Ways that social media posts can be used in your family law matter
There has been an increase in the use of social media in family law cases. When you are going through a divorce, custody, or placement battle what you post on social media networks can come back and show up in court.
What you can do to protect yourself
1. Shut down or disable your account. The best thing to do is to stop using social media prior to and during your family law case. There is certainly a possibility that screenshots or copies have been made of your profile/comments/pictures, etc. Shutting down the account will also help you resist the temptation to post or comment during the process.
2. Check your Privacy Settings. If you are not going to shut down the social media accounts then you need to check and double check your privacy settings. Limit the people that can see your posts, comments, pictures, etc. Keep in mind that while tightening up your privacy settings can help, this does not guarantee that spouse/former partner will not still find a way to access this information through a friend, relative, or co-worker.
3. Change your password. Make sure you change your password to something that your spouse/former partner does not know. Deactivating an account or changing your privacy settings is useless if your spouse/former partner has the password to your account and can help themselves to any information they want.
4. Delete potentially damaging information. Take down posts, pictures, etc. that could possibly be used against you. Look through your “friends” and unfriend anyone that you don’t know or is in the same circle as your spouse/former partner.
5. Think before you post. Before you post, comment, tag a picture, etc. think about what you are doing, and if this information could be potentially damaging to your family law case. Avoid any posts about the family law matter, your spouse/former partner, and your children.
6. Be up front with your attorney. If you know that there is potentially damaging information on any of your social media accounts, share this information with your attorney so you and your attorney can create a plan on how to deal with this information.
If you have questions regarding your family law matter contact one of the experienced family law attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm.
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When you combine the differing personalities and priorities of two individuals wishing to end their marriage along with emotional distress, financial upheaval and the dissolution of a family, it’s no surprise that divorces can turn ugly. Divorce proceedings are sensitive, emotional matters that require great skill and patience. With differing perspectives, the litigation process can often become convoluted and messy, so it is important to have the legal counsel of a respected divorce attorney to help you maneuver through without feeling overwhelmed and powerless.
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1. Call the police
Wherever you are, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill. You need a verbal report of what happened. If anybody is injured, you need EMS on the way. The police will also be able to include everyones facts in their report. While police may sometimes suggest that because there are no catastrophic injuries, they do not need to come out, you should still insist. If they decide not to come out, that's ok, the important thing is that you made the 911 call.
All 911 calls are recorded and in the event that it is needed, we can call the local police station, obtain the call and possibly use it as evidence.
2. Don't admit to anything
We Texans like to apologize but if any witnesses are nearby, and they hear you apologize, they will assume that you are at fault. Don't make any admissions of guilt and tell your story only to the officer.
3. don't make a recorded statement
Whether to the insurance company or the other involved company. Nothing good comes from a recorded statement when your attorney is not on the line. Recorded statements can be used against you.
4. Seek medical attention within 48 hours
There is nothing wrong with going to the hospital after an accident. Whether you have health insurance or not you should always make sure to seek medical attention if you are involved in an accident and the accident is not your fault. You will be compensated for all of your medical treatment.
If there is a time gap, it makes it more difficult to correlate injuries to the accident.
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A serious bicycle accident can result in disabling injuries that affect every aspect of the victim’s life. Getting out of the hospital is often just the first step in the long road to recovery. The cost of lost wages, emergency care, surgeries, and other medical treatment can add up to a small fortune. But if your wreck was caused by another driver’s negligence, you should not have to pay for these losses out of your own pocket.
The Cedar Park, Austin, Georgetown, Texas, bicycle accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm will evaluate your case for free to determine if you have grounds for a claim. We know what’s at stake for you and your family. Our compassionate lawyers will guide you through every stage of the claims process and will make sure the insurance company doesn’t bully you into accepting an unfair settlement.
Types of Texas Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle
Our attorneys handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from bicycle accidents including:
It can seem impossible to focus on legal concerns in the aftermath of a serious bicycle wreck. But putting off your consultation with an accident attorney could prove costly. Insurance adjusters often use devious strategies to get claimants to admit fault, and one misguided statement could be all it takes to derail your claim.
A Texas bicycle accident attorney from The Valentine Law Firm will handle all correspondence with the insurance adjuster. Having a seasoned litigator by your side from the start will tell the insurance company that you would be willing to take your case to trial if necessary. This often translates into a better settlement offer.
For your injury claim to be successful, it must be shown that the liable party owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care, and this resulted in your injury or loss. Proving duty of care is fairly straightforward when the defendant is a negligent driver since all motorists in Texas have a duty to operate their vehicles in such a way that does not put other people at risk. However, proving a breach of duty, or “negligence,” and tying that negligence to your injury can be more complicated.
If you wait too long to consult an attorney, valuable evidence may be erased, destroyed, altered, or otherwise become unavailable. Our bicycle accident lawyers will get to work right away to gather the evidence needed to prove negligence and liability, which may include:
There is other evidence we may use depending on the cause of your bicycle crash. For example, we may rely on toxicology reports to prove that the at-fault driver was impaired. You may even have a claim against the party who supplied the alcohol or drugs to the driver who caused your wreck.
Our personal injury lawyers know what it takes to strengthen your claim and give your case the best chance of success.
Proving Damages After a Bicycle Accident in Texas
Even when liability seems obvious, recovering a fair payout might involve a complex legal battle. You should expect the insurance company or defendant to do everything in their power to reduce their liability and limit the amount of compensation they have to pay.
Our bicycle accident lawyers will make sure your claim includes all potential damages to which you may be entitled, which may include:
Our attorneys will help you compile medical documents, income tax returns, paystubs, invoices and receipts related to your accident, and other evidence to prove the value of your damages. We can also arrange testimony from financial and medical experts.
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If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a bicycle crash, turn to The Valentine Law Firm for comprehensive and compassionate legal guidance. Call 512-300-5240 or use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.