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Breaking Up Is Easy To Do…Sometimes: 3 States And Their Weird Divorce Laws

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States have been busy updating their family law rules, passing new legislation designed to make it easier for people to marry in the case of same sex couples, and passing other laws to help estranged spouses move on with life after separation and divorce. While most of these laws won’t affect you unless you live in one of these states, the new laws remind all couples to understand the legal aspects of marriage and divorce. Maryland changes waiting period for divorce. Until recently, couples had to be separated for a year in Maryland in order to be granted a divorce hearing. The calendar started from the moment one party moved out, but reset each time couples lived together, even if only for a short time. Not only did this put a strain on couples’ finances if they budgeted to live together until their divorces were final, but it also forced divorcing partners to testify against each other, since exceptions to the one year rule were only made in cases of adultery or abuse. Couples with children still must wait it out a year, but childless couples in Maryland may now be issued a divorce decree before they’re too old to enjoy it. This shortened waiting period in Maryland reminds all divorcing couples to check out their states’ definition of legal separation. An attorney in your state will know the answer to that question, and they can explain any waiting periods your state may enforce. Same-sex couples in Pennsylvania need plans. First, they need to do some serious estate planning, and they should revise any property deeds so that transferring joint-owned real estate will be easier if one spouse dies before the other. But they must also be prepared for marriages that don’t work out. If you’re in a same-sex marriage, and you’re divorcing in Pennsylvania, the courts may determine when the actual marriage began. The start date may be considered much earlier than your actual wedding date if you lived together as a committed couple prior to your marriage. Because alimony, insurance, and Social Security benefits are all dependent on the length of the marriage, courts and legislators will have to sort out how partnerships are measured. Until then, same sex couples who are divorcing should expect to be confused by the lack of clear and fast rules. A competent divorce attorney should be able to advise you on probable outcomes, however. New York State reformulates how temporary support is calculated. New York has changed its method of determining how much support partners must pay between separation and divorce finalization. The new rules have one calculation track for spouses who must also pay child support, and another set of formulas for spouses who do not pay or will receive child support. The new law also sets income caps and gives judges wide discretion to use the facts of the case to make support amount determinations. No matter where you live, if you plan to divorce your spouse, do some math and figure out how the two of you will handle support awards by the court until your divorce decree is granted. Every state makes up its own divorce laws, so if you have any further questions about marriage or divorce, consult a family law lawyer in your...

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Examples of Situations Where You Are Not Restricted to Workers Compensation for Injuries at Work

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In the normal state of affairs, injuries at work are compensated by workers compensation benefits. However, there are exceptions to this exclusivity, and you may be allowed to file personal injury claims in addition or instead of a workers’ compensation claim. Here are three examples of such situations: Your Employer Causes You Intentional Injury You may succeed with a personal injury claim or lawsuit if you can prove that your employer intentionally caused your injury. For example, if your employer has anger management issues and stabs you with a sharp tool for arriving late at work, then you can sue him or her. In this case, you instigate an intentional tort against your employer, which covers both intentional physical and emotional injuries. This doesn’t apply in cases where your employer’s indifference leads to your injuries. For example, you cannot sue your employer if he or she accidentally gives you a defective tool to use in your line of work, and it ends injuring you. In normal situations, you can argue that your employer caused your injuries. In a legal context, this is negligence that will be compensated by workers’ compensation. Injuries Caused By Defective Products You can also file a personal injury claim if your work injury is caused by a defective product. For example, if a manufacturer sells defective welding goggles, and you end up with eye injuries while using the eyewear, then you may file a claim against the manufacturer. This may also apply in cases where a supplier of potentially dangerous machines doesn’t provide the relevant warnings for operating his or her products, and the lack of warning causes you injury. Injuries Caused By Third Parties Finally, you may also file a personal injury claim if you are injured at work, but the cause of your injury is not related to your work. This usually happens if your injury is caused by a third party who doesn’t have an employment relationship with your employer. Here are two examples of such cases: A delivery truck knocks you over while working in your company’s warehouse. A plumber, who is repairing your company’s drainage system, handles his or her tools carelessly and harms you. A personal guest to one of your colleagues knocks you down (with his or her car) in your company’s parking bay. Knowing when to file either claim may help you to maximize your benefits. As usual, consulting with a personal injury attorney like Boucher Law Firm may help clarify...

