Legal Health Checklist

Use our legal health checklist to see if you have everything you need to be legally protected.

When you turn 18 you need:

  • A Will to determine how your assets will be distributed.
  • A Financial Power of Attorney appoints someone to make your financial decisions if you become unable.
  • A Living Will & Health Care Directive to make advance decisions regarding your healthcare and last wishes.
  • Insurance Policies to cover assets and liabilities.

When you trade a vehicle or other expensive goods you need:

  • A Bill of Sale to detail the terms of sale for an item.
  • A Purchase Order as evidence of the terms to purchase goods in case a disagreement occurs.

When you move into a new home you need:

  • Purchase Agreements and Deeds as evidence of the terms of a purchase and details of the rights to a property in case of disagreements or future transfers.
  • Rental/Lease Agreements to dictate warranties, protections and responsibilities.

When you are married you need:

  • A Marriage Agreement to formalize expectations of a new or existing marriage.
  • Property Assignments to describe what is joint and individually owned property.

When you have children you need:

  • A Trust funded with savings or life insurance to make sure you family is provided for.
  • A Parenting/Custody Agreement to make sure you don’t fight over the kids.

When you have a business you need:

  • Ownership/Operating Agreements to dictate how the business will be owned and operated.
  • Employment Agreements to formalize the terms and expectations of a working relationship.
  • Copyrights, Patents, & Trademarks to protect your intellectual property.
  • Buy-Sell Agreements to ensure the business is transferred properly.

When accidents occur you need:

  • A Retainer Agreement so you have an attorney ready to advise you on the best course ahead.

If you need any assistance with a legal matter please contact Tarris Law now.


How to Protect Your Rights if you are Questioned by Police or Arrested

Do you know how to properly protect your rights? We can help. See the instructions below on how to handle police questioning, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


1.) Be polite and respectful when speaking with an officer. You should politely respond to any reasonable questions the officer has and you may record the interaction. Make sure to be prepared to provide identification when operating a vehicle and to obtain the officer’s name.

2.) If you feel like you are being interrogated or are not free to leave, ask the officer if you are under arrest and if you are allowed to leave.

3.) If you are not under arrest but not free to leave, ask why.

4.) If the officer asks to search you or your belongings, you should politely and clearly refuse so your rights are protected. You should then ask again if you are under arrest and free to leave. Officers may be allowed to obtain probable cause for a search. If the officer says they have a search warrant ask to see it and for a copy to protect your rights.

5.) If you are under arrest, immediately ask to have an attorney present for any further police questioning and clearly refuse to answer all further questioning until your attorney arrives to protect your rights.

6.) Do not say, sign, or agree to anything without your attorney being present after you have invoked your right to an attorney no matter what tactics the police use.

7.) Do not resist arrest, confront, run from, or initiate physical interaction with an officer.

8.) Do not talk about your case with others at ANYTIME, especially with inmates or on facebook or other social media. Do not speak about your case on the phone from jail.

9.) Once your attorney arrives, be honest and follow his instructions so he can adequately protect your rights.