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    Understanding Workers' Compensation

    Last updated 1 day 19 hours 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.

    Coverage

    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.

    Eligibility

    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.

    Benefits

    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. 

    How Fox & Fox Can Help With Criminal Cases

    Last updated 11 days ago

    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.

    How Does Divorce Affect Your Taxes?

    Last updated 23 days ago

    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.

    Tax Exemptions

    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.

    Tax Deductions

    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.

    What Parents Need to Know About Child Custody Evaluations

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A child custody evaluation may be necessary if the parties cannot agree upon a visitation and custody plan. This is a process by which an evaluator, who is usually a mental health professional, reviews all relevant information to determine what is in the best interests of the child. It’s natural to be nervous about your upcoming interview with the evaluator. Talk to your divorce lawyer about what you can expect. Your divorce lawyer can also give you some tips on what you should and shouldn’t say.

    Understanding the Evaluation Process

    Each evaluator approaches the process differently. In general; however, he or she may interview each parent two to three times, separately. The evaluator will interview the child a few times and observe the child’s interactions with both parents. He or she may speak to other relevant parties, such as pediatricians, teachers, and childcare workers. After conducting these interviews and reviewing relevant documents, the evaluator provides the court with written recommendations about a parenting plan.

    Talking to Your Kids

    Kids may be a little confused by the evaluation process. It’s a good idea to forewarn them about what they can expect; however, use vague language. For example, let them know that the evaluator wants to learn about your family. Divorce lawyers strongly recommend against coaching children about what to say.

    Preparing for the Evaluation

    Your divorce lawyer can help you prepare for your interviews. Understand that what you say will not be held in confidence. Consider what you will say about your parenting style and what you believe to be in the child’s best interests.

    Talking with the Evaluator

    Divorce lawyers advise against disparaging your spouse during the interview. Discuss both positive and negative issues regarding your spouse’s parenting style, and try to be as fair as possible. Be honest when answering your questions, and be clear when stating your custody and visitation preferences.

    At Fox and Fox, our experienced divorce lawyers provide extensive counseling services to our clients. We’ll let you know what to expect from each step of the divorce process and we’ll provide expert advice on dealing with issues such as child custody evaluations. You can call our family law firm in Montgomery County at (888) 480-1439 with any questions you may have. 

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