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2 DUI mistakes to avoid during and after the stop

Not many life experiences are as frustrating, scary and confusing as a DUI stop, especially if you are a first-time offender. A DUI stop is more than just a traffic violation. Depending on the nature of the offense (first or repeat offense), a conviction for drunk driving comes with severe legal and personal consequences. If you are stopped for...

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Considerations for your will when you have a special needs child

Leaving behind your assets in a will can get complicated -- especially if you’re passing along an inheritance to multiple children. There is always the concern that the division of assets is fair or that your last wishes are communicated clearly. Things can get complicated when making a will if you care for a disabled child – no matter their age....

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What are the most common errors made when creating a will?

Do you envision sitting at your kitchen table, writing down your will and calling it done? Most individuals assume this is how wills are created, but you risk much if you take such a casual approach to estate planning. For your final will to accomplish what you want, it must be tailored to your unique circumstances. Taking a cookie-cutter or DIY...

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3 tips for safe driving in the fog

Getting caught in the fog is something that can happen more often as the temperature changes. You could leave your house on a drive in perfectly clear conditions and suddenly find yourself in a bank of fog that you didn’t expect. In some cases, this leads to severe car accidents. The key is to know what you can do to drive safely in advance,...

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Should I revise my will?

Your will is an important document that gives you an opportunity to specify what you want to be done with your estate upon your passing. People tend to write them and then forget about them. After all, no one wants to think about a time when they won’t be here to make their wishes known.  However, it’s a good idea to review your will from time to...

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A merger or acquisition can lead to employee claims later

Mergers can be a fast and effective way for your company to expand its talent base and facilities. Acquisitions can also increase what resources your company can make use of for daily operations. The process of negotiating a merger or acquisition often seems like the most intensive stuff for those in management or an executive role at one of the...

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Are drunk driving checkpoints legal?

Drunk driving checkpoints have often been challenged on the grounds that they violate a person's right to not be subjected to an illegal search or seizure. Most drunk driving traffic stops happen when someone breaks a traffic law and gets pulled over. Checkpoints, on the other hand, subject anyone to that same treatment, even if they haven’t made...

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Know what your commercial landlord’s insurance covers

If you’ll be leasing space in a commercial building or complex for your business, it’s crucial to know what areas are covered by the property owner’s insurance and what areas you’re responsible for if there’s a natural disaster, fire or other damage or if one of your employees or customers is injured.  Typically, the property owner is responsible...

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