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July 11, 2020

How to Write a Demand Letter

Do you need to make a legal demand of someone?  Give me 5 minutes and I am going to show you how to do it right. A demand letter is a formal demand that someone or some thing do or stop doing something.  In theory, a demand letter is easy to do – you could just scribble something on a napkin and hand it to the person.  But a well-done demand letter requires thought and professionalism. First, the technical issues.  Often a written demand is a condition precedent to legal action.  You may need to prove, sometimes years later, when […]
July 6, 2020

How To Negotiate Like A Lawyer

During twenty years practicing law, I enter into negotiations of some sort every day.  Sometimes the negotiations are with opposing counsel, sometimes with the Judge, sometimes with my own client, sometimes at formal mediation.  Here is what you need to know to negotiate like an experienced lawyer – all in under four minutes.  Yes, I am that good. First, in order to win a negotiation, it’s vital that you know more than the other side.  That’s why buying a used car is a horrible position to be in.  You have less information about the car than the person selling it – how […]
June 14, 2020

Lawyer Remembers Brown v. Board of Education

I am so happy to have my father, retired lawyer, Jerry Hogan, write this blog as he remembers his own personal experiences of two important civil rights cases: Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education. ____________________________________ When I was a boy of 8 or 9 in 1952, my mother took me to the movies in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The theater only permitted “colored” people to sit in the balcony separate fromthe white people down stairs. There was a “colored” only bathroom and a “colored” only water fountain. As a child I never asked my mom about racial discrimination. It was just “the way it […]
June 1, 2020
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How to Get a Lawyer to Take Your Case

Right away a disclaimer: I am going to tell you how to get a lawyer to “Take Your Case” and that includes potentially lying to the lawyer.  You will not hear this information anywhere else and I feel no qualms about telling you because … well … other  lawyers lie to me everyday.  So here we go, I am about to tell you some secrets.  By continuing to read this you hereby agree to never use this information against me or my law firm. Preparing for this blog, I did some research which basically consisted of Googling “How to get […]
May 13, 2020
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Bankruptcy – Top 8 FAQs

1. WHO CAN FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY? Any person who resides, does business, OR has property in the U.S. can file bankruptcy. There is no requirement that a person who resides here prove their legal status – so yes, undocumented workers can file bankruptcy as well. The big/main requirement is that you pass the “means test” for filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. That means that the bankruptcy filer must show that he or she makes under the median income of the state (In Florida that’s right around $51,000) OR prove that he or she has under $215 in disposable income. 2. […]
April 29, 2020
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How to Win In Small Claims Court

Small claims vary by state but the general idea is the same – trials are more informal.  The Rules of Evidence, although liberally applied, are still in effect.  You have to be prepared and professional.  For purposes of this video we are assuming you have already been through mediation and all that stuff – you are going to trial with the Judge.   Here’s what you do: First, take a look at your Complaint or Statement of Claim.  There are certain facts you will have to prove in order to win.  The Plaintiff has the burden of proving every single […]
April 13, 2020
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Everything You Need To Know About Foreclosure Traps

As I write this blog, we are in the middle of the COVID-19 stay-at-home situation and we, maybe like you, have everyone working from home which has given me a little extra time to keep up with all the new laws and emergency orders coming down. And what I am seeing is a looming foreclosure trap on the horizon from some things that are going on and it shows an interesting interplay of law, private policies, and public perception. It’s extremely important that homeowners who need help with their mortgage be aware of what is going on. In late March […]
March 22, 2020
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Coronavirus and Your Legal Rights Explained: FAQs

COVID-19 or the coronavirus, is an infectious disease that is adversely affecting the health of the global population. Common symptoms for coronavirus include cough, fever, tiredness, shortness of breath, and other respiratory symptoms. In response to this global pandemic, many companies and government officials are encouraging people to engage in social distancing and responsible hygienic practices. To ensure that contact with other potentially infected individuals is kept to a minimum, state and local officials have closed the doors to many of the places we all frequented just a few days ago. Here in Central Florida, all bars along with many […]
March 16, 2020

Lawyer Cross-Examination Techniques You Can Use – Part II

Previously, we did a video and blog on cross-examination techniques you can use in your life, and now, by popular demand, we bring you Lawyer Cross-Examination Techniques You Can Use – Part Two! To see the Part I: https://www.hoganlegal.com/news/lawyer-cross-examination-tricks-and-techniques-you-can-use/ Last year we covered 3 cross-examination techniques that you can actually use in your life – (1) the “Obvious Yes” technique; (2) the “Uncomfortable Silence” technique, and the “Analogy” technique. Today we are going to present two new techniques that lawyers use that might be useful for you in everyday life. The first technique today I call the “Build the Train” […]
January 14, 2020
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5 Legal Myths Debunked

After practicing law for well over 15 years now, I’ve seen some clients come in with some ideas about legal issues that just aren’t quite right.  So today we bring you some of the top legal myths our clients come in believing and talk briefly about what the law really is. Myth #1:  If you are a victim of a crime, you decide whether to “Press Charges” or not.   That’s not exactly true.  Certainly the willingness of the victim to testify against the criminal is important but the prosecutor’s job is to apply the law on behalf of the victim […]