Wear Clean Underwear

Perhaps your mother told you to wear clean underwear when you went out because, horror of horrors, what if you were involved in an accident and your underwear was dirty!  I’m quite sure my mother never gave me this exact warning — I think I made it up on my own — but, a wealth-protection lawyer — has used that attention-grabbing statement as the title her new book.

It’s for all parents who want to protect their children and is a must-read for parents everywhere who care about their children and what happens to their ‘stuff’ in the event the parents are in an accident.

We take great care buying the right car seat and planning for our children’s future education.  This book will move you t17o action to take the important steps to protect their future in case you are not here.  Once you read Wear Clean Underwear, you will be moved to take action.

Insurance Companies – Tricks They Use To Keep From Covering Your Loss

American Association for Justice has just published a new report condemning the practices of some of the nation’s largest insurance companies and others that have systematically denied claims, delayed payments, confused consumers with incomprehensible insurance-speak and refused or retroactively cancelled coverage for anyone who will cost them money.

The report tells real stories:
–People whose valid claims were denied so the insurance company could boost their bottom lines.
–Companies rewarded employees who denied the claim, replaced those who would not and, when all else failed, engaged in outright fraud to avoid paying the claim.
–Long-term care insurers delayed paying, hoping the ill or elderly claimant would die before the claim was paid.
–Read how insurance companies use a low credit score against the insured when it comes time to renew a policy.
–Insurance companies offer bonuses for employees who meet “cancellation goals” – cancelling coverage even in the midst of treatment for ill patients who have become too expensive to treat.

This report is a must-read for everyone.

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Move Over, Slow Down — New Law

I heard this story from a friend.  If you drive you are faced with situations like this.

I wanted to give you a heads up about a relatively new law because of a traffic citation I received Sunday morning. As I was travelling in the right lane on the Toll Rd to the airport, I came upon a stopped state trooper on the right shoulder who had stopped a vehicle.  He was pulled all the way over on the shoulder. I was driving the speed limit and remained in my lane and even slowed down.  There was a speeding car that passed in the left lane, thus I stayed in my lane. The next thing I know, the trooper is behind us with his lights flashing and I thought he was going to go after the speeding car, but instead, he pulled me over.
The first thing the officer said was that I was not speeding, but the reason he pulled me over was that I was supposed to move over to the left lane prior to passing a stopped emergency vehicle. I told him I wasn’t aware of the law and he said he had just gotten hit the previous day by someone who hadn’t moved over. I thought he would give me a warning since I wasn’t aware of the law and was driving responsibly and haven’t gotten a ticket in over 10 years, but he gave me a summons where I have to appear in court. This is a class 1 misdemeanour violation which can result from up to $2500 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.

If you are driving on a four-lane highway with at least two lanes in your direction of travel, the law does, indeed, require a driver in the right lane to yield the right-of-way by moving over into the left lane if the lane change can be made safely given the traffic conditions.  If it is not safe to change lanes, then the driver is required to proceed with caution.

If you or someone you know gets pulled over and charged with a violation of this relatively new law, give us a call.  Although we don’t represent people charged with traffic violations, we know many good, experienced lawyers who do and are happy to refer clients to those other lawyers.

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Buying A Child’s Car Seat

I just posted a new article on our website.  I have several young friends who have embarked on a series of new adventures.  The first adventure is that they are about to be new parents.  They have had to outfit the nursery and read books and try to get plenty of sleep now because there are big changes coming.  But the adventure I wrote about is the one they will face when they go to buy a car seat for their new baby.  All parents want their children to be safe when travelling in the car but, especially for new parents, the task of choosing the right child restraint device can be overwhelming because there are so many options to choose from – and choosing the wrong one can be deadly.

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