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Personal Injury Lawyer │ Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Personal Injury Lawyer │ Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it is time again to join loved ones for a delicious home-cooked meal.  While entertaining family and friends during the holidays can be fun, it is important that we not forget about basic kitchen safety during the festivities. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are three times more likely on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year.  In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Here are a few safety tips to follow that will minimize your risk in the kitchen and ensure that your holiday feast is prepared as smoothly – and safely! – as possible. Before Cooking Begins Start the day off by making proper attire choices. Cooks should avoid loose clothing and dangling sleeves while preparing food. Test all smoke alarms in the home and replace batteries, if necessary. Smoke alarms should be located near the kitchen, on each level of the home, and near sleeping areas. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Contact a local fire department to learn about the proper use of fire extinguishers. While in the Kitchen  Check food regularly and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on. Be sure to stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking roasting or broiling food, remain in the home. Keep all flammable items away from the stove, oven, or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat. This includes pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or even curtains. Children should stay away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free” zone and have kids stay at least three feet away from the stove After You’ve Finished Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off. Don’t forget to include these safety tips on your Thanksgiving menu to reduce the risk of injury to you and your loved ones. If an injury occurs due to the negligence of another or a faulty product, call to schedule a free initial consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP. From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

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Personal Injury Attorney | Drowsy Driving Prevention

Bakersfield Personal Injury Attorney helping drivers reduce their risk on the road when it comes to drowsy driving. Personal Injury Attorney | Drowsy drivers are a dangerous addition to America’s roads. With nearly one-quarter of American adults saying that they know someone who has fallen asleep at the wheel, it’s no wonder that drowsy driving has become an increasingly concerning issue on our nation’s roads. From 2011 to 2015, 4,121 lives were claimed due to car accidents related to drowsy driving. The National Safety Council warns against these symptoms of drowsy driving: Frequent yawning or difficulty keeping your eyes open “Nodding off” or having trouble keeping your head up Inability to remember driving the last few miles Missing road signs or turns Difficulty maintaining your speed Drifting out of your lane One staggering statistic from the American Sleep Foundation tells us that more than half of all U.S. drivers admit to consistently operating a vehicle while feeling drowsy. Drowsy driving can be hazardous to you, your passengers and other motorists around you. Driving when fatigued affects awareness and attention behind the wheel and greatly reduces the driver’s reaction time. Our team of Personal Injury Attorneys advise you to follow these safety tips to prevent drowsy driving and reduce your risk on the road.   Remember the following tips and help put an end to tragic drowsy driving accidents. If you’ve been awake for 24 hours or more, do not drive. It isn’t safe. Travel during times you are normally awake. If you feel fatigued, stop and drink something with caffeine. Make sure you are not fatigued by any medications you might be taking. If you are, use public transportation instead. On long road trips, make a pit stop every 100 miles (or every two hours) to stretch, get something to eat or drink and break up the monotony of the road. If you simply cannot shake your exhaustion, stop and nap in a safe place. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. For many of us, stress, responsibility and distractions make it hard to get this recommended amount. That means that many of us are susceptible to drowsy driving much of the time. Statistics show us that men are slightly more at risk for fatigued driving as are people between the ages of 18 and 25. Most fall asleep accidents happen at high speeds, on long road trips or rural highways. Armed with this knowledge and the above warning signs and safety tips, you can help to reduce the number of drowsy drivers on the road. If you have suffered a personal injury due to drowsy driving, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Personal Injury Attorney | Halloween Safety Tips

Personal Injury Attorney | Happy Halloween!  It’s time for kids (and parents too!) to get dressed up and hit the streets in search of the ultimate treat!  However, what’s scarier than any costume you may see, are the child safety statistics that this holiday brings. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.  Here are some tips to ensure you and your kids have a safe holiday. Walk Safely Use traffic signals and crosswalks; cross the street at corners When crossing the street look left, right, then left again; keep looking as you cross. Do not use electronic devices when crossing the street. Walk, don’t run across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If no sidewalks are available, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never cross in between parked cars or to dart out into the street. Trick or Treat With an Adult Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should remain in well lit, familiar areas, and trick-or-treat in groups. Costumes can be Creative and Safe! Use reflective stickers or tape to decorate costumes and trick-or-treat bags. If possible, choose light colors for costumes. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. When possible, choose face paint or makeup. Give children flashlights or glow sticks to help them see and be seen by drivers. When selecting a costume, make sure it fits properly to prevent trips and falls. Drive Extra Safely on Halloween Kids get excited about Halloween and can move in unpredictable ways. Slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Remove all distractions inside your car so you can fully concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic. Drive slowly and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for children during these peak hours. Following these effective tips can greatly reduce the risk of injury for you and your child on this holiday.  Young Wooldridge, LLP wishes you and your family a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Personal Injury Lawyer | Basic School Bus Safety

