Oklahoma Oil and Gas Law Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Mineral Rights

Knock. Knock. Who is there? Mineral rights owner. Mineral rights owner who?! Learning that you may not be the owner of the minerals located on your property can be quite the shock. On the other hand, learning that you could profit from the minerals located on your property, can be an even bigger surprise. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that Oklahoma residents have about mineral rights:

What are “mineral rights?”

Attorneys often refer to property rights as a bundle of sticks, because these rights can be separated. For example, a person who only has mineral rights to a particular piece of property does not own the land, but rather has the right to extract and use the minerals located below the surface of the land.

What types of minerals can be included by the term?

When people refer to “mineral” the minerals they usually are referring to are not silver or gold—at least not in Oklahoma. The most minerals commonly sought after in the area are natural gas, oil, and coal. However, sometimes, a contract can simply refer to “all the minerals” which would give the owner rights to all minerals located below the surface. Although usually, the contract will specify which particular minerals are allowed to be extracted. In some cases, a contract for mineral rights can also include surface rights, which would allow the owner to excavate materials such as clay or gravel.

How are mineral rights conveyed?

Mineral rights are conveyed when the owner conveys those rights separate from the rights of the land. Mineral right conveyance can happen in one of three main ways. First, a property owner can sell the mineral rights while retaining ownership of the land. Alternatively, second, the property owner can retain the mineral rights while selling the land. The third way is that the property owner could convey the mineral rights to one person and the land to another person.

How can I tell if I own the mineral rights to my property?

In many parts of the country, when a person purchases a piece of property he or she receives all the rights to the land.  Once the mineral rights are separated from the land, it can be a challenge to determine in later transactions, if the mineral rights are included. This is because the deed will not specify that the mineral rights are not included. It can come as a surprise to a landowner to find out years after they have purchased the property to discover that someone else owns the mineral rights—and is ready to extract the minerals.

What should I do the owner of the minerals contacts me?

If you are contacted by someone claiming to have rights to the minerals on the land you own— it is important to seek the counsel of attorney well-versed in the area of mineral rights as soon as possible. First, the attorney will make certain that the person claiming to have mineral rights to your property, in fact, does. It is possible that the person may have once had rights, but those rights may have expired or been transferred to someone else.

If you are a property owner who has been contacted by an oil or gas company with regards to leasing or selling mineral rights, it is important that you speak with an attorney first. Only experienced Oklahoma Oil and Gas Law Attorneys can help protect your property rights. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center have helped numerous clients negotiate fair leases that take into account their clients’ specific needs. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled oil and gas law attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our attorneys to provide you with excellent and cost-effective representation!

 

 

Oklahoma Criminal Defense Attorneys Answer Questions About Probation

Even if you have not personally had an encounter with the criminal justice system, you are most likely still familiar with the term “probation.” Flip on the television and a character on a crime-drama show is being sentenced to probation, or on the evening news, the top story may be that a well-known individual has been sent to jail for violating the terms of his or her probation. However, if you have been charged with a crime, you will want to take the time to understand probation and how it may be a possibility for you. While your attorney will discuss probation with you in detail, here are some answers to some basic probation related questions:

What is probation?

When a criminal defendant pleads guilty or has been found guilty of a crime, probation allows the person to serve their sentence at home, rather than in jail or prison. A defendant who is placed on probation is usually assigned a probation officer that makes sure the terms and conditions of the defendant’s probation are followed.

What is meant by “terms and conditions” of probation?

Terms and conditions of probation are just another way of saying the rules that a defendant on probation must follow. Typical rules that a defendant may have to follow are based on the crime. For example, a person on probation for a drug charge may have conditions that include: abstaining from drug and alcohol use, obtaining drug treatment or other counseling, not picking up any new criminal charges, complying with law enforcement, not associating with known criminals, and submitting to random drug testing.

What is a deferred versus suspended sentence?

Probation is usually given in one of two scenarios. The first scenario is when the defendant pleads guilty to the crime, but the judge orders that the sentenced be “deferred.” With a deferred sentence, if probation is completed, the charge is dismissed. The second scenario is a suspended sentence, is different in that the person is convicted of a crime, but does not have to serve jail or prison time if he or she completes probation.

What can happen if I violate the terms of my probation?

