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  • What Happens if You Die Without a Will? Does the State of Nevada Get your Property?

    A lot of people mistakenly think that if they die without a will the State of Nevada will get their property. In reality the State of Nevada only gets a dead person's property if no spouse or person related by blood comes forward to claim the property or if no one named in a wi...

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  • If I Fall on Someone's Property Are they Liable for My Injuries?

    The basic rule is that a property owner is only liable to you if you fall on their property if they are negligent which means that they did something careless to contribute to your injury. In Nevada the property owner's insurance company or risk manager will refuse to pay your cl...

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  • When Should a Boating Accident Case be Filed in Federal Court under Admiralty Jurisdiction?

    Admiralty or Maritime law is usually used in the case of injuries involving commercial ships. However, federal courts have admiralty jurisdiction in all boating injury cases involving interstate navigable waters of the United States. Interstate navigable waters of the U.S. means...

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  • Legal Malpractice and Fee Disputes with Attorneys

    I get many calls from people who are unhappy with their former attorney. The first thing I try to do is determine if the call is about a fee dispute or actual legal malpractice. If it is about a fee dispute and a Nevada attorney is involved I advise the client that the State Bar ...

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  • How does the Clark County Mandatory Arbitration Program Work?

    WHICH CASES ARE INCLUDED IN THIS PROGRAM? Most cases that are filed in Clark County District Court which make a claim for money are automatically put into the Court's mandatory, non-binding, arbitration program if the money claim is for not more than $50,000. (More about this li...

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  • Defective Product Litigation--Examples of Dangerously Defective Products

    If you have been hurt by a defective product you may have a great case. For decades courts have taken the position that as a matter of public policy manufacturers (and people who sell their products) should be liable if the product should have been made safer and wasn't. For exa...

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  • When is the Uphill Property Owner Liable for Water Damage to the Downhill Property?

    There is actually a Nevada Supreme Court case in point, Shepard v. Harrison, 100 Nev. 178, 678 P.2d 670 (1984). In that case there were two adjacent homes, one higher than the other. During a heavy rain a retaining wall between the two properties collapses causing a large quantit...

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  • Jury Trial or Judge Trial in a Las Vegas Personal Injury Case?

    As a Plaintiff's attorney I almost never have to ask myself whether I want a jury or a judge trial. I can lay 1000 to 1 odds in most cases that the defense (in a personal injury case defended by an insurance company or a big corporate defendant) will demand a jury trial so I let...

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  • Federal Vaccination Compensation Program

    The Federal Government has a program providing compensation to people suffering certain reactions to most vaccinations. The program pays attorneys fees and cost so the claimant does not have to pay money upfront or out of any award. The vaccinations covered are: tetanus, pertussi...

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  • How Do You Want your Lawyer to Relate to the Other Side?

    If you look at legal advertising you will see that many attorneys market themselves as "aggressive." Sometimes lawyers even use pictures of sharks or snarling dogs to convey the message that they are tough guys. In my first job I remember asking a client why she chose my boss for...

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