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Mobile App| Technology Frontier

LAB_1109Written By: Louie Talacay

It’s baffling to think that technology has evolved so much in such a short amount of time. Recall the days when dial-up was the most common form of internet access. We used to wait idly as the pixels appeared line by line. Now, pages populate instantly and we are able to stream videos and other various forms of media. Internet speed has become so fast that people regularly consider downloading speed and uploading speeds to determine quality. It’s funny to think that people actually go to the beaches or other remote places in the continental United States and complain about the lack of 4g LTE that is available. The emergence of smart phones, tablets and other portable devices has revolutionized the way we obtain information. Everyone with a smartphone is essentially connected to a sea of digital information the likes of which are greater than any book ever written.

The implications of such access are hard to grasp. Consider this; the internet has more information than the great library of Alexandria. Can you imagine? Each one of us with a smart phone or a tablet is essentially linked to a library so vast that it is impossible to sift through all the information in one lifetime. Of course, being connected to such information at all times has changed our perception of quick access and our notions of acceptable waiting times. We are a more informed and educated public. We want quick access to information and utilize search engines to quickly answer any questions we have.

Blick Law Firm is a company that is staying current with changing trends. We are a dynamic firm dedicated to providing transparency for our clients and their transaction. We understand that people are expecting to obtain information and updates in an expedited manner and we are here to provide it.

To stay on the cusp of the technology frontier, Blick Law Firm launched its mobile application. The company recognizes that people want instantaneous updates and information, on-the-go, through their mobile devices. The mobile app is the medium and interface synchronizing our clients with our attorneys. Our app allows people to get current and live updates on their file. Not many companies can boast having a mobile app that instantly gives clients direct communication with the senior attorney. To download our mobile app read the following instructions….LAB_1119

Android Devices

-Go to the Android- Google Play Store and download the application called Blick Law Firm Mobile App

**Please make sure that you approve the Notifications Feature if asked

-OR open your browser and go to the following link: MobileApp.BlickLawFirm.com

Apple Devices

-Go to the iTunes App Store and download the application called Blick Law Firm Mobile App

**Please make sure that you approve the Notifications Feature if asked

-OR open your browser and go to the following link: MobileApp.BlickLawFirm

To learn more about Blick Law Firm and the services that we provide please check out our website or download our mobile app. We can schedule a consultation with an attorney and provide a preferred rate if you choose to capture our services. The link to our online website can be found below…. GET IT NOW!! http://mobileapp.blicklawfirm.com/

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Cyber Theft| Consumer Protection

Written By: Louie Talacy

blick-law-firm, tampa-law-firm copyWhat do Target, JP Morgan and Home Depot have in common? These are all large corporations that have experienced serious security breaches. The security breaches compromised the identity of millions of consumers and shook their confidence. How do such big corporations get hacked? Aren’t there firewalls and identity protection procedures in place to prevent such breaches? Surely such huge corporations can afford the best and most secure anti-hacking products.

The truth of the matter is that, technology has evolved to a magnitude that is nearly incomprehensible. Nearly everything we do is integrated to some sort of machinery. The dawn of the internet laid the foundations for a worldwide integrated information super highway and now, more than ever, people who are tech savvy are finding ways to get ahead.

Unfortunately, some of those people are hackers who are willing to take advantage of other people’s hardships for their own monetary gains. As a result, the continuous struggle between hackers and security programmers has escalated into an intense cold war. Just like viruses and antibodies adapting to each other’s defenses, hackers and programmers are consistently evolving their tactics to keep ahead of each other.

The thought of having your information stolen is terrifying. With the advent of Black Friday and the winter holidays consumers must be more careful now than ever to protect their information. Fortunately for Floridians, new legislation has taken effect to protect consumers from cyber fraud.

Implemented July 2014, the Florida Information Protection Act imposed new regulations for protecting the consumer. Essentially the act states that companies must do more to ensure that consumer information is protected and safeguarded from hackers. The expected level of protection is based on the size of each company; obviously, the larger the company the greater the need for more advanced consumer protection.

