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  • Cousin passed away 4/23/14 in a car accident and he was the passenger. how does she my auntbecome legal power of attny he was 23

    The drivers insurance company wants her to be legally the power of attny (driver also passed) in order for the claim to be processed. how does she do that in the state of wisconsin

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It is important that your family contacts a local personal injury attorney about the issues. An estate or a Special Administrator of your cousin's estate needs to be considered for this situation. It is important to know if your cousin was married, had any children, or had living parents at the time of his death in this accident, as they may have potential claims. There is more information which needs to be obtained to allow a full investigation of potential claims which might be available. There are statute of limitations issues and possibly other notice requirements which need to be discussed and evaluated. The sooner a personal injury attorney is consulted, the better to give you and your family the best information and advice.

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  • How do I file a complaint and lawsuit against police department and attorneys office discrimination?

    Police department and attorneys office wrongfully did not do there job.They fulsified police reports.I had a officer threaten me.Took away access to my residence.Did not properly investigate the case because of the fact I was a male.How do I file ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I would suggest that you contact a civil rights attorney in the Milwaukee area who can assist you in explaining the requirements of filing the appropriate notice forms to preserve your State law claims and who can explain the different ways that civil rights claims can be pursued under either State or Federal law, along with the statute of limitations time periods which are applicable to each type of claims. Our website has information and forms which can be used, if you wish, however, speaking with an attorney who can explain this process to you is very important and helpful

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  • Persistent whiplash pain years after car accident and settlement. What are my options?

    Was rear ended at a stop, driver who was at fault struck me at around 45mph. Was unable to do physical therapy and was forced to settled about 2 years ago for about $2000 due to my financial situation.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You should obtain a copy of the release form which you signed, in order to review the language. Most release forms indicate that you are releasing both past and future claims, both known and unknown. If that is the case, you would have accepted the offered money as a full and final settlement of all claims which you might have as a result of your injuries on this accident.

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  • I was rear ended in a 4 car accident.How do I obtain the other driver's insurance info to start a claim? Do I need an attorney?

    I was the front of the four cars involved. The 2 last drivers were cited. I did not obtain their info at the scene, as the officer stated he would bring it to me. I received a business card with the accident number but do not know who to contact t...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You might want to contact the investigating police officer, and he/she may give you some information prior to the accident report being completed and filed. As to your vehicle damage, you could use your own insurance collision coverage, but you will have to pay your deductible, however, you should be able to get that reimbursed pretty quickly from the responsible insurance company. Especially if you were injured, you should contact an experienced local personal injury attorney, especially before giving any statements or signing any documents.

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  • Accident with a friend's car? Liability?

    My friend told me to drive his car, so while driving, he told me to take a right, out of the blue. So I took the right, and turned right into a metal railing, causing minimum to medium damage to the lights and hood, no engine problems. Who...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You are going to be found to be responsible for causing the accident, as it was ultimately your choice to make the turn carefully. If he grabbed the wheel, or something like that, then he might be the one at fault. His vehicle insurance collision coverage should cover the vehicle damage, minus your friend's deductible, if he has the coverage and deductible. If your friend had injuries, or if there is a claim being made for the other property which was damaged, his auto insurance or your auto insurance, if you had any, may provide coverage. Also, if your friend's insurance pays, they may contact you for reimbursement.

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  • I was in a car wreck back in 2011 the lawyer I had lied to me what can I do???

    I was not driving,I lost 3 daughters.. my lawyer at the time had gotten me another lawyer because he said my daughters father was going to sue me..the case is still going on he is still my sons lawyer but he had me sign my representative for my 2 ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    My sincere condolences to you for your losses. I am confused as to the reason that you are being sued and it is unclear how old your daughters were at the time of this trajedy. I also do not understand how your son was involved in this accident. You have not explained how any banks are involved. I think you need to meet with the lawyer to get the facts straight, and then maybe you should meet with another qualifed and local personal injury attorney to help you understand how the parties are each involved, where any conflict lie, and what can be done to help you.

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  • Do I need an attorney

    My son was arrested at school, he was read his mirenda rights, he asked for a lawyer but was strongly questioned.. how can I obtain the police video. Do I need a lawyer

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If your son was arrested, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney to determine what he was arrested for and whether charges are being pursued. The criminal defense attorney will have a right to obtain the "discovery," which is any of the videos, police reports, witnesses statements, and other investigative materials from the police investigatoin. If there is no criminal case pending, then you might be able to make an open records request to obtain the police video. You should then consult with a civil rights attorney to determine if any civil rights violations occurred.

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  • Can a car insurance co. remove my car from tow yard without my permission.

    I was in an accident, car was towed to a tow yard. The insurance co said they would only pay 4 days storage. Didn't get a police report for 20 days (state police). Insurance Co. removed car from the original lot, without tell me. I hold title to t...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I suspect that the car was removed from the original tow yard to avoid further storage charges to them. Usually they would ask your permission to do so. Are they agreeing to pay for all of the storage charges? Did they agree to provide you with a rental car or other alternative transportation? Since you hold the title to the vehicle, they certainly cannot sell it or do anything further with it, since you are the titled owner. The question to answer is what damages, if any, did you suffer by way of the delay in finding out where your car was towed to?

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  • Does my attorney have to pay my medical expenses from the check that was sent to me from an auto accident I was in?

    My attorney gave a contract saying that she was keeping 33.3% of the check that was going to be paid to us, we just received the check but she kept about 75% and she said that she was going to pay the medical expenses from that.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You should ask for, and your attorney should provide, a breakdown of the settlement proceeds for you to approve prior to any amounts being paid from the settlement. The attorney's contract provides for his fees, for his time, to be 1/3 or 33 1/3%. He will be reimbursed his costs and disbursements for what other places have charged him, such as medical records and bills, other reports, and other things necessary to pursue your case.That is often in addition to the fees amount , but the contract you signed would spell that out. Then you may have outstanding medical bills be be paid, and you might have health or auto insurance which has paid some of your bills, which need to be reimbursed. Again, the settlement breakdown that the attorney should provide for your review and approval should provide the details of any payments. Make sure to communicate with your attorney so that you are fully informed and understand the payment breakdown.

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  • Auto accident i have no insurance what should i do now?

    my nephew recently had car accident 1 day after he came back from over 3 week vacation in mexico. he had no insurance at the time of accident and has court date for march 20. will he need a lawyer?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It sounds as though your nephew should hire an attorney to represent him for the tickets he received. I am unclear about what the court date is for. Is it for the traffic law tickets, is it for the lack of insurance? Was it your car that he was borrowing? I would have him consult with an attorney on these issues so that you will also know what liability you might also face for this accident.

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