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The Legal Side of Adoption

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Adoption

Adoption is a great avenue for those looking to raise children who cannot conceive one themselves. Unfortunately, adoption comes with a variety of legal challenges that can put a lot of stress on families looking to adopt.

After a friend of mine went through the adoption process, I realized how complicated the legal aspects of adoption can be. I decided to research for myself the legal side of the adoption process can be — check out what I found below!

The Different Types of Adoption

Unconventional methods of adoption can pose significant legal challenges to you and your partner. These unconventional methods of adoption include:

  • Adoption by a Same-Sex Couple
  • Adopting from a Foreign Country
  • Adopting an Adult
  • Adoption by a step-parent
  • Adoption by a grandmother or grandfather

Because these methods of adoption differ from the norm, they have different rules and regulations associated with them. It is important to understand how these rules and regulations may affect your ability to adopt a child and grow your family.

Don’t believe that just because you and your partner are not the typical couple or that your situation is not conventional that you lose your right to adopt a child. Laws and rules are changing to permit more and more people to adopt couples. It is certainly always worth going out and speaking with an expert or adoption agency to discover what your options are.

Make sure to understand that family laws vary from state to state. Don’t assume that one law in one state will transfer to another. Familiarize yourself with the adoption laws and regulations in your particular state to avoid making mistakes and to truly understand what adoptions you have.

Mistakes in Adoption

Adoption is a lengthy process that requires a host of various meetings and applications to fill out. You don’t want to miss out on adopting the child of your dreams because of a simple mistake. These mistakes could cost your adoption altogether or significantly delay an already long process. To avoid making mistakes, you should contact a lawyer like those working at BB Law Group, PLLC that specializes in adoption proceedings as soon as possible.

How an Adoption Lawyer Can Help

You might be asking yourself, how can an adoption lawyer help me through the adoption process? Adoption lawyers are well-versed in exactly how to fill out any forms and paperwork you need to complete to secure your adoption. These attorneys are also well-versed in the unconventional scenarios and situations that may prove adopting a child difficult for either you or a loved one.

In addition, if you are facing barriers to adoption by the adoption agency you are looking to adopt from, a lawyer can help ensure that you are your rights are protected.

If necessary, an adoption attorney can represent you in court and fight for your ability to grow your family just like anyone else. Don’t attempt to represent yourself — an adoption attorney has the knowledge and expertise to all you to avoid any costly mistakes.

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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Posted by on May 26, 2019 in Car Accidents

One of the biggest ways to improve your health is to walk more. If you’re an able-bodied individual with the means to increase the amount of walking you do in your daily activities, walking an additional thirty minutes to an hour is a feasible goal that can help you live a longer, healthier life. It can be as simple as choosing a parking spot that’s a little out of your way or a major change, like walking to work or the grocery store. A few hundred extra steps a day can have long-term benefits on your cardiovascular health. It also helps get more vitamin D since you’re spending a lot more time outside.

There are a few downsides to walking more. One, your commute will be much longer than if you drove or rode the bus. Two, your shoes may get worn down faster, causing you to need to buy new shoes more often. Additionally, inclement weather can ruin a nice walk home. An unexpected storm can spell disaster for a pedestrian. In addition to avoiding cars that hit puddles, pedestrians also run the risk of ruining their possessions. A drop of water can ruin a laptop or make mascara start running. Proper outerwear and an umbrella can reduce the damages caused by rain.

Another downside of walking is traffic. Many roads don’t have good sidewalks with ample room separating the pedestrians from the cars zooming past them. A driver that is not paying attention to their surroundings is a dangerous one. In the split second that the driver is checking their rearview mirror or adjusting the volume on their radio, a pedestrian will have stepped out on the road. The lack of focus on the road spells danger to any nearby pedestrian. Even if the driver swerves and slams on their brakes, the person walking will still almost definitely get hit.

Now, it seems pretty clear that this is the fault of the driver. Driver negligence accounts for a startling number of injuries to pedestrians every year. However, many insurance companies will try and place the blame on the pedestrian, often cross-examining them to the point of false self-incrimination. Someone who is well-versed in these situations, like a Seattle injury attorney, will be able to stand up for the injured pedestrian. If you made the decision to start walking everywhere in order to be healthier and ended up grievously injured, you deserve to be taken care of. An attorney can help fight unfair insurance claims, and help recover lost wages and cover medical expenses. If a loved one has died from injuries resulting from being struck by a reckless driver, you also may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses. Although it won’t bring your loved one back, holding the driver accountable for his or her actions will help keep the roads a little bit safer for every pedestrian out there.

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Constitutional Protections for DUI Charges: The Fourth and Fifth Amendments

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in DUI Charges

On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution was ratified. The document remains the law of the Land today, with a few modifications, known as amendments. The Constitution has become a symbol of the American ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice. Though over 200 years old, the Constitution remains essential to this day.

As you can already tell, I am a bit of a constitutional nerd. I am amazed by the idea that words written by individuals so many years ago can have such a lasting impact on our everyday lives. Specifically, when it comes to the Constitution, I am particularly interested in the protections it offers individuals who are charged with crimes. To research and further understand these protections, I decided to look up and examine some of the protections given to individuals accused of one of the most common crimes: Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

The crime of DUI concerns an individual who is operating his or her motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above a certain specified limit. Often, individuals are unjustly charged with a DUI offense. If this is the case, they do not have to submit to the justice system without a fight. They have the protections of the Constitution on their side.

