Divorce Rates Are Not What They Seem

There is still a 50% chance of divorce in America, but it’s not the Millennials that are causing the high divorce rate.

This past Friday, I had the to opportunity to attend a seminar with Attorneys Adolph and Aspenson. I always enjoy expanding my knowledge of family law and being able to better assist Attorney Adolph in her family law cases. The attorneys at Adolph Legal take their continuing education seriously and choose seminars that will best assist their clients. One of the sections of the seminar discussed changes in family law, important updates, and hot tips on how to better serve our clients.

 

There was a discussion on the increase of divorce among the Baby Boomer Generation. While divorce rates among Millennials are actually on the decrease, the divorce rates for the Baby Boomer Generation have doubled between 1990 and 2012. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-17/boomers-are-making-sure-the-divorces-keep-coming)

There is speculation that the younger generation is more cautious to marry and more couples are opting to reside together without marrying. As for the older generation, it appears that rate of divorce has increased as women have become more independent. The average life span has increased, which means there is more life for couples to live. I imagine the thought would be “Why spend another twenty years unhappy?”

 

There is a unique set of considerations that need to be taken into account for Baby Boomer divorces, such as retirement or disability. One or both parties may be looking to retire within five years of their divorce. The division of marital assets and debts becomes much different when it is known that incomes are going to drastically change in the near future. For younger generations, many couples have twenty working years left before retirement to “catch up” after a divorce. The Baby Boomer generation does not have this luxury.

The attorneys at Adolph Legal have taken the extra steps to learn what challenges are facing the older generations in divorce and how to better prepare people for a successful future after divorce. Please contact Adolph Legal at (920) 634-2212 to schedule a free telephone consultation with one of our attorneys. Let Adolph Legal help you prepare for a secure and happy future.

Some Things Shouldn’t be Left to Chance

We got a new item at Adolph Legal, which has inspired me to write this blog post.  It is a prize wheel that secretly allows us to feel like contestants on the Wheel of Fortune.  The Adolph Legal Wheel was originally acquired to decide what rewards staff members would receive for a job well done.  Now, we use this wheel to help us make decisions, such as; where to eat lunch, what flavor of coffee to drink, or even which tie to wear to an event.  While this creates a little fun during the day and encourages office bonding, it brings attention to how overwhelming daily decisions can be.  The wheel gives us the freedom to take a mental break.

Making daily decisions can be hard enough, but selecting the right attorney to assist in your legal needs may be overwhelming.   Simply typing “criminal defense attorney” or “family law attorney” into Google will bring up hundreds of options.  It can be tempting to call the top few options, get a quick quote on the retainer and toss up the options on the wheel, give it a spin, and BAM! the wheel has spoken.  However, there are many factors that go into a good attorney-client relationship that extend beyond the most affordable retainer.

When calling law firms, it’s important to take note of how you’re treated by the support staff as they will be your primary point of contact for scheduling, information, etc.  The top question we receive is “What is the attorney’s retainer?”  Please be aware that a retainer is to be considered a down payment towards your legal fees.  This fee is required up front and is placed into a trust account.  The attorney will then bill from the retainer at their hourly rate.  Many forget to inquire on the hourly rate of the attorney.  If one attorney has a lower retainer but higher hourly rate, your retainer will be exhausted quickly; thus, putting you in jeopardy of a possible disruption in representation or facing an unexpectedly large legal bill.

I want to encourage those seeking an attorney to ask more questions beyond the cost.  How long has the attorney been practicing that area of law?  How long has the attorney been practicing in the county?  What is the protocol for speaking and meeting with the attorney?  How long do you typically have to wait for a reply from the law firm?  Do not hesitate to be clear on what your expectations are for the outcome of your case as it will help determine if you and the attorney will be a good fit.  Most importantly, you need to hire an attorney who you are comfortable with.

At Adolph Legal, our attorneys offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to speak with their potential attorney before making the important decision of retaining Adolph Legal.  The attorney you choose will help shape your future. It is vital that you trust your attorney throughout the process.  By asking the right questions to the attorneys you speak with, you will better understand your case.

While I would recommend spinning the Adolph Legal Wheel to determine where you should eat lunch next week, I would never suggest allowing the wheel to determine your attorney.  It is an important and lasting relationship that directly affects your best interests in life.  It is a decision that must be about more than cost.

We encourage you to call Adolph Legal and ask the tough questions.  We truly want to be the right choice for you.  Please call us at (920) 634-2212.

Drivers Beware!

Here in Wisconsin, we are deep into winter. We have gone beyond the winter wonderland of December with the sparkling lights, happy music and fluffy white snow, and have been catapulted into late January. Winter is anything but magical at this point. It is cold, slushy, wet and icy outside, making driving an unpleasant chore. It is inevitable that there will be accidents in winter due to the less than desirable driving conditions.

It is important that a driver in Wisconsin understand that they have certain duties when involved in an accident. When involved in an accident, a driver has the duty to investigate what was struck, whether it be an object, person, or vehicle. The driver must remain at the scene of the accident until they have provided their name, address, registration number and driver’s license to the person that was struck. Further, a driver has the duty to render aid to any person injured in an accident. If there was damage caused in the accident, it must be reported to local authorities immediately. It may be tempting to leave the scene of an accident, especially if it appears to be minor, but you could face legal ramifications, including criminal charges, for doing so. In turn, if you are struck by another vehicle who does leave the scene of an accident, you must forgo the urge to follow the fleeing driver. This could put you and others at risk. Stay at the scene of the accident and contact the local authorities to report a hit and run.

 

If you have any traffic related questions, please contact our experienced attorneys at Adolph Legal at 920-634-2212 or by e-mail at office@adolphlegal.com.

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