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Here’s Mississippi’s best lawyers of 2017

2017 Edition of Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers has published it list for over three decades as a source of legal referrals. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an ...

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BLAKE ADAMS — Practice pitfalls: Minor mistakes in Medicare enrollment can lead to major consequences for health-care providers

For the vast majority of health-care providers in Mississippi, Medicare reimbursement is an essential component of any practitioner’s or institution’s revenue stream. But let’s face it — no one likes dealing with Medicare enrollment forms. The byzantine paperwork and forms required to participate in the Medicare program (each identified by a jumble of letters and numbers such as the CMS-855A, ...

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KYLE WILLIAMS — Operating commercial drones in Mississippi, what you need to know

The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), commonly known as drones, has become more prevalent for both recreation and business-related purposes. Nationally, many businesses, from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses, are using drones to provide a competitive advantage over their peers.  The first authorized use of drones for commercial purposes was by the oil industry, for its operations in ...

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Technology not decreasing roles of notaries

By LYNN LOFTON Traditionally a notary public can be found in banks and law offices to certify the signing of paper documents. But are these services still needed in today’s paperless world? Yes, according to the Secretary of State’s office, the commissioning office for notaries in Mississippi. As technology becomes more and more prevalent, the role of the notary public ...

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Jurors convict Hattiesburg pastor in federal theft case

A Hattiesburg pastor was convicted Monday on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against the Rev. Kenneth Fairley after six hours of deliberation and a trial that stretched over parts of seven days. Fairley is a longtime political ally of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, ...

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Judge orders Hinds County district attorney cases unsealed

A judge has unsealed the court documents from a number of cases involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Judge Larry Roberts granted motions by The Clarion-Ledger to unseal the records in six court cases and Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill’s administrative file. Some records related to the dispute are in Weill’s file. Lawyers for Attorney General Jim ...

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Analysis: Secrecy plagues court cases involving Hinds DA

The American justice system requires trials to be open to the public. But, so far, secrecy shrouds the legal maneuvering that could lead to a criminal trial where the defendant is the top prosecutor in Mississippi’s largest county. Citizens can’t understand the full story of the problems because at least five cases regarding Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Revolution

The race is on for the commercialization of Autonomous (driverless) Vehicles (AV’s) – Google hopes to get there by 2020. You have probably noticed the almost daily news stories and television segments about AV technology. The reality is that the technology is here (subject only to being fine-tuned), but the regulatory scheme is causing some delays. In other words, our ...

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ON LAW — 7 steps to maintain corporate formalities

Is your business ready to go to the next level? Are you considering filing for incorporation? To do so, you must first file Articles of Incorporation with the Mississippi Secretary of State, which can be done on its website at sos.ms.gov. After the Articles of Incorporation are filed and the corporation is formed, an organizational meeting is held, bylaws are ...

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