The Legal Insider

February 2011

Reimagining Your Life After Valentine's Day?

Hopefully your Valentine's Day was as magical as all of the sitcoms and greeting cards make it out to be. You may have had some dinner, a night on the town, or just took some much needed time with your partner to watch a movie at home.

If your Valentine's Day was anything like mine, statistics indicate you're thinking about moving on to greener pastures. For lots of us, Valentine's Day isn't the "breaking point" in the relationship, but often is a blunt reminder of the long accumulation of transgressions and fundamental disagreements. Plus there aren't many other holidays in February. If there were ever a "good time" for a divorce, I suppose it would be now.

The divorce process isn't to be underestimated. There are questions about dividing debts and divorce mediation versus contested and uncontested divorces. If you're serious about a final separation, you should speak to a lawyer who practices Family Law before anything else.

Check out the Do's and Don'ts of Divorce or our article on the Chronology of Divorce for more information. As always, LegalMatch can help you locate qualified local lawyers who can handle your case.


LegalMatch's Free E-Book: Everything You Should Know About Hiring a Lawyer

LegalMatch Free eBookIt's not just a late Valentine's Day gift, although, we do love you.

Too soon? Well, the cat's out of the bag. If you want to shout it back from the mountaintops, we'd love to "go steady" on Facebook. If you're the love note type, pass us a note on Twitter (@LegalMatch). No pressure, our service will still be free and your satisfaction guaranteed.

Back to the exciting news. Everything You Should Know About Hiring a Lawyer was written by a lawyer so you know it's legit. Download Hiring a Lawyer

This free e-book covers it all. Sure, you know to ask about things like costs and you might even inquire about credentials and specialties, but if you're anything like me, you get nervous and forget to ask things. Everything You Should Know About Hiring a Lawyer has every question you need and is printable - take it with you anywhere.

If you're hiring a lawyer for the 1st or 1,00th time, you will find something of interest inside. LegalMatch is all about giving you the best options and information so that you can make an informed decision on which pre-screened lawyer to select.

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3 Basic Bankruptcy Questions You Should Answer

If you're entertaining the thought of filing for bankruptcy, then you're likely in some dire circumstances or have been lured by all of those television commercials. The fact is that for a lot of folks these days, bankruptcy is the best option.

To help you decide if bankruptcy is right for you, here are 3 basic questions you should answer:

  1. Will bankruptcy solve my problems?

    If creditors pursue you, your property has liens, or your wages are garnished, you should consult with a lawyer today. There are payment plans available in many circumstances, but if you can't afford them and still want to eat, consider bankruptcy.

  2. Do I want Chapter 7 or 13?

    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy means your debts will be "discharged" excluding some things like student loans, taxes, child support, and legal fines. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy means that you will me paying your debts (or a lesser agreed upon amount) over the next 3-5 years. There are lots of advantages and disadvantages to each type on which your lawyer can advise you.

  3. Have I filed bankruptcy before?

    Each state has their own bankruptcy laws, but overarching Federal provisions mandate a certain period of time between filings. Additionally, you may not meet other eligibility requirements. A reputable Bankruptcy Lawyer can help you form a plan of action to get you back on track.

If you've decided to file bankruptcy or would like to consult with a lawyer who is guaranteed bar certified, LegalMatch will provide you with a selection of pre-screened lawyers in your area.


The Traffic Ticket and Your Driving Record

Traffic cameras are popping up on freeways, intersections, and neighborhoods. It seems like the days of "he said, she said" accidents and contested tickets are over.

Our all-time least favorite is the red light camera ticket. They don't care about yellow lights or sudden stops anymore. Plus, they mail the photo of you frantically attempting to exit the intersection in time. So what can we do?

Everyone slips up a little sometimes and most people just pay the ticket and try to clear their record by enduring terrible traffic school (best online if available). If you have been cited for traffic violations recently you may not be eligible for traffic school. In cases like those you will likely secure the services of a traffic lawyer.

Yes, there are lawyers who specialize in traffic law.

Traffic lawyers handle a wide range of legal situations that deal with road related criminal and injury cases. If you have accumulated points on your record or your license has been suspended, traffic lawyers may be able to get you back on the road. In some cases, courts will grant provisional licenses with restrictions if a lawyer can show you aren't a danger and depend on your vehicle for work or the care of an elderly relative. Speaking with a lawyer can be a great help in many cases.

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