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Make your child's big days fun events filled with good memories

A child with divorced parents might wince each time he or she has a big, important event. Things like school plays, birthdays and graduations pose challenges for the people who have this family dynamic. Fortunately, there are ways that the parents of the child can work together to ensure that the child's big day isn't overshadowed by drama and difficulties.

The days that require celebration can be a friendly affair that includes people from both sides of the child's family. Making this happen will take some effort on the part of both parents, but it will likely be well worth it when you get to see how happy your child is that day.

Bail and bond: Different avenues with the same outcome

A person who is arrested on a criminal charge will go through the booking process at the local jail. Being placed in the parish jail isn't high on most people's bucket lists. For this reason, almost everyone who is arrested will be ready to get out of jail as soon as possible.

While there is no such thing as a "get out of jail free" card in Louisiana, there is the bail process that enables defendants to have a chance to walk out and live in the community while their case is pending. Besides bail, the other way to be released is being released on your own recognizance.

Understand what it means to be facing a felony charge

The classification of a criminal charge means a lot. Some people who are facing charges don't realize that there are serious consequences that come with a crime being classified as a felony. In terms of the criminal justice system, a felony is the most serious type of charge that you can face.

One of the important things to know about a felony charge is that you do have the right to have a jury trial if you are facing one. This doesn't mean that you have to pursue a trial. There other ways that you can resolve your case. A plea deal is one of these.

You deserve personalized representation in family law matters

Family law issues run the gamut from adoptions to divorces. No matter where your case falls on the spectrum, you need to make sure that you have legal representation you trust. The last thing that you need is to have your case railroaded toward a resolution that you don't want.

It is imperative that you find someone who is going to listen to your wishes and goals for the case. You need someone who is going to let you know when those aren't in line with what is going on. We take your thoughts seriously. We want to help you find the options that you might be most comfortable with during your case.

Children need help to cope with stress during a divorce

Keeping stress at a minimum is something that most parents want in their homes. Unfortunately, stress is something that comes with the territory of going through a divorce and getting a life set up as a single parent. It is important that you find ways to help your children deal with the stress so that they don't suffer the impacts.

One study that was done on children from 3 to 9 years old found that behavioral problems can occur when the parents themselves are stressed out. The research looked at more than 200 children in order to study the effects that parental stress had on them.

The gift of safety keep on giving

People in Louisiana don't see snow very often, but there was recently a snow day when schools along the I-10 corridor were closed because of the risky roads. If you have teens or adults who you need a gift for but haven't gotten yet, you might consider a winter car emergency gift.

Many drivers in this area aren't thinking about winter road safety. The fact here is that wintry roads can be deadly in southern Louisiana, and even into nearby states. The kits that are suitable for winter driving can also be pretty useful for other types of driving conditions.

Know what to do if you're involved in a crash

When you're involved in a car crash, there are a few different things you need to do. Besides seeking medical attention, which is the primary concern, you need to exchange information with the other party, speak with the police and file a claim against the negligent driver.

For people who suffer serious injuries, it may be impossible for them to handle their own cases or to handle cases on their own without help. The point of speaking with an attorney is to allow him or her to assist you while you focus on recovery.

Think carefully about how to handle your criminal defense

Many different points come into the picture when you are facing a criminal charge. We have to look at the specific elements of your case so that we can decide what options are present for your defense. It is imperative that you take the time to consider each one since (the quality of) your life hangs in the balance.

A criminal defense isn't something that should be left until the last minute. Trying to rush to come up with a strategy likely isn't going to get you the quality of defense that you want. Instead, we need time to investigate matters, sort through options, to understand how each one will impact you so that you can make informed decisions about the direction of your case.

You can face 2 court cases for 1 single incident

Some criminal cases involve issues like people being hit or harmed. Sometimes, the defendants in these cases will face more than one court case for the incident. You might be screaming that this goes against the constitutional concept of double jeopardy, but this isn't actually the case.

It is possible for a defendant to face two different types of legal cases for a single incident if one of the cases is filed in criminal court and one is filed in civil court. There are some differences between these two types of cases that you need to know if you are facing a situation like this.

Your personal injury case needs personalized attention

Suffering a catastrophic injury because someone else is negligent is an infuriating event. You know that your life could have been very different if it wasn't for the accident. This can be difficult to live with, but you do have the option of using your anger to fuel your personal injury lawsuit.

We understand the situation you are in. We recognize that your life has probably changed considerably due to the physical and emotional impacts of the accident. All of these considerations need to come into the picture when you decide to seek compensation.

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