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More Drivers Dropping Insurance Coverage

On behalf of posted in Insurance Issues on Monday January 24, 2011

With an uncertain economic future, people tend to examine different areas in which to save money. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that more and more drivers are dropping auto insurance in this effort. In 1999, a study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) found that 13 percent of drivers were uninsured. A similar report in 2003 found that number had spiked to nearly 15 percent. The IRC now predicts that number to grow even higher in 2010. The most recent IRC study notes a strong correlation between unemployment numbers and the number of uninsured motorists. Specifically, the IRC found that an…

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Auto Insurance Bill of Rights Protects Consumers

On behalf of posted in car accidents on Monday January 17, 2011

All cars and trucks on Massachusetts roads must be covered by an auto insurance policy. Insurance protects drivers from having to front the costs of car accident injuries and property damages out of pocket. Instead, insurance allows drivers to protect against the losses stemming from a car accident by paying a regular fee, known as the premium. If involved in a car accident, the insured can pay the deductible and make an insurance claim for the injuries and property damage caused by the car or truck accident. Because the world of insurance can seem very complicated, Massachusetts provides a Consumer Bill of Rights…

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Establishing Paternity in Massachusetts

On behalf of posted in Family Law on Friday January 14, 2011

Establishing paternity means recognizing someone as the legal father of a child. An official determination of paternity is beneficial for the child, mother and father, and it can be accomplished in a few different ways. Importance of Paternity Determinations Establishing paternity is important for both the parents and the child because it gives the parents specific legal rights and also provides several benefits for the child. Some of these benefits include: Giving the child a sense of identity Establishing mutual responsibility for the child's well-being Allowing the child to know more about his or her family health history Providing financial…

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Child Support Payment Does Not Affect Visitation Rights

On behalf of posted in Family Law on Thursday January 13, 2011

In most cases, child custody, visitation (also known as parenting time) and child support are established at the same time by a judge. Consequently, many parents think that child support is tied to visitation rights. However, child support payment does not affect parents' visitation rights. Massachusetts child custody guidelines state that children must be allowed to enjoy the society, love and companionship of both parents to the fullest extent possible. According to the child custody guidelines, judges determine child custody, visitation and support according to the following principles: Providing a standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the…

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Paying by the Hour for Your Divorce? It’ll Cost You

On behalf of posted in Family Law on Wednesday January 12, 2011

The decision to end a marriage is a big step that brings about many questions, especially if you have never been through a divorce. Finding someone who can answer those questions brings a sense of peace and comfort during an incredibly difficult time. The cost of legal representation may be the furthest thing from your mind. Before you make a decision about the attorney you hire, consider how you will be billed for any services that the divorce attorney performs on your behalf. When you first meet with an attorney about your divorce, discuss the firm's billing method. Will it…

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Tricks Insurance Companies Play

On behalf of posted in car accidents on Tuesday January 11, 2011

If you have been in a car accident, especially one that caused serious injuries, you are probably dealing with many burdens: physical pain, emotional upheaval and more red tape than you imagined. When you contact an insurance company, then, you hope to be treated fairly and compassionately. Unfortunately, while some insurance companies behave impeccably, others do not. Indeed, some insurance companies consistently turn away from what many would consider acceptable business ethics. "Do You Have a Lawyer?" If you get a call from an insurance company after your accident, the person on the other end of the line will probably ask…

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