Practicing Since : 2005 New Delhi
- Property Dispute
- Divorce & Alimony
- Trademark & Copyrigh
- Family Dispute
- Cheque Bounce
Civil cases comprise noncriminal lawsuits and usually involve disputes over private property. Civil cases are heard for contractual breach, divorce, probate, protection of intellectual property rights, negligence, encroachment, payment of compensation & damages and getting injunctions against wrongful parties. Civil cases are also known as civil proceedings, civil actions, or civil suits. Civil cases are initiated by an entity or person called a plaintiff with a claim that some other entity or person called the defendant has failed to keep his promise to the former. Both plaintiff and defendant are called litigants or parties. Civil cases are fought in both state and Supreme courts.
When an entity or individual owns something, he is said to be the owner of property. Property is generally of two types: ``Real’’ which may imply land or any other form of real estate and industrial plants; and "personal” which comprises all else. Property may also be "Common” and may be jointly held by more than one persons. There is also "Community property," a joint ownership among an individual and his spouse while "Public property," is anything that is government owned such as the state, county, districts, parks and other public facilities. The law courts have a special responsibility to clarify and enforce ownership issues.
Divorce & Alimony
The process of divorce implies the dissolution of any legalized marriage by way of a competent and recognized court. According to the fault, offences and guilt theories, a marriage is dissolvable only if either party involved in the said marriage has to his credit any matrimonial offence. There are two parties to a divorce: the guilty and the innocent and only the latter can seek a divorce. However, if both contenders are at fault, a remedy cannot be found. Divorce can also happen by mutual consent at the free will of both parties where mutual incompatibility is the main cause.
Trademark & Copyright
A trademark denotes a word, symbol, name or device to distinguish it from goods owned by others. Trademarks are usually used to prevent other parties from using confusingly similar marks and are registered with the Office for Trademarks and Patents. Copyright on the other hand, is protection provided to an authors of "original works” and these include literary, musical, dramatic, artistic and other specific intellectual work, both unpublished and published. There is a separate Copyright Act which gives the copyright owner an exclusive right to reproduce work copyrighted to his credit, preparation of derivative works and distribution, display and public performance of such copyrighted work.
Family disputes arise when there is conflict between family members related to each other. This may include: conflict between parents and their offspring, couples and/or siblings; step or families; and also separated couples with their own families. Such disputes may be settled by mediation through a third party known to all aggrieved parties and helps prevent expensive and time consuming litigation. Even legal advice may be sought for settlement of children’s issues, property and financial matters and in the negotiations for fair agreements. Family disputes arise mostly in cases of large estates where a prospective beneficiary has been deprived of his share.
Cheque bouncing occurs when a cheque cannot be honored in favor of the recipient because its writer had insufficient funds. A dishonored cheque is returned to its writer and a penalty is charged. A bounced cheque is also called a rubber, bad or dishonored cheque. According to Sec 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, the payee has the right to initiate criminal proceedings against the payer and this is a punishable offence. Alternately, the payee can re-present the bounced cheque within 6 months. However, cheques issued as gifts or loans don’t imply any legal liability and indemnifies the payer from prosecution.
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