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Why Families With Children Need an Updated Will.

Who Needs a WillIt might be a logical statement to say that everyone would be better off with some planning for their estate. However, today we want to focus on the reasons that families with kids need to be planning ahead.

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 ensure that there is a clear plan in place.

  • First of all, as a parent, we know you want what is best for your children. In your mind you probably already have ideas about whether you would want your kids to be raised by a friend, godparent, or your favorite aunt. In many cases the plan has been loosely developed and it takes little work to make it official with a legal document. Without a Will, the state has no way of knowing who you would trust to raise your kids, or how you want your children to receive your property. 
  • Second, nobody knows your children better than you do. While it is unlikely that the state would allow any harm to come to your children, it can’t know the particular needs that they might have. If the state might divide your property in an equitable manner, it may not account for your wish to help a child buy their first car, or assist a child with paying for college in your absence. These situations may not apply to your children equally, and only by establishing a will would you be able to ensure that these important items are taken into consideration. 
  • 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 would allow you to create some distinctions about who manages what aspects of your child’s life, until they become an adult. As with our second point, you may know the strengths of the potential guardians in a way that the probate court may not. 

We understand that you want what is best for your children. With some careful planning, today, you can ensure that your plans for your family can be protected even after an untimely death. It is hard to predict all the nuances that you might want to spell out in an estate plan. That is why Dagger Law recommends 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. Call today.

Ohio Legal Help Website

Ohio Legal HelpOhio Legal Help, http://www.ohiolegalhelp.org, is a new website that is providing free information about common legal questions. This project is the collaboration of a number of organizations, including the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association.

Branden Meyer, the Fairfield County Clerk of Courts stated: “Often, my staff is asked questions whose answers would result in giving legal advice. It is frustrating for both parties that we cannot answer them. We expect all will benefit from this project.”

The new site is not meant to replace an attorney, and many using it will still need to seek appropriate legal representation. But it should provide useful information and allow individuals to be more informed during the legal process. As with any set of general information, Dagger Law cautions that one size doesn’t fit all legal situations and a more thorough look at most cases will be needed. That said, we welcome the resource as a great way for clients to learn more about the law so that they can be an informed participant in their legal cases. If you have a particular legal situation that needs attention, please review the website and then give us a call to see how we can help!

Dagger Law Names Alyssa Parrott as First Woman to be Partner

Dagger Law, General practice law firm in Lancaster & Canal Winchester, OhioAlyssa Parrott has been named as a partner with the law offices Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson, LLP. Parrott joined the firm in 2011 and her legal practice focuses on family law and domestic relations. This includes child custody and support, adoption, estate planning, and dissolution or divorce. She is the first woman partner in the firm’s history, which dates back to 1902.

“Alyssa has been a valuable asset to our firm for several years and it’s an honor to offer a promotion to such a successful, strong and knowledgeable woman into 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. We are looking forward to having her help lead Dagger Law into the future.”

Attorney 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 Work-group.  

She graduated magna cum laude from  The Ohio University in Columbus, Ohio, with a bachelor’s in political science. She received her Juris Doctor (law) degree from the Capital University 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.

This has been a guest blog post by Abby Drexler with the permission of Dagger Law. No money has been paid for the use of this blog post and Dagger Law maintains no relationship with the writer beyond the sharing of this informative article. 

Tips when working with your attorney

To wrap up our series on transparency in working with attorneys, we’ve outlined three key tips to improve communication with your attorney that can make your relationship more successful.

With more than 110 years of experience, we have witnessed some best practices when it comes to working with an attorney. There is no question working with an attorney can feel overwhelming especially if it is something unfamiliar. We would like to suggest a few tips that will improve communication with your attorney and make your working relationship more successful.

Be organized and detailed

Provide your attorney with a clear and comprehensive account of your situation. Your attorney is required to keep all information in confidence and sharing both the good and the bad enables them to give you the best advice and guidance to ensure the best possible outcome.

Details matter in the eyes of the law and mundane variables, such as weather or time of day, could influence your case. For example, if you are involved in a traffic accident, write down the events that took place in chronological order, provide citation information and a list of contact information for witnesses. For legal matters that involve finances, such as drafting a will or filing for a divorce; create a folder of relevant documents like a list of bank and investment accounts, and any source of debt such as a home loan or credit card.

The more organized and prepared you are, the less you will have to pay someone else for these services and the higher likelihood the presentation of your case is accurate. Providing specific names, dates and incidents can help your attorney build the best case for you. Don’t leave out relevant facts and don’t add fictional information.

Ask questions

The law can be confusing. If you don’t understand the meaning of terms or how a process works, ask questions so that your attorney can explain what is happening. Not only can the clarification help put the situation in perspective, the communication has the potential to enable your attorney to do a better job representing you. We also encourage clients to lean on legal staff to answer basic questions about a case. Legal staff can typically answer questions such as “when will I hear something back about my case” and let you know how things are proceeding in general. Legal staff also have the added benefit of being more readily available as they don’t go to court or have lengthy meetings with clients. Communicating with them can give you a wealth of basic information, but not advice, quickly.

Share information

If there are new or relevant updates related to your case, inform your attorney as soon as possible. This can be as simple as sending your attorney, and their staff, a brief email describing the change in your situation. If your attorney needs more details, then they will follow up with you. Developments that seem insignificant could dramatically change your legal situation in either a positive or negative way, and it is best to let your attorney decide what is important.

Every situation is different but being open and honest with your attorney will make the process easier. We’re looking forward to working with you.  Please contact us at 740-653-6464 or daggerlaw.com.