Sunday, May 28, 2017

How To Know If You Qualify For Disability



Knowing if you qualify for disability will depend on whether the disability was the result of an on-the-job injury, a motor vehicle accident or just the natural aging process. Check the worker's compensation and social security laws in your state to find out about disability with information from a lawyer in this free video on disability laws.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How To Get Worker's Comp



Step 1: Know the law
Find out about worker's compensation laws through your state’s Bureau of Workman’s Compensation or related department.

Step 2: Report injury
Report any work-related injury or illness promptly to your employer. If required, fill out a form to document the incident for the insurance company.

Tip
Don’t be intimidated if your employer tries to dissuade you from filing your claim – filing a claim is your right.

Step 3: Visit a physician
Visit a physician and inform them that this is a work-related injury or illness. The doctor will determine if, and for how long, you need to be absent from work.

Tip
In some states, your employer may dictate which doctor you visit. You are entitled to a second opinion.

Step 4: Submit additional paperwork
Submit any additional paperwork required by the insurance company to complete your claim. Make sure your doctor and employer have submitted their required forms.

Step 5: Wait
Wait for a decision and inform your employer of your ability to work per your doctor’s orders.

Step 6: Follow instructions
Follow the instructions given to you by the insurance company if your claim is accepted.

Step 7: Appeal
Appeal the decision, if you wish, in case your claim is denied.

Did You Know?
The first system of insurance appeared in China in 3000 B.C.E. Merchants divided cargo among many ships, and equally absorbed any losses.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Divorce Advice : Starting Over After Divorce



Starting over after a divorce requires positive thinking and moving on from the misery and self-pity. Avoid wallowing and get over a divorce with tips from a relationship specialist and talk show host in this free video on divorce.

Friday, May 19, 2017

What Is An Evidentiary Hearing For Child Custody?



An evidentiary hearing for child custody is a legal hearing with testimony taken under oath from parents, minor children and experts who have interviewed the family. Learn how evidentiary hearings are used to determine which parent should have custody of a child in the case of divorce with information from a family lawyer in this free video on child custody.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When Is it Time for Divorce?



It is time for divorce when every other measure has been taken, including seeking professional help, going to counseling, attending marriage workshops, keeping open and honest lines of communication and considering a trial separation. Identify the right time to get a divorce with advice from the author of a marriage counseling book in this free video on relationships.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Divorce Advice : Do's & Don'ts in Divorce



The do's and don'ts of divorce include telling the children they are loved, not antagonizing one another, keeping a low profile and not including friends in the divorce process. Learn a few do's and don'ts of divorce to ease the process along with tips from a relationship specialist and talk show host in this free video on divorce.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Is Negligence?



Negligence refers to conduct that falls below the standards established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonable person acting under similar circumstances. In order to establish negligence as a Cause of Action under the law of torts, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff, the defendant breached that duty by failing to conform to the required standard of conduct, the defendant's negligent conduct was the cause of the harm to the plaintiff, and the plaintiff was, in fact, harmed or damaged. The reasonable person standard provides a standard by which the conduct of others is judged and it distinguishes negligence from intentional torts, such as assault and battery. http://bit.ly/PIattorney

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Annulment Versus Divorce



There are various ground upon which an annulment or a divorce could be granted by a court. The legal consequences could be very important, since an annulment basically erases a marriage, whereas a divorce simply terminates it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

What Is The Definition Of Family Law?



Family law is defined as dealing with divorces, child custody, equitable distribution and paternity. Understand how family law centers around the dissolution of marriages and the welfare of children with advice from a certified family mediator in this free video on family law.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Social Security Disability



At Hodson & Mullin, we know disabled people need help. Faced with a possible lifetime of great physical pain and a frightening financial future, many are so overwhelmed they don’t know where to turn.  At Hodson & Mullin we not only  understand, we effectively steer our eligible clients through the Social Security Disability application and appeal processes, with countless successful cases over the decades.

At our firm, a highly experienced legal assistant will spend a great deal of time working with you and gathering records and information to perfect your claim, but your legal questions will be answered by an experienced attorney.

We are registered with the Social Security Administration and when necessary, we appear at actual hearings throughout Northern California to present our clients’ cases effectively, with an eye toward the most favorable outcomes.

Most of our experienced legal assistants are fluent in both English and Spanish, so language is never a barrier to obtaining results.

We are happy to meet with you for an initial consultation without charge to you, and you incur no costs at all unless and until your case is resolved and you receive a settlement or benefits.  Schedule an appointment with us today at our Vacaville or Fairfield offices!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What Is an Evidentiary Hearing for Child Custody?



An evidentiary hearing for child custody is a legal hearing with testimony taken under oath from parents, minor children and experts who have interviewed the family. Learn how evidentiary hearings are used to determine which parent should have custody of a child in the case of divorce with information from a family lawyer in this free video on child custody.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Family Law Explained



Family law is the branch of law which deals with all maters related to family unit and other domestic relations such as surrogacy and adoption, domestic partnerships, civil unions, marriage, divorce, child abduction, child abuse matters, child neglect, child maintenance, child adoption, paternity cases, child visitation rights, child custody, alimony, division of family property, etc.

All courts in the world have reported increase in family law as parties divorce, adopt children, contest paternity suits, etc.

According to family law lawyers, this branch of law is different from the other branches because it touches on sensitive private matters. Sometimes, the family lawyers act as counselors, mediators, conciliators, negotiators, etc. The courts that adjudicate on family law matters sometimes also act mediators as they try to reconcile members of the same family to solve their issues is amicably so as to preserve their relationship.

