LawyerForYou: Blog LawyerForYou: Blog https://www.lawyerforyou.org/blog/ Copyright by LawyerForYou en LawyerForYou Sun, 17 Nov 2019 08:30:11 -0500 Insurance and Divorce People get married for lots of reasons: love, the desire to have children, the societal and familial expectations that they simply are of the right age to get married.  Lots of people, if not most, get married for a long-term reason: financial stability. 

When you get divorced, your heart isn’t just broken and your world turned upside down, your financial life becomes much more unstable.

Beyond just the division of your assets and debts there is the matter of support which is either arbitrarily set based on needs and ability to pay or a standardized statutory formula.  These division of asset and support orders do not provide for absolute stability, however.  Things can happen outside of the bounds of the court order:  You could lose your job; Your ex-spouse could get sick;  A horrible accident could happen to either of you. 

For these reasons, certain types of insurance are required or encouraged when finalizing your divorce.  These insurances are necessary for the same reasons they were necessary during the marriage: accidents happen. 

Health Insurance and Divorce.

During the pendency of a divorce whatever health insurance policies that were in place before the divorce filing must stay in place until further order of court.  Typically, the divorce court judge will have issued a standing order instructing exactly this policy.

If a spouse removes a soon-to-be-ex-spouse from their insurance, the removed spouse has the right to file an emergency petition asking to be reinstated on the insurance. If the removed spouse incurs any medical expenses that would have been covered by insurance had the spouse not been removed from insurance, those medical expenses will likely be ordered reimbursed by the spouse that removed the medical insurance. 

Out-of-pocket medical expenses, including premiums, can be split between the parties during the pendency of the divorce via a motion for contribution. The theory here is that all legitimate expenses are marital until the divorce is finalized.

Children’s health insurance can be another matter. In many jurisdictions, a child’s health insurance expense will be covered by one parent and 50% of the expense will be allocated to the other parent in the form of an increased or decreased child support payment.

Life Insurance and Divorce.

Divorces often involve support orders in either the form of alimony (also called maintenance in some jurisdictions) or child support.  These support orders are usually in effect for a specific period of time (either a set number of years in the case of alimony or until the child turns 18 and/or graduates from high school). 

What happens if the alimony/child support payor dies before that period of support paying is complete?  The divorce courts will often order that a party have a life insurance policy that will cover the presumed owed support. 

The divorce courts will also order that the surviving spouse be named the beneficiary of this life insurance policy…not the children. Most of a child’s expenses are in non-direct forms such as rent, heat and food that the child does not purchase themselves.

Child support receiving spouses must know that if they request the child support paying spouse to get life insurance that they, in turn, will also be required to get a life insurance policy.  If the parent that cares for the children passes away, the other parent will now require child care or have to cut back on their hours at work.  Therefore, a life insurance policy may be necessary for both spouses, no matter what their incomes. 

Renters Insurance and Divorce.

The parties to a divorce will usually live in a marital home that both parties own.  That home will either be sold by both parties or one party will keep the home in exchange for an equal valued asset or assets.  The party without homeownership will then move into a rental for the time being while they re-evaluate their life.

While in the rental home, the divorced party will not enjoy the mandatory insurance required that a homeowners’ insurance policy requires.  For this reason, the renting divorced spouse should consider rental insurance to insure the assets within the rental home. 

Russell Knight is a Divorce Attorney in Naples, Florida

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Injured on a Bounce House Bounce House Injuries Are More Common Than You Think

Bounce houses are popular features at kids parties these days, and they look like harmless fun. After all, these huge inflatables offer kids a chance to jump and flip and bounce around on a soft surface. What could go wrong?

Unfortunately, bounce house injuries are actually quite common, and a lot of the time the injuries are caused by improper use (and inadequate supervision).

If a couple of small children are playing together, supervised, on a bounce house, then it should be quite safe. However, what often happens is that older children and young children play together. This can lead to injuries because older children are bigger, stronger, heavier, and are more likely to be doing dangerous stunts.

If an older child is climbing up the "neck of the giraffe" or the "castle spire" and jumping off, there's the risk that they might land on a smaller child. The same is true if they're doing flips or other stunts, or decide to be "playful" and throw a smaller child around.

Knocks and Bumps Can be Amplified on a Bounce House

When two kids bump heads while they're running and playing in a field, the result might be tears and a bit of a fright, but they'll be back playing again in no time. When two kids bump heads on a bounce house, the damage can be more serious because the kids are not in control of their movements. The 'bounciness' of the bounce house means that their weight is flying around at uncontrolled angles and with more speed than they normally would.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that in the five years between 2008 and 2013, there were 82,203 injuries associated with inflatables. Of those 90 percent were caused by bounce house use. This figure includes only injuries which were serious enough to require an ER visit. Any scrapes, sprains or bruises that were treated at home aren't counted.  Two-thirds of the reported injuries were to the arms and legs, while fifteen percent were to the head or face.  The Pediatrics journal reports that in 2010, there were so many injuries on bounce houses that it works out to one child getting hurt every 46 minutes.

Improper Set Up and Supervision Makes Injuries More Likely

A lot of injuries occur either because the bounce house was not secured properly, so the house gets 'blown away' in the wind, with people still in them. Injuries can also occur if the bounce house operator allows too many people on at the same time, allows people on to the bounce house while wearing sharp objects or shoes, or allows adults or older children onto a bounce house with smaller children.

What Should You Do if Your Child Was Injured?

If your child has been injured while playing on a bounce house, you may have a case against the people who were in charge of it. There are law firms that have a lot of experience in dealing with bounce house negligence cases, and it is a good idea to consult one of those so that you can make sure that your case is dealt with properly.

Be sure to document everything about the injury. What happened, who else was on the bounce house, how general safety was handled and how many people were allowed on at once, as well as how first aid was handled at the time. If you are the owner of the bounce house and you felt that it was poorly made or that a defect led to the injury, then take photos and save any correspondence. Explain your concerns to the law firm, they will most likely have encountered similar issues before and will be able to tell you if you have a case.

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A Solution to Troubles At Home

Life does not always have a happy ending. Things do not always go the way we want them to, and it does not always end up the way we plan it out. There absolutely no problem with that because that is just the way life goes. But sometimes, no matter how happy our relationships may be, it may end on a sour note with both parties not able to agree on a compromise. When this happens, especially if you have the custody of your children at stake, it is best to actually consult with family law solicitors to be able to help you in dealing with your ordeal. These family law solicitors would be able to help you to reach a compromise so that you would not have to deal with unwanted stress, even after dealing with problems within the family. It is a reality that a lot of people are faced with, and though it may be difficult to go through, you do not have to do everything on your own as you could easily get and seek for legal advice that would help show you the way to a more amicable ending. So, when exactly would you have to seek for the services of family law solicitors?

If You Are Going Through a Divorce

There are a lot of legalities to tackle when a couple is going through a divorce or even separation. A lot of factors will affect the lives of each spouse, and one spouse could benefit more from the other when this happens. To avoid disadvantages, meeting with family law solicitors would help you as a couple to decide on neutral ground for you to be able to reach a compromise that may be beneficial for each spouse. This is most important if you already have a family with children. Deciding who gets the custody of the children is a tough decision to make alone. That is why it is important and advisable to decide with a solicitor present so that both parties are aware of their legal rights when it comes to their children. You would not want to give your children a harder time with their parents already going through a divorce or separation and still could not decide on what will happen even after going each other’s ways. You could easily avoid conflicts like this should you choose to hire a solicitor to help you with your divorce or separation.

