December 19, 2017 at 8:35 pm | What Are the Steps to Adopt a Stepchild?

If you are a stepparent looking to formally adopt your spouse’s child to become a lawful parent and guardian of that child, you will need to go through the complicated and formal process of adopting your stepchild.

At the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash, we not only work with those in need of a personal injury lawyer or accident lawyer in Bucks County, but we also have attorneys on staff that are experienced and familiar with the stepparent adoption system who can help you along your way to becoming a legally recognized family.

Here are three of the first steps that you’ll need to go through when officially adopting a stepchild.

  • Get permission from both legal parents. This is usually the most difficult step when it comes to adopting a stepchild. Getting permission from your partner is usually not the issue, but you’ll need to get consent from the other biological parent as well. However, if the other parent is not available or will not consent to give up their parental rights, you may still have the option to file with the courts to terminate parental rights.
  • Terminate parental rights. Parental rights can be terminated in two cases. Both parents can consent to grant parental rights to the stepparent and terminating the rights of one of the biological parents. Or a court can terminate parental rights of one parent when it is found that it is in the best interest of the child. In most cases, parental rights will only be court terminated in the cases of abuse, failure to pay child support, alcoholism, drug addiction or other extreme circumstances surrounding a parent.
  • Petition the court. Even when you have the other parent’s consent, a prospective stepparent will still need to petition the court to grant custody of the child to the stepparent. If you have the consent of a parent, you can start the adoption process by filing an affidavit of consent along with the petition to terminate parental rights.

After you’ve begun the process of stepparent adoption, you’ll have a number of hearings so the court can determine whether the adoption is in the best interests of the child. A family lawyer can help streamline this process and increase the chances that your adoption will be approved and finalized in a timely manner.

If you are in need of a family lawyer to help with your adoption or a Bucks County injury lawyer, we encourage you to contact our legal team at the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash today by calling 215-259-5958 for a free consultation.

November 29, 2017 at 3:26 pm | What You Need to Know about Premises Liability This Winter

Every year, the arrival of winter brings shorter days, grey skies, and cold weather, but it also brings many hazards like snow, ice, sleet and black ice throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  For pedestrians, ice can be extremely dangerous when left untreated.  Our personal injury lawyers in Montgomery County know that each year, thousands of property owners are held liable for injuries occurring on their property thanks to winter weather. No matter if you’re a business owner or a homeowner, you need to understand the area of law known as “premises liability,” and make smart choices this winter to avoid trouble.
 
In a nutshell, premises liability results from the duty the law places upon a property owner to inspect for known and unknown danger and to take action to provide a safe environment for customers, guests or visitors. Premises liability claims can be someone tripping and falling over a broken sidewalk which was not repaired, but premises liability claims also occur more often during the winter, as more weather-related dangers increase the number of accidental falls, slips and tripping that occur. These falls often result in serious injuries including broken bones, torn ligaments and tendons, and can even result in death.
 
Liability is established by proving that a property owner was negligent in failing to treat and/or clear dangers on their property or did not adequately warn customers or visitors that there was a danger which the owner should have known existed.
 
For example, let’s say that there is ice on the sidewalk in front of both Store A and Store B. Store A’s owner puts ice melt or sale on the sidewalk and clears away the ice as soon as she notices it has formed.  Since she cannot entirely remove the ice, she places a warning sign to alert the public and visitors to be careful of the ice. Store B’s owner figures that the ice is not a big deal, and in a few hours it will just melt by itself when the afternoon sun hits the walkway.  He does nothing. In this scenario, should someone slip and hurt themselves because of the ice, Store B’s owner will be liable for the resulting injuries because of his negligence in the way he maintains his property.  Store A’s owner would not be liable, and because of her actions, no one will be hurt on her property.
 
If you have been injured due to a premises liability situation, getting assistance from a personal injury attorney in Montgomery County is the first step to navigating your case. Don’t wait to seek assistance as crucial evidence can disappear or change. Call our team at the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman and Nash at 215-259-5958 to schedule a free consultation.

When a person is injured, The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash are ready to help. For over 40 years, the Rovner Law Firm has been accomplishing its motto of getting results for many thousands of grateful and satisfied clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. The firm is headed and founded by former Pennsylvania State Senator and Assistant District Attorney, Robert Rovner. The firm is made up of over 15 lawyers, plus paralegals, and investigators who put The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash at the top of the Philadelphia area legal profession.
 
To hear more about The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash, please visit http://www.dial-law.com, or call 215-259-5958 immediately.

October 4, 2017 at 3:38 pm | 4 Driving Dangers to Stay Aware of While on the Road This Fall

Fall is here! As you’re enjoying everything pumpkin, seasonal apple cider and football games with friends, make sure you’re also staying aware of the dangers that can cause car accidents during this season.

If you rely on your car, motorcycle or truck during this time of year, make sure you’re keeping a special eye out for these fall dangers and make sure that you have the number of a Bucks County auto or motorcycle lawyer from the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman and Nash in the event of an accident.

