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What can I do if I am sexually harassed at work?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
What can I do if I am sexually harassed at work?

What can I do if I am sexually harassed at work?

Sexual harassment can make a work environment uncomfortable and intimidating. Victims of sexual harassment often face anxiety at the workplace and experience a significant impact in their quality of life and work.

Victims of sexual harassment at the workplace go through many emotions such as humiliation, frustration, withdrawal and even suffer damages in the aftermath. Although steps are taken to eliminate sexual harassment cases, employers cannot guarantee that it will discontinue. Surveys show that only a small percentage of women who have been victims of sexual harassment at the workplace actually go through with filing a complaint, for the fear of jeopardizing their careers.

Sexual harassment can occur in any of the following circumstances:

  • The victim or harasser may be a woman or a man
  • The harasser does not necessarily have to be another employee, it may be a supervisor, agent or a non-employee
  • A victim could be someone other than the harassed victim

Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors or verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature are not legal. You have legalrightsthat can protect you and ensure you work in an environment that is free of sexual harassment.

If you are a victim of sexual harassment, you should first provide a written complaint to your supervisor or any other individual who is responsible. You should include details of the incident and names of witnesses. Your employer should take immediate action. If your employer fails to take action you should contact a sexual harassment lawyer to explore legal protection and grounds for a possible lawsuit. A lawyer can help you file your complaint and help you get the justice you deserve.

If you feel you are a victim of sexual harassment, you should contact a sexual harassment lawyer promptly. Attorney Search Network can refer you to a sexual harassment lawyer to represent you in your sexual harassment claim.

Reviewing Wills and Trusts with Family

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December3_3One of the blessings of the holidays is to visit family and friends that you don’t get to see throughout the year. While it doesn’t seem like an ideal topic, estate planning is very important and the holidays are a great opportunity to discuss and review wills and trusts with those you love.

Most people believe that estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is, when you or a member of your family die without a will or trust, it can leave assets to be divided and taxed according to federal and state laws.  In other words, without estate planning, you don’t get to decide how your assets will be distributed and who gets what – the government will step in to make those decisions for you.

It is wise to discuss your wishes in regards to health issues. Make those wishes official with an Advanced Health Care Directive (AHCD). An AHCD is a legal document that lets your physician, family and friends know your health care preferences and the special treatments you would like at the end of your life. Considering your end of life options early can help ensure the quality of life you’ve always wanted and helps your family know what medical decisions to make on your behalf.

An estate planning lawyer can be your resource for preparing the necessary documents. An estate planning lawyer can help you draft a simple will or change an existing will. Keep in mind that updates to wills or trusts are important too. If you already have a will or trust, it is advised to review it every four years or so. If there is a change in your marital status, if you have another child, change your residence, move, or if there is a change in the value of your assets, ask your estate planning lawyer for a review.

This holiday season, ensure the safe and proper distribution of your assets to members of your family. Attorney Search Network can provide you with a lawyer that can help assist you with wills and any concerns you have about allocating your estate. An estate planning lawyer can help you determine what your estate planning goals should be.

Family Togetherness: Getting Child Custody

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December2_2As friends and family get together for holiday gatherings, it could be difficult to spend these special days without your family. If you are a parent involved in a child custody dispute and need to resolve child custody during a divorce, an experienced family law attorney can help.

Custody decisions often affect a family’s life for a long time. That’s why it is in your best interest to understand your legal rights and speak to a family law attorney who can help you with custody settlements.

Sometimes, child custody decisions are complicated, especially when rights and responsibilities of parents have to be determined. Child custody disputes are one of the most stressful events parents can go through. The best interests of the child are in question when determining child custody. Child custody is determined on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a single parent involved in a child custody dispute or if you are married and need to resolve child custody during a divorce, an experienced family law attorney can help. An attorney can evaluate your case and help you identify your options while working to protect your rights and personal interests.

When choosing a family law attorney, it is important to make sure the attorney can help you achieve an outcome that will benefit you and your child(ren). Take the time to research and make sure your attorney is reputable.

If you need a family law attorney to help you with the resolution of child custody issues, contact Attorney Search Network. We can help you locate a family law attorney near you that handles child custody cases.

Don’t Let a DUI Charge Ruin Your Holidays

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December1_1With Christmas and New Years Eve fast approaching, so do the occurrences of DUI arrests.  As you make your way home from holiday parties, office events, family gatherings or neighborhood celebrations, be very careful – the police are aggressive this time of year.

The best thing you can do during the holidays is avoid driving if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is operating a road vehicle after having consumed alcohol beyond legal limits or taking other drugs to the point of being impaired. Being legally intoxicated while operating a vehicle will get you charged with DUI. The threshold is typically with a breath, blood or urine test, where a blood alcohol level exceeds 0.08%. DUI is classified as a criminal charge and can be a misdemeanor or felony.

