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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.

Add changing your estate plan to your divorce checklist

When you originally created your estate plan, you expected that your marriage would last until you passed away. Sadly, it did not. Now, you face dividing your property and perhaps dividing custody of your children.

You have a lot on your plate right now with all of the life changes and tasks you must go through in order to end your marriage. For this reason, you may have forgotten about your estate plan, which could require substantial changes now that you are reentering the single life.

What the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection does

Just as is the case elsewhere in the country, owning a business here in New Jersey means complying with different governmental laws, rules and regulations. Some of them could pertain to environmental concerns.

In that case, you will probably end up dealing not only with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, but also with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Before you begin your dealings with this state agency, it may help to know a bit more about it, including its primary responsibilities.

Cons may outweigh the pros of DIY estate planning

Creating an estate plan can provide many benefits to you and your family. However, those benefits may only come about if you create your plan correctly. Estate planning can be complex and settling an estate through probate can be even more so. Almost any mistake can negate plans.

Because of the importance of estate planning correctly, this process may not fall into the category of a DIY project for you. Certainly, DIY options exist, and numerous online sites boast easy planning options, but they may not lead your plans in the right direction.

Is your business ready to expand?

While you certainly hoped your business would be successful, you may have been pleasantly surprised at how successful it turned out. You and your staff are busy with customers throughout the week, and sometimes, you may even feel you have more than you can handle. This is why you may be considering expanding your business to a second location in New Jersey.

If the memories of opening your first location are still fresh in your mind, you likely know it is not as easy as signing a lease on a storefront and opening for business. There are many legal and personal matters to consider, and it is wise to take the time for gathering information and exploring all your options.

Don't let inclement weather keep you from a safe trip

With the end of winter and the beginning of spring in New Jersey, motorists can expect to continue to experience inclement weather. Melting snow, sleet and ice can make the roads treacherous and jeopardize your ability to get from point A to point B safely.

Even though you may drive in these conditions every year, it never hurts to review safe traveling rules for early spring weather. Otherwise, the smallest oversight or mistake could lead to disaster.

Is your commercial property at risk of zoning disputes?

As a business owner, you understand that you need to stay in line with the law down to the last detail because legal claims could easily come against your company. Of course, try as you might, it is difficult for any business to stay in full compliance with every law. Still, if someone believes that you or your company has violated any applicable laws for the area, you could end up contending with a lawsuit.

Even the placement of your building and its signage could have legal implications. Zoning matters are important to consider when building new structures or when taking over existing commercial property. Any changes your company makes could cause discontent with any residents nearby.

Is a neighbor's leaking storage tank affecting your land?

If you recently purchased property in New Jersey, you are fortunate to own land in one of the most beautiful states in the country. Perhaps the existing house on the property is just what you dreamed of, or you intended to build your own design. Then you discovered the contamination on your land.

You are not the only landowner in the state or country who is dealing with contamination of your soil or groundwater. Like many, you may discover that your problems trace back to a leaking underground storage tank on a neighboring property. This type of environmental disaster is becoming more common as old storage tanks deteriorate underground. You certainly want to know your options.

A revocable living trust is just paper until it's funded

After going through all of the steps to create your revocable living trust, you want to make sure that it works for you in the best way possible. A trust is designed to hold your property for you, but it can't do it alone. You have to "fund" the trust for it to do its job.

Funding means transferring your assets into it. If you don't, they remain in your estate and subject to probate upon your death. In addition, if you become incapacitated, your trustee will not have the ability to step in and take care of your assets if they aren't part of your trust.

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