Even after the divorce, especially if you have children and they are in your custody, it is the responsibility and the obligation of your spouse to actually provide financial support to your children up to the age of 18. If you are having trouble getting that financial support from your spouse, you have the legal right to pursue a case against your spouse and demand for financial claims. This is something that you are legally entitled to, especially your children, so do not think twice about seeking legal counsel from family law solicitors to help you get what you deserve.

If You are Experiencing Being Abused

You can save yourself from domestic violence and abuse if you seek the help of family law solicitors. If you are being abused by your spouse, you should get legal help so that you could get away from your toxic relationship and get claims that you are entitled to for what you have gone through. There are laws in place to protect you from experiencing such maltreatments and it is your right to exercise those laws if you are in such a situation. No one should put up with any form of domestic abuse whether it is physically or emotionally. After your family law solicitor helps you with charging your spouse for domestic abuse, he or she could also be of legal assistance to you to file for a divorce or separation should the need arise.

If you Want to Have Pre-nuptial or Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation and marriage is not an easy decision to make, and it is not always a smooth-sailing path to go through. If you want to have legal agreements covering your marriage and cohabitation, most especially a pre-nuptial agreement, then getting the help of a family law solicitor is your best bet. This way, both the interests of each spouse will be taken into consideration and no one will be put at a disadvantage. It is also a good idea to put it into an agreement so that when conflicts and disagreements arise, you each have a document to look back on so that you know how to deal with the misunderstandings legally. These agreements will give both parties a liable and accountable person should conflicts arise and put one spouse at a disadvantage.

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Rebuilding Your Credit Post Bankruptcy The Right Way If you’ve filed for bankruptcy or are in the middle of this process, you’ve already gone through a very difficult season in your financial life. You may be wondering just how to move on, but you may also be confused as to how to do that when your credit has been beaten up so badly by the ordeal of bankruptcy.

Chapter 7 bankruptcies wipe your financial slate completely clean, but it also stays on your credit report for 10 years and can send your credit score plummeting hundreds of points. In the future, you’ll need decent credit in order to rent an apartment, buy or lease a car, and much more. In general, you’ll need decent credit so you can move on with your financial life.

Consider a few of the following tips to help you get back on your feet after a bankruptcy.

Create a budget

At Scura Bankruptcy Law Firm, as a first step, we recommend creating a well-outlined and detailed budget. It’s important that you know exactly where all of your money is coming from and going to. It would be a good idea to limit the extras you used to spend money on so you can focus on getting back on track and stay in control of your spending.

Start saving for emergencies

Instead of spending money on things you don’t need and can’t afford, put your discretionary income into a savings account reserved just for emergencies instead. It’s a good goal to save up three to six months expenses, but even $1,000 in the bank kept only for serious situations can give you peace of mind and assurance that you’ll be able to afford minor setbacks without any issue.

Create a plan

In order to build your credit the right way, you need to know where you’re at currently. Check your credit report and credit score for free online and get an idea of where you are, and where you want to be. Take note of any discrepancies or inaccuracies in your credit report, as correcting these can make a huge, positive impact on your financial future.

Ways to prove that you are reliable to borrowers

There are a number of methods you can use to prove to lenders that you’re a reliable borrower that can be trusted to pay in full and on time. Set up a secured loan with a credit union or community bank. You may also be able to set up a secured credit card to help boost your credit score. The cards you may be eligible for may have high interest rates and annual fees but remember that this is just a starting point to get your credit back up to where you want it to be.

Pay on time, every time

The key to boosting your credit score is paying loan or credit card payments on time, every single month. This proves to lenders that you can be trusted to pay back money you owe and therefore are a low risk borrower. Keep your balances on the low end and make paying off your loans and credit cards on time a priority.

There are several tried and true ways to repair your credit score after you declare bankruptcy; it just takes some focused planning and intentional saving.

Written by John J Scura III, Esq.                                                                                                         
Partner, Scura, Wigfield, Heyer, Stevens & Cammarota, LLP

John has been Certified by The Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.  Whether it is a personal injury case, bankruptcy case, litigation case or other type of matter, John wants his clients to participate in the decision making process toward solving their problem in the best way possible.

https://www.scura.com

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Is it Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?

Life is full of unpredictable events and accidents are one of them. Sadly, some accidents are so severe to cause personal injuries. When you suffer a personal injury, the reasonable thing to do is to seek medical help. What happens when you have an expensive medical bill that you can’t pay and neither can your insurance company? What about if there’s an offender who can’t own up and refuses to pay?

At such times, you should turn to the law for help. But since you are not a legal expert, you may find it helpful to hire a personal injury attorney. You probably are wondering if it’s worth it to give such experts a shot or it’s just a waste of resources and time. Well, the answer is yes, it’s worth it and here are the reasons why:

They Are Familiar with the Law

Whether it’s insurance law, medical malpractice, workers compensation or civil rights, there’s no better person to advise you than a personal injury attorney. Laws vary from one place to another and it can be hard for an average person to know what to do in some situations. Personal injury attorneys have the background training and experience to apply different statutes depending on the personal injury claim at hand.

You Don’t Have to Pay for Consultation

There are so many experienced personal injury attorneys out there who offer free consultations. They work on a contingency basis, which means that you only pay after you are compensated. You can visit http://aliawadlaw.com/ for a free consultation and legal advice if you are from Georgia, Washington or Arizona. The law firm has representatives in these three places.

Can Help with Evidence Collection

Personal injury attorneys have an eye for detail. They can identify pieces of evidence that you would ordinarily ignore. They know how to use such proofs to strengthen your claim. Even if you don’t go to court, they can use the evidence collected to convince the other party to agree to an out-of-court settlement.

Can Assist with Establishing Reasonable Compensation

Whether it’s inside or outside a courtroom, the other party will try to argue that you deserve a lower amount than what you believe is reasonable. Besides, there can be other consequences, especially if you suffer serious injury. For instance, there could be lost wagesbecause of inability to work because of injuries sustained or psychological toll caused by pain from the injuries.  A personal injury attorney will apply the law correctly and use the evidence collected to negotiate for better compensation.

Can Represent You in Court

If you decide to take matters to court because the other party can’t agree to an out-of-court settlement, a personal injury attorney can represent you. Though you can be allowed to represent yourself, it’s not the same when you have an expert speaking on your behalf. They know what to say or not to say to improve your chances of winning.

Negotiation is their Area of Expertise

Negotiation is a skill that very few people have. One of such people is a personal injury attorney. The other party is likely to be represented by a capable negotiator and so should you. Your injury attorney will call things in the middle to guarantee you fair compensation in the long run.

No Mental Stress of Dealing with the Other Party

Personal injury cases can be complicated, more so when the other party doesn’t want to pay. They’ll do everything to try to slow down the case to frustrate you. So, going all alone can be mentally draining. A personal injury attorney comes in to make sure that things are hastened and you don’t suffer any mental stress. They are the ones to take on the other party and not you.

Situations involving personal injury and insurance claims can be so complex that it makes little sense to try and navigate or handle everything on your won. So, without a doubt, it’s worth every effort to hire a personal injury attorney. The attorney works towards granting you justice, which translates to fair settlement. So, you don’t have to think about it – just give a personal injury attorney a call and he or she will pick your case from there.

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Tips for a Successful Road Trip Taking a road trip is something everyone should experience at least once.  Whether it’s going from New York to South Beach for Spring break or moving from Chicago to California to pursue your acting career, travelling across state lines along with some friends or family will leave you with memories you’ll never forget.  The drive may be long and tedious at times, but road tripping is a great way to see the country.  We want to help make sure you’re well prepared for the adventure ahead, so here are a few pro tips for having a successful, safe, fun, and happy road trip experience.

