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MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

It is now June 24, 2018.  As I write this, Donald Trump has just revoked the Executive Order, HE CREATED, requiring that the children of parents entering the U.S. without documentation be taken from their parents - while the parents are charged with the criminal misdemeanor of entering the country illegally, tried and, in many cases, deported back to their home country;  without their children and, in many cases, without knowledge of where their children are!!   And, on top of that,r. Trump has the CHUTZPAH (AUDACITY) to blame the fruits of his evil plotting on THE DEMOCRATS (as if their refusal to fund a ridiculous wall on our border with Mexico, made taking children away from their parents, somehow unavoidable). 


MEANWHILE, anyone familiar with our Federal and State criminal justice systems knows that most prosecutors are seeking convictions instead of justice.  In fact, many (but, thankfully, not all) of them are willing to bend the rules and skirt the system because (like a certain tenant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) they believe that everyone who is arrested is "guilty of something  and, therefore, deserving of punishment" and "the ends justify the means.  .  . "  Our prisons are overcrowded because laws and sentencing guidelines are TOO HARSH!  And, a lesser known reason for this is that PRISONS ARE BIG BUSINESS and that business runs on prisoners.


SOMEBODY MUST BE FIGHTING TO HELP THE ACCUSED WHO ARE SUBJECT TO THESE ABUSES.  .  .


AND THAT IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!!

JUSTICE ISN'T REALLY BLIND!

The whole notion that "Justice is Blind," is meant to communicate that justice is dispensed EQUALLY to everyone -- no matter who they are or what they look like.  BUT, If you take a really good look at JUSTICE (the lady holding the scales, whom everyone says is BLIND).  But if you look carefully at the picture atop this column, you will see - not THAT SHE IS BLIND  but, rather, THAT SHE IS WEARING A BLINDFOLD!!

Furthermore, her hands are not bound, which makes me think that she may, very well, have put the blindfold on herself.  Maybe because she is afraid to see that our justice system isn't really impartial at all!!

WE WANT TO HELP!!

We care.  We can't help it.  Everyone who works here has hit his or her share of potholes on the road of life.  As a result, we have empathy and compassion as you struggle to navigate yours.  You want the best available legal help!  Of course you do.  But you also don't want to wind up living in a refrigerator box while your lawyer cruises to Bimini on a yacht!  Well, we don't like the idea of our clients living in refrigerator boxes.  .  . and we don't even know where Bimini is.  IN OTHER WORDS, you will get our best efforts at extremely reasonable fees.

About Us

TRYING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

  1. David Jay Bernstein graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1984 with a dual degree of Doctorate (J.D.) in Law and a Master of Science in Mass Communication.   Interested in stemming fear in our society and helping both those accused and the victims of crime to achieve justice, David became an Assistant  District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York in 1984 and remained until 1994, when he moved South to Coconut Creek, FL.   After an hiatus to pursue a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in theatrical directing a FAU in Boca Raton,  David ran the not-for-profit Public Theatre of South Florida, as Executive Artistic Director,  from 2000-2007.   And in 2006, having become aware of the abuses of both an immigration and criminal justice system concerned only with achieving convictions and deportations (as opposed to justice), David opened this firm in an attempt to help the accused obtain justice and fairness from Federal and State Governments.

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HOW CAN WE HELP YOU??? / OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE!

 

  • CRIMINAL: Criminal  law or penal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It regulates  social conduct and proscribes whatever is threatening, harmful, or  otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare  of people. It includes the punishment of people who violate these laws.  Criminal law varies according to jurisdiction, and differs from civil  law, where emphasis is more on dispute resolution and victim  compensation than on punishment.                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • POST CONVICTION: In law post-conviction refers  to the legal process which takes place after a trial results  in conviction of the defendant. After conviction, a court will proceed  with sentencing the guilty party. In the criminal justice system, once a  defendant has received a guilty verdict, he or she can then challenge a  conviction or sentence. This takes place through different legal  actions, known as filing an appeal or a federal habeas  corpus proceeding. The goal of these proceedings is exoneration, or  proving a convicted person innocent. If lacking representation, the  defendant may consult or hire an attorney to exercise his or her legal  rights​.                                                           
  • IMMIGRATION: Immigration  law refers to national government policies controlling  the immigration and deportation of people, and other matters such  as citizenship. Immigration laws vary from country to country, as well  as according to the political climate of the times, as sentiments may  sway from the widely inclusive to the deeply exclusive of new  immigrants.  Immigration  law regarding the citizens of a country is regulated by international  law. The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political  Rights[1] mandates that all countries allow entry to its own  citizens. Certain countries may maintain rather strict laws which  regulate both the right of entry and internal rights, such as the  duration of stay and the right to participate in government. Most  countries have laws which designate a process for naturalization, by  which foreigners may become citizens.​

