No. The courts will not work the court dates around your
schedule. One of the things I tell my clients to prepare for is losing vacation
days. You will have to take time off work. Your work likely doesn't have
vacation days for this particular purpose. There are a few that do, but most do
not. If you schedule a vacation, get insurance on it so that you can move your
dates around. Also, it is probably best not to take a vacation if you can. If
you have limited days off, don't make it so that you have to take unpaid days
or so that potentially you could get fired.
There are a few reasons why it is important to hire someone
who practices family law for a family law case. I know that a lot of people
rely on their social network of friends and family to get a lawyer. I know a
lot of people feel more comfortable with this. If you find an attorney you are
comfortable with, that is great. That's important. However, if that attorney doesn't
practice certain family law the majority of the time, they probably won't be
able to spot all of the issues in your case that need to be addressed as well
as they might otherwise have.
It is important to get an attorney to take care of a simple
ticket like speeding or improper driving because if you do not have an attorney
handle the ticket, you will get points on your license. These points are going
to be visible on your record for multiple years to come. Insurance companies
can see these points. They will increase your insurance rate accordingly. The
price of hiring an attorney to handle the ticket (between $75 and $150 usually)
will vastly be outweighed by the extra money you pay in insurance over the next
few years that this offense shows on your driving record in almost every case.
This is because in many cases, an attorney can compromise for you so that no
points (beyond what you already have) appear on your license. You will likely
have to pay a fine as well as the attorney fee the fine is typically similar to
what you would have paid for the ticket in the first place, so that comes out
to no loss or gain.
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The length of the process of a divorce can vary quite a bit.
The single most indicative factor for timeline purposes is the amount of
conflict or agreement you and your soon to be ex-spouse have. If you can agree
on most things, the divorce may only take a few months. A realistic expectation
for a relatively disagreement-free divorce would be about six months for most
estimation starts from the time of your initial consultation to the time that
your divorce is final.
Limited Scope Representation is a way to make legal
representation more affordable for people who may not be able to afford full legal
representation, but might be helped by a partial representation nonetheless.
While there are definite advantages to hiring an attorney to handle the entire
case, sometimes litigants might choose to try to self-represent because of
financial concerns. Considering the complexities of the law, there are likely
spots where the self-represented litigant could use some help understanding
terminology, repercussions and strategy.
Do you have a question you think would be a great topic for
this blog? Let me know! My e-mail is [email protected]
Keep in mind that every situation is unique, but general questions are most
helpful for most readers. This will also preserve your anonymity. If you are
not sure if your question will work, that is fine. Send it anyway. I will do my
best to answer the question in a way that preserves anonymity and is helpful to
other readers as well.
If your question is very specific, and you are seeking
representation, you may also call or e-mail to schedule a consultation (which I
will discount for you if you mention that you are one of my blog readers :D).
Author: Alexandra R. Faulstich, Attorney at Law
Editor: Lisa D. Faulstich, Attorney at Law
MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of this blog is to discuss issues
within family law and issues that are tangentially related. I hope that this
blog will provide some piece of mind and take out some of the “what ifs”
hanging over your head while you consider a divorce or one of the other topics
that I cover here. This blog will cover topics that are interwoven into the
fabric of family law and divorce. For instance, bankruptcy and some criminal
issues crop up in a number of divorces.
At times I will also discuss Probate and Estate Planning, as these are
other major parts of our family law practice. Even workers compensation and
intellectual property can come into play here as sometimes this is an asset in