Michael A. O'Hara PLLC, Attorney at Law
Michael A. O'Hara PLLC, Attorney at Law  

Civil Litigation

Wrongful Death & Personal Injury

Family Law

Divorce

Child

Custody

Support

Visitation

Paternity

Adoption

Abuse

Neglect

Truancy

Emancipation

 

 

Wrongful Death is personal injury that happens from losing a loved- one, like a parent, a spouse, or  child. Personal Injury is damage from another party doing something they should not have done, or failing to do something they should have done.We have seen injuries caused in awide variety of ways that include truck, motorcycle, car, and marine crashes, accidents and mishaps. If an automobile crash has left you or someone close to you injured, or without a vehicle, getting an attorney involved to protect your freedoms now may make a difference for good.
 

People who own, or keep dogs, orother animals need to do so responsibly. Keeping an animal responsibly involves not only training and controlling the animal, but paying for injuries when the animal follows instinct rather than training, attacks and hurts someone. An attorney who knows what to do can make agreat difference from the outset when a dog bites.
 

Medical errors account for  a growing number of injuries. We understand there is no betrayal quite like a medical professional failing to properly do what has been entrusted to them: to manage our medical problems. We have helped not only individuals, but families. From lapses of care involving the birth of a child, to ill-advised surgeries, or doctors that just did not perform surgeries the way a reasonable, medical professional should.
 

Civil liability from Child Abuse. Among our largest verdicts are claims for the child victim of sexual misconduct. Victims of both assault, and child pornography could recover damages. In a situation like that, wouldn't you want to speak with an attorney with valuable experience?
 

Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences of modern life. Divorce often simultaneously couples multiple components that, themselves would be stressful enough. Imagine the loss of a loved one, coupled with a change of residence at the same time your household income dramatically diminishes, while you count up all your worldly possessions and lose half, as your access to seeing your own children gets restricted. Following an experienced guide can help manage uncertainty. Sharing obligations with a professional can ease the burden
 

Custody means different things to different people. Custody adresses the question of who is responsible for the care, and has control of an individual with a disability. Commonly that disability is "minority" as in the case of a child, who is under 18 years old. Common custody questions involve giving consent for non-emergency medical procedures, and where a child will attend school and church.

Before a man is given parental rights and responsibilities from a court, the court must establish the fact that the man is the father of the child. In many cases this is done with the presumption that the man married to the mother is the father of the child. But, not every case is so simple. In some cases, DNA testing may be requested, or required to conclude paternity.

Support usually involves regular cash payments from one parent to the other. Usually the noncustodial parent pays child support to the custodial parent. Usually support is designed to continue until the child reaches age 18, or graduates from high school, whichever happens later or is otherwise emancipated. A support obligation imposed by the court may, or may not be designed to change, or even end automatically.

Visitation, also called parenting time, determines the schedule of when a child will see, or be with which parent. Or in some exceptional cases a grandparent, or even another person. The visitation schedule may include holiday, and vacation time with the child.

Adoption is a legal act of creating parental rights and responsibility in a non-parent. Adoption commonly requires an attorney to act on behalf of the child, and background checks for the adopting-parent.

Abuse is damage caused intentionally. Abuse can trigger civil liability, including action from the state to remove a child from care.
 

Neglect is when damages caused from a lack of reasonable care that is short of intentional. Neglect can trigger civil liability, including action from the state to remove a child from care.

Dependency is damage caused through no fault. Dependency can trigger civil liability, including action from the state to remove a child from care.

Truancy is the failure to attend school. In some cases, truancy can be viewed as damage to a child. Truancy may be a sign that triggers action from the state, including removal of a child from care.
 

Emancipation is a legal term for the point at which a child overcomes the disability of his or her minority. Commonly this happens on the child's 18th birthday, but in exceptional circumstances it could happen before, or after a person's 18th birthday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

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