Archive for November, 2010

How to Hire the Right Family Law Attorney

Monday, November 15th, 2010

June3Finding the right family law attorney for your divorce, child custody, child support, or prenuptial agreement case can be a real challenge. With family law being a personal area of law and with so many attorneys out there, it is important to ask specific questions to determine which one is best for you.

Family law cases can be highly emotional and stressful. There are lots of paper work and documents to be filled out, which can take time and patience. Choosing the wrong family law attorney can make matters worse by costing you money, time and frustration. You will need an attorney that provides sensitive counsel while fighting for your best interests.

To hire the right family law attorney, we have put together a series of questions you can use during your consultation. The answers you get can give you a good idea about your attorney and if they are right for your needs.

  1. How many years have you been practicing family law?
  2. How many cases have you dealt with that are similar to mine?
  3. What is your style of handling a case similar to mine?
  4. What other cases do you handle?
  5. How do you prefer we communicate? Phone or e-mail?
  6. What is your retainer fee?

During your consultation, listen carefully to the answers. Pay close attention to the attorney’s behavior, and your comfort level. Are you at ease? Are you being treated with respect? Is the attorney answering questions thoroughly and patiently? Is the attorney friendly and professional?

If you have a family law case and need a family law attorney to help you, Attorney Search Network can help. We can help you find a family law attorney in your area that handles all types of family law cases. Contact Attorney Search Network for a referral today!

Social Security Disability Appeals

Monday, November 15th, 2010

October1Social Security has provisions for individual with a physical disability and mental disability. Individuals who have worked for a given time period and have a physical or mental disability which prevents them from working can be eligible for social security disability claims. Conditions include but are not limited to: severe back pain, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Lupus, orthopedic problems, knee or shoulder problems, heart attack, blindness, arthritis, cancer, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and hepatitis C.

It is a law under Social Security that a person who suffers mental or physical disability may be entitled to social security disability benefits from the government. Unfortunately, however, some people get rejected when they make social security disability claims. In fact, two-thirds of disability claims get rejected.

If your application for Social Security Disability has been rejected, a Social Security lawyer can appeal the rejection. A Social Security lawyer can significantly increase the chances of benefits being approved by the government.

A Social Security lawyer can help you file a “Request for Reconsideration”. The Social Security office will then review and evaluate new medical evidence since the original decision. Once a decision is made, you (the claimant) will receive written notice, hopefully having the denial reversed. If the reconsideration was denied, a Social Security lawyer can help you file a “Request for Hearing”. Whatever the outcome, Social Security lawyers get paid directly by the Social Security department if you win your appeal.

Contact Attorney Search Network today if you have a Social Security disability claim or appeals case. We will help you find a Social Security lawyer who can assist you with getting the benefits you need.

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Monday, November 15th, 2010

December2Are you faced with the situation of owing more than you can actually pay back? Are creditors calling you all day? Are you at risk of losing your home? When non-bankruptcy options are no longer feasible, the decision to file bankruptcy could be at the top of your list.

While it’s no doubt that you’ve heard of bankruptcy before, terms such as “Chapter 7” and “Chapter 13” could be confusing. What is the difference between the two types of bankruptcy and what do they really mean?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as personal bankruptcy, straight bankruptcy or total debt liquidation, can help individuals eliminate credit card debt, judgments, medical bills and other types of debt. It is designed to assist individuals or small businesses liquidate assets and repay creditors to resolve financial disputes. Chapter 7 bankruptcy works by allowing the debtor to turn over all non-exempt property to the bankruptcy trustee who converts it to cash for distribution to the creditors. Within 4 months, the debtor usually receives a discharge of all dischargeable debts.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy, also known as the “wage earner’s plan”, reorganization bankruptcy or debt restructuring, can help individuals eliminate tax debt, credit card debt, medical bills, car loans, and other types of debt. This type of bankruptcy is typically filed by individuals who have significant assets and plan to keep them. Rather than eliminating debts, Chapter 13 bankruptcy sets a 3-5 year schedule for you to pay off your debtors.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases are a lengthier, more involved process than chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, so it pays to have a bankruptcy lawyer at your side who is experienced in resolving issues quickly and accurately.

If you are worried about your financial status and feel bankruptcy may be a solution, Attorney Search Network can refer you to the right bankruptcy lawyer. Call us now and we can connect you with a bankruptcy lawyer that can help with your bankruptcy case.