What happens when a person violates any of the terms of his or her probation depends on the specific violation. If the violation was a criminal offense, then the person might face separate criminal charges. For example, if a person on a first-time drug offense, and is arrested for selling drugs, then he or she would not only be in violation of his or her probation—that requires him or her to abstain from drug and alcohol possession/use—but also be charged with a new drug offense. If however, that same person tests positive for drugs and/or alcohol during a random drug test, then or she could face revocation of probation or spend time in jail.

If you have are serving probation on either a suspended or deferred sentence and have been accused of violating the terms of that probation, it is important that you seek the immediate advice of counsel. Only a seasoned Oklahoma Criminal Defense Attorney can review the accusations against you and keep you from losing your probation. Do not make the mistake of waiting too long or choosing to represent yourself. At The Handley Law Center, our team of skilled Oklahoma Criminal Defense Attorneys will fight to keep you out of jail. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with aggressive representation.

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Discuss the Emotional Stages of Divorce

Anger is often the emotion most commonly associated with divorce. People tend to think of divorce as two angry spouses, fighting over everything from household furniture to child custody. While anger to some degree is an emotion often experienced at some point during a “typical divorce” it is not the only emotion individual’s experience. In fact, experts tend to think that divorcing individuals experience various stages of emotions, very similar to the stages of grief after having lost a loved one.

If you are considering divorcing or just received notice from your spouse that he or she wants a divorce, knowing about these stages of emotions can help normalize the process. A divorce often causes people to think that they are losing their minds because the process can often be emotionally overwhelming. It can be nice to know that you are not alone, especially if you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. You will want to keep in mind that just like no two people are alike, the same can be said about divorce. While you may not experience all of the stages or spend much time in each particular stage, your spouse may have a completely different emotional experience. The following are the basic emotional stages of divorce and what people often feel in each stage:

Denial: Realizing that your marriage is over, or that your spouse wants to end your marriage, can be a tough pill to swallow. You may be tempted to try to save the marriage in any way possible, fearful of what lies ahead. Sometimes people just feel as if they are in shock, numb to any feelings.

Anger: Once it sinks in that the divorce is truly happening, the pain of the situation sets in, and people often become angry—angry at themselves, angry at the world, and of course, angry at their spouse. If you find yourself becoming angry at your minor children or feel totally consumed by anger, this is often a good time to speak with a professional who can help you work through these emotions.

Bargaining: In this stage the pain often causes a person to want to take control of the situation and make it better. Often this can cause a person to want to “bargain” with their spouse to change or to work to save the marriage.

Letting Go/Sadness: During this stage, a person finally admits there is nothing he or she can do to save the marriage and “lets go.” For some people, this can lead to sadness and even depression. If you begin to experience depression or suicidal thoughts, it is important to seek medical help right away.

Acceptance: At this stage a people stop feeling the desire to rehash the past and instead, the focus is on what the future holds. Although there may be times when the person is a bit scared or apprehensive at the unknown, the overall feeling is more confident and able to move on.

If you are contemplating filing for divorce, it is important to speak with an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney. Only a skilled Oklahoma Family Law Attorney can answer your questions and review your legal options with you. At The Handley Law Center, our compassionate attorneys understand the complexity of a divorce and the emotional toll the process can have on a person. You can trust the attorneys at The Handley Law Center to guide you through every step. To schedule a consultation with one of our seasoned family law attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Discuss Catastrophic Injuries

It is well-known that car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are a common cause of injuries. Auto accident related injuries can vary in degree from very minor, like cuts and scrapes, to severe/ deadly, and of course, everything in between. The most severe injuries, if not life-ending in nature are often life-altering. Unlike broken bones and ribs that while painful will eventually heal, severe or “catastrophic” injuries impact a person for the rest of his or her life. Typically, for an injury to be considered catastrophic it is severe enough in nature to impact a person life in at least one of the following ways:

  • Results in physical deformity.
  • Causes a physical or mental disability.
  • Unable to return to his or her previous occupation or any job at all.
  • Experiences ongoing chronic pain.
  • Requires living in a nursing or assisted living facility or 24-hour assistance.
  • Necessitates long-term medical attention and/or therapy.
  • Impacts the person’s overall quality of life.

