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What's Mine Is Yours: When Pre-Marital Real Estate Becomes Marital Property

martial home.jpgWith the growing trends towards lengthy engagements and living together before marriage, more and more couples are assuming "marriage-like" relationships before officially tying the knot. While this may work well at the time, if the parties do marry and subsequently divorce, the debate over when "my property" became "our property" can be tricky, particularly when it comes to the marital home. If a husband or wife bought a property prior to the marriage, that individual may think he or she is indisputably entitled to 100% of that property. However, in New Jersey, that is not necessarily the case, even if the party bought the house before the marriage or purchased it solely with his or her own money.

Protect Yourself from Underinsured and Uninsured Motorists

auto accident.jpgOne of the most vital aspects of owning an automobile is properly protecting yourself from the unexpected. Accidents can happen at any time, and often those accidents are not your fault. When you suffer serious injuries in an automobile accident, you have the option of suing the driver responsible for those injuries.

If you do choose to sue, the most you may recover from the liable driver is the maximum limits of the liability coverage he or she has paid for under his or her own automobile insurance policy. Under current laws, drivers can take to the roads with as little as $15,000 in liability coverage. Recovering such a small amount from the liable driver could leave you with little to no compensation for the physical, mental, and monetary damage caused.

Dooring accidents are still a concern, despite prevention measures

dooring.jpegDespite designated bike lanes and prevention laws, dooring accidents continue to cause concern for bicyclists across the country.

The majority of states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, have laws designed to protect bicyclists from "dooring" accidents. Dooring accidents occur when a motorist opens a car door in the path of a moving bicycle, causing the rider to collide with the door unintentionally. In many cases, the bicyclist is left with injuries and the motorist is left wondering how the accident could have possibly happened.

Do I need a lawyer if I'm busted for a small amount of pot?

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Although 7 States and the District of Columbia have approved marijuana for recreational use, New Jersey is not one of them. Many people do not realize that in New Jersey, possessing a small amount of marijuana (under 50 grams) is still a crime that carries serious penalties. Not only will a conviction for this offense show up on your criminal record, but there is also a mandatory minimum license suspension of 6 months to 2 years, as well as a $500.00 drug enforcement and demand reduction penalty, that come with it.

Watch for Increased Injuries When the Warm Weather Approaches The Lehigh Valley and Western New Jersey

sun clipart.gifIf you live in the Lehigh Valley or in Warren County, New Jersey, the warm weather will be here soon. If you were to interview Emergency Room staff in the local hospitals such as St. Luke's, Lehigh Valley Hospital, or St. Luke's Warren, the staff may comment that there is a significant rise in injuries during the summer months. This is a phenomenon that has been in existence for a long time. It is human nature to spend more time outside during the summer months. From participating in more sporting events to working longer hours outside with machinery, the risk of injuries nearly doubles. One group which experiences this increased risk of injury is seasonal summer workers.

How to Appeal an Indicated Children and Youth Report in Pennsylvania

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Children and Youth Services ("CYS"), the Pennsylvania organization that responds to concerns about child welfare, serves an important purpose in trying to protect children in Pennsylvania. However, the processes used by CYS are far from perfect, and their findings are not always accurate. Once CYS is involved with a suspected incident of child abuse, CYS has 60 days to issue a report evaluating that suspected incident. CYS will issue a "founded," "indicated," or "unfounded" report, depending on their findings regarding the suspected abuse. A "founded" or "indicated" report can have a profound effect on the individual it is entered against, potentially landing that individual on a child abuse registry and impacting that individual's ability to see his or her children.

If you feel an indicated child abuse report has been wrongly entered against you, our Lehigh Valley Children and Youth Attorneys can help.

Bankruptcy Filings Spike in Spring Months

bankruptcy spring.jpgSpring is a season of new beginnings and hope for the future. For many people, this same feeling of hope carries over into their finances. Perhaps that is one reason why personal bankruptcy filings tend to spike in spring.

Debt is a common struggle for many individuals. Although it is sometimes difficult to consider bankruptcy as an option, in many cases, bankruptcy really is the best choice. This is particularly true for those who are not making progress on erasing debt. Just as spring offers nature a fresh start, bankruptcy can offer people in debt a fresh financial start that gives them hope for the future. Instead of interest payments, money can go toward retirement, saving for college and other productive uses.

Help Guide Your Loved Ones After You Pass

will-testament.jpgAt some point, each of us will leave behind loved ones who must pick up the pieces after we are gone. As our loved ones struggle emotionally with our loss, they are also put in a position of responsibility with regards to our burial and estates. The least we can do for these loved ones during this difficult time is have an organized plan for them to follow so they are not left picking up the pieces from scratch. The following list consists of some helpful tips and is not intended to be exhaustive.

The Importance of Experienced Legal Representation When Buying or Selling Your Own Business

real estate.jpgWhether you are about to embark on your lifelong dream of purchasing, owning and operating your own business or your dream has already been fulfilled and you are looking to sell your business in order to meet life's next challenge, it is imperative to have competent legal representation to guide you.

6 Ways a TBI Can Alter Your Life

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You are involved in a workplace accident, suffering a traumatic brain injury. Almost right away, the symptoms become clear -- you can hardly remember the accident itself. Everything is a blur. You watch the video footage from the security camera and feel like you are watching someone else. You can't believe it happened to you.

Even as you heal, these jarring changes may not end. Below are six ways that the TBI can massively change your life:

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