Below are the answers to common initial questions many clients have when they first contact Knapp & Associates. We hope that the information below address many initial concerns you may have, but if you don’t find the answers here, please contact us with questions specific to your case. The consultation is free and confidential.
Compensatory damages are designed to reimburse the victim for several kinds of damages or losses. These might also be referenced actual damages. Personal injury damages are typically awarded to a plaintiff to put the claimant in a position he or she would have been had the negligent act never taken place. This is not an exact science but it depends on numerous factors involved in your personal injury case.
A small percentage of personal injury cases wind up in court. If the insurance company agrees to pay what your case is worth, you may be eligible to walk away from the matter with a fair settlement amount. However, if you are not able to achieve a settlement offer that fully and fairly compensates you for the injuries you have sustained, you may need to pursue litigation with the help of an experienced attorney.
There are several debts that do not apply for discharge in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy and these include criminal penalties or fines, civil judgments resulting from fraud or DWI convictions, certain student loans and child support in alimony.
Upon filing a Chapter 7 petition, allowed debts may be forgiven or discharged in as short as a few months. If you pursue Chapter 13 bankruptcy however, you will begin making the court-ordered payments no later than 30 days after filing the petition and this can take up to five years to work through.
When a joint owner or surviving spouse passes away, your property will then have to go through the probate process even if you use joint ownership. There are several other disadvantages of joint ownership including you may have gift taxes to pay, your property can be sold without your permission and the other party’s creditors can get to the property.
Every document included in a probated estate, including the inventory in the will, is public information which can be used by unscrupulous individuals to find who inherited a lot of property. The appropriate estate planning tools as used by your Arkansas estate planning lawyer can help you obtain privacy by using trusts and other strategies.
Prison terms is the most common outcome of a drug conviction that many people are concerned about. However, fines may also be assessed. There may be other consequences of a conviction including your inability to get the kind of employment you’re hoping for and loss of standing in society, in addition to suspension of your driver’s license. A felony drug conviction can also lead to a loss of your right to possess firearms or to vote.
A first offense DUI can carry jail time of between 24 hours and one year, fines between $150 and $1000, six months of a license suspension and installation of an ignition interlock device. A second offense DUI can carry jail times of up to one year, up to $3000 in fines, license suspension of two years and installation of an ignition interlock device.
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