Excellent Information for Gun Owners

 My neighbor, Carey Colt Payne, was telling me about his new website on laws pertaining to the ownership and transfer of firearms.  Carey is a highly respected probate attorney in Las Vegas who is a descendant of the famous maker of Colt guns. He told me that as a gun collector he has amassed a wealth of knowledge about the various state and federal laws that apply to gun ownership.  As a probate attorney, he is particularly concerned for families who pass on valuable collector firearms from one generation to the next.  These families are often unaware of the laws that apply to them and don't know about gun trusts.   

  I know nothing about guns, but have many friends who hunt or who have strong feelings about their right to possess  firearms.  I visited his website at www.lasvegasarmstrust.com, and was truly impressed at how  comprehensive it was. It is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to learn about gun laws,  including possession of machine guns, what to do when you buy or sell a gun, transporting arms across state lines, child safety, liability issues, concealed weapons, and the creation of arms trusts.   I encourage all gun owners to visit Carey's site to make sure that you are complying with the law and to think about whether you should transfer ownership to a gun  trust.  Thank you, Carey, for making this valuable information available to everyone.  

--Written by Virginia Hunt, Hunt Law Office

Recommended Criminal Attorney

Here is my recommendation for an excellent criminal attorney if you ever need one in Las Vegas:

Mace Yampolsky.

Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

     One of the sad realities representing people with serious work injuries, is that the financial, physical, and psychological stresses caused by the injury or the claims process, often result in failed marriages.  It really is unfortunate when I am asked for the name of a divorce attorney by a client once he or she receives the permanent partial disability award.  An attorney I can highly recommend for divorce or child custody issues is Stacy Rocheleu of Right Lawyers.  Stacy contributed the following blog post as an exclusive article for my readers.  Thanks, Stacy.

                                         Do you need a lawyer on a divorce case?

                                                      by Stacey Rocheleau, Esq.

      Deciding whether or not you need an attorney on a divorce case depends greatly on your circumstances. While it would be wonderful to believe you can agree to everything and sort out your differences on your own, this rarely happens. Most divorces are due to the fact couples can’t get along anymore so agreeing to the final terms of a divorce can be allusive.  

     When filing for a divorce there are five major areas to take into consideration; division of property, division of debt, child custody, child support, and sometimes alimony.  We would rarely recommend for couples needing to draft the terms of child support or child custody without an attorney review. Divorces that are simply about division of property or debt are simpler in nature and are often decided without an attorney involved. 

     An attorney is not only well versed on court procedures, they are knowledgeable on the ever changing divorce laws. A divorce attorney can help with question like; Who gets the house when it is titled in both our names?, Is child support modifiable?, Can I get lump sum alimony?, Am I entitled to his worker compensation benefit?


     With all the emotional stress that comes along with a divorce, you shouldn't’ add to the level of worry and concern. Hiring a divorce attorney who has your best interests at heart and who can assure your rights are protected it most often the best advice. 

Humorous Criminal Law

Yes, I'took a long weekend and am taking another.  That means little time for blogging and another guest post.  This one is by my favorite criminal attorney and law school alumnus, Mace Yampolsky.  It is hilarious.  Virginia

'Pubic' Enemy Caused Crash by Shaving Bikini Line While Driving 

    by Mace Yampolsky

Apparently she lacked razor-sharp focus

Megan (we’ll call her the smooth one) crashed her car in the Florida Keys while shaving her

bikini line in traffic. (Hasn’t she heard of Nair?)Megan is Florida's first bikini-shaving-related traffic offender of the year.( How many have they had in previous years?)


According to the FHP's report, Barnes was driving about 45 mph through Cudjoe Key when she decided to shave her bikini region while her ex-husband,(‘l call him the stupid Schmuck), steered from the passenger seat. The plan went awry when an SUV slowed in front of Barnes's Thunderbird in order to make a turn .I guess her reaction time as slowed down because she was too busy grooming her hoohah to pay attention to the road.(Like that has never happened to you!)

The 37-year woman was allegedly too concerned with her trim-job to notice and slow down. Her Thunderbird slammed into the back of the SUV near Mile Marker 21. I’ve heard about putting your best foot forward, but this is ridiculous.

Check out this fantastic quote in from one of the state troopers who responded:

"She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit," Trooper Gary Dunick said. "If I wasn't there, I wouldn't have believed it. About 10 years ago I stopped a guy in the exact same spot... who had three or four syringes sticking out of his arm. It was just surreal and I thought, 'Nothing will ever beat this.' Well, this takes it."

The pubic-maintenance crash wasn't her first brush with the law. In fact she had been convicted the day before the crash with DUI and driving with a suspended license. She faces a new felony hit-and-run charge and two misdemeanors

The day before the wreck, She was convicted of DUI with a prior and driving with a suspended license, She was ordered to impound her car, and her driver's license was revoked for five years, after which time she must have a Breathalyzer ignition interlock device on any vehicle she drives, Dunne said. She also was sentenced to nine months' probation.

