Category Archives: Articles

Telling the Truth in Maritime Job Applications

By | April 7, 2009

In the case of McKorpen v. Central Gulf Steamship Corporation, 544 F.3d 396 (5th Cir. 1968) the Fifth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals established what has now commonly been referred to as the McKorpen Defense. The McKorpen Defense applies to a seaman’s right to cure if he gets injured.

The Jones Act – Maintenance & Cure

By | March 4, 2009

Why You Need a Maritime Admiralty Offshore Accident Lawyer The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is one of three congressional laws commonly referred to as the “Jones Act”. Formerly, it was found at 46 U.S.C. Section 688, et seq. and was recently codified in October, 2006 at 46 U.S.C. Section 30104 et seq. The purpose of the Jones… Read More »

Federal Employer’s Liability Act

By | March 4, 2009

Why You Need a FELA Lawyer Enacted in 1908, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to protect America’s railroad workers. The Act, commonly referred to as FELA (pronounced “fee-lah”), was the US Government’s response to the harsh treatment of workers that worked days and nights, seven days straight forging the railway… Read More »

Combating threats of copyright infringement of software

By | August 19, 2008

Anirudh Rao 5th Year LL.B, University Law College, Bangalore Introduction: Over the past several years, advances in computer software have brought us time-saving business programs, educational software that teaches basic and sophisticated subjects, graphics programs that have revolutionized the design industry, Internet applications that help connect us with other computer users, and an increasingly complex variety of computer… Read More »

Can I simply rely on an oral will?

By | May 13, 2008

Oral wills, or nuncupative wills, are permitted in many states under limited circumstances. However, a form of guidelines should be utilized if you are planning on making an oral will to be assured that it will be honored.

Why (and when) could I utilize a codicil to my will?

By | May 13, 2008

At times, circumstances in our lives may change. This can be due to a remarriage, birth, death, divorce, change of address, change of executor or guardian, or other situations where our present will may not cover everything that we now believe it should, but for the most part, it is still factual. We may have acquired additional assets… Read More »

When do I need a will, and what are the dangers of not having one?

By | May 13, 2008

Theoretically, anyone with assets should have a will. A person without a will is said to have died intestate. When someone dies intestate, his or her assets generally pass as follows:

What is an LLC?

By | May 13, 2008

A limited liability company (LLC) is a form of business organization set up to offer liability protection to its members. When difficulties arise, LLC members may lose their investments in the company, but not their personal assets. LLCs are often better than a limited partnership, because in a limited partnership, one partner is personally liable for the partnership’s… Read More »

Why do my favorite websites have “terms of use” agreements?

By | May 13, 2008

To prevent misuse and abuse of those visiting, most reputable websites today have “terms of use” agreements. Those agreements must be read and agreed to before utilizing the services which the website offers. This is why you will see, for example, a complete set of guidelines that you must understand and agree to before selling or purchasing something… Read More »

When should I obtain a receipt?

By | May 13, 2008

The simple answer to the question of when you should obtain a receipt is always. When you sell something or give something away which has any value, either monetary or personal, you should obtain a signed receipt from the person receiving it.