So now that you know about these changes, you can shop a little easier for your holiday gifts. Remember there are things you can do to help protect your information such as…

1. Check banks statements and report anything that seems suspicious.

2. Keep cards in a protected wallet

3. Perform regular credit checks

If you become a victim of identity fraud please seek counsel with an attorney at…call

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Ebola Epidemic| Business Legal Issues| Implications & Consequences

EBOLA, EBOLA EPIDEMIC, CNN, CNN NEWS, BUSINESS LEGAL ISSUESWritten By: Louie Talacay

Guinea, December 2013 — A curious disease took hold in the heart of West Africa. The strange illness, which was previously documented, found a way to break through the isolation of small villages and make its way to the larger city of Sierra Leon. From there, the epidemic festered and spread it reaches far and wide to the world at large.

Ebola is a very deadly disease that has a mortality rate of 70%. The latest outbreak has infected more than all previous Ebola outbreaks combined and has killed a staggering amount of people including many healthcare workers treating Ebola patients.

Media coverage of the disease and the rampant, seemingly uncontrollable, spread of the disease induce fear and anxiety to the general American public. Some people have suggested drastic measures such as quarantining people who have recently traveled to West Africa for a discrete amount of time.

The seriousness of the situation has caused many people to question the risks and benefits of drastic action. Very recently, Reed Smith, a distinguished international law firm, formed a group dedicated to addressing the legal issues associated with the Ebola outbreak.

What are the legal implications of Ebola in regards to how businesses operate? Is it legal to quarantine people without their consent? Can businesses be held liable for the accidental spread of the disease? These are all questions that the recently formed group is trying to address.

The following scenarios below outline some major questions that are associated with the Ebola outbreak…

1. A shipping company that operates in West Africa ships major goods to the United States. A cargo crate has been infected with fluids from a West African worker unaware of being infected. The disease manages to survive the flight to the United States and infects a worker handling the crate. The worker goes home and infects his family, who, in turn, infects more people. Can the business be held liable for the incident?

2. A businessman recently traveled to West Africa to conduct some key transactions. Upon arrival to the United States, he is quarantined against his will for 2 weeks. He claims to feel completely fine and does not believe he is infected. After, 2 weeks he proves to be completely healthy. The quarantining prevented him from closing the transaction and the company is forced to take the loss.

3. Take the same scenario above but instead of being quarantined, the gentleman says he feels fine and is allowed to conduct his operations. A week later he goes to the hospital and is confirmed with having the disease. CDC is then forced to track his movements and notify anyone he came in contact with, that they could be infected.

 

These scenarios are obviously just hypotheticals, for the time being, but it’s good to address the issue. It is important to know how we will handle the situation, if we ever come across this dilemma.

What do you think about the above scenarios? Go to http://www.blicklawfirm.com and give us your thoughts and opinion regarding the Ebola outbreak. Should businesses be fined or penalized for the spread of Ebola?

References:

1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/ebola-prompts-law-firm-to-form-group-to-advise-companies-on-liability-travel-safety/2014/10/22/fe457e54-5963-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html

2. http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/11/health/ebola-fast-facts/

 

 

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DUI | Safe Halloween

Post, Halloween 2014“Zombies!!!” you scream.

Parading around with ketchup for blood, pasty white makeup and sipping on your hard apple cider this is the Halloween party of the year! The imbued red and orange leaves make you feel alive and the crisp fall wind excites every bit of your skin. Taking another sip, you feel the blood rushing in your body. That slight feeling of euphoria stirring your senses and you are having a grand time.

**Blackout & Lights Flashing**

“Great costume man” you indicate to a gentleman. Although, this time, something seems different. The loud music is nowhere to be heard and the forays of people are nowhere to be found. All that is left is you, red and blue flashing lights and this gentleman with an astonishingly accurate police uniform.

“Step out of the vehicle” he politely asks. That’s when it hits you; you’ve made one of the worst decisions of your life. As you stumble out of the vehicle euphoria instantly vanishes. A very uncomfortable feeling stirs in the pit of your stomach as you try to walk a straight line that seems to curve in every which way. Finally, he takes out the guillotine and reads 0.1 on the breathalyzer.

