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If you live in an area that is rich with mineral oil, you have likely been asked whether you have considered selling your mineral rights. Many people have sold the rights to the minerals on their property, earning them extra assets and cash to use in the future.

However, the process of selling your mineral rights can be complicated, and you should only get involved if you truly want to sell your mineral rights. Not sure why you would want to sell them in the first place? Keep reading below to see why so many have made the decision to sell.

Control over your finances. If the government or some other entity attempts to drill on your property for minerals or oil, you’ll receive money. However, this may not ever happen. Choosing to sell your mineral rights allows you to be proactive and get the money for your minerals on your own terms, not when the government makes the decision to drill on your property. With the money you make from selling your mineral rights, you’ll be able to respond to any financial emergencies as they come up.

Planning for the Long-term. Unfortunately, there will be a time where you aren’t around to take care of your family. Selling your mineral rights will give you money to pass on to your family in the event of your passing. This will ensure that your family will be taken care of, even when you’re gone.

Get ahead of the curve. One look at the political and environmental conversations that are happening around the globe and it becomes apparent that oil is becoming less and less popular and people are moving towards different forms of energy, like wind and solar energy. You don’t want to attempt to sell your oil rights when there is no longer a demand for oil, so you should try to sell your oil and mineral rights while the demand for them is still high.

Taxes. For many, selling their mineral and oil rights is much preferable to leasing their oil and mineral rights. Those who decided to lease their rights as opposed to selling them will see their taxes increase when tax season comes, as money made from leasing is treated as regular income. However, if you sell your oil or mineral rights, it may count as a capital gain tax. So, you should sell your rights right before rates go up or just as soon as they go down.

Next steps. If you’ve been convinced and are now looking to sell your mineral rights, the first thing you should do is reach out to a mineral rights broker. He or she will be able to connect you with interested buyers and make sure that you get the highest rate possible for your oil or mineral rights. They’ll help make a complicated process easy and handle all the hard work — all you have to do is watch your bank account grow. 

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The Personal Injury Process


Posted By on Jun 15, 2019

Every person alive wants to be safe, happy, and healthy. Unfortunately for thousands of people a year, personal injuries are experienced after a workplace accident, a car wreck, or another incident. Of course, these injuries can include everything from a mild strain to life-altering debilitations.

I recently became interested in the process of personal injury claims, so I decided to see what people experiencing this have to go through to receive compensation for their injuries:

  • Injury and Medical Care

Of course, in a personal injury case, someone must be injured. No matter the situation, it is always advised that a person receive professional medical care. In most lawsuits for compensation, it is a requirement that a person seeks medical care. This is one gatekeeping mechanism to prevent fraudulent claims.

Medical documents ought to outline the specific harms experienced by someone so that these documents can be used as evidence in a court. That is why experienced personal injury lawyers like the folks at Evans Moore, LLC will recommend their clients ways to ensure their injuries are being properly documented; not an attempt to milk money from claims, but rather to document every pain and pinch that a person incurs from an accident or incident.

  • Insurance Claims

Commonly, the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident will offer compensation or coverage for the injured party. However, many lawsuits are filed or legal action is taken because the compensation offered is too small or does not make up for all of the negative effects a person experiences from an accident that was not the fault of the injured.

Many personal injury lawyers will negotiate on your behalf before filing a lawsuit or litigating the matter. Obviously, lawyers are good at negotiating. Even more, however, experienced personal injury attorneys are less inclined to fear large corporations. They have the wisdom and maturity to handle threats or empty-handed maneuvers to make a person feel as if they have no choice but to accept the offered compensation.

  • Litigation Nation

Of course, some big companies do not budge. Or, less commonly, there might be a legitimate disagreement over the claims that are covered in an accident. No matter what path takes you toward officially litigating to receive compensation, make sure that you are comfortable with your legal counsel.

Scarily, there are instances of people receiving poor or low-quality legal representation from expensive lawyers. It is essential to receive adequate representation for the money you are giving your lawyer. In almost every case, if you are not happy with the preparations, actions, or relationship with your attorney, you can seek alternative legal representation to take over your case and deliver the results to which you are entitled.

Conclusion

The litigation, medical care, and insurance processes surrounding personal injury cases are complex and complicated. But at every step, there are trained professionals whose job is to protect you and your interests. Seek them out and make sure that your injuries are healed, your legal counsel is excellent, and your budget is not busted. Doing so may require extra effort on your part, but you owe it to yourself.

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Atlanta is a big city, which means it’s full of lawyers. That very banal fact is easily dismissed by most people, the exception being those who are looking to get a divorce lawyer they can rely on. Choosing a divorce lawyer when there are so many options is incredibly stressful, especially when you are trying to find the best way to tear your life apart so you can start all over.

I know a lot of people in this position, and I’ve seen an unfortunate number of them continue on in marriages they aren’t happy in because they just don’t know how to go about picking a divorce lawyer they feel the can trust.

So, I’m going to try to lay out for those individuals (and for others who come across this) just what you need in a lawyer. First of all, what you want in Atlanta divorce attorneys is basically what you’ll find laid out on the above-linked site: namely, an experienced firm with lots of positive results for their clients, and a breadth of experience handling every issue that might come up in your divorce.

