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Staying In Touch With Your Kids When You Do Not Have Visitation

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Staying In Touch With Your Kids When You Do Not Have Visitation

Divorce is hard on anyone, but kids are often affected the most. Because they are not aware of the entire situation and have no idea what to expect, this can be a very confusing time for them. Your time will not be split up between two places like it will be for the kids. Visitation is great in that it allows the kids to spend time with both parents, but it can also be very confusing going back and forth. About 50% of kids in North America experience a divorce between their parents. The transition of going back and forth between parents can be very difficult on both you and the kids. Here are some ways to stay in touch with the kids when they are visiting their other parent.  Set a Specific Phone Time Children of divorced parents are more likely to experience symptoms of psychological distress. When they have had a rough day at school and you don’t get to see them, it can definitely make you feel isolated from them. A daily phone call set for a specific time can help reassure them of a normal routine even when everything around them is chaotic. If they know that you plan to call them everyday at the same time, it can make it easier for everyone to plan around it.  Be There for Bedtime Even when your kids are staying with their other parent for the night, there is still a way to be a part of their nighttime routine. If your kids are smaller and enjoy reading books before bed, you can record yourself reading the books. This provides you the opportunity to continue to read to them and they will get to hear your voice every night before bed.  Hide a Note in Their Stuff You can’t possibly know what your child is going through at every moment when they are away, but you can still let them know you are thinking about them. Calling them several times a day is not always feasible and it can aggravate the other parent. Instead, slip a note into their stuff so they know you are thinking about them.  Stay Involved in Their Interests If your child has a favorite television show, then it is important that you show some interest in it. Make a point to watch the show even when your child is not with you. This way, when you do get a chance to talk to them, you will have something to talk about what they are interested in.  However, if you you’re looking to change your visitation rights or alter the schedule, consider contacting a family law attorney, such as McKissick & McKissick, and your previous spouse to discuss the...

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Don’t Represent Yourself In A Divorce – Here Are Some Very Good Reasons To Hire A Divorce Lawyer

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Represent Yourself In A Divorce – Here Are Some Very Good Reasons To Hire A Divorce Lawyer

It might seem like the sensible way to handle your divorce proceedings. You think that by representing yourself in court, you can save money, and perhaps the whole process will go easier than if you have legal representation. This is rarely the case. Here are some very good reasons you should hire a divorce lawyer instead of representing yourself. Unfamiliarity With the Law One of the biggest mistakes in representing yourself in court is that you most likely don’t know enough about family law to get a fair settlement. Judges will not show you special treatment and will uphold you to the same standards and knowledge a divorce lawyer has. A lawyer knows exactly what documents to show, what to say to prove your side of the argument and knows how to protect your rights and those of any children you may have. They Are Objective A divorce is a truly emotional time, and unless you and your spouse are in agreement about most things, there are going to be some very hard feelings. When you are feeling sad and betrayed or even angry, it is impossible to feel objective and even fair toward your spouse. A lawyer may work for you, but they are able to keep an emotional distance from the case in order to ensure that wise decisions are made during the process. They may also have recommendations for other professionals such as counselors or financial advisers if the need arises. You Don’t Know All Possible Legal Options Every case is different and a family lawyer can assess your case and advise you accordingly, even to the point of informing you of the likely outcome of your case. They are able to offer you a wide range of options that you wouldn’t know are available. They can also go over any proposal your spouse comes up with and tell you if it’s a reasonable offer or if you should counter with an offer of your own. Paperwork Can Be Overwhelming There is more to a divorce than just attending court dates; there is a lot of paperwork involved too. Sometimes it might feel that the entire process is mired in endless streams of paperwork. It is very important to know which forms relate to you and when to submit them and which information a judge needs from you to make a fair settlement for both parties. If you don’t fill out the right forms and fail to provide all the documentation the judge needs, the case could very easily not go your way. It makes the process easier and faster to let a divorce lawyer handle the paperwork for you. Visit the law office of Kristine A. Michael, P.C. today to find a divorce lawyer for your...

