3 Strategies To Know You've Picked The Right Lawyer It's pretty intimidating to undergo the legal court system, particularly if you lack confidence inside your legal team. Listed here are three important methods to understand that you've hired the best lawyer: 1. They Concentrate On Your Type Of Case Legal requirements is usually tricky and this requires specialists to tackle the tough cases. When you really need a legal representative, seek out person who relates to the issue you're facing. Even though a relative or friend recommends you make use of a good they know, once they don't have got a focus that's comparable to your case, keep looking. Once your attorney is an expert, especially in the problem you're facing, you realize you've hired the best one. 2. The Lawyer Carries A Winning Record Dependant upon the circumstances, it may be challenging to win a case, especially if the team helping you has minimal to no experience. Look for practices which have won numerous cases that relate to yours. Although this is no guarantee which you case will likely be won, it will give you a far greater shot. 3. They Listen And Respond If the attorney you've chosen takes enough time to listen for your concerns and respond to your inquiries, you've probably hired the right one. Regardless how busy they are or how small your concerns seem using their perspective, it's essential that they answer you within a caring and timely manner. From the purpose of view of an ordinary citizen who isn't knowledgeable about the judicial system, court cases may be pretty scary you require updates as well as think that you're portion of the solution. Some attorneys are just a lot better to you and the case than the others. Be sure you've hired the most appropriate team for the circumstances, to actually can put the matter behind you as soon as possible. Faith inside your legal representative is the first task to winning any case.
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Eliminating Spousal Support?
Adults should support themselves
Unfair for someone to mooch off a former spouse. When a marriage is over, it's over.
Someone who cheated or did something else seriously harmful to the marriage shouldn't qualify for spousal support since their behavior is what caused the marriage to end
Unfair to put a person with no or poor job skills out in the world to support themselves because their marriage ended
Stay-at-home spouses who divorce deserve some amount of support, at least temporarily, to give them time to get on their feet
Someone put in "X" number of years in a marriage and sharing life with someone, shouldn't be unfairly penalized when that marriage ends (since both probably took vows to be together until death), especially if their incomes were vastly different
Sell Personal Injury Settlement?
I Was T-Boned Coming Out Of School On 2/5/09. I Didnt Feel Hurt Then, But After The X-Rays I Was Told I Had 6 Torn Ligiments In My Neck And I Believe 4 Pinched Nerves In My Back From Hitting My Head On The Steering Wheel. Yes I Did Complete 3 Months Of Therapy. In March Of This Year, My Lawyer Made An Offer To The Insurance Company But They Denied Because They Want More Medical Records....But Now I Really Desperately Need Some Money So I Was Thinking Maybe I Could Sell My Settlement??
I Dont Know Much About This So If Someone Could Tell Me How It All Works, What Im Getting Myself Into Or An Alternative, Maybe A Guess Of How Much I Could Get, And Maybe Who You Would Recommend?
I Was Thinking Jg Wentworth?
You can't SELL something you don't HAVE yet. The reason it's not settled, is because the insurance is questioning the severity, or whether or not something ELSE caused this accident.
Keep in mind, the settlement goes first to your lawyer (40% of the total), then to the medical providers. You'll be lucky to get out of this with your medical bills paid.
Can't sell it. You're confusing a POTENTIAL for settlement, with selling a "structured settlement" which has already happened, and the monetary amount is KNOWN.
California: Bodily Injury Insurance Claim, How Does This Whole Thing Work???
I Was In An Auto Accident About 4 Months Ago, The Other Vehicle(Commercial Truck) Rear Ended A Car In Back Of Me, Going At About 40-50Mph, That Vehicle Then Rammed Into The Car In Front Of Them & That Vehicle Rammed Into My Car, Thus Creating A Sort Of Domino Effect (Me & The Other 2 Cars That Were Hit Were Completely Stopped At The Time Of Impact). Luckily I Did Not Hit Any One (The Commercial Truck Was Found To Be 100% At Fault), However I Was About 7 Months Pregnant At The Time Of The Accident, I Was Rushed Immediately To The Hospital By The Ambulance & Ended Up Having To Stay There For Almost 2 Days The Impact Sent Me Into Pre-Term Labor! I Was Released From The Hospital Still Pregnant, However I Had A Lot Of Pain In My Back, A Bruised Rib & My Legs Hurt A Lot After The Accident (Lifting Them, Exercising). Luckily I Was Able To Go Full Term With My Pregnancy. I've Had My Child Since Then & I Now Have Upper Back Pain A Lot & Neck Pain & My Labor Was A Lot Worse Then My First Born. What Are My Options I Have An Attorney But He Doesn't Seem To Eager If You Know What I Mean, He Is Not Telling Me Very Much. I Am Also Kind Of Traumatized Because I Have Panic Attacks When Ever A Vehicle Gets Too Close Behind Me. I May Be Damaged For Life Physically & Mentally Because Of This Accident I Want To Be Fairly Compensated What Options Do I Have? I Have Never Been In An Accident Where I Had A Bodily Injury Claim, The Last Thing I Want Is To Settle For Too Little.
