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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 winter weather keep you from a safe trip

Winter will continue its hold on New Jersey for at least a while longer, which means that you could experience more inclement weather. 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 winter 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.

You could be injured and not realize it yet

In the aftermath of a car accident, your adrenalin could be so high that you don't realize you have any aches and pains. You may decline to take an ambulance to the hospital in order to have a doctor check you out, which could end up being a mistake.

Due to the nature of some injuries, you may not know how seriously hurt you are until the next day or even days later. The more you walk around without medical attention for such injuries, the worse they could get and the more debilitating the injuries could end up being.

Why did my insurer deny my accident claim?

The pain and inconvenience of a car accident may be just beginning as emergency responders treat you on the scene or transport you to a New Jersey hospital. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be looking at thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages and serious financial struggles. Since New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, you file a claim with your own insurer.

Just when you think things can't get worse, you learn that the insurance company has denied your claim for benefits. Perhaps this doesn't make sense to you. You are legitimately injured, and you purchased insurance for such situations. However, there are circumstances for which your insurer may rightfully deny your claim.

The different types of environmental remediation

Whether you are purchasing a piece of property or already own one, you may need to address environmental issues pertaining to the property. These issues are ordinarily identified through an environmental assessment done prior to a purchase or through an inspection by a local, state or federal government agency such as the federal Environmental Protection Agency or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

If it turns out that a problem exists, you will more than likely have to address it in order to remain in compliance with current environmental laws. You address contamination through one of four different types of remediation depending on the issue.

There's still work to do after executing your trust

Now that you have taken the time to create and execute a revocable living trust, you may feel some sense of relief that your estate plan is in place. You have accounted for as many contingencies as you could, including the possibility that you could become incapacitated or pass away.

You were about to put your trust document into a safe place when it became clear that you still had more work to do in order to ensure that your trust does what you intend it to do. You need to fund your trust before it can fulfill your estate planning goals.

Salon workers often pay the price for their client's beauty

When people think of the job-related injuries salon workers suffer, many of them think of back and neck issues, feet issues and other issues related to standing for a significant amount of time. Other people may think of carpel tunnel syndrome, which many salon workers also suffer. People would be right in these assessments, but another, perhaps more debilitating, issue also exists.

Salon workers such as yourself are exposed to numerous chemicals throughout the day, every day they work. If the ventilation in the salon is poor, the exposure could be worse. Hair dyes, acrylic nail products, permanent wave solutions and bleaches all give off potentially toxic chemicals. The air in most salons has at least some concentration of chemicals such as acetone, formaldehyde, ammonia and toluene, along with methyl methacrylate.

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