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Nurses provide important services for the sick and injured and in doing so often place themselves in harm’s way. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurses are 48 percent more likely to have wrist, back, and/or ankle sprains or strains on the job compared to all other occupations. The BLS also reports that nurses are 60 percent more likely to report chronic soreness and pain. If that’s not bad enough, nurses also have one of the highest risks of exposure to deadly bacteria, hazardous chemicals, and infectious diseases.
If you are a nurse and have been injured on the job, contact the personal injury attorneys at Fox and Fox. Our personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys have been representing injured workers in Montgomery County for over 82 years. Contact us online or call us at (888) 480-1439 to learn how our personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys can help you receive the benefits and compensation you are entitled to.
Last updated 10 days ago
Everyone is familiar with the pre-nuptial agreement, but what about post-nuptial agreements? These marital agreements are similar to pre-nuptials, except for the fact that they are drafted and signed during a marriage instead of before. And while post-nuptials are less common than pre-nuptials, they are gaining popularity in the United States. Between 2002 and 2007, nearly 50 percent of divorce and family lawyers polled by the America Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported an increase in the number of post-nuptial agreements. The big question, then, is whether a post-nuptial agreement is right for your marriage.
Why Married Couples Create Post-Nuptial Agreements
While pre-nuptial agreements are designed to protect both parties in the event of divorce, post-nuptial agreements are created to help married couples resolve issues in their marriage by removing a source of disagreement over finances, assets, children, and chores, to name a few. Couples may also use post-nuptial agreements to decide such things as how long the mother-in-law gets to visit or how many boys-only weekends the husband gets to take. Post-nuptial agreements can even be used as a way of controlling certain behaviors that typically result in divorce, such as adultery or over spending.
Determining the Validity of a Post-Nuptial Agreement
Because common law in the United States during the 1800s was that a husband and wife could not make a legally binding contract between themselves, the validity of post-nuptial agreements varies from locale to locale. When determining the validity of a post-nuptial agreement, judges make sure that there has been full disclosure of assets in the agreement, a lack of duress in the creation of the agreement, and that the agreement itself is fair to both parties.
The family law firm of Fox and Fox can help you and your spouse create a binding post-nuptial agreement. And if things can’t be resolved, our divorce attorneys can make your separation as easy and painless as possible. To learn more, call us toll-free at (888) 480-1439 to speak with one of our family and divorce law attorneys.
Last updated 29 days ago
Employees who sustain an injury on the job or an illness related to the job could be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation pays benefits to you to help you stay afloat while you are out of work. Since the regulations governing workers’ compensation are complex and can vary from state to state, it’s in your best interests to work with a veteran lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases. Your attorney can ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. Additionally, many workers’ compensation claims result in disputes. Your lawyer can represent your interests in all workers’ compensation proceedings.
If you live in Pennsylvania, you are almost certainly covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Employers are required to provide coverage for their employees, including part-time employees and seasonal laborers. However, some employees are covered by other regulations in Pennsylvania. For example, federal civilian employees, longshoremen, and railroad workers are covered under different compensation laws. Your lawyer can explain your coverage to you.
Inform your attorney of the circumstances of your disability to determine if you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You’re considered eligible if your job directly caused your injury, illness, or disease. However, you’re ineligible if that injury was self-inflicted, was the result of a violation of a law, or was the result of intoxication.
There are several types of workers’ compensation benefits to which you or your family may be entitled. For example, you could be eligible for payments for lost wages and medical care. In the event that a qualifying injury results in death, surviving family members could receive benefits. Specific loss awards are also available for permanent or serious disfigurement, or the permanent loss of the use of a body part.
Even if you’re receiving workers’ compensation checks, you could still be eligible for additional benefits. Talk to a lawyer at Fox and Fox of Montgomery County to find out whether you could be eligible for additional compensation. Call our experienced lawyers at (888) 480-1439 and let us know how we can help you.
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Fox and Fox is a full-service law firm that remains committed to providing exceptional legal representation and guidance to those in Montgomery County who are facing criminal charges. Our team of dedicated lawyers has extensive experience in defending clients accused of DUI offenses, juvenile offenses, and many other matters. We also provide guidance in matters pertaining to extradition, asset forfeitures, expungement, and summary appeals. When you work with a lawyer at our firm, you’ll gain an ally who will walk you through every step of the judicial process.
Explaining Your Legal Rights
The arresting officer is required by law to disclose your Miranda rights, which include the right to a lawyer. Once your lawyer arrives, he or she can explain all of your legal rights to you and will be present during any interrogations to ensure the police officers do not violate your rights. Your lawyer will also ensure that the police officers properly follow all enforcement procedures.
Handling Pre-Trial Matters
Some criminal cases can be resolved without the need for a trial. Our criminal defense lawyers will represent you during the preliminary arraignment and subsequent hearings. Our legal team will also handle all pre-trial matters on your behalf, including negotiating with the prosecution to work toward a reduction of the charges or even the elimination of the charges altogether.
Representing Your Interests in Court
In the event your case does go to court, you’ll need a veteran criminal defense lawyer on your side. Our litigators have a wealth of experience representing clients’ best interests in court. We’ll aggressively defend your rights and work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Montgomery County, it’s imperative to arrange for legal representation right away. Call the criminal defense lawyers of Fox and Fox at (888) 480-1439. Over the past 85 years of serving Montgomery County residents, our full-service law firm has earned its reputation for professional excellence.
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Although a skilled divorce lawyer can assist you throughout the process, a divorce is rarely easy. Aside from the personal challenges associated with divorce, there are plenty of legal and financial problems to work out with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. After scheduling a consultation with a divorce lawyer, you may wish to visit your accountant or other tax professional to learn about the ways in which divorce will affect your taxes.
Tax Filing Status
According to IRS regulations, your tax filing status is determined by your marital status as of the last day of the tax year. For example, if your divorce has not yet been finalized by December 31, you’ll have to file as a married couple. You can file separately as a married couple, rather than jointly. If your divorce is finalized by the last day of the year, you’ll be required to file as a single head of household. Sometimes, a spouse will prefer to file a joint return if the marriage wasn’t finalized in time. Your signature is not required for this. If you object to filing a joint return, you must file an objection. You may also wish to use a divorce lawyer as an intermediary for negotiations with your spouse.
Once you’re divorced and you can file as head of household, only one of you may claim a child as a tax exemption. Whoever has physical custody of the child for over half of the year may claim the tax exemption. However, sometimes a divorce order will specify otherwise.
If your divorce lawyer arranged for alimony payments or child support, you’ll need to be mindful of those issues when filing your tax return. If you’re receiving alimony, you must claim it as income. If you pay alimony, you can deduct it. However, neither paying nor receiving child support affects your tax return.
The laws regarding divorce can be quite complicated. Let the divorce lawyers of Fox and Fox help you sort through the issues and finalize your divorce in a timely manner. If you live in the Montgomery County area or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our veteran divorce lawyers by calling (888) 480-1439.