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What If Your Employer Is Discriminating Against You Because Of Religion?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What If Your Employer Is Discriminating Against You Because Of Religion?

By law, religious discrimination by an employer is prohibited. Unfortunately, this does not stop it from occurring. If you feel that your employer is discriminating against you based on your religious beliefs, here is what you need to know.  Is It Religious Discrimination? Even though an employer’s actions might seem discriminatory, it is possible that they are not. It is important that you are able to discern whether or not your employer is actually discriminating against you.  Religious discrimination occurs when your employer treats you differently because of your beliefs. For example, if your employer refuses to and has never promoted a Muslim or Jewish employee although there have been many who were qualified, this could potentially be discrimination.  If your employer refuses to accommodate your beliefs, this is also considered discriminatory. For example, if you need every Saturday off for religious reasons and you are denied although other employees are routinely granted flexible schedules for other non-religious plans, you could possibly have a case.  What Should You Do? If you suspect that you are being discriminated against based on religion, your first step should be to file a formal complaint with your company’s human resources department. By filing a complaint, you are giving your employer an opportunity to address the situation. You are also helping to create a paper trail that could be used in the event that you need to take legal action.  If the discrimination continues or you are dissatisfied with the response from human resources, you need to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. The agency is tasked with investigating claims of discrimination and taking legal action, if necessary. The EEOC will investigate your case and make a determination. If the EEOC agrees that discrimination did occur, it will try to settle the situation between you and your employer.  You have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer if the EEOC does not believe that discrimination occurred. In this instance, the EEOC would provide you with a letter giving you the right to sue. The letter is notice to the court that you did file a complaint with the EEOC as required by the government and that you are free to file a lawsuit.  At every stage of the road to holding your employer responsible for discriminatory practices, you can face challenges. To help ensure that you are on the right path and have taken the right steps, work with an employment lawyer that is experienced in this type of...

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About Getting Out Of A Debt Crisis With The Help Of A Lawyer

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About Getting Out Of A Debt Crisis With The Help Of A Lawyer

Did you get yourself into a deep financial bind by neglecting to pay bills on time? If you’re ready to stop debt collection agencies from calling your house, it may be time for you to consider hiring a lawyer to discuss filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Find out below how a lawyer can help you decide if filing for bankruptcy is a good idea, as well as what he or she will charge. What Kind of Help Can a Lawyer Offer When in Debt? The first thing that a lawyer will do is assess the total amount of debts that you owe in comparison to your income. Your income will be assessed via a means test that determines if your income is below the median for your state. Your income can be no more than equal to the median income in order for you to automatically qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Your lawyer will have to get the approval of a bankruptcy judge before a trustee is appointed to handle your case. If you make too much money to pass the means test, your lawyer will do another assessment that may make you eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Basically, the test will assess how much disposal income is left after your bills are paid each month. If you are unable to make satisfactory payments to creditors although you are over the median income, the lawyer may be able to get your bankruptcy case approved. Another thing that your lawyer can do is refer you to a debt consolidation agency. If he or she feels as though you can pay back your debts with a little organization, debt consolidation may be suggested instead of bankruptcy. Sometimes lawyers recommend debt consolidation because it can help you avoid lowering your credit rating by filing for bankruptcy. Debt consolidation allows all of your debts to be combined into a single monthly payment that you can cope with. How Much Does a Bankruptcy Lawyer Charge? A bankruptcy lawyer is estimated to charge an hourly rate at a minimum of $100, but it can go over $300 for a complicated case. The total for your legal fees should is estimated at $600 or more if you have a simple Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. However, there may also be a $299 fee charged for your lawyer to file your case with the court. Talk to a bankruptcy lawyer such as Attorney Joseph Aguglia as soon as possible so you can get your debt situation under...