An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer can inform you of your rights if your child is injured on a school bus due to negligence.  Personal Injury Lawyer | School buses are the safest form of travel for children going to school. By taking an average of 36 cars off the road per bus, school buses aren’t only decreasing car accidents for children, they’re decreasing traffic and subsequent accidents, in general. However, as with any motor vehicle, school bus accidents do occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, four to six school-age children die each year and about 17,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with school buses. School bus injuries can occur when children are riding the bus, getting on or off the bus, or just standing near the bus. Understandably, some parents can be apprehensive about putting their children on school buses each day. To help dissuade some of their concerns, parents can follow and talk about some recommended practical safety measures with their school-aged children before sending them off to ride the bus. To limit risk and ensure the safest ride to school for your child, teach them to practice these safety guidelines: When Riding the Bus: If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up. Stay in your seat. Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before exiting. Don’t yell, speak loudly or make abrupt noises that may distract the driver. Keep your hands, arms, and heads inside the bus at all times. Getting On and Off the Bus: Stand away from the street as the bus approaches. When crossing the street before boarding or after exiting, teach kids to make sure the bus driver indicates it is safe to cross. Children should always walk in front of a school bus. Teach them to look left, right and left again before crossing. Bus Stop Safety: Walk children to the bus stop and wait with them until the bus arrives. Make sure that your bus stop and the children waiting are highly visible to other neighborhood drivers. Drivers should always exercise extreme caution around school buses. Although motorists are required, by law, to stop and wait for a school bus and exiting or boarding children, more school-aged pedestrians are killed in the hour before and after school than any other time of day. Every motorist should expect that children boarding or exiting the bus are not paying attention to other vehicles as they cross the street. If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury involving a school bus, contact the Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Personal Injury Attorney | Best Practices and Prevention for Children Safety

Bakersfield Personal Injury Attorney assisting clients with eye injuries  Personal Injury Attorney | August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Every year thousands of eye injuries walk into emergencies rooms all over the country. The good news is that with proper prevention practices, 90 percent of these can easily be avoided. Simple steps can be taken at home and while your children are away to avoid unnecessary accidents. Common accidents occur for young children at home and at play. As they age and become more active and involved, sports-related eye risks grow. Teens and young adults face more outdoor risks as they begin to help out with household chores. By demonstrating and encouraging proper eye safety from an early age, you and your family can avoid dangerous and potentially devastating eye injuries. In the home and while playing, children come into contact with various objects that if handled inappropriately can cause harm. Keep these tips from PreventBlindness.com in mind as you keep a close eye on little ones at home: Make stairs safe with gates, lights and handrails. Cushion sharp corners on counters and furniture. Install cabinet and drawer latches and locks. Keep personal-use items like toiletries and cosmetics out of reach. Utensils and desk supplies should be inaccessible to small hands. Secure any chemicals, paints, fertilizers and pesticides. Offer only age-appropriate toys. Read all warnings and instructions and use toys as intended. Avoid flying and projectile toys, especially in children under five. Keep BB guns away from children. Inspect playgrounds and play areas for potential eye hazards. Child athletes make up the biggest portion of child eye injury victims. Regular glasses do not provide proper protection for sports and more advanced eye protection is recommended. Helmets with face shields should be worn in hockey and baseball. Goggles should be worn in basketball and racquet sports. Older kids love to help around the house on the weekends and yard chores can be a great start for teens to learn responsibility. As you and your child prepare to start on outside projects, spend some time prepping the area for safety together. This will encourage them to care for their own eye safety going forward. Inspect the grounds for potential projectiles before mowing or trimming. Paints, pesticides and fertilizers need to be handled and stored appropriately. Keep tools in good condition and well organized. Damaged tools should be discarded. Safety glasses, dust goggles and chemical goggles should be worn when working on dangerous projects around the home. Knowing what to do in the event of an eye injury can mean a world of difference. Follow these crucial recommendations: Stock a first aid kit with a rigid eye shield and commercial eyewash. NEVER assume an eye injury is harmless. Consult a doctor if you have any questions. If dirt or specks get in the eye DO NOT RUB the eye. Try to wash out dirt or specks. DO NOT try to remove them with tweezers or other items. Blows to the eye should be quickly followed with a cold compress with no pressure. Quickly seek medical attention for these types of injuries. In the event of a cut or puncture DO NOT flush or wash the eye with anything. Do not attempt to remove anything that has punctured the eye. Instead, cover the eye with a rigid shield or paper cup and seek immediate medical attention. If you or a loved one is involved in a personal injury accident due to improper eye safety, contact a Personal Injury Attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A Personal Injury Attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.    

