Monthly Archives: July 2013

Natural Disaster? You May Need a Lawyer

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Think back just a few years, and what events stand out in your memory? Some really big ones may jump out at you: the 2004 Indonesian tsunami; the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident. A little more recent and closer to home: Hurricane Katrina, August 2005 (over 1800 dead, over $100 billion in damage). The Joplin, Missouri tornado, May 2011 (over 150 dead, nearly $3 billion).

But when you think about just last year in the United States, the number and frequency of natural disasters becomes more striking. The worst of 2012:

  • Hurricane Isaac, August – AL, FL, LA,
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How do you find the right attorney for your legal issue, your area, and your budget?

Finding an attorney can be a daunting process! Do you rely on personal recommendations from friends or family members?  Select from the parade of lawyers advertising on late-night television? Search the internet for professional directories and performance reviews?

There are countless resources available to assist you with searching for legal representation. In this article, I’d like to recommend one simple starting point: consult your local state or county bar association. More than 300 lawyer referral programs are offered by area bar associations to direct legal consumers to appropriate counsel.

These programs were created to assist the public in selecting attorneys … Read More

Government Employee and Department Directories

Do you need to contact a certain governmental agency but don’t know where to start? Do you need to call or email a state, county or city agency but don’t have the phone number or email address? You can find phone numbers, email addresses and department services directories for states, counties and cities using our “Employee Directory Records Resources” page.

Here are just a few of the available links. The District of Columbia’s “Directory of Agencies and Services” provides a search by agency name or services name providing the phone number, fax number, address, description of … Read More

New Enhancements Added to Kentucky Offender Online Lookup System

In a press release issued on July 1, 2013, the Kentucky Department of Corrections announced the launching of a new and improved version of the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system, known as KOOL. These improvements are the result of criminal justice reform legislation (House Bill 463) that the Kentucky General Assembly approved in 2011.

The old website provided basic information such as the names of inmates, conviction information, sentence lengths, photos, and parole eligibility dates. The new and enhanced version provides a lot more detail and includes information on the expected time to serve, “good-time” release date, maximum expiration … Read More