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31 Jan: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BOARD CERTIFIED IN CIVIL TRIAL LAW

Our firm in both unique and fortunate to have three of our principals Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Guy Kornblum, Charlie Cochran and Joe Harbison each have achieved this level of both recognition and achievement. Certification means that each has fulfilled a rigorous qualification process. To earn certification in civil trial law, the attorney must: 1. Furnish evidence of his or her good standing in the state of his or her bar admission, or if admitted in more than one state, in the state of his or her principal practice. 2. Show that immediately preceding application, the attorney has five years in the actual practice of Civil law (Guy, Charlie and Joe have combined over 100 years). <br>3. Make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement in civil trial law, with at least thirty percent of his or her time spent practicing civil trial litigation…

29 Nov: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage is Most Important in Your Auto Policy

By: Guy O. Kornblum, Certified in Civil Trial and Pretrial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy; Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum A most important insurance protection for you, your family and passengers in your auto is that which covers you or them in the event you are hit by a wrongdoing uninsured or underinsured motorist.  Why? In California, it has been estimated that 1 in 4 motorists are driving on the highways uninsured or underinsured, that is without adequate liability insurance protection.  What this means is that they either have no insurance or not enough to cover any responsibility they have as a negligent driver who injures others. So, if this is the case, how do you protect yourself and passengers in your auto if anyone is injured in an accident with someone driving without adequate insurance protection?  There are really two ways. First, in your auto policy there…

17 Nov: Are Price Hikes Allowed When there is a state of emergency?

The short answer is no.  When the President of the United States declares a state of National Emergency, Penal Code Section 396 prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared.  This applies not only to rents, but also to goods and services. Penal Code Section 396 applies for 30 days after an emergency and 180 days for reconstruction services and emergency cleanup services.  This period can be extended beyond these time frames by state legislature and local officials. The statute applies to protect the pricing of the following major necessities: rental housing, hotels/motels, food and drink, emergency supplies such as water, flashlights, radios, batteries, candles, blankets, soaps, diapers, temporary shelters, tape, toiletries, plywood, nails, hammers and medical supplies, including but not limited to medications. The law applies to neighboring counties as well and applies to all providers of…