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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.

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.

 

Navigating the complicated nature of litigation

Navigating the complicated nature of litigationWhen someone needs an attorney, it can often be the result of an event that results in a change in the trajectory of their life. It can be a positive occasion, such as marriage documents, buying a home or adopting a child. Or, perhaps more often, it is a challenging life period, such as probating a will, a divorce, a personal injury or accident, a child custody battle, being arrested, or being the victim of a crime.

In an effort to provide more transparency about how to best work with your attorney in our five-part blog series, our third post in this series explains how the complicated nature of litigation impacts the attorney/client relationship.

You hire an attorney for legal proceedings because they understand the complex legal system. Situations that seem simple can sometimes become complicated and overwhelming. An experienced attorney understands what is necessary when filing for custody or reaching a divorce settlement. They are an expert in the subject matter of your legal needs, can handle the requirements properly and on time, and can also help break down complicated legal forms, terms, and discussions.

Additionally, the relationship between an attorney and their client is defined by rules of professional conduct. Roles include keeping confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional integrity, and acting as an intermediary.

In many instances, these responsibilities mean that the cost of legal services cannot simply be controlled by limiting the scope of representation. While it is certainly important to understand the fees and how charges are incurred, there are some cases where quoting a fixed fee is not possible. Develop a relationship of mutual respect with your attorney and effective communication can help ensure you are charged reasonably based on the circumstances of your case; however difficult the situation may be.

Contact us to schedule an appointment if you have questions or need to have a conversation about your situation. Our next post in this series outlines the value of legal staff.