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Super lawyers, rising stars, best lawyers and other attorney advertising in Texas

Super Lawyers is a division of Thompson Reuters, a private mass media and information business. People searching for lawyers or attorneys almost certainly will see law firms advertising Super Lawyers designations. These include Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars. People searching for lawyers may be impressed by this designation although they don't really know what it means. After all, it sounds...

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New Website Design at The Kielich Law Firm for the Bedford, Texas law office

This is a brief post to announce and document the new website design on www.kielichlawfirm.com for my Bedford law office. In 2013 I released the prior version with a green block format popular in 2013. The design format never really caught on and looked dated. I decided to relaunch the website with a new design, new color scheme and slightly new approach. The majority of the legal content remains the same between the 2013 design and the fresh 2016 design. A few pages regarding car wrecks and insurance claims have been consolidated to make room for some additional content. Others such as...

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What is negligent hiring? Answered by a Fort Worth employment attorney

Negligent hiring is a claim against a business for an injury caused by the company's failure to properly investigate its employees for fitness to perform the employee's job duties and that failure resulted in the employee causing the plaintiff harm in the course of the employee performing his or her job duties. There is a lot to unpack in that explanation and we will work through that in today's post. Negligent hiring is a personal injury claim against an employer for a bodily injury caused by an employee. The injury may arise from the employee's own negligence or the employee's intentional bad acts. At...

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What are requests for admission in a Texas lawsuit? Dallas labor lawyer explains

Requests for admission are discovery requests under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that request an opposing party in a lawsuit admit or deny a stated admission. Requests for admission are available in all civil trials, including employment law such as wrongful termination lawsuits, but also family law matters like divorces and custody. The purpose is to narrow the focus of trial by determining what facts and issues are in dispute. Requests for admission can ask parties to admit to factual statements, verify the authenticity of a document, admit a signature on a document belongs to a party, and...

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Even the strong arm can’t muscle past qualified immunity in Dallas, Texas

You have seen at least one of Brian Loncar's advertisements as the "Strong Arm" personal injury lawyer. His ads have run for at least a decade for his high volume personal injury firm in Dallas. Loncar got into a car wreck in Dallas (or Highland Park) with a Dallas Fire Department Fire Engine. Loncar claimed the driver of the Dallas fire engine was at fault. Dallas blamed Loncar. Loncar filed suit. Dallas filed suit back claiming protection from liability for the acts of the driver under qualified immunity. Last week a Texas appellate court ruled Loncar could not recover against Dallas under qualified...

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What is a deposition under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure? Bedford lawyer answers

A deposition is part of the discovery process in a lawsuit, whether it is a wrongful termination of your employment or family law issue. The deposition is an interview of a witness or party to a lawsuit. Attorneys generally depose the opposing parties and witnesses in a lawsuit. It is rare that an attorney will depose (ask questions) his or her own party or witness. The attorney and  deponent review the deposition transcript afterwards. The deponent must sign the recorded deposition testimony as true. If something is inaccurate the deponent can change the testimony. For example, a witness may say one thing in a deposition,...

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What happens in a personal injury lawsuit? Fort Worth lawyer explains

A personal injury lawsuit in Texas is definitely not a fast process in most cases and depends upon the particular facts and even which county the injury occurred in. The speed a case can go to trial in Tarrant County can be different from Dallas County. However, the process is typically similar. First, we will meet and discuss the facts of your case. I want to meet with you, understand the facts, what your situation is – both personally and financially – and determine what your expectations are and what my expectations are. If we decide to go forward together in...

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Can I sue the police in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas?

You can sue; the bigger question is whether you could prevail at trial. In Texas, police departments and their officers typically win lawsuits. These generally include false arrest, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, excessive force and various other civil rights claims. The most common reason people want to sue the policy in Texas is for false arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution. While there are some very legitimate claims for all of these, the grounds for a valid claim are narrow. Prevailing on these claims generally requires proving the police had no justification for their actions. That does not mean if...

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