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Accused of Possessing Child Pornography?

By Stephen C. Smith

Beginning in 2013, the three major internet search engines Google, Bing and Yahoo introduced a warning “pop up” which appears on the screen if a user searches for common search terms associated with child pornography (i.e., Lolita, pre-teen girls, young boys etc.). 

These warnings are not also automatically sent to the FBI as is sometimes thought. There are several well-known scams which can trap people receiving such warnings into sending personal information. Never do so!

The Maine Parentage Act (MPA) now in effect

By Karen E. Boston, Esq.

The Maine Parentage Act became effective July 1, 2016. Senator Roger Katz was one of the co-sponsors of this law which was intended to update Maine’s family law to be consistent with today’s parenting. The Maine Parentage Act can be found in Chapter 61 of Title 19-A, M.R.S.A. §1831 through §1938. Here are some important things to know about the Maine Parentage Act.

Top 5 Things Gun Owners in Maine Should Know

1.  In Maine, there is no requirement to license or otherwise register any firearm which is also not required to be registered or licensed federally.

2.  People convicted of a crime punishable by one year or more in prison – whether or not a year was actually served – are prohibited from owning a firearm. In addition, the following persons are also prohibited:

What to do After an Automobile Accident

By Stephen C. Smith, Esq.

Mainers are a hearty breed. When we get in a minor fender bender or even a more serious but seemingly minor accident, we tend to tough it out. A bruise here or a sore shoulder there will recover and life will go on. While such an attitude is admirable, and by no means should every minor bump or bruise turn into a legal issue, you should not make the mistake of ignoring a potentially serious matter. 

How Much Auto Insurance Do I Need?

In Maine, the mandatory minimum amount of automobile insurance is $50,000 for liability. This means there will be $50,000 available to cover any injuries the driver may have caused. What many people do not realize is that the same $50,000 policy covers uninsured motorist claims. If you are struck by a person without an insurance policy and you carry a $50,000 policy on your own vehicle, your own insurance company may be obligated to cover your losses. This is a very important protection.

Can a Child Sue a Parent?

By Stephen C. Smith, Esq.

It is not uncommon that children are involved in an accident where one of their parents are at fault. Children are totally dependent on us to drive them, to supervise them at the pool and to keep our homes safe. Even in the case of a serious injury, it can be a natural inclination for the parent to not think about suing themselves on behalf of his child. Such topics can be uncomfortable and easy to avoid, but having a child sue one’s own parent or close relative can be accomplished without undue family stress. 

Personal Injury Using Pools and Trampolines: Are You at Risk?

With the arrival of warmer weather, many families may be considering whether to purchase a swimming pool or trampoline to enhance summer fun. The purchase of either of these items should come with much thought, planning and consideration. Both swimming pools and trampolines can be considered "attractive nuisances" – an area or object on one's property that may draw children or others who cannot appreciate the risk of harm. One needs to consider whether such a purchase is safe for his or her own family. Further, when purchasing a swimming pool, the safety of others must be considered.

Lawyers and Advertising

Most people including most lawyers find lawyers advertising to be offensive. The Courts, however, have ruled that as a matter of first amendment rights lawyers have the right to advertise. Some advertisements, particularly on TV, are in poor taste and further promote a negative image of attorneys and claimants.

How to Hire a Lawyer

Over 16 years of practice, I have been hired by thousands of clients and fired by a few. In the course of conversations with potential new clients and with soon-to-be-former clients, I have learned many lessons on how to hire a lawyer.

Maine's Law on Loose Animals

What are your rights if someone's animal injures you? What is your exposure if your animal injures someone else? Unfortunately, people and property are injured or damaged by animals all too frequently. These situations might be reduced if animal owners and potentially injured persons were aware of what the law is in Maine.