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Car Accidents

Why You Should Speak to A Sydney Car Accident Lawyer Right After An Auto Accident

Car accidents are an unfortunate part of driving. They happen all the time, and can happen to you whether you were at fault or not. If you were injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

In NSW, it is possible to receive compensation if you were injured in a car accident, whether it was physical, emotional or phycological. However, there are strict time limits for making a claim after a car accident, so it’s a good idea to speak to a car accident lawyer right away to make sure you get it done in time.

Car Accident Lawyers In Sydney

Unfortunately, many Australians don’t realise that they are entitled to make compensation claims after a car accident, and never end up doing so. This is why it’s important to speak to a car accident lawyer even if you don’t think you have a case.

If you were not-at-fault or not entirely at fault for causing the car accident and were injured, usually its a good idea to proceed seeking compensation. In order to do so your lawyer must show that someone else caused the accident through negligence and is therefore to blame for the car accident.

In situations where both drivers are partly to blame for causing the accident, liability is often divided on a percentage basis by the judge between the two parties, known as “contributory negligence”.

It’s worth noting that just because you were involved in a car accident doesn’t necessarily mean you are entitled to compensation. This is something that the car accident lawyer will advise you on when you go for a consultation to discuss the matter.

Anybody who was injured in the car accident has a right to seek compensation, which includes drivers and passengers. This can include anything from minor injuries such as minor cuts, bruises and whiplash to more serious injuries like muscle injury, brain injury, spinal injury and even death.

It’s worth noting that some injuries do not show up until later and can become chronic down the road. The problem is that if this happens after the claim period expires, you could be left out of luck. This is why it’s so important to speak to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the car accident. They will be able to help you to determine the likelihood that an injury could surface later on and that going after compensation now is a good option.

If the injured person is too hurt to speak, a family member may contact the lawyer on their behalf to find out what their best course of action is.

Car Accidents Claims Could Include:

  • Passenger car collisions
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Cyclist accidents
  • Motorcycle collisions

No Win No Fee

We at Elmassian Lawyers are here to help you if you have been injured in a car accident. We understand that finances can be an issue, and that personal injury cases can quickly become very costly.

As such, we offer a no win no fee policy, whereby if we take on your case, you won’t get any upfront charges unless we win and you are compensated.

Our lawyers will sit down with you to explain how this works and what you could be expected to pay for, depending on the circumstances. Our goal is to ensure that we can help everyone who has had an injury get access to legal services, so that costs are not an issue.

How Much Compensation Can You Expect From a Car Accident Injury?

Compensation for car accident injuries varies greatly depending on the circumstances. How bad the injury was, how long they were injured for, the expected recovery time, the impacts the injury had on the person’s life and any long term side effects all have an effect on how much compensation the person will be able to receive.

Some of the compensation that our lawyers may seek can include:

  • Future Losses:  This is an estimate of losses that are likely to occur for the foreseeable future due to the injured person’s inability to work and other life-changing effects. The court will calculate the monetary amount of this.
  • General Damages: These are generally damages for pain and suffering caused as a result of the car accident. The court will make an educated assessment on how much this amounts to.
  • Special Damages: These can include loss of earnings, travel expenses, personal property, the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation if necessary as well as others. Some compensation can also include interest that accrued from the time of the accident.

So, generally speaking, the court will assess the situation in detail and determine the overall effects of the car accident and compensation that is due. Having an experienced car accident lawyer on your side can help to show the court the full effects that the accident had on your life, increasing the amount of compensation you receive.

If you have been involved in a car accident and are seeking compensation, speak to us at Elmassian Lawyers today. We specialise in car accident injury cases and are here to ensure that you get all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can cover and not fear it costing you.

We have helped countless people in Sydney to seek and receive compensation from car accidents that were not their fault, which allowed them to get the medical treatment needed to recover. We can help you too.

We work with both At-Fault and Not-At-Fault parties, so no matter which side of the case you are on, we are here to assist you.

Speak to our car accident lawyers by emailing or call us on 02 9958 2407.

 

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Wills & Estates

What Is a Revocable Living Trust and Why Do You Need One in Sydney?

When a person dies, there are several factors which determine how their assets will get distributed. Usually, their will states how they would like this done, or in absence of a will, the law will be applied.

However, there is an alternative which allows for easy adjustments and updates, according to the person’s wishes while they are still alive.

It’s called a revocable living trust (otherwise known as inter vivos trust).

A revocable living trust is an estate planning tool that allows the creator of the trust to make adjustments to it while they are still alive, making it easy to make amendments as they see fit.

This is particularly useful in instances where the trustor (creator of the trust) has reason to believe they may want to change who they leave assets to.

Revocable Living Trust in Sydney

It is set up while the trustor is still alive, and all the assets are transferred to the trust. The trustor still retains control of the assets in the trust by being named as the trustee. Once they die, the trust gets appointed a new trustee and can continue to operate.

What’s the Difference Between a Revocable Living Trust And a Will?

With both the trust and the will, you can name beneficiaries to receive assets and property, leave assets to young children and change or update the document as you wish.

However, with a revocable living trust you can avoid probate, avoid conservatorship, significantly reduce the chances of a court dispute and keep your documents private, even after your death.

Essentially, the trust decreases the chances that there will be a dispute, and ensures that you have the final say over what you want to happen to your assets. This makes it much easier for your beneficiaries, saving them both significant time and money, and ensures that your will gets carried out as you wanted it to be.

Revocable Living Trusts Avoid The Probate Process

A revocable living trust can often mean avoiding the probate process altogether. The process of probate is usually long, costly and often more trouble than it solves.

However, with a revocable living trust, the estate can be passed on to the beneficiaries without the involvement of the courts, which makes for a quick and painless process.

Transferring Assets To the Trust

All assets that are to be included in the trust must be put in the name of the trust. For most items, this simply means being added to the trust document.

However, for assets with titles, such as property, they need to be transferred into the name of the trust. This is often a quick and simple process, but it must be done correctly in order to avoid disputes and probate.

Do You Need a Lawyer to Create A Revocable Living Trust?

No. It is entirely possible to create a revocable living trust without the help of a lawyer. However, you must be sure you know what you are doing, because mistakes in the process can lead to disputes, probate and court interference when it comes time to distribute the property.

Having a lawyer help you with establishing your trust will ensure that it is done 100% correct and you are far less likely to have any issues further down the line. They are also able to guide and advise you on what the best approach is given your particular situation, to ensure you get the best outcome.

If you are looking to create a revocable living trust, speak to us at Elmassian Lawyers today. We are experts in wills, estate planning and trusts and are here to ensure you set up your trust correctly and take the route that best suits your needs. Call us today on 02 9958 2407 or email info@elmassianlawyers.com.au.