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Personal Injury Lawyer | Summer Fire Safety: Campfire, BBQ and Bonfire Best Practices

Personal Injury Lawyer in Bakersfield, CA helping people in Kern County avoid Summer Burn Injuries Personal Injury Lawyer | Summertime and fires seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s the delicious char-smell of the grill, the serene crackling of a campfire under the stars of a beachside bonfire, the addition of fire has been enhancing summer fun for thousands of years. While fire adds to our experience in various ways, it does come with a great deal of responsibility. Safe fire practices are important to exercise and to educate all of our family members on. From a young age, children should be taught to treat fire with respect and responsibility. As your summer activities heat up, keep in mind some safety facts about campfires, BBQ’s and Bonfires: CAMPFIRES The open air, sleeping under the stars, the hard work and it’s payoff – camping is a family activity like no other. Few vacations are as good at removing all members of the family from daily distractions as camping. Assigning tasks from tent building to wash station and canteen setup gives everyone a purpose and a role when camping. Few camping responsibilities are as satisfying as that of the fire-builder. The sheer excitement of creating a fire is all the more reason that the person in charge of this task should demonstrate safe fire behavior and educate the rest of the group along the way. Keep the campfire best practices from Smokey Bear in mind when camping this summer season: Go without a fire if the climate is dry and conditions are hazardous. Do not build a fire if they are prohibited in your campground. Look for existing fire pits. Keep tents and other structures and vehicles at least 15 feet from the fire. Choose an open, level spot for your fire that is safe from wind gusts. Keep your campfire to a manageable size. Never throw dangerous items into the fire like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass or aluminum cans. Supervise pets and children near the fire at all times. Let the fire extinguish all the way before leaving it or turning in. Dowse fires with water or stir up the ashes to extinguish fires completely. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Don’t depart your campground with a potentially dangerous fire waiting to catch. BBQs Grilling is a quintessential part of summer. The summer would be lost without the flipping of burgers, turning of hot dogs and sizzling of steaks on the barbeque. From shish kebabs to corn on the cob, everyone has a grill favorite. As much as these cooking contraptions add to our summer experience, it makes sense that they come with some big safety concerns. The grill master and all others present should be aware of safe grill use and activity. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following: Use grill outside and at least 3 feet from siding, decking and eaves. Clean grill grates and grease traps after each use. Open the grill before lighting and ensure all burners are lit if using a propane grill. If a burner won’t light, turn the gas off to this burner. Maintain a 3 foot safe zone around the grill and make children aware of it. Monitor pets in this area as well. Discard old coals in a metal container when they have extinguished and once they are cool. Never leave any grill unattended. Wear short sleeves or roll them up when grilling. Use long-handled barbeque tools. Fully extinguish/turn grill off and allow to cool completely before attempting to move or store it. BONFIRES Bonfires are great for several reasons in the summer. You could be cleaning up dead yard debris and burying it in your yard. Family reunions and picnics are a great time to visit around a bonfire as are summer marshmallow roasting bonfires. Many U.S. beaches allow bonfires. There is little that compares to an evening bonfire on the beach, listening to the waves and watching the moon reflect off the ocean. Bonfires tend to be rather large and can get out of control quickly. Tending a bonfire is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Keep in mind the following practices for a safe and enjoyable summer bonfire: Build bonfires away from sheds, fences and trees. Build the fire away from cables like telephone wire hanging overhead. Avoid using lighter fluid to start the bonfire as it can get out of control easily and tends to leave a trail. Make sure that your bonfire stack won’t fall to one side as it deteriorates. NEVER throw fireworks into a bonfire. Keep children and pets at a safe distance from the fire. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy. Never leave a bonfire unattended. Spray the embers when your bonfire is finished. If you or a loved one is involved in a personal injury accident involving a fire, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have. https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/bonfire-safety https://www.gov.je/StayingSafe/FireSafety/Outdoors/pages/bonfires.aspx https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/summer.html https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2011/06/29/summer-fire-safety-tips-fema  

