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The ABCs of Dealing With Domestic Violence

Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.


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Pardons Process Success: Tips For Meeting With Your Advocate

by Gina Hill

Pardon advocates are a fantastic resource for those who are looking to make a positive turn in their lives. Regardless of past events, a pardon can help give a feeling of security for those looking to improve their situation moving forward. You may feel a little confused on how the pardons process works but be rest assured that your advocate will help guide you throughout the entire time. Here are just a few helpful tips to keep in mind as you meet with your pardon advocate. 

Familiarize Yourself With the Process

The pardon process can be a bit confusing if you have never encountered this situation before. Before meeting with your advocate, do a little research on your own to ensure that you have a general understanding of how it works. Deadlines, required paperwork, and expectations should all be researched to guarantee that you feel more prepared. For example, it would be helpful to have an idea of how long the process will take depending on the nature of the infraction. In other cases, a background check may be required before the pardon is finalized. 

Come Prepared

Arriving prepared for your meeting with your advocate means doing a bit of work beforehand. Be sure you understand what paperwork is required of you for your initial consultation and be sure to make plenty of copies for your own records. Paperwork that has been issued by the court, identification such as drivers licenses or social security cards, and proof of residency are just a few examples of the paperwork you'll need to bring to your advocate. Any records regarding your case will also be expected as you and your advocate will be able to review them before beginning the process of a pardon. 

Be Patient With the Process

Being granted a pardon is a great way you can help get your life back on track. When speaking with your advocate, get a clear understanding of how long the process is expected to run and what can be done to help expedite it. While some of the pardon process is indeed a waiting game, you can still ensure you're doing everything on your end to help things move smoothly such as being prepared and organized. Whenever meeting with your advocate, you can also proactively eliminate distractions by silencing your phone and paying close attention to each session. Be sure to ask as many questions as you need so that you feel completely up-to-speed with the pardons process. 

For more information, contact a state-level pardon advocate.