Let me lay that out a little more clearly. Your divorce lawyer should have experience (don’t go with someone new to law who may make a major mistake that affects the rest of your life). Your divorce law firm should have a history of winning tough divorce cases (just in case your divorce turns into one of those cases). Ideally, your divorce firm will have a number of qualified and experienced lawyers so the overall level of knowledge on every point is high (since these lawyers will probably use each other as a resource at times).

Finally, your lawyer should be able to handle any issues that might come up in your divorce. That means they know how to handle everything that might develop when fighting for custody of children. They also know how to get spousal support if you need it. They’ve dealt with those who contest paternity or those who refuse to show up for proceedings. They also know how to divide up property and income so that you feel the pinch of the divorce as little as possible.

One last thing that matters: you need to decide if you want a lawyer that is compassionate towards your case. Again, some people want a lawyer who’s also something of a friend during the process. Other people just want a lawyer who gets the best result and gets on with it. Decide this beforehand and then see how you feel when you meet with your potential lawyers.

Once you know what to look for a lawyer, it’s easier to browse local Atlanta divorce lawyer pages and settle on a few that look good. Then, meet with the best set you find and decide on the one that works best for you based off those meetings. Follow your gut when you hear your answers, and you’ll land a great divorce lawyer.

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Yes, speeding is dangerous


Posted By on Oct 1, 2017

We’ve all been there, driving a little faster than the speed limit, and then suddenly, behind us we see those flashing lights. Whether it’s a ticket or a warning, we get the talk. We hand over the license and registration, and we hear what our speed was, what the limit is, and why we were pulled over.

After that, we’ve all had the same thought: why is the speed limit so low in this area? Perhaps some of us have taken it further: why are there speed limits at all?

That’s one of those questions that, at the moment, seems to be very insightful and reasonable, but upon the least amount of reflection, it proves to be incredibly foolish.

After all, we know that faster cars are more likely to get into wrecks. It’s intuitively true. When you drive faster, you have less time to react, and you have less control over your car. We all swear or honk at the sports car zooming through traffic, and we all know the reason is that such driving is more likely to lead to an accident.

The data backs this up. Government research finds that about 31 percent of crashes are due to speeding. In 2007, that led to over 13,000 deaths. Even when speaking less dramatically, and leaving fatal crashes aside, the cost of speeding is immense. It costs people $40 billion every year.

Speeding is such a big issue in crashing, that law firms make a point of representing people who have been the victims of accidents due to the other driver speeding.

So, while that ticket you received may seem unfair, and perhaps that particular street you were on could use a bump of 5 or so miles in the limit, the overall point the officer made was valid. Speeding is dangerous, even if we all do it. A reminder every now and again to watch the speedometer and drive at a reasonable speed is important.

After all, we don’t want to be part of those statistics listed above. We don’t want to be part of the 31%, the 13,000, and we most certainly do not want to be responsible for those statistics either.

While it’s unreasonable to expect anyone reading this to suddenly become an advocate for strictly adhering to speed limits, it’s still worthwhile to give a gentle reminder that limits are not just set to make sure cops can earn revenue for the government through tickets. The limits are set to keep everyone safe, that includes pedestrians and drivers, and it includes you, speeding in your car.

If that leads to just a few readers taking their foot off the gas, just a little mind you, and keeping speeds at least reasonable, then this article has done its job. While it may be fun and sexy to really let go and fly down the street, the consequences are simply too great to do so.

At the very least, the next time you are caught driving like that and you see the lights flashing behind you, you’ll know you deserve what you get.

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Factors that can Affect a Court When Deciding about Child Custody

There are many factors that courts consider when determining divorce-related issues; states, however, differ with regard to which factors count or do not count. This is the same in determining the issue of child custody, except for the fact that all states share one guiding principle: the best interest of the child.

Though what falls within the scope of “in the best interest of the child,” may be contested, the following factors are deemed by many states as necessary:

  • the amount of involvement each parent has in the child’s activities;
  • the level of relationship the child has with each of his/her parents;
  • a parent’s lifestyle, financial stability, and health;
  • factors that can affect a child’s academic performance;
  • the child’s age and gender; and/or,
  • the possible physical, emotional and health risks in the environment where each parent lives.

Divorce can be a very emotional and demoralizing process. Yet, when spouses reach a point in their relationship where still living their future together becomes more of a struggle than a source of happiness and fulfillment, many consider divorce as the only sensible option. But there are many issues that need to be settled due to divorce, such as division of liabilities and assets, alimony, child support and, probably the most painful, the issue on who takes custody of the child.

According to The Maynard Law Firm, “Issues related to the custody of your children may very well be the most important aspect of your divorce. If possible, you and your partner should attempt to agree upon what specific role each of you will play in the lives of your children once the divorce is finalized. While it may be possible to work this out voluntarily, many partners end up going to court for rulings to resolve the disagreements over the custody of their children.”

This is why, when thinking of divorce and intending to have custody of your child, it may be necessary to have a child custody lawyer on your side who can proceed with compassion, yet with underlying firmness and expertise, and who is aware of the sensitivity and the complexity of the issue that need to be settled.

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