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Car Accident Lawyer Tampa | Personal Injury Lawyer | Carrollwood

CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER TAMPA  PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER  CARROLLWOOD FLIt is time to start thinking about 2014! As we approach the holidays and the hustle and bustle that comes along with it, remember to take extra precautions while on the road. Car accidents can be tragic, and injuries that are sustained in a car accident may snowball into a timeline of treatment and therapy that may take months to complete. If you are involved in a car accident, it is always important to know what steps to take to protect yourself and your potential personal injury case.

First Steps To Take In A Car Crash

As soon as possible after you are involved in an auto accident it is imperative to seek medical attention. Usually, at the scene of an accident, 911 is called and if you are facing dire injuries you should immediately go to the hospital. You may also seek similar medical facilities to determine the extent of your injuries and pinpoint the necessary steps towards rehabilitation or surgery that might be necessary to your health.

If the injuries sustained in the accident are not severe or life threatening, it is important to pull off to the side of the road so you are not obstructing direct traffic. Next, gather necessary information about the accident for purposes of your potential legal suit.

Important Information To Gather At The Scene

At the scene of the accident it would be beneficial to gather the following; identification of all occupants including: full legal names, contact numbers and alternative phone numbers, residential addresses, as well as emails. Collect and take photos of any property damage from vehicles involved and injuries sustained from the accident. Also to mention, taking photographs of the actual accident scene can be beneficial to your legal case such as but not limited to: debris, skid marks, the position of the collision in correlation to the road or traffic signs.

Upon the arrival of responding officer(s) and ambulances it is to your benefit to request any and all identifying information on the officer(s) that responded to the incident. Gathering their information can help in the event of any missing information from your drivers exchange report or crash report.

Seek Legal Representation

Injured parties should also always contact a car accident lawyer for legal consultation and general information on how to proceed following an accident. For example, there may be situations where an attorney may review aspects of your case that add additional value to your claim; or an attorney may be necessary to negotiate medical bills as you seek medical treatment. Additionally, seeking legal aid will ensure protection for you and your loved ones in the event an insurance company contacts you. Remember if an insurance company contacts you regarding your injury claim, do not offer any recorded statements without first consulting with an attorney.

Call Blick Law Firm today for you free case evaluation pertaining to your personal injury claim. Attorney, Michael Blickensderfer has over 25 year’s legal experience. Blickensderfer served as a Former Prosecutor and Marine. This Christian-based law firm is located in beautiful Carrollwood, Tampa FL. However, Blick Law Firm handles cases throughout the entire state of Florida, New York and New Jersey. Think quick, Call Blick! Call 813-962-5936 today!

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Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Re-Launches ‘Minute With Mike’ Video Series

Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer re-launches one-of-a-kind ‘Minute With Mike’ Video Series on YouTube to encourage legal discussion in the bay area.

Recently Blick Law Firm was publicized in over 40 media and newsrooms outlets, discussing the firm’s venture in giving legal advice through videos on YouTube. Credible sites mentioned the firm such as, Digital Journal, a digital media news network with thousands of Digital Journalists in 200 countries around the world. Other news outlets to mention: The Bull Reporter, 760 AM Talk Radio, The State Journal – Online and WBOC- TV (DT2 – FOX) were among the many to publish the law firm’s video series.

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 5.19.40 PMBlick Law Firm introduces Minute with Mike, a video campaign designed to encourage legal discussion in the community with attorney, Michael Blickensderfer. The campaign re-launched August 5th, 2013 and has taken YouTube by storm. Within its short inception the YouTube channel has reached over 100,000 Views!

Minute with Mike campaign’s objective is to bring awareness to the community of Blick law firm’s services, answer legal questions online and offer commitment to the local community.

Once a month, audiences can view 10 new videos that are uploaded to the Blick Law Firm’s YouTube channel where attorney, Michael C. Blickensderfer will answer legal questions over the web on the air! On this free legal forum viewers will have a chance to ask a question and watch Mike answer current legal matters. http://www.youtube.com/user/blicklawfirm

“Blick Law Firm wants to give back to the community by offering a site where people can go to get legal questions answered for free without the inconvenience of leaving their office or home,” said Dana Blickensderfer, marketing director at Blick Law Firm.

Want to submit a question? Here’s how:

Submit important legal questions by emailing info(at)BlickLawFirm(dot)com and see the questions answered by the attorney. Blick will try to answer legal questions based on the firm’s practice areas, but cannot guarantee every question will be answered.

Feel free to use Facebook and Twitter to also post legal questions for Mike to review and

About Blick Law Firm

Blick Law Firm is a local Tampa Bay legal firm specializing in personal injury, criminal, immigration and real estate law all across the state of Florida. The owner, Michael C. Blickensderfer has 25 years legal experience in Florida, New York and New Jersey. Blick Law Firms practice areas include criminal law, DUI/ Traffic, real estate transactions, loan modifications, short sales, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, title insurance and real estate litigation. Blick Law Firm also serves clients in personal injury, including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls premises liability, dog bites, marine and aviation accidents and wrongful death.

For further information regarding their legal services please visit their website at http://blicklawfirm.com/

*Disclaimer* The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before deciding, ask the attorney to send free written information about the firms qualifications and experience. Copyright © 2013 by Blick Law Firm. All rights reserved.

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Real Estate | Title Closing Process | Real Estate Closing

A Real Estate Closing is the final step of the home purchase process, whereby the buyer and seller sign the papers to transfer the ownership of the home. In order to complete this final phase of the purchase process, it is important to understand the timeline of requirements that take place leading up to the Closing.

First, a buyer must open an escrow account with a neutral third party, whereby the buyer provides earnest money to be held in consideration of the purchase in order to demonstrate good-faith that the buyer fully intends on completing the sale.