Plan Ahead

Make sure that you’ve planned out your route and stops along the way to make the most efficient use of your time.  This will help you stay on track throughout the drive.  Sure, being spontaneous is great, and we do suggest you embrace that, but having the basics, such as gas stations, tolls, rest stops, hotels, and must see attractions planned ahead of time will help you avoid unnecessary delays.  Be sure you’re ready for unexpected delays, such as traffic or surprise detours.  Most importantly, plan to have a great experience.  Sometimes, the journey is just as incredible as the destination.

Snacks!

One of the best parts about a road trip is actually being on the road.  It’s a great time to bond with your friends or family in the car, play games, get close, and of course, indulge in limitless snacks!  Be sure to stock up before you head out.  Don’t get too carried away, though, try to throw in a couple of healthy options.  Pack a cooler with drinks so they stay cold and ready to drink (hot soda is the worst, isn’t it?).  Don’t go for perishables because you might not get to them before they go bad.  Stock up on easy to grab snacks like pretzels, chips, and maybe even some fruit!  This will help minimize spend and also keep you on the road without having to make too many additional stops. 

Know Your Driving Limitations and Consider Weather Conditions

Don’t rush to cover more distance than you can comfortably.  This is where accidents happen.  Know how long you can drive comfortably before you start feeling tired.  Don’t push yourself to go further than your limit.  Switch drivers or stop for a rest.  Driving when tired is a major cause of accidents during road trips.  Check the weather beforehand so you have an idea of what to expect and if conditions get bad, plan for a stop rather than pushing through and driving in unsafe conditions. 

Check Your Car Regularly

This is especially important when driving long distances.  You want to make sure that your car is in good condition so there’s no surprise breakdowns in the middle of nowhere.  Check tire pressure regularly and pay attention to any warning signs your vehicle may be giving.  Long trips put an extra strain on vehicles and safety comes first.  It doesn’t hurt to regularly monitor your car’s condition.   

Before going on your road trip, it’s important that you make sure your insurance covers damage in a different state.  When you get into an accident in a different state, there may be extra hoops to jump through for service and coverage.  Avoid unpleasant surprises and be prepared for any situation.  Have a safe and happy road trip, all!

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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Car Accident Attorney

If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you’ll definitely want a car accident attorney to represent you so that you can focus on your recovery. However, with so many car accident attorneys, how do you choose the best attorney who can represent you well and get the maximum compensation for your injuries?

Before helping you figure out, you need to understand that a good car accident attorney should be able to ensure that all the paperwork are filled, offer a general legal advice, give you a settlement estimate, and collect the necessary evidence to strengthen your case, negotiate with your insurance providers, and represent you in court when necessary.

The only challenge is that all car accident attorneys claim to provide high-quality legal representation with close to 100% success rate! Accordingly, making the right selection can really be a challenge, especially if you are doing it for the first time.

As a guide, here are the top 5 essential factors that you need to consider when selecting a car accident attorney in Baltimore:

1. Specialty

The most critical factor to consider when looking for a car accident attorney to handle your case is whether their main area of practice is personal injury law. This is the only guarantee that they understand the ins and outs of car accident injury cases. What’s more, an attorney specializing in personal injury law has definitely gained integrity among Baltimore insurance companies and consequently has less to prove in a bid to achieve a positive resolution for his or her clients.

2. Fee Structure

Filing a car accident lawsuit can take time and be costly for many injured clients. Common fee structures that you’ll find in Baltimore include hourly, flat rate, contingency basis, and a mixture of hourly and contingency structures. To ensure that you don’t spend much, opt for lawyers who offer contingency payment plans. This implies that you don’t pay anything unless your attorney recovers for you some money in the form of settlements. However, it is still critical to understand the percentage that you will owe your attorney and how the attorney’s fees are calculated.

3. Reputation

Like any other professional service out there, not all car accident attorneys in Baltimore have good reputations, especially among the clients that they have served before. Accordingly, ensure that you check whether the attorney you plan to hire has a good name among his or her past clients. You can check this on their websites or third party review sites.

4. Is attorney ready to take your case to trial?

This is another crucial factor that you should consider when looking for a good Baltimore car accident attorney such as https://marylandaccident.com/baltimore-accident-lawyers/ Well, not every case need to go to trial; in fact, a bigger percentage of car accident cases will settle. However, an attorney who is not prepared for trial may encourage you to accept a settlement proposal that is way less than what your case is really worth.

5. Clear Communication

Lastly, go for an attorney who is ready to let you know how they plan to handle your case. They should provide a succinct guideline on the litigation process, the fees, and values among other things. If you have any question about the case, they should give you plausible and direct answers. If they cannot provide clear insights during your initial appointment, there are high chances that they may not be a good fit.

Final Verdict

There you have it; 5 practical factors that you should keep in mind when choosing a car accident attorney in Baltimore. Now, when you finally get a good attorney, remember to give him or her enough space to handle your case. Sometimes, it may take time to get full compensation, so be patient. You should only remind him or her to update you on the progress regularly.

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Making Child Arrangements In Court

If you are currently getting divorced from your long term partner, then the most sensitive and complicated issue that you are going to have to deal with is the impact that it is going to have on your children. In most cases of separation, the majority of parents will make their own arrangements and tackle the many questions that may arise about their children. However, should parents disagree about the future of their children then legal proceedings become necessary to formally come to a decision. In this scenario, children law solicitors will be assigned to each parent and represent them in a court of law. During the legal proceedings, the court will have the power to grant a range of different orders of which we are going to cover in this article. Together with breaking down the many stages that are involved in such cases.

A children arrangements order will be made by a family court that will state which parent the children will live with taking into consideration multiple factors that include -

  • The condition of each parent's accommodation.
  • The children's age.
  • The number of children that are involved in the case.
  • The impact that the court's decision will have the children's schooling and education.
  • The geographical distance between both parent's homes.
  • Whether the children take part in extracurricular activities.
  • If there has been a past of abuse or child neglect by either parent.
  • The mental and physical health of both parents.
  • The Children’s preference (if they have one).
  • The parents wishes.
  • The financial position of both parents.
  • Whether there was abuse or violence between the parent during the relationship.

First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment

A First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment is the first hearing that kicks off the legal proceedings after an application has been made and accepted by a court of law. It is held to identify the issues that have been made by both parties, and to see if an arrangement can be made before moving onto the next stage of hearings. A judge and childrens law solicitors will attempt to help both parties to come to an agreement. In some cases, there will also be a mediator present who will also assist in this situation to boost the chances of an agreement being made. If mediation doesn't work, then the court will order a case, and the court proceedings will commence.

Review Hearing

This hearing is normally where the case is reviewed. It is needed to determine the severity of the case and to review whether there is enough information for formal proceedings to take place. Review hearings can also take place once a final hearing has taken place. This typically happens when a judge decides to leave a case open for a couple of months. However, this isn't a common occurrence. What it does mean for parents though is that they will be able to return to court without having to pay additional fees.

Information Hearing

This stage of the legal proceedings is where evidence is heard and cross-examined by the 2 parties. This includes any allegations that are made by either parent if any incidents occurred during their time together. After hearing all of the evidence, the judge will then decide whether the incidents actually took place or not. The most common allegations that are made in these type of court cases are violence, emotional and physical harm and neglect. When it comes to making a decision, the judge will consider the allegations that have been made by either side.

The Final Hearing

During the final court hearing, the judge will consider all of the evidence that has been presented throughout the entire case. This information will be used in conjunction with a welfare checklist in order to come to a formal decision that primarily focuses on the welfare of the children involved.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Conveyancing Solicitor

When moving home and during the process of a property transaction, you are going to deal with multiple different professionals along the way. Your mortgage adviser or broker is going to arrange the finance for you, and your estate agent is going to deal with the sale of the property. And, to take care of all the legal requirements, you are going to need to appoint a conveyancing solicitor. But, how exactly should you choose one and what are the things should you consider? This short guide will give you an insight into everything you need to know about choosing a conveyancing solicitor for your big move.

