What Makes a Family Law Firm Stand Out

Let’s say you’re preparing for a divorce and you know there are going to be some contentious issues. You and your spouse don’t see eye-to-eye on anything. You don’t know who’s getting the house, who’s getting all the other assets, or who’s getting custody of the kids. You’re worried that you might have to settle for a crummy apartment, a big child support bill, and occasional visitations with your children. You know you need a great family lawyer more than anything. How do you find them?

This is a question thousands of individuals go through every year, and that’s why I’ve decided to share my own system for choosing a lawyer. I call this the 10 Score because it adds up all the most important aspects of a lawyer you can know beforehand and gives you a handy score out of 10 so you know just how they rate before you choose them.

So, without any more delay, this is the 10 Score system:

  • Experience and Success (out of 3)
  • Attention to clients (out of 3)
  • Prestige (out of 2)
  • Location and localness (out of 2)

How do we apply this? To show you, let’s take an example of a perfect 10 law firm in my area, Adams Law Firm. Here’s how I’d score them:

  • Experience and Success: 35 years in family law and personal injury law. That’s a lot. 3/3
  • Attention to clients: The firm guarantees a personal, one-on-one relationship with clients. 3/3
  • Prestige: The law firm has an AV Preeminent rating and numerous awards. 2/2
  • Location and localness: The firm was founded by two brothers from the area who raise their families in the area. If you’re near them, you’re their neighbor. 2/2
  • Score: 10/10

As you can see, just by five minutes on the Adams Law Firm site, you’d have your score and you’d know you’re getting the right kind of lawyer for your divorce. Obviously, not every lawyer or law firm will hit these high numbers. That’s the point. You can score a law firm very quickly and move on when the scores don’t hit the high marks you are looking for.

Now, a word about why I grade in this way. To begin with, experience is perhaps the most important quality your lawyer can bring to your case. If they have had a long career with a lot of success, they’ll know the best way to approach your divorce. That is, unless they don’t make you a priority. That’s why attention to the client is equally as important in my system. If your lawyer has so many cases they barely have time to look at your divorce, you’re not benefiting from their experience, no matter how much they have. Prestige is another way of gauging the quality of the experience of your lawyer. If they have been working hard in all those years, they should have some awards to show for it. Finally, you want a lawyer from your area and you want them to feel connected to you and your divorce, so localness is a good indication of that.

I hope this helps all of you out there who are looking for a quality lawyer before a divorce. And good luck!

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Could Better Sleep Help Those With Memory Loss?

Sleeping is one of the essential parts of our lives, and not getting enough can put you in an awful mood, rendering you completely unproductive. However, getting too much can result in missing important life events or becoming lazy. Everyone knows you need the right amount of sleep; even children know when they need more or less sleep. However, what most people consistently neglect is getting the right kind of rest. 

Personally, I’ve been getting more sleep than usual lately since I have a little more time on my hands. Unfortunately, I’ve been waking up feeling worse than I used to when I wasn’t sleeping enough. I recently got online to try to find out what the issue is. If I’m sleeping as much as I currently am, why on earth am I so tired? Also, do I need to sleep less than the recommended eight hours to feel like myself again?

That’s when I stumbled upon this article talking about sleeping rhythm. It’s basically an experiment where they tested people’s ability to remember specific phrases memorized the night before. All the patients who tried to memorize the phrase were hooked up to machines, and their sleep patterns were monitored. The results were somewhat unsurprising although not well-known by any measure. Those who had more stable sleeping rhythms were able to retain memories overnight much more efficiently than those who had more hectic sleeping rhythms. The results remained the same regardless of age or gender. It was found that the synchronicity of brain waves indicated how well memories were transferred from the short-term into the long-term memory overnight. The synchronicity of brain waves is incredibly fragile, however, and if they’re even a millisecond off of each other memory retention can be hindered.

The most exciting part of the experiment was what it could all mean moving forward. Apparently, since it mostly boils down to these brain waves, which are primarily electric waves, the idea is that it’s possible to manipulate these waves in your sleep with electric and magnetic pulses. You can then re-synchronize the brain waves while you’re asleep. Doing this can improve quality of sleep and memory retention without any drugs and tackles the exact area that needs to be addressed. 

The hope for these sets of experiments and ideas is that we can eventually learn how to fix memory loss in aging adults by altering the most significant fault in their memory. This could prove to help those who are dealing with Alzheimer’s, or even just those who are slowly losing their memory. Wouldn’t it be great to reach 100 years of age and still have the same quality of memory you did when you were 20? Soon enough, this may be possible.

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America’s Heroes: Those who maintain parks

In terms of parks, I love them, and not just because Parks and Recreation is one of the best comedies ever, not just of our time.  There are countless parks of varying sizes and population of wild creatures all over these United States.  Thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt, the National Parks Service maintains all of America’s parks, both big and small.  However, when it comes to the smaller parks, it is mainly up to us, the people, to take care of them.  

This does not just include picking up litter and other forms of trash that the slobs of American leave seemingly everywhere.  And, don’t even get me started on people who throw stuff that can be recycled into the trash can when the recycle bin is literally just right there.  I mean, come on, it’s 2017 for the love of Pete.  

Groundskeepers maintain the parks, in terms of mowing the lawns and trimming the shrubs.  For big city parks, law enforcement officers may often be seen patrolling the parks’ grounds. In the case of private parks, owners may hire independent landscapers like those at Ware Landscaping

But, it’s not just employees of Uncle Sam that are allowed to help the parks continue to prosper and grow.  With the permission of the local government, people are allowed to plant plants, surely, in the park.  At the very least, people are allowed to enjoys the parks by playing competitive youth sports, like Saturday early morning soccer and baseball.  Little children play on the swing sets and the playscapes.  Young couples have romantic picnics in the parks.  

