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One thing leads to another in multi-vehicle accident

Arizona has literally millions of law-abiding citizens. However, the citizens who are not law-abiding engage in all sorts of reckless conduct on the roads of Arizona that can endanger the people around them. At worst, their behavior can result in personal injuries, as happened in a recent multi-vehicle crash.

The story began when a man, 21, and woman, 23, shoplifted goods from a Wal-Mart. Shortly after that, they blatantly carjacked a pickup truck from a person who was outside the Wal-Mart. At that point, they established that they were willing to break the law in multiple ways. After that, their actions became even more problematic.

5 common estate planning mistakes that are easy to make

When it comes to estate planning, you want to do everything the right way the first time around. Any mistake can cost you and your loved ones time and money, both now and in the years to come.

Understanding the most common estate planning mistakes can help you prevent them. Here are five that you want to avoid at all costs:

  • Putting it off: Maybe you're in your 20s or 30s and assume that you have many years to create an estate plan. While you may be right, you don't want to put it off. An estate plan helps with many things, from naming a beneficiary to choosing a guardian for your children. The sooner you create an estate plan, the better off you'll feel.
  • Forgetting to update your estate plan: You do your best to create a comprehensive estate plan the first time around. Even if you do so, changes may still be necessary in the future. For example, if you marry, divorce or have a child, your estate plan is likely to change.
  • Neglecting to plan for disability: There's more to an estate plan than deciding on the distribution of your assets. A comprehensive estate plan will prepare you for a potential disability. For instance, you can appoint a power of attorney to manage your finances should a disability make it impossible for you to do so.
  • Choosing just anyone to handle your estate: Think long and hard about who you name as the executor of your will or the trustee of your trust. This person should be responsible, trustworthy and able to work well under pressure.
  • Do-it-yourself (DIY) estate planning: There are online tools that claim to help you with the estate planning process, but going down this path can cause more harm than good. Not only are you staffed with making important decisions on your own, but you may not have familiarity with federal and state laws that can impact your estate.

Driving under the influence results in serious accident

Arizona roads can be very busy in the summer, with many people going to and from recreational destinations in addition to all of the commuters traveling from their workplaces to their homes. That sheer volume of cars can result in disastrous collisions. Those collisions, in turn can result in damage to the vehicles and, even more importantly, in personal injuries to the drivers and passengers of the vehicles.

One such collision occurred on I-10 on a recent Wednesday evening when a car smashed into a commercial vehicle. Just before that happened, troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety got an alert about the car. It had been driven in an erratic manner just south of I-10 on northbound SR-387 close to Ghost Ranch Road.

Get help with inadmissibility waivers for immigration to the U.S.

The Immigration and Nationality Act enumerates a variety of reasons that someone may be found "inadmissible" to the United States. However, an initial determination of inadmissibility is not always the end of the road when you're seeking entrance to the U.S.

Generally speaking, a waiver of grounds of inadmissibility can permit an alien to the United States entry despite whatever condition caused their initial barrier -- but it is often only possible to obtain the waiver when denying the admission to the applicant would prove a severe hardship to a U.S. citizen or someone with Lawful Permanent Residence status in the U.S.

How might my divorce impact my child’s future marriage?

Many parents worry about how divorce might impact their children. Some impacts may be immediate as children cope with the changes presented by divorce. However, some impacts may take longer to appear.

If you are considering divorce, you may secretly wonder if your divorce may impact your child’s future marriage. Unfortunately, the answer is not straightforward.

Children, including baby, injured in intersection accident

Arizona intersections can be very busy, with cars crossing from every direction, and that can make them very dangerous. Correspondingly, drivers of cars, trucks and other vehicles need to be especially careful about their own actions and about being aware of the actions of others, when they are at intersections. If they fail to pay attention to what is happening for even a moment, tragedy can occur, including instances of personal injuries.

That happened recently, when a pickup truck was at an intersection, trying to make a left turn. As it was doing so, it was slammed into by a car that was traveling northwest. The accident resulted in personal injuries to people in both vehicles. Those people included an adult and a child who was 5 or 6 years old in the pickup truck, and two adults plus four children in the car. The children in the car were ages 2 weeks to 8 years old.

Medical Marijuana: Wrongful Termination For Resulting Positive To Drug Test

In a recent case, Whitmire v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (D. Ariz., 2019), the District Court of Arizona held that an employee who obtained a medical marijuana card has a viable claim for wrongful termination when the employer has terminated the employment for resulting positive to a drug screen test, without proving through expert testimony that the percentage of marijuana detected impaired the employee's ability to work.

The American father is changing

Does it bother you when you hear other fathers say that they’re babysitting their kid rather than parenting? If statements like these do irritate you, you’re not alone. New research from Pew Research shows that American dads are more invested in the lives of their child than ever.

This shift in cultural thinking sheds decades of belief that the mother is the primary caregiver while the father works to provide for the children.

Bicycle crash facts that may surprise you

Bicyclists are a rising demographic as commuting to work is becoming more popular. However, anyone choosing to share the road, must be aware of the hazards. Bicycle accidents have certain trends that drivers and cyclists alike need to be aware of.

Bicyclists are vulnerable to severe injury when any vehicle is involved. The combination of speed and vehicles maneuvering changing landscapes, leads to many bicycle accidents each year. What are the common themes when analyzing bicycle accidents?

How to put the children first when getting a divorce

Divorce is often a sad thing, as the husband and wife who once pledged to love and honor each other forever find themselves acrimoniously parting. Yet, despite whatever hard feelings they may have about each other, they need to do everything they can to make the divorce as constructive as possible for their children. Family law provides many opportunities for divorced parents to be mature enough to work together and put their children's best interests first.

One way to do that is by minimizing conflict with your ex. First and foremost, avoid conflict in front of the children. Arguing in front of them makes the children feel like they have to take sides with one parent and against the other when they love both. Arguing in front of the children can also make the children feel like life is unstable, and that is the exact opposite of how parents should make their children feel.

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