I work in a Chiropractic clinic, and it's my job to handle Personal Injury Claims [Auto Accidents]. I work in Kansas City, so everything I am saying is according to Missouri law. I'm sure it's a little different in CA, but most insurance companies are the same throughout the states.
The most important question to ask I guess is what auto insurance did the commercial truck have? And do you have all of that information still? His insurance is called 3rd Party Liability, because you said that it was all his fault. Not only is his insurance responsible for your bodily injury, but also to the other drivers if they were injured as well. There is a possibility that his insurance isn't high enough to cover three different cars [assuming everyone was injured]...the state requirement in MO is $15,000. I'm not sure about CA. Let's assume that it is high enough, though.
In my experience, insurance companies won't pay for "bodily injury" unless you've have sought treatment almost immediately after the accident. Some companies are 30 days, some are 90 days. If you don't seek medical treatment before however many days, they won't cover it...claiming that the injury wasn't a result of the accident. HOWEVER, if you were pregnant and required hospitalization, I think that merits a little glance. It sounds like you were in tons of pain. If you can prove that you've been doing things to help alleviate the pain, and you have a paper trail to prove it...then the insurance companies will take you seriously. For instance: you got in the accident on April 1st. You spent a few days in the hospital. When you got out, you had to go back to work, take care of the family, etc. You still had some back pain, you went to the medical doctor on the 20th and he prescribed you some pain pills. In the meantime, you are using hot packs, ice packs, tylenol. In the insurance business they call that "self treating", and telling them that you did that will make them listen. The end of May you go to a massage therapist. The pain still is there so in June you get an MRI, and July you go back to your Medical Doctor. You get my drift...
What you're basically trying to do is set up a timeline for the insurance company to prove to them, yeah the accident happened 4 months ago...but this pain is not going away. You have documented papers (Any doctor visits not including GYN for baby, massages, receipts from tylenol) that prove that you were seeking relief.
Once that has been established, the insurance company now knows that they're gonna have to pay for your physical therapy. And how 3rd Party works is, you go to the Physical Therepist (or Chiropractor or whatever) and they get you better. Meanwhile the bill that you've racked up from getting back to normal is huge now. 3rd Party has to pay that. And guess what else they need to do? Now, they try to settle with you for a low amount. If your bill with the PT comes to $4000, they'll try to settle with you for $4500. Well, that only barely pays the bill, plus you only get a lousy $500. How it's supposed to happen is, they compensate you for:
- Time lost from work [you had to stop working because of your injury, no matter if it was 2 days or 2 weeks...they need to pay you for that lost time you'll never get back]
- Time lost with your family [not to mention your pregnancy, but time that you couldn't spend with your husband or boyfriend because you were in so much pain, any birthdays or holidays you missed.]
- "Duties Under Duress" That is exactly what the insurance company calls this. It means, things that you have to do on a regular basis, that you no longer can do without pain. For instance: you can't lift the laundry to do it, you can't scrub the dishes because it hurts your shoulder, you can't pick up your child. Basically they're paying for your pain and suffering. And they need to! All this mess wouldn't have hurt if that accident had never happened!
So keep that in mind when they throw numbers at you to try and settle. They need to compensate you for everything you've had to go through because of the wreck. Also, you need to know that your lawyer will get a third of the settlement right off the top. So plan accordingly, and don't settle for 12 grand unless you're willing to only get 8.
I know this is long, but Insurance Companies make me so mad...and I hope that my information helps you. Feel free to message me if you have any more questions. :) Good luck!
If Someone Needs A Lawyer?
