Columbia Legal Issues Blog

Have you considered these risks of highway driving?

Driving on the highway is an efficient way to get from point A to point B. However, there are also unique risks associated with it, all of which you need to protect against. Here are some of the most overlooked risks of highway driving: Tire blowout: While this can happen on any

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Ways people can successfully defend against DUI or DWI charges

If the police pull you over because they suspect that you are under the influence of alcohol, you could wind up arrested and charged with an offense. Both driving while impaired (DWI) charges and more serious driving under the influence (DUI) charges can result in fines, the loss of your

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Offered store credit? Here’s what to consider before you accept

Like most Americans, you’ve been living paycheck to paycheck for a while now. When a major expense comes up, like a stove that suddenly goes on the fritz or your child shoots up two sizes a month after the start of school and needs all-new clothes, you can feel the

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What are the benefits of filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

There are multiple kinds of bankruptcy available for individuals, ranging from Chapter 12 bankruptcy for fishermen and farmers to Chapter 7 bankruptcy for those with low income and few assets. If you have a good job or substantial personal wealth but still have a high level of debt, then Chapter

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The role of negligence in slip-and-fall claims against a business

In order to bring a claim against an individual or business, there typically need to be certain qualifying factors. For example, if you want to bring a slip-and-fall claim against a business where you fell and got hurt, you will naturally need to prove that the incident happened and then demonstrate the

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How much home equity can you protect in a Maryland bankruptcy?

For those dealing with unsustainable levels of debt compounded by lower-than-average household income, Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be a critical source of financial relief. Chapter 7 proceedings allow people to discharge unsecured debts like medical debt and credit card balances without having to complete a repayment period first, as is

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The 4th of July saw 19 DUI crashes in Maryland

The Fourth of July has always been a holiday focused around celebrating. For many people, that includes sharing some alcoholic beverages with friends and family members. Every year, that means that people get arrested on DUI charges, often as they try to drive home. This year was no exception in

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What is an underride accident?

Car accidents involving large vehicles often put those in smaller vehicles in far greater danger. Physics simply determines that smaller vehicles tend to suffer greater damage and that extends to those riding inside of them. One of the most dangerous types of accidents is known as an underride accident. This

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Will calling an ambulance lead to bankruptcy?

There are many stories of people refusing to call an ambulance because they do not know how they would cover the cost of a ride to a medical center. Some of them seek other means of transportation or even try to drive themselves to the hospital. But is this financial

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