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Take The Breathalyzer Test Or Not? Which Is Better For You?

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If you are ever stopped by a police officer and asked to submit to a field breathalyzer test, you have the right to refuse. You can also refuse to take a field sobriety test. However, there are pros and cons to refusing to abide with the officer’s request. Knowing the following information can help you decide the best course of action if you are ever stopped by a law enforcement officer after you have had a few drinks. Refusing the Breathalyzer Until you have been arrested or there is a warrant issued, you do not have to submit to a field breathalyzer test. Unfortunately, refusing the test will usually result in your license being suspended. Driving on public roads is a privilege, not a right. Any time you are using that privilege you are giving the state implied consent to test your ability to drive safely. In addition, not taking the test looks like you have something to hide. However, by not taking the test in the field, your DUI lawyer can argue there was no valid grounds for an arrest. The officer may say that you appeared to be intoxicated, but without proof, the court will have a hard time proving it. If your last drink was not right before you were pulled over, your blood alcohol level will decrease over time. This means any mandatory test you are given after being taken into the station or after a warrant has been issued, will give a lower result. Hopefully, this lower result will not be high enough to justify keeping you any longer. Taking the Breathalyzer Test in the Field If you know that you will fail the test, or if your last drink was close to the time you were pulled over, taking the test will provide the officer with a reason to arrest you. You will need to have someone post bail to get you released from jail. If, on the other hand, you are positive you will not fail the test, taking it will allow you to continue on your way and will not result in a license suspension. However, even if you do fail the test in the field, your DUI attorney can usually find a way to cast suspicion on the results. Your attorney may be able to show that the machine was not calibrated recently, increasing the odds that the reading was wrong. If the officer did not observe you for 20 minutes before giving you the test, your lawyer can say you did something that increased the reading, such as burping. In addition, if the officer did not observe you, it is hard to prove you were doing anything that warranted giving the test. It can be a tough decision to take or refuse an in-field breathalyzer test. When it comes down to it, cooperating with the police will look better in court. If the test proved you deserve a DUI, let an experienced attorney find a way to interpret the results for your best defense.  For more information, contact a firm like Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham,...

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3 Ways An Auto Accident Attorney Can Help You During The Settlement Process

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After an auto accident, your main concern may be getting your compensation as soon as possible. Settling with the at-fault driver’s insurance company is usually the easiest way to do this, though it will take time and effort. Below are three ways an auto accident attorney can help you through the settlement process and how you’ll benefit from their services. Collect the Information Needed Settling an auto accident case isn’t as easy as requesting compensation. Instead, the collection of necessary information (witness statements, police reports, medical records, etc.) can take months of hard work and persistence. When you work with an auto accident attorney, you have their years of expertise on your side. Choosing an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the process will save you money, time, and lots of mental anguish. This information will be vital when it comes to the next part of the settlement process, which is compensation negotiation. Negotiate on Your Behalf When you’re dealing with the consequences of a car accident your attorney will stand as an advocate by your side and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Negotiating with an insurance agency or individual can be exhausting. Of course the at-fault driver’s insurance company wants to pay out as little as possible which is why a professional and knowledgeable advocate is a must. They will negotiate on your behalf for payment of your medical bills, damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Provide Legal Advice When it seems that everyone is against you your auto accident attorney will be on your side and offering you the best legal advice for your situation. This advice comes from years of experience and will benefit you tremendously.   Having been through this process before, your attorney will help you to avoid the pitfalls of too-early settling, such as receiving much less for your case than you would’ve gotten in court. Your attorney will help you to look towards future issues, such as future medical costs, lost wages, and other issues directly related to the auto accident. Once a settlement is closed you can no longer pursue compensation. Hence why receiving the best settlement upfront is vital. To learn more about the possibility of settling your auto accident case, consult with your auto accident attorney. Their knowledge, experience, and advice will guide you on your journey and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. If you’re looking for an auto accident attorney, visit Carl L. Britt,...

