THE ROLE OF EXPERT TESTIMONY IN DIVORCE CASES

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When a couple files for a divorce in Florida, the court has ultimate authority in declaring whether the parties’ marriage has legally ended. However, divorce cases involve more than whether the marriage has legally come to an end. Issues such as the division of marital propertyspousal support, and the organization of parenting time and parental responsibilities are all important matters that the court must resolve before rendering its final judgment of divorce. Because many of the primary issues in a divorce case may deal with sophisticated concepts of property ownership and finance, it may be necessary for a party to rely on the testimony of a witness with specialized education and background concerning a critical issue of the litigation. Such witnesses are known as expert witnesses and are often help to these issues. In a divorce case, expert testimony is often beneficial in the following proceedings:

  • Valuing marital assets for equitable distribution
  • Valuing legal services for attorney’s fees
  • Analyzing finances spousal and child support
  • Developing parenting plans

QUALIFICATIONS OF EXPERTS

Unlike other witnesses, the opinions of experts may be relevant to certain issues in a divorce case. Whereas the court probably will not admit the opinions of non-expert witnesses—also known as “lay witnesses”—the opinion of a qualified expert may be admitted in court as evidence. However, before getting to the opinion testimony of an expert, a party must first lay a “foundation” or “predicate” that demonstrates that the particular witness is an expert. To lay a foundation for expert testimony in Florida, a party can question the purported expert witness about the following:
  • Their education in their particular field of expertise
  • Their training in their chosen profession or field of study
  • Their professional background
  • Any certifications they achieved in their profession or field of study
  • Other relevant work experience showing the witness to be an expert in their field

TEST FOR ADMITTING EXPERT TESTIMONY

In addition to proving the qualifications of an expert witness, the testimony offered by the witness must qualify as admissible expert testimony under Florida’s evidence code. Under Florida Evidence Code § 90.702, the court may admit expert testimony as evidence if the following criteria are met:
  • Specialized knowledge will assist the court in “understanding evidence or determining a fact in issue”
  • The expert’s testimony is based on “sufficient facts or data”
  • Their testimony is “the product of reliable principles and methods”
  • The expert has “applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.”
However, it was not until recently that the current test regarding the admissibility of expert testimony was adopted in Florida. Until last year, Florida courts applied a stricter analysis for admitting expert testimony as outlined in the case U.S. Supreme Court cases Frye v. the United States, which held that expert testimony based on sufficiently established and accepted scientific methods. Then, in 2019, the Florida Supreme Court decided to adopt the more flexible standard regarding the admissibility of expert testimony featured in the U.S. Supreme Court case Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharms., Inc., which reflects the current test outlined by Florida Evidence Code § 90.702. The court reasoned that adopting the Daubert standard promoted consistency between state and federal courts as well as fairness and predictability in the justice system overall.

CONSULT BAUER LAW GROUP, P.A. FOR LEGAL ADVICE

You can benefit from the help of someone with the education, training, and background necessary to help protect your legal rights and interests in a Florida divorce case. At Bauer Law Group, P.A., our legal team has experience dealing with a variety of divorce issues—such as property division, spousal support, and child custody—and other matters involving Florida family law.

Can I Oppose a Divorce?

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When you took your marriage vows, you likely promised to stay committed until death. However, in today's modern times, divorce has become more and more common, and no longer holds the stigma it once did. It's challenging to face the end of your marriage. The court proceedings, custody of your children, dividing up your property, and the severing of ties is often an emotional and bitter battle.

Contested or Uncontested Divorce

If you agree on everything, then you can file for a dissolution or an uncontested divorce. However, if you are unable to agree on the terms of your divorce, then eventually the court will be forced to render a decision, which makes it a contested case. Never step into the courtroom with unresolved issues without proper legal representation. Your future depends on it.

If you've been served with divorce papers, the other party doesn't need your participation to receive a decree from the court. If you do nothing, then the judge will take your silence as an answer in absentia. However, you can and should oppose the divorce if you don't agree with the terms. It pays to have a legal team looking over the paperwork to ensure things are being split fairly and your rights and future are protected.

Filling A Divorce Petition

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When one party files a divorce petition, they must also file other documents required by the state of New Jersey. When the other party is served there will be a summons included that instructs you to respond to the claims or dispute anything that you don't agree on. The petition has all your pertinent information, including your names, date of marriage, the names and ages of your children and what you are generally seeking from the divorce. You are required to be served these documents by personal service or by mail if you sign an acknowledgment of service.

