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Private Adoptions Are Less Stress But You Still Need Help

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Family LAw | 0 comments

Adoption is one of the greatest things you can do with your life. Whether your family isn’t capable of having children or else you simply want to give your love to an adopted child, adoption provides a child that might otherwise have struggled to find love, support, and security with a true home. It’s no exaggeration to say you are providing that child with a better life and a better future from the moment they become yours.

Going about an adoption is complicated, though, for some obvious reasons. It goes beyond just finding a child to adopt. You have to prove to the state that you will be a responsible parent that is capable of providing for that child all the way through to adulthood.

Some of the difficulties surrounding an adoption are made easier with private adoptions. A private adoption allows you to adopt a child directly from the parents, as opposed to relying on an agency. This is obviously preferable, since you remove the middleman and a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy, delays, and expenses. If you have access to a private adoption, it’s probably the way to go.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all simple and there are no risks to this process. Like agency adoptions, you still have to prove you are capable of being a parent to the state. That’s why you will still need help.

As the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield point out, there’s a lot that can still go wrong. The parents may try to pull out at the last minute, even after contracts are signed and fees agreed to. You may also struggle to get a social worker to perform a home study on your own.

These are pretty serious difficulties, and you may be left in a position where you have to involve an adoption agency and dealing with all those complexities, expenses, and delays if you try to handle the whole process on your own.

That’s why you probably ought to involve a private adoption attorney from the beginning. That way, all agreements will be on the strongest legal grounds, and you’ll be able to get help performing your home study and meeting all other legal requirements on your end.

This is probably the most important decision you will ever make in your life, so you don’t want anything to go wrong that jeopardizes your ability to take care of this child you want to bring into your family.

When you’re a parent, you quickly discover that it isn’t something you can do by yourself. You need help. When you’re going through a private adoption, it’s better to learn that lesson earlier rather than later. Get help now, at the start of the process, so that you get to learn exactly what it means to be a parent sooner.

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Good teeth are about more than the smile

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Dental Care | 0 comments

We all want to have good teeth, mostly for the obvious reasons. We want to have a nice smile with straight, pearly white teeth that make us look friendly and attractive. We want to have nice smelling breath that makes people want to get close instead of running away in terror.

And good teeth will give you those things, but that is really just scratching the tartar of what a good set of chompers means for your life.

That’s because bad teeth can actually have long-term serious health consequences for you.

Colgate has helpfully rounded up some of the serious health risks compiled by the Mayo Clinic that come from not taking proper care of your teeth. Those include:

  1. Heart trouble

Bacteria that can collect in inflamed gums can enter your bloodstream and reach your heart if your teeth are not carefully taken care of. This bacteria can then cause a hardening of the arteries which increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.

  1. Pregnancy trouble

Poor dental care has been linked to early births and low birth weight.

  1. Dementia

The bacteria that creates gingivitis can enter the brain the same way other bacteria enters the heart, namely, through the bloodstream via the mouth. This bacteria has been linked to dementia and perhaps even Alzheimer’s.

  1. Respiratory trouble

Not all these bad bacteria ravage your health through the bloodstream, some of it can just be inhaled while you breathe and then cause havoc in your lungs. That’s right, the bacteria that gives bad breath can also lead to lung infections up to and including pneumonia.

  1. Diabetic trouble

Bad teeth don’t cause diabetes, but diabetes can be exacerbated by bad teeth. Inflamed gums make it harder to control blood sugar, which can obviously have some very negative consequences for those who must control the blood sugar at all costs.

From this short list, it’s clear that good teeth aren’t just important for the smile. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with going out and getting your teeth polished up to look particularly snazzy. Just remember, cosmetic fixes are just that: cosmetic. They do not necessarily improve the health of our teeth.

For that, the old prescriptions are still best: brush at least twice a day and get biannual checkups and cleanings at the dentist.

While the dentist does get a bad reputation, the work was done by him or her can actually be lifesaving, as seen from the risks above. No amount of discomfort in a dental chair is too much when the alternative is a heart attack or dementia.

So, even though it feels like a pain in a busy life, be sure to brush and floss regularly, set a dental appointment, and just take overall good care of your teeth.

You’ll smile better, your breath will smell better, and you’ll be healthier for it.

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Criminal Defense

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Formally defined, “criminal law” applies to the rules and statutes the government creates to prevent conduct that threatens and harms public safety. Crimes generally get categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors depending on their nature, and each offense has a maximum issuable punishment based on its severity. Most states, in fact, subdivide felonies and misdemeanors into different “classes” based on the nature of the offense.

Common criminal charges

As the Okaloosa County criminal defense attorneys at the Flaherty Defense Firm explain, common criminal charges include:

  • Domestic violence: oftentimes, police arrest individuals when responding to a domestic dispute regardless of whether there were signs of actual violence or injury. This arrest in and of itself can damage one’s criminal record.
  • Assault and battery: assault is a threat to do harm, while battery actually causes physical harm.
  • DUI: an experienced lawyer can help someone convicted of a DUI minimize the extent of their punishment and work to preserve their ability to drive
  • Sex crimes: penalties for this offense are generally severe—offenders often receive a lengthy mandatory prison sentence and are forced to register as a sex offender after being released.
  • Drug offenses: includes possession (or trafficking) of marijuana, heroin, and any other illegal substance.
  • Juvenile charges: applies to cases in which the offender is too young to be charged in an adult court
  • Theft: includes charges of shoplifting, burglary, dealing in stolen property, and grand theft

In addition to helping clients in court, many criminal lawyers support their clients immediately following the incident. For example, some lawyers help their clients determine whether there’s an arrest warrant against them and whether there’s a bond on the arrest warrant.

