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Death Chambers: Legal Issues for Architects

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Architects have a duty to promote the safety and welfare of the public. Their buildings, roads, bridges and other creations cannot be inherently dangerous. They cannot create things that will intentionally harm others or else they could face punishment such as fines and license suspension. So what happens when architects are asked to create… Read More »

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Bribery, Conflict of Interest in the Mortgage Industry

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Mortgage lenders typically do their jobs without acting unethically. However, in some cases, these lenders do things that could be considered immoral. For example, they may bribe banks to take on loans or they may originate loans for family members. There is a lot of risk in the mortgage industry – on both sides…. Read More »

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People Avoid Therapy Due to Confidentiality Concerns

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Many Florida residents could benefit from seeing a psychologist. Psychologists help people deal with mental issues. A lot of people – even celebrities – struggle with anxiety, depression and other issues that make it hard for them to happily live their daily lives. However, many people delay scheduling an appointment with a therapist or… Read More »

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Insurance Adjuster Ethical Considerations

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

If a person has insurance on an asset, such as a car or home, and the item is damaged in an accident, natural disaster or in other circumstances, then the owner can file an insurance claim. With an insurance claim, owners can attempt to recover compensation for the damaged item. This amount of the… Read More »

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Misrepresenting One’s Professional License

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Some professionals engage in unethical and illegal activities when they have an active license. But what happens when someone claims to have a license but it’s expired or nonexistent? Can they face administrative actions and various penalties? It depends. Saying you have a license is one thing but performing work as a licensed professional… Read More »

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Nurse’s License Suspended for Drug Tampering

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Nurses are obligated to take care of sick and injured patients. This means ensuring that they get the medication they need for their specific condition. Without proper medication, a person’s condition can worsen. They may even die. Some nurses have drug addictions, though, and they handle this by stealing medications from patients. This is… Read More »

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Dentist Faces Felony Charges for Diverting Medication

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

License professionals have a lot of regulations that they must abide by. A lot of these laws involve ethics. That’s because unethical behavior is not only illegal but also harmful to patients and can lead to penalties such as license loss. A dentist is facing criminal charges after obtaining medication for herself. The 43-year-old… Read More »

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Why Real Estate Brokers Often Work in Their Best Interest

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When Florida residents need to sell a home, they often obtain assistance from a real estate broker. People on average buy and sell homes only a couple times in their lives, so they’re not usually very experienced in the ins and outs of the real estate processes involved. That’s why many turn to real… Read More »

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Pharmacist Faces Prison Time for Tampering With Drugs

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

While it’s legal to use medications that are prescribed to you, using drugs that belong to someone else is a serious crime. If you are a pharmacist who is accused of taking drugs from patients, you could lose your professional license and face jail time. This is the case for a pharmacist in Connecticut…. Read More »

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CPA Faces Prison Sentence for Fraud

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Accountants work with money and, as such, they face ethical issues on a regular basis. Many clients may want them to fudge numbers and do other unethical things so they can pay less in taxes. This is considered fraud and it is illegal. A CPA convicted of fraud can face a variety of penalties,… Read More »