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Earlier this week we began giving you tips and information on what to do if you have been injured by a distracted driver.  Today we finish with:   In a personal injury case, documentation is important.  Take photos of your injuries. Also, include recent photos of yourself taken before the injuries occurred.  Keep a journal about your injuries and medical attention. Be precise about everything, including the daily extent of your pain. Even the smallest of points is significant information.   Keep all appointments with your medical providers. Explain to your doctors, in detail, any problems you continue to experience as a result of your...

Earlier this week we began giving you tips and information on what to do if you have been injured by a distracted driver.  Today we continue with:   If you have been injured, seek medical attention before doing anything else.  Submit as necessary to exams, x-rays and tests ordered by the treating doctors.   If recommended, or if symptoms continue, see a specialist. Follow your doctor’s recommendations (to the letter).  Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your doctor to help you understand your injuries and treatment.   Consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you. They understand the laws and the injury claims process, allowing them to...

Distracted driving, which includes driver inattention or cell‐phone use (talking and/or texting), is becoming increasingly common and dangerous. In 2014, there were 100,825 traffic crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving (distraction, driver inattention or cell-phone use). That is up 6 percent from 2013. These crashes in 2014 resulted in 3,214 serious injuries and 468 deaths. Nearly one in five crashes in Texas involves driver distraction. (Statistics courtesy of TXDOT)   If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may have questions about what to do.  This series of Tessmer Tips will help answer those questions.   How do you know if you have...

Tip #10 on being a great client: Remember there are no real winners in litigation. It is time consuming, stressful and downright expensive. Nobody really wins in the end. Try and separate your emotions from your legal issues as much as possible. You may want to really “stick it to ‘em” but if you don’t – and sometimes even if you do – you still did not “win”. The best legal advice that can be offered is to avoid litigation altogether. But then again, those that ignore that advice are the ones who keep us in business!...

Tip #8 on being a great client: Don’t show up at the office expecting to see your attorney without an appointment. Law offices are extremely busy and need to keep a schedule for appointments. Likewise, if you make an appointment you cannot keep, you should let your attorney’s office know as soon as possible.   Tip #9 on being a great client: The practice of law is a service; “a lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade” (Abraham Lincoln). Think about what your goals are, what you are willing to settle for at minimum and what you need to know in...

Tip #6 on being a great client: Follow the plan you and your attorney have agreed on for a course of action. Do not change direction, take unilateral action or fail to follow through without first discussing it with your counsel. Be a team player. Tip #7 on being a great client: Review your bill when it arrives and pay on time. If you need clarification about a particular charge or disagree with anything, bring it to your attorney’s attention immediately. If you are having trouble paying your bill, don’t ignore the situation. Call your lawyer’s office and discuss the circumstances;...

Tip #4 on being a great client: Deal with your attorney’s staff whenever possible. While you may be billed for a paralegal or legal assistant’s time, it will be at a lower rate than that of your lawyer. Paralegals have specialized training and, in many cases, a great deal of experience. They can often help you without getting your attorney involved. If you absolutely must speak to your lawyer, be prepared to leave a message and be called back. Tip #5 on being a great client: Maintain realistic expectations. Your attorney is not a miracle worker and cannot predict everything about...

Tip #2 on being a great client: Be organized. Do you really want to pay the hourly rate to have your attorney or his staff sort through all your papers, emails, text messages, etc.? The better organized you are, the sooner we can get busy doing the legal work we are hired to do. Tip #3 on being a great client: Be responsive. Your attorney has to meet court deadlines, as well as file timely responses to requests and inquiries from the other side. Respond to all mail, emails and phone messages you receive from your attorney’s office quickly....

At Tessmer Law Firm, we have some of the BEST clients an attorney could ever hope to have.   The attorney/client relationship is so important.  It involves open communication, honesty and a great deal of trust.   But what exactly makes a great client?  This week, we will give you ten tips on how to be a great client, beginning with:   #1: Seek legal advice early on, even before any legal document has been filed in court. Waiting until right before a court date limits an attorney’s ability to serve you well. Even if you ultimately decide to proceed on your own, consult with a lawyer beforehand...

For most individuals, the first step is to ask a trusted friend or colleague for the name of an attorney they may know or have done business with in the past. Call to schedule a consultation with that attorney. If he or she is not a Family Law attorney, chances are they know several really good ones and can refer you to them. Seek out an attorney who will work with you to plan, budget and strategize for the coming divorce. A divorce attorney’s job is not to make the other spouse’s life hell or to try and “outspend” the...