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The types of distraction threatening your safety

Distracted driving is a serious threat to the well-being of every person driving on Connecticut roads and highways. The choice to engage in negligent or reckless behavior while behind the wheel is not only dangerous for the driver, it puts everyone else on the road at an increased risk for an accident.

Victims of distracted driving accidents have rights, including the right to hold liable parties accountable through a civil claim. There are various types of distracted driving, and they are all dangerous. If you believe that you have grounds to move forward with a claim, you may find it beneficial to first seek an evaluation of your case and an explanation of your legal options.

Do you need a trust as part of your complete estate plan?

Connecticut readers know that estate planning is a smart step for everyone, regardless of income level or the size of the estate. A basic estate plan can allow you to decide what will happen to your property in the future and make things easier for your beneficiaries. Most people could benefit from a basic will, but you may need more than that in order to meet specific objectives.

One of the things you may need as part of your estate plan is a trust. This is simply setting aside certain assets for a specific purpose. Different from naming beneficiaries in your will, a trust can allow you to hold certain property aside for the benefit of a specific person or reason. If you think you could benefit from the creation of a trust, you may need to learn about the specific types of trusts.

I'm selling my home. What do I have to tell the buyer?

Selling your home is a major decision, and it could be important for the future of your Connecticut family. You understand there is more to selling your home than simply putting up a sign in your yard and entertaining offers from potential buyers. In fact, there are certain things you must tell potential buyers about your home.

Required disclosures are an integral part of the home-selling process. You must tell the buyer about potential problems with the house, but that does not necessarily mean you must give a detailed report of every single tiny problem they may find. It could be helpful to seek legal guidance as you navigate this process in order to ensure you meet all of your legal obligations.

Did a consumer product cause you harm? You can fight back.

When you buy a product from a Connecticut store or distributor, you understandably have the expectation that it is safe for you to use. However, there are times that consumer products can cause harm, leaving with you with injuries or illness. It may seem like an impossible task to find out who is responsible for your suffering, but with help, you can hold liable parties accountable and seek appropriate compensation.

Through a products liability claim, you can seek recovery of your losses associated with a dangerous consumer product. Average consumers like yourself have the right to hold manufacturers and other parties accountable when their products cause harm to innocent people. If you think you have grounds to move forward with a products liability claim, it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case.

Will your child's birth injury give birth to a malpractice claim?

It is devastating for a Connecticut family to learn that their child suffered injuries during the birth process. It can be particularly unfortunate when these injuries happen as a result of the careless or reckless actions of a doctor, nurse or other health care professional.

If your child suffered an injury during the birth process that you believe was the result of the actions or negligence of your care provider, you could have grounds to move forward with a medical malpractice claim. This is a complex process, but it could allow your family to recover some of the financial losses you experienced and care for the ongoing medical needs of your child.

Workers' compensation: Separating fact from fiction

Accidents happen. Sometimes they're impossible to avoid -- unpredictable weather -- or unforeseeable -- a machine malfunctions for no apparent reason. Other times, it could be simple human error, from a co-worker's careless mistake to your own momentary distraction. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that you suffered an injury on the job and are unable to work.

Now, you probably have a number of concerns, from lost wages to mounting medical bills to the possibility of termination. Even if you're familiar with the basics of workers' compensation insurance, you're likely feeling intimidated by the complicated process, or perhaps you're worried about getting all the benefits you need to pay your bills. Thankfully, there are legal professionals who can not only help you understand your rights but can fight on your behalf to get the maximum amount.

Seeking guidance when a commercial vehicle puts you in harm's way

With the increases in the moving and shipping business, commercial vehicles are a more common sight out on the road. While these vehicles offer numerous benefits, with the inherent weight and size, they may also present a certain level of risk to those nearby.

Commercial vehicle collisions can be devastating, having the potential to cause serious injuries to those involved. If you suffered serious injuries in a similar incident, you might be in search of restitution, and perhaps you are subsequently wondering how to proceed.

Have your beneficiaries been reviewed lately?

When you purchased life insurance and started your retirement savings account, you were instructed to name a beneficiary for those funds. And like most people, you probably haven’t thought twice about it since. But as time goes by and life changes occur, it becomes increasingly important to review all aspects of your estate plan, especially your beneficiary designations.

Why are designated beneficiaries important?

Three key estate planning elements you may need

It seems like the subject of estate planning only makes waves when a celebrity dies. Prince dying without a will is just the latest lesson people can learn about the importance of having a complete estate plan.

What constitutes a complete estate plan? That answer will vary from family to family. However, three elements are widely used among people, regardless of your net worth.

Criminal convictions can have career-long consequences

A criminal conviction carries a double edged sword. If a court finds a person guilty of a non-violent crime or misdemeanor, they may be subject to penalties from the state and could lose their job. Now, their resume carries the blemish of termination and conviction. How can this be prevented?

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