The substance of this type of law varies from one jurisdiction to the other because the principles that underpin it are largely borrowed from the society. For example, in societies where same sex relationships are not accepted, this kind of law requires that such union cannot be recognized as marriage in courts of law.

Like all the other branches of law, family law has undergone many transformations in an attempt to address the mediate issues in families. For instance, most societies have attempted to legalize 'come we stay' relationships if the parties involved live together for certain period of time.

One if the most popular modern trends in family law is the collaborative law which refers to structured process which provides parties seeking divorces or parties involved in other disputes an alternative names of resolving their dispute rather than a going through the costly, lengthy litigation process in courts. Collaborative law allows the parties to marriage or proposed civil union to take the control of their destiny by hiring family lawyers committed to the process of resolving disputes in family and relationships within family setting amicably through discussions and negotiations without the courts being involved.

The reason why modern family law discourages the parties from going to court is that courts decision have win-lose outlook. The court litigation is also complex, and as is the case with all matters of law is costly and may take long time to solve the matters.

In collaborative family law, disputes between family members can be settled amicably so as to ensure that their relationship as family is preserved. The collaborative family lawyers agree that they will not represent their respective parties in court litigation if either party decides to go to court. In the jurisdictions where is has been applied, collaborative family law has achieved good results in the amicable solution of family disputes. In some instances, it has successfully reconciled parties who would otherwise have divorced had the matter been decided by the courts.

Collaborative family law is not only advantageous in holding together families but also less stressful for the family lawyers. It ensures speedy, amicable resolution of disputes within the family.



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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Open Adoption



In an open adoption, the birth parents and the adoptive parents know each other's identities. Often, there is direct contact between them and sometimes ongoing contact after the child has been adopted. Some experts believe that this is an emotionally healthy option or all involved -- the adopted child doesn't have to wonder about the birth parents and it may be easier to contact blood relatives if medical issues arise. However, like with any adoption, the birth parents' parental rights are terminated, even if a relationship with the child continues. It may be difficult for a birth mother to watch someone else raise the child... and the adoptive parents may decide to end visitation or contact with the birth parents at any time. Therefore, it is important to seek legal advice prior to entering into an open adoption arrangement so that both the birth parents and the adoptive parents understand that adoption is permanent and that the parental responsibilities have been transferred.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Family Law



The firm’s Family Law practice is supervised by our managing partner, John D. Hodson, CFLS, AAML.

Mr. Hodson is the first and only family law attorney in Solano County’s history to be elected a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is also Solano County’s only AV-Preeminent rated family law attorney, and Solano County’s only perennial Northern California “Super Lawyer” since 2005.

A retired Air Force judge advocate with hundreds of trials under his belt, Mr. Hodson has been honored as Solano County Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year.  He serves on the AAML National Legislative Committee, the AAML Northern California Chapter Board of Managers, the Editorial Boards of the Association of Family Law Specialists (ACFLS) Specialist and the State Bar of California Family Law Section Family Law News journals.  He is a past Education Director, Legislative Director, and Secretary of the Board of Directors for ACFLS, and a Past Chair of FlexCom, the State Bar of California Family Law Section Executive Committee.  He currently serves as a member of the California Judicial Council’s Family & Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, and is a well-known educator of lawyers and judges throughout California on family law topics.

In his practice, Mr. Hodson serves as litigants’ counsel, but also as private judge, superior court judge pro tem, arbitrator, mediator, minors’ counsel, special master, discovery referee, and is trained in Collaborative Practice.

Our firm’s family law attorneys stay abreast of current law and developments through extensive continuing legal education. We all exceed the minimum educational standards set by the State Bar.  We assist clients in a wide variety of family law matters, and we regularly collaborate on cases so that our combined experience and expertise enhances our representation of clients in Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) and Legal Separation, Establishment of Parental Relationship (Paternity), Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, Guardianships, Stepparent Adoptions, Contempt Proceedings, Post-Judgment Enforcement actions, Mediation, Arbitration, and other Domestic Relations matters.

We are a no-nonsense law firm, committed to providing our clients with knowledgeable, pragmatic, ethical and efficient legal representation. We tell our clients the truth, we do our best to explain substantive and procedural law in understandable terms, and we guide clients through what can be a very stressful, slow, and sometimes expensive legal process.  We do our utmost to conserve our time and our clients’ resources within the limits of practical realities and the law.  We gladly provide information, education and advice about our clients’ rights and options to guide them through difficult legal matters with confidence.

Every client’s case is planned with that client’s specific needs and factual situation in mind. We encourage civility among lawyers and litigants, and do our best to maintain civil and respectful relationships, especially when parties will continue to raise children together.  Our first choice for our clients is always negotiation and settlement, and we are well-experienced to accomplish settlements. That said, if a case cannot be resolved, we offer trial experience second to none in the area.

Hodson & Mullin’s friendly, very experienced, compassionate, and highly professional family law staff is committed to helping our clients through difficult situations.

We cannot always give you the answers you like; but we can always give you the correct answers and sound advice to help you make realistic decisions.  Give us a call!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Surviving Divorce: David Sbarra



David A. Sbarra, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona where he serves as Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Sbarra teaches advanced graduate courses in psychotherapy, he is the author of numerous research papers and book chapters concerning divorce, stress, coping, and both mental and physical health. In addition to his is work as a professor of psychology, Dr. Sbarra maintains a small clinical practice in Tucson.

