Marshall Texas Legal Issues Blog

What NOT to do before filing for divorce

The number of divorce filings typically spikes after the New Year as many unhappy couples choose to spend one last holiday season together — usually for the sake of their children — before ending their marriages.

Now that the holiday season is long gone, many Texas residents are preparing to file for divorce. If you are one of them, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do avoid having the process turn into a complex legal battle.

From a family law attorney’s perspective, there are things you can do to prepare, but perhaps more importantly, there are things you should not do, including:

Don’t start spending money as a way to get even.

The more you spend during now, the less there will be to go around when assets are divided. Additionally, many people end up having to tighten their budgets after a divorce, so now is a good time to start spending more conservatively.

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What to do after being denied disability benefits

Did you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and get denied? Are you feeling frustrated and anxious about your future? Take a deep breath because there is still hope.

In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that while an average of 70 percent of applicants are denied after applying for the first time, many of these individuals end up receiving benefits after proving that they are eligible in an appeal.

In many of these cases, applicants were deserving of benefits, but their initial applications did not include enough medical evidence of their disabilities, or the application was not filled out correctly or completely.

What do I need to do now?

The best thing you can do in order to improve your chances of receiving SSDI benefits is to contact an experienced disability attorney in your area who can help you get started with your appeal right away.

According to statistics, those who hire an attorney to help them appeal their SSDI denials are much more likely to end up receiving benefits. This makes sense because legal knowledge is required in order to put forth a solid argument as to why benefits should be granted.

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Wet weather contributes to many winter car accidents

Most people assume that snowy winter weather poses the most serious driving hazards, but federal data has shown that rain is the biggest threat to highway safety and causes more fatalities than snow or ice in 39 out of 50 states, including Texas.

National weather teams report that this winter is expected to be especially wet in Texas because of a strong El Niño taking place in the Pacific Ocean. With that said, now is a good time to revisit a few safety tips for driving in wet weather, which may prevent you from being involved in an accident.

Get your vehicle ready ahead of time. Your car needs to be ready for wet weather, which means replacing windshield wipers that do not work properly, making sure your tires have the appropriate tread depth and pressure, checking to make sure all lights are functioning appropriately, and getting your brakes tested. All of these steps will help keep you safe when the roads are wet.

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Former trucking exec says Congress is ‘coddling’ industry

It is obvious that the trucking industry plays an important role in America’s economy, but are profits being valued over safety? At least one former trucking industry executive thinks so.

In a recent opinion piece for The New York Times, the former executive at American Trucking Associations said that until Congress “stops coddling” the trucking industry, fatal accidents involving large trucks will continue to surge.

The former trucking exec gave four big examples of how Congress, in recent months, has valued the wishes of the trucking industry over public safety, including:

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