Finding A Skilled Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will see that there are numerous lawyers in the area that advertise they focus on your type of case. This could make the entire process of finding one with significant amounts of experience a bit of a challenge. However, in the event you follow the tips below it is possible to limit your search off to the right one out of very little time. The first task is to generate a list of the lawyers which can be listed in your town focusing on your circumstances. While you are causeing this to be list you need to only include those you have an effective vibe about depending on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down by taking a while evaluating their site. There you should be able to find the amount of years they have been practicing plus some general information regarding their success rates. At this moment your list should have shrunken further to individuals that you felt had professional websites along with an appropriate volume of experience. You ought to then take time to search for independent reviews of each and every attorney. Make sure to read the reviews instead of just counting on their overall rating. The details within the reviews will give you a solid idea of the direction they connect with their clients and how much time they invest into each case they are working on. Finally, it is advisable to talk with a minimum of the very last three lawyers who have the credentials you are searching for. This will give you the time to really evaluate how interested these are in representing you and your case. It is crucial for you to follow most of these steps to ensure that you find a person that has the right degree of experience to help you the perfect outcome.
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What Happens In A Divorce Court Hearing?
Ill Be Having My First Court Hearing Next Month With My Ex. We Have A 7 Month Old Boy. She Currently Is Not Letting Me See Him Unless One Day A Week. I Have Asked Her If I Could See Him Some Other Day During That Week But She Never Responds My Texts Or Never Answers My Calls, When I Say Never Its Never. And The Times I Have Seen My Son, My Exs Mom Is Always The One Handing My Son Too Me And Has Giving Me Drama. I Dont Want My Ex'S Mom Involved Between My Son And My Ex. Also Another Thing To Point Out, My Ex Has Told Me Were I Been Lately Without Me Knowing She Was Following Me Or Anything. Can I Do Something About That?
Here's - among other things - a few things that you need to wrap your brain around.
The very FIRST thing you need, is to get a paternity test done; why? Think about this: In California alone, we have over 8,000 men paying child support for children that DNA evidence has proven they didn’t father. Most of the time in scenarios such as this, the “Daddy” assumes he is indeed the biological father and does all the right things, i.e. pays his child support, meets his visitation schedule, buys clothing and extras to have when the kid(s) is/are with him. Then, a bit of time passes, and one day “Daddy” bends down and says: “Hey, you don’t look like me” and THEN has a paternity test done - TOO LATE!
With the results in hand, Dad happily goes running back to court to have his child support altered or stopped altogether. What most judges say in cases like this is brutally simple: “Sorry pal, you waited too long to challenge paternity, keep paying at the current level” Trust me, this happens every day all across the country.
Next, never, EVER raise your voice or show anger when picking up, or dropping off the child; if she's keeping you from the child, the court will straighten her out on that. If you have to forgo a visit because grandma is being nasty, so be it, leave, drive away and KEEP RECORDS! I always used a voice recorder, then wrote my notes down later. If you show anger, the court will have you in handcuffs before you can spell your last name.
Next, be ready for the worst on your court date, and resist the urge to speak out of turn; be patient. Have good notes, and you’ll get your chance to speak. Let her shoot her mouth off, resist, resist, resist the urge to roll your eyes, speak out of turn, or make any gestures or scoff noises, anything like that. Judges HATE that
Here’s another tidbit for you: In U.S. divorce and custody cases, mothers are awarded primary physical custody of minor children - when such children are involved - over 90% of the time. Get it? That means, child support is going to be a big part of your life for the next 17 years, 5 months.
Get the DNA test done ASAP and if the kid is indeed yours, the court will set a visitation schedule based upon your work schedule, your proximity to where the child lives, child care etc. Start looking for your own child care provider; you don‘t want granny in your life any more than you have to.
The court will also look at your income and her income side by side, as well as both of your tax returns for the last 2 years; this is the “guideline” the court uses to set child support amounts; forget your expenses, the court doesn‘t care.
Hold onto your lug nuts there guy, its going to be a bumpy ride and again, get that paternity test done ASAP and no matter the cost. If that child isn’t yours, you’ll thank me till the day you die and you‘ll save thousands and thousands of your own dollars.
Good luck, and if it turns out the child is yours, go to Amazon and get Dr. Warren Farrell’s book, Father and Child Reunion.
Hang in there, and stay calm….
Can Anyone Recommend A Good Personal Injury Attorney In California?
I found a good local personal injury attorney here in Hutchinson, KS, whose name is Matt Bretz, by asking another attorney friend. They all know each other and refer business to each other based on their expertise. As it turns out, Mr. Bretz used to practice in Los Angeles. I will give his bio and contact information below, but I wanted to let you know that I hired him to do an hour bonus video for a web site we have. My sister was involved in an accicent and was offered $7,000 by the responsible company but she had to have 14 surgeries as a result of the accident and they cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars. She sued them and won over $1,200,000 because of her organizational skills. She now helps others win their lawsuits. You can read more about her at www.howtowinyourlawsuit.com. She gives a one hour bonus video done by Matt Bretz offering advice on personal injuries. He packs a ton of information into that video. Here is his bio. You can call him for advice or ask for a referral to a California attorney.
Matthew L. Bretz
Bretz Law Offices, LLC
1227 North Main Street
Hutchinson, KS 67504-1782
Toll Free (888) 259-4406
Office: (620) 662-3435
Cell: (620) 664-7205
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NAMED AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 TRIAL ATTORNEYS - 2008
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Matthew Bretz is a native of Hutchinson, Kansas. He received a B.S. from Kansas State University, where he taught both classical and contemporary physics. He graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law where he received the Vincent Dalsimer Moot Court Award from U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr. After graduation, he practiced with the Los Angeles firm of Erin Brockovich and Delta Force II fame, Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack, litigating aviation, toxic tort and catastrophic injury cases.