Once you have received the paperwork, the court will be notified of service, and the proceedings will continue. You will find a date that you must respond by, which is 35 days after you were served. It's your right to dispute anything that you don't agree with, but you should have a Middlesex County family law attorney help you in this matter.

Default Judgment

If the allotted time passes and you have not responded, then your spouse may file for a default judgment. The other party can ask for a final hearing date, and the judge will award the divorce decree. The judge has no additional information except the original petition and a document your spouse will submit stating in detail what they are seeking. Thus, unless you respond the judge will grant the award based on the facts at hand. Don't let your spouse get a divorce on their terms. You have rights and should dispute anything that is not true or was erroneously stated.

Filing A Counterclaim

Matters of the heart often get messy, especially in a court of law. It's best to have a family law attorney to answer the petition. They will ask for your side of the story and dispute anything that was told to the court in error. You can raise issues regarding child custody, child support, alimony, assets, division of debts, and any other applicable issues. The response can be used to say that you disagree with the petition, but you don't want to delay the proceedings.

Oftentimes a counterclaim will be filed. This paperwork will include your proposed terms. It's not uncommon for the court to hold pre-trial hearings on motions made by either party, and things can be extended way beyond the intended hearing date. It's imperative to have a family law attorney guiding you as things can get quite heated. A Middlesex County divorce attorney doesn't get involved in the dramatic or emotional aspects of the case. They stick to the law and will handle the drama on your behalf.

Hiring A Team To Handle These Emotional Proceedings

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If you are facing a divorce and not sure which direction to turn, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance. Contact us for more information.

What Happens if I Don’t Sign My Divorce Papers?

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Signing Divorce Papers: What Does That Mean? | Julie Fowler Law Office If you have been blindsided by divorce papers, it can be natural to want to ignore them. Maybe if you ignore the problem it will go away. However, there are few things in life that work this way and divorce isn’t one of them. Contrary to what you may have heard or what you might think, refusing to sign divorce papers will not stop your divorce. Instead, what will happen if you refuse to sign your divorce papers is that you will give up your rights to negotiate a settlement that takes into consideration what you want. All matters related to property divisionchild custody, and spousal support will be determined solely by your spouse.

Types of Divorces

What Happens if My Spouse Does Not Sign the Divorce Papers? – Divorce  Attorney in NJ | Monmouth County Divorce Attorney The dissolution of a marriage is a legal process, a form of litigation. The party that is suing for divorce is known as the petitioner, while the party that is served with divorce papers is the respondent. Typically, the respondent has 30 days to respond to divorce papers. If he or she fails to do so, the judge could rule in favor of the petitioner. This is known as a default judgment. The respondent has no rights and will have no ruling that favors their interest should a default judgment be handed down by the judge. Most of the time, when people think of a divorce they think of a contested divorce. In a contested divorce, the respondent hires a lawyer of their own and files a petition with the court disputing the terms laid out in the initial divorce papers. Perhaps the respondent didn’t like the way his or her spouse divided the property or allocated time with the children. With the help of a lawyer, the respondent can seek to get terms more favorable to what they want (most likely more of the property and more time with the kids). The securing of these more favorable terms can occur either through a courtroom verdict or an out of court settlement. While contested divorces can be contentious, there are several ways to work through them without going to court. Collaborative divorces and mediation are two ways all parties involved can work together to reach a settlement. Finally, there is a type of divorce where the petitioner and respondent agree on the terms of the divorce from the very beginning. This is known as an uncontested divorce. While uncontested divorces might be rarer than contested divorces, they are not unheard of. Usually, before a couple can pursue an uncontested divorce, they have to be in agreement on issues like:
  • Who will pay child support and how much
  • Which spouse will pay spousal support (if any)
  • How to divide property and debts
  • Which parent will get custody of the children and the terms of visitation for the other parent
In reality, a failure to sign divorce papers is a type of uncontested divorce, since the respondent is choosing not to contest any of the terms of the divorce. The difference, however, is that in traditional uncontested divorces, both spouses have come to an agreement before filing for divorce.

