Swainsboro Family Law Attorneys
Family law issues can be overwhelming. A lot of tension and stress usually comes with having to deal with Family Court. Our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia are here to make this whole process is much easier for you and everyone involved. We encourage you to call us as soon as you can to get the guidance you need. Set up your first consultation right away. We are here to help make a difficult time easier.
Handling Divorce Matters
Ourlawyers in Swainsboro Georgia understand how difficult divorce can be for parties involved. We want to make your divorce easier, smoother and quicker, if possible. There are two types of divorce: one is contested and one is non-contested. Ideally, you would go through a non-contested divorce where you and your soon to be ex-spouse agree on most things and can use a mediator. Non-contested divorces tend not to need a judge to deliberate about what happens in the divorce.
Contested divorces are as it sounds— much more difficult. They often involve more tension and stress between the two divorcing’s parties. Unfortunately, it’s going to be more difficult this way. The best thing that you can do is have a fierce lawyer on your side to get you through this with a fair result.
Regardless if your divorce is going to go smoothly over a couple of weeks or be an arduous process over several months, we want to stand by you. This is a difficult time for people, and our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia respect that.
Handling Alimony Matters
Alimony won’t be involved with every single divorce, but our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia are apt in handling divorces that do require some form of spousal support. Again, not every divorce is going to have alimony involved because not every divorce needs it.
Alimony is typically given to the party in the divorce who requires financial support in order to maintain the lifestyle which they’ve been accustomed to. If one spouse is working and the other is not, alimony may be given either temporarily or permanently, so that the spouse can provide for themselves.
If a spouse needs to return to school in order to become gainfully employed, then alimony might be given temporarily in order to help them on the journey.
Every single case is going to be completely unique, and you absolutely need to speak to our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia if alimony is something that you want, are concerned about or both. We are here to help guide you either way.
Please understand that alimony can be requested at any time during the divorce process by either party but only granted to one.
Handling Child Custody Matters
Child custody matters can be very stressful for everyone involved. Our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia want to be sure that you are represented well when custody is being deliberated on. While we will be there for you to help make sure that the end result reflects what we believe to be fair for you, at the end of the day custody is going to be based on what is best for the children.
There are several different outcomes to custody agreements. There might be one person who has sole custody of the children, the parties may have joint custody and the children will spend even time with them, or one parent might have physical custody while both parents have legal custody. Legal custody means that you can help make decisions about education, medical decisions, and extracurricular activities.
Again, the judge is going to work in the best interest of the children. You might be worried if they’re going to favor one party over the other. It does not work like that. Factors such as what housing each party has, the finances of each party, their relationship to the child, and more go into determining how custody is going to be granted.
Handling Child Support Matters
Child support is a very complicated matter in family law. It is enforced through the law, which means you cannot be late for payments or skip payments. You can get into serious legal trouble if that happens. Every case of child support is going to be different. To ensure that the results are fair, you need to work with our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia. An agreement will be met based on custody, finances, and more. We want to ensure that it is both fair to your children and to yourself.
Swainsboro Bankruptcy Lawyers
The idea of filing for bankruptcy might be making you feel stressed out. There is a common misconception that bankruptcy is a bad thing. Bankruptcy can be a useful tool to help you out of crippling debt. If you want to learn more about filing for bankruptcy, please call our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia today.
How Bankruptcy Works
Bankruptcy is designed for people who are so burdened by debt that they don’t have many other options. It is not something to do when you have debt you can manage. It is a tool to use for emergencies. It offers a lot of benefits, as well as some consequences you should be aware of.
The most frequently utilized form of bankruptcy is Chapter 7. You need to be able to show that you have reason to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy will require that you liquidate assets to pay off some of or all of your debt. You will continue to pay any recurring payments that you have before you filed. That won’t go away. Chapter 7 helps you get back on your feet. Filing for Chapter 7 is something to discuss with one of our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia.
Bankruptcy is NOT Life Ruining
Again, there is a common misconception that if you have to file for bankruptcy, your life is over. That is simply misguided. Yes, there are things to consider before filing, but it is not going to ruin your life. It is intended to help you get your life back from debt.