David's TEDx talk describes his latest research on divorce and healing in the aftermath of marital separation. Nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce, and David's research is illuminating new ways to promote recovery after this stressful life event.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Objectives Of Worker's Compensation



Objectives of Worker's Compensation. Part of the series: Legal Help. Worker's compensation is meant for people who have been injured on the job.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Family Law : What Does a Divorce Mediator Do?



A divorce mediator can be an attorney, but they serve as a neutral third person that helps the parties identify issues and solutions. Find out how to use a divorce mediator to identify assets and liabilities with help from a certified family mediator in this free video on family law and divorce.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Divorce - Tips For Keeping Your Sanity



Going through a divorce you may feel like you are losing your mind. I know countless times I would catch myself having a full on argument in my mind about reliving a past argument or a potential future argument. A lot of times these potential future arguments would never even materialize. Here are a few tips to gain some control over your wayward thoughts and keep your sanity while dealing with divorce.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

10 Common Legal Mistakes In Divorce


Facing a divorce causes even the most rational person to lose perspective. While it is completely normal to lose sight of the forest for the trees during such a stressful time, it is also unfortunately normal to make bad decisions in the heat of the moment.

Read on about some of the most common mistakes during divorce, and learn how to avoid these potentially devastating blunders. The best way to prepare yourself for a successful and happy future is to understand the pitfalls before you head down the divorce path.

Hiring The Wrong Divorce Attorney

Just like no two divorces are the same, neither are divorce attorneys. Some lawyers are sharks, ready to attack every aspect of the case. Others are mild-mannered and prefer to avoid conflict altogether. Before you settle for one or the other - or something in between - carefully consider the nuances of your situation. The relationship you have with your ex, the type of divorce process you want to use (mediation, collaborative divorce, traditional), and your own personality will all influence the type of attorney who will be most successful for you. Now is not the time to blindly go with a "friend of a friend" recommendation just because it is the easiest solution.

Using The Wrong Divorce Process

These days, not every divorce has to play out like you see it on tv - lawyers and clients facing off in the courtroom, going for the jugular. In fact, many more divorces are resolved with alternative divorce processes. Depending on the type of relationship you have with your soon-to-be ex, a less-adversarial approach may work better for your situation.

Coming Out Of The Gates With Guns Blazing

No matter how angry you may be with your spouse over the idea of divorce, starting off the process by going for the jugular will only lead to a nuclear World War III scenario for the rest of the divorce process. Spouses usually respond in kind when it comes to divorce tactics. So unless you really want to spend the next year or more of your life paying expensive legal fees and spending sleepless nights worrying about the next attack, it pays to think about kinder, gentler alternatives to begin the process.

Failing To Understand Legal Terms

Often times, parties in a divorce ignore the importance of respecting the nuanced meanings of legal words and phrases. For most individuals, a divorce is the first time they've been exposed to a courtroom or have been party to legal proceedings at all. These people sometimes base their understanding of what is happening by what they've heard from friends and family or, worse, seen on tv.

One area where this causes special problems is issues affecting the children. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions on behalf of your children. This includes things like education, religion and major medical issues. Residential custody (placement in some jurisdictions) addresses where the child lives the majority of the time. Visitation (or parenting time) specifies the amount of time the non-custodial parent has with the child.

Not Pushing For Full Financial Disclosure

With all the emotional issues that come with divorce, it is easy to understand why some people don't want to fight about finances. However, failing to understand the full extent of the marital estate - and fight for your fair share - can leave you facing a difficult financial future. While some spouses will disclose everything up front, many times it takes a bit more pushing to get a complete picture of the total marital assets.

Your attorney will use the discovery process to require a reluctant spouse to fully disclose his or her assets. In cases where valuing the assets is difficult - privately held businesses, etc. - a forensic accountant may need to be hired.

Misusing Social Media

There once was a time when people were not so easily able to share every up, down and in between of their lives with millions of strangers at the click of a mouse. No more. Today, the numerous social media platforms make it incredibly easy to over-share every aspect of your life - including the pain of divorce. While it may feel momentarily vindicating to post a status update ranting about your evil ex, don't do it. Even if you go back and delete it later, you can never erase it from cyberspace. Countless divorce cases have been adversely affected by social media posts made by one spouse or the other. It is time to take a break from all social media when you're going through a divorce.

Losing Sight Of The Forest For The Trees

It is often said that if you only have a hammer, all you see are nails. This is definitely true in some divorces. When you are angry, all you may want to do is fight about every issue with your soon-to-be ex. But what does this strategy really get you?

Far too many individuals end up paying significant legal fees to fight over things and issues that do not make sense from a financial point-of-view. You'd be surprised how many people, in the heat of the moment, are willing to pay their lawyer $300 an hour to write letters over $20 Tupperware. During the drama of divorce proceedings, it is important to identify the issues that truly matter and focus on making decisions that help you get what you want in those areas. The rest is just extraneous noise.

Misunderstanding The Complexity Of Divorce Proceedings

Don't be misled by advertisements promising you a divorce in xx days. The old saying "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" applies here. There are those unusual cases where two spouses can agree on everything and reach an amicable agreement themselves in record time, but this is not the norm. This is especially true when there are minor children involved.

The truth is that even under the best of circumstances, your divorce will likely take longer than you expected, will raise issues you didn't consider and cost more than you expect. It is more like a marathon than a 100-yard dash. Understanding that and adopting strategies to help yourself cope - a support group, therapist, exercise - will help you stay the course without losing your mind.

