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Are Personal Injury Settlements Considered Marital Property in a Divorce?

By Smith Law Firm |

While family law and personal injury are distinct areas of the law, there are certain circumstances in which they overlap. An example of a situation in this category is when a divorcing spouse collects a personal injury settlement award or expects to receive one soon. This lump sum amount could represent one of the… Read More »

can an auto repair shop be liable for a car accident?

Can Auto Repair Shops Be Liable for a Car Accident?

By Smith Law Firm |

To maintain vehicles and to ensure safe driving, most people rely on auto repair shops for their car upkeep. If your car has been carelessly repaired and maintained, the garage may be held responsible for any accident and injury that may occur as a result of their poor servicing work. Establishing liability in such… Read More »

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How Does Divorce Affect Children?

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Divorce can represent a challenging time for a family. The parents realize new ways of relating to each other as well as new ways to parent their children. There are varied effects of divorce on children. Some children may take the change in the family dynamics in stride and react in an understanding manner…. Read More »

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Who is Liable for a Ridesharing Accident?

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In modern-day living, ridesharing may be one of the greatest conveniences. Rather than search for taxi numbers and try to determine if they are available and hoping that your fare is not too high, you can simply get an instant ride price and pick up time on your phone. However, new technology presents new… Read More »

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Delayed Injuries from a Car Accident

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Serious injuries and emotional distress can result from automobile accidents, even if the damage to the vehicle is not significant. Every individual responds to a vehicle accident in a different manner. Some may experience pain immediately after the crash, while others may not experience any symptoms until weeks or even months later. At times,… Read More »

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What Percentage of Personal Injury Cases go to Trial?

By Smith Law Firm |

The details of a specific case determine whether or not the case goes to trial or settles before court proceedings initiate. Most cases, up to 95 percent, don’t go to trial. A majority of personal injury cases are settled during one of the pre-trial stages. Both avenues have associated advantages and weaknesses. At times,… Read More »

can a criminal record affect a personal injury case

How a Criminal Record Can Affect a Personal Injury Case

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Being convicted of a crime in the past might be unrelated to your personal injury case, but most people would still view a criminal record in a negative light. Many personal injury cases have a jury that comprises people from all walks of life, who will decide the personal injury claim for a victim…. Read More »

religious upbringing in child custody cases

How is the Religious Upbringing Issue handled in Alabama Child Custody Cases?

By Smith Law Firm |

The topic of religion can be controversial, especially during a child custody battle. In general, a parent’s religious beliefs will not be the only basis for a court’s custody determination. Instead, judges will evaluate various aspects to establish what custody arrangements will serve the child’s best interests. Similarly, a non-religious parent will not experience… Read More »

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Estate Planning and Coronavirus

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of the future and the risks associated with contracting the virus and developing COVID-19, estate planning has become more relevant and important for many throughout Alabama. What’s more, the deadly nature of the coronavirus has not only led more people to create estate plans, but also to… Read More »

pedestrian accidents and covid 19

Pedestrian Accidents and COVID-19

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While the coronavirus pandemic is far from over in the country, businesses in states nationwide are starting to open back up again and stay-at-home orders are being lifted. This is true in Alabama, where the Safer at Home order is in effect until July 3 (and was modified from a stay-at-home order). As people… Read More »