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Many people, who are not my clients, call my office, and have “a few quick questions” and want legal advice immediately. I almost never give quick, impromptu answers to legal questions from people who are not already clients. This is for the caller’s benefit, more than for mine. Here’s why: Most legal questions, that people have, touch on complex legal issues that cannot be answered without a great deal of research. Many clients, who think…
Oklahoma allows you to sue both the driver and the company You should sue the company because you can collect more money from the company than you can collect from the driver You should also sue the driver because you can collect more information from the driver if he’s a party to the case. If you are the victim of an accident involving a truck driver, you may wonder: Should I sue the driver, or…
Under federal law, deportation (also called removal) is the federal government’s ordering a non-citizen to leave the United States. If you or your loved one is in the U.S. as an asylee, you may be wondering: Can an asylee be deported? An asylee may not be deported. But, the government may terminate an asylee’s status as an asylee, if certain grounds exist. If the government terminates an asylee’s status, the asylee may be deported. The…
You may be wondering, “Do I need a will or a trust?” Or, perhaps, you’re thinking, “What is the difference between a will and a trust?” Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous promoters, who will tell you that you need to set up a trust. These promoters then tell you that the best way to set up a trust is to pay the promoters to do it for you. These promoters are causing confusion. I’ve had…
An uncontested divorce is a divorce where both spouses agree on all issues, and the judge does not decide any matters. If a divorce is uncontested, the parties, or their attorneys, can prepare a decree, submit the decree to a judge, and, if the judge signs the decree, the parties are divorced. Even if a divorce is “uncontested,” there still may be heated negotiations and arguments between the spouses. “Uncontested” does not mean that there…
Filing a breach of contract lawsuit requires a few steps. Here is a brief summary of the process: Determine whether you have a contract See whether the other party has breached the contract See if there is any way to settle out of court Decide which county is the right place to file File the petition and summons with the court clerk If you’re wondering how to file a lawsuit for a breach of contract,…
In order to drive a commercial motor vehicle, the following conditions may apply: You need a CDL to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the U.S. You may obtain a CDL if you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. If you are not an LPR, and you live in Canada or Mexico, you have to get a CDL from Canada or Mexico to drive a CMV in the U.S. If you…
To get a green card, you must: See if you’re eligible File for adjustment of status, if you’re in the U.S.. File for consular processing, if you’re outside the U.S. Go to a biometrics appointment Go to an interview Becoming a lawful permanent resident can offer you a number of rights in the United States, including living permanently in the U.S. Before making the important step toward becoming an LPR, you should have an idea…
You may need to enlist the help of an estate planning lawyer because: Certain estate planning laws are very complex. No two estate plans are alike, so you need a lawyer to custom design your estate plan. Do-it-yourself estate planning websites are seriously flawed. What is the difference between probate and estate planning? Probate is the legal process in which a court distributes a deceased person’s assets to the person’s heirs. Estate planning is the…
Many people wonder: Do I need a probate lawyer? When transferring a deceased person’s property to their heirs, it is important to work with a probate attorney to ensure proper transfer of those assets. There are several key instances when you should enlist the help of a probate lawyer, which I discuss below. What is the Difference Between Probate and Estate Planning? Probate is a court action where a judge orders the transfer of a…