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Selecting a proper power of attorney

Wills are great ways to take care of those you love even when you pass away. The individual you trust to execute your will is critical to ensuring the fulfillment of your wishes.

Your power of attorney is not a decision to make lightly. There are a few things to be aware of that may assist you in choosing the right individual or entity.

3 tips for driving in the rain

As fall approaches, get ready for storms and showers. It might feel like a normal and harmless occurrence, but did you know that rain is the most deadly weather-related driving hazard? It is true. Slick roads and impaired visibility can easily lead to car collisions.

Rain on the road might not be as intimidating as snow and ice, but you should still be cautious and adjust your driving when it is wet outside. Here are important safety tips to follow.

Safe boating requires education and due caution

New Hampshire is home to many beautiful lakes that provide residents and tourists with scenic and recreational enjoyment all year round. Active summertime recreational activities are plentiful, including swimming and boating. As fun as motorboating can be, like driving a car, operating a boat requires skill and care to ensure safety.

Tragic boating accidents do happen, and this summer in New Hampshire has seen it firsthand. As reported in the Laconia Daily Sun, a young child was water skiing when she was tragically killed. The operator of the boat pulling her across the water reportedly became distracted, leading him to accidentally allow the boat to travel over the child, causing fatal injuries.

Ouch! Summer brings its share of personal injuries

Winter may be the season most people associate with personal injuries. After all, everyone seems to know someone who slipped and fell on ice or who got into a terrible car accident on a snowy day.

However, summer comes with its share of personal injuries, many of them unique to warmer weather. Here is an overview of some.

Do you really not need an estate plan?

Many people think they do not need an estate plan. This is for many reasons. For example, perhaps they make $40,000 a year and believe that estate plans are for the extremely wealthy. Maybe they have little property to pass on or do not own a business that would stay in the family.

The truth is that pretty much anyone can benefit from an estate plan. The plans can be as simple or as complex as the situation warrants, and they ensure the fulfillment of your wishes.

How to get fair compensation for your whiplash injury

Your head jerked forward and backward during your car accident and now you are dealing with neck pain. You might be suffering from “whiplash,” a term used to describe a neck injury and ensuing pain. Whiplash is a common car accident injury, but how do you get compensated for it?

Getting compensation can seem like a difficult process. Building a solid claim based on detailed documentation is key. Learn how to prepare for an injury claim and why you might need to file a lawsuit.

5 Things to do after a slip and fall accident

If you were to slip and fall at a retail store or business, would you know what to do? Most people know what to do after a car accident, but a personal injury is much different. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that slip, trip and fall accidents are the second most common cause for lost-workday injuries in general industry. Customers and vendors are also at risk for slip-and-fall accidents in commercial buildings. What happens following an accident will help you demonstrate that the property owner was negligent or not.

 

  • Get medical attention. Many falls are minor, but internal damage and head trauma are possible. Keep all documentation and bills you receive from the providers.
  • If you can, inspect the area where you fell. Take pictures of the area and write down what happened. Add notes about the weather or other conditions that could have caused your fall. Memories fade.
  • Identify any witnesses and get their information. Even if someone did not actually see you fall but came to your aid, get that person’s name to describe the conditions of the floor or lighting at the time of the fall.
  • Follow the procedure of the business. Most stores have a form that will need to be filled out to report an injury. Talk to a manager or supervisor or get the name of the building’s owner. Keep notes of who you told. When you write out what happened, include just the facts.
  • Save evidence. Download your photos to a hard drive or the cloud. Print out the photos. Put all the information in one folder to have at hand if you need it. Save your clothes and shoes.

What is Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you face overwhelming debt and constant collectors' calls, you need to know you have options for help. Filing for bankruptcy can help you get relief from debt while keeping the property you need to continue living and working. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the most common type of personal bankruptcy filing. Its main advantages include a relatively quick process and getting to keep essential property such as your house and car as per federal and New Hampshire exemption rules.

Are these bankruptcy myths keeping you awake at night?

Have you been tossing and turning at night? Have you been putting off meeting with a bankruptcy attorney because you heard from your aunt that you will lose your house and car? The good news: It is possible that you can keep your house and some other assets when you file for bankruptcy. Here is a look at top bankruptcy myths.

Do the police need to be called anytime someone is injured in a car accident?

Handling the aftermath of a car accident is stressful and can be especially overwhelming if you've suffered an injury. What should you do next? Is calling the police necessary if you don't need emergency medical attention? What if your injuries are minor?

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