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  • What can I do to become a better driver and avoid causing an auto accident?

    Let’s face it, we have all made mistakes while out on the road—driving to work on I-64, heading to class at Hampton University, or going to Costco in Newport News. In fact, research shows that nearly 90 percent of accidents are caused by driver error. The important thing is to learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others to prevent future accidents from happening.

    Following are some of the common driver errors that can lead to a serious car accident:

    • Tailgating – Tailgating, or following a car too closely, is a form of aggressive driving. It is dangerous because, if the lead car has to stop suddenly, the tailgating vehicle will not be able to stop in time to avoid a rear-end crash.
    • Speeding – Many people speed in order to save time. However, speeding is never a good idea because it does not give the driver enough time to react to changing situations on the road.
    • Failing to yield – Many drivers cause accidents when they fail to yield the right of way to another driver. For example, a driver who pulls out of the Jefferson Common’s Shopping Center parking lot and turns directly in front of a car traveling southbound on Jefferson Street in Newport News, may cause a serious accident.
    • Stopping rapidly – When a driver slams on the brakes, he may lose control of his vehicle and crash. A quick stop may also result in a rear-end accident because the car in back does not have time to respond.

     

    Avoiding these four driver errors—tailgating, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, and stopping rapidly—will make you a better driver and help you to avoid a serious accident. Have you been hurt due to the careless acts of another driver? Contact us now to find out how we can help.

  • What are some of the common mistakes people make when it comes to negotiating the purchase price for residential real estate?

    With mortgage interest rates so low, now is a great time to purchase residential real estate. Perhaps you have finally found a perfect house on Magnolia Avenue, near Virginia Park, so that your son can attend Larchmont Elementary School and your spouse can attend classes at Old Dominion University. The house has been recently updated and the yard is private and beautiful—just waiting for that first backyard barbecue. This is an exciting time for your family, but a stressful one at the same time. After all, this is the biggest purchase you have made in your entire life!

    Because it is such a large purchase, obtaining the best possible purchase price is an absolute must. Unfortunately, many do not get the best possible deal because of negotiation errors. Following are four common price negotiation mistakes:

    • Not negotiating in person – It is tempting to deal with a seller through email, phone, text, or fax—these are great ways to communicate. However, when negotiating a deal, the best way to persuade a seller to accept your offer is to meet face to face to discuss your proposal.
    • Not doing enough research – Before going into a price negotiation, it is important to understand the local market and as much about what motivates the seller as possible.  Important factors such as comparable sales, how long certain houses have been on the market, and whether the market in the area is hot or cold can provide you with great insight. Speaking with neighbors and learning more about the area can also provide you with information you can use at the negotiating table.
    • Offering a set amount – Many buyers feel it is necessary to present a set figure to the seller. However, it may actually be more beneficial to present a range of prices, such as $225,000 – $255,000, which provides more flexibility throughout the negotiation process.
    • Not using a professional – It may be tempting to try to save a few dollars and negotiate without the help of a professional real estate attorney, but it is generally a bad idea. Experienced real estate lawyers are skilled negotiators and can save you money on the purchase price of your home while ensuring that the purchase process proceeds smoothly.

     

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  • Do I really need an attorney to help me create my living will?

    A living will is legal document that clearly outlines your wishes in the event you are too sick or injured to direct your own health care decisions. The creation of a living will may sound like a simple do-it-yourself project. However, it is actually quite complex and should be handled by an experienced attorney. After all, if your living will is not prepared properly, your wishes may not be carried out in the manner you intended. Following are three good reasons to use an experienced attorney to prepare your living will:

    • Eliminate risk – People who try to create their own legal documents, such as a living will, often use fill-in-the-blank legal documents. The problem with these documents is that they are generic and may not cover all of your needs.
    • Provide peace of mind – Knowing that an experienced attorney prepared your living will will put your mind at ease. You will not have to be concerned about mistakes that you may have made while trying to prepare it on your own.
    • Save time and frustration – Creating a living will on your own without means you will need to spend a great deal of time researching all of the options to create a solid legal document. This can be both frustrating and time consuming. An experienced attorney can remove this burden from your shoulders.

     

    If you are ready to create a living will, our attorneys are here to help. We have a breadth of experience with family law, wills, and estate planning and are happy to put our skills to work for you.

  • I have been accused of assault and battery in Virginia and am worried about the consequences. What do I need to know?