While, car crashes are a large source of catastrophic injuries, they are not the only cause. Any accident that results in serious harm or death can be considered a catastrophic event. Occurrences such as slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, construction accidents, and even medical malpractice incidents can also result in catastrophic injuries. The types of injuries that are usually considered to be catastrophic in nature include:

  • Amputation of a limb
  • Back or spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Neck injury
  • Severe or traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of an eye or ear
  • Serious and/or extensive burns
  • Depression, anxiety, PTSD

It is important to keep in mind that the first thing a person should do after being involved in a serious accident is to seek immediate and comprehensive medical attention. Attend rehabilitation or speak with a counselor. Focus on getting the care you need to help you get back to the way you were before the accident happened. After that, you or a family member will want to seek out the advice of an experienced Oklahoma injury attorney. Look for someone who has handled numerous catastrophic injury cases and has a proven track record. Do not hire just any attorney, because he or she will not be fully capable of doing what is necessary to protect an injury victim’s rights. Catastrophic injury cases are often complex, and the stakes are high.

If the accident was the fault of another, a victim can try to hold the wrongdoer accountable for all expenses related to his or her injuries, including already incurred expenses and future losses and expenses. Put another way; the accident cannot be the victim’s complete fault. Rather, the accident needs to be the result of the wrongdoing of another, such as drunk driving, a defective product, and/or negligence of another, such as doctor error. If the victim dies from his or her injuries, the family has the right to file a wrongful death case.

Compensation for a catastrophic injury case can include pain and suffering, medical bills, medication, long-term care, therapy, and rehabilitation. Catastrophic injury cases are often complex, so only trust an attorney who has a reputation for successfully handling these types of cases.

If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries after being involved in an accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can review your case and give you a determination of what your case may be worth. Trust only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney to evaluate your case. To learn how The Handley Law Center can help you, contact our office today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

 

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Discuss 4 Rules to Deal with an Angry Spouse

Talk to anyone who has been through a divorce and he or she will most likely tell you that it was an emotional experience. Divorce can bring up emotions like sadness, depression, resentment and of course, anger. Anger is an emotion that most people feel at some point during the process. However, for some people, the anger portion of the divorce can last a very long time. As any wise divorce attorney can tell you, dealing with a very angry spouse can be quite difficult. A hostile husband or a wrathful wife is often not willing to play nice. He or she is so focused on being upset that moving a case towards completion can be almost impossible. So the question begs, what do you do if your soon to be ex is hot under the collar? The following are the four basic rules for dealing with a seething spouse:

  1. Do not fall into the anger trap. Anger loves anger. So the first rule in dealing with a perturbed partner is to keep your cool. Do not fall into the trap of responding to your enraged ex with hostility. Take a few seconds to take a breath before speaking and keep your voice at a normal level. Do not shout!
  1. Be prepared for their tricks. A steaming hot spouse is looking for a fight. If you do not fall into their trap easily, he or she may resort to tricks. The good news is that if you are prepared for these outbursts, then you will be better equipped to handle them and realize that they are just part of his or her game. Common peeved off behaviors include:
    • Delay tactics (continuing hearings, failing to provide discovery)
    • Fighting over material objects that he or she does not want but know that hold special significance for you.
    • Start a custody battle.
    • Back out of verbal agreements
  1. Create a support team. Dealing with an overly emotional ex can be draining. It is important that you create a support team that can help you out and psych you up mentally to deal with the barrage of anger that is flying your way. While friends and family members are great, you may also consider finding a therapist or counselor you could talk to as well. A therapist will not only listen but also give you tools to better handle the stress.
  1. Fight nice. Just because you are not falling into the “angry trap” does not mean you have to roll over and play dead. You can still fight for what is important to you, just do it in a way that you will be proud of at the end. This means picking your battles carefully and once you have, fight nicely. Do not drag up the past or fight based solely on principle. Instead, focus on the present and what you need out of the divorce. Realize that there are no true “winners” in a divorce. However, if you keep your mind set on getting what you need and rather on “winning” an argument or every individual fight, you will be much better off in the end.

