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Mechanic's liens can help get contractors paid

Contractors will usually complete projects after a client puts a deposit down. This may cover their materials, but there's usually a balance left after the job is completed. While most clients will pay the balance due right away, some don't. This can leave the contractor in a difficult position.

In most cases, a demand for payment, such as an invoice, is all that the customer needs to get the matter handled. When there's a customer who refuses to pay, contractors have another option. They can file a mechanic's lien, which can strongly encourage the client to pay what's owed.

4 elements necessary for a wrongful death claim

The loss of a loved one in a tragic accident can be difficult to cope with. All of a sudden, you're thrust into having to make decisions about their final arrangements at a time when you're also mourning. This can invoke many feelings, one of which is anger.

Feeling angry when your loved one dies at the hands of another person's negligence is understandable. You have to be careful with how you use that anger. Filing a wrongful death claim is one option for the decedent's next-of-kin. There are four elements that must be present if you're going to file a wrongful death claim. These include:

  • Your loved one must have died.
  • Their death had to be caused by someone's intentional or negligent actions.
  • The surviving family members must be dealing with monetary losses because of the death.
  • A personal representative for the deceased's estate must bring the claim.

Grass clippings can lead to serious motorcycle crashes

Motorcyclists have to watch out for a lot of things when they're out on their rides. Some people don't realize the number of hazards that can cause problems for these individuals. The warmer months of the year are a specific time when one hazard, grass clippings on the road, becomes especially problematic.

Individuals who are cutting their grass might not think anything about where the clippings are going, but they should. Grass clippings that blow into the street can make the road surface as slick as ice for a person who's on a motorcycle. It's close to impossible for the motorcyclist to control their bike, so they may lose control and have a crash just because someone cutting the grass didn't use a bagger or keep the clippings away from the road.

Don't let your company suffer due to a partnership dispute

Partnership disputes can change the direction of a business -- and not usually in a good way. There are several things that you can do to reduce the chance that the dispute with the person you went into business with will lead to the dissolution of the company or your relationship.

It might help to remember why you went into business together. You and your partner each have strengths that combine with the other person's to create the strong business acumen. Thinking about these might put the disagreement in perspective and help you to come to a resolution.

Innocent trucking crash victims shouldn't be left to suffer

A semitruck crash is a serious matter that must be handled accordingly. One issue that sometimes comes up is that the innocent victims of these crashes are left to try to handle all the financial aspects of the wreck. This is an atrocity and shouldn't ever be the case. We're here to fight for victims of commercial vehicle crashes, so the parties whose negligence contributed to them can be held accountable.

When your vehicle is struck by a semitruck, the impact can lead to considerable injuries. These can range from broken bones to permanent brain damage or worse. In some unfortunate cases, victims perish because of the crash. We recognize that you're reeling from the wreck right now. While we can't take that away, we can take on the legal matter of filing a claim for compensation on your behalf.

Failed payment promises may require escalated collection efforts

One of the most important things a business needs to survive and grow is its revenue. That's the money that actually supports the needs of the business. It isn't enough to just have enough billable accounts. Instead, the company has to actually receive the money that it's due. Sometimes, businesses have to apply a little pressure to get clients or customers to pay up.

A primary issue that small business owners face is that the past due accounts can start to take a lot of time away from running the company. Having a plan to handle these unpaid invoices can help to minimize the amount of hands-on time you have to spend on collections.

Divorcing? What will happen to the family business?

Individuals who own a family-based business might realize that they need to sell that company if they're going through a divorce. The decision to do this isn't one that's made lightly. It often comes when one spouse realizes that they don't have what they need to buy out the other or that the company just isn't going to be something they can manage alone.

We understand that this is an emotional time in your life, but it's imperative that you make decisions based on the practical matters relating to the sale. Allowing your emotions to rule your decisions now could mean that you make choices that aren't really in your best interests.

3 situations that are very dangerous for motorcyclists

Motorcycle crashes are serious events that can cause catastrophic injuries to the motorcyclist. While some of these crashes are preventable, others might not be. One factor that all motorcyclists need to remember is that the vast majority of crashes that involve other vehicles are the fault of the other motorist. Many of these occur at intersections, so all motorcyclists must take extra care in these areas.

Everyone on the roads must watch for motorcyclists. These are smaller vehicles that can be easily hidden behind things like bushes or other vehicles. This is why there is such a risk of motorcyclists being struck at intersections.

Mother files wrongful death lawsuit after criminal trial

When you lose a loved one, it is hard to know what to do next. This is especially true if the cause was unexpected or even violent. Although financial damages may be the last thing on your mind, a financial future may depend on it and someone's careless or malevolent decision should not go unanswered.

Although a lawsuit may begin whether or not there are criminal charges surrounding the matter of a death, a prosecutor deciding to file charges against a person or people is a good indication they may be considered liable under civil law as well.

Think of the future after someone has passed

There is nothing anyone can say to comfort you when a loved one disappears from your life. Your family, your community and your place of worship are there to love and support you but the wisest among them know that the sweetest words cannot alleviate the pain that replaces the absence beside you.

Even other people who have lost their own loved ones may be unable to find the right words to say. Companionship and support are the greatest gifts that friends and family have for us in these difficult times. When it comes to recovery, a phase we all must enter after a major loss, there is often little replacement for economic security.

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