Communication

Buying a property can often be a stressful and somewhat confusing process, especially if you are taking your first step onto the property ladder. A conveyancing solicitor that communicates with you as the property business process unfolds is without a doubt one that you should choose. In a lot of cases, those moving properties have to deal with the unwanted stress of chasing their solicitors for information and updates. Whereas a good conveyancing solicitor will be with you every step of the way. Choosing the right one to act on your behalf is one of the most important things that you do as part of the home buying journey. A highly skilled and well-qualified conveyancing solicitor can help relieve you of any additional stress and complication which means you can focus on the other things that are associated with moving home.

Recommendations

An easy, but effective way of evaluating a conveyancing solicitor is to find out what their previous clients have said about their experience with them. If a conveyancing solicitor has impressive reviews from the people they have helped in the past, then its highly likely that you will be in safe hands.

Ask for Your Family and Friend’s Opinions

It is more than likely that at some point a family member or close friend have been through the process of moving home. A personal recommendation can be a great way of deciding whether to choose a conveyancing solicitor or not. And, if they have had a bad experience with one, then you know that you can remove them from your shortlist.

Ask for a Breakdown of Fees

Conveyancing solicitors’ fees can often range depending on location and reputation. However, it is vital to keep in mind that the cheapest conveyancing solicitor is not going to be the best one so be cautious if their fees are a lot lower than you first expected. Conveyancing solicitors’ fees can generally range from, £500 and go all the way up to £2000, but this depends on the cost of your property. Also, bear in mind that this fee is based on whether you are just buying a property or selling one and buying another. It's important to always do your research and get a few different quotes before you choose to go with a specific solicitor. Make that you always ask a full breakdown of their fee and get a list of everything that is included in their total charge.

Don’t Use a Conveyancing Solicitor That Has Been Recommended by Your Estate Agent

Some estate agents will pressure their clients into using a particular conveyancing solicitor. And, the only reason they do this is because they receive commission for doing so. However, no matter what your estate agent say you, you are not obliged in any means to use their recommendation.

Experience and Accreditations

Make sure that you find out whether a conveyancing solicitor has significant experience and is a member of Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme. The accreditations basics means that they can provide a particularly high standard of quality in their conveyancing work. After all, you are going to want to know that the person you are trusting to deal with the legal side of the move can do their job effectively to allow you focus on the other things.

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Should We Stay Together for the Kids or Divorce? This is an age old question without a clear cut answer. The truth is that all marriages are different. So you need to find out whether the kids would actually be better off living in a home where mum and dad are in constant conflict or where they are happy but not living together. You need to answer a few questions before you take your final decision.

Are there any risks involved in staying together?

Kids can pick up negative habits: Some family therapists believe that a major drawback to keeping kids in a home with frequent conflicts, anger and frustration, is that they pick up negative parenting habits. These bad parenting skills will eventually be transferred to the coming generation. Children will ultimately model their behavior after their parents whether it is good or bad.

Kids may suffer neglect: Additionally, some kids may be neglected by their parents when they are not able to deal with their marital problems. This could result in children not eating healthy food or they may abandon their parenting duties all together. One parent may also try to prevent the child from relating well with the other parent.

What are the perceived benefits of staying together?

Kids are better off with both parents: From research, children are usually better raised in a family with both parents, even if there's no physical intimacy between them. If the two parents can avoid undue arguments and anger, and they work together to train their kids, the kids are more likely going to do well. However, even if the parents can't avoid fighting in front of their kids, living in a home for more than a decade without enjoying the fulfilment of a happy marriage could be a herculean task.

Divorce experts have discovered that when parents go through the divorce process, the impact on children can be very devastating. That is why as long as the parents can cope, when the welfare and future of kids is in view, staying together is better than a well-managed divorce.

How to Make a Final Decision

So now that you know some of the pros and cons of living together and of divorce with respect to children, how do you make up your mind about what to do?

Check for abuse: Most family experts say that kids should not be raised in a family where there is abuse. That means divorce is acceptable if a child is being abused physically, emotionally or sexually. Although abusive behaviour may be corrected through the right therapy, these changes seldom occur. So it is better to protect the kids from continuous abuse. When a parent can receive professional help and change the abusive behavior, a separation may be preferred to a divorce.

Can parents work together? A major issue here is whether each parent will agree to set aside their personal satisfaction for the sake of their kids. So if parents are mature enough to put their kids first, and put down their individual differences for their kids, then they will do their children a great service by staying together. On the other hand, if their marital satisfaction is so dear to them, the kids may be better off when their parents live apart.

Can peace be restored to the home? As a couple, you should seek help from a reputable family therapist, spiritual leaders, legal experts and other sources. Try to follow the advice you are given and allow some time for our marriage to be repaired. If there has been infidelity, efforts should be made to restore trust. Before going through the legal process and stress of divorce, it is better to explore all possible avenues to restore the marriage. Strive to invest the time and effort to build a stronger bond with your spouse. This will create a good environment where your children can develop the right attitude and family values.

What to do if there must be a divorce

Some researchers have revealed that 4 out of 5 kids raised by divorced parents end up happy if co-parenting is handled properly after divorce. So if the two of you choose to get a divorce, you should still do your best to work together to raise successful children. Make a commitment to put your kids interest above yours and help your kids to enjoy a happy future.

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Different Credit Laws That Governs A Loan When you are in need of money and wish to apply for a loan to any bank or a financial institution it is not that you fill up the form online and offline and expect the money to be in your bank account the next morning. The lenders have to abide by the different credit laws that are designed and implemented by both state and federal governments. These laws actually oversee the entire lending process as well as govern other important areas of lending that involves:

  • Rate of interest
  • Finance charges
  • Processing fees
  • Cash advances
  • Late fees
  • Charges for extension of credit over and above the pre-established limits
  • Delinquency charges
  • Premiums on credit life, accident and health insurance
  • Annual fees and several other charges and fees.

It is mandatory for a business, a bank or any private money lending source such as https://www.libertylending.com/ and even an individual to some extent to grant loans to customers by complying with the state and federal laws of lending or face serious consequences and legal obligations for non-compliance.

Ideally the federal credit laws include different segments of the law such as:

  • The Truth in Lending Act or TILA
  • The Fair Credit Billing Act or FCBA
  • The Equal Credit Opportunity Act or ECOA
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act or FCRA and
  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or FDCPA.

The federal laws usually affect the credit sales to the consumers and on the other hand the state laws are applicable in whichever jurisdiction the lender is operating.

The Truth in Lending Act

Just as the name signifies this act allows the customers to know what they are entering into while signing a loan agreement. According to this Act the business is required to disclose all their credit terms and conditions exactly as it is and should be. This Act also regulates how the creditors can advertise and need to disclose:

  • Monthly finance charges
  • Payment due dates
  • Annual interest rates
  • Total sale prices and
  • The late charges assessment process.

The Fair Credit Billing Act

This is another federal law that governs any billing errors that may be on any credit account. The law requires:

  • The customer to notify about such errors to the credit provider within 60 days
  • The credit provider must respond within 30 days
  • The creditor must also conduct a proper investigation within 90 days of getting the notice from the customer
  • The creditor must explain the reason for such error and
  • Rectify it at the earliest.

Failure to comply by the creditor will result in a fine of $50 toward the disputed amount. This will be applied even if the bill is correct but the creditor failed to report about the disputed amount to the credit agencies till the disagreement is fixed.