Signing Documents Without Understanding Them

When you do finally resolve all the issues with your former partner, signing the final divorce agreement may seem like an afterthought. However, before you put your name on the dotted line it is critically important that you thoroughly read - and understand - every single word in the document. Blindly signing and then finding out later the wording was not quite what you thought you had agreed to will only cause problems for you. Take the time to sit down and focus on the paperwork and ask your lawyer to clarify anything, no matter how small the point seems, before you sign off. Otherwise, you may be in for a surprise down the road.

Not Understanding The Tax Implications Of Your Agreement

One other thing to be crystal clear about (before you finalize negotiations) is how your tax situation will be impacted by your agreement. Dividing investments like retirement accounts can have significant tax implications for you, as will who gets to claim the children each year for tax purposes. Failing to understand tax ramifications of your agreement can cause you to end up with less than you expected.


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Workers Compensation



Hodson & Mullin’s Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability practice areas are overseen by founding partner, Samuel C. Mullin III, CWCS.  Mr. Mullin is Certified a Workers Compensation Specialist by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and has repeatedly been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer.”  In years past, Mr. Mullin served as Assistant Suisun City Attorney, as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Air Force, and he is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate colonel.

Social Security Disability and California Workers’ Compensation laws are very complex and easily confusing, and frequent changes in the law can make navigating through the claims processes even more difficult.  At Hodson & Mullin, our clients are informed of their legal rights regardless whether they have suffered an industrial injury in California, are seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, or both.

While adjusters work for insurance companies, Hodson & Mullin works for you! – our injured and disabled clients.  We ensure you know the rights and benefits applicable to your case, such as medical treatment for job related injuries or illnesses, physical therapy, lifetime medical care options, vocational rehabilitation, temporary and permanent disability payments, death benefits and settlements, depending on the extent of the injury and other factors.

Make no mistake – the Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability processes can be agonizingly slow, as can the course of medical treatment.  Hodson & Mullin’s attorneys and staff advocate zealously on each clients’ behalf with Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers, and if necessary, before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.  In some cases, Hodson & Mullin also pursues personal injury or other third party cases on behalf of injured Workers’ Compensation clients.  We have a track record of integrity in helping our clients get the best settlement they are able to under the law.  Hodson & Mullin is Solano County’s largest and busiest Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability firm.  Our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and expertise to handle even the most severe cases toward successful resolution.

Hodson & Mullin has been a trusted presence in Solano County for more thana quarter century.  Our firm prides itself on its commitment to staying abreast of recent changes and current developments in the law through extensive continuing legal education, to ensure every client has excellent, highly capable  representation.  Most of our Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability staff members are Spanish-speaking, and most of our business is the result of referrals from former clients.  Put our experience to work for you.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Divorce Support- Grieving The "Loss" of Divorce- 5 Steps To Healing With Dignity!



Welcome to the Divorce View Talk Show with co-hosts, Joanie Winberg and Rosalind Sedacca.

Guest: Dr. Jackie Black, Marriage Educator, Author, Coach-www.DrJackieBlack.com

Topics discussed:
- Understanding grief as the "gift" that restores you to wholeness
- Grieving is a feeling process: the 5 normal, natural and necessary feeling states of grieving
- The tasks of grieving
- Investing in yourself
- Creating a vision for your future

Tune in for much, much more!!

Join us every Wednesday @ 5PM EDT

And always remember... there is hope, happiness and life after divorce!

The Divorce Mentors,
Joanie and Rosalind

Joanie's website- www.FreshStartAfterDivorce.com
Rosalinds's website: www.childcentereddivorce.com

A quote about Joanie and Rosalind from Joan Rogliano, a Real Estate Divorce Specialist, "You two are wonderful- so real and warm- yet serious about this important work you are doing."

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Divorce Lawyer: Find Out What A Good Attorney Can Help You Do


If you are separating legally from your spouse, you will probably need a divorce lawyer. You may assume the process will be simple, but it is often anything but, especially if there are children and property involved. Find out what a good attorney who specializes in this area can do for you.

One of the first things that must be decided on is alimony, or financial spousal support. If you both agree on the details, the process may run smoothly. However, if you cannot agree, then it will be termed a contested divorce, and you will likely have to go to court to solve the issue. Your divorce lawyer will help you decide which spouse will pay the alimony, as well as how much. The payments may be temporary or permanent, but you should find out all this information when you meet with your legal representative.

Most couples have some sort of property together, as well as debt. If you incurred any debts after you got married, such as credit card balances or a mortgage, you will have to split it up with the help of your divorce lawyer. You will also split up any items you own so that it is fair to both of you. Most lawyers use accountants to help with this process.

Couples with children may find it difficult to make this a smooth process unless they agree on everything, as there are many details to work out. You need to determine who gets child custody. The person who does not have custody will need to make child support payments, which will need to be determined depending on monthly expenses. A good divorce lawyer can also establish paternity if requested during this process, as well as a visitation schedule for both parents. Most lawyers will work closely with their clients to ensure that this procedure is as professional and fast as possible.

Dealing with this issue is hard enough without having to fight in court about the details. Getting a good attorney to help you is important so that you can get on with your life afterward as soon as possible. This is especially true if you have children that you do not want dragged into proceedings. Be sure to find expert legal representation near you before you get started on this process, and know that it does not always have to be as unpleasant as many people assume.



