As the executor or administrator of a decedent’s estate,
relationship to the estate places a lot of responsibility squarely on your
shoulders. An executor must make critical decisions for the estate and the
beneficiaries in keeping with the law. Filing paperwork in a timely fashion and
fulfilling financial and legal obligations are the name of the game when it
comes to estate administration, and this includes timely tax filings and
Don’t forget the tax man. Between death taxes on asset
values and fiduciary income taxes on the estate’s income, your head might be
spinning. There are filing deadlines and tax payments that must be made, and
failure to meet these deadlines can be costly, opening up the executor or
administrator to penalties and interest.
Today’s post gives you some insight into making sure you are
considering all the tax work as you are following the probate
process and administering the estate. We want you to realize that you do
not have to go it alone.Continue reading “Don’t Forget the Tax Man During Pennsylvania Estate Administration”
A little while ago, we shared a blog post covering the
basics of what
most people should know about personal injury law. In that article, we
introduced so-called “slip and fall” cases, which are more officially known in
the legal world as premises liability cases.
It’s true that slip and fall
cases don’t necessarily involve anyone actually slipping and falling, which
is why personal injury lawyers prefer the technical name. However, no matter
the term you prefer, if you have been injured by a dangerous property condition—trip
hazards, a slippery substance on a floor, malfunctioning elevators and
escalators, even inadequate lighting or security that leads to a criminal
attack—you may be able to recover compensation from the property owner or
another responsible party.Continue reading “Answers to 6 Common Slip and Fall FAQs”
While accomplishing your goal of winning primary custody of
your children or grandchildren in a custody
battle can be extremely challenging, there are many “to-dos” that can help
your chances. Similarly, there are several big “don’ts” you must abide by, as
Today’s post shares a few of the best things you can do to
help yourself in a contentious custody
case, whether that case is part of divorce proceedings or another family
issue. Number one on that list? Work with a caring, compassionate, and experienced attorney who is well-versed
in family law, from custody issues to guardianship of minor
children.Continue reading “How to Prevail in a Custody Battle (Plus What Not to Do)”
It’s no secret that video cameras are all around us. Especially in public spaces like stores, banks and airports. Even on the streets of many towns, we’re continuously being monitored by video—and often recorded. While video footage is typically gathered in the name of public safety—by police body cams and traffic cameras, for instance—it’s true that it can have broader applications, and it’s particularly useful in personal injury cases.
In fact, one of the first things insurance adjusters—as well
as personal injury attorneys—look for when investigating an injury claim or
case, is video footage that might show the mechanism of injury – i.e. how a
person was hurt.
Whether it’s a slip and fall/premises
liability case or a pedestrian
accident that resulted in significant injury or wrongful death,
there are often video or still photography images available related to the
original incident that are available and could be useful as evidence.
So, can video footage make or break a personal injury case?
In short, absolutely.
Today’s post highlights the types of surveillance footage
that might be brought in as video evidence to either prove or disprove your
injuries. We’ll take a brief look at Pennsylvania’s rules about how video
evidence may be used in personal injury cases, as well.
It’s important to remember that when you or a loved one has
suffered an injury—or even death—based on another’s negligence, it
is your right to seek compensation for your financial losses, pain and
suffering, and future disability from
the parties at fault for the injuries. And, our experienced personal trial lawyers at May, May & Zimmerman are here
to help you build the strongest possible case.Continue reading “Can Video Footage Make or Break Your Personal Injury Case?”
Unlike most legal language, the term “wrongful death”
is a relatively uncomplicated description for situations in which a person or
people have died due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. However,
determining whether you have a wrongful death case can be complicated,
requiring assistance from an experienced personal injury
When you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, you
need to consider bringing a personal injury civil action against the person or
company responsible. This is your right under personal
injury or “tort” law, which allows you to seek compensation for your
immense loss unrelated to any criminal charges that might have been filed
against the wrongdoer.
Of course, there are a few more things to know about how wrongful death lawsuits work. That’s where today’s post comes in. We’re answering a few big questions our prospective clients often have in the aftermath of a tragic loss of a loved one while they try to determine what’s next.Continue reading “What is Wrongful Death, And How Do I File a Case?”
Because we spend so much time in our vehicles—commuting,
driving kids to school and activities, traveling to visit friends and family
members—one of the most common ways people are seriously injured today is in car accidents.
While crashes less frequently involve drunk driving now than they did many
years ago—thanks to tougher penalties for DUI (driving under the influence of
alcohol or other substances) and overall better education about why it’s a bad
idea to drink and drive—drunk driving accidents are still unfortunately common.
Today’s blog post answers some of the major questions that people
have about drunk
driving accidents, including how to protect themselves from becoming a
victim in one of these tragic personal
injury or wrongful death incidents. However, if you’ve already been
involved in a drunk driving accident, we have essential advice for you, too.
Read on for more.Continue reading “6 of Your Biggest Questions About Drunk Driving Accidents”