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Should You Sue Or Settle Your Auto Accident Personal Injury Claim?

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You may have visions of needing to go to court to settle your auto accident personal injury claim, but there is a chance that you will be able to settle your claim with the other party outside of court. There are different advantages to suing and settling that you must understand before you make a decision about what you want to do. Settlement Less Risk A main reason that many people decide to settle outside of court is that they are afraid of what a jury will decide. There is always a chance that the jury will side with the other party and that you will walk away with nothing. A settlement guarantees you will receive the agreed upon amount, and if a settlement is not reached, a lawsuit is always an option. Quick Payment And Fewer Fees A settlement will also result in receiving your compensation quickly, since you will not need to go through the lengthy trial process to receive it. Not having a trial means that you will not need to pay attorney fees over the length of a trial. You’ll also not need to take time off of work to attend court proceedings, which means more money back in your pocket. Ease of a Demand Letter Most settlements outside of court are as easy as writing a demand letter that the other party responds to. They may respond by giving you exactly what you wanted without any fuss. Suing Receive Due Compensation If the other party responds to your demand letter by not offering enough compensation, you can take them to court for the full amount you feel that you deserve. It could result in a much bigger settlement if you win. Court may be a necessity if the other party never responded to your demand letter, and settling outside of court was not even an option. The Ability To Still Settle Taking your case to court does not mean that a settlement is completely off the table. If at any time you and the other party agree on a settlement amount, you can skip the remaining court proceedings. Righting An Injustice The appeal of going to court could be from your desire to make sure the other party gets what they deserve. Having a judge or a jury rule in your favor could also provide you with an emotional victory as well as a monetary victory. Proving that you were right can sometimes be just as important as receiving compensation. Always consult a personal injury lawyer about the decision that you want to make. They can advise you on the option that is best based on the specifics relating to your...

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Custody Agreement: Certain Items That Need To Be In Writing

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Getting a divorce is stressful enough, but when you add in custody of minor children, you then encounter several additional challenges. The idea is to make sure your custody agreement is in the best interest of your children. To do this, a few aspects need to be included in your custody papers. Create a Thorough Visitation Schedule The first aspect to get clear is the visitation schedule. When one parent has physical custody, also known as custodial custody, you need to determine the visitation schedule for the other parents. Even if you both get along, it can be tempting to have a verbal agreement about visitation rights. However, the moment someone gets angry, he or she may decide the other parent cannot have access to the children. To help prevent this from happening, you need the custody arrangement in writing. This helps maintain a balance and your children can get used to a new routine. With that said, you need a separate portion of your custody agreement dedicated to holidays and birthdays. Many custodial parents feel that they should have the children during these times. While it may be practical to handle holidays this way, especially if one parent lives out of state, you still need a plan that allows the other parent access to them on these dates. Some parents choose to alternate holidays every year to keep it fair or plan holidays were everyone is at one location. Determine Childcare Responsibilities The next aspect that needs to be in your custody agreement is the childcare methods both parents will be using. Unless you have teenagers, you will need someone to watch your children when you cannot be with them. It is important to remember that in some states, there are laws for how old a child can be when left alone at home. If your state has a specific age, you need to make sure you have babysitters for children under these ages. In this portion, you also want to determine which caregivers are acceptable such as daycare facilities, family members or professional nannies. This one aspect can help parents talk about childcare options they are uncomfortable with the other person using. Consider Medical and Dental Payments Another thing to consider is which parent is responsible for medical and dental payments. In some states, the courts may assign a parent as being responsible, especially if they already have insurance. You also have the option of splitting the cost between you, but you will need this in writing, so that one parent does not try to avoid paying for the services your children need. To help make sure your custody agreement is practical and reasonable, you will need a family attorney to help you. An experienced family lawyer will be able to create and file your new custody papers with the courts during your divorce...

