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Don't let work lead to being a bad driver

distracted driving.jpgThere are many things that can tempt a driver to be distracted out on the roads. One is work.

Cellphones make it so people can get calls, emails and texts from work at pretty much any time of the day. Some workers might feel pulled towards checking and responding to such messages right away, even if they are driving.

Safety tips for getting the grill ready for summer

grilling.jpgWith summer not that far around the corner, many people are taking out their grills and getting ready for cookout season.

Before you start grilling, there are some safety steps that are important to take. These precautionary measures can help reduce the chances that a cookout results in fires or burns.

Here are 3 tips for ensuring you're safe this grilling season:

Danger from above: Sunroof explosion risks

sunroof-1.jpgYou're driving along and, suddenly, the sunroof above you explodes. This may sound like a surreal and unbelievable experience, but it is one that drivers throughout the country are encountering.

Recent years have seen many reports of exploding sunroofs. According to Consumer Reports, around a thousand complaints of such accidents have been made. These complaints regard hundreds of vehicle models from dozens of auto companies.

How can I avoid the "Fatal Four" construction accidents?

construction.jpgWorking a construction job involves many risks. There's a reason jobsites require you to wear a hard hat and gloves. When you are working with heavy machinery, standing on scaffolding, and climbing tall ladders, there are many types of injuries that may occur.

Despite all the dangers, there are four types of accidents that cause the majority of construction worker deaths.

Who gets the dog when we divorce?

dog running.jpgUnder the law, pets are treated no differently than a couch or a lamp. They are personal property and, in a divorce, will be subject to equitable distribution. However, more and more states are reconsidering how animals should be treated in divorce and separation cases.

Legally, there is no such thing as "pet custody". However, the case law surrounding pet ownership in divorce and separation is evolving.

What safety impacts is ride-sharing having out on the roads?

Thumbnail image for rideshare.gifRide-sharing has been rapidly growing here in the United States. It is estimated that, in 2016, the monthly average for miles driven by Lyft and Uber drivers in the nation was around 500 million.

This increasingly popular transportation option brings lots of conveniences for travelers; but what traffic safety impacts is it having?

Will bankruptcy affect eligibility for financial aid?

scholarships.jpegCollege is expensive, and therefore, the decision of which school a student will attend can be heavily influenced by the amount of financial aid received. There are many factors taken into consideration when financial aid is determined, including academic achievement, cost of attendance, and expected family contribution.

Bankruptcy can affect an individual's credit and can remain on a credit report for up to 10 years. With this kind of financial history, would a parent's bankruptcy filing affect his or her child's eligibility for financial aid? It depends on the type of loan.

Social Security may keep tabs on social media

social-media.jpgWe hear it time and again: Be careful what you post online. The more of our lives we put online, the more we risk compromising our privacy. However, people still end up sharing more than they may realize.

Urges to use caution online remain as critical as ever. This is especially true in light of a new initiative that would put the lives of people claiming Social Security disability benefits under increased online scrutiny.

Retirement an important issue to address when getting married

retirement.jpgThere are many things that are critical for couples to make plans for when getting married, but these plans go far beyond the details of the wedding.

One thing couples may want to consider discussing sooner rather than later is retirement.

Who qualifies for social security benefits?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SS money.jpgIf you suffer from a long-term disability and can no longer work for an income, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

You are considered disabled under Social Security if:

  • You cannot do the work that you did before;
  • Social Security decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or will result in your passing

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