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act

According to this special law the credit company is prohibited from discriminating any of their customers and denying granting of loans on the basis of one or more of the following:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Sex
  • National origin or
  • Marital status.

However, the credit company can only deny granting a loan to any customer when the financial status such as earnings and savings of the applicant does not allow it or the customer has a very poor credit score and credit history. Apart from that a creditor can deny a loan to anyone who is underage though there is prohibition about such discrimination.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act

This federal law is primarily related to the credit reporting agencies. This law protects the consumers from having their credit harmed due to erroneous, incomplete or misleading information. According to the law the consumers have the legal right to obtain a copy of the credit report and dispute any inaccurate information entered in it.

The reporting agency must change or delete this inaccurate information after being informed the consumer can complain with a 100-word statement explaining the story.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Any abusive methods followed by any third party collection agency or even by the actual creditor is governed and prohibited by this special federal law. According to the law it can create liability for:

  • Any harassment or abusive practices
  • Threatening with life or legal consequences
  • Causing physical or even mental harm to the debtors or their family members
  • Contacting friends, relatives, neighbors or employers of the debtors and mentioning it is for collection purposes
  • Speaking to any other people on the road or within the vicinity of the debtors regarding the obligation
  • Calling the debtors repeatedly
  • Calling before or after the scheduled time as per the law if there is no permission from your end
  • Trying to collect any amount that is not due
  • Misrepresentation of facts and debt details intentionally
  • Calling at any number or visiting any place that you have specifically mentioned not to
  • Reporting inaccurate amounts to the credit reporting agencies
  • Calling you even after you have asked them not to as the matter is with the lawyer and you are thing of debt settlement
  • Posing as a law enforcement
  • Using any name of a lawyer and pretending to be there to collect the judgment and so forth.

The debtor can make formal complaints in writing of the collection agency fails to comply with the FDCPA requirements and provisions.

Summing it up

All of the above laws are very important to protect the rights and privacy of the consumers. These laws are to be followed by banks as well as private lenders and you as a borrower always have the right to complain against one who does not.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in penalties and these punishments are very swift and painful as well, especially when a creditor fails to comply with the ECOA. Punishments may come in different forms such as actual damages, equitable relief, attorney’s fees, and even punitive damages as high as $10,000.00.

Ideally, for a creditor defenses are limited if they are sued. It is therefore better to know your right so that creditors and collectors cannot take you for granted.

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Follow The Laws And Stay Within It To Repay Your Debts The law allows you to take on a loan for any purpose whether it is for any personal reason or to buy a consumer durable, to fund your child’s education or marriage, arrange capital for your business and even pay off your medical bills.

The law also puts a responsibility on you to repay the amount borrowed to the creditor along with an interest. Failing to repay will fetch legal obligations and punitive penalties and even a lawsuit filed by your creditors.

However, the law allows you to arrange for money if you find it difficult to repay the debts you have.

If you want to know about these alternative sources and the consequences of each it is better that you contact a debt advisor, counselor or an attorney. The expert professional will enable to guide you through the route to pay off your debts which may not be clear-cut and easy for all types of debts.

Specific debts will have more room for negotiating for a debt settlement while others may not be so easy and you may risk losing on something else such as your collateral in the process. Therefore, it is prudent that you take a look at all your options closely so that you do not take on one by judging by its face value only.

Taking a smart approach to pay off your debts will help you to avoid being delinquent and hurt your credit report. For this you will have to consider the following:

  • The payment plan
  • The unsecured and secured credit options
  • Availability of any hardship plan and relief options by checking at com and
  • Negotiating on the debts on your own or through a debt settlement company.

When work with a service provider you must be very clear, specific and upfront about your affordability to repay your debt. Also consider your insurance options because if you do not have any then according to the law you may be charged more than somebody who does. Remember, if there is a price disparity it can give you a lot of leverage.

What the law allows

According to the law you can follow specific strategies to repay your debt. All these debt relief options are legal and binding by the law.

Payment plan: To manage your debts properly you must have a specific payment plan. You can work out such a plan by yourself but to make it more effective and easy you can once again consult a professional. They will ensure that you repay the debt easily which you may find repaying in one payment difficult especially a medical bill. The process involves:

  • Breaking the outstanding amount into multiple equal payments and
  • Paying it over a few months so that the total amount is covered.

However, you must clarify whether there are any fees and billing charges that may affect your payment plan as well as your affordability.

Credit cards: You can also use your credit card according to the law to repay a specific debt such as medical debt. However, you must be very careful about using a credit card as these carry the highest rate of interest and the lowest time to repay. Therefore, do your math well to find whether or not you will be able to repay it off within that period along with the high interest because failing it will result in legal actions from the credit card issuing company.

Unsecured credit options: You can choose from a variety of unsecured credit options as well to repay your current debts.

  • You can take a personal loan to consolidate multiple debts including medical debts into one single monthly payment. However, you will need to have excellent credit score to qualify for low rate of interest or else it will be an expensive option. Therefore, take a personal loan when all options are exhausted and make sure that you shop around to compare the fees, rates, and repayment terms.
  • You can also transfer the balance in a 0% interest credit card but you will need to qualify for it first with an excellent credit score. You will also have to make sure that you have enough resource arranged beforehand to pay off the balance before the expiry of the promotional interest period or the high interest rate will kick in.

Hardship plan: Another opportunity the law provides to the consumers is to avail an income driven hardship plan if they face any difficulty in repaying their debts and fall within the low income category. The features of these plans are:

  • These are much similar to any standard payment plan
  • It breaks up the total amount owed into simpler and more manageable payments.

If you can negotiate with your creditors successfully you may even reduce the total amount outstanding. If you want to avail such a plan to repay your medical bill you will however have to apply for Medicaid as per the requirement of the law to be eligible.

Negotiate the costs: For any type of debt you want to take on, you have the legal right to negotiate on the cost to bring it down. However, the law also allows the creditors the liberty to either accept or reject your request.

  • However, if you loan account is with the collections it means that they have bought it for ‘pennies on the dollar’ literally. This fact provides you with a good leverage when you negotiate.
  • Nevertheless there will be a lot of haggling during negotiation and therefore if you think that you cannot handle thin on your own you should hire an advocate or counselor who are experts in negotiating and can spot any opportunities that may result in a successful negotiation.

Just make sure that you agree with only what you can afford because there will be no new negotiation on an already settled account.

Lastly, keep in mind you should not rush any decision as that may deprive you from a better option that you could have qualified for and helped your financial situation to regain its health faster.  

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Exercise Your Legal Right To Check Your Credit Report For Free It is not only embarrassing but is also very disheartening to find your loan request rejected due to your low credit which you did not check before. Whether you apply for a fresh loan or for consolidating your existing debts it is always recommended that you check your credit score first before you apply. What is more, you are permitted by the law to get a copy of your credit report and that too for free. Therefore, there is no reason that you skip this check only to be disheartened later.

There are several legal sources from where you can check your credit information and your credit history and all of these sources are legal and authentic. These sources and the knowledge about your credit will make it easy for you to know your position before you apply for the loan. You may even be lucky enough to unlock better rates and terms on the loans, mortgages or credit cards you want to apply for.

According to the money lending law, your credit report and credit score matters not only to you but also to your prospective creditors.

  • Your credit report will provide them with all the relevant and important information about you and your credit.
  • It will show the loans you have taken and how you managed with the repayment aspects.
  • It will also show whether you defaulted on your payment and what other negatives are there in your report such as collections or bankruptcies.

In short, it will give the prospective creditor a lot of idea and confidence whether or not you should be given the loan and what are the possibilities that you will repay it on time with the available resources.

