WHAT EVERY DIVORCING PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIER CHILD'S TUITION-PART II

This post is part of a three part series addressing how divorcing parents might address higher education costs.  Yesterday, we addressed the question:   “How long is a parent required to pay support?”   Today, we’ll consider whether divorcing parents should agree to share the costs of their children’s college. The laws in the states where I practice do not require parents to pay college costs, but parents can agree in their divorce agreement to share in the costs.   Consider several questions before entering into an agreement to be sure your agreement is in the best interest of your child and your family.

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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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CIVIL MEDIATION--WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE MEDIATION?

Moving on after you have suffered an injury or loss can be difficult.  Mediation is often the best way to to resolve a civil case and be able to move on.  If selected early, mediation saves time and money for both parties in legal expenses.  Our office encourages clients to participate in mediation at the earliest possible date, often BEFORE filing suit, to be sure to gain the most benefit possible from early resolution.  In many states mediation is required in all civil cases before a trial is scheduled.  Even when you don’t reach an agreement during the first session mediation can be helpful.  About 98% of all civil cases settle before trial so it is likely that your case won’t go to trial.  Sometimes the progress made in mediation sets the matter up so that it will be more likely to settle quickly and fairly following the mediation.  Sometimes a further session is helpful.  If your case is resolved in mediation, you can expect a few steps to finalize the resolution.

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I WAS IN A WRECK! HOW DO I GET MY BILLS PAID?

After an accident, most of us just want to put the whole thing behind us! But how do we move on with so many bills?  A simple trip to the emergency room may result in five or six medical bills:  the ambulance, the hospital, the emergency room doctor, the radiologist and the prescriptions.  What can you do?  How can these bills be paid? 

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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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