You may be able to keep your assets, and you may be able to keep your house, your car, and resolve some tax issues.
Try to reframe the way you think about bankruptcy. It is not meant to ruin your life or no one would ever file for it. It is there to get you out of crushing debt and on a better path. Our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia would love to discuss this with you.
Looking Deeper Into Bankruptcy
Managing money is not easy for many people. You are not going to be able to anticipate every big expense that comes your way, so sometimes people rely on credit to help them out and then get into trouble. You are among the many that have a hard time with debt. Savings can go from cushioned to dry as a bone very quickly for many of us. Our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia are happy to help you through this difficult time and help you understand what your options are.
You may be worried about what it says about you to go through bankruptcy. You may associate bankruptcy with failing. We hope this information has helped you see bankruptcy as less of a failure and more of an opportunity. It can actually show that you are willing to take a chance in order to save your future. Bankruptcy is a responsible choice to make when you really need the benefits it provides.
When you file for bankruptcy, the companies to which you owe money are notified. The process is meant to be handled with the help of a skilled lawyer. You are essentially asking for some debts to be forgiven. You are going to have your finances looked at closely and you will be going through a lot of paperwork. One of our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia would be great to have help you through the process.
The Good Parts of Bankruptcy
You may have come to the internet in search of how bankruptcy may help you. When people get into financial trouble, it can be very stressful. It is likely taking a toll on your wellbeing. It might feel like a big leap to file for bankruptcy. We understand that it is intimidating. You should know that bankruptcy can result in a better future.
When you file, you are no longer going to be called by debt collectors all day every day. You won’t see them in your inbox anymore. What’s more, your assets may be protected through bankruptcy, meaning you keep your car and house, if you have those. Next, aside from family law, any litigation against you is ended. No more small claims court.
Any questions you have about bankruptcy in general or Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13, please feel free to reach out to us and get the answers you are looking for. We know this is a challenging time for you and it can be very overwhelming, but know that you are making a good choice by looking into bankruptcy.
Swainsboro Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been seriously injured because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you deserve compensation. Our staff knows the right lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia to help you through this difficult time. If you need a referral to the right representation that will fight for your rights during this difficult time, please call us today!
Parties Involved in a Personal Injury Claim
The case begins when you are hurt. You are the plaintiff of the case if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence.
That negligent party is the liable party who is responsible for your injuries. You are going to need to prove at some point that their negligence caused your injuries for you to have a claim.
The people who will help you with that are the lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia. They are going to be the ones representing you through this whole long process.
Lastly, there is the liable party’s insurance company, which is responsible for actually giving you the compensation. They will try their very best to reduce the amount of compensation they give you possible down to zero if they can.
The lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia are there to prevent that from happening. They want to help you get the full compensation award.
We would be happy to guide you toward strong representation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases That Are Represented
You are likely in a lot of pain. Personal injury is an umbrella term that covers a lot of incidents. Personal injury can involve the following types of accidents:
- car accidents
- bike accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- slip and falls
- negligent security
This is not a comprehensive list. If you suffered injuries because someone else was negligent, you may be eligible for compensation. You deserve justice for their wrongdoing.
One of the lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia we can refer you to would be more than willing to hear the details of your case during a consultation. From there, you can decide what legal action to take.
Mistakes You Do Not Want to Make in a Personal Injury Claim
You are likely not experienced in defending yourself in personal injury claims, so a big mistake would be to try filing a claim without the help of a personal injury lawyer. They know what will make your case strong and they will be able to guide you through the obstacles you face. You also are more likely to get a full result with the help of a lawyer than you would get on your own.
A mistake that a lot of people make is talking to the insurance company who represents the liable party. They want very much to protect their bottom line. They are not interested in giving you the compensation that you deserve. They know that if you’re badly injured, you are eligible for compensation, and they want to stop you from getting it. A way they do that is by asking you to give them a recorded statement.
They will preface the interaction with cordial behavior. They want you to think they are there to help you resolve this situation quickly. You do not legally have to give them a statement. All they need is your name and insurance info if you’ve been hurt by their insured. This recorded statement is a tool that they use to get you to say something that would hurt your case.
