What do I do AFTER I get into a car accident?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 35,000 people in the United States were killed in automobile crashes in 2014. On top of that, 2.34 million more were seriously injured. Statistically, there is a good possibility that you may be involved in a car crash at some point, no matter how many precautions you take. Continue reading

How will my divorce affect my taxes?

Tax season is upon us. We are caught up in the bustle of gathering our plethora of forms and receipts. From goods to services and everything in between, there are some tax considerations that intersect with divorce. Whether you recently filed for divorce or are in the midst of considering to file, there are some things that you will want to think about.  Continue reading

Information on NJ Child Support

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children have access to the basic necessities (food, clothing and shelter) regardless of the relationship status of the mother and father. Because of this, child support payment is taken very seriously and the State of New Jersey provides services to ensure that child support orders are paid. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution: The Divorce

It has been noted that the number of new clients spikes a few times of the year, but most significantly right after the new year. If one types “New Years Resolution Divorce” into Google, over 540,000 results will accumulate in about .29 seconds. While not all of the search results were on point, many are extremely interesting.  Continue reading

Intersection Accident: Who Is Responsible?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents very often occur at intersections. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a driver or an injured victim in an accident is beneficial to your overall wellbeing.

WHY INTERSECTION ACCIDENTS OCCUR

According to National Safety Council (NSC) and NHTSA respectively, twenty-five percent of all automobile accidents are related to distraction secondary to cell phone use; and, alcohol and drug impairment during driving (illegal drugs and/or prescription medications), is a primary cause of vehicle accidents, with 40% of all vehicle accidents involving fatalities attributed to alcohol use. Road conditions and/or deficiencies in traffic control markings, signs or devices may also contribute to the causes of accidents.

AFTER THE ACCIDENT

Your primary focus after an accident should be to get appropriate medical attention if required. Cooperating with law enforcement and gathering evidence should be your second priority. If possible, and if it does not interfere with law enforcement or other emergency responders at the scene of the accident, try to take photos and/or videos and obtain the names and contact information of witnesses. Contact legal counsel well versed in automobile accident claims.

Contact your insurance carrier to properly report the incident. Try to secure a copy of the police report as soon as it has been finalized. Keep records of all auto insurance and other communications and bills regarding damage and repairs made to your vehicle. Keep or secure documentation and with regard to your injuries, medical treatment and costs, as well as records of lost wages due to the accident.

LIABILITIES

Drivers at fault for an accident are typically considered liable for your injuries and associated losses. In addition, property owners, road maintenance and construction/paving companies and/or municipalities and states may be culpable if the road conditions or traffic control devices were deficient and somehow caused or contributed to the occurrence.

Contact a knowledgeable New Jersey accident lawyer with experience in personal injury, or in any motor vehicle or pedestrian accident.  Proceed in a timely manner, as there are various time limitations relative to when you must file claims, and a qualified attorney can proceed accordingly in that regard to help you protect your rights.

The Mullen Law Firm has successfully resolved a handful of motor vehicle and pedestrian accident claims over many decades. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Does A Personal Injury Claim Work?

Most people who suffer serious injuries in an accident have never had occasion to speak with a lawyer before. Dealing with the pain and upheaval caused by a severe injury is hardly the ideal circumstance for stressful new experiences, and many people feel anxious about approaching a personal injury attorney for the first time. In my practice, I make every effort possible to put prospective clients at ease, but I know that with so much at stake for an accident victim, some worry is unavoidable. Still, knowing what to expect when you first approach a lawyer about your injury case can make the process feel more manageable. Continue reading

‘Tis the Season: Divorce and the Holidays

The holidays are usually a time for joyfully celebrating with family and friends, but when you are in the middle of a divorce, celebrating is probably one of the last things on your mind. With Thanksgiving coming up this week, we’d like to take the time to address the topic of divorce during the holidays. A difficult time for many people, there are still plenty of ways for you to enjoy the holidays – you just need to remember that divorce isn’t the end; it is a new beginning. Continue reading

My Ex-Spouse Refuses to Comply with a Court Order

If you have recently been through or filed for a divorce, you may be aware that just because you have a divorce decree does not mean that you don’t ever have to think about your divorce ever again. Even with legal documents, a spouse may refuse to comply with court orders regarding property division, child support, visitation, child custody, or spousal maintenance matters. Indubitably, this can cause overwhelming frustration and demand that you continue to focus on your divorce long after it should have been settled. Continue reading

Divorce: What Should You Say To Your Kids?

All children are special and they require different forms of parenting. There is no instruction manual, no how-to guide, no cheat code. Unfortunately, a divorce can bring out many difficulties of being a parent.

It is normal to question what to say to your children and how to let them know that a divorce is coming. The answer is not a one-size-fits-all because no two cases are the same. However, despite the gray areas, there are a few points that most lawyers advise their clients to make:

  1. Let the children know that both parents love them.
  2. The divorce is not about them in the least.
  3. Everything will be fine.

 

This conversation often comes at a time where the questioned parent doesn’t have answers as to where the children will live, what school they will go to, and what the actual custody schedule will be.

As it turns out, this might not be the best advice after all. Time.com recently published an article in which the writer advises that children who are anxious should not be told everything will be O.K.
Rather, it is important for parents to validate children’s worries.

A child psychologist can help parents relay the notion of an impending divorce to their children. As distasteful as it may seem to sit in an office with your soon-to-be ex to come up with a plan to tell the children, it could make all the difference to your children.

What should you do when you don’t have all the answers? First, determine what it is that the child is worried about. Depending on the age, this could be at its simple as wondering whether a favorite toy will be able to come to a new home. Determining a child’s worries avoids compounding the problem by giving more information than might be necessary, thereby causing more stress. Give what answers you can, without scaring the child. For instance, when a child asks which parent he or she will live with in the middle of a custody evaluation, be honest. Tell the child that mom and dad haven’t made that decision yet and the judge and other professionals are going to help make that decision. Don’t ask a young child for his or her preference. This places the child in the unreasonable position of having to choose one parent over the other. Regardless of how you feel about your soon-to-be ex, most children love both parents equally and unconditionally.

Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know,” but say it reassuringly. For a parent who does not anticipate being able to stay in the same school district, assuring that the child will be part of the process of finding a new residence can make the child feel part of the decision-making. This can alleviate some of the fears and anxiety. “I don’t know” is not a perfect answer, but it is better than the child being kept completely in the dark until the day the divorce is over.

Back to School: Safety Tips

The new school year is here, and with it comes the rush of back-to-school preparations. But in the scramble to buy notebooks, #2 pencils, and the perfect pair of sneakers, it’s worth taking a moment to consider your child’s route to school and back again every weekday. Kids travel between home and school in a variety of ways: some are driven by parents, while others take the school bus, walk, or ride a bike. There are benefits to each of these, depending on a family’s situation, but each method comes with its own hazards as well. Considering these possible dangers carefully can help you plan the safest commute possible for your child. Continue reading