Life Through Law School

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Before I dwell into more topics about international law, which is my area of focus, I would like to take a little backtrack and talk about how I ended up studying and practicing it.

I had a rough start in life. My family was not that financially well, and I had to take two part-time jobs to be able to support my self in school. Because of so much efforts I placed into education, I made sure that I would only taking up a course that would surely lead me to a greater financial stability in the future. I made loans, took scholarships, and did whatever I could in order for me to become a success in this chosen field.

With the hardships I had to face, it seemed natural that I pursue the law, in my childish dreams of somehow improving the lives of people, ours especially, through a better understanding of the law, and on how it could be used to make citizens’ lives better.

Through this journey, I met Ronnie Held, now an attorney at SIDES, OGLESBY, HELD, DICK, STEPHENS & CLAY LLC.

We were really closed friends and while I was struggling to get myself going despite my financial status, he was always there to help me out in whatever ways he can, especially financially, since unlike me, he is able to easily afford law school.

While we took separate fields of law, I took International Law and he is now an Anniston bankruptcy attorney, we still remain great friends up to this day. I really think that despite all my own struggles and efforts, I still would have not sanely made it through law school if not for Held.

I have become established and finances are no longer that much of a problem for me. My success in life, I greatly owe to him. He is also making a name of his own in Anniston, Alabama. Their firm not only focuses on bankruptcy law but on other areas as well. Their Yelp page highlights their Anniston criminal attorney business and they have an Anniston divorce attorney that is showcased at their Manta page.

At first, I wanted to take up bankruptcy law too, so that we could both focus on the same thing and help each other out even more. However, I was really inclined and attracted to International Law, thus, I did. As a friend, we only wanted what is best for each other and even if we are far from each other, busy with our own clients and worries, we remain very good friends.

If you are someone trying to decide which area of law you wish to take the road on, you better do a lot of contemplating and you better really understand what you want. The law is a very diverse and complicated matter and while all lawyers are required to know everything there is to learn about it, it will make your life easier and bearable if you declare an area of focus and define your range of clients.


Real Friends Help Each Other Out

dispute over water removal problems

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I live in a condominium building. One morning as I stepped outside of my unit to head for work, two of my neighbors were in a noisy squabble, which immediately caught my attention. One of them whom I’ve known for 3 years has been living next to my unit. These two women were disputing over something. The other neighbor frenzied the hallways with angry tones of voice.  First thing that came into my mind was to do something. Before any of them could cause a more serious trouble, it was a logical thing to act in between them. Loud voices and quarrels are against the rules and regulations of the condominium so they needed to calm down before anyone could call security. I took some time to help them get easy with the problem. I told them that there’s a better way to address this issue. I escorted my friend back to her unit and gave her both friendly and legal advice. I told her it’s a good idea to look for immediate actions and check into the insurance policy of the building.

That could be one situation I don’t encounter everyday. My typical day as an attorney normally starts at 6am having coffee while checking emails. I usually go out of my condo five minutes before 7am. But that situation in the hallway had disrupted my routine. I should have already been in the train bustling my way to the law firm office. But I can’t blame circumstances. It gave me a good reason to be late at work.

The reason of my neighbors’ early morning dispute was about a water leak damage. It’s actually a very common dispute faced by a building’s unit owners. The downstairs neighbor who was quite bad-tempered complained that lots of water has been dripping from the ceiling. The water leak was coming from the bathroom of my friend’s unit. It caused a look of catastrophe to the downstairs neighbor’s walling and carpeted floors and she’s asking my friend to pay for the water removal fee, as well as other damages in her unit. Seeking legal counsel to bring suit against my friend was also part of her plans.

Lucky for my friend, she has me, and we also have a friend who is an expert in water damage problems. His name is Jon and he is the owner of the website MyWebPal. From the site’s name, you can easily determine that Jon has nothing but help for people who would look for it. He has a page on that site dedicated to the problem that our friend is facing and when I called him to explain the situation, he was more than happy to come to our rescue.

Helping Friends with water removal problems

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While Jon took care of the water removal, my role as a friend was to be there for her and be her lawyer. The water leak was coming from her and the resulting damage was her responsibility. But she’s glad that it wasn’t a case of negligence like overflowing bathtub or anything like that. Working on the settlement was not a straightforward matter. It was not as simple as letting all the insurance company cover the damages. The big problem stemmed mainly from the neighbor’s motives. It’s been obvious that she wanted to take advantage of the situation. It was supposed to be a simple problem but she made it extensive that she wanted my friend’s money to pay for the purchase of a new carpet and cans of paints. It was something beyond our control. But my friend chose the higher road. She knew how to compose herself and assert her rights. She knew that raving and yelling back will do nothing to help solve a problem.