  • Watch out for children. Fall means back to school for children, which means more cars and buses on the roads. Drivers need to watch out for increased pedestrian traffic in the morning and afternoon as children walk to and from school and their neighborhood bus stops. Also, as the days get shorter and Halloween approaches, more and more children will be outside playing when it starts to get dark out. If you’re driving through a residential area, make sure to drive below the speed limit and keep your headlights turned on to avoid an accident.
  • Leaves. Fall is a beautiful time of year with the colorful foliage, but as leaves begin to fall, they cover the roads, making streets slick while obscuring traffic lines and other pavement markings. They also hide potholes and other road hazards. And when it rains, it can make those wet leaves on the roadway as dangerous as ice.
  • Deer. The fall season brings an increase in deer activity because it’s their time for mating and migrating. If you live in a deer-heavy area, watch for darting deer, especially when driving at night.
  • Fog. Cold fall mornings often lead to fog, which can greatly limit your driving visibility and perception of distance. Fog tends to occur in low places or areas surrounded by hills, water, mountains, and trees. One common mistake drivers make during foggy conditions is putting on their high beams instead of staying with their low beams. This only makes visibility worse because your high beams will bounce off the fog and create glare. When driving through fog, slow down and stay well behind the car in front of you so you’ll have adequate time to stop if you need to.

Keeping yourself safe on the road this fall is all about keeping aware of your surroundings, turning your headlights on and slowing down. If you are in an accident and require the assistance of a Bucks County truck accident attorney, be sure to call our legal team at the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman and Nash at 215-259-5958 as soon as it is safe for you to do so.

For over 40 years, our law firm has been accomplishing its motto of getting results for many thousands of grateful and satisfied clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. The firm is headed and founded by former Pennsylvania State Senator and Assistant District Attorney, Robert Rovner. The firm is made up of over 15 lawyers, plus paralegals, and investigators who put The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash at the top of the Philadelphia area legal profession.

To hear more about The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash, please visit http://www.dial-law.com or call 215-259-5958 immediately.

 

 

October 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm | What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

No one imagines that it’s going to happen to them, yet it does, many times a year. You’re walking on a hard floor, often out in public, when suddenly you find yourself on the ground after a short, but violent fall. You may be bruised, injured, and may have even suffered a broken bone. Whether it’s occurred at a friend’s home or a hospital, a store, or your place of work, the property owner or host facility is often found to be at fault for any injuries that you’ve sustained on their premises.

If you’ve sustained injuries from a slip and fall, speaking with a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer from the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash should be your first step to making sure that you’re able to focus on your physical recovery, not your medical bills. While you get necessary medical care, your experienced legal team at Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash will be investigating all of the responsible parties, locating witnesses, pictures, surveillance footage, and determining the cause of the condition that resulted in your fall and subsequent injuries.

The first thing that you should do following a fall is to make sure that you receive medical treatment. Put your health first and visit a hospital if you notice any injuries. If you’ve hit your head during the fall, it is absolutely imperative that you are examined by a medical professional; even if you don’t feel any serious pain, you still may be suffering from a concussion or other internal injuries which are not visible.

The age group who is considered to be the most at-risk for falls are older adults aged 55 and up, as people in this group tend to fall more frequently and to sustain more serious injuries during their falls. 67% of fall fatalities occur in people over the age of 75.

If you’ve been injured from a fall, one of the most important things you can do is to get a reliable Philadelphia slip and fall attorney on your side, right away, who will fight for your rights. These cases are handled on a contingency fee basis which means that you do not pay for anything.  The lawyers at Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash pay for all costs and only get paid when you get paid for your losses.  Call 215-259-5958 today, and an associate from Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash will help you navigate the facts of your case and determine the next steps that you should take.

August 22, 2017 at 6:13 pm | What to do after a Tractor Trailer Accident

Getting into any kind of car accident can be scary, but it can be particularly dangerous and devastating if the other vehicle is a large tractor trailer. At the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash, we’re proud to provide you with a Philadelphia and  Bucks County tractor trailer lawyer that will represent your case, and we’ve seen firsthand the type of damage that large vehicles can cause.

These types of vehicles are heavier than the average SUV and may contain hazardous material; thus, if you are in an accident involving a truck or any other large vehicle, it’s particularly important to know what to do should an accident occur.

  • See a doctor. As is the case in any type of accident, the first thing that you should be worried about is your health. Even if you think you’re feeling okay, signs of a concussion, whiplash, and even minor broken bones can go unnoticed while you are processing what has happened. Get to an emergency room, urgent care facility, or your family doctor immediately to get professionally checked out.
  • Gather as much information as possible. It’s crucial that you get the pertinent information of the other driver involved in the crash as well as anyone else who witnessed the accident because this information can be nearly impossible to track down later. You should record the name, address, insurance policy, tractor tag and trailor license plate, and other identifying information of the truck driver, as well as the vehicle DOT license number of the truck involved in the accident. Also take pictures of the vehicles and accident location.
  • Get the right lawyer. One of the most important ways that you can protect yourself and your financial interests following an accident with a tractor trailer is to get an experienced attorney on your side. Choosing a Philadelphia and Bucks County truck accident attorney is highly recommended, as not every attorney out there has experience in this specific and highly regulated area of motor vehicle An experienced attorney will be able to guide you through the next steps, and help you get the settlement or verdict  that you deserve.

If you are in need of trusted representation, contact our knowledgeable legal team at the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash today by calling 215-259-5958 or visiting them online at http://www.dial-law.com/.

When a person is injured, The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash are ready to help. For over 40 years, the Rovner Law Firm has been accomplishing its motto of getting results for many thousands of grateful and satisfied clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. The firm is headed and founded by former Pennsylvania State Senator and Assistant District Attorney, Robert Rovner. The firm is made up of over 15 lawyers, plus paralegals, and investigators who put The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash at the top of the Philadelphia area legal profession.

To hear more about The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash, please visit http://www.dial-law.com, or call 215-259-5958 immediately.