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Three Keys For A Smooth Divorce

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Keys For A Smooth Divorce

Divorce is a facet of life that a great number of people go through. If you are going through a divorce and want to come out of it unscathed and ready to build your new life, there are some specific guidelines that you should keep in mind. Follow the points in this article so that you are best able to take control of your life and manage this potentially tumultuous time. #1: Keep Your Support Circle Small And Effective When you go through a divorce, you will quickly begin to realize that it affects a larger group of people than you would have thought. Everyone will have an opinion on your divorce, and you may even have some friends who decide to take sides. For this reason, you need to keep your circle small throughout the course of your divorce, so that you are not taking in any kind of toxic energy. For this reason, you should pinpoint a group of family members or friends you can talk to about it, while keeping the details scarce publicly. Avoid the temptation of venting on social media and keep your thoughts on the situation to yourself and some trusted people in your life.   #2: Tell Your Divorce Lawyer Everything You need to always remember that your lawyer is there to work for you, no matter your circumstances. Your attorney cannot do their best work for you if you withhold information. For that reason, you should remember to tell your attorney everything, even the negative things that might hurt your case. The last thing you want is for your divorce lawyer to find out this kind of information in the courtroom during a hearing. By telling them ahead of time, your attorney can come up with the proper game plan.  #3: Make Your Decision And Stick To It The worst thing you can do is be wishy-washy during the divorce process. Don’t start the divorce process until and unless you are absolutely sure that the relationship is over. This means you should go through counseling and a separation if necessary, so that you have the full closure needed to move forward. Some people make the mistake of reconciling or having sex with their spouse during the divorce process, which only adds more confusion. Do yourself a favor and make a firm decision, so that the divorce process is handled in a businesslike, straight forward manner.  Follow these three points for the smoothest divorce possible. For more help, visit a website such...

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Three Reasons to Report Workplace Injuries

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons to Report Workplace Injuries

If you get injured at work, it should be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. Most businesses have this coverage, which pays for medical costs, including doctor visits, prescriptions, and treatments for a work-related injury. If you are injured at work, you need to report it to your supervisor right away. Here are the reasons why. You Get Immediate Help The first reason you should inform your supervisor of your injury is because they might be able to help you get relief while at work. You might not have a full-blown injury yet, but are starting to experience pain and discomfort. This is common among conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Your supervisor may be able to adjust your work desk and chair, get you a new keyboard, or help with monitor height to avoid this and other work-related conditions. It helps reduce comfort now and helps workers’ comp know that you tried to fix the situation to prevent the injury. You Can Work in a Different Department Depending on the type of job you have, switching to a different department might be necessary. For example, if you drive a large van to deliver flowers around town, you might be having back pain from sitting in the van all day to make deliveries. If you have started experiencing chronic pain in your back, your supervisor can switch you to a different position. You may start working in the office of the flower shop instead of having to make deliveries. This keeps you from losing income by missing too much work from the pain, but allows you to remain with your company. It Helps When Filing a Claim If you get an injury at work, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Reporting the injury to your employer right after it occurs helps increase the chances of that claim being approved. You need to let someone know about the injury so you can get medical care. You will be asked to see a workers’ comp doctor so they can assess your injury and indicate whether or not it is work-related. They will also inform your employer of the severity of the injury and how long your recovery period will be. When you do everything right and report your injury or accident as requested, but get denied workers’ comp coverage, contact an attorney like They will help you file an appeal to get the benefits you...