If you are contemplating filing for divorce, it is important to speak with an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney. Only skilled Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys can answer your questions and review your legal options with you. At The Handley Law Center, our compassionate attorneys understand how trying a divorce can be and the emotional toll it can take on a person. You can trust The Handley Law Center to be by your side every step of the way. To schedule a consultation with one of our trained family law attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bites

In this country, dogs are not mere pets. They are valuable members of our families and man’s best friend. Dogs are playmates for children and our companions in retirement. Dogs hold many different beloved roles in our daily lives. That is why when a dog bites it is a big deal. More than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for a dog bite every year. More than half of these cases involve children. If you have a dog or a child or are around dogs, you need to be aware of the laws regarding dog bites. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that Oklahoma residents have about dog bites:

Does Oklahoma have a “one bite” rule?

Some states have what is known as a “one bite” rule. Dog owners in these states are only liable if the owner knew or had reason to know that their dog would bite. This is not the rule, however, in Oklahoma. Here, dog owners are liable for bites even if the owner did not know or could not have known that the dog would bite. In other words, dogs do not get “one free bite.”

Are there situations where a dog owner is not liable if their dog bites?

While Oklahoma does have “strict liability” when it comes to dog bites, this does not mean a dog owner is liable for the injuries caused by their dog in every situation. Dog owners are not liable for the injuries the dog causes if the dog was provoked or in some cases if the injured party was trespassing. This is why it is important to seek the counsel of an attorney to determine your legal rights.

How long does a person have to file a dog bite lawsuit?

To have a valid lawsuit, a case must be filed in a timely fashion. The amount of time allowed to file a particular type of case is what is known as a “statute of limitations.” In Oklahoma for example, a person has two years to file a dog bite lawsuit.

As an owner, what can be done to prevent my dog from biting someone?

The most important thing a dog owner can do to prevent his or her dog from biting someone is to make sure that the dog is well socialized. Enroll your dog in training classes as a puppy and try to expose your dog to a variety of people and places. Always supervise your dog around small children and if you notice any sign of aggression, contact a trained behaviorist or your veterinarian.

What should I do if a dog bit me?

If you or a loved one are bitten by a dog, the first thing you need to do is assess the situation. For serious bites, you should seek appropriate medical attention immediately. Even if the bite does not appear to be major, it is probably a good idea to have a healthcare provider evaluate the bite. This is especially true if you are unsure of the dog’s health history. Dog bites can become infected and can pose infection risks to the person who was bitten.

If you or your child suffered severe injuries after being bitten by a dog, you might be entitled to compensation. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can help you determine the best approach to take to obtain the compensation to which you may be entitled. Trust only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney to properly evaluate your case. Our attorneys will fight to make sure that your rights are protected, and that justice is served. To find out how The Handley Law Center can help you, contact us at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

 

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Offer 6 Tips to Help Your Child Cope with Divorce

Any divorce is difficult, but a divorce in which a couple has children can be especially challenging. Divorce comes with lots of emotions, changes, and unpredictability. Adults struggle with these elements, and so do children. That is why it is important for divorcing parents to know how to help their children during what can be a very confusing time in their lives. The following are six tips to help your child cope with an impending divorce:

  1. Be honest. Now this does not mean you need to give your child a detailed rundown of the events leading to and stemming from the divorce. What it does mean is be upfront with your child and give him or her age-appropriate Do not lie to your child and do not make any promises related to the divorce that you cannot keep or that are within your power.
  2. Your child may want to talk about the divorce or have questions. Keep in mind that it is just as important to listen to your child, as to provide him or her with honest information. At times during the divorce, you may not have the answers to your child’s questions. However, it is vital that your child know that you are always there to listen.
  3. Maintain routines. The divorce process can feel as if you are now living on another planet. The best way to combat this is trying to keep as much of your child’s life before the divorce the same. This means, try to stick to your child’s basic routine as much as possible. Now is not the time to make or introduce any unnecessary changes.
  4. Shield them from arguments and legal talk. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, no child needs to be witness to the drama of a divorce. Protect your child by having all discussions whether in person or over the phone, out of earshot. Even if you are angry or upset with your spouse, your child should be shielded from some information.
  5. Always assure them of your love. It can be difficult for a child to understand divorce or why the two people they love most in the world no longer want to be together. Sometimes kids think that their parent’s love may end just as abruptly. So take the time to reassure your child that you love them. Hearing that one little word from you can make help alleviate stress and uncertainty.
  6. Get help. If you or your child are stressed or are having a difficult time coping with the divorce, do not be afraid to seek professional help. Find a counselor that has experience with aiding children and/or adults with divorce. Sometimes a child may act like the divorce is not bothering them, but may suddenly develop behavior problems at home or Talk to your child’s teachers and be sure that he or she knows about the divorce and any assistance is available to your child at school.