What You Should Do If You Are Served Divorce Papers

5 Celebrity Couples Who Opted For A Quick, No-Fault Divorce - Fastest  Divorces Ever | The Economic Times If you are served with divorce papers, you should hire the services of an experienced divorce attorney as soon as possible. You will have 30 days to respond to the divorce papers, and your lawyer will need as much time as possible to consider your case and how you can best respond. Even if you think you and your spouse can reach an out of court settlement, it is best to proceed with the help of a lawyer. Divorce can be one of the most difficult parts of anyone’s life and a lawyer can help ease your burden during this challenging time.

Choosing the Right Family Law Attorney

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Choosing a family law attorney in Raleigh, NC can be a very difficult decision. The right lawyer can make a real difference both in the outcome of your divorce and how you make it through the very emotional process. You want a trusting relationship. You want a lawyer who is serious about your case and listens to your needs. You want a lawyer who moves your case forward to the conclusion. Here are some tips on choosing the right lawyer. Our family law attorneys offer tips on how to pick the right family law attorney. Whether you’re considering a divorce, attempting to work out custody and support issues, planning an adoption or facing another family law issue, choosing the right family law attorney can ease your mind and produce better results. Your lawyer becomes your partner in the process, helping you achieve the outcome you want within the boundaries of the law. Here are some tips to help you select an attorney whom you can trust, who listens to your needs and who keeps your case moving forward until it is concluded.

Find an attorney you can work with.

Your lawyer will be your partner throughout your case. You may need to confide sensitive or embarrassing information to your attorney – things you would prefer not to tell anyone. You’ll be speaking to your attorney frequently, and you’ll need to be able to provide information and understand your lawyer’s explanations of certain steps in your case or how the law applies in your situation. Consequently, choosing a lawyer you trust and can communicate with is crucial. While a law firm’s website and other materials provide a good start, don’t base your decision solely on the law firm. Instead, speak to each attorney you’re considering. Ask questions like: Does the attorney have experience with cases like mine? Do they explain things in a way that makes sense to me? Do they answer my questions? Do I feel like I can trust this person?

Interview prospective attorneys with your needs in mind.

Interview prospective attorneys with your needs in mind. When you contact a law firm to speak to a prospective attorney, be as clear as you can about what you’re looking for. Many lawyers will agree to speak to you for no charge so that both of you can determine whether you’ll be a good “fit” for one another. While speaking to a prospective attorney, keep the following issues in mind:
  • Does your personality mesh with the attorney’s? No matter how experienced a lawyer is, if you do not get along, your case will be more difficult.
  • Communication and promptness. Ask each lawyer how you can contact him or her and how long it will take them to get back to you. Excessive delays or “radio silence” from your lawyer can cause unnecessary aggravation, so choose an attorney who is dedicated to regularly touching base.
  • Willingness to work within your budget. It’s important to talk about money, so that you can get the results you need without draining your bank account. Most attorneys are accustomed to discussing fees and costs up front and will appreciate meeting a prospective client who also understands the need to budget wisely.

Ask for advice, but make your own decision.

Asking friends, family members and co-workers to recommend an attorney is one way to collect information about family law attorneys and law firms in your area. Attorney guides like Martindale-Hubbell or Avvo can also point you to local law firms, as can reading law firm websites and reviews. No matter where you gather your initial information, however, speak to the lawyer before making your decision. Remember that every family, and every family law case, is unique. Your needs are different from the needs of friends or family members, even if they faced a similar problem. Also, remember to take online reviews with a grain of salt. It may be impossible to tell who posted them or what agenda the writer had when they made the post. Get help from a family law attorney to get you through troubling times to a brighter future. At the law firm of Charles R. Ullman & Associates, Raleigh family law attorneys Charles Ullman and Kelly K. Smith work together to help families move through troubling times to a brighter future. Contact us today to learn more about us and how we can help you.

Pick a lawyer, not a law firm.

The most important relationship is not between the law firm and the client, but between the law partner and a client. Seek out a relationship with an individual partner in a firm as your lawyer. Never have a relationship with a law firm — have a relationship with a lawyer. Make it that partner’s responsibility to manage your case. If your case is passed off to an associate, demand an explanation and demand to know the associate’s experience. If the law partner that drew you to the law firm wants to pass off your case to an associate, then you should be thinking about another firm. Ask the lawyer you meet with this question: “Will you be handling my case?”