    Being charged with any crime, including assault and battery, is something that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are a first-time offender or a repeat offender, it is important to take the matter very seriously as the consequences can have life-altering results.

    If you are currently facing assault charges, you may be uncertain of about your  future—assault charges are generally prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Following is some important information about assault and battery:

    • Definition – Assault and battery is an act, such as striking or stabbing someone, that is intentionally harmful or offensive. Although we typically think of it as one crime, it is actually two separate crimes. Assault is the apprehension associated with the threat of harm, while battery is the harmful act itself.
    • Liability – Many people are unaware that an assault and battery can be a crime, an illegal act, and a tort, an act that causes a victim to suffer loss or harm. This means that the person charged with the crime may be liable for both criminal and civil liability.
    • Types – The severity of the offense determines whether you will be charged with felony or a misdemeanor assault and battery. For example, misdemeanor assault and battery, which involves touching done in an angry, rude, or insolent manner, carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Malicious wounding, with the intent to maim, disfigure, or kill, is a Class 3 Felony, which carries a penalty of between 5 and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

     

    Although you may have been accused of a crime, this does not mean you will be certain to do time behind bars. As a Virginia resident, you have the right to fight the charges that are brought against you. Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Tavss Fletcher at 757-625-1214 today for a free case evaluation.

  • What are some of the common ways surgery can result in a Norfolk medical malpractice lawsuit?

    There are many reasons people have surgery—to relieve pain, improve a body function, reduce a symptom, or to discover a problem. Whether the procedure is considered minor or major, the team of healthcare professionals involved should take it very seriously. A successful surgical procedure takes a full team of providers performing at a high level of professionalism.

    Unfortunately, there are times when a surgeon or other healthcare worker acts in a negligent manner. This can result in a surgical error that causes great harm to the patient. Surgery is one of the most common causes for medical malpractice in Virginia. There are many different causes for surgical errors, the most common being:

    • Miscommunication – Staff members may misidentify a patient or mark the wrong site for surgery. In addition, errors can occur when a surgeon is misinformed, misreads drug dosages, or misreads patient drug sensitivities and allergies.
    • Fatigue – Surgeons and other medical professionals work long hours. This can cause fatigue and exhaustion, which can lead to impaired judgment and errors.
    • Neglect – Failing to sterilize instruments or using defective surgical instruments can lead to infection, septic shock, and other serious conditions that may result in harm to the patient.
    • Improper planning – Before a surgical procedure, medical staff should take a complete patient medical history including prior health conditions, drug sensitivities, and allergies in order to assess surgical risks.

     

    To get the compensation you deserve from your medical malpractice case, contact an experienced Norfolk medical malpractice attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free case evaluation.

  • I understand that there are different degrees of road rash associated with Virginia motorcycle crashes. Can you explain these, and what should I do if I’m in an accident?

    A sad reality of riding a motorcycle in Virginia is that you must deal with erratic drivers on the road. These drivers are often the cause of motorcycle accidents in Norfolk. If you’re a motorcycle rider and have the unfortunate luck of being the victim of an accident, you will likely sustain injuries, including road rash.

    Road rash is when skin comes in contact with the pavement, asphalt, dirt or gravel and causing damage to the skin. As you can imagine, this can be very painful and difficult to treat.

    A road rash injury can be categorized into three degrees of severity:

    • First degree – A first degree road rash injury is when the first layer of skin in visibly red. First degree road rash does not typically need any emergency medical treatment. It is important to clean the area with water and mild soap. A topical antibiotic ointment may also be applied to aid in healing and alleviating discomfort. A first degree rash will most likely heal on its own with no visible scarring.
    • Second degree When the outermost layer of skin breaks from road rash, it is considered to be second degree. As with a first degree road rash injury, it will most likely heal on its own. Typically, there will be no scarring or permanent damage. But again, it is important to clean and treat the affected area.
    • Third degree –The third, and most severe, degree of road rash occurs when the skin is peeled away, leaving underlying tissue exposed. It is extremely important to get medical care as soon as possible. This type of road rash commonly requires the victim to undergo skin grafts or reconstructive surgery.

     

    To get the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident, contact a skilled Norfolk motorcycle accident attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a FREE legal consultation.

  • I was recently involved in an auto accident in Norfolk. What evidence will I need to build a strong case for my settlement?

    It is important that a victim of a Norfolk auto accident collect and organize all pertinent information that will get the victim the compensation that is deserved. Not having key pieces of evidence can hinder your case, and potentially cause you to not get fair compensation. Unfortunately, many accident victims are unaware of what they will need to support their case. By the time they realize what they need, it may be too late.

