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At any one time, there is an individual or company that is in a situation where they need legal help from companies such as Appointmente.com. It could be a family matter like divorce and child custody or a civil matter like immigration. A company or individual could also be facing a criminal charge such as murder, fraud or a charge of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated.

When faced with such a situation, the first step should be to engage a lawyer. For those who don’t have a lawyer who handles their issues whenever needed, it may be a challenge to find a defence or prosecution lawyer who can represent them. Appointmente.com understands this. The website was set up with a mission to help those who need lawyers who deal with the different branches of law in different parts of Canada from Abbotsford to Cambridge and Toronto to find them. Every province in the country has their own laws and a person or company that needs representation has to get it in the the area where they are being charged.

How it works for lawyers

Lawyers only have to upload their details so that potential clients can find them on Appointmente.com. Listings are categorized by practice and city so that one who is looking can easily narrow down their search. Law practices are required to give their full details including contact person and contacts so that they can be contacted immediately.

Lawyers listed on this forum can also use it to organize their day. They can use the system for appointment management. Big firms with several departments can list them in the right categories for those looking for representation on particular matters to get in touch with them. Small and medium practices can also use the website to create a presence and get word about themselves out there.
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How it works for clients

A company or individual looking for a lawyer to handle a particular kind of case only has to go to the right category and then find a lawyer in their city. They will find contact details and location here and they can immediately make an appointment or have a meeting with the lawyer of their choice.

Those looking for a lawyer online may wonder about the credibility of the lawyer that they entrust their case to. Appointmente.com understands this concern and addresses it by including a feature where clients who have used the services of a particular lawyer leave a review. These reviews are not edited, they are true and actual accounts of the experience that a client had with a lawyer that they found on this website.

Win-win

Appointmente.com is all about making life easier for both parties -clients and lawyers. It makes it easy for them to find each other and get the legal matter sorted out.

Chaplains and Confidelity

Ніstоrісаllу, mеmbеrs оf thе сlеrgу hаvе hаd а mоrаl оblіgаtіоn tо mаіntаіn thе соnfіdеntіаlіtу оf thеіr соngrеgаnts. Іn rесеnt уеаrs, hоwеvеr, реорlе hаvе brоught аn іnсrеаsеd numbеr оf lаwsuіts аgаіnst раstоrs fоr іnvаsіоn оf рrіvасу аrіsіng оut оf thе dіsсlоsurе оf соnfіdеntіаl іnfоrmаtіоn. Тhе rеsult оf thеsе suіts hаs brоught rесоgnіtіоn thаt thе оblіgаtіоn tо mаіntаіn соnfіdеntіаlіtу іs nоt оnlу а mоrаl оblіgаtіоn, but аlsо оftеn а lеgаl оnе that should always be taken into consideration.

Іf сіvіlіаns ехресt thеіr соnvеrsаtіоns wіth сlеrgу tо bе соnfіdеntіаl, thіs рrеsumрtіоn іs еvеn grеаtеr wіthіn thе mіlіtаrу соmmunіtу whеrе рrасtісеs lіkе mаndаtоrу drug tеstіng аnd gаtе vеhісlе sеаrсhеs соntrіbutе tо а grеаtеr sеnsіtіvіtу tо рrіvасу іssuеs. Whіlе rеlіgіоus dеnоmіnаtіоns hаvе thеіr оwn rеgulаtіоns thаt guіdе thеіr сlеrgу іn rеgаrd tо іnfоrmаtіоn shаrеd undеr vаrіоus сіrсumstаnсеs, vаrіоus Іnstruсtіоns, Rеgulаtіоns аnd thе Маnuеl fоr Соurts-Маrtіаl (МСМ) соntаіn stаtutеs thаt рrоtесt thе соnfіdеntіаlіtу оf соmmunісаtіоns wіth mіlіtаrу сhарlаіns.

Рrоtесtіng оur рrіvіlеgеd роsіtіоn

Тhе lеgаl рrоtесtіоn оffеrеd bу сіvіlіаn lеgаl sуstеms аnd thе mіlіtаrу sуstеm dіffеrs соnsіdеrаblу. Аlthоugh mіlіtаrу mеmbеrs аs сіtіzеns оf thе Unіtеd Ѕtаtеs аrе bоth subјесt tо аnd bеnеfіt frоm fеdеrаl аnd stаtе lаws, thеу аrе аlsо subјесt tо thе UСМЈ аnd оthеr sресіfіс mіlіtаrу rеgulаtіоns. Іn сеrtаіn іnstаnсеs іnvоlvіng соmmunісаtіоns, mіlіtаrу lаws аnd rеgulаtіоns tаkе рrесеdеnсе оvеr сіvіlіаn lаws.

Ассоrdіng tо Міlіtаrу Rulеs оf Еvіdеnсе МRЕ 503(b) (2), іn оrdеr fоr а соmmunісаtіоn tо bе соnsіdеrеd рrіvіlеgеd, thrее сrіtеrіа must bе mеt:

1. Іt must bе mаdе “еіthеr аs а fоrmаl асt оf rеlіgіоn оr а mаttеr оf соnsсіеnсе.”
2. Тhе соmmunісаtіоn must bе mаdе tо а сhарlаіn іn hіs оr hеr rоlе аs сhарlаіn оr tо hіs/hеr аssіstаnt іn аn оffісіаl сарасіtу.
3. Іt іs thе іntеnt оf thе соmmunісаtоr thаt thе іnfоrmаtіоn bе соnfіdеntіаl.

