by Thomas P. Malone Summer 2009 In Brief Newsletter So, the long hard battle of the law suit, which you thought would never end, is finally over. It’s time to put that chapter behind you and get on with your life. Right? Not so fast. You may be shocked to learn the other side has filed an appeal and you have a year or so of lawyers, courts and judges ahead of you. The good news? Appeals are very different from trial court level lawsuits and do not involve the parties at all. Further, there is no more of the interminable discovery to endure, and pay for. Appeals are for the lawyers to fight, not the parties. Now for the “bad” news: appeals are time..
As a law firm that started during the great depression of the 1930’s, Barna, Guzy & Steffen understands that innovation is the key to success for a law firm. As the economy places great stress on businesses and individuals, Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers services that are designed to allow legal matters to be addressed in a more efficient and cost effective manner. One example is mediation. Civil matters filed with the courts now must utilize an alternative dispute resolution process prior to going to trial. Mediation is, by far, the most common form of alternative dispute resolution. Family law cases strongly encourage mediation prior to a court case. Unlike binding arbitration, mediation is not a final decision imposed on the parties. Mediation is..
By Susan E. Sheely Spring 2009 In Brief Newsletter Chances are you regularly find your mailbox overflowing with envelopes promising fast and easy “pre-approved” credit. Although they are designed to tempt the credit consumer, often they tempt the identity thief instead. “New Account” fraud occurs when a thief obtains another person’s identifying information and uses that information to open new credit accounts in that person’s name. The thief runs up balances on the accounts and then fails to pay the bills. But, because the accounts were opened in the name of the victim, it is the victim, not the thief, who bears the brunt of the resulting collection actions. The resulting damage to a victim’s credit report can take months, even years, to repair. What..
By Joan M. Quade Spring 2009 In Brief Newsletter In these tough economic times, companies find that payments on their accounts receivable are delayed and diminished. More and more of their customers cannot pay on time. Some cannot pay the invoices in their entirety and have resorted to smaller, drawn out payments for services and goods, while others have not been able to pay at all. Money is less plentiful but if your customers do not pay, it affects your ability to meet your company’s obligations. In years past, most companies could afford some nonpaying and slow paying customers, but when many of your customers are having financial difficulties, your company must take action to ensure your own company’s survival. You have supplied the goods..