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What are Conflicts of Interest?

What are Conflicts of Interest? When a potential client contacts Davis, Upton & Palumbo, LLC, the first thing we do is preform a conflict of interest check. An attorney can not represent  someone if  a conflict of interest exists. Why are Conflict Checks Performed? A conflict exists when a legal representation of one client is directly adverse to the representation of another client. It… Read More

What are the Different Types of Fees and Payment Methods?

In this video, Dave will explain how Davis, Upton & Palumbo, LLC charges clients based on the type of matter they have. Civil Litigation– Clients will be charged on a hourly rate basis and a retainer deposit will be expected up front. Once the firm collects the retainer fee it will be deposited into an escrow account where it will stay until the matter… Read More

Why do you Need an Employee Handbook?

An employee handbook is given to employees by the employer to communicate the organization culture, mission, and values. Creating an employee handbook can seem like a daunting task, fortunately, many benefits come from having one. All employee handbooks should be customized to fit your organization and how you conduct business. Copying another employer’s handbook or one you find online can cause more harm than good…. Read More

What is the FIT Program?

What is the FIT Program? Stephanie Noronha explains the FIT program or Families In Transition program. In cases that involve custody disputes, the court will typically order the parents to attend a FIT program. FIT program purpose   The FIT program is designed to teach parents the emotional stress that their children sometimes go through as they during a separation and divorce. This can… Read More

What is a Plea Bargain?

What is a Plea Bargain? Mark Palumbo explains that criminal cases often end with a plea bargain. A plea bargain is a negotiation with your attorney and the State’s Attorneys Office to determine what is an appropriate charge that the defendant will plead guilty to. Example: Often times there will be multiple charges in a case. An common example of a situation with more… Read More

What is an Abstract of Title?

What is an Abstract of Title? A title abstract is a report of the history of the ownership of a piece of real property. The title abstract contains various documents such as deeds, deeds of trust/mortgages, judgments, liens, and encumbrances. Generally, these documents are public record and are recorded in the land records where the property is located. When someone purchases  real estate, it is… Read More