Ask yourself: “Do I like this lawyer?”

You must be able to get along with your lawyer. The initial interview is as much about deciding if you can have a working relationship with your attorney as it is finding out about how the law applies to your case. If the lawyer you are meeting with is abrasive, distracted, disorganized, or acts in any other way that does not give you confidence, consider how you will feel later on in the case if you chose this lawyer.

Demand expertise and experience.

It used to be common for North Carolina lawyers to handle all manner of cases from divorce to traffic to real estate. More and more lawyers are limiting their practice to specific fields, including family law. You would not go to a general practitioner for open heart surgery, and you should be very hesitant about going to a lawyer who does not limit his or her practice to family law matters if you need a divorce.

Fees: Don’t give your lawyer a blank check.

You should be able to get a very good idea of the cost of your case from your Wake County lawyer. Ask if there is an option for a flat fee so you will know what the case will cost you. Unless a lawyer can offer you a flat fee option, you have no way of knowing how much legal representation will cost.

Settlement and litigation.

Settlement and litigation are two sides of the same coin. Most family law cases settle out of court. Some do not. You need a lawyer that is equally comfortable in settlement negotiations and the court room. Ask your lawyer what training and experience he or she has had in family law negotiations, mediation, and collaborative law. Ask your lawyer if he or she has the experience to handle your case in court should attempts at settlement fail.

Why Family Law Clients Feel at Home at Gray Reed

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Legal issues surrounding the family can be challenging. At Gray Reed, we strive to guide clients through the process as smoothly as possible. We educate our clients, both individuals, and family offices, about their options, learn their objectives, and work to resolve the legal issues with our client's goals in mind. All of our family law attorneys are Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and have the experience and determination to be prepared - no matter what the situation entails.

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Our family law practice and family law mediation practice were ranked in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers (a Woodward/White company) 2021 "Best Law Firms" ranking.

Adoptions

Adoption is a golden opportunity for all parties. A child is placed with a family who needs him, and parents who are not quite ready for the experience of raising him can give another couple their chance. However, while adoption can be a joyous event, there are many legal issues that can stop the proceeding in its tracks. Working with an experienced adoption attorney is important in any type of adoption. The laws governing the adoption process are complex. There are specific requirements and limitations on what attorneys and prospective adoptive parents can do. This is especially true in interstate adoptions because there are at least two states involved and the laws may differ and even conflict. If the wrong legal documents are used, or if state or federal statutes are violated, the adoption could be challenged at a later date or a court may refuse to finalize the adoption. At Gray Reed, we are intimately familiar with the procedures and laws surrounding adoptions. We will make sure that you understand adoption requirements for independent, stepparent, relative, or international adoptions, as well as legal issues involved in adopting from an agency.

Asset Protection

Asset protection is nothing other than the use of legal instruments for the preservation and accumulation of wealth. In essence, asset protection planning revolves around the minimization of risk and careful analysis of all client exposure. When implemented by a qualified, competent attorney, asset protection is a powerful legal tool that can protect clients from future unforeseen risks. Gray Reed provides private counseling to clients on the tools and techniques of asset protection and privacy planning. There are numerous tools available to assist you in protecting your assets. Firm services include the formation and maintenance of various legal vehicles to accomplish the tax planning and estate planning goals and objectives of individual clients.

Child Support

Child Support: Common Questions | Éducaloi Our attorneys are considered experts in negotiating child support payments in high-income cases. When the parties are unable to resolve child support issues, we can explore alternative ways of reaching a settlement such as mediation and arbitration, and collaborative law. Our attorneys are experienced with the collection of past-due support, defense of county Child Support Enforcement actions, and other arrearage issues.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a relatively new way to resolve divorce issues such as asset division, child custody and support, and maintenance out of court. Like mediation, the outcome of the collaborative law process is not binding on either party unless and until a final agreement is signed. The entire process is confidential. Information exchanged in collaborative law is not public record or admissible in court. This may be appealing to public figures or persons of high net worth. In a collaborative law divorce, the parties use specially trained lawyers and neutral experts. The parties commit to achieving a settlement without litigation. Those professionals also commit to working cooperatively to make the divorce process as much of a "win-win" situation as possible. If the parties don't reach a settlement but proceed to litigation, the parties agree that the lawyers will have to withdraw from the case. This creates a huge incentive for all parties to settle, and the lawyers do not benefit from prolonging the case in court. If both parties are committed to the collaborative process, this option creates a setting that allows for the give and takes that can result in an amicable divorce settlement. Oftentimes those settlements include terms a court could not have ordered. However, collaborative divorce is not for everybody. Success depends on the personalities of the parties and their attorneys. If one party or lawyer has a combative personality, is dishonest, or cannot refrain from threats of violence, the case is not right for the collaborative process. For more information, visit our Collaborative Law section.

