When Would You Need A Disability Lawyer?

Aug 12, 15 When Would You Need A Disability Lawyer?

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Social Security in the US dates back to 1935 when it was signed into law by President Roosevelt. Since the law went into effect, Social Security has been providing monthly cash benefits for those who have reached their “golden years” and retired and those that unfortunately suffer from a physical or mental disability. Rarely does an applicant have any trouble when they are making application for retirement benefits, all the information is available and the benefit package is quick and easy to determine, this however cannot be said when the person is applying for disability benefits, it is here when the professional skills of an Aurora disability lawyer are often make the difference between success and failure. Many applicants for disability insurance rely on a lawyer from the beginning of the process but in most cases the lawyer is called for when the initial application is denied. An applicant for disability benefits must prove to the satisfaction of the Social Security Administration that they are disabled to the point where they can no longer work. When an application for benefits is made the SSA go through a complex and detailed analysis of the documentation in an effort to reach a decision, this involves a review of the work history of the applicant along with all supporting medical documents. Because an Aurora disability lawyer focuses on providing legal assistance he or she is well aware of what proof the SSA is looking for and they can provide the clients advice on the best way to present their claim so they stand the best chance of being awarded benefits. Most applicants fall back on a lawyer when they find out that their application for benefits has been rejected and they are faced with the complex and often confusing appeals process. The lawyer will petition the SSA, asking that the application be reconsidered, should that fail and it often does then the lawyer will request that the application be reviewed by an administrative law judge. When the...

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Where To Turn When You Are Injured As A Result Of Negligence?

Aug 07, 15 Where To Turn When You Are Injured As A Result Of Negligence?

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If you are injured in an accident and the accident was the result of negligence on the part of another person or entity you will turn to Chicago accident attorneys for help. Accident attorneys are usually referred to as Personal injury attorneys, these legal professionals may focus on a specific type of accident but they all are involved in representing clients who have been injured as a result of automobile accidents, construction site accidents, medical malpractice and many more. When the injuries are serious it is best to hire an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. In the early stage of the action the attorney will spend time conducting his or her preliminary investigation of the event, this can include amongst other things interviewing witnesses, visiting the site of the accident and reviewing the police report. Once the attorney has gathered this information and subjected it to careful review he or she will decide if the situation presents a viable and winnable claim. Once the Chicago accident attorneys have agreed to take the case a more in-depth review of the situation will take place. As well as revisit the accident report and re-interview the witnesses, the lawyers will prepare a questionnaire and forward it to the defendant in the case for a written response. At this time the attorneys may feel it is in the best interest of their client to invite key witnesses to be questioned on the record during the disposition. The attorney has a full two years in which to file a lawsuit in court on behalf of the client. During this period the attorney will usually gather all the supporting information and begin negotiations with the negligent party’s insurance representative. The attorney and the claims adjuster will discuss the injuries and the long term prognosis as a result of them and attempt to come to an out of court settlement, if this is not possible the attorney will take the case to court where it will be tried...

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What To Expect From A Criminal Defense Attorney

The USA is a nation of laws; these laws are enforced in various courts. A criminal defense attorney in El Monte is a legal professional that seeks to defend people who have been charged with the commission of a crime. The crimes that criminal defense attorneys are involved with are as diverse as the people charged with committing them; the crimes can range from a DUI, petty theft, assault, burglary, battery and many more. Criminal law is but one of the many areas of specialization that goes to make up the legal matrix of the nation. There are many areas of law and many lawyers to specialize in them, fields such as real estate, personal injury, corporate etc are all unique and although they all fall under the same umbrella, all are different. All attorneys get the same basis education, they purse a law degree, pass the bar exams and then they are free to practice in their chosen field, one of which is criminal defense. A criminal defense attorney represents clients in court; the court can be state, appellate or federal. Typically a criminal defense attorney in El Monte will be brought in to the picture as early as the application and hearing for bail. The attorney represents the client throughout the entire process, from the bail hearing right through to the decision of innocence or guilt. Included along the way are plea bargaining sessions with the prosecutor, the trial, appeals and post conviction remedies. A criminal defense attorney has unique skills which he or she applies when representing the client in the presence of a judge and jury. Criminal defense attorneys need excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. The attorney must have sharpened investigative skills which are used in building the defense. Any attorney involved in criminal law must exhibit keen analytical skills that are put to use when building the arguments that will be used to defend the client. A criminal defense attorney must be very knowledgeable and have a...

