27 Nov

Have You Been Involved in a Vehicle Crash? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney for Legal Help

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Searching for legal help can be frustrating and overwhelming at times. When there are a variety of issues and people involved, it may not always be clear when to call a law firm and what type of attorney will be needed. Personal injury lawyers, for example, can provide legal help when someone has been injured in a car, motorcycle, or other type of vehicle accident. A personal injury attorney can also provide legal help when someone has died as a result of being in a vehicle accident.

During 2013, for example, an estimated 2.05 million individuals were injured in car crashes that involved passenger vehicles. During this same year, 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants died as a result of being Read More

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19 Nov

6 Tips for Getting Rid of a Timeshare

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If you bought a timeshare and have found you no longer want it, you are, by no means alone. It has been estimated that at least 85% of people who buy one end up being not so happy about their purchase. For that reason many look into ways of getting rid of a timeshare.

Jon Gorey, from the Boston Globe, took a look at the best ways of getting rid of a timeshare. He also goes over some of his family’s experience with owning timeshares. When Gorey was ten years old, he went to a timeshare sales weekend in the White Mountains. The facility had just about everything a person (or family or couple) might want while on vacation. They had great restaurants, a golf course, a large pool. While they all went to the required seminar on buying a unit but did not buy anything. One reason was that they alr Read More

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15 Nov

What To Do After A Car Accident In Georgia

car accident lawyerCar accidents are far from uncommon. In fact, there are six million car accidents every year in the United States due to reckless driving. Nearly 50% of those accidents result in someone being injured. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Safety, in the most recent year that statewide data was available, up to 1,223 people were reported to have been killed in an auto accident.

It’s important as a driver to know your rights and responsibilities at the scene of the crash. To reduce your own anxiety during a worst-case-scenario, here are some of the basics of what to do after a car accident.

Preparation
Before a car accident can happen, it’s best to be prepared. Purchasing liability insurance before driving a new car is the best decision you could make. This insurance protects you from paying thousands of dollars in damages if the car accident was your fault.

Liability insurance is also good to have even if the accident was only slightly your fault. The State of Georgia’s liability laws and personal injury law require parties claiming personal injury to pay the damages they’ve caused if up to 50% or more of the damages were their own fault.

Georgia also requires you to choose a liability insurance plan that will assist you should any damages you cause cost less than $25,000. These damages may include property damage, personal injury, and wrongful death.

Directly after the accident
According to the Georgia Driver’s Manual, after an auto accident has occurred you must pull over to a safe place and report the accident immediately to local law enforcement. Put on your hazard lights so those who are passing aren’t likely to hit you as you assist the other driver.

Be sure that you have your insurance information on hand for the other driver. Also be sure to collect the other driver’s insurance information as well. Do not, under any circumstances, leave the scene of the crash.

Know who to notify
Notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible. Then contact a car accident lawyer, your own car accident lawyer or a recommended car accident lawyer, in order to ensure that you do not say or write anything that may be detrimental to your case.

It’s essential that you don’t write about your accident online. Stay away from Facebook and Twitter as these statements can be easily collected by the other driver’s car accident attorney and be used against you.

In the event of a car accident, it’s especially important that you know your rights and responsibilities. Seek medical attention if necessary, but do not leave the scene of the accident until law enforcement assures you it is safe to leave.

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14 Nov

3 Things You SHOULDN’T Include In Your Will

legal adviceMost people understand that having a will is important. But when asked why they don’t have a will, 16% of survey participants said wills are too complicated to deal with. That’s why having sound legal advice is key. If you aren’t sure what to include in your will, your estate planning attorney can be a valuable asset. They’ll also be able to confirm that you shouldn’tinclude the following in your will.

  1. Proceeds from your retirement plan
    This is simply a matter of redundancy. Pensions, 401(k)s, IRAs, and other retirement plans already include a spot for you to indicate your beneficiary. Therefore, you don’t need to (and should not) include this information again in your will. This money will be passed on to your beneficiary automatically.
  2. Property in a living trust
    If you want to avoid probate (the court-supervised process of authenticating a will), setting up a living trust is a good way to do it. You can absolutely include property in this living trust. But you should not include that property a second time in your will. Doing so will create inconsistencies and will likely need to be sorted out in a way you wanted to avoid in the first place. If you want to change your trustee, do so through your living trust documents, rather than making amendments in your will.
  3. Joint tenancy property
    A joint tenancy property agreement refers to a type of ownership that is equally shared between two or more parties. This means that each individual has an equal share in the property and therefore maintains equal responsibilities. This can also apply to rental properties. When one of the owners dies, their share of the property passes on to the surviving tenant(s). Regardless of what you state in your will, it won’t matter one bit. Your will won’t ever override the law on these types of properties, so you might as well not include it at all.

Ultimately, putting together a will and testament, or any type of important and binding document, can be extremely complex. It’s imperative that you have legal advice during the entire process. If you have additional questions about creating a will or about estate planning in general, contact a legal representative in your area.

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