If you are a parent who is contemplating filing for divorce, it is important that you speak with an experienced Oklahoma Family Attorney who can guide you through the process. Skilled Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys will make sure you understand your rights and provide you with valuable insights along the way. At The Handley Law Center, our team of attorneys understands that divorce can be difficult for a family and that is why they will be by your side every step of the way. To schedule a meeting with a one of our compassionate family law attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Suggest Three Tips to Keep Your Cool During A Divorce

Even if you are a lover of summer weather, you know that too much of a good thing can lead to a nasty sunburn and even heat stroke. So it is important to take steps to stay cool when temperatures are on the rise. Doing simple things like making sure to stay hydrated, hang out in the shade during the early afternoon when the sun’s ray are at the strongest, and of course, slathering yourself in sunscreen can all protect yourself.

Being an adult means learning how to stay cool, calm and collected regardless of how heated the situation may be. However, keeping cool is not always as easy as sipping an icy beverage under an umbrella.  Intense emotional situations can cause even the coolest of cucumbers to become a little hot under the collar. Divorce is the perfect example of such a situation.

In a divorce, there is often so much at stake that it makes keeping one’s cool an absolute requirement no matter how hot the situation becomes. That is because any divorce attorney with his or her salt knows the problems that can arise when a client that starts to see red. Angry clients tend to make poor decisions, focus on the present moments rather than on their future goals, cause unnecessary stress to themselves and their children, and are less happy at the conclusion of the divorce. Also, clients who let their emotions get the best of them often have divorces that cost a lot more and take longer! To make sure that you keep your cool during your divorce, follow these three tips:

  1. Do your homework. You may already be familiar with the adage that “information is power.” A person that has a divorce attorney who prepares that the “now” and also what he or she can expect down the road is much more likely to keep his or her cool than a person that is unprepared for the journey and the bumps along the way. So, the first thing a person needs to do is find a skilled attorney that focuses his or her practice on divorce. He or she will be the most knowledgeable about the divorce process and able to keep you in the know.
  1. Three-second If you feel yourself getting upset over something that your soon to be ex said or did, pause, take a deep breath and count to three. It may sound a bit silly at first but giving yourself just three seconds can give you some time to gather your thoughts and think before speaking. These three seconds can be the difference between “reacting” to what someone says and “responding.”
  1. Remember your end goal is not winning. During a divorce, it is important always to keep in mind what is important to you and what you need to get out of the divorce. That is because no one truly wins in a divorce. If you keep your focus on your needs and your future (yes, there is life after divorce), you will be much calmer than if you focus on winning every little battle and getting everything you want.

Divorce can be stressful. That is why it is important that you an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney by your side throughout the process. Our trusted team of Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys will take the time to answer your questions and make sure you understand all of your legal options so that you can make the right decisions for your family. To see how The Handley Law Center can assist you with your divorce or other family law matter contact us at (405) 295-1924. We offer completely confidential consultations.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Stress the Importance of Buckling Up!

While Memorial Day may be just around the corner, it is not the only event going on near the end of the month of May. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has announced its annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign which is slated to run this year from May 23rd through June 5th. The purpose of the campaign is to urge both drivers and passengers across the country to buckle up. Law enforcement officials in every state will be looking for drivers who are not wearing their seat belts in accordance with local laws.

Under Oklahoma law, a police officer can stop a driver for not wearing a seat belt—no other reason is necessary. In Oklahoma the laws pertaining to seat belt usage require drivers and front seat passengers ages 13 and older to wear a seat belt at all times while the vehicle in which they are riding is operating. Children under the age of 13 are covered under the Oklahoma Mandatory Child Restraint Law. During the “Click It or Ticket” campaign police are encouraged to stop and issue a ticket to any motorist who is not wearing a seat belt.

