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In today’s newsletter, we will look into the benefits of creating a Health Care Directive, how Custody and Support Modification can help your family, share some advice concerning what to do if you receive a traffic ticket, and take a look at a new viral video where a telephone scammer accidentally calls a police officer.
Part of providing friendly, professional counsel includes talking with clients about issues which can be uncomfortable to think about, such as their end of life planning — but the truth is that having a real plan in place sets many people’s anxieties to rest. Health care directives usually address the following general question:
If you were nearing the end of your life and there were certain treatments that may make you live longer, but those treatments would not actually cure you, would you want any such treatments?
The purpose of a Health Care Directive is to explicitly state your desires, in writing, for your end of life care so that your family doesn’t have to assume, or guess, what you would have wanted.
How is a Health Care Directive Different Than a Living Will?
Our attorneys sometimes get asked this question, and while the answer depends on the actual wording of any given legal document, here is a general answer:
Health Care Directive forms typically give the person signing the document the ability to say “yes” or “no” to various types of treatments, in various types circumstances. In addition, it gives the person signing the chance to answer other general health care questions, such as those regarding organ donation and hospice care.
Most modifications cases are not cooperative, and are in fact contested, meaning that the parents/parties do not agree on the new terms. However, if you feel that your case is a cooperative one, and it meets the following requirements, we should be able to handle your modification case quickly and easily. If your case is cooperative, all of the following concerning your case should be true:
- Both parties agree that a modification is necessary.
- Both parties are willing to cooperate with one another.
- Both parties agree on all changes to child custody, visitation, support, and custody issues.
- Both parties are willing to sign appropriate legal documents for the modification.
If any of these statements do not apply to your situation, you will most likely be facing an uncooperative/contested case, with which we are also prepared to assist you.
Think before you pay that ticket though, as having points on your driving record can result in higher insurance rates, in which case it’s better for your wallet in the long run to hire an attorney and take care of it correctly. There’s also the inconvenience of having to appear in court, something no one wants to do, and sometimes cannot do, if you work full time.
What to Do When You Get a Traffic Ticket
- MAKE SURE YOU DO SOMETHING! Don’t ever just ignore a traffic ticket. It can lead to further costs, court appearances, fines, warrants for arrest, and even time in jail.
- THINK BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO JUST PAY THE TICKET. Paying a traffic ticket will almost always cause your insurance rate to go up and stay up for a period of three years. Plus, you will be out the money for the fine.
- CONTACT AN ATTORNEY. Often an attorney can have a ticket dismissed or suspended, and they may be able to plead your ticket down to a lesser infraction that will not cause any “points” to be assessed against your driving record.
- MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. An attorney can review your specific situation and give you an idea of what can be done and how much it will cost. In our experience, it usually costs less to hire an attorney than to simply pay a ticket and have your car insurance rate go up.
IRS Scam Backfires and Cop Records Hilarious Video
It takes a special kind of stupid to try to pull one over on the cops, but that’s exactly what one crook tried to do in Eau Claire City, Wisconsin.
In a new viral video, a would be crook attempts to extort money via impersonating the IRS over the phone. We can only assume that the scammer didn’t know who he was calling, because on the other end of line, was police officer Roder. This is a common scam, as the IRS will not call you directly if you owe them money. Roder began recording the video when he realized he could help people by exposing the hoax. In the clip, he asks the scammer some simple questions and holds back laughter as the con attempts to talk his way through it, not realizing that he is in fact talking to a police officer.
Roder made a point to record the video to raise awareness about these types of scams, and you can view it on the police department’s Facebook page for yourself by clicking the link below.