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Applying For A Fiance Visa? 3 Steps You Need To Take Now To Prove You Have A Real Relationship

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If you intend to marry someone who is from another country and have them come live with you in the United States, you have to apply for a Fiance Visa. However, simply applying for a visa doesn’t mean that you will live happily ever after in the same country. As part of the application process, you have to prove that you have a true and genuine relationship and that you have strong ties to each other. If you can’t prove it, your visa may be denied, which means your fiance will not be able to enter the country until you file an appeal and it is granted.  To avoid problems in the application process, it’s important that you can clearly document and prove your relationship. Unfortunately, many people get rid of evidence, thinking that it’s not important. Following are three steps you need to take now so you can prove you have a real relationship when the time comes. Save All Correspondence Save all written correspondence, or a good portion of it, that occurs between yourself and your fiance. If you communicate mostly online, be sure to save emails that cover a broad range of time. While you don’t have to save all emails, it’s a good idea to have several from different days, months and years, depending on how long you’ve been in a relationship. If you chat mostly through instant messaging or on video chat, be sure to take screen shots of your correspondence. Many instant messaging applications allow you to save all conversations, but you have to have it set to do so.  Keep Adequate Phone Records If you call your fiance using a prepaid phone, it might be difficult to get phone records. To circumvent this problem, think about getting a land line or cell phone so you can get a monthly statement of all the calls you’ve made to each other.  Take Plenty of Pictures In order to get a visa, you must have met your fiance in person. This is best proved with pictures. In fact, pictures of the two of you together are required. Take as many photos together as time allows while you’re together. If you attend multiple functions together, take pictures at each of them. Avoid taking all the pictures you’re going to use on the same day. You want to establish that you spend time together.  When you apply for a visa, you will have to prove that you are in a real relationship. Anything that you save to show officials that you are truly together will be of great benefit to you. If you have specific questions relating to immigration, make sure to contact a lawyer with a firm like David Borts Law...

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Divorcing A Manipulative/Controlling Spouse

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If you have been raised to believe in the innate goodness of people, it can take a long time to realize that your mate is narcissistic, manipulative, and/or emotionally abusive. When you realize your relationship is not going to improve no matter what you do, this can prompt you to want to get away as soon as possible.  However, if you want a good outcome for yourself (and your children), you need to strategize first. What You Need to Understand Even though you are beginning to cut through denial you have built up over the course of your marriage, you may not be prepared for what can happen when your mate realizes you are going to leave. Once the motivation to “play nice” has been removed, you are going to be in for a tough fight. People who display traits of personality disorders, such as narcissism, also have strong feelings of entitlement and are often guilty of projecting their own behavior on their mates. They may see themselves as the victims, no matter what they do to you. You can expect them to try things like: Getting people in your social circle to turn on you. Ruining your reputation so they can gain custody of the children and avoid paying child support. Hurting you financially and destroying any sources of material support. Using parental alienation tactics to get your children to turn on you. Thwarting your attempts to get a fair share of marital assets. Using veiled or overt threats of violence. Stalking you. You have to realize your safety may be at risk, even if up until now their behaviors have been primarily non-violent. Regaining control of you by violence or sexual assault. How You Need to Prepare You need to go into stealth mode and delay announcing your plans to leave until you can get certain things into place. Duplicitous behavior may go against your nature, but you have to keep in mind that you are doing this for a short period of time for you and your children’s future security. Make a plan that will coordinate certain actions to occur simultaneously when you are ready to initiate divorce proceedings. Here are some practical things you can do: Gather detailed information on your joint financial situation, make copies of important documents, and consult an attorney. Gather IDs, birth certificates and other documentation of yourself and your children, and put them in a safe place you will have access to later. Save as much money as you can, and hide [it] in a place only accessible to you. Talk to a social worker about finding ways to obtain financial assistance for necessities in case your spouse cuts off access to bank accounts and credit. Develop a support system with trustworthy family members and friends, but share information about your plans sparingly and only as needed for specific parts of your plan. Update your job skills, or get more training if needed. Your state employment agency or community action program may have special programs for “displaced homemakers” that you can prepare to take advantage of. If you are the main breadwinner, arrange your schedule to take more time with your children and know their schedules, doctors, and other particulars. Consider getting counseling for yourself and your children. Arrange a...

