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Criminal Offenses in Alderman Court

Transfers and Appeals from Alderman Court to Court of Common Pleas A dollar makes a big difference in the Alderman Court depending on whether one wants to transfer a criminal case to the Court of Common Pleas before trial or appeal a conviction after trial. The difference of one dollar has been a source of confusion for lawyers, defendants and even the Alderman Court themselves. The confusion comes when a defendant charged with a town offense in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach or Bethany Beach wants to transfer a case from the Alderman Court to the Sussex County Court of Common […]

Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones

Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones In June of 2014, The United States Supreme Court announced that the police may not perform warrantless searches of cell phones without a warrant. Riley v. California; U.S. v. Wurie, 573 U.S ___, 2014. The Court’s holding is a victory for privacy rights and Constitutional traditionalists. Specifically, the Court stated that “the police may not, without a warrant search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested.” Although it certainly seems that there is nothing private anymore, the Supreme Court recognized that there are still privacy interests that should […]

Juvenile Sex Offender Registration in Delaware

Juvenile Sex Offender Registration in Delaware Juvenile Sex Offender registration is a topic that has been highly debated. In most circles juvenile sex offender registration is a controversial topic which pits the benefits of community and victim protection against the severe consequences juvenile sex offender registration has on the future opportunities of a registered child. 11 Del.C. Section 4123 outlines the juvenile sex offender registration requirements. Unfortunately, even minor sex offenses that may have in previous generations been viewed as childhood curiosity, can result in sex offender registration. In addition, because of Delaware’s mandatory reporting laws, any parent who has […]

DE Police are Running DUI Checkpoints

According to WBOC Channel 16, Delaware State Police are conducting DUI checkpoints on Labor Day Weekend.  Before you hit any of the state’s major roadways this weekend, buckle up, pay attention and don’t drink. During the Labor Day Weekend, there is an extra police presence covering the entire State of Delaware. They conduct traffic stops focused on aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, seatbelt use, pedestrian safety, as well as motorcycle and commercial vehicle safety and enforcement. There is also an increase in DUI Checkpoints.  A traffic violation conviction in the State of Delaware can alter your everyday life in […]

Should I update my Estate Planning?

Mistakes in Estate Planning There are two prevalent mistakes in estate planning. One mistake is not to have a will or other key documents of a plan. The second mistake is to fail to update your estate planning documents. Having your estate plan doesn’t mean your work is done. Estate plans need to be reviewed and revised periodically. If you have not completed your estate planning, please click here to learn why you should not wait to get your estate planning in order. Do These apply? If you have completed your estate planning, please take a few minutes and see […]

Real Estate School 104

Real Estate School by Julianne E. Murray, Esquire We are now in our fourth installment, Real Estate School 104, Title Searches. In the first installment, I started with how you get from a ratified sales contract to an attorney’s office. In my second installment, I described three very important documents related to real estate transactions: the deed, the mortgage and the note. The third installment discussed the Settlement Sheet HUD-1. Title Searches For our fourth installment, I am going to discuss title searches. When a piece of property is bought, we know from installment three that the current owner (the […]

Real Estate School 103

Real Estate School by Julianne E. Murray, Esquire We are now in our third installment, Real Estate School 103,  the Settlement Sheet HUD-1. In the first installment, I started with how you get from a ratified sales contract to an attorney’s office. In my second installment, I described three very important documents related to real estate transactions: the deed, the mortgage and the note. The Real Estate Settlement Sheet HUD-1 In this installment, I thought I would explain the “accounting” of a real estate settlement. It is called the settlement sheet or the HUD-1. This form lists all of the accounting details […]

Real Estate School 102

Real Estate School by Julianne E. Murray, Esquire I started Real Estate School because buying a house is probably the most significant purchase you will make in your life. I think it’s important to have some general knowledge about what goes on in the transaction as well as an understating of some of the documents. 3 Important Documents: Deed, Mortage, and Note There are 3 documents I want to explain in this installment: deed, mortgage, and note A deed is a document that transfers ownership from one person or entity to another. It is signed by the current owner only […]

Real Estate School 101

Real Estate School by Julianne E. Murray, Esquire Buying a house is probably the most significant purchase you will make in your life. In a perfect world, you would know and understand the paperwork involved in it. But, because of the nature of banking, and real estate laws, a number of documents and signatures is massive so many purchasers don’t even try to get a grip on what they are signing. They just sign where they are told. I’m not going to attempt to explain every document – but I am going to explain some very important ones and the […]

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