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From Traditional to Innovative: Blogs About Legal Matters

There have been a few times in my life that I have needed a lawyer, and during those times, their help was invaluable. I worked with lawyers during the custody battle for my kids, when I dissolved the partnership for my business and after I suffered an injury at work. In this blog, I plan to write about the law from a range of angles. I may share posts inspired by my personal experiences, what's popular in the news or what strikes my fancy when I'm writing. I have a daughter, Oliva. I manage a medical clinic, and I love blogging. I hope you like the results. My name is Melinda, and thanks for reading!

From Traditional to Innovative: Blogs About Legal Matters

    3 Legal Problems That Arise When a Loved One Dies

    Dealing with a loved one's death can be physically and emotionally draining. Handling complicated legal matters can make this difficult period even worse. Here are three common legal problems that arise after a person dies and why seeking professional legal help is crucial. 1. A Will is Contested Many Australians die without leaving a will. Recent figures from the Western Australian Public Trustee suggest that two-thirds of adults in the state do not have a valid will, which could leave their families with legal problems when they die.

    Wills Versus Trusts - A Helpful Overview

    Estate law can be confusing, especially when it comes to deciding between wills and trusts.  Although it's a good idea to consult an expert in estate planning for professional advice on such matters, it also helps to have a basic understanding of the two options.  Here's anl overview. Trusts There are a number of things that revocable living trusts can do that wills cannot.  Although trusts can apply certain provisions whilst you are still alive, they can also play a part after you have died.

    Complying With New Laws Around Reporting Potential Child Abuse

    New criminal offenses have been introduced to improve the reporting of potential child abuse. These include offenses which apply to any adult who fails to report possible child abuse, any organisation that doesn't act on child abuse reports and any adult that befriends children or their parents with the intent of abusing these children. Here are some things you should keep in mind if you want to stay on the right side of the law.

    Situations You May Need the Services of a Family Lawyer

    When most think of family law, there first thought is proceedings that work toward the dissolution of a marriage. Although divorce and family mediation are a large aspect of family law, this not the only situation that you may require the services family lawyers. The following are some of the other situations where you may need to hire a family lawyer. Adoption proceedings If you are looking to adopt a child, you will need to ensure the process is carried out within the legal requirements.

    Parenting Responsibilities and Divorce

    If you are divorcing or separating then you may not agree on custody (living arrangements) and care of your children.  It is not uncommon for such disputes to occur and a family lawyer usually has to be brought in to help work out an agreement. Causes of Disputes A dispute is likely to ensue over: Who is to have custody on special days such as school holidays and birthdays Who makes decisions on religion, health and matters education How much time each parent spends with the children What happens when one parent resettles in another country Best Interests of the Child

    Finding a criminal lawyer to defend your stalking charge

    Stalking can be a misunderstood crime. In a world where romantic books and movies praise characters' efforts in continually striving to win the affection of their loved one, it's all too easy for someone to find himself the victim of stalking charges. Here are some tips if you find yourself facing stalking charges.  Gather context to your communication If the person who charges you has a large volume of communication that you have sent them, it's important to provide context for the court.

    When You May Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident

    It may not be necessary to contact a lawyer after every minor fender bender, if you can easily get your car fixed and aren't suffering any types of injuries. However, this doesn't mean that you should go without legal counsel if the accident has been serious and if you are injured, even if you have insurance and are getting medical treatment. Note when it may be good to call a lawyer after a car accident and why their advice can be so valuable.

    Questions to Ask Your Conveyancer About the Buying and Selling Process

    Conveyancing refers to the exchange of property between parties, such as when you're buying or selling a house. A conveyancer works as a sort of assistant through this process, to ensure everything is done properly and legally and you as the buyer or seller know all the steps involved. If you've hired a conveyancer as either a buyer or seller, note a few questions you might ask them to ensure you understand what to expect and know the process is being handled properly.