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4 Ways Your Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

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If you’ve been charged with breaking the law, you may need to hire a criminal defense attorney. This will be the best way for you to handle any charges that have been made against you. Knowing the many ways, this special type of an attorney can assist you may motivate you to hire this individual sooner rather than later. Advise you when to speak It’s not always in your best interest to represent yourself, and this is even more the case when you’ve been convicted of a serious crime. By having an attorney that is familiar with the law, this person can advise you on when to speak to legal authorities and when to avoid it. You may also be told what you should say and the amount of information you should give about your case to others. Know the Court System Your criminal defense attorney should know the local legal authorities within your jurisdiction. By being aware of the different personalities of the various judges, this could help your case. This could assist in helping you get any charges against you decreased, as well in the possibility of getting any fines reduced. Know the Appropriate Filings The key to having success when it comes to any charges that have been filed against you is to know what legally must be done and when. This means being aware of any motions that must be put before the court and the timeframe these must be completed. The attorney will be aware of the necessary deadlines when a response must be filed and how you should respond to it, as well. Negotiate a Plea Bargain It’s common when it comes to a criminal defense case for the attorney to work towards a plea bargain. This process may involve you agreeing to admit to wrongdoing in order to get a reduction in any charges you are found guilty of doing. For instance, this could decrease any fines that you must pay or if you are sentenced to jail time, the amount of time that must actually be served. It’s critical to your case to have the right amount of legal guidance if you’re faced with a conviction of this magnitude. The key to being able to reduce the negative effects of being charged with criminal activity may depend on the right amount of legal advice. Be sure to consult with a criminal attorney who can guide you through this process with...

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What To Do Legally If You Are Bit By A Dog

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If you sustained injuries from a neighbor’s dog, fighting to have medical compensation paid is ideal if you believe your neighbor was aware that their dog was a risk to others. Some states have dog bite laws in place to help victims when they are bit by a dog, but in other states you need to do some research to prove that the owner is to blame for your injury. Here are some tips to use when fighting against a neighbor for medical compensation due to a bite you sustained from their pet. Follow Medical Orders As soon as you are bit, call for an ambulance to come to your aid. Make sure to follow all orders the doctors at the hospital give and take any medications prescribed so you will heal properly. If you fail to follow instructions, it will appear as if you were not as hurt as you claim. This can ruin your chances in receiving compensation. File A Claim A dog bite is usually covered by homeowner’s insurance. The neighbor’s insurance adjuster will come to your home to ask you questions about the incident. They will decide if you will receive any benefits as a result of the bite. If the insurance policy denies benefits, contact a personal injury lawyer right away to help you receive the monetary reimbursement you deserve. Document Proof In order to receive benefits after being bit, proof that the owner of the dog was aware of their demeanor is necessary. If your neighbor was unaware that their dog was violent, getting compensation is difficult. Some of the points that can help your case include: Noticing the dog was muzzled at certain times Placement of a “beware of dog” sign on your neighbor’s property Your neighbor warned people about the dog being aggressive The dog fought with other dogs or animals in the neighborhood Other neighbors have made complaints to the owner or to the police about the dog The dog is of a known vicious breed, such as a pit bull or doberman pinscher Gather witnesses from around your neighborhood to help you prove that the dog was dangerous. Have neighbors write statements to give to your lawyer and ask if they would be willing to come to court on your behalf, if necessary. Take pictures of the neighbor’s property if there are chains, fences, or signs present that show they were aware of their dog’s demeanor. To learn more, contact a professional like Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey &...

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