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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Lawsuits | 0 comments

Jury Rules for Donald Trump in Hotel Lawsuit

A jury has ruled not to award a cent to an 87-year-old woman who filed a lawsuit claiming she was cheated in a deal she made with Donald Trump.

The lawsuit claimed that Trump lured the financial planner into purchasing two condominiums in 2006 for a total of $500,000 in one of his luxury Chicago hotels with purchase incentives that included a cut of ballroom and meeting room revenue. The suit sought upwards of $1 million in damages.

However, a clause buried deep in the contract they agreed to included a provision that would allow Trump, as the owner of the building, to make changes to the agreement as he saw fit. Trump took full advantage of this and decided to not offer the agreed incentives or any comparable replacements. The woman said she was aware of the clause prior to agreeing to the deal, but believed it was typically used in response to changes in building codes or similar situations. It is her attorney’s assertion that the only reason Trump would make the decision to remove the purchase incentives two years after the agreement was signed is that he was planning to do so the entire time.

The jury disagreed, citing the language used in the agreement, which gave Trump every right to behave the way he did. They also argued that the woman, who has years of experience managing huge sums of money, was savvy enough to understand the risks she was taking.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Industry | 0 comments

Leaky Pipes: When Your Business Can’t Afford to DIY

ALD PlumbingWater damage is a very real problem for businesses and homeowners, and when it is due to plumbing leaks it makes it doubly difficult. First of all, plumbing is (should be) hidden under floorboards, tiles, walls and often embedded in concrete, or under slab, which makes it hard to check. Secondly, once you determine that it is a leak, you have to get at it, and that can entail wreaking havoc on your home if you don’t know what you’re doing. Third and worst of all, if you don’t find all of them, you could be looking at damage at the foundation level. The smartest thing you can do if you suspect plumbing leaks is to get a professional plumber on the job.

In Texas, plumbing leaks are a significant pet peeve of homeowner insurance companies because it is often blamed for loss of foundation integrity. Insurers turned to experienced plumbers to determine if there is actually a leak in claimant’s houses because they have the expertise and equipment to do it. Once it is determined that a leak is present, insurers often help homeowners in paying for repairing the leaks to eliminate the higher costs of foundation repair.

As a homeowner, it is prudent to nip the problem in the bud by calling in a professional plumber as soon as a leak is suspected. There are certain signs you can look for, especially in the bathrooms, where most leaks occur. These include:

  • Persistent mildew and mold on non-shower walls and corners
  • Blistering or peeling wall paint or paper
  • Warped or stained walls, ceilings or floors
  • Musty or earthy odor

If any of these signs appear, don’t waste time in wondering if you have a leaky pipe. Call in a reputable plumber in your area to test your plumbing for leaks. If you do have them, have them repaired at once. You will save more money in the long run.

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Industry | 0 comments

The Growing Field of Marriage and Family Therapy

Prevention is the best medicine. This is true for both physical and relationship problems. Most people go into a marriage believing that love conquers all, but oftentimes romantic and familial love is simply not enough. Conflicts and issues may arise where the failure to properly communicate can lead to the erosion of relationships despite the persistence of true and abiding love.

Take for example Ed and Mary, who have three sons. The eldest son, Jason, is a happy-go-lucky, irresponsible 18-year-old who wants to have fun at all costs. Jason often clashes with Ed, who finds his son’s ebullience excessive and disruptive. Mary, who is also fun-loving, tolerates Jason’s behavior, which sometimes results in arguments with Ed. The younger children, Dale and Mark, tend to emulate Ed but are also influenced by Jason. The whole family is solid and loving, but the interrelationships can become problematic, especially for the younger children.

In the instance above, there is no real problem – yet. A qualified marriage and family therapist would be able to identify patterns of behavior, causes of conflict and communication strategies that can prevent a better understanding and stronger bond between family members. An experienced therapist may need between 5 to 20 sessions with family members in turn and as a group to come up with a program that would help the family. The primary goals of marriage and family therapy are to improve relationships and promote healthy communication.

The role of therapist is not an easy one. The skill set required to make a good therapist includes the ability to listen contextually, discern subtleties in speech and behavior, direct conversations, recognize and categorize patterns, and analyze what type of therapy would best suit the situation.

Aside from personal attributes, a therapist must also have the academic background to undertake the responsibility of conducting sessions. The various theories behind the counseling techniques would be something they are conversant with and know how to use.

Having a string of letters after one’s name is not enough; they should be the right letters. In Texas, the licensing for marriage and family therapists is comprehensive, so you will want someone who is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and possibly also as a Professional Counselor (LPC).

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

A Look at Premises Liability Law

When a person is in charge of a property, it comes with a great deal of responsibility he or she may not be aware of. One of the most important of these responsibilities is the obligation to keep the premises safe for any guests that they may be host to. This is especially true for hotels, as they frequently have people who are unfamiliar with the building walking into and out of them.

Property managers who fail to uphold their obligation can be held accountable for any injuries that result from dangerous conditions in their buildings. Most often such conditions arise from the building going through some period of neglect.

Common dangerous conditions include hazards such as lead paint, leaky pipes, mold, and faulty elevators. These are the kinds of dangers that are sometimes present in a building, and must be fixed within a reasonable amount of time to reduce the risk that they hurt innocent people.

If such conditions are allowed to persist for an unreasonably long time and a guest on the property is unduly hurt, the property manager may be held responsible for his or her medical costs and other injury-related expenditures. Making repairs as soon as a problem becomes apparent is the key to reducing liability under such circumstances. It’s imperative that hotels adhere to a high standard of safety on their premises to ensure that their guests feel welcome and impressed with the clean, safe facilities.

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