During my research, I came across an exceptional article by the DUI lawyers of Truslow & Truslow. The article explained that an individual wrongfully charged with DUI has two constitutional weapons on his side: The Fourth Amendment and the Fifth Amendment.

The article explained that the Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. This protection would take effect if an officer pulled someone over when they had reasonable suspicion in violation of the Constitution. According to the article, a reasonable suspicion could be created by strange driving behaviors, such as an illegal turn, extremely slow or fast driving, or drifting from lane to lane. When the reasonable suspicion is not enough, yet the officer pulls someone over, the Fourth Amendment may protect that individual from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Also, the article explained that the Fifth Amendment protects an individual from being a witness against himself in a criminal case. This amendment is where the term “I plead the Fifth” comes from. Pleading the fifth means that you can remain silent after you were arrested for a DUI charge. The Fifth Amendment inherently limits the evidence that can be used against you during your trial.

The Fourth and Fifth Amendments provide rights for those wrongfully charged with DUI offenses. Our country was built on the Constitution, and we need to understand, appreciate, and incorporate the protections the Constitution gives individuals. Of course, we were meant to use these protections. Otherwise, the founders would not have written them into our supreme document. These protections should be used even in the most common charges, such as DUI charges. Know your rights and plead the Fifth!

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Semi-Truck Collides with Convoy of US Politicians

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Car Accidents

For anybody who ever drives, and even people who are just passengers, the possibility of a car crash is something you must always be aware of. As this Des Moines Car Accident Lawyer’s website says, car accidents can impact people’s lives in many ways, both health-wise, financially, work-wise, and emotionally. The effects of a crash can vary significantly. Sometimes, it’ll only be a fender that does negligible damage to either damage. Sometimes it may only be the car that is seriously injured. But, distressingly often, car accidents do something that’s far worse than property damage- they kill or seriously injure people. Sometimes, they may be people who were at no fault at all for the crash, and just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in a recent car wreck that involved several US politicians. The accident occurred when a semi-truck collided with a vehicle convoy. Two members of the staff of the House Agricultural Committee, along with one from the US Department of Agriculture, were sent to the hospital following the accident. They were discharged soon after, following medical examinations that showed no long-term injuries to either of them. Sid Miller, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner, was driving in another car that was hit. However, he suffered no injuries and was able to leave the scene on his own.

The politicians had arrived in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. The plan was to assess the damage to the area and determine the best course of action to deal with the devastation. They were about to go to a news conference after hearing from a group of local farmers. Sadly, their efforts had to be cut short because of the accident. It is unclear when they will be able to resume their efforts to help the city of Houston.

The accident easily could have been much worse than it was. Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous car accidents to be in, and collisions on the highway have a very high rate of casualties. The people involved should consider themselves lucky that they were able to walk away from it so lightly.

And we should consider this a lesson. Car accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, no matter how many precautions we take to keep ourselves safe. The only way to ensure you won’t be involved with one is to not drive. But you can take steps to make sure that you aren’t the cause of one, and that if one does happen, you’re as safe as possible. First of all, make sure you’re always alert while driving. Don’t text. Don’t eat. Don’t apply makeup. Don’t talk on your cell phone. Keep your eyes on the road. Always wear your seatbelt. Regularly check on your car and make sure all the safety features are working properly. As long as you do this, you can minimize the risks from any crash that may happen.

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Types of Business Bankruptcy

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Bankruptcy

The challenges faced by many small businesses are sometimes too much, resulting to these firms thinking if filing bankruptcy would be a beneficial move for them. Bankruptcy is a process that individuals or companies go through to help them eliminate or repay their debts which have increased to an amount that is quite impossible to manage. While individuals file for personal bankruptcies, the type filed by firms are business bankruptcies, which are either liquidations or reorganizations.

The specific bankruptcy chapter that a business may file depends on it form of business. Sole proprietorships, which are legal extensions of the owner (making an owner of a business firm responsible for all assets and liabilities of his or her firm), can file business bankruptcy under Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or Chapter 13. Partnerships and corporations, on the other hand, being legal entities separate from their owners, can file business bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 11.

For a firm that really has no future, has no substantial assets, or the debts of which are so overwhelming so that restructuring it would not amount to any benefits, Chapter 7 business bankruptcy may be the best option. A firm filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also called Liquidation bankruptcy, simply means that business operations are over.

The firm itself, and whatever assets it has, will have to be surrendered to a court-appointed trustee who, in turn, is tasked to liquidate these and use whatever amount is earned to pay the firm’s creditors. At the end of the bankruptcy case, the sole proprietor will receive a “discharge,” which releases him or her from any further obligation in connection to the debts (this discharge is not available to partnerships and corporations).

If the firm still has a future, then Chapter 11 business bankruptcy would be the ideal choice. This chapter involves a plan wherein financial reorganization is made and the firm allowed to balance its income and expenses, continue earning profits, as well as operations. Reorganization is made under the guidance of a court-appointed trustee, who may also happen to be the owner of the company.

While it is true that many small corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships shy away from Chapter 11, because it is risky, complex, time-consuming and expensive, many still choose it because it is the only bankruptcy chapter that allows firms to restructure and continue operations.

Chapter 13 business bankruptcy, the third option, but only for sole proprietors, allows business owners to restructure their debt payment plan. For sole proprietors to qualify under Chapter 13, however, their unsecured debt should not be more than $383,175, and their secured debt, not more than $1,149,525.

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