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Sexual Battery: A Class B Felony in some States, while a Capital Felony in Others

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

In August of 2016, a 29-year old music instructor from Johnson County in Kansas was sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated indecent liberties. His victim was a 7-year-old girl. Prior to this conviction, said music instructor had also been charged in the past with sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a minor, first-degree child molestation, first-degree statutory sodomy, and possession of child pornography.

Both federal and state laws consider crimes that cause innocent victims severe harm as very serious offenses; thus, offenders are given heavy punishments, like incredibly costly fines and years of imprisonment; some offenders are even sentenced to life in prison.

Very serious crimes include: treason, which is betrayal of one’s country and the most serious crime in the U.S.; murder, which is the unlawful planned killing of another person; and, sex crimes, such as rape, predatory sexual assault and, in a number of states, sexual battery.

Sexual battery, in particular, is any form of unwanted or non-consensual touching or sexual contact; it does not involve sexual intercourse or penetration as in the case of rape. In some states, sexual battery is referred to as criminal sexual contact and it can be committed in many different ways, like grabbing or fondling a woman’s breast, patting a person’s buttocks, forcing a kiss on the mouth, forcing a victim to touch an offender’s intimate body part, or touching a victim’s genital area; these acts are committed by an offender for the purpose of arousing or sexually gratifying himself/herself.

The most common victims of sexual battery include a relative, a classmate, a neighbor, an acquaintance, a co-worker, a friend, a dating partner, or even a spouse. As explained by the firm Horst Law, sexual battery can be elevated to an aggravated form, specifically, to Class B felony, if the offender committed the offense while using a weapon as a means of force or coercion, causing bodily harm, engaged in the offense with the help of another person, or if the victim was less than 13 years old.

In some states, sexual battery is considered a capital felony if the offender is at least 17 years old and the victim, below the age of 12 and, if the act causes injuries to the victim’s sexual organ. Capital felony is punishable with life imprisonment or death.

As frightening as the immediate consequences of a conviction for any sexual offense are, another cause for serious concern is that a conviction will directly affect the way a person will be able to live the rest of his/her life. He/She may also be ordered to register as a sex offender if he/she is convicted; the outcome of this case is likely to affect his/her employment opportunities, living arrangements, and conceivably even his/her personal relationships.

All these are frightening, indeed. However, though accused, no conviction has been made yet, which means the person accused will still be able to defend himself/herself and his/her reputation in court – with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.


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In the Event of Wrongful Death You can lift the Financial Burden placed on Your Family by Holding Culpable Parties Accountable

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Wrongful Death Claim | 0 comments

All manufactured goods, whether for indoor or outdoor use, are meant to provide fun, comfort, health, convenience, etc., while human services, especially health care, ought to make a person’s overall condition better. This is what everything is intended for, and, by being aware of our moral and legal responsibility in not endangering the lives of others, life should, therefore, be totally safe and fun.

Safe and fun, however, are not the only realities in life. Often, there are also injuries and death. Every year either millions of individuals suffer injuries or families lose a member due to death. Majority of these injuries and deaths, however, are not the fault of the injured or dead individual, who is believed to have acted diligently and with due care; rather, these are the faults of people, whose reckless or negligent actions have all but resulted to injury-causing or fatal accidents.

Negligent or reckless acts resulting to personal injury are considered tortious acts or civil offenses. Under the laws of the United States, the tortfeasor, that is the person or party that caused the injury, is legally required to compensate the victim for all the damages resulting from the injury.

There are extreme cases, however, when the effect of a negligent act is much more damaging than a severe injury, namely, wrongful or untimely death. In the event of death a representative, who would act on behalf of the victim’s survivors (legally identified as “real parties in interest”), can file a lawsuit called a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful death is the unexpected loss of someone’s life either because of another person’s negligence or willful misconduct. It does not only leave a family grieving over the loss of one of its beloved members, it may also throw them into a situation wherein they will be made to suffer financial difficulties, especially if the victim is the breadwinner in the family. This is why dependents or the surviving family members of the deceased have the legal capacity to seek justice and compensation (through a civil lawsuit) from the reckless or negligent party who is liable for their devastating loss.

A wrongful death claim or lawsuit is a special type of personal injury lawsuit that is filed for the purpose of seeking compensation for all the financial damages the dependents are (and will be) made to suffer. Though states may actually differ in what factors and elements are considered regarding who the “real parties in interest” may be or what may be considered as compensable, some of the commonly accepted coverage of the compensation includes medical and funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of the decedent’s services, and lost possibility of inheritance.

The identities of the real parties in interest vary from one state to another. They may refer to:

  • the deceased victim’s immediate family, which includes the spouse, child/children and/or adopted children;
    parents (if the victim was unmarried);
  • distant family members, like brothers and sisters, and grandparents;
  • those directly financially affected by the victim’s death due to the cessation of the victim’s care or support;
  • the deceased victim’s (financial) dependents, life partner or putative spouse (a person who sincerely believes that he/she and the deceased were married); and,
  • parents of a deceased fetus (while there are states that consider as real parties in interest only the parents of child already born, there are those, on the other hand, that consider the fetus’ death a basis for a wrongful death claim).

A wrongful death lawsuit is not a simple procedure and even if the liable party were willing to settle with the victim’s survivors, the amount of compensation given is often not a just amount. In this type of legal procedure, it is highly necessary that the deceased victim’s survivors are represented by an able lawyer, whose expertise, experience and dedication are unquestionable.

For more helpful information regarding a wrongful death lawsuit, like who can file it, who can be held liable, and what it should cover, you can click here:

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