The Practice of Law and the Internet

The internet has changed many industries including the way that lawyers practice their trade. While this might not be the first industry to come to mind in terms of how it uses the internet, the World Wide Web has had a huge influence on the practice of law.

Thanks to the internet, geography is no longer an issue. Even having a website can draw in hundreds or thousands of clients that the firm would not have had if it hadn’t been for a foray into the internet. There are many examples of firms which have been able to expand into foreign countries and thrive there all thanks to the doors that the internet has opened. In addition, it is now easier than ever to communicate with lawyers who are half a world away. Thanks to email and instant messaging, lawyers can work together no matter where they are located.

The internet has also led to the proliferation of electronic publishing. Now lawyers and firms can print such things as bulletins and have them distributed all over the world. Many of these bulletins have become very popular, but if they were a traditional paper publication the cost associated with them would be too high. However, thanks to the internet, firms can publish papers and have them read in all corners of the world.

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Stop Identity Theft With Five Tips

People regularly receive articles of mail filled with identity sensitive documents. Documents such as bank statements, merchant or credit card bills, and invoices etc. Often they are randomly discarded with the other common refuse set out for collection i.e. public domain. People tend to have this sense of security that articles in the garbage are inaccessible and safe from intrusion. All an identity thief needs to do is pluck a few envelopes from the trash and get to work. The most effective method to eliminate this from happening is to invest in a cross-cut shredder that has at least a 10 sheet feed capacity, can handle a CD or credit card, and has at least a cross-cut shred size of 0.156″ x 1.562″. These are general specifications that may vary according to manufacturer and personal needs. Keep in mind the smaller the shred cut the higher the security. Shredders of this type can be found ranging from $100 to $200. Compared to the average cost to recover from identity theft at approximately $6000, it is a pretty good little investment.

Establish a personal identity verification PIN for any account information or modification.

Typically the same accounts that come via the mail are accessible by phone to resolve issues, make payment or perform account modifications. Sometimes the only verification of the account holder’s identity is established with some basic information being provided, which any savvy criminal is quite capable of accomplishing. However, place a call to each of the account customer service lines and request a security PIN be kept on file for that account, which can be a word or number. Each time the account is accessed by phone, the pin must be provided otherwise no access is granted.

Use the ATM card as a credit card only.

Keep in mind that an ATM card will debit the funds immediately from the bank account rather than extending a small loan interest free for 30 days which is basically what a credit card does. When using an ATM the transaction will pause and wait for the PIN to be entered. Shocking as it may seem, criminals actually pose as shoppers and observe consumers in an attempt to capture the PIN. There are also some interesting technical ways this is done as well. To prevent this from happening is to simply not use the ATM as such but rather as a credit card. Then no PIN is required although sometimes a zip code is requested which does not pose a problem. Should the clerk ask if the transaction is debit or credit reply the card is used as a credit card. The only time the PIN should ever be used is while inside the bank at the teller window or at an authorized ATM machine.

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Basic Nature and Essential Characteristics of Criminal Law

Criminal law is the body of rules that defines crimes and treats for their punishment. This branch of the study of law is generally punitive in nature. The crimes defined in criminal law necessary have corresponding and commensurate punishments to be imposed for anyone who violates the penal provisions. The nature and purpose for promulgating criminal laws is for the keeping and maintenance of peace and order. Violations of the provisions of this form of edict are common occurrence in daily routines of the police departments, officers, and even among some streets of almost every country. Thus, to avoid and deter the perpetration of criminal offenses, violations of the criminal laws are usually meted out with serious punishments imposed by the courts of law in accordance with rules promulgated for such purpose.

The criminal law provisions are either mandatory or prohibitory in character. Violations of mandatory provisions are usually in the form of omissions of what is legally mandated and expected from the person. The doing of something that the law prohibits constitute the commission of a criminal offense. An example of an omission in law is the legal obligation of parents to provide immediate assistance for their minor child under their custody in cases when the latter suffers from serious health emergencies. This parental care and support should be complied with in good faith by the parents of the minor and in case of omission whether by neglect or with willful intent, the parents shall borne the punishment provided by law for whatever that may happen to their child be it mere physical injuries or worst, death. Thus, an act of neglect by way of not performing the due diligence required by law from the parents for the protection of the life of a minor who died due to lack of proper care constitutes homicide. For the crimes of commission, certain acts are expressly prohibited by law such as the killing of another person save in some exempting and justifying circumstances that the law provides. Should anyone commit an act that results in the death of another person, the former shall suffer the punishments for either homicide, murder or man slaughter.

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