Therefore, eligibility for a loan depends on your credit score and report and there is no way in which you can take away the legality from it. That is why it is recommended that you check your credit report from time to time to find out whether or not there is any incorrect data or entry that is affecting your credit.

Sometimes, latest data may not be updated soon by the credit reporting bureaus which will also have a very powerful and serious impact on your finances as well as your borrowing ability.

Most important legal tool

Your credit is the most important factor when you want to avail any loan and your credit report is the most important legal and authentic tool to determine your loan eligibility. When you go through different debt consolidation and debt settlement reviews you will come to know how and why the creditors rely on the credit report of their prospective clients along with other eligibility criteria. Therefor to make sure that your credit score and report is perfect and in accordance with the requirements of the law there are a few specific things that you should do. The first and most important thing that you need to do is to stay organized and have everything in one place. For this you will need to do the following:

  • Personalize your credit info by reviewing your payment history. You must know the status of your credit and how much of it you are using in your credit card, mortgage or installment accounts. You must see and know the balances of each of your debt account.
  • Make sure that your credit score is updated frequently when you watch your free credit score. Usually, credit scores are updates weekly but that may vary according to the policy of the credit bureau. However, when you review your credit report makes sure that you know about the simulators and handy tips that will help you to improve your number which is legally permissible.
  • Always follow the personal recommendations to build your credit and maintain a good score as well. When you check it out from reliable sources you will be able to get in touch with several members and experts within the community forum who can help you with their tips and advice to make smarter and more informed decisions.

Therefore you should check your free credit report anytime and anywhere because:

  • It will cost you nothing
  • There are no strings attached
  • There are no commitments to make
  • The process is simple, easy and fast with you needing to simply sign up with the provider
  • It is very private and secure as the reliable sources ensure that all your info is secured with a 128-bit encryption and most importantly
  • It will not hurt your credit in any way because this is a "soft inquiry" to check your credit score.

In short, it will keep you informed about how good your credit is to apply for a loan and what plans you should make to rectify it if it is found to be below the requirements of the law to apply for a loan and get approved.

However, you may not get a free copy of your credit report or history because that can only be provided by the credit reporting bureaus as per the governing rules.

A few more insights

You will also gain a few more insights regarding your credit report and score to be more confident when you apply with these following facts:

  • There are only there major credit bureaus namely Equifax, Experian and TransUnion who can collect data and sell it.
  • Credit reports are not the same as credit scores as credit reports list your credit history and the credit scores is a three digit number that is created by applying a specific formula to the data.
  • Credit score is the only factor that the creditors consider while determining your eligibility for a loan and your credit history helps them to adjudge how effectively and efficiently you can repay the loan approved to you.
  • Apart from you, your potential employers, banks and utilities and even insurers and landlords can see your credit history with your permission and application submitted with them.

Lastly, you can dispute errors on it and report with the credit bureau to get it rectified within 30 days after investigation according to the law.

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Important Questions to Ask Your Lawyer about Debt Consolidation Despite the fact the credit card debt is far from being cheap, Americans continue to swipe their cards as if there is no tomorrow. Total revolving debt, according to https://www.forbes.com, in 2018 stood at over $1.04 trillion with credit card interest and fees in excess of $104 billion in a 12-month period under study. Not surprisingly, the number of people who have trouble managing their credit card debts is huge. Many of them have simply spent far beyond what their cash flows can support in monthly repayments while another lot have trouble in monitoring multiple credit card statements every month and end up missing making the payments by the due dates.

The consequence of bad management of credit card debt is invariably the imposition of penal charges and interest rates by the card companies and collection calls for delinquent accounts. It is quite natural for cardholders to panic when faced by debt collectors and not able to decide the best course of action to protect their interests. Compounding the situation is a whole lot of information often contrary to each other. If you are facing a stressful situation due to your credit card debt piling up and have no clue about debt consolidation, some of the top questions you should ask your lawyer are:

Is Debt Consolidation the Same as Debt Settlement or Bankruptcy?

Debt consolidation is completely unlike debt settlement or filing for bankruptcy. Debt consolidation involves aggregating all your individual card dues, taking out a new loan for the same amount, and using it to repay the original debts. Debt settlement is a process of negotiating with all your principal creditors requesting them to forgo a large part of their interest and sometimes even the principal amounts due to your financial circumstances. It is only when you are able to convince the card issuers that unless they settle, you have no other option but to file for bankruptcy, which would entail them not getting any of their money back being unsecured debts that debt settlement is successful. Bankruptcy is the final step that you can take when you have absolutely no means to repay your debt. You can apply to a bankruptcy court, which will then take over the administration of your estate and repay your creditors as best possible.

Will Debt Consolidation Reduce the Amount of Debt?

This confusion generally arises because of a lack of clarity between debt consolidation and debt settlement. When you consolidate debt, the amount of your total debt does not reduce by even a single penny. It is when you sign up for a debt settlement program that there is a chance of your being able to reduce the amount of the debt by negotiating with the creditors. The confusion between the two methods is also encouraged by unethical debt relief companies who want to take advantage of the ignorance of normal customers and push them into enrolling for a debt settlement program. Always deal with reputed companies like nationaldebtrelief.com, easily one of the best-rated debt consolidation companies.

Why Opt For Debt Consolidation If It Cannot Reduce Debts?

Even though consolidating debts does not reduce the amount of debt, there are numerous advantages of this method of getting on top of debt. Firstly, when you consolidate debt, you are left with only one debt to take care of. This means that you do not have to track multiple credit cards statements every month to ensure that you make the minimum payment by the due date. With a debt consolidation loan, you just need to make one payment every month on the same date. Further, when you consolidate debt, there is every chance that you will be able to save significantly on the interest expense. This is because the difference between the credit card rate of interest that is normally very high and the rate charged on debt consolidation loans to customers with a reasonably good credit score can be quite significant. Over the period of the loan repayment, the total interest expense can be slashed considerably and you can get free of debt far faster. In addition, by extending the period of the debt consolidation loan, the monthly repayment amount can be made more affordable.

Will the Credit Score Be Damaged Irreparably by Consolidating Debt?

If you have not been making your monthly payments on time, it is quite likely that you would have already damaged your credit score. When you take on a new debt consolidation loan, your credit score will take a hit. However, when you repay all the card dues and wipe them clean, your credit score will automatically improve as the credit utilization ratio will have dramatically improved. Additionally, when you make the monthly payments on the debt consolidation loan on time, you will see that over time your credit score has improved significantly. This is in direct contrast to your credit score becoming severely negatively impacted if you settle your debts or file for bankruptcy. The details of the debt settlement remain for as long as seven years on your credit history and make future borrowings difficult and more expensive.

Will Consolidating Debts Prevent Harassment By Debt Collection Agents?

If you have missed making payments on your credit cards and your card accounts have been classified as delinquent, it is quite likely that debt-collection agents would have started calling on you. If you don’t want the harassment to continue, the best way is to immediately secure a debt consolidation loan and use the money to settle all your credit card dues in full. You should request the card companies to inform their collection agencies that the dues have been repaid. You may also pay the collection agent if the card issuer so directs but you should carefully check their credentials and obtain a proper receipt for the money paid to them.

Conclusion

Debt consolidation is a simple, quick, and practical way of getting on top of your credit card debt. However, your actual financial circumstances will dictate what you should be doing to tackle your debt problem effectively. Getting guidance from a lawyer experienced in debt relief will ensure that you choose the best option.

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What Is Debt Consolidation and How to Protect Your Rights When the Debt Collector Calls? With most Americans spending sleepless nights trying to pay even the minimum due amounts on their credit cards; it is not unnatural that debt management and relief are high on the agenda of many. Terms like debt consolidation, debt settlement, and bankruptcy are rife but often little understood or misunderstood as stressed Americans try to avoid harassment by debt collection agents. A brief look in what debt consolidation entails and how you can legally avoid being harassed by debt collectors chasing delinquent credit card accounts.