    After being involved in an accident you will need key pieces of evidence in order to best present your case, such as:

    • Pictures – Take photos of the scene of the accident directly after the accident. Pictures are hard to dispute and can help prove who was at fault of the accident.
    • Witness statements – Gather anyone at the scene who might have been an eyewitness of the accident. Obtain a written statement form them and let them know you might be contacting them in the future. Be sure to get their contact information.
    • Medical records – Your medical records will come into play when trying to reach an amount for the settlement. These records can be anything from an ambulance ride, to multiple doctor visits, to at-home care.

     

    To get the compensation you deserve after an accident, contact a Norfolk car accident lawyer at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 to schedule a free and confidential legal consultation. We’re here to explain your rights and will work diligently to obtain fair and just compensation.

  • I’m a Virginia taxpayer and have just been notified that I’m getting audited by the IRS. Do you have any tips that may help me during the audit?

    If you are like many other Americans, you pay your taxes on time and honestly every year and never expect that you will be audited by the IRS. The fact is that many people can and will be audited at some point during their working years. It seems like the audit happens at the worst time. It can be a stressful period of time.

     

    If you are audited, it is your duty to prove to the IRS that you have properly filed your taxes. This is usually done by providing the IRS with documentation to back your tax statement. There are a number of things that you should keep in mind during an audit.

     

    Some tips to keep in mind during an IRS audit are:

    • Know your rights – Take the time to read through IRS information such as the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. You may also want to speak with a Norfolk tax attorney to discuss your situation.
    • Prepare – Go through your documents to check for completion. If you are missing receipts or other documents, you are allowed to reconstruct the missing records.
    • Don’t give too much info – Do not give the auditor more information than they are entitled to. Don’t give answers unless you are directly asked. Do not give copies of other years’ tax returns to the auditor.
    • Delay – Try to postpone the audit when possible. This can work in your favor. Requesting more time will allow you to get your records together or any other items you will need time to prepare.

     

    Do not try to go through an audit on your own. There are many pitfalls and the codes can be very confusing. It will be beneficial for you to contact an experienced Virginia tax attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free case evaluation.

  • What should I look for when searching for a Norfolk tax attorney?

    An attorney can be used for almost any aspect of your life. Especially in today’s society where it seems as if the simplest contract has become pages of complex legal speak. And when it comes to taxes, this is especially true. Tax law is complex and seems to only get more complex as time goes on.

    When you are searching for an attorney, it is important to be sure that the attorney practices in the field you are looking for. You may encounter attorneys who will be willing to take on any case regardless of the situation. As a client, you should be very wary of an attorney who does this.

    As you are looking for a tax attorney in Virginia it is important to know what to look for. Three attributes you should be sure that your attorney has are:

    • Knowledge – One of the most important things your attorney should have is a knowledge of the tax law. An attorney may be able to practice tax law but that does not mean they know details of it.
    • Experience – A tax attorney should have experience with other similar tax situations as what you are dealing in. The attorney will not be able to fully use the knowledge they have if they do not have experience.
    • Trust – You will be discussing and handing over information to your attorney that may be very personal. You will also be putting a lot of faith in your attorney that they will do what is right for you. You want to be sure that you have the trust in your attorney that you need to feel secure.

     

    For an attorney that has these attributes, contact a Norfolk tax attorney at Tavss and Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free legal consultation.

  • I’m getting married soon and need to create a prenuptial agreement. What are the benefits of using a Virginia family law attorney for a prenuptial agreement?

    Divorce rates in America are extremely high. Because so many marriages end in divorce, this institution must be looked at from a different perspective than the past.

    Before beginning a prenuptial agreement is it important to talk with your spouse and be sure to be on the same page. This can save you heartache now and in the future.

    Once you are both on the same page it is time to begin the process of creating a prenuptial agreement. Some couples try to do this on their own without the help of an attorney. The benefits of using a Norfolk family law attorney to create a prenuptial agreement include:

    • Knowledge – It is important to understand the process and laws when creating a prenuptial agreement. Using a knowledgeable attorney for your prenuptial agreement will ensure the prenup is created the way it should be.
    • Experience – The attorney you use should have experience with prenuptial agreements. They will be able to use their experience to resolve any issues that may arise during the process.
    • Negotiation skills – Most do not realize it but negotiations do play a role in the creation of a prenuptial agreement. They will negotiate and ensure that you have the best deal possible.
    • Answers – There are sure to be many questions and concerns during the process of creating a prenuptial agreement. Your attorney will be able to answer all your questions and put your mind at ease.