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Personal Injury Attorney | The Ultimate Summer Survival Kit-Smart Prep for Summer Emergencies

Personal Injury Attorney | The Ultimate Summer Survival Kit- Smart Prep for Summer Emergencies Personal Injury Attorney | Hiking, camping, swimming and so much more, summer is an active season. For many, summer is all about adventures, exploring and soaking up every minute of sunlight possible. With all that activity, there’s more opportunity for skinned knees, bug bites and sun overexposure. Having a simple kit ready for whatever may come, you’ll be better prepared for all of the adventures that present themselves. Invest in a medium plastic tote and fill it up with the essentials. It’s a great idea to keep this summer survival kit in your car in a cool spot so that it’s easily accessible when you have need for it. Protect your family and yourself from the elements with the below items: Cold Compress – You never know when you’ll strain your back, neck or something else trying to overextend your physical abilities while adventuring this summer. The instant cold compresses are easy to use and don’t have to be kept frozen. These are also great for ‘strawberries’ or the scratches our little ones are prone to. Eye Wash – This one is especially helpful if you live near the beach. Little ones with sand grains in their eyes can be miserable. But dirt, dust and bugs tend to fly around no matter where you are this summer. Avoid a serious scratch or eye injury with a bottle of eye wash. Bandages/Peroxide/Triple Antibiotic – These first aid essentials are a no brainer. You’re out and about and accidents happen. Be prepared with these three classic provisions. Pain Reliever – Tylenol, ibuprofen or aspirin, whatever your preference, it’s great to have these handy when you need them. Long days of strenuous activity in the heat can lead to aches, pains and headaches that if nipped quickly need only be minor annoyances and not show stoppers. Baby Wipes – You will be amazed how many uses you find for a package of baby wipes throughout your day. From boo-boo’s to runny noses, dirty hands to sticky mystery matter, baby wipes are irreplaceable in a survival kit for any season. Hand Sanitizer – Keep this quick clean up on hand so you can move with ease from digging and climbing to picnics and quick bites between outdoor adventures. Sunscreen/Lip Balm – Burns can be severe if not properly protected. Keep sunscreen on hand and reapply every two hours. Don’t forget lip balm with sunscreen as well. Aloe Vera – In the event you didn’t reapply often enough, you’ll be grateful to have some aloe on hand to soothe savage sunburns. Bug Spray – Mosquitos and Noseeums can be menacing during the warmer months. Keep bug spray on hand to deter these hungry critters. Anti-Itch Spray – Itchy bites can drive anyone crazy and children seem to struggle with the annoyance more than anyone. Pack some anti-itch spray or ointment in your survival kit and serve it up generously when called for. Water and Snacks – Perhaps the most important thing to remember during the hot summer months is to stay hydrated. The heat can take a lot out of you and the smaller members of your crew. Remember to drink as much water as possible to avoid headaches, overheating and even fainting. Don’t forget that you can get dehydrated even at the pool. Snacks are great to have on hand when you’re long summer days fill up with so much adventure that you miss a meal here or there. Keep your body fueled with food and water so you can continue to play. Even if you’re well prepared, slips, trips and accidents can happen. If you or a loved one is involved in a personal injury accident, contact The Personal Injury Attorney Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have. https://www.pgeveryday.com/wellness/family-health/article/summer-safety-kit-what-you-need-to-make-it-through-the-summer https://hoosierhomemade.com/summer-survival-kit/    

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Personal Injury Attorney | The 100 Deadliest Days-Turning Your Safety Awareness To Full Volume During The Summer Months

