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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.

Certain properties shouldn't go into your will

Just about everyone will tell you that a will allows you to leave the property you own at your death to anyone you wish. Without leaving those instructions, the state of New Jersey would decide where all of your property goes. Right?

Not necessarily. If you place certain assets into your will, it could cause a stir within your family upon your death. This is because putting them into your will does not provide the necessary legal right to transfer the property.

How many ways can a piece of land be zoned?

Now that you are starting a business here in New Jersey, you may be looking for the perfect piece of property for your venture. You may think that finding the right spot to give your business the best chance of success will be the most difficult part of the process.

Sadly, that may be yet to come. Once you find that piece of property, you will need to make sure that you can use it for your purposes. If you are new to commercial real estate transactions, you may not be familiar with the different types of zoning. In order to use the property you find for your business, you need to make sure that it's properly zoned. 

What to do after a hit-and-run

The audacity of someone who would flee the scene after causing an accident is almost inconceivable. Without checking to see if you needed medical attention, the other driver backed up and drove off. It is almost unimaginable that fearing the trouble such an accident may bring is more important than rendering aid to someone who may be suffering life-threatening injuries.

Whether you were walking, biking or in another vehicle at the time of the accident, if you suffered injuries in a hit-and-run, you are likely wondering what to do next. Above all, your primary concern should be seeking medical attention. Beyond that, everything you do can aid police in their investigation and begin building your case for recovering your losses.

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