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Fender benders can harm more than your bumper

If you're new to driving in Texas, you might be facing one of the biggest challenges of your life. It's no secret that roadways in this state are often cluttered with traffic and extremely difficult to navigate. You are no doubt like most drivers who do their best to adhere to all posted traffic signs and official safety regulations. Even if you're cautious and alert behind the wheel, however, sometimes there's little to nothing you can do to avoid a crash, especially if a distracted driver is in your midst.

If you're in an accident, you're likely to be emotionally distraught, perhaps even confused or frightened. Even in a minor accident, you might suffer severe injuries that leave you in need of immediate medical attention. It would be nice if, in the event of a fender bender, you could merely exchange pertinent information with the other driver and be on your way. However, this might not be the case if you suffer injury.

Common reasons for lawsuits between neighbors

Are you a terrible neighbor? You may not think so, but what do your neighbors think? Behaviors you may feel are your right on your private property may be an intrusion into the peace and quiet your neighbor deserves.

While many disputes between neighbors can be easily resolved with a few understanding words, other problems escalate to the point where no conversation matters. If you are in such a situation, you may end up in court facing a lawsuit.

Hunting for hidden assets during your divorce

It is no secret that a Texas divorce is complicated. From child custody to dividing stuff between two contentious parties, it can be quite difficult to navigate this process. In a divorce involving complex, valuable or potentially hidden assets, these difficulties increase exponentially. If you are facing a financially complex divorce, you do not have to face it alone.

In some high asset divorces, a spouse may face the temptation to hide or misrepresent the true value of an asset. This is completely unfair to the other spouse, who may have a rightful claim to a portion of that asset. If you believe that your soon-to-be ex-spouse is hiding assets to keep you away from your fair share of marital property, you should take quick action to protect your rights.

What factors into considering your kids' best interests?

Though parenthood can throw many curves your way, you may have found strength in relying on your spouse to help with the parenting responsibilities. However, after realizing that your marriage has lost its way and you have decided to file for divorce, you may feel less certain about how you will handle certain aspects of your life. Because ending a marriage can take a considerable toll, you may begin wondering what your life will look like after divorce.

As you work through your divorce proceedings, you may feel particularly concerned about how your children will handle the situation. You undoubtedly want proceedings regarding child custody to go as smoothly as possible, and because out-of-court decisions occur more commonly in Texas, you may want to understand what aspects could go into consideration when it comes to looking out for your children's best interests.

Mental roadblocks may hinder recovery from spinal cord injury

You have probably seen movies or heard moving stories about people who have overcome adversity with courage and dignity. Maybe you expected you would have the same courage in a similar situation, but you never really imagined it would happen to you. Now you are facing life with a spinal cord injury, and nothing seems certain anymore.

At this early point in your recovery, you may still be focusing on what you lost. You may feel the painful loss of your independence, your active lifestyle, maybe even your usefulness, or so it seems. The most difficult part of your recovery may be healing the psychological wounds in addition to the physical ones.

A DWI arrest is a hard lesson to learn

As the semester comes to an end, you were probably looking forward to kicking back with some friends. With the pressure off, you wanted to let down your guard and enjoy a few drinks and some good times. However, what started as a good time ended quickly when police pulled you over for suspected drunk driving.

Whether this is your first offense or you have been through this before, you may be facing consequences that could set you back financially for the foreseeable future. This does not even take into account the affects a DWI conviction will have on other areas of your young life.

Make sure you aren't buying trouble when you purchase a home

The decision to purchase a home is an exciting step for any Texas resident, but any prospective homeowner would be wise to make sure that he or she is not also buying a bunch of hidden problems as well. Home purchases are major financial and legal decisions, and there are certain pitfalls that any person would be wise to try to avoid.

If you are looking for a home, have already made an offer on a home or are already under contract on a home, you could benefit from the assistance of an attorney who can help protect your interests. Many people fail to see the importance of having a lawyer when buying a home, but securing legal guidance can pay off for you should complications arise.

Do you know your 4th Amendment rights?

When you see flashing lights in your rear-view mirror, you may sense a sudden panic. Your mind may race to figure out what you did wrong that caused the police to pull you over. In the end, it may be something simple like a broken taillight, you missed a stop sign or you were going over the speed limit.

Why would the police officer ask to examine the inside of your car for a seemingly simple traffic violation? It may seem unnecessary, even if you drove significantly over the speed limit. Would you know how to respond to such a request?

How to get medical treatment after an accident

Getting medical treatment is the most important thing you can do after a car wreck. Obviously, you should get medical treatment so that you can recover from your injuries. However, there is another reason, as well. Getting medical treatment can help protect your personal injury or insurance claim.

How going to the doctor can protect your claim

There are many reasons people do not go to the doctor after a car accident. They might not think they need medical attention if their injuries don't seem severe enough. Going to the doctor might give them anxiety. Or they might not have insurance or money to pay for the visit.

However, you should not let these reasons or any others prevent you from going to the doctor after a car wreck. Here is why: The insurance company will use it against you. They will say that you must be exaggerating your injuries because if you had been seriously injured, you would have gone to the doctor immediately.

This argument is used time and time again, and unfortunately, it often works in the insurance company's favor.

How to prevent a lawsuit from ruining your business

If you own a small business, chances are that you (or your business) will be sued at some point. In fact, the longer your business is open, the more likely it is that you will be involved in litigation of some type.

It could be a slip and fall claim filed by someone who tripped while walking into your store. It could be a discrimination suit filed by a disgruntled former employee. It could be a contract dispute filed by a supplier who feels duped.

Although some businesses are much more prone to lawsuits than others (think: a ziplining business versus an Etsy shop), all business owners expose themselves to potential lawsuits each time they enter an agreement or hire an employee.

Even being successful enough to have competitors can lead to lawsuits, whether they are legitimate or not. Unfortunately, even "frivolous" lawsuits can be very expensive and can destroy everything a business owner has worked for.

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