A lot of work goes into maintaining these parks, from private contractors to government employees.  Because we are encouraged to think of our parks, because they are our parks after all because we pay for them, as an extension of us, we should take care of them like we take care of ourselves.  

Parks are magical places where you can spend countless hours that seem to fly by in no time doing memorable activities like playing catch with your family, running around aimlessly and letting yourself flow around without a care in the world.  In fact, you can even venture so deep into a park that you would swear that you’re peacefully lost in the woods, not safe inside a wondrous park.  

Today, as more and more open space land becomes increasingly commercialized and bought by private developers who built condos and strip malls everywhere, it is important not just to show the Man that we, as human beings, not just Americans, still care about our parks, but that our planet requires at least some of its land not to be developed.  We must make that promise, both to ourselves and to Mother Earth, that we will take care of it in all the ways that we can and know how to do so.  

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Marriage, Prenups and Divorce

A common legal step that is taken before marriage is a premarital agreement, or more commonly called a prenuptial agreement or prenup. Most people going into a marriage hardly think that they may end up in a separation or divorce, yet it happens quite a bit in our society. This prenup establishes property and financial rights of each spouse in the event of any divorce. Today, approximately one-half of all marriages in America end up in divorce. Considering a prenuptial agreement is the wise choice to make, considering the likelihood of divorce in the United States. Not only do prenups protect assets of more wealthy spouses, but they also can protect family businesses and serve other functions.

Yet the choice is up to you. There are, however, advantages and disadvantages of getting a prenuptial agreement. Although laws vary by each state, prenups can potentially protect a business or professional practice so that it is not divided with the spouse in the event of a divorce. Or, sometimes a prenup can protect the debt-free spouse from having to assume obligation of the other spouse. Further, a premarital agreement can sometimes limit the amount of spousal support that one spouse pays to the other in the event of divorce. More commonly, prenups are designed to protect persons with substantial wealth and older individuals who are going into a second marriage. Yes, second marriages are becoming more common since the first marriages are failing at an alarming rate.

You will have to weigh the odds of signing a prenup. An obvious disadvantage of signing the prenup before you get married is that you are starting a relationship that sets forth agreements on what will happen if you do divorce. Some people may say that this is not the best way to start a marriage – with lack of trust.   Other couples may say that they are too much in love to worry about such issues, as they believe that they will live with each other forever, but one spouse signs it anyway. Sometimes, by signing a prenup, the spouse that has less money or assets is giving up their right to inherit their spouse’s estate when he or she dies. By law, you are entitled to a portion of the estate even if the other spouse doesn’t even mention you in his or her will. As you can see, it is important to be informed before signing a prenup – whether you are the predominant wage-earner who may have more wealth or whether you are the spouse who may raise the family and take care of the home. Sometimes the person that takes care of the home and kids is faced with a prenup that he/she signed before marriage. If he/she is a non-wage-earning spouse, sustaining the lifestyle to which he/she has become accustomed to during the marriage can be challenging. The prenup can substantially limit the amount of spousal support that he/she can obtain in the event of divorce. Getting the assistance of a family law attorney, like Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, may be helpful to sort out your questions and concerns. Being sure that your rights and interests are protected is always a major consideration in any premarital agreement.

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Serious Accidents in Pennsylvania Continue to Occur

Cars are one of the most common forms of transportation across the United States. They are a fast and convenient way to get wherever you need to go, and many people rely on them every day to get to work, the store, or any other possible destination. Nonetheless, car travel is extremely dangerous, due to high speeds, bad road conditions, and the negligent actions of other drivers. There are thousands of crashes that occur across the country each year, and they can lead to serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, like every other state, Pennsylvania faces its fair share of car accidents each year that have devastating results.

In August 2017, a 16-year-old boy from Waverly Pennsylvania was killed in a car accident. He was driving on Bungy road when he lost control of his car and hit a telephone pole. Despite wearing a seatbelt, his injuries were severe, and he was found dead on the scene when police arrived. This is a tragic accident that it is unlikely the boy’s family or other loved ones will ever fully recover from. In this event, even though there were no other drivers present, we must ask ourselves if there was some way this accident could have been prevented. Perhaps the roads were in bad condition, or his car had a defect that allowed it to go out of control. In either of these cases, had another individual taken the time and care to look for possible dangers this senseless death may have been prevented.

However, this was not the only serious car accident in Pennsylvania in August of 2017. The Haredi family found themselves in an accident while driving home to Cleveland after a vacation in Pennsylvania. The driver did not see a tractor trailer that was parked on the side of the road and rear-ended the vehicle at high speed. Although the driver suffered only minor injuries, his four children were rushed to the hospital and are in critical condition. This is another case where it is difficult to determine the exact cause of the accident. The driver could have been distracted or tired while driving, causing him to be unable to see the vehicle in front of him. Another possibility is that the tractor trailer was parked on the road illegally or without the proper signage and lighting to indicate its presence. In either case, this accident could have been prevented, and the Haredi family could be happily home in Cleveland.

Car accidents such as these are tragic to learn about, particularly if there was a chance they could have been stopped. Both the Haredi family and the family of the 16-year-old driver must now face the emotional devastation and the financial losses associated with these serious accidents.

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