the premier prog-rock bandYes, who saw the film, there were things that were surprisi...

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  • Roger Dean and Avatar Revisited: Copyright Infringement? (with images!)

    A couple of weeks back I posted a Musing regarding Roger Deans lawsuit against James Cameron. You can read the posthere. Since that time I have learned that the suit was filed in Federal Court, specifically the New York Southern District Court, with the case number 1:13-cv-04479-...

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  • Mortgage Company Madness!

    Part of my practice is litigatingforeclosurecases. Granted, I would not call it a focus of my practice, but I would say that I have a fair amount of involvement with such cases at any given time. Sometimes people retain my office for their foreclosure from the start, while others...

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