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Mt. Prospect Family Law Attorney

Jul 21, 15 Mt. Prospect Family Law Attorney

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Just as families are complicated, family law is complicated. It is a vast area of law that covers some of the best and the worst parts of people’s lives. While it requires an in depth knowledge of relevant legal principles, practicing family law well also requires an in depth understanding of people, how they act, and how they react under stress. The family law attorneys at M. Scott Gordon & Associates have just that kind of practice. Areas of Family Law Family law is law that covers the familial relationships between individuals. Often it is thought of as just divorce and child custody. While those areas make up a large part of any family law practice, they are far from being the only things we do. Family law includes: Divorce; Child Custody Disputes; Child Support Disputes; Spousal Rights Disputes; Premarital Agreements; Guardianship; Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection; Adoption; Paternity Actions; and Grandparents’ Rights. The Right Solution for Your Problem Some problems are best resolved in a court of law by a judge, especially particularly contentious matters. But where the parties want to come to a more peaceful and cooperative solution, there are other options. While we thrive in the courtroom, we also pride ourselves on our mediation, conflict resolution, and collaborative law practice. These alternatives to traditional litigation can be a cost-effective and less contentious method of resolving a conflict for parties that do not want to go to court. One cooperative solution is mediation. In mediation cases a neutral party works with both sides in a conflict to try to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. In mediation cases we can either act as your advocate,or both sides can come together to hire us to act as the trained neutral mediator. Another alternative to traditional litigation is collaborative law. In collaborative law cases one party would hire us and the other would hire a different attorney and both sides would agree to resolve the dispute through negotiation rather than litigation. Call Us Today...

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Lemon Law For New Vehicles

Jul 15, 15 Lemon Law For New Vehicles

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If your new car turns out to be a lemon there are laws in effect that can help you get a refund of your purchase price or a replacement vehicle. Although in percentage terms the number of cars that are built that turn out to be lemons is actually quite small, less than one percent. With the volume of cars that are produced in the United States this “small percentage” actually equates to over 150,000 units. These cars have problems that cannot be fixed even though the manufacturer is given ample opportunity to do so. What is the Texas Lemon Law? Every state has a lemonlaw, it varies from one state to the next but if you know the law as it applies in your state this knowledge will help you get a refund or a replacement. Although the laws do vary, under most state laws the car must have a defect that impairs the use, safety and value, the defect must appear within a certain period of time or within a certain number of miles and the defect cannot be rectified after a certain number of attempts. A few states cover used cars but all states lemonlaw applies to new cars. The car must have a “substantial” defect which is covered under the manufacturer’s new car warranty. The defect must be such that it is detrimental to the resale value of the car, it impairs the use and it poses serious safety problems. Minor defects such as a loose rearview mirror does not make the car a lemon but faulty brakes or steering that cannot be fixed most certainly does qualify as a substantial defect. There are often disputes between the vehicle owner and the manufacturer as to what is substantial and what is minor. Although brakes for example are quite obvious, there have been cases where a car has been declared a lemon because there is an obnoxious odor that cannot be eliminated. The manufacturer must be given an opportunity to repair...

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How To Help Your North Chicago Slip And Fall Injury Lawyers

Jun 17, 15 How To Help Your North Chicago Slip And Fall Injury Lawyers

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People are injured every day through slipping or falling. This could be on wet floors, on an unrepaired curb or sidewalk, or because of a combination of unsafe factors. In some cases, slip and fall accidents can also occur because the person wasn’t paying attention or was walking through an area where they should not have been. North Chicago slip and fall injury lawyers can talk with you and determine if you have a case and have the right to make a claim. Prompt reporting of the issue, as well as providing your attorney with relevant and complete information, will be important to your North Chicago slip and fall injury lawyers. To help your attorney if you do slip and fall try to document the following issues. Unsafe Conditions Your North Chicago slip and fall injury lawyers will need to prove there were unsafe conditions that directly lead to your accident and injury. For example, if there were wet floors because of a known plumbing leak and no signs were in place it would be considered an unsafe condition. Snowy or iced sidewalks in the winter would also be unsafe conditions if the property owner had reasonable time to clear the sidewalks. When the property owner has made a reasonable effort to alert people to the unsafe conditions, a slip and fall case may not be possible. Taking pictures of what location looked like is important information for North Chicago slip and fall injury lawyers to prove a case. Timing One of the most important parts of the job of North Chicago slip and fall injury lawyers is to prove the owner of the property had time to correct the problem. If you can, get the names and contact information of anyone seeing your accident or having knowledge of the disrepair or unsafe conditions. A good example may be if you fell on a damaged walkway to a business and another customer came up and said he almost fell in the same spot two...

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