Where there’s a Will there’s a Way

No one has the intention on leaving debt and legal hassles to their loved ones should anything happen. However, this scenario arises on a daily basis causing hardships that can strain the family for generations. One of the common struggles in marriages with couples aged 45-60 are the issues left behind from parents who failed to provide a will.

Suze Orman, known for profound financial advice states that,
“If a revocable living trust protects your major assets from probate, a will is where you carefully specify how you want your non-investment possessions to be disbursed. Your great-grandma’s wedding ring, the heirloom armoire, that cherished first-edition book collection—all of it should be itemized in a will. Do your family a huge favor by being as detailed as possible. Even if your children love each other to pieces now, arguments can easily arise if you don’t have everything spelled out. If your children are older, consider asking them to share what would mean the most to them.”

If for no other reason, you need a will to name an executor (or executrix).
This is the person responsible for handling your affairs after you pass on.
If you do not have a will, the probate court will appoint one. Anyone with good reason can petition the court to be appointed, so in my opinion, there is no reason to leave this in question.
The executor or court appointed administrator performs many important functions, including gathering all of the assets of the estate, paying any debts or taxes owed by the deceased, and distributing the remaining property to the named beneficiaries.-Forbes

It really boils down to having a peace of mind which is exactly what this document should be called…”A Peace of Mind.”
Think of your life’s work and everything that you have put so much devotion into as living beyond yourself.
Take charge and allow your family to inherit not just material things from you but admiration and pride of one who completed their life in excellence to the very end….Where there’s a Will.

The 2 Final Steps to Hiring a Brain Injury Attorney

– Call and Request Written Material From the Attorney
It is important that you determine the right attorney from the outset. You can easily call the first attorney you see on TV and set up a meeting. However, this is not approved, as it is hard for you to discover whether this attorney is seasoned with traumatic brain injury based simply upon a TV advertisement. Rather, call and ask the potential attorney to give you his details. This attorney develops and records his customer’s traumatic brain injury symptoms. Once you ask for a documented material before meeting with the attorney, then you cannot be constrained into signing something you may later regret. You will be able first to read the attorney’s educational materials and then decide on your own time, whether this lawyer is appropriate for your case.

If you do call an attorney for documented material and instead of respectfully sending you some free educational information, they strive to get you into their office or offer to send somebody to your home or hospital ward, then be careful. Brain injury victims are usually quite vulnerable following an accident and they should never be under pressure to sign documents covering an attorney’s fee agreement.

In case the attorney or law firm does not offer instructive, written materials or if you are compelled to come in and sign a retainer, then they may not be popular.

Keep in mind that the ethics rules restrict attorneys from directly contacting you in person, through the telephone, or electronic media, except you contact them first. If a lawyer solicits you without your request, then you should instantly report them to the Office of Lawyer Regulation (877) 315-6941.

– Schedule an In-Person meeting with the Attorney and make sure you  Ask Questions
Once you have done the required background research, it’s time to set up a face-to-face meeting with the attorney.  Highlight some questions and bring the list with you to the appointment. If the attorney is qualified and experienced with traumatic brain injury, s/he will likely acknowledge your persistence and answer your question much more directly.

Below are questions you can ask:
Will you be the one controlling my case from the beginning to the end? (If the response is, “No”, immediately request to meet with the attorney that will be handling your case from beginning to end.)

What is the method for handling my case? What steps will you go through?
When will my case be ready to be solved? (If the attorney promises a quick settlement, they may be showing you what they believe you want to hear, as opposed to the real truth).

How many active cases are you handling at present? Do you have any experience having to represent people with traumatic brain injuries before? What were some of the results? How do you get most of your brain injury reports? (Referrals from attorneys, other experts, and people who once had a similar problem).

Have you been to any brain injury conferences or seminars?
Are you connected with any trial lawyer brain injury union?
Do you belong to any national brain injury association?
Are you a member of the Texas Brain Injury Association?
What is your AVVO rating? (A rank of 9+ is excellent.)

Attorneys that devote a majority of their work to the representation of serious and endangering brain injury survivors will not be learning on the job through your case. They will not need to learn new medicine for your case.

Preferably, you can be satisfied with an attorney who has earned much experience in representing people with brain injury, realizing they have worked with some of the biggest experts in the areas of medicine for brain injuries, and a qualified brain injury attorney will not be intimidated when faced with brain injury. Medical professionals that have been kept by the insurance firms will have to say that you did not maintain a life-changing injury. As a result, expert traumatic brain injury attorneys are usually in a much better end to determine the appropriate degree of damages paid to their customers with traumatic brain injuries since they have a greater idea as to the sum a panel may award for this specific type of injury.

3 Consequential Tips to Hiring a Brain Injury Attorney

One of the most important decisions a traumatic brain injury survivor must make following an accident is choosing the right attorney. Finding the best advocate for your case can be a daunting task, especially for someone with a brain injury.

Choosing an attorney should not be taken lightly because the law makes it tough to fire your personal injury attorney and find a new attorney to take over your case, without incurring fees. These three simple steps will help you find the right Brain Injury Advocate for your case.

1. Identify the Type of Case You Have
Start by identifying your particular accident. If your injury happened in a car crash, then you need an attorney handling auto accident claims. But if your injury occurred in a semi-truck accident, then you need a lawyer that has successfully handled tractor-trailer accidents in the past. The Internet is a great resource to gather general information about your particular accident and finding an attorney with experience dealing with such a case. For example, conduct a web search for “Texas Car Accident Attorney” or “Texas Truck Accident Attorney” etc.

2. Research Your Specific Type of Injury and Your Symptoms
You should also conduct research on your particular type of injury and symptoms. For example, you could perform a web search for “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”, “Mild TBI”, “Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury”, “Severe Traumatic Brain Injury”, “Post-Traumatic Headache”, “Dizziness”, etc.

3. Search for Names of Potential Attorneys
Once you have identified what type of case and the type of injury you have and have done some preliminary internet research, you can begin searching for lawyers that have experience in accident cases that result in injuries to the brain. Again you should turn to the Internet. The Yellow Pages may also be of benefit, however, because there is a limited amount of information that can fit on one page and it is usually an inadequate resource. Television is even less helpful, because of the time limit on the ads and the insistence of some personal injury attorneys on running generic catch-all commercials promising a significant settlement on all types of case and injuries.

Search the web for a lawyer with experience handling your particular type of accident and your specific type of damage, including your symptoms.

Once you have your list of possible agents, you should read their individual websites closely. Check out their organizations to see which they belong. They should belong to organizations that advocate for victims that have survived traumatic brain injuries. Also, look for past settlements and jury verdicts concerning traumatic brain injury.

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