In 2017, the Ohio Department of Public Safety reported that there were more than 303,000 traffic crashes and more than 108,000 of those resulted in some injury to the involved parties.
These are staggering numbers, and, unfortunately, that means that many of us are going to experience this traumatic event; whether that is personally being involved in an accident or knowing someone who was involved.
Do you know what to do if you, or a loved one, are involved in an accident?
Dagger Law attorneys recommend the following as a quick checklist:
1) Report the accident immediately. Ensure that police and, if needed, emergency medical services are called, at a minimum.
2) Start keeping records. Take pictures, get statements, ask for a copy of the police report, and get the other driver’s insurance information. All of this information will be important for your insurance settlement, or evidence if there is a court appearance required.
3) Protect your rights! This is very important; do not admit fault, do not give a statement to your insurance company, and contact an attorney at your earliest convenience. An attorney who is familiar with auto and truck accidents will know how to best protect your rights and preserve your best chance for a fair settlement from an insurance company.
Has anyone ever told you that they got a weird email from you; one that you never sent? Often it tells them to click a link or directs them to send money.
This is an internet scam called email spoofing. While the emails appear to be from you, or from somebody you know, this is usually just a cleverly disguised forgery and not an indicator that your email has been hacked. It is similar to someone standing around the corner from you and mimicking your best friend’s voice while asking you to toss $20 around the corner to them. Most of us would want to peek around the corner and verify that our friend was standing there.
That can be a bit more difficult with an email.
So, what can you do?
The first thing to remember is that things that seem fishy usually are. Look at the way a person talks. Is the use of language odd? When is the last time your dad asked you to “Please kindly” anything? Or has your boss ever “Anticipated your early response?” If you aren’t sure, we recommend calling the person to verify the email contents.
Don’t respond to the email directly as this can potentially create other problems.
In some instances, you can see what the originating email address actually is. In the “From:” line you would see what appears to be your friend’s email address, followed by a second email in “<…>” markings such as From: Mom@hugs.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>. In this case, you can block “not mom” without actually blocking mom.
We hope these tips help protect you from potential scams.
We have all heard the old saying that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. While we all love an upbeat outlook on life, the truth of the matter is that some piles of lemons are just bigger than others, and sometimes you don’t want lemonade.
Almost any time you need an attorney, your life is in full lemon mode. At Dagger Law, we understand that, and we pride ourselves on being able to clear as many lemons as possible from your life.
Sometimes those lemons look like a spouse that wants a divorce, sometimes they are in the form of an injury from a car accident, or perhaps it is the passing of a loved one.
Whatever your lemons look like, our experienced attorneys are here to assist.
Who needs a Will? It is logical that everyone would be better off with planning for their estate, and today we want to focus specifically on families with kids. While nobody wants to sit down and think about what happens to their kids if they suddenly, and unexpectedly, die, there are many important reasons to do so.
- First of all, as a parent we know you want what is best for your children. In your mind you probably have ideas about whether you would want your kids to be raised by a friend, godparent, or your favorite aunt. Without a Will, the state has no way of knowing who you would trust to raise your kids.
- Second, it is unlikely that the state would pick the worst person in your family to take on the task, but creating a Will ensures that your wishes are considered!
- Finally, you may admire the way your aunt loves and dotes on your children, but perhaps your accountant brother would be a better person to manage the assets that your child may now inherit upon your death.
A Will allows you to create some distinctions about who manages what aspects of your child’s life until they become an adult.
It is hard to predict all the nuances that you might want to spell out in a Will, and we at Dagger Law recommend that you sit down with an attorney to ensure that your wishes and intentions are clearly defined, and allowed, under the law. We are here to help you protect your assets, and your children’s future, today.
Time is a finite resource. You can’t make more, you can’t trade for more, and whether we work hard or lay on the couch, the cost in time is constant.
We seem to be aware of the value of time at a subconscious level. Ever feel yourself impatiently frowning at the slow-moving car in front of you even when you have nowhere to be? We are aware that those extra seconds in the car matter, and we could be spending them elsewhere.
So why all the talk about time? Because legal work often takes time. Unlike the car in the scenario above, most of us can’t see the cause for delay in our legal case, and that can be frustrating. While we could go through a laundry list of causes for this, it is perhaps just best to state that working through a legal issue requires patience.
So, what should you do if you are feeling impatient?
First, we would recommend that you become familiar with your attorney’s staff. Asking questions like “what step in the process is we on” can be answered by staff members. They can typically see when the paperwork has been filed in court when your attorney is researching or drafting documents and can see important hearing dates and deadlines if they have been set.
We understand that waiting for the final word on a life-changing legal event can be difficult. If you have questions you want answered, please call and schedule an appointment today