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February 12, 2016

Three Questions to Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Unless you have received a referral from a trusted friend or family member, hiring an attorney can be a pretty daunting task. It's even more intimidating if you've never worked with a lawyer before. Before you begin narrowing your list down (or even before you start searching through the countless listings online), it pays to know what questions to ask. Here are a few suggestions:

What is the attorney's area of expertise?

That is, what types of cases does he or she handle on a daily basis? If you are told that your prospective attorney's area of expertise is "general practice", this means that they dabble in various areas of the law, but have not committed to one particular type of legal work.

At Coxwell & Associates, each of our lawyers have limited themselves to certain areas of the law, which allows our team to offer clients the kind of expertise you just don't find at a general practice law firm.

Tagged: Automobile Accidents, Legal question, Mississippi Statutes, Personal Injury

February 03, 2016

New Laws That Took Effect in Mississippi on January 1st, 2016

It happens every year. On January 1st, hundreds of new laws become effective in various places across the country. Mississippi is no exception to this, and when our calendars rolled over into 2016, we welcomed all sorts of new changes, ranging from health insurance policies to gun control. Here is a quick overview of new laws that took effect in Mississippi on January 1, 2016:

Changes to Regulations Governing Concealed Carry Permits

As of this year, not only will permit fees be waived for honorably retired law enforcement officers, but gun permits must clearly state that they are former officers of the law. This includes retired prison guards, as well. Again, they must have left the force on good terms in order to enjoy this benefit.
To learn more, see Senate Bill 2394

Changes Encouraging the Hiring of Veterans

If you are a business owner and you hire a veteran to work for you, you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,000. The catch is that the vet must have served in the U.S. military after September 1, 2001, and he or she must have been honorably discharged. This credit is granted per veteran you hire, and it repeats for up to 5 consecutive years for each. The benefit will cut off when you reach a cumulative total of $1 Million for all of the veterans you hire.
To learn more, see House Bill 33

Tagged: Insurance, Legal question, Mississippi Statutes

November 03, 2015

Mississippi Statute of Limitations and Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have become the victim of a personal injury case, you need to know that your legal rights to compensation will not be available to you indefinitely. There are certain laws that dictate how long you have to assert your rights, and if you fail to act within that specified period of time, you lose your ability to seek any sort of civil or criminal recourse. This is known as a statute of limitation, and it varies by state.

Tagged: Medical Malpractice, Mississippi Statutes, Negligence, Personal Injury

October 06, 2014

New DUI Laws in Mississippi - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On October 1 of this year, the DUI laws in this state got a face-lift. As with most changes to our laws, there are some very happy groups and some not-so-happy groups. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was very happy about this change in penalties for driving under the influence--though some groups originally pushed for a lower Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Luckily for restaurateurs and social drinkers, the desired change of BAC from the current 0.08 to 0.05 did not occur. However, the DUI laws did see some substantial changes in the latest legislative session.

Tagged: Criminal Law, DUI, Legal question, Mississippi Statutes, Traffic Stops

January 09, 2014

The Knockout Game: Terrifying Trend or Media Madness?

If you follow the national news, you may have noticed multiple reports of an alarming trend that the media has dubbed "The Knockout Game." The "game" is to select an unsuspecting and unlucky target, then try to knock them out with one blow. Reports of this terrifying phenomenon have been popping up in urban areas across the country, from New York City to San Francisco. Some victims have allegedly been targeted because of their race, religion, or cultural heritage.

Tagged: Criminal Law, Legal question, Mississippi Statutes

May 10, 2013

Ordinances vs. Statutes in Jackson, Mississippi and throughout the state

"What's the difference between an ordinance and a statute?" I have fielded this question quite a few times in the past week. These two terms are commonly misused because we simply repeat what we have already heard through the media, whether it be the news or the paper.

Tagged: Criminal Law, Mississippi Statutes