A Friend I went to Law School with is now a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer  

Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer and His Thoughts about Torts

One fine Sunday, a good old friend of mine who I went to law school with decided to have a nice coffee meet with me to discuss how our lives run its course. As everyone knows I’m focused on international law; he, on the other hand, is dwelling on Tort.

We conversed about family too and how long it was since we had coffee, he is one of the most intelligent people I’ve crossed with in my life. He has also been practicing law for about the same year as I have been.

He was also concerned about the fact that the law is always changing, not limited to Tort alone but to all laws, I couldn’t agree more. We also tackled about the hindrances of man to seek assistance from lawyers but surprisingly during out deep talk, he suddenly conversed about some firms that got my attention because it was out of the topic, specifically: which you may contact by this number1-888-BURNETTI

A Friend I went to Law School with is now a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer  

I did not expect it from him since he wasn’t the type of man to talk about other people’s business although it was a positive feedback on that specific company, I cannot seem to comprehend what his point is, and then he opened up something that was more unexpected.

This Tampa personal injury lawyer happens to own a personal injury law firm. Which he proposed up to me and wants me to work with him, he thinks that my expertise and experience is a great asset for the firm and will not only limit the firm’s knowledge and service to its niche alone. If I were to join his firm it would become a more general firm and hence obtaining more clients not limited to those who have problems with that criterion.

I told him that I would think about it since even thought the offer seems really promising that he would put me in a higher position and would have authority, I still have other concerns though making it really hard for me to decide on the spot. From personal to business related concerns, I am still tied by these, but for now I assured him that I will give him a concrete answer in about a week.

He then agreed to wait for my decision and would respect a ‘no’(if ever) for an answer but he dearly wants me to be a part of his firm. We then continued to discuss how people shouldn’t be afraid to ask for assistance if ever they feel like their rights are being stepped on. Unfortunately even with firms all over the world providing great services, even free, people seem to hesitate and afraid to discuss it with professional lawyers, hence they keep the problems to themselves. This is why I am still dedicating time to writing this blog so that people may know that there is nothing to be afraid of and everyone is welcome to ask for assistance.



How Fair Is International Law?


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For pretty much 100 years, international law continues to be at the receiving end connected with continual complaints within the policy and instructional worlds. This law, also known as the legislation of nations, includes the internet of rules put together by states all over the world over hundreds of years via treaties and habitual methods, some regional, and a few worldwide. Its guidelines control problems from the really technical (exactly how our computer systems connect internationally or even the measures of airport terminal runways) to aspects of widespread global issues (guidelines regarding ships across the ocean or ozone air pollution) to the virtually all political for individual states (like whenever they can consider war or even the minimum standards for human rights).

The initial problem in international law stems from those political figures, commentators, and political researchers that view it as essentially inadequate, a point these people view  as demonstrated from the moment the League of Nations neglected to implement the Versailles Agreement regime contrary to the Axis in the 1930s. However people who fully realize exactly how states connect with one another, regardless of whether diplomats or instructors, have long found this particular critique an unrealistic caricature. Although some rules have dissuasive control of some states, numerous or perhaps most significant rules, are often followed, with severe effects for violators, such as ostracism, two way reactions, or perhaps sanctions. A list of routinely respected rules is gigantic, from those found on worldwide trade to the legislation belonging to the marine to the management of diplomats towards the specialized areas mentioned previously. The majority of international assistance is based in a few legal rules.

The 2nd problem to international law originates from home-based attorneys and a few legal professors who stated that international law is not actually “law” since it does not have the framework of domestic law, particularly a professional or police force that may impose the guidelines. But this too is really a canard. Since the English  law scholar H.L.A. Hart noted greater than a 50 years ago, you don’t have to have ideal enforcement to get a rule to be “law,” provided that the parties treat the policies as law. With international law, states definitely interact in a manner that exhibits they treat these rules as law. They anticipate these to end up being adopted and arrange unique opprobrium and reactions for law violators. Definitely, effective states will get away with a few legislation violations easier than fragile states, however that has nothing related to whether international law is law.