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5 Things You Should Understand About Your Defense Attorney’s Trial Behavior

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things You Should Understand About Your Defense Attorney’s Trial Behavior

Your criminal defense attorney may seem like a puzzle to you, and some of his or her behaviors could have you doubting their competence or motivation for helping you. There are five things you should know about an attorney’s trial behavior, so that you can remain confident with your defense. 1. Your lawyer won’t pop up like a jack-in-the-box to object every time a prosecutor skirts the rules during trial. That behavior often appears in TV shows, but in real life your attorney will probably stand calmly and raise an objection in an ordinary voice. There are several reasons why your attorney won’t make every objection you might think they would make. These include: By objecting to a question or answer, the jury could conclude the attorney is trying to obfuscate evidence or testimony. Too many objections could annoy the judge and/or the jury and cause them to not take your attorney seriously. Your attorney is aware that the questioning or testimony is actually permissible and legal. An objection may draw too much attention to a detail that the attorney hopes will go unnoticed or be forgotten. The objection could throw off the attorney’s overall strategy. 2. Conversely, you might be surprised with the objections and issues your attorney does raise or the details that they take pains to emphasize. Your lawyer could raise an objection to something you may think is unimportant. However, they may do it because the issue could be a basis for an appeal later, if need be. Your attorney may also be emphasizing certain details to slowly build a chain of logic or evidence that will make more sense as the trial proceeds. 3. They may ask you to consider a bench trial (instead of a jury trial) for a couple of good reasons. There could be technical or legal evidence that a judge would better appreciate than a jury made up of non-legal-savvy persons likely would. Your attorney may make certain motions that allow the judge to see certain evidence that could not actually be admitted in a jury trial, and your attorney is hoping this will subtly influence the judge’s ultimate decision. 4. The details they ignore or leave out may be for a sound legal reason. There could be evidence or testimony that you think is relevant, that your attorney may want to leave out of the trial. This could be because it does not conform with the rules of evidence that are established by law and precedent. 5. If they discourage you from testifying in your own behalf, this too is usually for good reasons. Your attorney may actually want you to testify so they can bring in some point of evidence that could not be entered otherwise, but testifying in your own behalf is always risky. This is because once you testify, then this may open the door for the prosecutor to introduce your prior crimes or past unwise actions that would not be admissible otherwise. The attorney may also fear you could be tripped up by the prosecutor when he or she cross-examines you. A judge or jury could also be put off by your demeanor, or they may interpret certain mannerisms and gestures you have as indicators that you are lying. Finally, it is a prosecutor’s job to...

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Hazy Confusion | Clearing Tourist Misconceptions About Legal Marijuana

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hazy Confusion | Clearing Tourist Misconceptions About Legal Marijuana

Marijuana may be well on its way to being fully legalized in some states, but even with these changes there are still people who have a lot of confusion about where the lines are drawn where laws are concerned. Whether you occasionally smoke marijuana yourself and want to pay a visit to Colorado or are planning a trip to newly weed legal Oregon, it is crucial that you understand the laws about “legal” marijuana. Otherwise, you could end up with a drug charge on your record and the need for a criminal defense lawyer in court.  You Cannot Have Extensive Amounts of Marijuana On You You may have this big idea that you will take a trip to a fully legalized state and buy huge amounts of marijuana to enjoy with your co-travelers. However, even if you could buy a lot of weed at a dispensary (which you cannot), it would be illegal to be caught with it. For example, in Colorado you are only allowed to have up to one ounce on you at any time. Additionally, the weed that you do have must be kept in a sealed or unopened container, or you could be charged with an open container violation as a driver.  Smoking Marijuana In Public Could Get You Arrested There is a lot of debate about where and how marijuana can be consumed in legal states. However, a good rule to keep in mind is to be respectful and use your common sense. Do not go walking through a public area while smoking a pipe, or you could be arrested and charged with public consumption of marijuana. Keep the marijuana use either behind closed doors or in private smoking lounges.  Federal Land Does Not Allow Marijuana On the Premises  One thing that many people do not recognize is that even if a state has fully legalized marijuana, the federal government has yet to agree. Therefore, you may be in a secluded place away from everyone, but on federal land, and still get slapped with a marijuana possession charge. The worst part is, it is not only illegal to smoke or use marijuana on the premises, but to bring it in these areas at all.  When it comes down to it, you really have to be cautious about spending your time in a marijuana legal state if you plan to take part in the new relaxed atmosphere. Even though weed may be referred to as legal, there are a lot of ways that you could end up with a drug charge. If you have been charged with marijuana possession, contact a criminal offense lawyer or law firm like Kalasnik Law Office for...