Penalties for a DUI vary state to state. In California, if law enforcement stops you and takes samples of your blood alcohol level and you refuse to submit to the test, your drivers license will be suspended even if you are not guilty. In California, the reporting period for all DUI offenses are now 10 years, including insurance companies. Insurance companies examine your records and determine your eligibility for a good drivers discount. Drivers with DUI violations that occurred within 10 years are not entitled to receive discounts.

DUI charges are serious and if you get charged with a DUI, you should seek the help of a DUI lawyer. You may lose your drivers license, be placed in jail and be faced with significant fees. Insurance rates will increase and your conviction will show up and stay on your criminal record, which could impact your future employment opportunities and insurance rates. A DUI lawyer focuses on your case and makes a difference in the outcome of your charge.

It is important to choose a defense lawyer who is dedicated to defending your DUI offense. DUI lawyers know the consequences of drunk driving and can help you save your drivers license and even help dismiss your DUI charge. Contact Attorney Search Network today to find a DUI lawyer near you.

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.

Benefits of a Special Needs Trust

Friday, October 15th, 2010

February2A common question we get at Attorney Search Network is, “how do I set up a will or trust that distributes assets or funds only when certain things happen?” The answer is: a special needs trust. A special needs trust is a trust that includes criteria on how and when funds and assets can be distributed.

A special needs trust is a trust that can hold cash, personal property, or real property for beneficiaries. Often times a special needs trust is used for beneficiaries who are minor children, who have illness or limiting injuries. A special needs trust can also hold proceeds from a life insurance policy, a will, or a civil litigation suit. Other common uses for special needs trusts are trusts established for charitable interests and educational trust funds.

If you or your child has serious disabling injuries, it is important to prepare a special needs trust. If a special needs trust is not created for a disabled person who receives public benefits, the assets they receive will be counted when computing their income. The extra income provided by the special needs trust can place them over the income eligibility requirements and they can potentially lose their public benefits.

An estate planning lawyer can discuss special needs trusts and give you more information. An estate planning lawyer understands how special needs trusts can provide long-term financial security and will help make sure the assets get disbursed according to your desires.

If you or a loved one needs a special needs trust, contact Attorney Search Network today. We can help you find an estate planning lawyer in your area.

Homeowners Insurance Issues

Friday, October 15th, 2010

February1October is a great month to visit the homes of family and friends. However, what would you do if the unthinkable occurs and you get injured on someone else’s property? Well, it’s nice to be assured that almost every home has homeowners insurance for such occurrences, designed to protect the homeowner. It’s unfortunate for you, however, that you will have to deal with an insurance company.

While it is the homeowner’s insurance company’s responsibility to cover personal liability in case you get injured on someone else’s property, it is important to remember that these companies have a profit motive to pay you as little as possible.

It can be a challenge to prepare, file, and dispute insurance claims. In turn, insurance companies don’t have your best interest in mind and will try to pay out little or nothing at all.

If you feel that you were taken advantage by a homeowner’s insurance company, it is advised to seek the help of a lawyer. An experienced homeowner’s insurance lawyer can help by settling disputes between policyholders and insurance companies who act in bad faith.

If you have been denied a valid homeowners insurance claim, a lawyer can help protect your rights. Attorney Search Network can refer you to an insurance lawyer who can help you get the appropriate compensation for your injuries.

Criminal Trespassing During Halloween

Friday, October 15th, 2010

October1_1This Halloween season, be mindful that fun trick-or-treating adventures may have consequences, especially when trespassing on someone else’s property is involved. Trespassing often sounds like a harmless crime, but it can lead to serious charges. If you are on someone’s property illegally, you can be in danger of getting charged with a crime and run the risk of injury or damage.

Criminal trespassing is also known as negligent trespassing or “breaking and entering” occurs when you enter someone else’s property without their knowledge. Criminal trespassing can take the form of simply walking into a house without notifying the owners, walking behind a building, robbery or vandalism.

A person can be charged with criminal trespassing if:

  • Intentional property damage of $500 or less occurs.
  • Intentional and unlawful entry to someone’s property occurs, including homes, apartments, piece of land, motor vehicles, aircrafts, etc.

Criminal trespassing charges range from a violation to a felony, which can result in jail time, negatively affect your life and future job opportunities. Depending on the jurisdictions of your state, a misdemeanor can sentence you to 3 months to a year of jail time. A felony can punish you with up to several years in prison. These penalties may be enhanced by the amount of damage done to the property.

If you are charged with criminal trespassing and need a criminal defense lawyer to represent you, contact Attorney Search Network today. Attorney Search Network can help you find a criminal defense lawyer who can defend your rights for the best possible outcome.