Consulting a Family Law Attorney: A Sensitive Topic

Consulting a Family Law Attorney: A Sensitive Topic

From the desk of Family Law Attorney, Lesley Beam: Lesley Beam, Family Attorney with Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle understands from her many years representing Family Law clients, that this area of the law is one of the most delicate areas of legal practice, requiring an empathetic and understanding attorney to undertake the oftentimes complex and emotionally-involved issues that require litigation. Family law is a broad practice, but is most commonly associated with divorce, division of property incident to a divorce, child custody, child support, and spousal support (alimony). If you’re in need of a family law attorney in the Lafayette or St. Martin Parish area you’ll want to work with someone who is not only compassionate during this stressful time, but also capable of navigating the procedural complications and difficult legal issues associated with this practice. A competent family law attorney in Lafayette LA area should have the specialized skills required to bring such litigation to a satisfying and equitable conclusion. Intelligence and knowledge of precedent and legal literature are vital, as well as intangible qualities such as capable negotiation skills and the ability to communicate and argue effectively in a courtroom setting.  An effective family law attorney will be sensitive to the needs of the client, and consistently provide the client with thorough advice regarding his or her goals, so that the client can be an active participant in his or her outcome. For example, in cases involving child custody, a family law attorney in the Lafayette LA area should be familiar with all options for bringing custody disputes to a conclusion which may be beneficial before resorting to scheduling the matter for trial, including but not limited to pursuit of family counseling, mediation, or retention of a professional evaluator to analyze the case and determine the most beneficial arrangement for the child. A competent family law attorney in a child custody case will always be aware of the court’s goal of determining the child’s best interests while utilizing all the legal possibilities to secure a satisfying conclusion for the client. If you find yourself dealing with the sensitive topic of family law and in need of an attorney in Lafayette or St. Martin Parish, consider a consultation with Lesley Beam with the law firm of Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle.  Quality representation is just a call away at...

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Is it Possible to Recover Your Lost Wages After an Accident?

Is it Possible to Recover Your Lost Wages After an Accident?

If you have been hurt in an accident, you know how quickly your life can change. Just one incident could leave you with life-altering injuries, affecting your ability to work, provide for your family or live a normal life. In addition to the medical bills and other accident-related expenses you will face, you may also feel the financial impact of lost wages. This situation likely feels overwhelming, but we know what you are facing. As personal injury lawyers Lafayette LA, we help Louisiana accident victims find a way out of their post-accident financial distress by seeking maximum compensation for all of the losses that they have suffered at the hands of other drivers. We begin by carefully evaluating your case and preserving pertinent evidence. We build strong cases on behalf of our clients by being thorough and using our extensive experience to achieve positive results. Lost wages are just one of the unfortunate consequences of an accident, but it is can have a long-reaching and serious impact on your life. This is why it’s so important to work with personal injury lawyers Lafayette LA to ensure that you are compensated for your time away from work as you recover. Your family should not have to bear the financial consequences of another driver’s irresponsible and reckless actions. If you were hurt in an accident due to recklessness or negligence, we are on your side. The legal process is complicated, and it can be difficult to secure the full and fair financial recovery, including the lost wages you deserve to recover. Reach out to Special Counsel, Brent Barry, a personal injury lawyer Lafayette LA as soon as possible after your accident and discover the legal options available to you at...

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What Should You Do When You’re Involved in a Car Accident?

What Should You Do When You’re Involved in a Car Accident?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during 2012 alone, some 2.36 million people were injured and another 33,561 killed in motor vehicle accidents. As these number prove, car accidents happen with far too much frequency in the U.S. and with devastating results. The south Louisiana area is no exception, with many crashes requiring the services of personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA. From a relatively minor rear-end accident to a serious head-on crash, being involved in any type of car accident is traumatic and scary. Serious and disabling physical injuries can result from even relatively minor car accidents and leave an individual unable to work or participate in and enjoy normal activities. In the immediate wake of a car accident, it’s important to know what steps to take. First, check the physical status of everyone in the vehicle and determine if anyone is in need of immediate medical attention. In cases where a vehicle is in the way of traffic, when possible, it’s wise to move the vehicle to the right hand side of the road. Next, call the police who will respond and survey the accident scene, take statements and file a formal accident report. It’s also important to exchange driver’s license and car insurance information with the drivers of any other vehicles that were involved in the accident. It’s a good idea to also obtain identifying information about any passengers that were involved in the accident. When interacting with other drivers and passengers, it’s important to remain calm and not to blame or accuse anyone of any wrongdoing. Likewise, it’s also important not to assume fault for anything related to the accident. If injuries result from a car accident, it may be necessary to retain the services of an attorney to represent your case. Work with experienced personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA to ensure that you receive the best representation and the compensation you deserve for the physical and mental toll that a car crash can inflict. National Safety Council, “What to Do When You Are Involved in a Car Crash,”...