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Monday, February 27, 2017

What Is A Court Case



A court case is a dispute that goes to court because it cannot be resolved without the help of a neutral third party. People take their disputes to court to ask the court to decide what the facts are and to determine how the applicable laws apply to the facts. To learn more about what a court case is visit http://www.lawinfo.com/the-courts.html

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Finding and Meeting With a Workers' Compensation Attorney


Getting injured on the job can be a traumatic situation. Workplace injuries can cause an injured worker not only to be seriously hurt but also create a financial hardship. Workers' compensation laws vary from state to state. As such, any person that has suffered a workplace injury should consult with a workers' compensation attorney.

Workers' compensation was designed to provide remedies for an employee that has been injured on the job. Injured employees may be entitled to receive medical care, lost time, and even permanent disability benefits. In return for assured benefits employees do not have the legal right to file a lawsuit for an award from the court.

Although injured employees give up their ability to sue their employer they still have the right to obtain workers' compensation. Not all employees injured on the job will be approved for workers' compensation benefits. If an employee is denied or does not receive benefits that are appropriate for their situation they have the right to an appeal. A worker's compensation attorney specializes in workers' compensation laws and they can help an injured worker fight and obtain benefits.

Any attorney can choose to practice in the area of workers' compensation law. However, an employee that has a workplace injury will want to find an attorney that is experienced in this area of law. One way to find a reputable and experienced workers' compensation attorney is through the state bar association. The bar association will can help in locating attorneys in good standing as well as those who specialize in certain areas of law.

You can also find a reputable workers' compensation attorney by checking your local yellow pages. Many attorneys advertise in the yellow pages and this will give you a good starting point in locating a number of candidates. Attorneys that advertise in the yellow pages generally highlight their specific area of law so this is also a good way to narrow your search for an attorney who practices specific aspect of law.

Once you have selected a few candidates you will want to do an evaluation during your initial consultation that will help determine your selection. Your evaluation of the workers' compensation attorney should be based on a few factors. These factors are how well the attorney listens, their understanding of your situation, explanation of law as it applies to your case explained in laymen's terms, and your level of confidence in their representation of you.

You may also want to ask for references so that you can evaluate the workers' compensation attorney's work on previous cases. Former or current clients are good sources of references but attorneys may be reluctant to divulge client information because of its confidential nature. The next best sources of references are other attorneys.

It is extremely important to be prepared for your initial consultation with the workers' compensation attorney. It may be wise to prepare a summary of the facts and events surrounding your injury in chronological order before your consultation. The summary should include important information such as the date of your accident, exact name/address of employer, and details of your injury.

You may also want to bring any medical records, employee handbook, and if possible any witness statements. This will help your meeting go smoothly and also help in selecting a workers' compensation attorney.



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Benefits Of Hiring A Divorce Lawyer


The stress a divorce brings on a couple and their family is very immense. Although finding a good divorce lawyer can bring added stress to the situation, in the end this could be one of the most beneficial decisions you make in your divorce process. A professional divorce lawyer can help you in more ways than you probably think because they understand how just difficult this time is for you the best way to navigate through the difficult process.

Here are a few ways that hiring a divorce lawyer can help guide you through this stressful time and save your time and energy:

1.) Help divide your assets: One of the first things that a divorce lawyer will help you with will be to help divide the assets you and your spouse have gathered throughout your marriage. This can be a lot more difficult than one might think. With the time and hard work you have spent together purchasing things, making decisions and growing to love your things. This will include all the assets you own, splitting all of the money you and your spouse have accordingly, pets and everything else that belongs between the two of you.

2.) Help with custody hearings: The next and probably most important thing a divorce lawyer will help you do is help in the child custody and support cases if you and your spouse have children.

If you and your spouse are fighting for everything intensely, these arrangements will become quite intense. It is the job of the divorce attorney to help moderate between each party and represent their clients side to their benefit. Whenever there are children involved the situation becomes even more complicated. During your custody hearings emotions are flying and both sides usually want to have custody of the children. Your professional family law attorney will be able to use their experience and guide you through these situations.

3.) Get you what you deserve: You are going to want a legal professional help you resolve your divorce and make sure your spouse and their lawyer get you what you deserve. In a timely manner they will help you take the steps you need to legally get your "half" of the assets you get.

Regardless of the relationship with your spouse at the time of your separation, it is wise for you to hire a divorce lawyer to help you divide your assets, get through any custody issues and to ensure you get what you deserve.



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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Quick Tips For Finding A Lawyer



Almost everything we do is affected by laws. There are so many laws that it would take a person with an average reading skill over a thousand years just to read the law book. As if we have nothing else to do with our lives but read laws. So what do we do when a legal situation arises? Do we handle it ourselves or do we call a lawyer who's been trained in the legal field? For many people, the thought of calling a lawyer may be frightening. Sometimes they might not even know if they need a lawyer or how to even choose one, so they might avoid contacting a lawyer even when it is in their best interests to do so. However, do your homework before you hire a lawyer for yourself and/or your business. At the time when you are faced with serious legal or medical problems, you still need to make a good, informed decision about who will represent you. And it doesn't have to be as hard or as costly as you may think to find a good lawyer. Provided below are some quick tips that can take the stress out of finding a lawyer.

Can I represent myself?

You have the right to represent yourself. However, the law is extremely complex and changes frequently. Unless you dedicate 100% of your time into educating yourself with all of the laws and legal procedures relevant to your case, you stand a good chance of losing. You may very easily overlook a legal aspect affecting your case that may sometimes bring unanticipated legal consequences that can be difficult and expensive to undo. So, you need to weigh the risks and benefits of representing yourself vs. hiring a lawyer to represent your case.

When do I contact a lawyer?

