Auto Insurance & Unauthorized Drivers

Unauthorized Drivers: Auto Insurance and Disclaimer of Coverage

Serious car accidents happen for many reasons.  But insurance problems after an accident make it worse. You have an accident.  The other driver passes off an insurance card or other insurance information.  Then, when you contact the insurance company for the car that caused your injuries, they tell you directly or indirectly, not so fast. […]

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Phony Lawsuit Crisis

The Myth of the Lawsuit Crisis

  Reporting that lawsuits forced thousands of doctors to abandon the medical profession, Time Magazine blamed frivolous lawsuits, and “multimillion-dollar” runaway judgments.  That June, 2003 report cited data provided by the American Medical Association. But those claims were entirely made up.  General Accounting Office research found many reports along the same line were false.  No […]

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Will: Why so Complicated?

Will: Executor & Successor Executor. Why?

I need a will.  The attorney I went to asked me to name a successor executor, someone to take care of things after I die in case the executor I picked is no longer around.  I put a lot of thought into my executor and this is the only person I trust.  The attorney also wants an “alternate” […]

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Cell Phone Ban in NH

New Hampshire Cell Phone Ban: No Handhelds While Driving

Talking on a cell phone while driving becomes illegal in New Hampshire under a new law going into effect on July 1, 2015.  New Hampshire’s cell phone ban prohibits using of all handheld devices while driving.  Thirteen other states including Vermont, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey ban the use of electronic devices use behind the wheel. The […]

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What happens after bankruptcy for Fredericks?

Frederick’s of Hollywood in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Frederick’s of Hollywood the sexy lingerie retailer filed bankruptcy Monday, April 20.  Don’t look for the skimpy night ware boutique in the local mall … the company shut down all 94 stores the week before filing. Through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the chain plans to unload all of the bricks and mortar stores, and […]

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Why do I need advance care directives?

Advance Care Directives: What Are They?

Advance care directives provide an opportunity to participate ahead of time in making medical decisions in potentially life-ending circumstances. We all have the right to participate in our own health care decisions.  But there are times such as a serious accident or sudden illness when this is not possible. Advance care directives are documents providing the opportunity […]

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Wills and Making them clear

Your Will: Make it Clear and Precise to Avoid Disputes

It’s important to have a will because this document specifies how money and property will be distributed after death.  Without a will, the person is declared “intestate” and money and property are distributed under the laws of intestacy in the state in which the person resided. Terms of a will must be extremely clear. Unless the language […]

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Digital estate planning requires thought

Digital Estate Planning: Your Social Media Posts After You Die

Mention estate planning and most people think about leaving money or a house to people who survive them. But what about all the stuff you’ve posted on social media sites.  What happens to that? Facebook made headlines in February 2015 announcing new “legacy settings”. Facebook surveyed its users, finding that 71% of adult users want all […]

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Negligent security law

Negligent Security: Property Owners Liable For Security Failure?

Two hockey fans get into a fight in a public restroom during a Boston Bruins game.  Can the one injured seriously sue the TD Boston Garden for failing to provide adequate security? A Superior Court judge in Boston faced that question and, not surprisingly, different versions of what happened.  The man injured claimed that, after an […]

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What document do I need?

Wills and other Basic Estate Planning Documents

Most people understand that a will takes care of divvying up money and property after someone dies.  But what are the other basic documents people talk about?  Trusts, Living Wills?  Some simple definitions should clarify what purposes basic estate planning documents serve. Will A will is a document that speaks at the moment of death, directing […]

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