What Is Debt Consolidation and How Does It Work?

When you have maxed out your credit cards and are finding it difficult to stretch your monthly cash flows to make the payment of the minimum dues possible, you can consider taking on a debt consolidation loan. Simply put debt consolidation is the process of adding up your retail debts, typically credit card dues so as to arrive at the total. These loans are available from a number of sources, typically banks and credit unions, else one of the many private lenders that specialize in this type of lending. The purpose of getting the debt consolidation loan is to use the proceeds to pay back in full all the credit card dues.

Pros of Debt Consolidation

By consolidating the debts, you are left with only one debt and one monthly payment. Also, debt consolidation loans are typically available at far more reasonable rates of interest compared to credit cards. Over the repayment period, it can result in a lot of saving on the interest expense. Another benefit of debt consolidation is that you can negotiate a longer term so that the monthly amount is more affordable and does not stress you out. Finally, even though your credit score takes a hit when you take out the debt consolidation loan, it improves over time as your credit utilization ratio is zero and you make the loan repayments on time. Read up debt consolidation reviews online to know more about how to consolidate your debts.

Disadvantages of Debt Consolidation

Unless your credit score is good, you will either be denied the loan or the interest rate will be so high that there will not be any savings over the credit cards. Further, debt consolidation only makes sense if the amount of debt is within your capacity to repay over three to five years. However, if the debt is so large that repaying it fully in inconceivable, it would be wiser to consider debt settlement or even bankruptcy, if suggested by your lawyer.

How Can You Protect Your Rights When Credit Card Account Turns Delinquent?

According to a new study by bankrate.com quoted by https://www.huffingtonpost.in, 29% of American households have credit card debt more than their emergency savings confirming what most experts already know; the financial health of American households is pretty precarious. In 2019, Americans are likely to pay $122 billion in interest and fees; the sharp rise from the current level of $110 billion indicating the rising problem of cardholders in managing their dues. When credit card accounts or for that matter even debt consolidation loan accounts turn delinquent because of the inability of the borrower to repay as per the terms of the contract, they are usually turned over to debt collectors for realization. Even though the debt collector is well within his rights to demand the due payment from you, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has been enacted to prevent debt collectors from harassing customers by engaging in deceptive, abusive or unfair trade practices.

How Can Debt Collectors Contact Me?

Debt collectors may contact customers regarding retail loans only; e.g. credit card dues, auto loans, student loans, mortgage, medical bills, etc. Business debts are not included in their portfolio. What most people do not know that debt collectors cannot contact you anytime they like, for example, no contact can be had before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. or at work unless you specifically agree to it.

What Is the Specific Way of Stopping Debt Collector Contact?

The best way is to send a letter asking them debt collectors to stop contacting you by certified mail with a return receipt to prove that they have received it. After getting this notice, the debt collector can only call to confirm receipt of the notice or to inform you of any specific action that they have initiated. If the collector has been informed that an attorney represents you, and then the communication should be to the attorney unless your attorney fails to respond within a period that is reasonable. However, it is a good idea to interact with the debt collector at least once to confirm that the debt is really yours and not someone else’s.

Can A Debt Collector Contact Others Regarding My Debt?

Contact by debt collectors regarding debt recovery of any person is limited to inquiring about the address, workplace, and phone number and that too only once. Collection agents cannot discuss any details of the debt with anyone else apart from the debtor’s spouse. If the debtor has an attorney about whom the collection agency has been informed, collectors can only contact him.

What Can the Debt Collector Do?

After the debt collector has contacted you, he is required to send a validation notice in writing within five days. The notice should specify the sum owed, the name of the creditor, and what to do if the debt is not yours. Debt collectors are specifically prohibited from threatening you with harm or violence, using abusive language, annoying you by repeatedly phoning you. They are also not allowed to lie or make false claims or representations or engage in unfair trade practices like trying to impose penalties over and above the terms of the original contract.

Conclusion

While the federal laws are very strict about what debt collection agents can or cannot do, it is also very important for debtors to be proactive about their debts. Appointing an attorney when you have multiple delinquent accounts is a sensible decision, as your rights can then be protected.

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Is a personal attorney reliable - Should you hire their services? Nowadays, most of the people are experiencing accidents which are life-threatening. If you are one who is suffering from any complicated injury due to the accidents, then one should consider a personal attorney who will handle the case. A professional will able to provide compensation to you according to professionals, before handling the case to any lawyer one should discuss the current situation of the case and other important things.

 A professional lawyer will always provide a free consultation to you. Make sure that lawyer is enough experienced and skilled. He will take every step carefully. All things depend on the planning and situation of the case. If possible then always consider an experienced lawyer who will able to make a settlement with a criminal. An expert attorney knows the value of a claim. Most of the people are making the use of personal injury settlement calculators which is beneficial. It will give a complete rough idea about the case. Following are the potential benefits of hiring a personal attorney.

Valuation of case

If possible, then one should make the use of a personal injury settlement calculator that will give a complete rough idea of the case. All you need to evaluate the value of the claim. If the value of the case is quite low, then don't hire any personal attorney because he will charge thousands of dollars for the case. According to professionals, a personal attorney will consider the following important things.

  • He will analyze the injuries carefully
  • Analyze the pain and condition of the victim
  • Check the insurance-related papers
  • Estimate the future medical requirements

If you are worried about the upfront cost, the one must consider a professional attorney only because he will able to handle everything with ease. One will able to get the claim of all the expenses. If you win the case then you have to pay money otherwise attorney will charge nothing. Overall, all things depend on the lawyer only.

Legal process

A professional will follow the legal process only. With the help of rules and regulations, you can easily win the case. They have knowledge which documents are right or not. All you need to discuss the right situation with him. He will complete the form in a fraction of seconds. He will make the settlement with an insurance company or criminal. It means you don't have to worry about upfront costs and other charges because a professional attorney will able to handle everything with ease. If you don’t want to miss thousands of dollars then always consider a professional lawyer only. The great thing is that a professional will able to handle the dirty work with ease. You don't have to worry about any paperwork and other things. Make sure that you are filling the case according to the rules and regulations only

Final verdict

Lastly, to win a case, one has to consider an expert or skilled lawyer only. If possible, then you should always consider Zehl personal injury lawyer only because they have enough knowledge of accident cases.

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The best way of getting compensation in case of personal injury Getting injured is never a pleasant feeling. However when that injury is caused by the fault of someone else directly or indirectly, then it only adds more sorrow to the pain. It is quite a traumatic experience when a person suffers from an injury. Depending on the kind and extent of injury the time for recovery varies. In some cases, injuries can disable a person permanently and might negatively affect the quality of life. This is extremely unfortunate, but for reducing the misfortunes of the injured person, certain legal actions can be taken.

Dealing with the legal case of personal injury

People should be acquainted with the fact that whenever an individual suffers a minor or major injury if he/she is not at fault, then he/she is entitled to claim compensation. However in most cases, after the person has got injured, it might be difficult to think about a legal claim or file for compensation. However, if this procedure is not initiated within a specific duration after the occurrence of the injury, then the claim might not be valid anymore. There are state laws that determine the duration for filing personal injury claims, and it is best to know the time frame present for making such claims in the state where the person is residing.