Personal Injury Attorney | The 100 Deadliest Days-Turning Your Safety Awareness To Full Volume During The Summer Months Personal Injury Attorney | Summer is the best time of year for many teens, especially newly licensed ones. No more embarrassing drop offs with mom or dad, the freedom to come and go as they please and full radio control. With the windows down and their friends piled in, our teens are experiencing one of the quintessential rites of passage into young adulthood. Adventure awaits them daily during the summer months and they are determined tori discover it. With all this newfound freedom, it is important to remind teens of the responsibilities that accompany it. The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days”. During this time there is a 14-26% increase in teen traffic fatalities. Simply due to the increased time teens are spending on the roads, this concerning statistic is hard to ignore. The months of June, July and August are a great time to keep safety at the front of mind for our teens and any other licensed drivers in the family. Newsday reminds us that “Not only are teens themselves more likely to die in car crashes, they also have the highest rates of crash involvement resulting in the deaths of others, including passengers, pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles.” Responsibility does not only fall on teen drivers, but to everyone on the road to remain vigilant and prevent avoidable crashes. Consider some of the statistics from AAA, We Save Lives and the National Safety Council: Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S. 80% of teens cite their parents as having the most influence over their driving. Teens have the highest crash rate of any group Half of all teens will be involved in a crash before graduating high school. 60% of teen crashes are caused by distracted driving. An average of 260 teens are killed in car crashes each month of the summer. These staggering statistics are sobering. Parents and influencers can brush up on some ways to assist teens during these summer months. The best way to protect teens is to talk to them about the responsibilities and the possibilities when they are behind the wheel. It can be hard to remind teens of the best behavior as parents don’t want to nag their kids, especially teens who often meet our well-meant words with glares and discontent. However, this important subject can’t go overlooked. Use these points as conversation starters with the new drivers in your family to help educate them and to raise their safety awareness this busy summer season: Remind teens that too many passengers is dangerous. Everyone should have a seat with a seatbelt. Each passenger your teen carries is an added distraction to their driving. Demonstrate responsible driving. Parents who use cell phones and other devices while driving with teens in the car are setting a poor example for a generation that struggles to disconnect as it is. Encourage teens to leave their devices out of reach while driving. Talk about driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol with your teens. Driving under the influence isn’t only against the law, it is deadly. Sober driving is the only acceptable alternative. Let them know that riding as a passenger with someone else driving under the influence is just as dangerous. Empower teens to show courage.Let them know that refusing to drive or ride in unsafe conditions is admirable and a very mature decision to make. Give them permission to call on you to rescue them from an unsafe situation without consequence. If you or a teen driver you know is involved in a personal injury accident, contact The Personal Injury Attorney Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have. http://wesavelives.org/100-deadliest-days-of-summer/ https://www.nsc.org/in-the-newsroom/10-things-parents-may-not-know-about-teen-driver-safety-1 https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2018/06/21/charles-krauthammer-dies-68/36261091/ https://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/100-deadliest-days/    

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Personal Injury Lawyer | Flip Flop State-Of-Mind-Pool Safety For a Worry Free Summer

Personal Injury Lawyer | Flip Flop State-Of-Mind-Pool Safety For a Worry Free Summer Personal Injury Lawyer | Summer fun in the sun is nothing without swimming. As thousands of kids flock to the pool, it’s a good time to brush up on water safety. While the pool can be an excellent way to beat the heat it can also be a deadly if underestimated. Each year, the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council and various local agencies launch swimming safety campaigns to inform the public. You can look to your local fire and police departments for more information. Drowning happens fast. When children drown, parents and caretakers are often quoted as saying “I only looked away for a second.” According to the National Safety Council, about nine people die from drowning in the U.S. each day. A good rule of thumb is that the younger the child, the greater the risk, but teens and young adults tend to have less concern for their safety in general. Drowning happens most often to those aged 5-24. The tips below will help keep you and your family safe as you enjoy the pool this summer: Never leave children unsupervised. Never trust older children to supervise younger children. Attentive adult supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Make sure young children under 5 always wear approved life jackets near water but never rely on life-jackets completely. Keep home pools and spas surrounded by fencing that meets local code to prevent neighborhood children from wandering in unsupervised. Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well but remember that no one is drown-proof. Avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol impairs judgement, delays reaction time and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm. Do not rely on lifeguards. Don’t drop children off at the pool. Stay and watch your children. With young children and inexperienced swimmers, it is best to stay within arm’s reach. Learn CPR and rescue techniques. Always have a first aid kit and emergency contact list easily accessible. Share safety instructions with all supervising adults. If you have a home pool or spa, create a home water safety plan and make all family members are aware of it. Enforce rules without fail. Set restrictions based on each person’s abilities. Do not swim during a storm. If a child is missing, look for him/her in the pool first. Seconds matter in a drowning incident. Swimming is great exercise for the whole family and a wonderful way to enjoy the summer months. However, drowning accidents happen quickly and water safety should be taken very seriously.  If you or a loved one is involved in a personal injury accident due to poor water safety, contact The Personal Injury Lawyer Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.   http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/drowning https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Summer-Safety-Tips-Sun-and-Water-Safety.aspx    

