Ask around. Word of mouth or referrals is probably a better bet than blindly going to the Yellow Pages or Internet. Avoid using an attorney who purposefully solicits your business. Good attorneys don’t seek out clients.

Don’t use a family member or good friend as your attorney, unless it’s for routine matters. You are probably better off seeking the counsel of a neutral party for important matters, as they will be more likely to give you a realistic and frank appraisal of your situation.

Avoid handling your own legal affairs. The legal system and laws are rapidly evolving so it would be wise to seek out the advice of a professional. Don’t use a general practice attorney for specialized matters. A specialist in tax law, real estate, patent law or other specialized areas will be better able to help you.

Negotiate a fee up front. For many routine matters the attorney should be able to quote you a set fee. If you are billed hourly, request that you are given frequent reports on your expenses so you can monitor your costs. Don’t be afraid to hire an experienced attorney who may charge a little more than the rest. If they can get the job done in less billable hours than a lesser experienced attorney, you will save money in the long run.

Check your state bar’s website for a biography on your attorney. You can also research any history of discipline or suspensions.

the first fully legal absinthe alcohol is to be bottled under the name lucid.

lucid, a 124-proof liquer, will be available legally in the united states and will be priced at approximately 60 dollars per bottle.

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absinthe is not sold in the US because the FDA does not allow the sales of spirited beverages that contain the chemical compound thujone. real absinthe is made using wormwood, which contains thujone.

Almost everything you find in print or media is protected by copyright law. This means you cannot reproduce the author’s work without their permission. When in doubt if a work is protected, seek out the author or owner’s permission. Very old works, such as Shakespearean plays, are no longer copyrighted and you may freely reproduce these works for the most part. Remember, photographs, music, even emails are protected by copyright law. Some works explicitly donated to the public domain may be reproduced. However, don’t ever assume a work is part of the public domain.

You have the right to express your own words, but you must be careful when you reproduce the works of others. Under fair use exemptions, you may be able to reproduce a work in part if you are creating a parody, commentary or research/educational report on the subject. The fair use exemption is very narrow though, and if you run a commercial website, you run the very high risk of violating someone’s copyright, regardless of your intentions. Just keep in mind that you can freely express your own opinions and ideas, but you cannot reproduce somebody else’s without their permission. When in doubt, don’t reproduce the work and find a way to express it in your own words.

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