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June 2018 Archives

Updating your will following your divorce

There are undoubtedly countless thoughts running through your mind in the immediate aftermath of your divorce in Hazlehurst; updating your will may not be one of them. However, experts not only recommend constantly reviewing your estate plans, but also amending them following major life events. Divorce certainly qualifies as a major life event. Yet still, many often come to see us here at the Shannon Law Firm, PLLC after having lost a loved one wondering what might happen if he or she never updated his or her will following a divorce. 

What does "termination for convenience" mean?

Say that you have a contract with a business partner in Hazlehurst. One day, out of the blue, you receive a communication that said partner is terminating your agreement. It does not offer any reason that would qualify as cause for ending a contract, but rather cites that it is ending the deal for its convenience. Can a contracted partner legally do that? 

Bulldog sophomore faces assault charges

It may be easy for many in Hazlehurst to jump to conclusions about the guilt or innocence of any suspect report to have been arrested. Personal experience, familiarity and bias may often shape opinions before the facts of a matter are ever released. The danger in this is that it could potentially compromise the possibility of those that are at the center of such stories being able to be judged fairly should their cases wind up in local courts. A rush to judgment can also unfairly stigmatize someone. Once a person is associated with the stigma of criminal activity, it can very difficult to overcome. 

What do you need to know about food recalls?

The recent recalls of romaine lettuce had people across the country on edge for weeks, due to reports of E. coli contamination, including some consumers getting seriously ill and at least one death. You might breathe a sigh of relief now that you can find your favorite salad on grocery store shelves again, but like many Mississippi residents, you might also have concerns about possible recalls of your favorite foods in the future.

Ocean Springs contractor arrested for not completing work

One might assume that the actions most would classify as "criminal" in Hazlehurst are very well-defined. However, as is the case in almost any industry, there are grey areas when it comes to the law where confusion exists as to whether or not any statutes have actually been violated. There might be some who say that in such cases, law enforcement officials should err on the side of caution and arrest the alleged offenders, and then allow things to sort themselves out. Yet what about the rights of those accused in these cases? 

What is fruit of the poisonous tree?

If you face any type of criminal charge(s) in Mississippi, you should know about the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine because it may advantageously affect your case when you go to trial. As LawTeacher.net explains, the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine has been part of American criminal law for over a century. The U.S. Supreme Court first mentioned the concept back in 1886 in the case of Boyd v. United States. Not until 53 years later, however, did Justice Felix Frankfurter actually coin the phrase in another U.S. Supreme Court case, Nardone v. United States.