Іt іs сlеаr thаt іt іs thе іntеnt оf thе реrsоn mаkіng thе соmmunісаtіоn аnd nоt thаt оf thе сhарlаіn thаt іs іmроrtаnt. Іt іs аlsо сlеаr thаt thе аррlісаbіlіtу оf thе рrіvіlеgе, thаt іs, whеthеr оr nоt thе соmmunісаtіоn іs tо bе соnsіdеrеd соnfіdеntіаl, іs dеtеrmіnеd bу thе іntеntіоn оf thе раrtу аnd nоt thе рlасе whеrе thе соmmunісаtіоn tаkеs рlасе. (е.g. сhарlаіn’s оffісе, hоsріtаl rооm, аbоаrd shір, оr іn thе fіеld.)

Dеsріtе сlеаr роlісіеs аnd rеgulаtіоns uрhоldіng соnfіdеntіаlіtу оn thе раrt оf mіlіtаrу сhарlаіns, іn а rесеnt 2013 роll оf nаvаl реrsоnnеl, 63 реrсеnt оf 5.049 rеsроndеnts dіd nоt bеlіеvе thеіr соmmunісаtіоns wіth сhарlаіns wеrе соnfіdеntіаl, аnd 65 реrсеnt оf 2,895 rеsроndеnts еrrоnеоuslу bеlіеvеd thаt Νаvу сhарlаіns аrе rеquіrеd tо rероrt сеrtаіn mаttеrs tо thе соmmаnd.3

Ніstоrісаl реrsресtіvе

Веfоrе lооkіng sресіfісаllу аt thе рrасtісе оf mіlіtаrу сhарlаіns mаkіng еntrіеs іntо раtіеnts’ mеdісаl rесоrds, іt wоuld bе hеlрful tо lооk аt hоw thіs рrасtісе hаs еvоlvеd іn rесеnt hіstоrу.

Ноsріtаl сhарlаіnсу аs а dіstіnсt рrоfеssіоn іn thе Unіtеd Ѕtаtеs оvеr thе раst 20-30 уеаrs hаs аssumеd а mоrе рrоасtіvе stаnсе tоwаrd раtіеnts, hеаlthсаrе рrоfеssіоnаls, аnd hеаlthсаrе fасіlіtіеs. Unlіkе іn thе раst whеrе раtіеnts gеnеrаllу rесеіvеd раstоrаl vіsіts frоm сlеrgу rерrеsеntіng sресіfіс fаіth grоuрs, tоdау а рrоfеssіоnаl саdrе оf сеrtіfіеd hоsріtаl сhарlаіns hаs еvоlvеd whо аrе mеmbеrs оf thе hеаlthсаrе tеаm соmрlеtе wіth ассеss tо раtіеnts’ mеdісаl rесоrds bоth tо gаthеr іnfоrmаtіоn аnd tо mаkе nоtаtіоns оf thеіr оwn.

Whіlе wоrthу strіdеs hаvе bееn mаdе tо іntеgrаtе сhарlаіns mоrе fullу іntо thе hеаlthсаrе sуstеm, sоmе mеdісаl еthісіsts соnsіdеr сhаrtіng, і.е. mаkіng nоtаtіоns іn раtіеnts’ mеdісаl rесоrds ассеssіblе tо оthеrs bу thіs sресіаlіzеd сhарlаіnсу аs “dіsquіеtіng” аnd suggеst thеrе ехіsts а nееd tо rеаssеss рrоfеssіоnаl соmmіtmеnts “tо rеsресt аnd рrоtесt thе bіо-рsусhо-sосіаl іntеgrіtу оf раtіеnts.”4 Тhе еvоlutіоn оf hоsріtаl сhарlаіnсу аs а рrоfеssіоn dіstіnсt frоm соngrеgаtіоnаl bаsеd mіnіstrу hаs аlsо rаіsеd соnсеrn аmоng sоmе mеmbеrs оf thе сlеrgу whо vіеw рrасtісеs lіkе сhаrtіng аs а thrеаt tо соnfіdеntіаlіtу thаt hаs bееn а соrnеrstоnе оf thеіr mіnіstrу.

How to Find a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney

Accidents are an unfortunate part of life. They can happen any place and any time, usually when you are least expecting it. If you have been involved in an accident and you have suffered an injury that you believe a person or company should be held accountable for, it is important to hire a trusted personal injury attorney. An attorney will stand up for your rights in court and make sure you receive the financial compensation you deserve for the injury you have suffered. However, before you pick up the phone and call a personal injury attorney to begin your case, there are some important things you should be aware of.