Ms Slick and (Her ex husband, how pathetic is that!) Her shaving accomplice-The stupid schmuck(SS) , (he was steering the car when she was performing this extremely delicate personal grooming ritual, so that she could concentrate) were driving in her Thunderbird when they slammed into the back of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup which had slowed to about 5 mph to make a turn when the Thunderbird hit him, traveling about 45 mph, which was within the speed limit, Dunick said. ( She had fun fun fun until the po-lice took her T-bird awaaaaaaaay)

She allegedly drove another half-mile, then switched seats with SS, who allegedly claimed to be driving,"She jumps in the back seat and he moves over," Dunick said. "It was like the old comedy bit, 'Who's on first?' "Burns on SS's chest from the passenger-side airbag deploying belied their story, Dunick said. The airbag in the steering wheel did not deploy, he said. (that pesky evidence!)

Troopers charged Megan with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance .SS was not charged.( He should be charged with stupidity and sentenced to permanent revocation of his man card! He needs to get a life!) She faces a maximum of a year in jail if found guilty of violating her probation due to the wreck, Dunne said.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook all day, and I know there's a funny side to this, but it's also deadly serious. This is a scary road and a lot of bad wrecks are caused by dumb stuff like this," Dunick said. "It is unbelievable. I'm really starting to believe this stuff only happens in the Keys."

             It doesn’t. I had a client in a DUI case walk the line on her hands(she was a gymnast) and then kick out the window of the cop car. I also had a client’s wife that took off all of her clothes when the police stopped the car her husband was driving while she was a passenger. She was arguing vociferously when the cop told her to leave or be arrested. She did, naked as a jaybird. While walking home, another patrol car asked her what she was doing and drove her home. (After he put a plastic sheet over his seat where she sat.) Truth is stranger than fiction.

One shouldn’t worship false idols and they say that cleanliness is next to Godliness, but for God’s sake, do your depilatory work at home -not in a moving vehicle, especially not driving. No one should be in that much of a hurry!.

Do I Need An Attorney for a Traffic Ticket?

As a service to my existing clients and other injured workers, I ask attorneys who practice other types of law in Nevada to write guest blog posts.  Attorney Martin Prybylski  handles bankruptcy cases, DUI cases, immigration cases, and he has clarified whether you need an attorney if you get a traffic ticket.  Martin's office is in the same building as my office, and he does handle traffic tickets.  Virginia Hunt

Do I Need an Attorney for a Traffic Ticket?

Las Vegas residents see numerous advertisements every day for attorneys that want to "fix" your ticket.  Most attorneys promise no points on your license, no increased insurance rates, no traffic school and no court appearances.  What most individuals do not understand is that these are standard deals.  Most individuals can appear themselves in court and get a comparable deal for the hassle of waiting in line and appearing in court. 

So, why hire an attorney?  One word:  CONVENIENCE.  An attorney has fast tracked access to the courts to obtain deals that typically allow individuals to reduce their tickets to parking infractions thereby avoiding insurance hikes, traffic school, and points on their license.  By having the attorney appear on your behalf, you will save on average several hours of your day in the middle of the work week.  Due to the ease of handling traffic tickets most attorneys charge low prices.  Watch out for attorneys overcharging for basic tickets, but do not be surprised if a ticket is more expensive if it is in an outlying jurisdiction or if it has gone to warrant.

A simple google search can help you find an attorney near you who handles tickets.  Many attorneys handle traffic tickets to supplement their practices or as favors to their existing clients.  I, for example, primarily handle bankruptcies for consumer debtors.  I also handle traffic tickets for my existing clients or new clients for a small fee.  If you already have an attorney for another matter, they may handle your ticket for free!  Don't be afraid to ask.

Whatever you do to handle your ticket, don't simply pay the fine on your ticket!  Either appear yourself or have an attorney appear on your behalf.  Avoiding the points on your license are worth the extra hassle or money.




By Martin Prybylski, Esq.

1945 E. Warm Springs Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89119

(702) 433-2000


Criminal Domestic Violence Cases

I went to University of San Diego School of Law with criminal law attorney Mace Yampolsky.  Mace is a board certified criminal law specialist who has over 25 years' experience defending people in southern Nevada against all types of criminal charges, including DUI, drug crimes, weapons charges, and domestic violence.   He is a fierce protector of an accused's rights, and has dedicated his career as an attorney to holding the legal system accountable to the law it is sworn to maintain.  Below is a guest blog post he wrote discussing the importance of obtaining an experienced attorney if you are ever accused of spousal abuse:

The state of Nevada takes allegations of domestic violence very seriously and will frequently pursue a criminal action against an alleged spousal abuser-  even if the victim does not want to prosecute. A conviction of domestic violence charges carries stiff penalties, including the loss of the right to own a firearm, fines, probation, or even jail time for a first time offense.  With so much at stake, it is essential to have an experienced attorney who can  protect your rights and build a powerful defense on your behalf.

In some domestic violence cases, false accusations are made out of spite or to further the alleged victim's own agenda.  In a divorce proceeding, for example, a mother may claim spousal abuse in order to harm her husband's credibility in a custody battle.  A diligent and seasoned attorney knows how to expose these accusations for the lies that they are.  if the charges are legitimate, an experienced attorney will work to plead the case down to a lesser offense, such as breach of the peace or trespassing.

At the Las Vegas law firm of Mace Yampolsky & Associates, we work tirelessly to protect the rights of clients who have been charges with crimes. Each case is prepared as if it were going to trial with the goal of restoring your freedom.  We fight to win.  

Mace J. Yampolsky

625 South Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Las Vegas, NV 89101

Ph: 702-385-9777

fax: 702-385-3001

Website:  www.macelaw.com