When faced with a problem that you think it needs legal attention, you may wish to consult with a lawyer about your legal rights and responsibilities as soon as possible. Many states have deadlines for filing lawsuits especially for personal injuries. These so called "statute of limitations" laws are designed to encourage people to promptly come forward and present their case. But this doesn't mean that you have to simply pick the first lawyer you bump into because you're in a hurry, as you will learn from these tips.

How do I choose the "right" lawyer for me?

From a personal aspect, selecting a lawyer is always a personal matter. But, as with any service providers, the lawyer is just providing his/her service to his/her client. So, the lawyer-client relationship needs be based on trust and open and honest communication so the lawyer could provide the best of his/her service. It requires a mutual commitment from both the client and the lawyer. If the client is not cooperating fully, the lawyer could not provide the best of his/her service. At the same time, if the lawyer is not easily accessible and prompt in responding to your phone calls, emails, and requests, you're going to get nothing but frustration. Hence, when choosing the "right" lawyer for your case you need to feel 100% comfortable when talking to that lawyer and feel confident in his or her abilities. If there's even a single doubt, you need to keep looking. Your case is too important to entrust to someone who does not inspire your confidence.

From a professional aspect, people often believe that simply any lawyer could handle any case. This misleading confidence frequently works to the client's disadvantage. No lawyer is skilled in every area of the law. So, to find the "right" lawyer for your case you need not to be shy about asking your prospective lawyer questions until you gain full confidence in his or her ability. Only then would you select that lawyer. Actually, while asking the questions, you'll be able to observe the lawyer's responsiveness and readiness to cooperate with you. Some of the most important questions you need to ask your prospective lawyer when going through the selection process are:

- What amount of experience do you have in this area of the law (the area of your legal need)?

- Will you or one of your associates handle my case? - if an associate handles your case, that's the person you need to interview.

- How many cases like mine have you handled? - ask for specifics for each of the cases.

- Could you provide me with references from some or each of the cases? - make sure you call each of the clients to learn about their experience.

A responsible and a caring lawyer would have no problems providing you with answers. If the lawyer is giving you runarounds for each of the questions and not providing you with specific answers, you need to keep looking. Also, always check with your State Bar Association if that lawyer has been the subject of an ethical complaint or inquiry.

Where do I find a lawyer?

No matter where you look for a lawyer, always keep in mind the above tip for choosing the right lawyer for you. Nevertheless, here are a few places to look for a lawyer:

- Yellow Pages and Advertisements - When you open your local yellow pages doesn't it seem like the doctors and the lawyers cover the half of the book with advertisements? It almost looks as if they're the only ones having the money for full blown ad pages. Speaking of ads, unless you have a marketing/sales knowledge and experience, you would never know how advertisements work. The advertisements are developed to psychologically trigger your emotional senses and make you respond to the call of action of the ad. It's a science of its own. So, you as an average consumer would have no idea which advertisement is telling the truth and which has the truth blown out of proportion. But, this is a very good place to at least get some names and phone numbers from local lawyers and start your selection process.

- Your Society Circle - Your family, friends, people you work with, people you talk to, people you know of ... start asking around. This is one of your most reliable sources. You will have a chance to get the first hand experience. Someone who has been in a same or a similar situation could tell you about their experience (good or bad) with their lawyer. If their experience has been nothing but good, you have a half of your work done. And even if no one in your society circle could refer you to a lawyer, they might know of someone else from their society circle who might have been in a similar situation. Some of the most reliable referrals come from people you trust - fellow business owners, friends and family - who have used lawyers recently. Word of mouth from a satisfied customer generally is very reliable.

- Bar Associations - This is another reliable source. Your local attorney bar association may maintain an attorney referral service, which is a list of their members by specialty who will consult with you for free or at a special rate set by the bar association for the first conference. The Bar Association could also tell you if a lawyer has been a subject of an ethical complaint or inquiry from past clients.

- The Internet - Indeed the Internet. But, this is your least reliable source because everything could be put on the 'net. However, just like with advertisements, you could use the Internet to at least get you a list of local lawyers practicing in your problem area so you could start the selection process.



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Are Family Lawyers And Divorce Lawyers The Same?


Family Lawyers are often referred to as Divorce Lawyers. Divorce Law has become a specialized field of law. Historically, there were fewer divorces and Family lawyers handled the cases. With the increase in divorces over the past century, divorce law has become a specialized branch of family law. Although, many Family Lawyers still handle divorce cases.

Divorce Law covers all the areas that need to be discussed when a couple files for divorce. These areas include:

Child Support: Child support is the amount paid by the non-custodial parent for the needs of the child or children involved in the marriage. This can be used to cover the cost of shelter, clothing, or education. It is meant to provide the necessities the children need not as a means of supporting the custodial parent.

Child Custody: In most cases one or the other parent will be awarded physical custody of the child or children involved. While there have been cases where the physical custody was awarded jointly, this is not often the case. There have also been cases where the children were split between the two parents, but again this is not often done. The court system tries to keep children together when at all possible.

Alimony or Spousal Support: Spousal support is awarded based on many different variables. For example, if one spouse has worked at a low-income job to support the other spouse while they attended post-graduate school. This would be seen as a reason to award spousal support to them while they also attended school or training. Spousal support can be temporary or permanent depending on the ruling of the court.

Division of Assets: Division of assets can be difficult. Generally, this applies to the assets such as a house, property, or investment plans that were started or acquired after the couple was married. Property owned by either spouse before the marriage would normally not be included in the assets of the marriage.

