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Raleigh Personal Injury: Lawyers Paying Bloggers to "testify"

Because I run a business that is, in part, dependent on advertising, I check out Google searches to see where my firm "places" in the Google rankings.  While looking through some of the "top hits" I found a local Raleigh firm "recommended" by a Blogger.  Sure, why not?  Except that this "Blogger" is from another state, and if you read the "small print" she makes product endorsements for CASHThat's just wrong, and deceptive.  Would you hire a firm that pays people to endorse them?

So, if you are looking for a Raleigh personal injury attorney, you have found one.  My law firm, Nichols Law Firm, never pays anyone for endorsements.  We provide personalized service to clients, and are available to meet with you during your hours, at your home if you need us too.  There is never a fee for a consultation.



Chris Nichols 1.800.906.5984

New Lawyers Seminar Materials: NC Personal Injury Lawyer Checklist

I had a great time speaking to the New Lawyers at the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers today.

I promised to post the supporting materials and  you can download the Personal injury Checklist here:

Download final_pi_check_list.pdf

Good luck to all of you.  If you need to ask any questions, just email me though my website.


Chris Nichols 1.800.906.5984

Handy age calculator

For those of you who are like me and get confused calculating birthdays and age, I've found a nifty little age calculator.
I'm always second guessing myself on when a minor becomes an adult and how that figures into Statute Of Limitations.  In NC, a minor's statute of limitations does not begin until their 18th birthday, and then runs for the same number of years an adult would enjoy.  Of course, there are exceptions to this rule.
In NC, the general statute of limitations for personal injury is three years.
Chris Nichols 1.800.906.5984

Converting Documents to PDF files

Now that the legal world is moving toward a "paperless" approach to things, I get some questions about the best ways to convert documents into PDF files.  Most states moving to "paperless filing" require documents to be submitted in PDF format.
Below are a few suggestions on ways to do this:
Easiest:  Buy Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.0.  It will "install" a little icon in your Word tool bar that allows you to "instantly" convert and document to PDF.  Acrobat is also VERY useful if you scan a lot of documents and it is really easy to redact documents, add Bates stamps, etc.  If you buy it online, "Google" "Acrobat Pro rebate discount" and you will probably find a "code" to enter into the Adobe site.  I saved $125 this way.  It's retailing for $449 for one computer.
Free:  There are a lot of free downloadable programs that will convert documents to pdf files.
Here is one that comes well rated and is a safe download from    PrimoPDF
The biggest drawback with some of these programs is that they don't have a lot of ways to "manipulate" your pdf files.  For example, Adobe allows you to "extract" one page out of a stack of 100.  Or "insert" one page.  Things like that.  But this one is a pretty decent way to get things into pdf format.  There are other programs, but this one gets high ratings.
Mostly Easy and Free:
Get  This software is just like Word, it is free, and it automatically converts to Adobe with a single Icon.  Or, you can keep using Word, save your file, open it in OpenOffice, and then save as pdf. 
I'm cheap, but I do enjoy using the Adobe.  You can also scan directly into Acrobat.
Chris Nichols 1.800.906.5984