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Many employers have new employees sign non-compete agreements in an effort to keep them from taking what they learn on the job and going out and starting their own business that competes directly with the employer.  However, non-compete agreements are not “legal” in the state of California.  California Business and Professional Code section 16600, states that contracts that prevent employees from lawfully competing with an existing company cannot be enforced.

Non-solicitation agreements are one way some employers may try to skirt the non-compete restrictions.  However, non-solicitation agreements have been found to be restrictive in the same manner as non-compete agreements by the California courts.  In addition, an employer may open themselves to a lawsuit by employees if they choose to require non-solicitation agreements as a condition of employment.

California businesses may want to have an experienced business lawyer draft a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement that protects proprietary property of the business including customer lists, prices, client information, business strategies and other intellectual assets the business may own.  Agreements that protect your business assets is one way to ensure employees do not take customer lists and other proprietary information that could help them start their own business that would directly compete with yours.

A good employment lawyer will be able to provide legal expertise on employee related contracts, agreements, laws and issues that could affect your business.  It is well worth the time and money to contact a local lawyer to discuss your specific business needs.

 

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Yes, if you are arrested in Washington State for DUI (driving under the influence) your license can be suspended for 90 days to 2 years.  You have to act fast if you want to fight losing your license.  Washington DUI laws require that you request a hearing to contest your license suspension within 20 days!

If you do not request a hearing or you are not successful in your hearing, then your Washington drivers license will be suspended for 90 days to 2 years depending on prior offenses and the specific details of your case.  The suspension will begin 60 days from the date of your DUI arrest.

If your hearing is successful, but you are later convicted of DUI, your license will be suspended as part of the DUI conviction penalties.

Penalties for 1st DUI conviction in Washington State

  • 24 hours to 1 year in Jail.
  • Fine from $865 to $5000
  • Mandatory alcohol assessment and treatment with ignition interlock device.

Being convicted of DUI in Washington can have life changing consequences, so it is important that you take a DUI arrest seriously.  You should contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible after your DUI arrest.  Seattle DUI attorneys Dellino Law Group has successfully represented clients charged with DUI in Seattle and surrounding areas.  Having an experienced Washington criminal defense attorney representing you can greatly increase your chance of having charges reduced or even dismissed.

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest then you know how treacherous the roadways become when the Winter “ICE” arrives.  Unlike other area that may receive heavy snowfall, the Portland and Vancouver areas typically get covered in ICE!  It is much easier to drive on snow covered roads than it is on ice covered roads.  Unfortunately, in some circumstances drivers don’t even know there is ice on the road until it is too late.  Black ice is what it is called in the area, when ice forms on the blacktop roadways.  If you hit a patch of road that is covered in “black ice” you typically loose all control of your vehicle as it begins to slide, just like skating in your car on an ice rink, except you have more control with skates.

During the Winter months in Portland and Vancouver there are a lot of accidents because of the icy roads and “black ice”.  Even those driving as carefully as they can wind up in accidents which can cause serious damage to their vehicles and possible physical injuries.  It is important to remember that if you are involved in an accident that you ensure everyone is safe and document the circumstances of the accident as best you can.  If there are injuries you should contact the police and medical personnel.

If injuries or death result because of an accident you should contact a local Portland car accident lawyer or Vancouver personal injury lawyer to ensure you understand your legal options.  Most personal injury lawyers provide free initial consultations where you can discuss the circumstances of your accident with an experienced attorney and they can advise you of your legal options.  Not all accidents will require filing an accident lawsuit, but a good personal injury attorney will be able to let you know if you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages suffered.

 

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If you or someone you know has ever been in a serious car accident you already know how traumatic they can be.  Not only can you face life long injuries that can put a huge financial strain on you and your family, but there can be emotional scars that can last just as long as the physical scars.

Many people believe that if they have good car insurance that they will be taken care of.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  Insurance companies are businesses that must make a profit to continue operating.  When you or a family member are injured, you do not want any cost spared to take care of them in the short and long term.  However, as a business, insurance companies need to cut costs and this can sometimes lead to offering settlements to victims that are far less than what they are entitled to.  In some cases insurance companies will figure out ways to deny liability for an accident in an effort to completely limit their costs.