Custody

Who Has Custody of a Child Born Out of Wedlock in New Jersey - Herbert &  Weiss At Gray Reed, all child custody and support issues are determined based upon what is in the best interest of the child. We advocate for our client's rights in mediation or fight for their interests in trying to determine parental rights and resolve all issues involving child custody including legal custody, physical custody, visitation/parenting time child support, and post-judgment modifications.

Division of Estate

Asset division in divorce is complex and requires an attorney with knowledge of accounting, asset valuation, tax issues, and other financial matters. It also requires an attorney who has experience with family law judges and understands how they tend to treat various items of property. When it comes to the division of an estate, our asset valuation and division lawyers have handled divorce cases with assets ranging from very modest holdings to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Divorce

Every client engaged in divorce has a unique set of needs and priorities. Gray Reed is committed to addressing those needs on an individualized basis. While thorough and aggressive, we counsel clients to resolve their cases in ways to minimize the emotional strife attendant to divorce. We work hard to protect your parental rights and property interests. We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to help you and your children achieve the best possible outcome in an otherwise difficult situation.

Enforcement

Although it is unfortunate, circumstances arise when parents who are supposed to pay child support do not meet their obligations. Our child support attorneys work with clients who are not receiving the amount of child support they are entitled to and helps them collect that support from the parent ordered to pay it.

Mediation

A mediator is a neutral third person who helps the two parties in a divorce resolve issues such as asset division, child custody and support, and maintenance out of court. Mediation can be particularly useful when only a small number of issues remain to be resolved to reach a divorce settlement. The mediator could be a lawyer or another professional. If the issues involve parenting time and decision-making responsibilities, the mediator could be a mental health professional. If the issue is financial, a mediator could be a certified public accountant (CPA). Our lawyers also serve as mediators. Mediation is not binding on either party unless a signed agreement is reached, and either party can proceed to litigate the issues in court if no resolution is reached. However, judicial decisions can be unpredictable, so it's often better to attempt mediation first. A skillful lawyer can discuss with the party, before and during mediation, the pros, and cons of various settlement options. The parties frequently have their lawyers attend mediation sessions with them.

Child Support Modifications

In any divorce, child support is subject to the continuing jurisdiction of the court. Things like changes in a parent's income, changes in the need for or cost of childcare, or other major financial changes may justify a reexamination of child support. What is in the best interests of a child will evolve over time, as they grow and their needs change. We have a great deal of experience requesting these kinds of modifications to child support and custody orders.

Paternity

Proving paternity has become much easier because of DNA fingerprinting. Such technologically advanced techniques can establish paternity to a 99 percent probability. Our firm's attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable with respect to each step in a paternity proceeding and the resulting child support payments and parenting time issues if paternity is established.

Prenuptial Agreements

For those concerned about the possibility of divorce down the road, premarital agreements or "prenups" are a perfectly reasonable response. Prenups are most popular with people who enter a marriage with large assets. Some of these assets are not easily divisible, such as an interest in a family-owned business or a large tract of real estate.

What To Look For When Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

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Are facing a criminal lawsuit? Well, the best person to go to at this time is a good criminal defense lawyer. The procedure for hiring the best criminal law firm can be a daunting task. This is because the market is flooded with many advocates practicing criminal Law. However, this Salt Lake City Utah criminal defense attorney can lessen your hassle by offering you the best legal advice during such times. Below are the critical aspects to consider.

Criminal Defense Attorney With Reputation

Hiring a reputable criminal defense firm will be beneficial to your case. To know the firm's reputation, do a background check on the cases they have previously handled. Moreover, look at the review and comments of the previous clients. Positive feedback is a direct indication of the customer's satisfaction hence giving you the confidence to hire them. Additionally, go for criminal defense attorneys with a history of handling high profile criminal cases. Always read through their publications and testimonials to get a feel of the criminal cases they have previously handled.

