Dagger Law Names Alyssa Parrott to Partner

Alyssa Parrott has been promoted and named as a partner with the Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson law firm. Parrott joined the firm in 2011 and focuses on family law including child custody, adoption, estate planning, and divorce.

“Alyssa has been a valuable asset to our firm for several years and it’s an honor to name such a successful, strong and knowledgeable woman to our team of partners,” said Jeff J. Spangler, co-managing partner at Dagger Law. “Her passion for our clients, and the legal community in Central Ohio, have added some very positive energy to our firm, and we’re looking forward to having her help lead Dagger Law into the future.”

Parrott is a past president of the Fairfield County Bar Association and a CALI Award recipient. She was also named a 2019 and 2020 Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Parrott is a member of the Fairfield County Women’s Bar Association, The Ohio State Bar Association, The Rotary Club of Lancaster-Sherman and the Fairfield County United Way. She also serves as a juvenile law instructor at the Ohio University Summer Law and Trial Institute and is a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Juvenile Rule Workgroup.  

She graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University with a bachelor’s in political science. She received her law degree from Capital Law School with a concentration in children and family law.

“I am looking forward to starting this next phase of my career,” said Parrott. “I especially appreciate that I’m able to move into this role at Dagger Law and continue to serve our community in an even greater capacity.”

 

When You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

Car AccidentIf you’ve been a victim of a personal injury car accident, you may be asking yourself if you need to hire a personal injury attorney. Motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, car wrecks, work mishaps and slip and falls are all common reasons why people seek representation from personal injury attorneys. It’s important to note that personal injuries can occur from a wide variety of causes related to a car accident. IN fact, you don’t even need to be a driver or a passenger to be injured because of a car accident. After an accident, you should check for damages and injuries, collect all information, and file a police report. Once you have all the information, you can assess whether you need to hire a personal injury attorney.

Your Injury is Serious

Minor injuries may not require the services of a personal injury attorney. Minor injuries from car accidents occur on a daily basis throughout the world. Things like bruises and surface abrasions sprains typically go away on their own without causing permanent damage. Whether or not you file a claim for a minor injury is your business, but you likely won’t need the help of a personal injury attorney to do so.

However, if your injury is serious, you will certainly want to contact a personal injury attorney for counsel and/or representation. Serious injuries are those that cause moderate to severe physical, emotional or financial damage. For example, if you suffered an injury that led you to miss work, this would be serious enough to consult with a personal injury attorney. Serious personal injuries are typically associated with hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, cosmetic surgery, or physical therapy. These types of injuries usually incur substantial medical costs. With the help of a quality personal injury attorney, you may be able to get reimbursement for these expenses.

Your Injury Was Someone Else’s Fault

Even if your injury was serious, it would have to be the fault of someone else in order for it to make sense to hire a personal injury attorney. Most successful personal injury claims are caused by the negligence of the defendant. Your attorney will need to prove legal fault in order for your claim to be considered. For specific information about the kind of admissible evidence or proof, you might need to provide, consult with a personal injury attorney.

You Feel You’re Being Railroaded

Many personal injuries related to car accidents involve drivers who are driving company vehicles or driving for work-related reasons. In these instances, it’s not uncommon for a large company to have their corporate attorney contact you. In many cases, their attorney may offer you a settlement check with a contingency that you sign something saying you won’t pursue any further claim. Sometimes you waive all rights simply by accepting and/or depositing the check. You may be told that this is the fastest and easiest way to “put this all behind you.” In reality, it’s the fastest and easiest way for the company to quietly placate you with as little money as possible. Make no mistake, their attorney is not interested in anything but keeping you from filing a lawsuit. Anytime you’re involved in a car accident and you sustain personal injuries of any kind, consult with a personal injury attorney before speaking with anyone else.

Your Symptoms Might be Hidden

Certain injuries may take months to become evident. Symptoms might not show up right away because your body is filled with adrenaline after a car accident. Other times, the nature of the injury simply hides the symptoms until they become impossible to ignore later on. If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and “miraculously” came out unscathed, be careful. You might have internal injuries that aren’t obvious right away. In an instance like this, save all your notes and evidence so that you can contact a personal injury attorney later on if you begin to experience symptoms later on.

These guidelines will help you to make the decision about when you should hire a personal injury attorney. If you are still in doubt after an accident, the best course of action is to contact a personal injury attorney for a professional opinion about your particular circumstances.

 

Value of legal staff

Value of Legal Staff

In an effort to provide a more accurate picture of working attorneys, our fourth post in this series discusses how legal staff can help with the challenges inherent to the legal process.

When you initially retain counsel, your attorney will explain the options available in your legal matter, discuss strategy and provide a timeline for important events. Unfortunately, however, the process to resolve issues and the case might not occur as quickly as you’d like.

Your attorney will give you periodic updates on the status of your case. However, there can be times that the process feels more like a “hurry up and wait” situation. These are times where it can also be valuable to rely on the staff in your attorney’s office to answer questions, update regarding the status of your case and potentially even make your attorney’s representation more efficient.

Legal support staff are often able to confirm your case is moving through the process appropriately. They may assist with managing the discovery process and summarizing deposition transcripts. Staff may also be able to update when paperwork has been filed in court when your attorney is researching or drafting documents and can advise about important hearing dates and deadlines if they have been set.

There are periods in every case where not much takes place or there is a lull in timing. While you can always contact your attorney, you can also rest assured that your attorney will contact you when you need to provide information or there is an update.

Our fifth and final post in this series focuses on tips to best work with your attorney.

 

Three questions to ask about the cost of legal services

Questions to askTo provide transparency in working with attorneys, our second post in our five-part blog services discusses the cost of legal services. The cost can depend on a number of factors, including the type of service, individual details of the case, and how events develop. Below are three questions to ask your attorney to help ensure you understand the cost of services and how you will be charged.

Is there a charge for a consultation?

Finding the attorney who is right for you and the service you need is important. A consultation can help you find the attorney who provides the services you need. Some provide a free consultation and others charge. Some may offer the first 30 minutes free then charge for time above that. Make sure you know the cost, and then make the most of the consultation by being prepared. Organize documents to minimize the follow up required to provide the attorney with the necessary information to understand your case and best represent you.

 

How are services invoiced?

Attorneys are paid for providing their time, knowledge, and services. The method used to charge for services may vary as a fixed fee, an hourly rate, or a contingency fee arrangement. The fee may be fixed writing a simple will, but the charge may be an hourly rate for a probate service that involves the administration of a will. Once you identify the scope of the legal help you need, clarify the terms of that agreement so you understand the fee agreement and the terms of payment and representation. There may sometimes be other expenses related to research or if there are changes in the scope of work. The more background information you can provide in terms of details, documents and updates will help you establish an accurate estimate for costs while also maintaining the most effective partnership with your attorney.

 

How are changes in costs communicated?

A case can become more complicated based on new information or developments. In these cases, costs may change. A divorce settlement that was expected to be amicable can become more difficult if those involved fail to agree or stop cooperating. Your attorney can outline changes that might be expected and how likely those may be to provide a range of costs and what is and is not included to minimize surprises, especially if the case takes longer to complete than expected.

 

Watch for our next post in this series that shares how working with the right attorney can help you navigate the complicated nature of litigation. Contact us if we can help you with your legal needs.

Recognizing Fake Emails

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 <notmom@badguy.com>. In this case, you can block “not mom” without actually blocking mom.

 

We hope these tips help protect you from potential scams.