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Is a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the Cards for You?

New Mexico Bankruptcy Law

When you're struggling to make ends meet financially, your options are often limited, and it can be stressful. If you've not explored a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, is it time to consider it? To be eligible for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, you must meet certain criteria. With the help of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney in New Mexico, you can look at the pros and cons to filing such paperwork. Let a New Mexico Bankruptcy Attorney Guide You In attempting to file for Chapter 7, a New Mexico bankruptcy attorney will alert you to the following:

The Sanders Law Firm Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2015 AIOPIA'S 10 Best Law Firm in New Mexico For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of New Mexico's Personal Injury Law Firm, Sanders Law Firm as 2015 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOPIA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA's independent evaluation. AIOPIA's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction. We congratulate Sanders Law Firm on this achievement and we are honored to have their firm listed as a 2015 AIOPIA 10 Best. You can contact Sanders Law Firm directly at 575-622-5440 or

Criminal Law Myths

Clients always have preconceived notions of what the laws are when it comes to interacting with the police. Over the next few weeks, we are going to address these myths. This week we will take a detailed look at what identification one must provide to police. The law requires an individual in New Mexico to identify themselves upon the request of an officer in the lawful discharge of his/her duties. See NM Stat § 30-22-3. New Mexico law states: "Concealing identity consists of concealing one's true name or identity, or disguising oneself with intent to obstruct the due execution of the law or with intent to intimidate, hinder or interrupt any public officer or any other person in a legal performance of his duty or the exercise of his rights under the laws of the United States or of this state." NM Stat § 30 -22-3 New Mexico Courts have interpreted this to mean that law enforcement can ask for an individual to identify himself or herself. The New Mexico Court of Appeals has examined this issue. In Dawson, police noticed a camper parked on state university property. See State v. Dawson,1999-NMCA- 072, 12 (N.M. Ct. App.1999). They approached the camper and wanted the defendant to remove the camper from state university property. Id. Cecil Dawson failed to identify himself. Id. However, after some questioning by UNM Police, Cecil Dawson disclosed part of his name to UNM Police. Id. The court held that "Section 30-22-3 requires a person to furnish identifying information immediately upon request, or if the person has reasonable concerns about the validity of the request. State v. Dawson,1999-NMCA-072, 12 (N.M. Ct. App.1999). In Hiibel, the United States Supreme Court upheld the types of laws as constitutional. See Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial Dist. Court, 542 U.S. 177 (U.S.2004). It is important to note that different laws apply when you are operating a motor vehicle. This offense is classified as a petty misdemeanor. See NM Stat § 30-22-3. In the context of a valid traffic stop, a failure to provide the information contained in a driver's license falls within the reach of the concealing identity statute, 30-22-3 NMSA 1978, regardless of whether a driver also provides his or her true name. State v. Andrews, 1997-NMCA-017, 123 N.M. 95, 934 P.2d 289, 1997 N.M. App. LEXIS 6 (N.M. Ct. App.), cert. denied. If you have a question about this or any other legal issue please do not hesitate to contact our office at 575-622-5440. The above information is educational in nature only. It does not constitute legal advice. No attorney client relationship has been established. Individuals are advised to consult with an attorney licensed in their jurisdiction.

General Advice If You Are Arrested

We have all heard about Miranda rights. These are featured in every police movie. It is the part of the movie where the police officer says you have the right to remain silent and continues listing various rights. The question often arises how are these used in a practical situation. What do I do when confronted by the police is a question that is often asked. If you arrested, it is important to exercise your rights. Exercising these rights could benefit you later in court. You should never run from the police or resist arrest. This behavior can lead to additional charges being brought against you. It is never a good idea. The most important thing is that you do not talk to the police officer. You have the right to remain silent. You should exercise it. The second most important thing to remember is that police officers can lie to you. Police officers will frequently state that they have evidence that they do not have. If you are confronted with this situation, always ask for an attorney. Always ask for an attorney if you have any dealings with police officers. Also, make your statement to the police unambiguous. Never consent to an officer search of personal items. Always state to the officer that you do not consent to a search. Also, it is important for you not to talk "smack" to police officers. Always object to police officers entering your home. Never ask to go back and get something when you are arrested. There are special rules for police officers to enter your home to arrest you. Generally speaking, police officers have to have an arrest warrant to enter your home. Dealing with police officers can be a stressful endeavor. It is important for you to remain calm and exercise your rights.

An Apple Law Firm In A Windows World Part 1

First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Jacob Puckett and I have had the privilege of working with some great people here at Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A. over the past year and a half. There are thirteen extremely talented and professional attorneys and over twenty staff members that make up an outstanding team dedicated to providing the best service possible to their clientele. The shareholders recognize a necessity to keep up with technology and use it to its full potential for the practice. Occasionally, I will be writing on IT subjects that relate to my work at SBC&W. So if you find this type of thing interesting, check back every once in a while.Before I came into the picture, a decision was made to move all of the offices work machines to an Apple platform. Just like many other businesses and home users, this decision was made in the hopes that it would significantly decrease the downtime due to the susceptibility of the Windows platform to viruses and general malware. Switching to an Apple platform did have the intended effect. The issues with those pesky Windows bugs no longer kept work from coming to a screeching halt. Well... it almost did anyway.

Virtual Machines To The Rescue

You see, very little software in the legal realm is made to run natively on OS X, which is the current operating system for Apple personal computers. While there seems to be general push towards the more OS independent cloud platform for some legal software, the vast majority is still made to run on Windows. This of course creates some challenges. Those challenges can be overcome by a few different technologies. These technologies might include the obvious Virtual Machines, a Boot Camp setup, or running a virtual terminal system on the server side. Soon after the move, the decision was made to run Windows in a virtual machine on the Apple desktops. This works for the most part, but the solution ended up becoming another set of hurdles.Virtual Machines don't always have the most intuitive and/or obvious way to connect to peripherals. Printers pose the biggest problem because they are of course used constantly. I have found a little bit of instruction goes a long way and most of the users in the office can normally switch the printer from being attached to the OS X side to the Windows VM without much of a problem. There are times when the virtual machine can't connect to the printer and this has the undesired effect of holding up business. This same issue occurs over a wide range of printers and virtual machine software such as VMWare and VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a free virtual machine software maintained by Oracle. It is actually very nice for a simple virtual machine implementation and has a fairly large user base online. VirtualBox has the added benefit of being free, which is also very nice when you have a limited budget and that Windows software license eats it.I tried using Apple's Bonjour software to connect to the shared Apple printer over the network. This works most of the time, and eliminates the need for manual switching of the USB interface. I have also tried sharing the other way around. It didn't work as well when I shared from Windows to OS X. So what is my solution to make this process more reliable? I am working towards moving all the printers to a network connection rather than a direct USB connection. This way there is no manual switching involved and both the OS X side and Windows side should be able to print without any quibbles.Do you have a law firm or other medium sized business environment that uses or would like to use Apple? Let me know your thoughts below! 

Ask SBCW: Does common-law marriage exist in New Mexico?

Q: Does common-law marriage exist in New Mexico? SBCW: No. In some states a couple can "informally marry" by agreeing to consider themselves married, holding themselves out as a married couple, and living together. However, New Mexico does not generally recognize such "informal" or "common law" unions; couples must formally marry.

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