While seat belts use in the United States is fairly high—at just about 88 percent in 2014, there is still a lot of room for improvement. The reason being is that in 2014, almost 50 percent of all vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their safety belts. Groups of drivers that were more likely to not to wear seat belts, according to the NHTSA data included:

  • Nighttime drivers: The data collected showed that 57 percent of occupants killed in nighttime crashes were not properly restrained compared to 41 percent of those killed during the day.
  • Men: Of the people killed in crashes who were not wearing a seat belt, 53 percent were men and 40 percent were women.
  • Pickup Truck Drivers: In 2014, 60 percent of pickup truck drivers killed in crashes were not properly restrained compared to 42 percent of passenger car drivers and 38 percent of van drivers.

As a driver, it is important to realize the vital role you can play in increasing seat belt compliance. For instance, in any vehicle you are driving, make it a rule that the car will not start until everyone is wearing their seat belt. It is important to enforce the rule regardless of whether it is a long or short trip, whether it is nighttime or daytime, whether you will be on the freeway or on city streets, or whether you will be driving in an urban or in a more rural area. It must be understood that seatbelts must be worn each and every time a person gets into your vehicle. Because the fact of the matter is that seat belts save lives. In 2014 alone, it is estimated that seat belt usage saved more than 12,800 lives. A total of 63,000 lives are thought to be saved by seat belt usage from 2010 to 2014.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an auto accident, it is important to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can fully investigate the facts of your case and fight for your rights. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are dedicated advocates who understand the devastating impact an accident can have on a victim and their family. You can trust our team of experienced injury attorneys to obtain just compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our qualified injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Ask, “Do You Know How Best to Talk to Your Senior about their Driving Abilities?”

As a young American, there are few milestones that feel as important as the day you pass your driving test and are handed your driver’s license. The ability to drive a car is more than just a privilege, for most it is a major source of independence. That strong feeling of freedom associated with driving may be first felt at the young age of 16, but it never goes away. If you don’t believe it, just ask any driver to stop driving.

This is why it is important for families to understand how to best talk to their senior loved ones about their driving abilities. For a senior, giving up their driving privileges is more than a big deal. It can mean the loss of freedom, increased isolation, and having to depend on others for basic tasks like grocery shopping and getting to and from doctor’s appointments. One study even found that having to relinquish their car keys led seniors to decline cognitively and suffer from depression.

So what is the best way to start the discussion with your senior loved one? The following are a few tips to make sure the conversation goes smoothly and is easier for both of you:

  1. Start the conversation early. Do not wait until your loved one is a danger to him or herself to start the conversation. The best time is when he or she is still fully capable of driving. You can start the conversation by asking him or her to think about how he or she will know when they should retire from driving and how he or she would like to discuss the topic when it occurs.
  1. Keep it low key. When you do start this series of conversations, make sure to keep it low key. Pick a time when it is just the two of you. You will want to avoid having the whole family present. You do not want your loved one to feel like he or she is the subject of an intervention. Keep in mind that your goal should be to empower your loved one to make their own decisions, not to feel like the decision is being forced upon them.
  1. Be mindful of the difficulty of the subject. When asked, seniors more than anything want their children or loved ones to be mindful and sensitive when they do discuss the topic of driving with them. It is important for family to be supportive. During your conversation be sure to give assurances that when the time comes to end driving, that the two of you will work together to maintain their freedom as much as possible.
  1. Remember age is just a number. No one wants to be defined by their age more than a senior. Telling a senior driver that he or she needs to rethink their driving abilities because they have hit a certain age is not helpful. Rather focus on the facts. For example, if he or she is taking a prescription every afternoon that makes him or her sleepy, suggest that it may be better to drive only in the mornings.
  1. Propose that he or she talk with his or her doctor. A senior may be much more open to discussing his or her driving abilities with their trusted family physician than with the son or daughter that they themselves taught how to drive.

If you were seriously injured in a car accident, it is important that you receive proper medical attention. Then, and only then, make it a priority to speak with an Oklahoma Injury Law Attorney. Only a skilled Oklahoma Injury Law Attorney can answer your questions and provide you with helpful information about your rights. At The Handley Law Center, you can trust our team of family law attorneys to help you navigate the legal system and obtain the financial recourse you deserve. To schedule a meeting with a one of our compassionate injury law attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.