Oct 02, 13
Divorce and Social Media: Can social media activity used as evidence?
A couple going through a divorce may use Facebook and other social networking sites as a platform for airing grievances and other information pertaining to the divorce or slandering information about a soon-to-be ex. While it may be tempting to voice your feelings about your ex or specific information about your marital situation, it is important to consider how it may affect your pending divorce. Once you have shared personal information on social networking sites, such as Facebook, it’s hard to reverse any damage that may already be done. In some cases, the information you share, can be used as evidence in your divorce hearing.
According to The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81% of its members have used or faced evidence from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networking sites. Social networking sites are often used to promote divorce-related hate and smear campaigns among battling spouses. While initially, it may seem like a good way to deal with the range of emotions that one may feel when facing divorce, it can ultimately end up being used as evidence in a court of law. Depending on your “angle”, the custody of your children and other assets you may be trying to gain may be at risk.
According to Divorcelawnc.com, a Cary, NC family law firm, you should consider the following:
- Be Honest: Do not write anything on sites, like Facebook, that you wouldn’t admit to. Your lawyer, your ex, the judge are all privy to the information that you post.
- Don’t try to force friends to take sides: It may be tempting to reach out on Facebook and persuade mutual friends to take sides. Before or during a divorce is not the time, especially not in a public matter. Regardless of your emotions, beware of what you say and what you ask of friends. Public slander is hard to ignore or erase.
- Take pictures with caution: Questionable pictures can be used against you. Whether you are celebrating your divorce with a couple of friends or posing with your children and a new love interest, make those pictures private until your divorce is finalized. A seemingly innocent picture can be construed negatively, especially during your divorce hearing.
- Use Privacy settings: If you feel like you need to continue to share things on social networking sites, during your divorce proceeding, make sure that you have privacy settings enabled. Only allow the people you trust to see your posts, such as parents, siblings and best friends.
Be Careful with your Words
Divorce hearings can be difficult. By being a responsible and considerate social networking site user, the chance of evidence used against you is slim. Making careless and impulsive comments online can put you and your divorce case at great risk. While you may feel the need to find support among friends, contact them privately or in person. Activity on the internet is shared quickly and even if you never intended for your comments to get back to your soon-to-be ex, it may be used against you or as evidence.
Aug 24, 13
These days, humans rely on their cell phones on a more and more frequent basis. Cell phones—and for that matter, other mobile devices—not only help us to communicate with our loved ones, but also provide up-to-date information on our surrounding. Over the past several years, the use of mobile phone apps has become especially popular. While there are a number of ways in which these apps can be used, maintaining safety while on the road is perhaps one of the most important.
According to Overdrive, Car Net mobile app may be one of the best options for those who are concerned about their safety while behind the wheel. Slated for release in conjunction with the release of 2014 models of Jetta, Passat, Beetle, and other automobiles, Car Net is marketed as an “in-car system that offers a number of convenience and diagnostics features.” Namely, Car Net offers roadside assistance, automatic crash alert, destination assistance, and a number of other important services. Though these features can be easily accessed through the mobile device, they are also available on the website and even in the vehicle itself.
INRIX Traffic is another effective mobile car app that may help to save your life in the case of an emergency. As suggested by the name, INRIX Traffic app is specifically designed to provide information about a number of traffic-related situations—and can offer help when it comes to comparing various traffic routes or predicting rush hour motorist slow-downs. In addition, INRIX can provide app users with up-to-date information about vehicle crashes, thus allowing them to choose alternative routes for their daily commute. Through these services, INRIX app users will not only be able to save time, but may actually avoid dangerous driving situations.
Choosing Mobile Car Apps
Choosing a mobile car app can often be a difficult process. Though there are a great number of these services available to the public, they often come at a high price—and may not always be worth the exorbitant fees that are charged for their use. Individuals who are thinking about the purchase of mobile car apps should be sure to review the product in question before making a final purchase. Speaking with others who have used the specific app can often be effective when it comes to making an educated decision.
Maintaining Safety with Car Apps
Lately, we have heard more and more about the dangers of distracted driving. Driving while distracted is not only dangerous for the person operating the vehicle—but also for other men and women on the road. Though mobile car apps are typically designed to increase the safety of drivers, when used in an inappropriate way, they can result in vehicular accidents, serious injuries, and even possible death. Drivers should be sure to exhibit care and caution during the use of mobile car apps to maintain their safety and that of all other drivers on the road.
Is there a car app that you know about or would recommend? If so, share your comments below.
Aug 05, 13
Without a doubt, the workplace is an ever-evolving monster. As the world continues to change, so do to types and variety of jobs available to the working people. In the past few years, the blogging industry has become exceedingly popular, especially for
individuals who wish “be their own boss”, make their own hour and maintain a greater deal of control over their own life.
Unfortunately, blogging professionally can be quite difficult, if not all-out impossible—especially when it comes to working in specific industries. As with many current career fields, bloggers who wish to stay relevant and obtain substantial amounts of work in the travel industry should consider developing a niche, being flexible, and work outside of their comfort zone.
Top Secret Tip #1: Developing a Niche
Most professional travel bloggers agree that developing a niche is perhaps one of the most effective ways to ensure a steady stream of income when it comes to working in this competitive industry. Whether it is being an expert in regards to food, religious sites, or another matter altogether, bloggers who specialize will likely find more work than those who try to write about everything. Consider choosing one area of travel that is especially near and dear to the heart, and focus on it when blogging about specific travel destinations. Selecting a very unique topic that has not already been covered by other bloggers—such as the best bakeries or coziest bookstores in the area— may be even more effective to ensure a career as a professional freelance travel blogger.
Top Secret Tip #2: Be Flexible!
