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Is your minor facing a major legal issue?

As a parent, you certainly want your child to have beneficial experiences and live a happy life. Though you likely also hope that your child will make good choices, children can often experience lapses in good judgment. If serious enough, making the wrong choice or being in the wrong place at the wrong time could result in your child facing a serious legal situation.

If your child faces criminal charges as a minor, you will undoubtedly want to ensure that you know what your child may face during juvenile legal proceedings and what decisions you may need to make on his or her behalf. Therefore, you may want to know more about the juvenile court process.

Involved in an injury-causing crash? Contact emergency services

After a car crash, your head may start to reel. You may understandably feel disoriented and even in pain if injuries resulted from the accident. If you have never been involved in a collision before, you may not know the first steps to take when addressing the situation. By remaining as calm as possible, you may have the ability to handle it effectively.

Because safety remains a top priority after a car accident, one of the first steps you will certainly want to take relates to assessing any potential injuries that may have occurred. This includes injuries to yourself, your passengers and any other parties involved in the crash.

A QDRO? What does that even mean and why do I need it?

During the divorce process, you deal with numerous issues regarding the division of the property you and your spouse accumulated during the marriage. Texas is a community property state, so the courts begin with the assumption that each of you owns all property jointly. You will more than likely spend a significant amount of time determining what property comprises the marital estate and what property belongs to each of you separately.

One of the assets you may deal with is an employment-related retirement account, such as a 401(k) or pension. You may not want to part with even one dollar of your account, but if you spent your marriage building up that account, at least the portion of it accumulated during the marriage belongs to the marital estate. Therefore, you may end up giving a portion of it to your spouse as part of your divorce settlement.

Is drowsy driving as dangerous as distracted driving?

Any time a driver is not truly focused on the task at hand while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, it is dangerous not only for the driver but also for every other person on the road. Many times, a lack of focus is the result of using a phone or talking with a passenger, but sometimes, it is the result of fatigue.

Many people do not understand the serious nature of fatigued driving, but in reality, it can cause accidents, detrimental injuries and even death. If you were hurt in a car accident that you believe was caused by a fatigued driver or Texas driver who was physically or mentally unable to drive safely at the time, you have the right and the option to seek financial compensation through a civil claim. 

Retirement and divorce: what's going to happen to my savings?

Divorce will certainly have a long-reaching impact on various areas of your life, including your finances. In addition to spousal support and child support, you will find that it will affect your long-term financial situation as your divorce may also require the division of retirement assets.

The impact of divorce is long reaching, which means that you would be wise to consider the long-term ramifications of any decisions you make, not just the short-term. While marital assets are subject to division in a Texas divorce, it does not necessarily mean that you must set aside your long-held dreams for your golden years.

Damages related to auto defects may be compensable

It seems that several times each year, automobile manufacturers initiate recalls on hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of vehicles. Some of the issues may seem relatively minor, but those left without repair could have serious consequences to a vehicle's owner, any passengers and others out on the road. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by an auto defect, according to the law of Texas, you may have legal recourse.

When might authorities initiate a recall?

How to seek compensation following drunk driving accidents

The choice of some drivers to operate vehicles while impaired has negatively affected many families in Texas over the years. Despite public education and state laws meant to deter this behavior, drunk driving accidents occur far too frequently and the results are often devastating.

Premises Liability

Premises liability is the legal concept stating that property owners have a responsibility towards those who visit their property to ensure that there are no unreasonable hazards or dangers which may cause them harm. If a visitor is injured by a hazard that the property owner was aware of or could have easily eliminated, such as a slick floor or a wire carelessly thrown across a path, the victim of the accident may have grounds to place a premises liability claim against the property owner. Under premises liability, the victim could receive compensation for the injuries they sustained as a result of the tripping and falling accident.

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