Visitation: Visitation is the time allowed for the non-custodial parent to spend with their children. This varies widely, depending on the particular divorce case and the desires of the parents and children, if they are old enough to have their desires considered by the court.

Relocation: Because of the economy today, relocation has become a more common problem. Many divorced couples are finding that in order to find work or remain employed they have to relocate to another area. This can cause problems with child visitation rights of the other parent. It may be necessary for the custodial parent to gain a court order allowing them to move before they can take the children to a different town.
Each divorce case is unique in some ways. The growing number of divorce cases is the main reason why people have come to associate Divorce Lawyers as separate from Family Lawyers; although, both can handle divorce cases.



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Friday, February 3, 2017

Four Times You Are Going To Need A Family Law Attorney


Families are beautiful and wonderful things. They can bring great joy and happiness, but they can also cause stress and anxiety. When legal problems arise in the family structure, it is often necessary to consult with somebody who has experience in the field of family law. They can guide you through the issues that arise and help you avoid any others that might come up. Here are four instances where you should consult with an experienced attorney.

Adoption

For those couples, or individuals, who want to have children but cannot for whatever reason, adoption is a possible solution. However, the process is very long, difficult, and fraught with obstacles. Recent data suggests that there are roughly 125,000 adoptions in the U.S. every year. While that may seem like a lot, in a country of over 300 million, it is a small number. A lawyer with a strong background in adoption law can both speed up and ease the adoption process in many cases. They may also help potential parents avoid any pitfalls during the application process, as well as handle any unexpected obstacles that arise.

Divorce

The divorce rate throughout the U.S. is estimated to be anywhere from 33% to 50%, depending on the source. As of 2014, there are nearly 60 million married couples in America. That means that between 40 to 60 million people who are married right now will be involved in a divorce at some point in their lifetime. A good lawyer can help your divorce go smoothly with as few legal issues as possible.

Child Custody

With so many divorces occurring, there are bound to be battles over the custody of children. In cases where one partner is abusive or has substance abuse issues, the safety of the child or children can be at stake. In these cases especially, the law is very complex and difficult to navigate. An attorney who has practiced in this field before can help you understand all of the issues and decide the best path to follow.

Spousal and Child Support

Divorce is never easy. Not for the couples, and not for the children, if there are any. In many cases, one spouse or parent is left at a financial disadvantage for a variety of reasons. They may have been the homemaker or watched the children while the other spouse worked. When they separate, most people have no idea how much money they are entitled to, for how often, and for how long. A family law attorney can help figure this out. They can also go after a spouse or parent who owes support and force them to make good on their obligation. A lawyer will know the fastest and most effective way to ensure payments are made.

In conclusion, when legal issues arise between spouses, siblings, or other family relations, it is often necessary to consult with an attorney who has experience in family law. They can help you navigate many different situations while trying to save you time and grief along the way.

To learn more about their options for family law, Massachusetts residents should visit http://mrichardslaw.com/index.html.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Five Questions To Ask Divorce Lawyers


Because they are desperate for guidance and direction, many divorcing spouses make the mistake of hiring the first attorney they meet. To make matters worse, they often neglect to put him/her through a proper interview. Because of this, there's a very good chance of buyer's remorse. With that in mind, here are five questions you should always ask prospective divorce lawyers.

1. Do You Specialize In Divorces?

Because family law is an enormous area of legal practice, not every family or domestic law attorney has experience with dissolution of marriage cases. He or she may focus on adoptions, domestic abuse, or parental rights and obligations. It is actually not at all uncommon for attorneys who work in this area to have little or no experience in divorce cases, particularly those that go to trial. That is why you should always ask them how many of these cases they have personally handled.

2. How Long Will My Case Take?

Although it is impossible for them to give you an exact date, experienced lawyers should be able to give you a fairly accurate time-frame based on past cases that were similar to your own. This information can also help you determine how hard a legal representative will work to get the matter settled. As a general rule, those with smaller caseloads should be able to devote more time to your claim, which should help speed things along a bit. With that said, it is important to remember that initial time estimates are just that, estimates.

3. Will Anyone Else Be Working On My Case?

There are two reasons you should always ask this question. The first is that it lets you know if there are any other legal professionals you can speak to if the lead attorney is busy. And the second is that there are usually separate charges when paralegals and law clerks are used in researching or preparing a claim. If you can afford the added fees, an extra pair of eyes is generally a good thing on a dissolution of marriage petition.

4. What Is Your Fee?

It might seem incredible, but some clients do not ask their lawyers what they charge before they hire them. This hourly fee can range from a couple hundred to well over a thousand dollars. And since cases can last for several months, it is important to do the math in advance to make certain you can afford their services.

5. What Are My Options?

Generally speaking, there are three ways to resolve a divorce. If you and your ex are on good terms, you might agree to simply split everything right down the middle. In these rather rare cases, lawyers can help both sides complete and file the necessary paperwork. The second, more common option is mediation. Often used by soon-to-be ex-spouses who are still on speaking terms, this legal process helps them arrive at an equitable arrangement in short order. The final, most costly option is to actually go to court. As the client, you want an attorney who will not only explain each of these options, but also explore them to ensure a speedy, less painful resolution.

Use these five questions to find an attorney who will give you the advice and guidance you need during a difficult time.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Objectives of Worker's Compensation



Objectives of Worker's Compensation. Part of the series: Legal Help. Worker's compensation is meant for people who have been injured on the job. Learn about the objectives of worker's compensation with help from an attorney in this free video clip.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Legal Information Tips : How Much Will My Divorce Cost Me?