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Class Actions Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Class Actions Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

You may have heard the term “class action lawsuit” on the news in reference to suits involving major brand name products. You may have even received an email about such suits from businesses that you have dealt with online, such as stores or services. If you think you may have a claim in a class action lawsuit, you may have questions about exactly what it means and what you should do. Many times the wording of the notices on these lawsuits is confusing, so read on for more information about class action lawsuits. A class action lawsuit is a legal method of dealing with large numbers of claimants who have been harmed by the same product, practices, services, negligence or other actions of a common entity, such as company. It’s a way to have one trial instead of many, and if you are a member of the class, you must agree to accept the ruling of the court. Major benefits of class action suits 1.  The sad truth is that many times, harm from a product or service will continue unless there is a public outcry. Class actions are well-publicized, and often the offending party will be forced to make changes before the case even goes to trial, potentially reducing harm and saving lives. 2.  There is power in numbers, and when the lawsuits are against major corporations with more legal means than the average person, a class action levels the playing field for people who might not have had a chance against the wrongdoer otherwise. 3.  Many times, the individual person harmed has only a small amount of damages, but when taken together with many others who also have had harm done, the case becomes worthy of costly legal actions. In other words, the harm done to you may be small and not worth fighting a major corporation to pursue, but together with others you can force change and get compensated. 4.  Finally, class actions provide a consistent means to litigate public policy issues properly. Small cases brought by individuals could result in inconsistent rulings and many small settlements with the terms being kept secret by agreement. You should have a better picture of the way class action lawsuits work now, so that you will be able to make a more educated decision on whether or not to join one. You would be smart to preserve your rights in any legal matter by contacting a personal injury attorney, like the ones at Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.S., for guidance and more information about classes action...

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Two Concerns About Worker’s Compensation Cases Addressed

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Concerns About Worker’s Compensation Cases Addressed

Workplace injuries can be one of the most devastating experiences that many people will encounter in their lives. Whether it results in a permanent disability or a lengthy recovery, individuals can find their lives turn upside down when they are injured on the job. Fortunately, the law requires businesses to carry worker’s compensation insurance for these instances, but this is a type of insurance that many people are uninformed about. Having the following two questions answers should help you to better understand how this protection applies to your situation.  What If The Accident Happens In Another State? There are many jobs that require the workers to travel across the country. Whether it is as a salesman or a construction worker, injuries that happen in far away states may seem like they will be more complicated, but this is not usually the case. In most instances, the worker will be covered under the workers’ compensation law of the state where their employer is located.  However, this distance can make it a little more difficult to obtain the copies of the required medical records if you require emergency treatment. In these instances, you will need to notify your employer of the situation as soon as possible so that they can start the process of requesting these documents.  Do The Benefits Continue Being Paid If The Worker Dies? Some workplace injuries can result in permanent disabilities, and these cases will require the worker to be paid compensation for the remainder of their lives. Unfortunately the worker’s family, these benefits will usually be stopped if they die. Yet, it should be noted that there may be times when these benefits may continue following the passing of the worker.   This will require the family to prove that the worker’s death was directly related to the injury that they suffered while on the job. Sadly, this can be an extremely complicated task for a variety reasons. As a result, you should always seek the counsel of an experienced workers compensation attorney. These professionals will be able to provide you with the guidance that you need to successfully navigate this process.  Filing for worker’s compensation benefits can be a stressful process because most people seldom understand this process. A lack of knowledge and experience with this process can further add to the stress of filing for these benefits. By knowing how injuries that happen in different states are handled and what happens when the worker dies, you will be much better prepared to go through this...

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