What If You Accidentally Breach a Restraining Order?

Accidental Breach of Restraining Orders & PFAs Question: I accidentally breached a restraining order. What will happen? Answer: The person who asked this question found an answer I wrote on Quora about restraining orders.  They followed up by coming over to my Facebook page and sending me a message. We had a brief conversation where I […]

Can I Sue in the US if the Case is From Another Country?

Where Can a Plaintiff Sue in an International Case Question: I will summarize this question, because it contained quite a bit of personal information. Essentially, the person wanted to know, if they have a case based out of Saudi Arabia, with a defendant who lives in Chad, can they sue the person who lives in […]

What is Legal Malpractice? When Can You Sue Your Lawyer?

Legal malpractice is when a lawyer violates the legal standard of care and causes permanent damage to a valid case. In plain English, this means the following: 1. Lawyers have what is known as a standard of care. This means that in a given set of circumstances, a lawyer is expected to do certain things. […]

3rd Circuit Uses Preponderance for Facebook Chat Admission

Preponderance of the Evidence for Facebook Chat Admission In an issue of first impression, the 3rd Circuit provided an analysis for authentication and admission of social media evidence. The authentication standard is preponderance of the evidence. The case is US v. Browne (opinion filed August 25, 2016.) Background The case involves Tony Jefferson Browne, who used […]

Going Back in Time on Street View

Seeing Back in Time with Google Street View   Ever wondered what a location looked like a year, or even 5 years ago? Google Street View can help you out. Let me show you how it works. Find Your Address My firm, Lowenthal & Abrams, is located at 555 E. City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. I’ll use […]

How I Preserve Social Media Evidence

Preserving Social Media Evidence I recorded this video for the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section Conference. I am sharing it because I thought people might like to know how I go through the process of preserving social media evidence.

Powerpoint: GLBT Legal Issues – A Broad Overview

Slides for a presentation I am offering on Friday. The subject is “GLBT issues – a broad legal overview.”     GLBT Representation in Pennsylvania – A Broad Overview from Jennifer Ellis

Powerpoint Slides – Social Media, Not Just for Marketing

Here are the slides I am presenting tomorrow at the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section’s Conference in Bedford Spring. My presentation explores: Why social media matters Potential business from social media use How social media impacts cases Performing social media research Discovery Spoliation Ethics

What happens when you need to break your lease?

Landlord Tenant Law and Breaking a Lease In the past two weeks I have had two questions about what happens when you need to break your lease.  I know this is a common issue, so I thought I would take a moment and write a quick post about it. You Have to Pay Your Rent […]

Zimmerman and Lesser Included Offenses

What Happens if the Jury Doesn’t Feel Zimmerman is Guilty of Murder but is Guilty of Another Crime? On Facebook this evening, a friend posted that he thought that George Zimmerman would be found not guilty of murder and then would be retried and found guilty on a manslaughter charge. I explained to him that […]