The cost of a divorce depends upon whether or not both parties can resolve the issues and present to the court a signed marital settlement agreement indicating that all issues have been agreed upon and that all assets have been distributed. Learn more about the requirements for filing for divorce with advice from a certified family mediator in this free video on legal information.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Structured Settlements



What are structured settlements? Structured settlements are the payment arrangements made to provide you with small payments over a long period of time.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Useful Tips To Hire A Worker Comp Attorney


Worker's compensation is basically a form of medical insurance coverage for employees who are injured in the course of their employment. In a case of accident while at work an employee has all the rights to sue his/her employer for the tort of negligence. In case of accidents due to employer's negligence an employee is entitled to get compensations - in the forms of weekly payments in place of wages(disability insurance), and a certain amount of money for economic losses suffered (health insurance). In case of death of an employee benefits are payable to the family members or dependants of the employee.

However, claiming for worker compensation is a long, elaborate process and an employee might not get the compensation that s/he truly deserves. That is the reason; in cases of suffering at workplace a person should approach a worker comp attorney. Following are some tips that might come useful in case you need to hire a worker comp attorney:

* Before letting a lawyer represent you at the court of law find out if the lawyer has any relevant background in handling worker comp cases. Make sure that the person is well aware of all the aspects of such a case.

* Make sure if the lawyer is registered with the state's licensing agency or the bar association. Always choose a lawyer who has proper licenses and registrations to take up the case.

* Just having experience in dealing with worker's compensation cases won't really do. Make sure if the person has experience of handling cases on behalf of the claimant. Find out if s/he only has experience in fighting cases on behalf of the employers or employer's insurers.

* Make sure that the worker comp attorney you are hiring has a reputation of being sincere and disciplined about his/her responsibilities and duties. You need to interact with him/her on a regular basis so make sure s/he is a good listener, polite, professional, and helpful.

Only after you feel comfortable about a lawyer's capabilities to handle your case you should proceed with further formalities of handling the responsibility of the case to him/her.



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tips On How To Choose The Best Workers Compensation Lawyer


The workers compensation lawyer that you finally choose to have representing you in your claim should be one who is a specialist in this area. The law in these kinds of cases is tricky and you need to have a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of this kind of thing. How terrible would it be to have a workers compensation lawyer that was new to the field and who had never worked on a case like yours before? It would be horrific. That is why you need to talk to all potential workers compensation lawyers and ask them how much experience they have with cases just like yours.

Only choose the workers compensation lawyer that has been working with these kinds of cases for several years, at least ten, preferably more. Steer clear of new workers compensation lawyers, they are not what you want to deal with. Be absolutely sure that the workers compensation lawyer that you hire is a real honest to goodness specialist.

Find out how they have been rated by other workers compensation lawyers, their peers. This is a crucial step in the process of choosing the right workers compensation lawyer. This will give you a clear and accurate picture of each and every workers compensation lawyer candidate. Those reviewing them, the other lawyers know what to look for and they know what is missing. You would not be able to pick out these sorts of things because you know nothing about the law. Take their word for it, they are the experts.

More and more workers compensation lawyers are going online these days. It would not hurt for you to check out the site of the workers compensation lawyer that you are considering hiring. What does it look like? Is it professional? You can tell a lot about a person and their standards by their websites. If it is a terrible site filled with spelling errors and sloppy work then you may want to go elsewhere when looking to hire a workers compensation lawyer. You do not want to choose a workers compensation lawyer that does not pay good attention to detail. That could lose you your case. And the workers compensation lawyer that you choose should be willing to part with some good facts and tips for free. You should be able to find some helpful info on the website, if you don't then this workers compensation lawyer may not really care about other people. You want your workers compensation lawyer to care about you and the outcome of your problems.

Does your workers compensation lawyer belong to any special groups for workers compensation lawyers? Hopefully so, this shows some dedication on the part of your lawyer. Dedication and attention to detail is what will win the day. So look for them in each workers compensation lawyer that you interview for the job and only choose the workers compensation lawyer that has them both.



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Friday, January 6, 2017

How Do I Keep My Divorce Private?



Keeping divorce private can be summed up in one word: Mediation.

In divorce mediation, there are:

1. No public court hearings;
2. No depositions;
3. No submissions of evidence;
4. No courtroom testimony;
5. No discovery;

With mediation, we can file your divorce documents in a foreign jurisdiction so nothing is even filed in your local court.

All negotiating is done in the privacy of the mediator’s office. After coming to an agreement on the pertinent issues in the divorce, the mediator drafts the couple’s decisions into a Marital Settlement Agreement, which is then signed by a Judge and filed with the Court.

I have helped high-profile clients like sports team franchise owners, TV personalities, politicians, business owners and real estate moguls get divorced using this method. They were so grateful that their financial information was not published in the Business Journal, that their net worth was not on the front page of the newspaper, and the profit-and-loss statements of their businesses were not aired on the 10:00 news.

No reporter or business competitor knows where to even try to find the financial information that needed to be filed with the Court. No information from these cases has ever been leaked to the media.

Now, you don’t have to be a millionaire to want your financial affairs to be kept private. If you litigate, your financial information will be subject to cross-examination, you will typically have to submit tax returns as answers to Request for Production of Documents, and you will have to disclose all debts to the Court. Hearings and trials are public, and your neighbors and in-laws or even business competitors may attend. So, the issue of privacy can be just as important to you as a high profile couple. Again, privacy can be summed up in one word: Mediation!