  • FAMILY: Family law (also called matrimonial law) is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations, including:  marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; adoption and surrogacy child abuse and child abduction. the  termination of relationships and ancillary matters,  including  divorce,   annulment, property settlements, alimony, child  custody and visitation, child support and alimony awards..  juvenile adjudication paternity  testing and paternity fraud.                                                                                                                                                     
  • FORECLOSURE: Foreclosure is  a legal process in which a lender attempts to recover the balance of a  loan from a borrower, who has stopped making payments to the lender, by  forcing the sale of the asset used as the collateral for the  loan. Formally, a mortgage lender (mortgagee), or other lienholder,  obtains a termination of a mortgage borrower (mortgagor)'s equitable  right of redemption, either by court order or by operation of law (after  following a specific statutory procedure).
    Usually a lender obtains  a security interest from a borrower who mortgages or pledges an asset  like a house to secure the loan. If the borrower defaults and the lender  tries to repossess the property, courts of equity can grant the  borrower the equitable right of redemption if the borrower repays the  debt. While this equitable right exists, it is a cloud on title and the  lender cannot be sure that they can successfully repossess the  property.[3]  Therefore, through the process of foreclosure, the lender  seeks to foreclose (in plain English, immediately terminate) the  equitable right of redemption and take both legal and equitable title to  the property in fee simple. Other lien holders can also foreclose the  owner's right of redemption for other debts, such as for overdue taxes,  unpaid contractors' bills or overdue homeowners' association dues or  assessments.  The foreclosure process as applied to residential  mortgage loans is a bank or other secured creditor selling or  repossessing a parcel of real property after the owner has failed to  comply with an agreement between the lender and borrower called a  "mortgage" or "deed of trust." Commonly, the violation of the mortgage  is a default in payment of a promissory note, secured by a lien on the  property. When the process is complete, the lender can sell the property  and keep the proceeds to pay off its mortgage and any legal costs, and  it is typically said that "the lender has foreclosed its mortgage  or lien." If the promissory note was made with a recourse clause then if  the sale does not bring enough to pay the existing balance of principal  and fees the mortgagee can file a claim for a deficiency judgment. In  many states in the United States, items included to calculate the amount  of a deficiency judgment include the loan principal, accrued interest  and attorney fees less the amount the lender bid at the foreclosure  sale
                                                
  • ESTATE PLANNING: Estate  planning is the process of anticipating and arranging, during a  person's life, for the management and disposal of that  person's estate during the person's life and at and after death, while  minimizing gift, estate, generation skipping transfer, and income tax.  Estate planning includes planning for incapacity as well as a process of  reducing or eliminating uncertainties over the administration of  a probate and maximizing the value of the estate by reducing taxes and  other expenses. The ultimate goal of estate planning can be determined  by the specific goals of the client, and may be as simple or complex as  the client's needs dictate.. Guardians are often designated for minor  children and beneficiaries in incapacity.
    The law of estate planning  overlaps to some degree with elder law, which additionally includes  other provisions such as long-term care.
                             
  • ​APPEALS CRIMINAL & CIVIL:   Although some cases are decided based on written briefs alone, many  cases are selected for an "oral argument" before the court. Oral  argument in the court of appeals is a structured discussion between the  appellate lawyers and the panel of judges focusing on the legal  principles in dispute. Each side is given a short time — usually about  15 minutes — to present arguments to the court.  Most appeals are  final. The court of appeals decision usually will be the final word in  the case, unless it sends the case back to the trial court for  additional proceedings, or the parties ask the U.S. Supreme Court to  review the case. In some cases the decision may be reviewed en banc,  that is, by a larger group of judges (usually all) of the court of  appeals for the circuit. A litigant who loses in a federal court of  appeals, or in the highest court of a state, may file a petition for a  "writ of certiorari," which is a document asking the Supreme Court to  review the case. The Supreme Court, however, does not have to grant  review. The Court typically will agree to hear a case only when it  involves an unusually important legal principle, or when two or more  federal appellate courts have interpreted a law differently. There are  also a small number of special circumstances in which the Supreme Court  is required by law to hear an appeal.. 

 

Copyright David Jay Bernstein

WE DON'T WANT TO BREAK THE BANK

When you're looking for an attorney to walk you (or your loved ones) safely through the obstacle course of our state or federal legal system, you want the best help available, right??  Of course you do.  But you also don't want to find yourself living in a refrigerator box while your lawyer sails to Bimini on his or her yacht.  Well,  we don't like the idea of our clients living in a box.  And we have no idea where Bimini is.  In other words, you will get our very best efforts at very reasonable fees.



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