Another huge mistake a lot of people make is that they wait too long to talk to a lawyer. There is a statute of limitations of two years. If you wait longer than two years to try to file your personal injury claim, you are no longer going to be eligible for compensation. If you are waiting up until the statute of limitations almost runs out, you are going to see that your witnesses may have forgotten very important information. That evidence that could have helped you has disappeared. Act quickly to ensure you have a strong case.
How Hall & Navarro Can Help
We are more than happy to help you find the right lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia who will help you get the compensation that you need. It is important that you find the right fit. The lawyer who represents you is going to help you get the compensation you deserve. The wrong lawyer would be someone who just wants to get your case over with. Call us if you want to find the right lawyer to help you.
Swainsboro Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you’ve been arrested for a serious crime, you deserve to have representation that takes protecting your rights very seriously. Please give our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia a call right away to get the help you need. This is a scary time, but we can help ease your worries.
What Happens After Getting Arrested?
If you were arrested or indicted, that means that the state of Georgia’s prosecution have reason to believe you committed a crime. In order to make the arrest, they don’t have to have proven that you 100% did the things they are arresting you for. They only have to show that you likely did. Indictment is a bit different. For the prosecution to indict you, that means a grand jury has already deliberated on whether or not you have likely done the crime and said that they believe you have.
Typically in Georgia, you won’t see these cases get dropped upon a preliminary hearing, but this hearing must take place if we are to find out what the prosecution has against you. Once you have been charged with the crime, then you will go in front of a judge and plead guilty or not guilty.
From there, the prosecution has to tell us what evidence they have against you in a process called discovery. We use all this information to build your defense.
Possible Outcome: Charges Dismissed
It is very much within the realm of possibility for your charges to be dismissed. This can happen during pretrial motions, if our defense wins. We can make a motion to suppress evidence the prosecution is trying to use against you. Georgia state law and the United States Constitution say that the prosecution is not allowed to use evidence that was gathered in an unlawful way, so we will be thorough when we see what they have against you. It may be that they have information from a search of your home without a warrant. None of that evidence can lawfully be used against you.
Our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia have also seen charges get dismissed if the defense is able to show during pretrial that the indictment was wrong. They may be able to prove that you were brought up on charges for a crime that happened outside of the statute of limitations, for example. It is definitely something that could happen in some cases.
Possible Outcome: Plea Deals
Understand that it has become more challenging overtime for the defense to do their job. That is why it is imperative that you find the right lawyer for your case. Plea deals are a possible outcome. They offer some benefits, and a lot of cases result in plea deals. It can sometimes save you from the harshest consequences. A plea deal sometime means you are pleading guilty for a minor charge, as opposed to going to trial for something that could wind up with you getting convicted for something with much harsher penalties.
It is a decision you should not be making lightly, as it could mean surrendering some of your rights. You won’t go to trial to present your case to the jury. That means a judge will make the final call. Juries can often be unpredictable, so deciding not to take a chance with them could be the right move for you.
You can discuss whether you want to made a plea deal with one of our lawyers in Swainsboro Georgia, but it is something you ultimately must decide for yourself.
Possible Outcome: Jury Trials
Jury trials happen when things are not resolved in pretrial motions and when you choose not to take a plea deal. The trial is going to be the prosecution and the defense making their arguments against and for you, respectively. The jury will then decide if they think you are guilty or innocent beyond a reasonable doubt.
Everything begins with the selection of the jury which is going to be the foundation of the case. After all, they are the ones who will decide your fate. The prosecution and defense each have an opportunity to remove jurors who they think are going to be biased.
Then the prosecution and defense each give opening statements. They can bring witnesses to testify, argue each other’s evidence, and then finally make closing arguments. The jury will take everything they know about your case and the evidence they heard, and they will deliberate.
They will do one of three things: convict you, acquit you, or call a mistrial. If they cannot unanimously agree on conviction or acquittal, that would call for a mistrial, which means there will be more litigation. If you are acquitted, you are free to go home. If you were convicted, you will have to be sentenced at a later time.