A little while ago, we published a post here on the blog as
part of our Complete Guide to Estate Planning
series covering all of the
most vital estate planning documentation you need to consider.
High on that list of essential documents is a power of attorney (POA) designation—or perhaps more than one—allowing you to designate a specific trusted individual or individuals, like family members or other loved ones, to be in charge of your affairs or help you make financial decisions, healthcare decisions, and more.
Today’s post focuses a little bit more closely on why experienced
probate and estate lawyers strongly recommend setting up POA
designations as part of your estate plan to be fully prepared for all eventualities
as you age. In the question of guardianship vs. POA, you want to avoid your
family needing to seek guardianship.Continue reading “Guardianship Versus Power of Attorney Designations: What’s the Difference?”
Whether you’re working through estate administration for a
friend or family member and have
questions about probate, or you have been hurt in an accident or on the job
and need assistance from an
experienced personal injury attorney, hiring a lawyer can seem
near me” into Google and calling the first law firm or solo practice
attorney that pops up is risky, as you likely won’t know much about that
lawyer’s expertise in the specific area of law you need. And, while most
attorneys will be upfront with you about their legal specializations and types of cases they handle, there
are some with little experience who may be less than transparent about their
Indeed, hiring a lawyer is a little bit like interviewing
candidates for an essential job in your company. You want to choose a candidate
who has the right experience and is an excellent fit for the job you’re
offering. However, many people—unless they work in human resources or own their
own business—have likely never conducted a hiring process.
That’s why today’s blog post offers some of our best tips on
how to hire a lawyer.
Whether you decide to consult with one of our caring family
law, estates and probate, or personal injury attorneys here at May, May &
Zimmerman, or you go with another law firm, we want you to have confidence in
the lawyer you ultimately hire so that your legal matter or case is handled
with the proper care.Continue reading “Our Top Tips on How to Hire a Lawyer”
Whether your court case relates to personal injury or a
family law matter like divorce or custody,
posting the wrong things on social media—even if your account isn’t fully
viewable by just anyone—could negatively impact your case.
In an earlier blog post, we talked about how
video footage from the scene of an accident or fall can make or break your
personal injury case potentially based on mobile device footage taken by
someone else. Social media posts made by other parties—or by you yourself—can
be harmful, too, whether or not those posts contain video.
The fact is, social media posts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and the like can be found by insurance companies and investigators—and
manipulated during litigation and used as evidence against you. And you don’t
necessarily need to be in a formal court trial for these posts to reflect
poorly on you. Even the most
experienced attorneys may not be able to help you prevail if you post
certain things online that present you in a negative light to a judge or jury.
Today’s blog post focuses just a little bit more closely on how social
media as evidence may be brought to bear in your legal case.Continue reading “Social Media as Evidence: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”
When it comes to estate planning, there
are many legal terms involved that can cause confusion. If you are attempting
to take a DIY approach without help from an experienced probates and
estates attorney, you’re likely going to
have a lot of questions.
The term “tenants in common,” as well as the term “joint
tenancy”—both of which refer to ways real estate property ownership may be
structured—are two that often raise questions for those outside the legal world.
That’s why we’re dedicating today’s blog post to explaining this terminology in
a little more detail. Both ownership structures have benefits and drawbacks,
and they affect how property is transferred to heirs.Continue reading “Estate Planning FAQ: What are Tenants in Common?”
Did you know that Pennsylvania stiffened penalties for hit and run drivers in September of 2012? For victims and their loved ones that may be seeking justice, this is great news. Of course, locating the guilty party in a hit and run traffic collision is not always an easy feat.
Additionally, just because a hit and run driver is facing
criminal charges—as we’ve talked about in the past related to drunk
drivers injuring innocent victims—it does not mean you will automatically
receive compensation for your lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses, or
pain and suffering. You will need to consult with a skilled
personal injury attorney to determine your options for pursuing civil
action against the hit and run driver.
The to-do actions in today’s post represent the typical
process for hit and run cases. However, you should know that these do not
represent a step-by-step ordered list. Every car accident
case is unique, and if you have been injured in a traffic collision, getting
medical treatment as soon as possible is your top priority. Seeking assistance
from authorities like law enforcement, insurance companies, and personal injury
lawyers is also key to your recovery from a hit and run car accident.Continue reading “What is the Process for Dealing with a Hit and Run Case?”
If you are thinking about seeking guardianship for a loved one
in Pennsylvania, it is often an emotionally fraught situation. Sadly, minor
children may need legal guardians because their biological parents have passed
away suddenly or they are unable to care for them. Accidents and illnesses
often lead previously capable adults—who never thought to put a power
of attorney (POA) designation in place previously—needing someone else to
handle their affairs.
Are you looking to become a guardian for a minor child who
needs someone to assume duties of a natural parent, or do you have an adult family
member who is no longer capable of managing their own affairs and who did not
create a power of attorney? You will likely need professional, caring guidance
to help you sort through the details and help you face your hearing in Orphans’
There is no reason you should attempt to handle guardianship
concerns—under any circumstances—without guidance from an experienced
guardianship attorney. Today’s blog post highlights three of the biggest reasons
why.Continue reading “What are the Advantages of Hiring a Guardianship Attorney?”