Criminal Defense Lawyer with Experience

The firm's duration in practice will determine how competent they are in criminal law. Upon selecting a firm of choice endeavor to dig dip at the specific criminal defense lawyer's experience. Moreover, criminal cases carry a heavy financial obligation and maximum sentences. For this reason, having an experienced criminal lawyer will go on a long way to assist you to evade heavy fines and reduced sentences. Keenly check aspects such as regular appearance in court, the years of practicing criminal law and the success of their past cases.

Criminal Law Firm with Professionalism

Professionalism is priority quality to check on when hiring a criminal defense lawyer. You can determine how organized and presentable they are in how they conduct themselves. The lawyer needs to return both your calls and messages whenever they missed or promised to do so. Whenever you convened a meeting related to the case, the lawyer should be present and remain focused throughout the meeting. They also need to be present in all the court sessions and promptly disseminate information from court hearings to you.

Cost of a Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal cases tend to be costly compared to other court cases. As such, they may drain you financially. For this reason, critically scout out a criminal defense firm with affordable rates and delivering satisfactory results. During the interviewing of potential firms, get to know their hourly rates and trace it back to their level of experience and historical cases. Additionally, you can do a cost-benefit analysis to determine the viability and return on investment. Alternatively, you can get quotes from several law firms and do a comparison scheme in line with your financial situation. A good lawyer should help you draft a financial plan for the case.

Accessibility of a Criminal Defense Lawyers

Hire a lawyer with a physical office near you. This enables you to access them easily when you need to. Moreover, the proximity will save time when having meetings and dissemination of court proceedings. You do not want to incur additional costs on logistical arrangements adding the weight to the existing financial burden associated with the case. Always go for a lawyer who shows up regularly to discuss matters patterning the case. Refrain from criminal defense attorneys who avail themselves when getting paid. You can easily determine the accessibility of the advocate during the preliminary meetings if they fail to show up with varied excuses or fail to turn up completely.

Legal Competence of Defense Attorneys

A good criminal defense attorney needs to be skilled and knowledgeable. They need to be up to date with recent legal proceedings, technicalities, and general developments in Criminal Law. Being a registered and licensed legal practitioner is not sufficient to actively engage in criminal Law. You can ask the firm to show you some of the unique courses and training undertaken by the lawyers to ensure they remain abreast with the current and emerging trends. Go for a lawyer who has skills such as forensics, investigative techniques, and strong psychological influences on criminal behavior.

Specialization of Defense Lawyers

All lawyers after the basic training in law institutions specialized differently. Criminal Law is no exception since a criminal defense lawyer specializes in the type of cases they best handle. Some of the lawyers are good at robbery with violence cases, while others are specialized in homicide cases. Hire an advocate who is competent and specialized in the specific field relating to your case. Moreover, their level of experience in this area will be to your advantage. Having such a lawyer by your side increases your chances of winning the case.

Comfortability of Defense Law Firms

Since you are the defendant, go for a lawyer who you are comfortable to work with for your case. During the initial consultative meetings, you should assess how the lawyer addresses you and responds to your questions. Ascertain you're the comfort level as you may be required to share confidential details pertaining to the case. A good lawyer should also be hospitable to creating a friendly environment for their clients. At this point, hire according to your preferences; if you feel comfortable working with a male or a female do not restrict yourself.

Criminal Defense Attorney With Customer Service

In your check-off list keenly securitize the customer service of the criminal defense firm. You can do this effectively by anonymously contacting the firm to check reception to your issue. Do emails or make calls after working hours and assess the amount of time taken to give you feedback. During office hours, make random calls and observe the attitude. Rude response on your calls and emails will imply you will have to tolerate these behaviors into signing the contract. You do not want to be in such a situation, especially at this time.

Conclusion

You need to be very cautious in the process of hiring and looking for a good criminal defense lawyer near me. The market currently is flooded by genuine and rogue attorneys. You may need to engage your colleagues, friends, or family on this matter. Go for a lawyer who meets all your preferred qualities and with the ability to deliver to your satisfaction. Hire a lawyer who is compassionate to walk with you all through.

