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What do you know about your parents' estate plan?

Have you talked to your parents about their plans for the future? Most likely, they have eagerly shared their retirement goals, their vacation agenda and perhaps even their ideas for downsizing. However, do you know if they have made their final arrangements? Do they have a will? Do you know what their wishes are if they should become incapacitated?

If you can't answer these questions, it may be time for a frank discussion with your folks. On the other hand, according to a recent survey, your parents may believe they have already discussed this with you.

Could a business contract protect your information?

Business arrangements can be complicated affairs. As a business owner, you undoubtedly want to minimize the risks in which you put your company when it comes to bringing new workers or partners into the fold. You likely already know that one of the best ways to ensure that certain aspects of your business remain safe begins with creating an appropriate contract.

Business contracts can serve many purposes, ranging from protecting trade secrets to ensuring that new employees understand the nature of the business relationship. Therefore, you may want to assess your needs, determine what type of contract could prove most useful and how to go about creating that contract.

The dirty truth about contaminated inheritances

Creating an estate plan seems simple. You meet with an attorney, draw up your documents and sign them. Then, when your life is over, your children inherit your property, and everyone is happy. However, it doesn't always work out so neatly, especially when loved ones realize the property they inherited is contaminated.

This realization may come when your heirs try to sell the property, make improvements or receive complaints from a neighbor. Unfortunately, the law places responsibility for toxic cleanup firmly on the shoulders of the present owners.

Can you take any legal action after the loss of a loved one?

Few things in life compare to receiving a phone call or visit telling you that a beloved family member died unexpectedly in some sort of accident. As you grieve, you might need answers to questions regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one. Those answers might lead you to wonder whether you have any legal recourse against the party or parties responsible.

Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person often makes that loss even more difficult. You might need to know how you will achieve justice on behalf of your loved one and compensation for the financial losses that inevitably accompany it.

Giving pets a place in your plan

If you finally got around to making that estate plan, you should feel proud of yourself. You have given a great gift to your loved ones, and they will certainly be grateful to you. However, did you remember all of your loved ones in your will? Despite the unconditional devotion pets give us, people often overlook them when making an estate plan.

When New Jersey pet parents forget to provide for their furry friends, too often those animals end up in shelters, spending their last years alone and unloved. However, before you bequeath Fido or Fluffy to family or friends, animal advocates recommend having frank discussions to determine if they are willing and able to care for your beloved pet for the rest of his or her life.

You do not have to drown in groundwater contamination issues

Buying real estate can quickly become a complicated process. Part of that process often involves obtaining an environmental survey to determine whether any contamination exists. If it turns out that groundwater contamination exists, you need to decide whether to proceed with the purchase. On the other hand, if you fail to discover the contamination prior to the sale, you could file a claim against the seller and any other responsible parties.

Making these decisions requires understanding the big picture, including what you face going forward if your purchase the property knowing about its issues, since you might assume all liability for the contamination and subsequent cleanup. Even if you did not know about the contamination until the government came knocking on your door, the federal government and the state of New Jersey could still look to you for the cleanup.

Cleaning and remediating HVAC systems after flooding

South Jersey saw its share of flooding in recent years due to extreme weather conditions. Even years later, environmental issues could arise that threaten you, your family or your business. HVAC systems provide a fertile breeding ground for molds, fungi and bacteria that can cause illnesses. Even the parts of the system not submerged in water require cleaning.

Will your insurance cover an old environmental issue?

Did your business used to use chlorine solvents? Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the government considered them safe as long as you used them in accordance with government regulations. As time passed, authorities discovered that the solvents leached into the ground water. In order to combat this problem, laws to prohibit their use passed.

You did everything right, and as the law and regulations regarding these solvents have changed, you adapted in order to continue to comply. Now that the regulations have changed, federal and state authorities tell you that you need to clean up the site of the contamination -- even if it took place decades ago.

The law does not discriminate when it comes to assigning blame for contamination. You followed the rules but suffer the same consequences as the business that failed to do so. It also does not matter whether you owned the business for a year or 30 years. If you own the property, the government holds you responsible. Prior owners might bear some liability for the remediation and cleanup of the property as well.

Toxic substances in homes: is your family affected?

We spend a lot of time in our homes and we often think of them as a place of rest and security. However, many family's homes are unknowingly contaminated with toxic substances that can affect the health of those living there. Here are 3 common types of toxic substances in homes and how to detect them.

What to do after a hit and run

Living in a densely populated area can certainly have its benefits. There can be access to all kinds of valuable resources, learning opportunities, and unique people and relationships. However, living in an area that is home to many other people means there that, at some point, there will probably be accidents of some kind.

One of the potential accidents is a hit and run. These usually happen in the form of vehicles crashing into other vehicles, pedestrians, or property, but even though they often happen quickly that can have a profound and serious impact on the people and things that are damaged. If you are involved in a hit and run, you may be frightened and confused, but knowing the consequences and what steps to take will allow you to exercise some control over the situation.

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