One early morning in the midwest, the failure of someone to move over for a tow-truck contributed to a tragic fatality crash on a major interstate. The Move Over law is not a suggestion, it is the law. And while you have sympathy for all involved in this matter, the situation will result in a difficult and emotional court case for everyone involved. For the poor woman who lost her life and her family, also for the driver and his family. Granted, the driver was negligent and there will have to be a penalty to pay. But this driver did not set out when he got up that morning to kill anyone. That is why it is called an accident. It is just a horrific situation, both for the poor victim and those left behind, and also for the driver and his family who are now living this nightmare. Although you do not want to be too quick to cast stones, you understand the ramifications of this situation. Every driver has had moments of inattention and negligence when they are driving and most of us have been lucky and blessed enough to escape the consequences.
In this particular case, however, the legal proceedings will likely find fault and assign blame. A blame that will be difficult to handle, but even more difficult if both parties do not have their own legal adviser.
Estate Planning Is a Necessary Preparation for Many Families
Things did not need to be this complicated. If your father had worked with an estate planning lawyer, you would not need to be caught in the middle of a complicated series of discussion and meetings about assets and properties. The fact that estate planning lawyers can anticipate the various processes that need to be put in place means that working with them is time well spent. And while few people want to spent their time planning for the end of their lives, the fact of the matter is that meeting with an estate planning lawyer can help you plan for the future and make things far less complicated for the rest of your family.
Like estate planning, many of the tasks that require a lawyer are not always pleasant. But like many difficult and challenging situations in life, consulting with a legal adviser sooner rather than later. Waiting can often complicate situations and turn what could have been a more easily managed situation into a difficult and challenging situation. From working with a divorce remediation professional to sorting through other legal issues, getting the help that you need as soon as possible is always advised.
Consider some of these many times when legal consultations would be in your best interest:
- 72% of American seniors have a living will.
- With the help of an estate planning lawyer, you can draft a will in about 10 to 15 minutes.
- A complicated will may take as long as two years to probate, but even a simple one may take at least six months.
- Typically entailing fees of about 2% to 3% of the estate, probate is the process of presenting the will to the court if there is no trustee appointed.
- According to Business Insider, will, a living will, and a durable power of attorney are the three most important legal documents for any American to have.
Whether you are dealing with a deadly car accident or an estate plan, the decision to get the legal help that you need sooner rather than later is always in your best interest. There are many situations in life that are difficult to face and challenging to navigate, but if you make the decision to seek legal advice you can have someone show you what you options are. In many of life’s most challenging situations it would be wise to seek legal counsel. Waiting until things have gotten worse or are more complicated is avoidable if you find an attorney who can help in your particular situation.
No one wakes up in the morning planning to be in a motor vehicle accident caused by their won negligence, and few people want to spend time planning for the end of their live, but facing these situations with an attorney can make them more manageable.