Firm offers Continuing Legal Education to support Toys for Tots

Free Continuing Legal Education to support Toys for TotsFirm offers Continuing Legal Education to support Toys for Tots

Our firm is sponsoring a CLE at the Athens Limestone County Library in December 14, 2018 from 8:45-3. The CLE has been approved for 6.0 hours of credit by the Alabama State Bar. (3.75 criminal/1.0 Ethics). The cost? A new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots valued at a minimum of $25.00! Unless you pre-register, then you pay the Grinch price of $75.00. No time to shop? Make a donation and we will buy the toys!

Topics for this CLE include: Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Ethics, Marketing, Increasing Office Efficiency, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disaability.

Lunch is included. Please consider donating and attending. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. We have some great speakers lined up this year. We are going hear from some niche lawyers that can help your clients with issues you cannot. There will be something for everyone to take back to their practice and use on Monday. We hope all of our lawyer friends will come and bring their friends!

Dealing with Domestic Issues through the Holidays

           This time of year, it is common for our domestic relations lawyers to hear “I just want to get through the holidays for the kids, then I am filing for divorce.”  This is not always the best strategy.  When you are miserable and cannot get along with your spouse, your kids know it and they suffer just like you do.  Sometimes it is best to go ahead and get it behind you.  For those that choose to gut it out, here are some ways to alleviate the stress and strain.

                First and foremost, do not fight over particular days on the calendar.  If you have to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve or December 26 to keep the peace, do it.  Find time to volunteer at places like the Manna House.  Helping people that do not know where their next meal is coming from is rewarding and helps you to gain perspective.

                Do not feel guilty about the pending (or ongoing) divorce will impact the kids’ holiday traditions.  Change is part of life and not always positive.  Divorce is unpleasant, but you deserve happiness just as the kids do.  Use this time as a learning tool for co-parenting.  When marriages are working, parents do not often think about co-parenting.  When marriages fail, co-parenting is essential to those with children.  Looks for ways to de-stress.  Yoga, exercise, your favorite hobby, mani-pedis, or whatever works for you.  You want to prevent the stress of the holiday season from compounding the stress of a strained marriage.

Often times the Holidays tend to make domestic issues worse than normal.  At Hodges Trial Lawyers we can help you deal with domestic issues if these problems seem to become the norm.  Contact us if you need to discuss any legal issues regarding these issues.

Winterizing Your Home

Well, it took a while, but the weather is finally starting to cool down. It’s time to turn the furnace back to heat and prepare for the chillier days of winter. Here are a few reminders of ways to prepare your home for winter.

  1. Change Furnace Filters – We all forget to change those pesky air filters, but they’re always important. Regularly changing the air filter saves you money, protects you from bacteria and viruses, and extends the life of your furnace.
  2. Reverse the fans – On the side of your fans, there is a little button you can flip to switch the rotation of the fan. Now is the time to do that. Clockwise rotation of the blades brings the hot air down to you. That’s what you want.
  3. Watch out for drafts – Be careful of letting that heat creep out of your home through your doors and windows. If you feel a cold breeze by the bottom of your windows or doors, you want to get that taken care of. A simple fix is to put a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door or window to keep the hot air inside where it belongs.
  4. Check the Thermostat – For every degree you lower your thermostat during the heating season you will save between 1-3% on your heating bill. Remember you’ll be wearing warmer clothes anyways, so don’t turn the heat up too far. Also, consider a programmable thermostat which will generally pay for itself within the first six months you own it.

Other helpful winter tips include:

Winter Accidents

Dangers of driving during the winter and spring

Winter Driving Tips

Common Sense Rules for Winter Driving


Hurricane Michael Insurance Claim Tips

hurricane michael insurance claims

We all watched in horror as Hurricane Michael made landfall at Panama City and Mexico Beach. The devastation was overwhelming and the recovery process will be lengthy. We deal with insurance claims on a daily basis. So we wanted to use our expertise to provide some basic tips for those who have experienced losses from Hurricane Michael.

  1. Document the Damage

Put that smartphone to good use and take some photographs of the damage. Go a step further and take some video. Do a walkthrough of your property illustrating the extent of the damage. Do this before you start making repairs or clean up.

  1. Prevent Further Damage

People are often confused as to whether they should leave everything alone until the insurance company arrives or whether they should start making repairs to prevent further problems. Under the law, and likely your insurance contract, you have a duty to mitigate (minimize) your damages. And since you’re going to document the damage like we told you in Tip 1, there’s no need to wait on the insurance company. Document your damage and then start preventing further damage. For example, if the roof needs repairs, make the repairs. Or at a minimum, put a tarp over the roof to prevent further damage. If additional damages occur because you failed to take reasonable steps to prevent such damage, you may not be able to recover those damages from your insurance company.

  1. Keep Your Receipts

As you’re making repairs, get a folder together where you keep copies of all your receipts. Go a step further and take a picture of your receipts and email them to yourself. This way you have copies of all out-of-pocket expenses you may have incurred to help repair your home and you may be able to get them reimbursed by the insurance company.

  1. File Your Claim Fast

Insurance companies are ready to go quickly when disasters hit. The faster you tell them of your damage, the faster they can process your claim. Plus, there’s going to be a lot of claims from disasters like Michael. Get to the front of the line instead of the back.

These are just a few tips to help out those in need. If you want to help those that have been affected consider donating to one of the many great charity organizations helping those in need.

Do you have a RoundUp Claim?

Round Up May Cause Cancer

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after prolonged exposure to the pesticide weed killer Round Up – you may qualify for a large settlement.  Our law firm is representing individuals who used Round-Up on a regular basis, including farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers, and gardeners, and then later found out that they had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or some other type of cancer.