    Begin your claim by contacting a Virginia family law attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free legal consultation.

  • Do I need a Norfolk criminal law attorney if my case is under investigation and no charges have been filed?

    It is common for someone being accused of a crime to put off contacting an attorney, especially if that person feels he is innocent. An experienced Virginia criminal law attorney will understand the laws and will know how to navigate the tedious and overwhelming process of building a strong defense. Whether you are accused of a violent crime, sexual offense, drug possession or trafficking, or a white-collar crime, a skilled attorney can help you.

    People often think that the time to hire an attorney is after charges have been filed for a criminal case. This is not true. In fact, a Virginia criminal law attorney can be very beneficial to the defendant in the early stages of the investigation.

    Three reasons you should hire an attorney before any charges are filed a criminal offense are:

    • Education – An experienced attorney will educate you on what lies ahead. He will make sure you understand the process of the investigation, and will explain what to expect should your case go to trial.
    • Gather Evidence – Many times law enforcement agencies will not give you the benefit of the doubt. They may make mistakes or not be thorough. Your attorney will be able to gather evidence and obtain key witnesses to support your defense.
    • Negotiate – Using the evidence that was gathered, your attorney will negotiate with the prosecutors and police before charges are filed, and will try to persuade them not to file any charges.

     

    If you have been accused of a criminal offense it is critical that you contact a knowledgeable Norfolk criminal law attorney at Tavss Fletcher immediately. Call 757-625-1214 today to schedule a free case evaluation.

  • I am a victim of medical malpractice and would like to file a claim. What should I look for when seeking a medical malpractice attorney in Virginia?

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    If you have been suffering from medical malpractice, you have firsthand knowledge of the stress, pain, and hardship it can cause. It can be a long, difficult, and emotional road to recovery. Add into the mix a malpractice claim, and you may very quickly feel overwhelmed. It is important to know that some of this hardship can be taken off your shoulders with the help of a Norfolk medical malpractice lawyer. 

    When searching for a medical malpractice attorney, you need to be patient and find the right fit for your situation. You will find that there are many attorneys to choose from, yet there are few that will get you the compensation you deserve. 

    When choosing an attorney for your claim, you should consider:

    • History – Look for an attorney who is experienced in the field of medical malpractice claims. When talking to a lawyer, let them know that you would like to know their history and past settlements.
    • Success rate – An attorney who is experienced in a certain field should have a high success rate with trials and claims. Ask to be informed of the law firm’s success rate. 
    • Knowledge – Your attorney should be extremely knowledgeable with medical malpractice claims. All your reasonable questions should be answered with no problem.
    • Comfort – Going through such a trying time can be difficult. You should feel comfortable with letting your attorney take the lead and trust him to do so. 

    All of these characteristics can be found in a Norfolk medical malpractice lawyer at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today to speak with an experienced attorney and receive a free consultation. 

  • In order to lower the risk of a Virginia motorcycle accident, what are some of the ways I can make myself more visible to passenger vehicles?

    Motorcycle riding is a great mode of transportation. It is a great way to save on gas, lower payments on a vehicle, and enjoy the great outdoors. But it is important to understand that many drivers of passenger vehicles have little respect for motorcycle riders. Their negligence is often the cause of Norfolk motorcycle accidents. 

    Because of this, it is important to take precautions on your end to lower the odds of being hit by a vehicle. One of the things a rider can do to help prevent a Virginia motorcycle accident is to be as visible as possible. 

    Some of the ways you can maximize your visibility to passenger vehicles while riding a motorcycle are:

    • Wear bright colors – There is a wide range of riding gear that features bright, visible colors for the rider. Bright colors stand out much more and will catch the eye of other drivers.
    • Use lights – Your motorcycle should be set to have your headlights come on every time the motor is running. Even during the daytime, the headlight should be used. Also, be sure to use your turn signals every time a turn or lane switch is made.
    • Stay out of blind spots – Motorcycles are much smaller than cars, making them harder to see in a driver’s blind spot. When riding with other traffic, be sure to not ride next to the vehicle, if at all possible. 

    If you have been involved in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Virginia motorcycle crash lawyer at Tavss Fletcher can get you the compensation you deserve. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free consultation.