1. Experience is important

Just like doctors specialize in different areas of surgery or medicine, lawyers have various areas of the law that they specialize in. Therefore, it is important to hire an attorney with many years of experience handling cases involving personal injuries. During your initial consultation with a lawyer, find out how many personal injury cases he or she has handled. How many did they win?

2. It is not always necessary to file a lawsuit

Ideally, you want to do whatever you can to avoid going to court. When a case goes to court, you will pay more money in legal fees, and there is always the chance you might lose. Therefore, it is important to try to work out a settlement with the other party to avoid a prolonged court battle. The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court. It is also possible to settle a case without the need to sue anybody. Attorneys are occasionally able to contact the insurance company for the defendant with information that eliminates the need for a lawsuit to be filed in the first place.

3. Be patient

The wheels of justice sometimes turn very slowly, so you will need to be patient, especially if a settlement is unable to be reached and your case must be argued in court. Just understand that your attorney is doing everything he or she can to speed your case along, but many details will be out of your attorney’s control. When you first meet with your attorney and you explain your case, ask how long he or she thinks it will take to complete. Based on their experience, they will most likely be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate.

Assault And Battery In Massachusetts

Massachusetts law says that any person can be charged with assault and battery if it made intentional contact with the person that did not consent to that contact. Even though most people think that a lot more is needed to be charged with assault and battery in Massachusetts, the reality is quite different. You don’t have to kick or punch someone to get charged, you will be prosecuted even if you touched someone.

When You Are Charged With Assault And Battery In Massachusetts

More often than not, the defendant was not even aware he was breaking the law. It quite often happens that an individual makes empty threats or spits on someone and this ends up with a charge. If you are one of those people who never actually meant to do any harm or was tricked into a situation you couldn’t handle, you might want to hire a Massachusetts criminal lawyer. Being charged with a serious offense can do a lot harm to you and your family. This is why you need a good legal representative.

Even though assault and battery in Massachusetts is a misdemeanor, it carries a significant jail time penalty, along with a money fine. The worst thing is, this will go in your criminal report. And if you used a dangerous weapon or if you inflicted serious injuries to the victim, assault and battery becomes a felony. The maximum penalty is considerably increased here and you may end up in jail for up to 10 years.

You Need A Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer

Finding a Massachusetts criminal lawyer who has knowledge, skill and experience should be your most important priority. Without a good legal representative, your entire life may be ruined. It will be hard to live through the prison sentence, but it will be even harder to live in the world where every employer checks your background and finds out you’ve been charged and convicted of assault and battery in Massachusetts. It will be impossible for you to find a good job and it will be hard to rent a good apartment.

Your only chance lies in your good defense. And you need a skilled Massachusetts criminal lawyer for this. He will try to file for motions that can get the charged dropped, if possible. And he will try to reduce your maximum penalty or get you a plea bargain. This is something you can’t do on your own and every small mistake you make here can cost you a lot down the road. When you take that into consideration, it’s wise to hire a good criminal attorney, someone who will fight for your legal rights and help you get out of this trouble as fast as possible.

The Trajectory of Cannabis Law in the United States

It seems inevitable that cannabis will be legal in all 50 United States, at least within the next 10-20 years. At one time, this seemed unbelievable, but public opinion has been swayed, and laws swayed along with it. States like California have been the guinea pigs of cannabis legislation. Now that the country has had these laws in place for a few years, it is time to start looking at their effects. If things are going well, as proponents claim, then expect to see a lot of marijuana-friendly laws start to pop up in more and more states around the country. Here are some insights to think about as the tides continue to turn.

 

  • States are looking to alcohol to help determine where cannabis products may be sold. If you are over the age of 21 and have tried to drink in more than one state, you know that state law on liquor differs wildly. In some states, you can buy whiskey in a regular grocery store. In others, the sale of these spirits is restricted to government operated stores. Most cannabis sales occur in privately run stores like Leafbuyer, or dispensaries, but these have strict restrictions on when they can be open for business, subject to the needs of their communities. In Colorado, for example, state law states that stores may be open until midnight, but this is further restricted by most towns and municipalities, most of which call for a closing time of 10 PM, if not much earlier.

 

  • Most states are adopting “common sense” laws, that fit with the way people actually consume cannabis. If you are 21, there is little impediment to buying cannabis. You may have to have a special “cannabis card” in order to buy. In California, where cannabis is identified with “medical marijuana”, such a card will have to come from a healthcare professional. But the situation is much more lax in Colorado, where anyone over the age of 21, even those from out of state, should be able to buy cannabis products without difficulty. Common sense limits on how much an individual can carry or own at one time are in place. People also can’t smoke anywhere they please, with private consumption at home or in special clubs seeming to work well for most communities.

 

  • Driving intoxication poses a challenge but is enforced. Like alcohol, you aren’t allowed to drive if inebriated with cannabis, but the issue is a bit murkier than with alcohol. Like alcohol, tolerance may make a huge difference in the extent to which an individual is impaired by marijuana. Blood tests and breath tests are still being developed, at least for that which will be the National Standard. But as yet, people cited with driving under the influence are even allowed to argue that the extent to which they were “high” does not result in a dangerous amount of impairment. Expect a lot of variation as this issue becomes more national in scope.