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What Are Your Legal Options If A Neighbor Is Violating Drought Restrictions?

Living in an area prone to seasonal droughts has likely made you very conscious of your water usage. While many Americans take their ability to enjoy long showers or a lush green lawn for granted, those on the West Coast and in the Southwest have been facing water shortages for years — and many state and local governments have begun cracking down on residential water usage. What can you do if you become aware a neighbor is violating water use restrictions? Do you have any legal options if your neighbor’s water restriction violation is affecting your own water supply? Read on to learn more about your potential remedies at law. Is it against the law for your neighbor to ignore restrictions on water use? Many states undergoing a severe drought, including California, have instituted mandatory water restrictions that place strict limits on water usage based on the size of a home and its lot. Once a homeowner exceeds his or her rationed usage for the billing cycle, some very steep fines and costs may be assessed — up to $500 per each day the violation continues to take place. These water restrictions are classified as ordinances, which means that your neighbor cannot be criminally charged or jailed for violating a water restriction; just fined or subjected to other fees and costs. However, a failure on your neighbor’s part to pay any fines or fees imposed by the courts could subject him or her to a contempt of court sanction. In addition, stealing or siphoning a neighbor’s water supply as a means to get around the restriction is illegal and classified...

Three Reasons Compensation For A Wrongful Death Claim May Be Denied

Wrongful death claims are often challenging to litigate. There are a variety of factors that contribute to whether or not the judge or jury will agree with your position and decide the case in your favor. Here are three things that may result in your wrongful death claim being denied or dismissed. Lack of Duty of Care The first thing that must be established in a wrongful death case is the defendant had a duty of care to the person who died. Duty of care describes a person’s legal obligation to take certain action or behave in a certain way. For instance, doctors are required to notify patients of the possible side effects of medication or treatments they prescribe. Breaching this duty of care makes a person liable for any harm that result. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to establish that the defendant had a duty of care to the deceased. For instance, a court recently dismissed the case against a school district who the plaintiffs claimed caused the suicide death of their son. The teen had committed suicide after being suspended from school when he confessed to stealing a laptop. The parents claimed the teen was intimidated into a confession, which contributed to the boy’s suicidal state of mind. However, an investigation into the issue did not find evidence supporting the parents’ claims. Moreover, in dismissing the case, the judge found the school had no duty of care to the deceased because the teen was not on school property at the time of his death, had been released into the custody of his parents, and the administrators had...

5 Personal Matters You Should Discuss With Your Divorce Lawyer

After you hire a divorce attorney, understand that you will need to discuss some highly personal matters if your split is a contentious one. You may prefer to keep important information under wraps. However, doing so can work against you as you try to negotiate issues such as division of assets, spousal support and child custody. Your spouse may talk about these matters with their own lawyer even if the two of you had agreed not to do this. Also, even if you’re sure your spouse doesn’t know certain information, somebody else may talk or find out.  Examples of Personal Issues You May Need to Discuss Illegal Activity If you have done something illegal that could affect your divorce case, tell your lawyer. For example, if you have indulged in smoking marijuana in a state where it’s not legal, or if you’ve driven a vehicle after drinking too much alcohol, your lawyer needs to know. If you were arrested for shoplifting as a teenager, say so. That doesn’t mean your lawyer will ever reveal this information. It means if the allegation comes up during mediation or in court, your attorney won’t be blindsided. Your contract with your lawyer ensures attorney-client privilege, so your lawyer cannot divulge what you say unless you allow it. An exception to this privilege would be if you tell your attorney about your plans to commit a crime in the future. Infidelity If you’ve been cheating on your spouse, tell your lawyer. Even if you feel certain your spouse doesn’t know, you may be wrong about that. You also can never be sure they won’t find...

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