4 Reasons to Hire a Traffic Ticket Lawyer for your Reckless Driving Ticket in New York

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Car, Traffic, Man, Hurry, Steering Wheel, Dusk, Modern   While driving has become undeniably essential and convenient in our daily routines, you are bound to come across some irregularities. If one of these road irregularities happens to be a reckless driving ticket, you could be staring at some severe consequences depending on the situation. What next? Do you need to hire a traffic ticket lawyer? Below are four reasons why hiring a NY traffic ticket lawyer should be at the top of your priority list.

Get the best deal on the table

Looking at the charges and penalties for driving recklessly, you might want to have an expert by your side. An experienced attorney in handling traffic tickets will negotiate the best deal considering your driving history. The average individual with inadequate knowledge about traffic laws is less likely to get a good deal. If anything, you are likely to make a costly mistake that gets you heftier charges.

Save time

Handling traffic tickets can be time-consuming considering the fact that you need to collect evidence, investigate, talk to witnesses, study reports, prepare documents, and show up in court. All these duties can be time-consuming, bearing in mind you have work, school, and family to attend to. Hiring a lawyer offloads this burden by delegating these legal responsibilities to a professional well-versed in handling traffic ticket cases. This gives you adequate time to catch up with your life while still fixing your traffic violation charges.

Legal representation

While most traffic ticket cases don’t get to court, you will have a series of meetings with relevant parties discussing your charges and fines. If your reckless driving New York case gets to court, you will need expert representation to guide you through the processes and prevent you from making mistakes. Legal representation increases your chances of a win or reduced consequences when facing traffic ticket charges.

Saves you money

A vast majority of people might consider hiring a lawyer as a costly affair. However, it could save you money in the long run. How so? Suppose you lose your case after representing yourself, the consequences could be hefty and expensive. You could lose your employment status and soil your name. A lawyer will reduce these charges, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Are you facing a traffic ticket charge? Call us at James Lynch and Associates to talk to a qualified traffic ticket lawyer. Let us help you.

Why You Should Use a Lawyer for Medicaid Planning

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It is a fact that most seniors together with their families often shy away from using a lawyer in the planning of long-term care because of the cost. However, the truth is that using a Medicaid planning attorney can help you save a lot of money in the long run. Besides that, the attorney will also ensure that your family gets the best medical care. Unfortunately, sometimes we end up being influenced by what we hear from others without proof. You don’t have to rely on rumors when it comes to important matters concerning your health. There are several advantages of using a lawyer for your Medicaid planning. Let us take a look at some of them.   1. There’s no conflict of interest In most cases when a nursing home refers you to a non-listed lawyer to help in the preparation of Medicaid application, the person doing so often has double loyalties – the nursing home referring and the customer applying for the benefits. Although all the parties at this point would want the application process to succeed, the private facility would want the patient to continue paying them privately for the longest time possible before shifting to Medicaid. This is different from a lawyer whose loyalty will only be the client and will do everything possible to ensure that the Medicaid applications take effect as quickly as possible.   2. Saves you money Hiring a lawyer to plan for you Medicaid will definitely save you a lot of money. This is because most nursing homes charge an estimate of $15,000 per month – an amount that way high than what a Medicaid attorney will charge for the entire legal process.   3. Malpractice insurance When you hire a professional to assist you with Medicaid application, the expectation is that they will conduct themselves with absolute professionalism. However, this is always not the case – especially if you hire a non-listed lawyer. The advantage of hiring a Medicaid attorney is that all of them have malpractice insurance – something that other Medicaid advisors don’t have.   4. Knowledge and experience As much as hiring other Medicaid advisors and representatives might seem a cheaper option, the price of doing that might be grater. Medicaid planning attorneys have the requisite knowledge and experience when it comes to dealing with Medicaid planning. That means they are best placed to advise you and your family to make the right choices. Other representatives might have good intentions for you, but lack appropriate knowledge and skills to execute their duties.   5. Peace of mind There’s nothing that can give you peace of mind than knowing that all your Medicaid issues are being handled by a professional lawyer. You won’t have to worry about anything as long as you have done your consultation and agreed on the legal costs. This is unlike using an inexperienced person who will run into several issues and keep coming back to you. In general, hiring a Medicaid planning attorney is the best decision you can make. It will cost you a lot more to try and do it on your own or use a non-listed lawyer referred to you by a nursing home.