3 Legal Issues You Really Should Get a Lawyer To Help You With

For some, the legal profession may seem like a caliginous area which is as inaccessible as Area 51. This is due to the level of education usually required to be qualified as a lawyer and the sheer scale of paperwork and legal tomes needed to be navigated in order to undertake even the most straight forward of legal cases.

What some people have started to do though is to try and take on legal cases themselves in an attempt to save money. This can also be due to the amount of court room dramas shown on television which make the job of a lawyer seem as easy as having a moment of inspiration and delivering an impassioned speech. In reality every case needs a massive amount of skill and research and without this some legal situations can cause financial and personal disasters for the people who try to play lawyers.

Buying A House

Trying to deal with the buying or selling of a house without a lawyer is madness. Without a lawyer to deal with the transfer of money, deeds, to cover all contracts and paperwork and to keep their eye open for legal issues, you could find yourself in a lot of hot water and without a house. This is especially important when buying a home abroad as it can often be impossible for the buyer or seller to be in the country to check up on any problems.

Set Up Business Abroad

This is the case when setting up a business abroad too. It is advisable to have both legal teams in your home country and in your destination country to negotiate the legalities of transferring bank accounts, covering taxation concerns and dealing with property as any failings from a paperwork point of view could have major repercussions for you, your business and your staff. Having a strong legal team with you for the duration with experience in setting up business abroad is extremely important. In the setup of Cyprus offshore companies for instance it is important to gain insight into the business incentives which can be taken advantage of. With a bit more inside information you take full advantage of the benefits of Cyprus company incorporation.

Police Complaints

Making a complaint against a police officer requires you to be completely covered from a legal point of view or you could be found guilty of libel or slander. When making a complaint you could end up ruining an officer’s career so you need to be 100% certain of their guilt or at least make sure you have a good case before you start making statements to the press.

Avoiding Potential Legal Issues in Your Medical Practice

All health care professionals including advanced practice clinicians (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) want to prevent any potential legal actions related to the excellent care they provide.

Let me first start off by saying, I am not an attorney and I don’t play one in real life, on TV or on the internet. I had never even been in a real courtroom until recently. However, back in 2006 became involved in an investigation of another health care professional that has only recently gone to trial, and have spent a good amount of time researching the topic for past and future presentations. Thus, I’d like to share just a few tips that you can take to protect yourself as you continue to provide excellent care to your patients.

Documentation:

First and foremost, pay attention to your documentation! Make sure it tells the story, discusses your findings, your assessment and your plan. Whoever is reading the note, should be able to understand how you got to your proposed plan AND be able to pick up where you left off, making any necessary adjustments.

Don’t assume that someone can read your mind and don’t assume you will remember 1, 6 or 52 weeks later. While not everyone is able to complete each and every chart in the room before the patient leaves, make serious attempts at getting your charting done as soon as it’s feasible. Memory fades over time. Need a refresher on documentation? Here is a primer on documentation published by CMS-(The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services) Search their site for “Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services”

Coding and Billing:

You may not be doing the billing in your office, but chances are you are responsible for coding the level of the visit. It’s your responsibility to be aware of the requirements for level of care regardless if your CPT code reflects the work and acuity of the patient, or the time spent. Make sure you have documented accordingly. If you need to brush up on your E&M coding skills, you can get some great free education at http://www.emuniversity.com. Coding the wrong level of service, or even “incident to” inappropriately, can land you in hot water.

Medication Errors:

Believe it or not, medication errors continue to be quite common. In fact, according to the 2009 NP claims study*, more than 80% of medication errors are prescription-related and 1/3 of those involved prescribing the WRONG medication.

Make sure you check and double check your prescriptions for spelling, dose, indication, side effects and contraindications. If you are using any of the electronic prescribing tools available, it should help, but they are not foolproof. Take advantage of the various tools you can use in the room with you including those on your PDA or smartphone. Epocrates, my favorite is only one of the various tools available.

Protect Yourself:

If you have legal concerns, it’s always best to check with an attorney who is familiar with health care, advanced practice issues, and is in your state. Make sure you have appropriate liability coverage. All healthcare providers today have a tremendous responsibility to do the best they can do, often under less than ideal situations. Despite this, we continue to do our best to provide the best level of care we can for our patients and clients. These suggestions can help protect you (and your patients) even years into the future.

*2209 NP Claims Study can be found at http://www.nso.com Once there, search for the following search terms to see the report: “2009 NP claims study”

How The Solicitor Can Support You In Legal Issues

A solicitor deals with legal issues together with a court proceeding. It is his duty to offer proper legal advice and support to the clients. The solicitors play a vital role by giving counsel on various issues. They charge reasonable rates for their valuable and unbiased services. The solicitors get a special law education. In order to get experience, they join the law firms. Here are some of the key jobs of a solicitor:

Advice On Legal Issues

The clients can get legal advice regarding their cases. If the clients require documentation, agreement modification or legal letters; they can consult the solicitors. If you have a disagreement or argument with the opposite party, you can avail the legal advice. If you want to defend or take a case, the solicitor gives you the best advice.

Representative In the Court

Whether it is High court or Supreme Court, the solicitor represents his client. He considers the case and sends documents to the barrister, if his presence is obligatory in the case.

Support in Private Work

If you have made up your mind to purchase or sell your valuable property, you have to get legal assistance. Moreover, the family issues, divorce, criminal proceedings, agreement between tenant and landlord and wills need the legal approval. If you have suffered due to an accident, the solicitor can file your case. When you have filed a case, it is the job of a solicitor to represent you in court matters. He sends letters on your behalf to the opposite party.

Assistance in Commercial Issues

The commercial issues like the business transaction, business disputes, mergers, or establishment of a company requires the legal assistance. The solicitor can support the clients in profit-making transactions.

Individual Privileges

In case, an individual is badly treated by private or public sector, he can raise his voice for his rights by hiring a solicitor. He can gather related information and documentation work for the case. He makes contact with the witnesses to make your case strong.

Welfare Work

It is common that solicitors work free for the welfare of needy people. It shows that the people who cannot pay the legal charges can get legal aid.

Distinctive Work Activities

It is obligatory to complete the education and get experience in the required field. The well qualified and proficient solicitor can perform legal tasks in an organization, court, local government or in a commercial association. The solicitors are free to select the work activities according to their interest. Mostly, the solicitors selects a job depending on their specialization. Some solicitors prefer to deal with family cases. Others are specialized for criminal cases.

If you have any legal issue, it is indispensable to hire the services of the best solicitor in your area. A dedicated and practiced solicitor can offer you necessary support and advice. Moreover, he takes affordable charges from his clients.