However, accidents can also occur abroad. Hence in such cases worrying about filing a legal claim for compensation can be laid to rest by taking the aid of Injury Lawyers Perth. There are legal firms of injury lawyers present in almost all states. A location-based search for injury lawyers will provide a person with details of nearby attorneys or law firms that deal with such cases. The method in which injury lawyers work

When a person hires an attorney for making a compensation claim, then the legal proceedings related to the case are completely taken over by the lawyer. It is understandable that after suffering from a traumatic accident, the person will need time to recover and might also require constant treatment. Hence in such cases, the lawyers try to move forward with the legal procedure without engaging the client now and then.

Injury claim

The main aspects of an injury claim are discussed below:

  • The compensation amount is the major aspect of any injury claim. All medical costs and medical care facilities needed by the person on a temporary or permanent basis are factored into the compensation amount. The aspect of psychological trauma also forms a part of the compensation amount.
  • The person(s) or organisation responsible for the injury has to be sent the claim through a legal channel. The lawyer will help in identifying the responsible person and will do the needful for getting adequate recompense.

Hence, for the proper filing of compensation within the given duration, it is appropriate to get hold of sensible and professional injury lawyers. Such lawyers will ensure that the suffering person gets the financial support needed for overcoming the situation created by the injury.

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How to Hire the Best Business Lawyer Today or tomorrow, your business will require legal counsel. There is no denying the fact. Now, a commercial lawyer can prove as an asset to your concern or misguide you, leading you to disastrous consequences. All depend on the kind of attorney you appoint. The choice is yours. If you do not have much experience dealing with lawyers, the process may seem a little intimidating initially. When you know what issues needs a resolution, and you are well read half the battle is won. In such a case, you can expect to experience a positive outcome. According to an article published on https://www.huffingtonpost.com, ensure what kind of lawyer you would want to hire. When it comes to a business attorney, he is specialized in dealing with litigations concerning your business operations. Therefore, do your homework and then appoint. Here are a few pointers to help you hire the best attorney:

Find a Professional who Knows Your Industry

When appointing a business lawyer, he should know about the industry you serve. For example, if you sell solar products, the attorney should know about the same and the complex rules that govern every solar installation. The person should be aware of how your company operates. If not, there would be communication issues. Now, that does not mean that if you deal with beauty skin creams for women, your lawyer only knows about skin creams. It implies that the legal professional should be open to learn and figure out what your business is all about and how it performs activities on a day-to-day basis. Ensure that the attorney knows about your major customers, strategic partners, and suppliers. These aspects can be included in your legal strategy. To hire the best professional, read up online literature and read details on platforms such as Boss Lawyers Brisbane commercial.

Opt for a Lawyer who Works with Other Resources

When it comes to legal counsel, it does not come cheap. Therefore, your attorney should have a good network of other lawyers, who can come to your assistance when you have some special requirements to operate your business successfully. Ask whether the law firm he is associated with hosts special events to meet their clients. These may include a webinar, online videos, or any other virtual resources. Is the attorney a member of any group or trade associations so that you can benefit in the future during the proceedings of a case? Ask questions and do not hesitate. Dig for more information to hire the best.

Inquire about Legal Fees

Make sure that your lawyer does not hesitate to discuss the legal fees or charges with you. Most business lawyers charge per hour. Therefore, ask whether he will charge an hourly fee or not. The legal professional should not include any hidden charges when sending you the final bill. It is important to choose a professional who is honest about his fees and is transparent. If he charges a fixed rate, then your lawyer should say so before you hire him.

Conclusion

Hire a commercial lawyer who will work for you now and in the future. Therefore, build a healthy business relationship with the professional for mutual benefit.

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When You Get Arrested Getting arrested can be a very stressful experience for both you and your loved ones. Many times, it happens unexpectedly, thereby leaving you with little time to react. Feelings of confusion and panic can flood your mind, especially if it is your first time behind bars. However, it is very important for you to try your best to remain calm even during this difficult situation. Here are some common mistakes that you should avoid when you find yourself in trouble with the authorities:

  1. Giving admissions to the police before contacting a lawyer

This is a common mistake that many first-time offenders made. Fear and anxiety might cause you to make hasty admissions to the police without calling your lawyer first. These admissions can be used as evidence against you during court proceedings. Hence, it is advisable for you to exercise your right to remain silent and insist on calling your attorney. If you don’t have a lawyer, get in touch with your friends/family members and ask them to find one for you. Your attorney will be able to communicate with the police on your behalf, thereby ensuring that you don’t make any incriminating remarks.

  1. Resisting arrest or being violent

It is normal to feel agitated if you believe that you are being wrongly accused of a crime. However, you should resist the temptation to lash out at police officers or resist arrest. This will only lead to more charges of assault or battery. You should also desist from verbal abuse and other forms of hostility. Instead, cooperate with the authorities and follow the right procedure so that your case can be handled as quickly as possible.

  1. Providing incriminating information to friends and family

As much as you might want to believe that you can trust all your friends and family, be very cautious about what information you give to them. For instance, in most areas, you are allowed to have one phone call when you get arrested. During this phone call, don’t make any incriminating statements since they might be overheard by the police. Furthermore, if you were arrested as a group, some of your friends might choose to testify against you so that they can get a lighter sentence.

  1. Failing to hire a bail bondsman

According to the Legal Dictionary website, a bail bondsman is a professional agent who provides bail bonds for suspects awaiting trial in order to have them released. If you cannot afford the entire bail amount, then you should get in touch with Eric Castle - Castle Bail Bonds today. Here you will only be required to pay a small percentage of the bail amount and then your bail bondsman will pay the bail on your behalf and thereafter organize for your release.

  1. Failing to satisfy your bond requirements

Once you make bail, you are required to attend all your court hearings and adhere to any other conditions stipulated by the court. Going against your bail conditions will only lead to re-arrest and further jail time.

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3 Essential Tips That Will Get You The Best Traffic Violation Attorney There are many vehicles on the road. These vehicles are bought on a daily basis, this is according to statista.com. Don’t forget that once they are bought, the vehicles will be driven by people on the public roads. Each country has a set of traffic rules that govern drivers while on the road. The reason why these rules exist is so that they can limit and avoid recklessness on the road. Can you imagine your relative because of someone's ignorance on the road? In any state, if you disobey any of these rules you are liable to being jailed or even suspension of your license. Sometimes, you might not be aware when you are committing the traffic offense. In such situations, you will need someone to come and defend you and bail you out. This is something that can only be done by your traffic violation attorney. If you don't have any at your disposal, you will have to hire one. What are the steps will you use? What features will you be looking for? Below are some of the things that will identify a good traffic violation attorney;

  1. Experience

Experience is an element that makes a lawyer stand out from the rest. Some cases don’t have room for mistakes. The only way you can be sure you are not going to commit any error is if you get yourself someone who has been down that road before. If you hire a traffic violation officer who has eight years’ experience, then you will have confidence of winning your case. For the lawyer to be familiar to people, then it means that he has a good winning record on the various cases he has represented. Why would you hire someone who is new in the game? What are the chances of him or her winning a case? You need to have some hope.

  1. Charges

Every lawyer will give you a figure that he thinks will help him put food on his table. However, you need to differentiate the hungry lawyers and the financial trustworthy lawyers. If you get someone who is after your money, don’t waste your time by hiring him or her. You should always be ready to find yourself another option. That is why you need to get a few traffic violation attorneys and see which one is affordable. However, an affordable lawyer shouldn’t always be the cheapest offer. You need to ensure that the fee you are paying is worth your needs.

  1. Background information

The best thing about the current millennium is that there is always someone who knows something about someone. Basically, word of mouth will move around faster than you think. That is why you need to make sure you do a thorough background research on the traffic violation lawyer you intend to hire. It is through the background information that you will get to know a DWI Lawyer Nassau County exists. You will also get to know that their lawyers can help you reduce the penalty imposed on you for a certain traffic offense.

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