Getting a DUI is extremely embarrassing and irresponsible. According to MADD “Mothers Against Drunk Driving” 4,000 people are arrested every day for drunk driving. Having a DUI on record can be a serious blemish preventing you from acquiring jobs and qualifying for certain benefits.

Police are especially aware and scrutinize the road for drunk drivers during the holiday season. They know that, that is when most people are drinking and make the rash decision to get on the road. They step up their patrol to ensure that the roads are safe for everyone during these times.

So what should you do, if you get a DUI? Well, that depends on your scenario. Many states, including Florida, have probationary periods for 1st time offenders. Having a DUI lawyer to represent you can help ensure that your license is not suspended and that other serious consequences do not occur. There is only a small window of time for you to prevent a criminal charge so speaking to an attorney right away is very important. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf and can possibly remove and charges filed against you.

To speak to an attorney about your DUI case, schedule a consultation at…call

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Christian Lawyer | Tampa Law Firm | Michael Blickensderfer

PERSONAL-INJURY-LAWYER-TAMPA, PERSONAL-INJURY-ATTORNEY-TAMPA, TAMPA-LAW-FIRMS, BLICK-LAW-FIRM, PERSONAL-INJURY-LAW, TAMPA-PERSONAL-INJURY-LAW,1Former U.S. Marine Michael Blickensderfer, earned his Business Administration degree in 1974 from Ohio University. Thereafter, he worked in New York for several years as a Cargo Manager, where he supervised cargo operations for several major airline carriers including Saudi American Airlines. Following his employment at JFK Airport, Mr. Blickensderfer graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1985, where he earned his Law degree.

Attorney Michael Blickensderfer has been licensed to practice Law in the state of Florida since 1987. He is also admitted to practice Law in the states of New York and New Jersey since 1986.

Mr. Blickensderfer is experienced in personal injury law, and represents clients in the areas of automobile accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, dog bites, marine and aviation accidents, motorcycle accidents and wrongful death. In addition to personal injury law, Mr. Blickensderfer holds experience in real estate transactions, short sales, foreclosure defense, title insurance, and real estate litigation.

Attorney Blickensderfer’s legal experience extends to immigration law, and social security as well. He is also proficient in business transactions, particularly in the areas of leases and contracts. He is knowledgeable in chapter 7 bankruptcy law.

As a former prosecutor, Michael Blickensderfer is eminently skilled in criminal law. He actively serves clients in the areas of criminal law, narcotics, Medicaid fraud, white-collar crime, and DUI offenses.

His extensive trial and courtroom experience in civil and criminal matters, influences his faculty and wisdom with court proceedings. Mr. Blickensderfer has also acted as a public defender; he maintains great proficiency and vast knowledge as a private defense attorney.

Michael Blickensderfer is an affiliate of the Florida Bar Association, Hillsborough Bar PERSONAL-INJURY-LAWYER-TAMPA, PERSONAL-INJURY-ATTORNEY-TAMPA, TAMPA-LAW-FIRMS, BLICK-LAW-FIRM, PERSONAL-INJURY-LAW, TAMPA-PERSONAL-INJURY-LAW,4Association, Carrollwood Bar, the Florida Trial Lawyers Association, and Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. Christian Lawyer with Christian values are evident as he diligently works hard to help those in need. He follows his passion of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, through providing excellent legal representation, and helping clients see hope for the future.

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Blick Law Firm is Moving | Tampa Law Firm | Christian Attorney

Blick Law Firm is Moving! New Location, Expanded Services!

http://blicklawfirm.com/ Blick Law Firm is celebrating its recent growth with an open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., date coming soon, at the firm’s new headquarters, 3812 Gunn Highway in Tampa.

Exclusive video: The Marketing team, Dana Blickensderfer and Mahayana Sfeir discuss topics regarding the move and  what to expect from the new launch of Blick Law Firm. Sfeir notes that Blick Law Firm will provide clients a fully furnished building with excellence and a wow factor, that will please anyone who comes to visit.

“We will be hosting a new launch party that you wont want to miss with a special guest appearance, more details coming soon,” said Sfeir.

Dana Blickensderfer confirms the location will bring new services for clients, keeping its same customer service.

Please visit our website www.blicklawfirm.com for future updates regarding our move.

We hope to see you there!

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