Can You Hire One Only In A Certain Area Or Can U Hire One From Any State. For Example You Get In Trouble In Ohio And Live There Can You Get A Representive From Va. I Know It Will Probably Be More Expensive But You Know How Usually The Lawyer And Court Are All In Together And It Seems You Just Don'T Get A Decent Ruling.
Some lawyers are licensed in more than one state. Not all, by any means, but some. It doesn't matter where they live. It matters where they are licensed. It is also very foolish to hire a lawyer who is not familiar with local customs, the attitude of the judges, the practices of the DA and such, but that wast not your question.
It is also possible to hire a lawyer who is not licensed in your state who can then petition the court to appear for one specific case. In some states, they must associate with a local licensed lawyer and so the cost is double and the effectiveness is reduced, but that is your choice.
Resources For Alcoholic With Possible Brain Injury In Portland, Oregon?
A Family Member Of Mine Is An Alcoholic And Addict. Every Time He Stops Drinking For About A Day, He Has Seizures And Is Taken To The Hospital. After A Couple Of Days Kaiser Releases Him. He Immediately Goes Back To Drinking Because He'S In So Much Pain From Withdrawals. He Recently Had Brain Surgery (Twice) From When He Fell And Hit His Head (Maybe During A Seizure, Or Maybe From Another Cause). He'S Very Rarely Coherent And Often Does Not Know Who His Family Members Are When He Sees Them. Nobody Seems To Be Able To Tell If His Problems Are Entirely Based On His Alcoholism Or If They Are Caused By A Brain Injury. Does Anyone Know Any Resources In The Portland Area To Get Him The Help He Needs? He'S Too Out Of It To Check Himself Into A Rehab Program, But His Lawyer Claims That He'S Too With It For The Family To Have Him Committed To Anything. Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Can Be Done With This Situation? Doctors And Lawyers Don'T Seem To Be Providing Any Answers At All And His Family Is Having A Very Hard Time Watching All Of This Happen And Feeling Completely Helpless. Any Help Or Leads To People Who Might Be Helpful Would Be Greatly Appreciated.
Ultimately, this person needs to want to quit drinking. You cannot force them to quit. It may be that you actually get him help and have him recover, at least somewhat, just to have him come out of rehab/detox and go back to binge drinking.
Given that, as you say, he is rarely even coherent I have a hard time believing a lawyer has legal precedence to supersede the wishes of your family who can clearly tell this relative needs medical help now.
It really sounds like your relative is dying. And that may be a reality you should prepare yourself for because without immediate help, that is what is going to happen.
As far as answering medical questions about why he is the way he is, I cannot say. For one, he's still drinking. Which isn't helping anything. He's also already had seizures and brain damage. Any of these can affect judgment, especially if he's still drinking. That is why I wounder why this lawyer is trying to prevent this relative from getting medical help if he is clear that far gone.
What you can do is look up local rehab and intervention centers. Get in touch with an interventionist, find out about local treatment centers, make contacts with the people who run these things, tell them your story and find out what they can do for you. Again, a person has to want to quit in order to actually do so. But you still have options so don't give up hope. Maybe if this person can sober up for more than a week and stay stabilized, they will want to give treatment an honest try. Just keep in mind, if he doesn't get help, he is going to die. Probably pretty soon too.
Help Me Child Custody Rights?
My 10 Months Old Daughter Havent Seen Her Dad For Exactly A Month ...Since She Was 9 Month S Dad Is Suppose To Take Her Tuesday Wednesday And Thursday... But Its Been A Month Now He Just Textes Me Today Now To See If He Can Pic Her Up What Shpuld I Do ...He Is Not Responsible Can He Loose Custody
Okay, so as long as there is a court-ordered custody agreement in place that says he gets to take her on Tue, Wed, & Thu, then you must comply with that agreement even if he has blown it off a few times. He may be screwing up, but he's still her father and he has rights too.
On the other hand, if he is paying you child support (which he should be), AND he's skipping out on his visitation, you can go back to court and ask for more child support to cover the costs of you filling in for him as care-giver on those days. Those days when he is supposed to have custody are also days that he doesn't normally have to pay you for child support (because HE is providing for your daughter's care during that time). So if he's not taking her on his assigned days, that causes an increased financial burden on you, and he is to blame for that. The courts will often re-arrange the custody and child support schedule if one parent isn't honoring the original agreement.