Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders: Protecting Yourself and Your Family

On behalf of The Law Office of Wickersham and Bowers posted in Family Law on Tuesday April 11th, 2023.

Domestic violence is a devastating problem that impacts millions of people each year. It is an abusive pattern used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another person. Domestic abuse can take many forms, such as physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment. If you or someone close to you is facing domestic violence, take immediate action for yourself and your family’s safety.

One way to protect yourself from domestic violence is obtaining a restraining order. This legal document commands the abuser to stay away from their victim and refrain from contact. It may also include provisions like requiring them to live a certain distance away from their residence, workplace, or other places they frequent.

To obtain a restraining order, you must file a petition with the court. In your petition, you should describe any abuse that has taken place and why you need this measure. Additionally, evidence such as police reports, medical records or witness accounts may be needed to support your claims.

Once the petition is filed, a hearing will be scheduled where you have an opportunity to present your case directly to a judge. After reviewing all evidence, the judge makes an informed decision as to whether a restraining order should be granted. If granted, this order typically lasts between one and three years.

There are numerous advantages to obtaining a restraining order. Most importantly, it provides legal protection from the abuser and their actions. If they breach the terms of their order, they could be arrested and charged with a crime. Furthermore, having a restraining order gives victims and their families an increased sense of safety and security.

However, it’s essential to remember that a restraining order does not guarantee safety. An abuser could still violate the terms of the order or continue their abusive behavior. Thus, having a safety plan and taking other steps are paramount in protecting yourself and your family from harm.If you are struggling with domestic violence, there are numerous resources to help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 support and assistance; local organizations may offer emergency shelter, counseling services, or legal representation. 
At Wickersham and Bowers, we provide expert guidance and council when it comes to domestic violence. 

The Role of a Professional Estate Planner: What to Look for and Why

On behalf of The Law Office of Wickersham and Bowers posted in Estate Planning on Tuesday April 11th, 2023.

Estate planning is the process of making arrangements for the management and distribution of one’s assets in case of death or incapacity. It is a complex undertaking that requires careful consideration of legal, financial, and tax matters. That is why working with an experienced estate planner is highly recommended – they provide expert guidance and advice.

Professional estate planners provide clients with personalized plans that address their individual needs and objectives. This involves assessing the client’s current financial situation, recognizing potential issues or obstacles, and devising strategies to minimize taxes while increasing estate value.

One of the major advantages of working with an estate planner is their specialized knowledge and expertise in this area. They are familiar with all relevant laws and regulations related to estate planning, providing valuable insights into complex tax and financial matters. Furthermore, they help clients navigate through often confusing and intricate world of estate planning, making the process as stress-free as possible.

Another essential role of a professional estate planner is to assist clients in creating an extensive estate plan that meets all their requirements and concerns. This may include identifying beneficiaries, setting trusts, creating wills, or living trusts, managing assets, and preparing for incapacity or disability through durable power of attorney documents or living wills.

When selecting a professional estate planner, it is essential to look for someone with the appropriate credentials and experience. Ideally, you want someone who is either a licensed attorney or certified public accountant with expertise in estate planning. Furthermore, look for someone whose clients have achieved success with their estate planning objectives.

In addition to qualifications and experience, there are other factors you should take into account when selecting a professional estate planner. These include their communication style and responsiveness. You want someone who is approachable and able to explain complex legal and financial concepts clearly and simply.

Finally, a professional estate planner’s role is to give clients peace of mind and assurance that their assets will be managed according to their wishes. By working with an experienced and qualified estate planner, you can guarantee your estate plan is comprehensive, efficient, and tailored specifically to your unique requirements and objectives.

At Wickersham and Bowers, we provide expert guidance and council.