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What, exactly, is a slip and fall?

Even though such incidents may not always be life-threatening, a slip and fall can become a serious setback that can affect an individual for an extensive period of time. And despite the familiarity of those yellow caution signs signaling a wet floor, some New Mexico residents do not receive a warning that conditions may be dangerous at all. Sometimes, customers who fall in stores cannot determine whether the store did, in fact, fail to maintain safety; yet there are some general facts to keep in mind in these potentially dangerous situations.

Knowing what constitutes a slip and fall can help when the situation does not seem clear. The University of Wisconsin's Department of Environmental Health and Safety dedicates an article to accident prevention, sharing the basics when it comes to slips, trips and falls. Surprising to many, UW notes that slip and falls are the second-most common type of accidents that can result in serious injury. The university defines a "slip" as an accident that takes places when there is not enough traction between a person's shoe and the floor. A "trip" occurs when a person comes in contact with an object in hir or her walking path, resulting in an accident. A "fall" occurs when a person is thrown off-balance.

Turning over a new leaf after divorce

Divorce can open many doors that may have once been sealed, but first, ex-spouses must jump through the legal and financial hoops. It is natural for this complex process to involve equally complex feelings; after all, there are many phases to dealing with life after divorce. New Mexico residents going through this difficult time may have more questions than answers regarding new schedules, child custody arrangements and other aspects of daily life.

Mental Health America understands the many layers of recovering after a painful separation, first noting that it is natural for those going through divorce to have conflicting and confusing feelings. MHA encourages readers to accept these feelings and to understand that they will likely subside over time. It can be challenging to set aside time for self care -- especially when children are in the picture -- but caring for one's self physically and emotionally is crucial during this sensitive life chapter. MHA also stresses the importance of maintaining stability and routines, avoiding conflict when children are present and, despite the circumstances, to think positively about this temporary situation.

Do you need a new financial start?

More often than not, when many people hear the word “bankruptcy” their immediate association is a negative one. This happens in spite of the fact that most people have little understanding of what filing for bankruptcy actually entails or what it is meant to be for the people who need it. This negative misconception and general lack of understanding about bankruptcy has had the unfortunate side effect of stigmatizing a process that can actually be a positive turning point in the lives of people who take the time to learn more about it, recognize their own need for a new financial start and have the courage to make what can be a difficult decision in order to pave the way for a better future for themselves and often their families as well.

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How can a prenup help a stay-at-home parent?

If you are a New Mexico resident who is considering getting married soon, you might wonder if you should create a prenuptial agreement with your future spouse. While certainly it may not seem as romantic as planning a wedding, discussing matters to be put into a prenup may end up being even more important to your future. If you or your partner may want to stay home to raise any children you ultimately have, a prenup may be extremely valuable to you.

As explained by The Daily Worth, if an at-home parent gets divorced, the financial challenges this experience presents to them may be far more severe than those for a spouse and parent who is employed outside the home. Generally speaking, a person who has several years away from the workforce cannot expect to get a job at the same responsibility or pay level as when they left their last position. This is because of the continued changes that take place in most industries and businesses.

How to gain the legal advantage after an accident

Traffic accidents can be terrifying to experience. In addition to fearing for your safety and the health of your passengers, you probably worry about the damage to your vehicle and insurance. After a crash, your might may be swimming with thoughts.

The chaos and panic you feel from a collision is natural, which is why preparing for this possibility ahead of time is so important. Knowing what to do in a crash can not only help you remain level-headed, but it can make it easier to pursue a lawsuit if you choose to do so later.

Is a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the Cards for You?

New Mexico Bankruptcy Law

When you're struggling to make ends meet financially, your options are often limited, and it can be stressful. If you've not explored a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, is it time to consider it? To be eligible for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, you must meet certain criteria. With the help of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney in New Mexico, you can look at the pros and cons to filing such paperwork. Let a New Mexico Bankruptcy Attorney Guide You In attempting to file for Chapter 7, a New Mexico bankruptcy attorney will alert you to the following:

The Sanders Law Firm Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2015 AIOPIA'S 10 Best Law Firm in New Mexico For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of New Mexico's Personal Injury Law Firm, Sanders Law Firm as 2015 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOPIA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA's independent evaluation. AIOPIA's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction. We congratulate Sanders Law Firm on this achievement and we are honored to have their firm listed as a 2015 AIOPIA 10 Best. You can contact Sanders Law Firm directly at 575-622-5440 or

Criminal Law Myths

Clients always have preconceived notions of what the laws are when it comes to interacting with the police. Over the next few weeks, we are going to address these myths. This week we will take a detailed look at what identification one must provide to police. The law requires an individual in New Mexico to identify themselves upon the request of an officer in the lawful discharge of his/her duties. See NM Stat § 30-22-3. New Mexico law states: "Concealing identity consists of concealing one's true name or identity, or disguising oneself with intent to obstruct the due execution of the law or with intent to intimidate, hinder or interrupt any public officer or any other person in a legal performance of his duty or the exercise of his rights under the laws of the United States or of this state." NM Stat § 30 -22-3 New Mexico Courts have interpreted this to mean that law enforcement can ask for an individual to identify himself or herself. The New Mexico Court of Appeals has examined this issue. In Dawson, police noticed a camper parked on state university property. See State v. Dawson,1999-NMCA- 072, 12 (N.M. Ct. App.1999). They approached the camper and wanted the defendant to remove the camper from state university property. Id. Cecil Dawson failed to identify himself. Id. However, after some questioning by UNM Police, Cecil Dawson disclosed part of his name to UNM Police. Id. The court held that "Section 30-22-3 requires a person to furnish identifying information immediately upon request, or if the person has reasonable concerns about the validity of the request. State v. Dawson,1999-NMCA-072, 12 (N.M. Ct. App.1999). In Hiibel, the United States Supreme Court upheld the types of laws as constitutional. See Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial Dist. Court, 542 U.S. 177 (U.S.2004). It is important to note that different laws apply when you are operating a motor vehicle. This offense is classified as a petty misdemeanor. See NM Stat § 30-22-3. In the context of a valid traffic stop, a failure to provide the information contained in a driver's license falls within the reach of the concealing identity statute, 30-22-3 NMSA 1978, regardless of whether a driver also provides his or her true name. State v. Andrews, 1997-NMCA-017, 123 N.M. 95, 934 P.2d 289, 1997 N.M. App. LEXIS 6 (N.M. Ct. App.), cert. denied. If you have a question about this or any other legal issue please do not hesitate to contact our office at 575-622-5440. The above information is educational in nature only. It does not constitute legal advice. No attorney client relationship has been established. Individuals are advised to consult with an attorney licensed in their jurisdiction.

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