Being flexible is also quite important for those who really want to make a name for themselves when it comes to working as a professional travel blogger. Most bloggers are drawn to the professional out of the freedom that it provides—as mentioned above, freelance bloggers typically work for themselves and can establish their own working hours. However, those who really want to “make it big” must be willing to be flexible to ensure that they are given the quality jobs in the travel blogging industry. Visiting a specific destination or site that may not be ideal, submitting an article at a date earlier than expected, and writing more or less than would be preferred can make the difference between writing on an infrequent basis, and making a career of freelance travel blogging.
Top Secret Tip #3: Push the Boundaries of Your Comfort Zone
Finally, as with all professions, being able to work outside of one’s comfort zone can prove to be invaluable when it comes to breaking into the competitive travel industry—especially for struggling freelance bloggers. Bloggers who are able and willing to write about travel destinations, activities, and pastimes that are outside of their expertise can be a valuable resource for editors around the world. Let potential employers know that while you have not been to all parts of the globe, you can still write as if you have! With any luck, you will be chosen as their next go-to writer when the need for a top-notch freelance travel blogger opens up.
May 15, 13
If you have an Android or iPhone, chances are you have many apps available at the tap of a finger, ranging from word games to news to daily reminders. If you have been injured in a car or work-related accident, you’ll want to find a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can advise and represent you. Just a decade ago, injury sufferers scanned the yellow pages for a personal injury attorney, hoping to find one that would be suitable for their needs. Jump ahead to the era of mobile apps and there are some much more resourceful sorting methods that can be used. While the choices may still be a bit overwhelming, an app can help you find a personal injury attorney much quicker and efficiently than looking through a directory. We recently spoke with a writer from www.dispartilaw.com/blog and these are some insights we gleaned from our conversation.
May 01, 13
Time Matters Task Management: Managing Your Calls, Emails & To Do Lists Just Got Easier
As many of our readers and contributors are legal bloggers, attorneys, or otherwise active in the legal industry, here is an article about a great task management tool that can ease the burden of busy consumer bankruptcy lawyers so there is more time to blog!
Consumer bankruptcy lawyers strive to do their best for every client – from meeting with clients and making sure that all filing deadlines are met to managing ongoing cases. While those tasks alone can quickly fill up your day, managing client communications via email, voice mail and phone messages, can make your already busy day even busier.
OTB Consulting understands your challenges. After working with hundreds of consumer bankruptcy attorneys, we developed BKexpress®, a case management software that runs on LexisNexis’Time Matters®, the leading practice management system used by more lawyers than any other. BKexpress® and Time Matters® enable you to manage your workload and prioritize your tasks so that you can spend more of your day doing what you do best – practicing law.
No More Pink Phone Messages
Most of us are all too familiar with the “pink message” phone message sheet. It was, and probably still is, the simplest way to relay a phone message. However, consumer bankruptcy attorneys generally don’t get just a couple of pink messages a day; they get dozens – along with lengthy voice messages and emails that must be addressed asap. The same issues apply to email, and how to manage the high volume of incoming email to make sure each one gets addressed.
While some of these phone messages and emails may require action on your part, it is likely that many will be delegated to other staff members. Passing around the pink “While You Were Out” phone message notes and forwarding lengthy voice mails and emails from one person to the next simply doesn’t work, and you run the risk of letting things slip through the cracks.
BKexpress® and Time Matters® put you in control by allowing you to:
- Manage communications and follow through. The software allows you to manage phone calls, voice mails and emails by creating a record of that communication, along with a reminder to you or your staff to follow up on the matter by a certain date through a pop-up message that prompts action. You can manage all of your communications through the system to ensure that your firm is attending to every client matter efficiently through easy-to-use tools, tabs and numerous shortcuts to find the information you need at the click of a button.
- Navigate your day. The navigation system is based on the “up periscope” concept – allowing you to see what’s on the horizon when you begin each day and to ensure that all of your regular daily tasks are completed. It creates a “To Do” list of what needs to be accomplished each day, including calendar, email and client management, and enables you to see who’s doing what so that nothing gets missed. If you have delegated a task, the system allows you to follow up by simply clicking on a button to see the status of all tasks that you have delegated to others and for your staff to see all of the tasks that have been delegated to them.
Being on top of your game by managing communications, making certain that you’re following through on pending matters and having the right tools to help you navigate through your day is critical to legal compliance, client satisfaction and your firm’s overall success. For more information, see our free Time Matters Task Management webinar.
Feb 18, 13
As a freelance writer, and fellow blogger, I was recently introduced to a site that provides endless opportunities for those that are in the blogosphere. Google loves unique content, but I know personally, it is sometimes a challenge to find people that want to reciprocate guest posts for each other’s sites.
Luckily, there is a great new guest blog network available at our fingertips that can offer opportunities for people needing guest blog content from bloggers and those that would like to contribute a guest blog to other active sites.
MyBlogGuest was created by savvy blogger Ann Smarty in November of 2009. Smarty, who is a household name in the SEO world and is credited with being a Guest Post Expert, understands the importance of blogging and specifically guest posting, has created a free service that has mutual benefits for all involved.
Whether you are an aspiring writer that needs to create brand-name awareness, or you have a well-known site but are strapped for time and unable to create regular content; MyBlogGuest has resources for you. A site that, when originally created, lacked many users and had a small database is quickly turning into the go-to guest blog network, but can use your help!
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Jan 29, 13
As the old saying goes, “those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” It should come as no surprise, then, that history is considered to be an interesting topic for many people—especially those who hope to become leaders in their respective
career fields. While there is no question that understanding one’s past is essential for success in life, staying up to date on current trends is also considered to be quite important. Blogging is a popular activity that has grown substantially in the last several years. Understanding not only the history of blogging, but also where experts believe that it may go, is crucial for those who are interested in participating in this intriguing pastime.