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Tips For Gathering Evidence After A Vehicle Accident

Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Gathering Evidence After A Vehicle Accident

If you were recently in a vehicle accident, you might be thinking about suing for damages. In order to do this, you will need to have proof that the other driver was at fault for the accident. Here are some tips for gathering evidence following the accident, which will help you to prove your case. Take Notes After your accident, try to take detailed notes about the incident as soon as possible. Write down everything you remember occurring and seeing before and during the incident. If the car that hit you drove off, try to record the type of vehicle, color, overall condition, and any of the license plate that you can remember. If you are physically able to do so, sit in your car and take notes about what caused the accident, no matter how small you think the things you remember are. Something as simple as the speed you were going or which direction you were turning can be helpful. Get Quality Photographs You should also get really good photographs of the vehicles and entire scene of the accident. If all you have is your smartphone, by all means use that for the pictures. Get as many pictures as you are able to. If you’re injured, ask if a passenger or pedestrian can get pictures for you. You want pictures of both vehicles, clearly showing the scene of the crime, what might have caused the accident, and damage on both vehicles. Take pictures inside and outside the vehicles. Get pictures of your own injuries as well, such as cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Find Witnesses If you see anyone that is parked or standing near the scene of the accident, approach them and ask if they saw what happened. Having witnesses who clearly saw what occurred during a vehicle collision can be very useful. Try to get a statement from the witnesses and don’t forget to get their contact information. They will need to repeat the statement to your personal injury lawyer and possibly appear in court if the case makes it that far File a Police Report Many accidents need to have a police report filed. Minor fender benders don’t usually require a police report, but if there is damage done to your vehicle or personal injuries involved, you should call local law enforcement. Not only will they properly document the scene of the crime, which in itself helps your case, but this police report can later be used as proof to provide to the court. In addition to the police report, other documentation to have as proof includes statements from your doctor or the emergency room personnel about the extent of your injuries and receipts for vehicle damage or doctor’s...

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Disputing a lack of inheritance as a child from an extra-marital affair

Posted by on July 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Disputing a lack of inheritance as a child from an extra-marital affair

As the recent court cases around the Michael Wright will has highlighted the rights of children outside of a marriage for inheritance. While everyone can make their own decisions with regard to how their estate is distributed, the court also reviews the fairness and validity of any claims made in a will, particularly towards dependent children. Here are some of the factors that the judge will look at when deciding on an appropriate settlement for a child born outside of a relationship in the case of disputed wills and inheritances: Age of the children For children who are not yet independent, judgements will include support for education and extra-curricular activities as a well as housing and living expenses. For older children the judgements will be allocated on the basis of other factors including the existing relationship between the family, contributions to a family business and so on. The court also looks at the length of support that has been provided to other children – so if older children born within the marriage have been supported through university degrees for instance, this will be factored into the court settlement for younger children. Recognition of the relationship before the death In the case of the Michael Wright will there was evidence that there had been an ongoing relationship between the child and parent. Where there is an indication that the relationship has extended beyond the biological and that there was a reasonable expectation on the part of the child that they would be accounted for in the will. In some cases there will be a relationship that can be demonstrated between a parent and a child without a biological relationship, including adopted children and step-children. The court looks at the history and evidence of the parental relationship, including payments, letters and attendance at family events. The size and scope of the estate Where there is a large estate, making provisions for a fair settlement to all parties can be achieved without any hardship. Where the overall estate in smaller, or has indivisible portions, it can be harder to fairly account for all siblings without placing any child under undue hardship. The court looks at the fairness of all claims, not just the claim of the child born outside the marriage. If you are looking to contest a will, then you should speak to an experienced estate lawyer, who can evaluate your claim and give you advice on the best way to...

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