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Distracted Driving and Serious Injury: An Ongoing Problem

Distracted Driving and Serious Injury: An Ongoing Problem

Louisiana readers know that distracted driving is a growing and serious problem that endangers the personal safety of every driver and passenger. In reality, distraction behind the wheel is just as dangerous as drunk driving, with the potential to cause serious injury and death. Statistics indicate that this problem is not diminishing, and safety education is critical. Texting and phone use is the most common type of distracted driving, brought about by the popularity and widespread use of smart phones. This behavior is particularly dangerous because it affects cognitive, physical and visual function. While texting is a frequent cause of distracted driving, other dangerous, distracting behaviors include talking with other passengers, eating, emailing, putting on makeup and using the GPS navigation. Statistics clearly underscore the sobering reality that phone use, even for a moment, is not only common across the country — it is rampant. At any given time, as many as 660,000 people are using the phone while driving. Distracted drivers often exhibit some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, including swerving, driving at erratic speeds, running through intersections and more. Teen drivers are prone to distracted driving, but many of them have seen this negligent and reckless behavior demonstrated by their parents. Like drunk driving, distracted driving should be taken seriously. Victims who have suffered serious injury or have lost loved ones due to a negligent driver should take quick action to protect their interests. It is possible to hold irresponsible drivers to account for their actions with the help of experienced personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA. Source: distraction.gov, “Distracted Driving : Facts And Statistics“, Accessed on Aug. 23,...

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Unsure of What Caused Your Truck Accident? We Can Help.

Unsure of What Caused Your Truck Accident? We Can Help.

If you have been injured in a truck accident involving a tractor-trailer, you are likely feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. All motor vehicle accidents are frightening, but a truck accident often involves major damage and serious injuries, in addition to dealing with trucking companies and insurance providers. After a truck accident in Louisiana, you could benefit from having experienced personal injury laywers in Lafayette LA to help you walk through the aftermath. There are many reasons why truck accidents happen, and it can be difficult to determine what factors played a role in your particular situation. Insurance companies may offer you a settlement or the trucking company may try to place the blame on you, but you do not have to accept either. We can fully and thoroughly investigate your situation, establishing liability by gathering evidence and documentation to support your injury claim. As truck accidents often cause serious injuries, it is likely that you had to seek medical treatment or have continued health care needs. Health care expenses can be overwhelming, leaving you and your family with a huge financial burden. These expenses are not your fault, and you may have a valid claim to financial compensation. We will seek the full amount to which you are entitled, working to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Our personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA know how much a truck accident can change your life. We will remain at your side, explaining your legal options and advocating for your rights and interests. Find out how we can help you by seeking a case evaluation with a member of our experienced team. To learn more, you can contact our office for an appointment to learn about the options available to...

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Real Estate Closings by BHAA Abstract & Title

Real Estate Closings by BHAA Abstract & Title

What can I expect at a Real Estate Closing?  When purchasing a home or a piece of property, the final step of the transaction is referred to as the “closing.”  For many, the real estate closing can be a very exciting part of the purchasing process.  However, for some, the closing process can be quite overwhelming.   At BHAA Abstract & Title, LLC, we strive to make the closing experience a happy and memorable one, while also ensuring that the closing process is as seamless as possible.  At the conclusion of the closing, the Buyer will leave as the owner of the new property they acquired at closing, while the Seller will leave with the net proceeds from the sale. Whether you are the Buyer, Seller, real estate agent, or lender, try to ask your questions ahead of closing day to avert delays.   New regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau require that a Closing Disclosure form (formerly the HUD-1) be sent to the Buyer/consumer 3 days in advance of the closing.  This window of time affords the Buyer/consumer a chance to review the details of the transaction and to identify any problems or issues prior to the closing.  We always strive to move the closing along in a timely manner. How long will my closing last?   At BHAA Abstract & Title, LLC, we strive to make every closing fun and to provide a friendly atmosphere.  Typically, we will briefly explain each document being signed to ensure that all parties are comfortable with the transaction; however, we are always willing to answer any and all questions presented.   Our “purchase transactions” typically take forty-five (45) minutes to one (1) hour to complete and our “refinance transactions” typically take thirty (30) minutes to complete.   In either case, if the Buyer, Seller or Refinancer has additional questions or needs additional time to examine or discuss the documents, we are more than willing to accommodate them. What is the role of the Buyer at a Real Estate Closing?  If you are the Buyer and you are borrowing money from a lender in connection with the purchase of the property, you will not only sign the documentation necessary to make the sale a legal contract, but you will also sign documentation related to the loan contract.   This documentation is referred to as the “closing packet” and will also include a mortgage over the property you are purchasing. If you are the Buyer and you are borrowing money from a lender, lenders will require that the Buyer purchase a lender’s title insurance policy, or, at minimum, a thirty (30) year title opinion on the property being mortgaged.  When a lender’s title insurance policy is required,...

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