Whether you are hurt in an accident, arrested for drunk driving, seeking to distribute your assets in a will or trust, or protecting your parental rights, you should enlist legal advice and representation from an experienced attorney. What is at stake is too important to leave to chance or your own efforts. At the Folsom firm of Travis G. Black & Associates, we provide aggressive representation to people who need a Sacramento personal injury lawyer or assistance in fighting a DUI charge, crafting an estate planning instrument, or navigating a Child Protective Services case.Representation for Accident Victims
Some of the personal injury cases that we handle arise out of car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions, as well as slip and falls, day care accidents, and dog bites. Most of these events are the result of careless or wrongful conduct. Tragically, they may result in serious, potentially life-changing harm, ranging from brain and spinal cord injuries to reflex sympathetic dystrophy or even a wrongful death.
To assert your right to compensation, you will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant owed you a duty of care and breached this duty. You also will need to establish the elements of causation and damages. The accident must have been a direct and reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s carelessness or misconduct. The damages that may be awarded in these cases are often substantial, extending from compensation for medical bills, the costs of future treatment, lost income and earning capacity, and property damage to the pain and suffering that the victim endured. It is critical to take legal action as soon as possible after an accident, since the California statute of limitations restricts the time period within which a victim may bring a claim.Advocacy in Fighting Drunk Driving Charges
In California, a driver may be charged with DUI if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or greater. The penalties for a conviction are often severe. Even a first conviction has the potential to result in jail time, fines, a license suspension, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. A convicted defendant also will have a criminal record, which may affect his or her social reputation and ability to secure housing, a job, or a professional license. Increased penalties typically apply to people convicted of repeat offenses.
As a retired police officer, Mr. Black understands the complex procedures that apply in drunk driving cases. Depending on the circumstances, he may be able to argue that the police failed to follow proper procedures in stopping you, arresting you, or administering sobriety tests. If so, the charges likely will be reduced or dismissed.Guidance in Crafting a Will or Trust
Whether you are starting out in your career or retiring, it is important to have a clear and comprehensive estate plan so that you can make sure that your wishes are followed in case of your incapacity or death. For example, we can draft wills for clients who wish to provide how their property should be distributed upon death. This is important because if you die without a will, California's intestacy law will determine who gets your property and in which order, which may not correspond to your actual wishes.
In addition to drafting wills, we also prepare trust documents and advise clients on guardianship and executors. Trusts are arrangements whereby a trustee holds legal title to property for a beneficiary or beneficiaries. One of the main advantages of creating a trust in addition to a will is that it allows your family to avoid the complex and often costly probate process.Assistance in Child Protective Services Cases
Dealing with Child Protective Services (CPS) is a frightening experience for parents. CPS is allowed to remove a child only if it has reason to believe that he or she is at imminent risk of serious harm or has an immediate need for medical care. Unfortunately, there are many instances in which false accusations are made, or a one-time occurrence is made out to be a repeat offense. If you face a juvenile dependency hearing, you should consult an attorney before you go to court. It is important to have someone on your side who can clearly articulate your position to the judge.Consult an Experienced DUI, Estate Planning, or Personal Injury Lawyer in the Sacramento Area
There are certain critical situations in life about which people cannot afford to take chances. When these moments arise, the Folsom law firm of Travis G. Black & Associates is ready to provide perceptive legal counsel and vigorously advocate for an appropriate outcome. Contact us online or at 916-962-2896 for a free consultation if you need a Sacramento personal injury attorney, advice in an estate planning matter, representation in a Child Protective Services case, or a DUI attorney to fight the charges against you.