Archives for April 2015

Do I Give Up Any Rights Pursuing Employment Arbitration or Mediation?

It depends. As a condition of employment you may have signed an arbitration or mediation clause in your employment contract which would make those procedures the exclusive forum for dispute resolution should you ever be involved in an employment dispute. By entering into the employer’s contract of employment containing such an agreement, you may have waived your legal right to a file a civil action in court. In a series of recent employment and labor cases, the U.S. Supreme court has upheld an employer’s contractual right to enforce its contract containing arbitration or mediation clauses to resolve most employment disputes and determined that they are within the scope of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). [Read more…]

Should I File Chapter 7 or 13 Without a Bankruptcy Lawyer?

Under certain circumstance, it is not necessary that you retain an attorney to file a Chapter 7 or 13, but more often than not, it is simply a smart decision to do so. You should strongly consider hiring an experienced bankruptcy attorney to explain the pitfalls before you file a petition for bankruptcy and to advise you on whether a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case is best suited for your indebtedness. Assistance of a bankruptcy attorney ensures that you are also being adequately protected from debt collectors after obtaining your discharge in the Bankruptcy Court. [Read more…]