I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
Did you know that January is one of the busiest months for divorce? Many couples wait until the holidays are over before they start the divorce process. If you are considering a divorce there are a couple things you need to know so that you are prepared for the process.
Each of You Should Have Your Own Lawyer
One of the best ways to save money and to speed up the divorce is to resolve the majority of the issues concerning the contract on your own. Then you can meet with a lawyer and have them draw up the actual divorce contract. However, even though you don't necessarily need two lawyers to help you negotiate the terms, you do need to have another lawyer look over the contract.
This is because each spouse needs to make sure that the contract is in his or her favor. If your spouse used their lawyer to write up the contract, then you need to find a lawyer to look over it, with your best interest in mind. If you had your lawyer write the contract, make sure your spouse takes it to another lawyer.
This will help to prevent future problems. For example, if down the road one of you feel that the agreement is not fair, there might be a dispute in court. If each of you did not have your own representation, the agreement might be seen as invalid and you will spend a great deal of money revamping the agreement. Consequently, it will save you time and money to get it right the first time.
Be Ready To Pay A Retainer Fee
It is important to recognize that you shouldn't meet with the lawyer unless you can pay the retainer fee. The majority of attorney's will ask for a retainer before they do any work on your case. Sadly, many lawyers have not gotten paid for their work, so this retainer is a way for the lawyer to ensure that they get payment.
They will not draw from the retainer until they do the work and bill your account. Thus, you can be assured that they will not use any of your money until they have worked on your case. But if you don't have the retainer, or can't afford it, you should wait until you do have some money to pay for the lawyer. Talk to a professional like Joanna Cobleigh Esq for more information.