After returning to Kansas, Mr. Bretz was a litigation partner with Gilliland & Hayes, P.A., until starting Bretz Law Offices in 1997. Mr. Bretz currently handles all types of injury claims, including primarily automobile, and premises liability matters. He has been recognized by CNN for his trial results in Foster v. Wal-Mart, and by local and state news media for trial and settlement results in other cases.
Mr. Bretz is licensed in Kansas and California, and by the United States District Courts in Kansas, California, Colorado and Nebraska. He is a Member of the Board of Governors for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, and formerly was the Medical Legal Editor for the Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.
Matt Bretz serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson (TECH), the Board of Governors for the Kansas Association for Justice (KAJ), and is a former board member for Interfaith Housing and for Big Brothers of Reno County.
I Live In Nw Iowa Are There Any Lawyers That Handle Child Custody Cases Besides Iowa Legal Aid That Take Pymts?
I Received Divorce Papers Saturday From Him And Found Out That I'M Supposed To Have Court On Friday To Determine Temp Issues (Him Trying To Get My Kids Temp N Pay Child Support @ The Same Time). So I'Ve Been Calling Around And With Out A Huge Retainer I Cant Seem To Find A Lawyer. I'Ve Tried Ia Legal Aid But Since There Was No Abuse I Dont Qualify For Emergency Assistance. So I'M Filing A Motion To Continue But I Still Dont Have The Money For A Lawyer Period! So Now What? I Dont Understand This Stuff To Be Able To Represent Myself; What Affidavits I'M Supposed To Have And File. I Have No Idea Why He'S Trying To Take Them So I Cant File Any Rebuttles. Any Help Regarding Divorce Would Be Great. The Process...The Papers That I Need To Get...How It All Works. Thanks To All Who Have Info.
Since you've been served with notice of the divorce and you're having a hearing so quickly, I'm assuming it is either a hearing for temporary orders or a hearing for a temporary restraining order. If you intend to get an attorney, the motion for continuance is a good idea. If they grant a continuance they will just extend any temporary restraining order against you if there even is one. During that time go talk to some lawyers. Most of them, just about all of them, offer free initial consultations. That's how they reel you in. Just call them up ask them if the initial visit is free and make an appointment. DO NOT mention the fact that you have no money! They'll at least give you a little free advice and they may be willing to work out some kind of payment plan with them. Lots of lawyers would want to assess a client first, see if they're the gainfully employed with a steady income, responsible, pays bills on time sort of person and then they might be willing to work with them. Some attorneys even accept collateral like property deeds or car titles as security for payment. It's worth a try.
If worse comes to worse and you are unable to retain the services of an attorney here is the most important thing you can do....Whatever papers you were served with, read them. Read every single word of them. If you have to read them a thousand times to understand what they say, DO IT! If you have to get a friend or relative to read them with you and help you understand, DO IT! The papers you were served with in all likelihood contain instructions for you to do certain things by a date proper like file an answer to the petition or show up for a hearing. Do not sign anything unless you are sure of what you are signing!
Secondly, you'll have to represent yourself at the upcoming hearing if you have no attorney. Once again, you should enlist the aid of a friend or relative and have them come with you. You can bring as many people as you wish. This is important, you and your friends TAKE NOTES of what transpires at the hearing and everything the judge says. If things are said that you do not understand or or not clear- SPEAK UP!!!! If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask them! I know it's hard for some people but don't be shy! You will be in court pro se (representing yourself) so they should understand that and work with you.
Additionally, if you can't afford an attorney because perhaps as a condition of the marriage you had no income because you stayed home to raise the kids and your husband is the one with all the marital financial assets, you can ask the court to have him pay your legal fees. You might request that at the upcoming hearing. Depending on your circumstances they may grant your request. It is standard operating procedures in just about all divorce cases for each side to request that the other side pay their attorney's fees.
I Don’T Have Enough Money To Hire An Attorney. Can I Settle A Car Accident Case Without Legal Assistance?
If I Figure In A Car Accident Here In Denver, And I Don’T Have Enough Money To Hire An Attorney, Is It Possible For Me To Settle This Case Alone Without Legal Assistance?
It is possible, but not advisable. First of all, when settling a legal issue, you have to document the incident (including the date, time, place, and the people in the area). If possible, take photos of the incident to serve as evidence. A medical examination can also help, especially if you got a serious injury. One of the more difficult tasks is dealing with your insurance company. At this point, I’ll be frank with you: better look for an attorney. There are attorneys who don’t ask for high payment terms. Some insurance companies make it difficult for their beneficiaries to receive compensation for the damages they incurred. You would be better off having a lawyer dealing with them.
The Lawyers Have Asked You To Search In The Database For Accidents That Resulted In Damage Awards. What Would?
You Type Into The Search Engine?
A. Damages And Accident
B. Accident Or Damages
C. Damages Not Accident
D. Accident Damages
you may use "d. accident damages"
or try "accident and damages"
Family Court Hearing?
I Live In Ny And Have A Hearing On June 2. If I Do Not Show And Neither Does The Father, Will I Be In Trouble? The Father And I Decided To Handle It Without Going Through The Court. The Hearing Is To Vacate Acknowledgment, Not Establish Paternity Or Child Support Yet.
to whoever filed the motion to vacate acknowledgment: unless the court dismisses the lawsuit on that date(likely,, but not 100% certain to happen), it is still pending before the court. i assume you are referring to an acknowledgment of paternity, right? whatever you and the father have agreed to, i strongly urge you both to go to court and take care of the matter formally, paternity of a child is far too important a matter to simply blow off. also, if another party-- for instance, the state or another public entity-- is involved they may may decide to proceed in your absence or to continue the case till a subpoena is issued for your presence in court.