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Common causes of commercial property contamination

Purchasing a piece of property for commercial use may be an exciting step in the establishment or expansion of your business. You have many factors to consider. The size of the property, its location and zoning issues are all items to consider before you sign a purchase agreement.

One thing you may not realize is that many New Jersey commercial properties have histories that are not so pristine. In fact, it has only been recently that environmental law has curbed some of the practices for using, storing and disposing of hazardous materials a business might use. For this reason, you will want to take every precaution to exam a property you may purchase to ensure it is not contaminated. Once you purchase a property with environmental risks, you may become responsible for a very expensive cleanup.

Holiday travel may place your life in danger

You may be among those who believe the worst time of year for a tragic accident to occur is around the holidays. A catastrophic injury or the loss of a loved one at this time of year can forever taint what is often the most joy-filled and anticipated season of the year. Nevertheless, hundreds die in preventable traffic accidents between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, and thousands more suffer life-changing injuries.

While your primary focus may be to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, you will also want to keep them as safe as possible, not only when traveling to holiday events but even during your daily commutes. This may mean taking extra precautions on the road because you will certainly encounter drivers who are not considering your safety.

Do you already have an estate plan? You may need to do more

It can be complicated to think about the future, especially when it comes to making plans that pertain to your own mortality. This is why many people avoid the estate planning process. If you have an estate plan, you are already ahead of where many New Jersey adults are, but you may not need to stop there. There are often many reasons why it's necessary to take a second look at existing plans.

You should review even the best and strongest of estate plans from time to time. This is especially important when you experience major changes in your life, such as divorce, remarriage, the birth of a new child and other significant events. It may be necessary to make adjustments or to take steps to improve the plans you already have in place

Is your neighbor's septic system contaminating your property?

If you live in one of the many New Jersey neighborhoods that do not have access to public water and sewer services, your property probably has a septic system or similar process for removing, treating and storing your family's wastewater. You may not have much interest in understanding how that system works as long as it works effectively and does not cause you any headaches.

It may not have occurred to you that your neighbor's septic system may also be a source of headaches for you. When a neighbor's septic system fails, your property may be at risk for contamination and other hazards. Left unchecked, your neighbor's failing septic system could even place your family's health in danger.

Welcoming a new child means thinking about estate planning

Welcoming a child into your family may have been something for which you waited for a long time. Some people dream of being parents for most of their lives and cannot wait until the day comes that they can hold their bundle of joy. Of course, before the baby's arrival and even after, you will need to make a number of preparations.

You may feel like you have considered everything from the perfect car seat to where you hope your child goes to college. However, you may not have given a less pleasant topic its due consideration. After welcoming your new addition, it is wise to create an estate plan to ensure the protection of your child should the worst happen.

Has a claim or lawsuit come against your small business?

Starting a business may have been a dream goal that you doubted you would ever reach. Fortunately, one day you decided to take the steps necessary to make your dream a reality, and you found success in creating your company. While you may want to focus on continual success and satisfaction, it is important to remember that negative aspects also come along with running a business.

In particular, a claim or lawsuit could come against your company. While this may seem like a devastating blow, it is relatively common in the business world. Not everyone will believe that you are operating as you should or producing safe products. In the event that a claim or suit does come against you, do not panic.

Are you considering adding someone to your partnership?

The agreement for your New Jersey partnership may have a section focusing on what will happen if a partner wants to leave or dies. But does it address what happens when you want to add someone to your business?

As your business grows, you may want to add more partners or replace a partner who left. Before doing so, you may want to take the time to carefully consider whether the person you have in mind would help or hinder your partnership's efforts.

Could your business benefit from having a liability release form?

Owning a company puts a great deal of responsibility on your shoulders. You need to look out for your overall business operations, the well-being of your employees and the well-being of your clients or customers. Because you cannot prevent every accident or mishap, you undoubtedly take advantage of various types of insurance coverage as a safeguard.

Of course, you could also take advantage of other safeguards that could help protect your business from certain legal claims. In particular, you may want to explore the possibility of utilizing a liability release form, especially if your business involves inherent risks that could potentially cause harm to a client or customer.

Groundwater contamination concerns lead to new standards

Have you heard of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate? If so, then you know that these chemicals belong to a family called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

You may also know that the federal government does not regulate these chemicals, which manufacturers use in products like firefighting foams, Teflon and stain-resistant clothing. The problem with that is they were recently linked to adverse health effects such as some cancers, ulcerative colitis, developmental and reproductive issues, and high cholesterol, among others.

It's boating season -- time to review how to stay safe

Whether you go out on a lake, a river or even the ocean, you may eagerly anticipate getting your boat out on the water. Spending the day outdoors with friends and family, swimming off the back of the boat, fishing and other activities make boating a popular choice for the late spring and summer months.

While you think about all of the fun activities you will engage in on your boat, you may want to also stop and think about your safety. A refresher in the most common causes of accidents and injuries while on the water could keep your days of fun from becoming tragedies.

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