Medical bills for serious injuries can quickly grow to astronomical amounts.  On going medical costs can quickly exhaust even the best medical insurance coverage.  The stress from mounting medical bills, physical and emotional injuries can have a terrible toll on any person and its important to have some type of help to get through these difficult times.

Personal injury laws and attorneys that specialize in helping victims of accidents can provide the help you need to get through the emotional and financial roller coaster that will occur after a serious accident.  Personal injury laws are designed to help protect individuals that have suffered injuries in an accident caused by another parties negligence.  Whether the other party was a drunk driver, inattentive driver, or a company that produced defective parts or products.  Personal injury attorneys understand the laws and what is required to establish a successful accident claim that will help their clients receive the compensation they are entitled to according to current injury laws.

Below are some legal resources that you can review if you have been injured in an accident or are just looking for more information:

 

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Tragic accidents like this occur more frequently than we would like to believe.  No one anticipates being involve in a motorcycle or any other type of accident, but they do occur.  Many lives can be affected after an accident, not just the individuals involved.  When you or a loved one are impacted by an accident it is important to contact a local personal injury attorney that specializes in helping individuals who have been injured in an accident.

There are many ways to find a local personal injury attorney.  The quickest is to perform a search in one of the major search engines for your specific need.  For example, doing a search for “Chula Vista motorcycle accident lawyer“, “motorcycle accident lawyer in San Diego” or “San Diego accident attorney” should return web sites of local attorneys (we’ve linked to a local law firm in the examples).

You can also visit one of the many online attorney directories.  Below are some online directories where you can find local lawyers.

 

 

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Are you thinking of starting a business?  Looking to purchase real estate?  Injured in an accident?  These are just a few examples of times when having the help of an experienced attorney can be highly advantageous.

Now, you can find almost any information you need by doing a search on one of the major search engines.  You can find sites that provide legal definitions, legal forms, specific laws and even locate a local lawyer that specializes in your specific need.

In this article we wanted to provide some resources for those that live in Tennessee.  Below are links to helpful legal resources that should give you a good start on finding the information you are looking for.

Bar Associations

Legal Web Sites & Resources

Lawyer Directories

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Summer is coming to an end and Fall will quickly lead into chilly Winter months, are you prepared?  Taking a little time to ensure your heating system is functioning properly now can save you from some chilly days and nights in the coming months.  A local heating company will be able to quickly inspect your furnace to ensure it is functioning properly.  They will also be able to perform any routine maintenance that may be needed.

Most heating systems require the filter to be cleaned or replaced regularly and this one of the first things you should do before using your furnace.  Changing a furnace filter is an easy task that almost all homeowners will be able do.  Most other maintenance and repairs should be left to a trained and certified HVAC company.

When considering hiring a local furnace maintenance and repair company, there a few things you should consider doing for each company you are considering.  Below are a few things you can do quickly that will ensure you hire a good and reputable HVAC company:

  • Check to make sure they are licensed as a HVAC contractor in your state.
  • Check the BBB or state contractors board website to see if they company has any complaints.
  • Look at online review sites to see what past customers are saying about them.
  • Check their rates to see if they are comparable with other local companies.

Performing the items mentioned above will help ensure you hire a good heating and cooling company for you furnace or heat pump installation or repair needs.

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If you are going to be visiting Orange County, CA or if you live in the area you should check the local traffic conditions before heading out.  For those that have driven in Orange County, you know that the traffic can be a nightmare.  Even if there are no car accidents, traffic can still come to a stand still during peak hours.

As the population of Orange County continues to grow and because of it being an economic hub with many businesses and tourist destinations the roads are almost always jammed.  With packed freeways and busy side streets it is no wonder that many car accidents happen on a daily basis.

To check for current traffic conditions you can visit this web site:  http://www.sigalert.com/Map.asp?region=Orange+County#lat=33.69964&lon=-117.80006&z=1

Here is an image showing what type of information it provides:

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Another great site to check for real time traffic information is the CHP traffic site here: http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

Here is an image showing the type of traffic information you can expect to find on the site:

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Remember, if you do find yourself involved in an accident, be sure to contact an experienced auto accident lawyer in Orange County.  A good Orange County personal injury lawyer can help ensure your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Above all, drive safe when driving in Orange County, CA!

 

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