What Is Collaborative Divorce?

This is a way to move through the divorce process without a nasty, expensive battle in court. Each spouse works with his/her own collaboratively trained attorney and the parties resolve all divorce issues through a series of meetings outside of court. You have control over the speed, cost and outcome of your divorce.

What Is Mediation?

This is a process used by divorcing couples to come to their own agreement about the terms of the divorce. The parties are not represented by lawyers. There is one lawyer that acts as a neutral facilitator to help the parties get to an agreement on their own. While the mediator can advise the parties on what the law is, he/she will not give advice. Both parties need to be committed to reaching an agreement for this to work.

I Got A Ticket For A Motor Vehicle Offense. Is It Worth Fighting?

Paying a fine to a ticket is a guilty plea and will result in the offense being listed on your motor vehicle history with the DMV. It can also have other consequences that you might not expect, depending on your circumstances. Insurance companies set your rates based in part on your history. You should discuss your particular ticket with a lawyer to prevent unanticipated consequences.

I Was Injured By A Dog That Has Never Been Aggressive Or Ever Bitten Anyone. Do I Still Have A Claim?

Yes. An injured party does not need to prove that the dog in question has ever bitten anyone in the past or been aggressive in order to recover. An owner or keeper of a dog is absolutely responsible for injuries or losses caused by their dog, even if it is the first time that the pet has hurt someone.

The Insurance Company For The Driver That Struck My Car Called And Asked Me For A Recorded Statement Over The Phone. The Representative Suggested That I Cooperate And Deal Directly With Him Without A Lawyer. Is That Good Advice?

In most cases, it is not wise to deal directly with the insurance company without first consulting a lawyer. The insurance representatives are well trained and experienced in adjusting claims. Despite what they say on the television ads, insurance companies hate to pay for your injuries and losses, and their goal is to minimize what they pay to each claimant. In simple or clear liability cases, or if the claim involves property damage only, I might advise someone to speak directly with the insurance representative. It is better to consult with a lawyer first and let that lawyer guide you as to how to communicate and deal with the at-fault person’s insurance company.

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