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Why new parents need to start planning their estate today

As a new parent, you are likely aware of the numerous expenses that come with parenthood, from diapers and daycare to their eventual extracurricular activities and education. But have you stopped to consider how you will ensure your child’s financial security if you are no longer around to provide for them? Raising a child is a significant...

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3 employment laws that only apply to bigger companies

Employers bringing in new talent have many issues to consider. They need to select the right candidate for an open position and then negotiate appropriate contract terms with that professional. They may need to provide certain accommodations or offer specialized training. Exactly what supports a company must provide and what laws it must conform...

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3 reasons to use a contingency clause when closing on a home

Finding the right home in an area you like that is within your budget can be challenging. Once you find one, you might want to rush ahead and secure the property before someone else takes it. Take care not to get into a deal you cannot back out of if the property turns out to be worse than you think. This is where contingency clauses can help....

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The many problems with field sobriety tests

Field sobriety tests, such as the walk-and-turn test or the one-leg stand test, have been used by police officers for years. Officers will often have drivers perform these tests if they suspect that the drivers are under the influence. A driver who fails a field sobriety test may be arrested and given a breath test. However, there are many...

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The 3 main driving distractions

When you look at specific examples of how people get distracted behind the wheel, they are nearly endless. One driver is distracted by a phone call while another is reading a text message. Still another driver is distracted by their children in the back seat, and the driver behind them is generally lost in thought, thinking about work or daily...

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How employers can sidestep a ban on non-compete agreements

Employers have long used their contracts with workers as a way to mitigate the risk of hiring a new employee. Non-compete agreements have been popular contract inclusions for years. They allow businesses to prevent a current employee from directly competing with the organization shortly after leaving their position. Non-compete agreements...

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3 mistakes to avoid during a real estate closing

Closing should be the last step in a real estate transaction. You sign the paperwork and get the keys to your new property. You officially become the owner of that property. However, especially for those who are going through this for the first time, mistakes could be made – and they could be very costly. They could even cause the deal to fall...

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3 facts about wills

The first thing most people draft as they make their estate plan is a will. A will is a legal document that, simply put, organizes how an estate should be managed after the person who drafted the will passes away. Typically, a will instructs that assets go to beneficiaries.  If you have never made a will before, then it can help to learn a few...

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