Jill K. Whitbeck’s Answers

Jill K. Whitbeck

Reno Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 18
  1. Do i have to be present at my bench trial if i have an attorney?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Richard S. Johnson
    2. Jill K. Whitbeck
    3. Guy W Bluff
    4. Matthew C Simon
    5. J. Scott Dilbeck
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    Odd to have a bench trial in a personal injury case . . . but if this is your personal injury trial, you really have to find a way to be there. Without the impact of your testimony, especially as to pain and suffering, you are not likely to get anywhere near the compensation you could otherwise achieve. Only you can testify as to your personal damages. I assume you have talked to your attorney about the possibility of being absent? I am sure he/she will impress upon you the need to find a...

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  2. Do I need a attorney?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Jill K. Whitbeck
    2. Matthew William Hoffmann
    3. Sean Cleary
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Richard S. Johnson
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    Hire a lawyer, immediately, and seek medical treatment for your injuries.

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  3. Do I have a right to say NO to my Attorney if he wants to open a CD account for later after a Personal Injury Case is settled?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Jill K. Whitbeck
    2. William Berry Palmer
    3. Jacob W Pillsbury
    4. J. Scott Dilbeck
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    In general, the answer is Yes, you can say No. I am assuming the attorney is advising that you may wish to invest your net personal injury settlement, after fees, costs, and liens have been paid. That may be good advice, but you do not have to follow the advice, in whole or in part. I am also assuming that you are a competent adult, and not an unemancipated minor or under a guardianship. If you are not a competent adult, there are other rules that apply and you do not have control over your...

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  4. Driving and cell phones

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Jill K. Whitbeck
    2. William Berry Palmer
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4. Michael T Warshaw
    5. Ross Carl Goodman
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    The law currently requires a hands-free headset, so speaker use is not defined. The key is "hands-free." If you are able to use your speaker, without holding your phone (so both hands remain on the wheel), then you are not likley to get cited (particularly considering that OnStar and similar systems are technically speaker systems used without a headset). I have had NHP tell me that speaker use is okay . . . See http://www.dmvnv.com/dltrafficlaws.htm

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  5. I am filing a complaint for property damage, negligence. Can I have the defamation cause of action in this complaint?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Richard S. Johnson
    2. David Herman Hirsch
    3. Jill K. Whitbeck
    4. C. Donald Briggs III
    5. Miguel Amador
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    Actually, you MUST include your defamation claims in your suit, or they are lost. All actions for damages resulting from the same incident must be joined in the same action. Our law does not allow you to "piece meal" your claims. However, as my colleagues have stated or implied, there really is no money in defamation . . . and it is not covered by any insurance. So this claim is the very least of your concerns. Of more concern is that it sounds like you are trying to do this on your own,...

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  6. If I have a large amt of money, $2 million liability umbrella on my cars and stepchild crashed, am I liable ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Richard S. Johnson
    2. Jill K. Whitbeck
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Douglass S Lodmell
    5. Hillary Johns
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    The amount of insurance you carry is not what determines liabililty. However, your liability exposure is very small, at best, and it sounds as if you are adequately covered. It sounds like the car insurance is in your name, or a houshold group, and that opens you to ownership/liability. If you are married to the 16 year olds mother, then the vehicle the 16 year old drives is community property (name on title irrelevant) and with everyone living in the same home, there is some tenuous...

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  7. I hit and killed a pedestrian on a highway.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Jill K. Whitbeck
    2. Richard S. Johnson
    3. William Berry Palmer
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Frank Perez
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    First, you need to understand that UM/UIM does not pay your medical bills. If there is coverage available there, you have to actually present a claim against that coverage. Your claim will be evaluated, and a settlement offered. This process can take a while, and should not be undertaken while you are still actively treating (as your full damages are unknown). Thus, if you have health insurance, you should be using that to pay your medical bills while you work on an actual UM/UIM claim (...

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  8. Hello I was shopping at Walmart....

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. William Berry Palmer
    2. Jill K. Whitbeck
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. J. Scott Dilbeck
    5. Michael R Crosner
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    You likely have a valid claim, and you could sue. But the question will become whether or not a lawsuit is worthwhile. You need to consult with attorneys in your area immediately. They need to officially place that WalMart location on notice to preserve any video tapes. What the other attorneys have identified in regard to the amount of your damages being worth the cost of the case is completely valid and worth considering. In addition, WalMart is a notoriously difficult litigant. They...

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  9. An estimate of a settlement

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Shoshana Kunin-Leavitt
    2. William Berry Palmer
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Jill K. Whitbeck
    5. David Herman Hirsch
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    The scar may not be with you forever. You need to see a plastic surgeon to get an opinion and estimate for scar revision surgery. Then the risks and benefits of that surgery, as well as the cost and potential outcome, can be balanced against having a lifetime permanent scar. However, as my colleagues have stated, you REALLY need to do this through a personal injury attorney. A quality attorney can guide you to a surgeon who is familiar with the legal process and will cooperate with the...

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  10. I lent a friend a car and he crashed

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jill K. Whitbeck
    2. Richard S. Johnson
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Kevin Coluccio
    5. Ryan Alexander
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    When you lend your vehicle to someone else, you are putting them in control, legally known as "permissive use." When that person then uses that control to allow someone else to use the vehicle, you remain liable (although the first permissive user may also be liable). Your insurance company should be protecting your interests, and you need to make sure you follow through with everything your policy requires. If the accident was major, the permissive user's insurance (if he/she had any) may...

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