Following the opening of an escrow account, the buyer then needs to take 5 necessary steps to protect their interest in the home. These 5 steps are as follows:

  • Complete a Title search
  • Purchase Title Insurance
  • Complete a Home inspection and Pest inspection
  • Negotiate the Closing costs; and
  • Lock the interest rate of the mortgage.

These steps are important in the completion of any Real Estate transaction, and many times it is important for the buyer to seek legal counsel prior to moving forward with the purchase process. An experienced real estate attorney can provide professional legal advice, and interpret the very complicated language involved in most Closing documents. The attorney is also capable of identifying potential problems with your purchase documentation, and can save you the hassle of dealing with unexpected complications that may arise during the Real Estate purchase process.

If you or a loved one are considering purchasing a home and need advice on what to expect, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer. Think quick, call Blick!

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Criminal Arrests Tampa

When confronted by police, people often become nervous because they are unsure if they may be in violation of some ordinance or law. The difference between merely being detained by police and arrested creates different limitations to your rights. It is important to understand what you can do. Police may stop you, and it is not considered an arrest if you are just briefly detained.

In the event you are stopped for questioning, it is important to remain calm, be polite, keep your hands visible at all times, and do not attempt to flee. You do have the right to remain silent, however, it is best to identify yourself first and then notify the officer that you are exercising your right to silence.

If you are unsure of the situation, you can ask the officer why you have been detained and if you are under arrest. If at that time you are not under arrest, you have the right to leave. If the officer proceeds to arrest you, you have the right to speak to a Criminal Defense Attorney.

An arrest occurs only upon a determination of “probable cause”, this means the officer must have more than just a “suspicion”, the officer must have a “reasonable belief” that you committed a crime. Once the arrest is made, an officer can lawfully conduct a search incident to arrest of your person for weapons, evidence, and contraband. At this point, the officer can hold you in jail for up to 24 hours, or until a warrant is issued for the charges.

Anytime you are stopped and arrested it is important to quickly consult a Criminal Attorney regarding your rights and advice on what you should do. If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, or even issued a citation for a traffic violation, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840 to schedule an appointment for a free 15 minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer. Think quick, call Blick!

 

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Real Estate: Short Sale

Homeowners are often unsure of what options are available when they reach financial hardship. A short sale is an agreement by a mortgage lender to sell property for an amount lower than the balance owed in order to relieve the buyer of the mortgage obligation.

A short sale can be a helpful tool when trying to avoid foreclosure. Depending on the negotiated amount of the sale and the timeliness of past mortgage payments, a short sale may help avoid the huge hit to your credit score that foreclosure causes. Additionally, short sale participants can later purchase a home in a shorter time than those who foreclose on their property.

A short sale can be completed by finding a buyer to purchase the home who is willing to pay current market value, and having the mortgage provider agree to the sale. Any shortage after the sale will then either be written off by the lender and an IRS 1099 is issued to the seller, or a deficiency remains which the lender may pursue to collect against the seller.

The short sale process can be complicated, and the lender may not be willing to negotiate. It is important to know that a real estate attorney can help negotiate the sale and terms with the mortgage lender and provide you peace of mind that your sale is being handled by an accountable professional.

If you have legal questions regarding your short sale or you are considering your options, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840 to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer.

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Foreclosure Defense Tampa

Foreclosure is the process by which a lender attempts to recover the unpaid balance of a loan after the borrower discontinues payments. Foreclosure allows the lender to force a sale of the home in order to satisfy the remaining balance of the loan.

In Florida, if you have received a foreclosure summons complaint, you have 20 days to answer in order to avoid a default judgment being issued against you. Once your home is threatened by foreclosure, it is important to seek legal advice and explore what options may be available.

It is important to seek legal advice from an experienced foreclosure attorney prior to filing an appropriate answer to a foreclosure summons. The answer to a foreclosure summons can be the difference between quickly losing your home to a default judgment or maintaining and keeping your home for an extended period.

If your property becomes subject to foreclosure, here are some potential remedies to discuss with an experienced attorney:

  • Reinstatement – To avoid the completion of the foreclosure process, you may be able to reinstate the loan by making payments on the past due amount. Generally, the lender will be cooperative if you bring your account up to date, or demonstrate that you now have the means to catch up on the past due payments.
  • Mortgage Modification – The lender may be willing to modify the terms of the mortgage. Modification of the agreement may involve adding payments to the end of the mortgage and simply extend the term of the loan. Modification of the mortgage agreement may also be made by reducing the interest rate of the original Mortgage Agreement, and it could include partial forgiveness of the amount of money you owe.
  • Forbearance Plan – As a borrower you may be able to file a forbearance plan with your mortgage provider. Under this arrangement, the lender will agree not to pursue the foreclosure action; but, the lender will likely require proof of adequate means to satisfy the repayment on the loan. This is generally a viable option if you have encountered a temporary setback such as poor health or loss of employment.
  • Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure – You may also deed the home back to the mortgage provider if the lender agrees to accept a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. The lender will take back the property and cancel the remaining debt. You will be unable to keep your home, but avoid foreclosure and minimize the detriment to your credit score.
  • Short SaleTo avoid foreclosure, you may also be able to sell your home for less money than the amount owed. A short sale can be completed by finding a buyer willing to pay current market value to purchase the home and have the mortgage provider agree to the sale. Any shortage after the sale will then either is written off by the lender and an IRS 1099 is issued to the seller, or a deficiency remains which the lender may pursue to collect against the seller.

Foreclosure continues to be a growing problem in Florida, and if it happens to you, the worst thing to do is ignore it.

If you or a loved one are being threatened by Foreclosure or have legal questions regarding any potential legal remedies, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer to see what your legal rights are in defending a foreclosure action.

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