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3 tips to handling your insurance company after an accident

It may be hard to think straight in the aftermath of a car accident. Perhaps people were injured or your car was totaled, and now you face enormous bills you did not anticipate. Your insurer is supposed to cover these types of situations, right?

Unfortunately, insurance companies are not looking out for us as much as we might think. In the end, they are trying to make a profit. They do not want to hand out money willingly. You need to be careful how you interact with them and what you do after the accident.

How and why to draft a will in Missouri

Creating a will tends to lead people into considering the end of life and the possibility that it may happen at an unexpected time. This can sometimes be unpleasant for some people, but there are many benefits of having a will and those benefits make some discomfort while drafting one worth the effort.

For those who are unfamiliar with the process, creating a will can seem like a daunting task, but once you know some basic information about wills and their use, it can quickly simplify the situation. Some of the biggest questions are "what is a will?" and "why should I have one?"

How to get medical treatment after an auto accident

Motor vehicle accidents happen every day in eastern Missouri. Sometimes, drivers and passengers are able to walk away unharmed. But, more often than not, these accidents result in injuries that require medical treatment.

Unfortunately, most car accident victims do not have the money to pay for medical treatment, especially if they do not have health insurance. If you have found yourself in this situation, you are probably anxious and stressed.

You should not have to choose between getting the medical treatment you need and putting food on the table, especially if the accident was not your fault.

You should not have to deal with an auto insurance company that is going to try to force you to agree to an unfair settlement, even though you did nothing wrong.

You should not have to let this accident ruin your life, leave you with a permanent injury or chronic pain, or bury you in medical debt.

What to do after a drunk driving charge

A night of fun can quickly turn into a real-life nightmare when you are accused of drunk driving. You may have the urge to just plead guilty and put the event behind you, but you should know that doing so could be a costly mistake.

There is a lot at stake when you plead guilty to a DWI in Missouri, even if it is your first charge. You face:

  • A fine of up to $500
  • A 30-day suspension of your driver's license followed by a 60-day restricted license
  • Jail time of up to six months
  • Required install of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
  • Eight points assessed against your driver's license
  • Increased auto insurance premiums
  • A permanent criminal record

If it is your second DUI charge in five years or the charge is considered a felony, the potential consequences only get more serious. As you can see, pleading guilty to a DWI is not a decision to take lightly. At the very least, it is wise to ask an experienced attorney about your options.

I Violated My Probation. Am I Going to Jail?

In my last blog post I discussed the types of probation and how to set yourself up for probation success. What if, despite your best intentions, you didn't succeed though? You somehow ended up violating the terms of your probation. You feel panic setting in and start to wonder how bad this really is? Will your probation be revoked? Will there be other consequences as well?palm2head 

Types of Probation-- Which One is Right for You?

You were just offered probation instead of the jail time you were dreading. You're thrilled! You totally dodged a bullet! But what are the terms of your probation? Do you understand them? Can you abide by them? What type of probation did you get and is it the right one for you? inmate ?

Breathalyzer Test: What You Should Know Before You Blow

The holidays are right around the corner. For some of us that means happy hours, dinner with friends, work parties, and too much egg nog with Grandma. So of course, the million dollar question of the season is: If I get pulled over or arrested for drunk driving charges, do I blow or not?christmas alcohol

Should I Be A Police Informant?

As a criminal defense attorney, you'll typically find me sitting opposite of my local law enforcement in the court room but that doesn't mean I'm working against them.  We both have an important and necessary job to do in our judicial system.  What if you find yourself in a position to help the police do their job? What should you do? If you have witnessed a crime that is being investigated, you should always cooperate with the police.  But what about when you or your son/daughter has been asked to help the police as a confidential informant? Should you cooperate in this situation as well?

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