PARENTING PLANS: QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU DEVELOP A SCHEDULE

Last week we looked at how to create a parenting plan to divide your decision making after divorce. Establishing details and processes for decision making is the foundation of a terrific parenting plan.   Create a plan with the help of an experienced mediator, family counselor, or collaborative attorney to draft a strong agreement-- built to withstand a lot of wear of tear!  Next, you’ll develop the second part of your parenting plan, a schedule outlining what nights your child is sleeping at each house—or “allocation of custodial responsibility.” 

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WHEN MORE THAN ONE PERSON CAUSES AN INJUry: JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY

Yesterday, The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that could make it much more difficult for many victims to recover medical expenses or other damages after an accident or a crime.  West Virginia H.B. 2002 abolishes “joint liability.”  Reading the bill may be pretty confusing, full of legal terms such as “comparative fault” and “joint liability.”  In this post, I’ll try to explain what it means and how this change in the law could impact you.  If you have been injured in an accident or if you are a victim of crime, this may make it more difficult for you to fully recover.

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KEEPING YOUR BENEFITS AFTER YOU SETTLE: IT IS NOT SIMPLE!

Recently I volunteered with the West Virginia State Bar to answer phones on Tuesday night when we offer free information by calling a toll free state-wide hotline.  I had a number of calls, but one of them was very disturbing. This caller lost her in-home services provided by Medicaid when her attorney settled her case without addressing this issue.  For a very small settlement, the caller lost her in-home service provider and risked being placed in a nursing home.  With proper planning, this did not have to happen!

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A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK (BEFORE YOU SELECT A LAWYER)

Whether your are injured in an accident, are a victim of crime, or looking for a way to co-parent your children after divorce, selecting a lawyer to help you can be difficult.  With offices in Martinsburg, Charles Town and Washington DC, we provide broad based legal services to families who are looking for a way to restore wellness in their lives.  Our office provides litigation services in select cases, but we are also certified to provide collaborative law representation in West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Brenda is also a certified mediator in both Virginia and West Virginia. 

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LIMITATIONS ON DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS: TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD TALK TO AN ATTORNEY BEFORE YOU SETTLE YOUR CASE

HGTV expert Ty Pennington reports that do-it-yourself projects are more popular than ever.   He attributes economic reasons for homeowners to take on projects such as hardwood flooring since these projects often add value to the home.When legal decisions are involved, do-it-yourself may be penny wise but pound-foolish.   When you are injured in an accident, resolving your case without a lawyer might be a bad decision.  Our office provides a free consultation to victims following an accident.  During that free meeting, we will review your case and help you map out a full recovery to your injuries.

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WHEN A CHILD IS INJURED IN SCHOOL...

Many children are injured at school, through accidents and through school violence.  As a parent, you will want to protect your child from this harm, but after it occurs, you will also want to take whatever action you can to help your child fully recover and enjoy school again.  Our office provides legal services and mediation services to work with families in West Virginia and the District of Columbia to help your child recover.

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DAMAGES: WHAT CAN THE VICTIM EXPECT?

Recently, the horrific chemical spill near Charleston left many residents without water for weeks.  Several have already filed suit.  What types of damages will these victims seek?  What are the kinds of damages any victim of an accident recover? Most victims of negligence, whether it be from a car accident, a slip and fall, or industrial accident, can recover their medical expenses, their lost wages, and amounts to cover their pain and suffering.  

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FAST AND FAIR: HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT (AND WIN YOUR CASE) WITH EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATION

Negotiation often provides a fast and efficient way to resolve a conflict.  With the stalemate currently paralyzing the U.S. Congress, we could all benefit from some skilled negotiation.  Similarly, in our day to day conflicts and in many legal proceedings, a skilled negotiator may provide a faster and cheaper resolution.  

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