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Estate Planning | What To Include In A Comprehensive Estate Plan

ESTATE PLANNING LAWYER|WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A COMPREHENSIVE ESTATE PLAN Estate Planning Lawyer|Most people are familiar with the need to create a will, but less are aware of the forward thinking of a comprehensive estate plan. An estate plan includes a will and various other considerations for all of the facets of your life. After all, your life is much more than just your assets. Your healthcare, minor children, real estate and more need to be accounted for should you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated. Below is a list of items that should be included in a comprehensive estate plan. An estate planning lawyer can help you draft your plan and will be sure you consider all important aspects of your estate. WILLS A Will, also known as a Last Will and Testament is a document which divides up your property. Requirements for wills vary from state to state, but in order for your will to hold up in court, the best practice is to execute, or sign, the will in front of two witnesses and have them sign it as well. Wills that are drafted without witnesses are known as holographic wills and are easily challenged in court settings upon your passing. TRUSTS A trust is a legal document that lets you put conditions on how your assets are distributed before and after your death. Although these assets are named in your will, a trust can help keep your beneficiaries and your property out of probate court. Trusts are often used to avoid estate taxes and probate costs. To set up a trust you need the following: The Trustor: The person who creates and funds the trust A Trustee: The person overseeing the management and distribution of the trust assets Property: Items to disperse Beneficiaries: The person or persons who will benefit from the trust. DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY A durable power of attorney (POA) designates a person of your choosing to act on your behalf should you become unable. Spouses often set up reciprocal powers of attorney, while some choose other family members or trusted advisors with more financial savvy. This person can act as your agent to make real estate and other financial decisions. HEALTHCARE POWER OF ATTORNEY Designating a healthcare power of attorney means someone will be able to make healthcare decisions for you in the event of your incapacity. It’s a good idea to choose someone you trust and who shares your views. This person is likely to have life sustaining/ending choices in their hands so discussing your wishes with them is important while you are still of sound mind and body. BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS There are a number of possessions and funds which pass to your beneficiaries outside of your will. Life insurance policies and retirement accounts are examples of assets that require their own beneficiary designations. It is important to make sure your beneficiaries designations are up to date so that they are consistent with the rest of your estate plan. GUARDIANSHIP DESIGNATIONS If you have minor children or are thinking of having children, you will want to make specific designations for the care of them should you be unable. Some wills provide for this, but not all. When you determine the potential guardians for your minor children, they should be financially able, share your beliefs and be genuinely interested in raising children. It is a good idea to make financial considerations in concert with guardianship designations so that adequate resources are available for the care of your children. Finally, you may want to leave a Letter of Intent. This is simply a document left to the executor of your estate. It is rarely considered a legal document, but if you’ve carefully chosen the executor of your estate, they will likely follow your wishes. This is where you would state the wishes for your remains and funeral arrangements. You’ve spent your life building your estate, it makes sense to spend some time planning for it once you’re gone. The tips above are a great place to begin to understand everything you need to consider as you think about drafting your estate plan. The estate planning lawyers at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have. If you need help planning or settling an estate, contact The Estate Planning Lawyer Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. http://money.cnn.com/retirement/guide/estateplanning_trusts.moneymag/index.htm https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-is-will.html https://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/07/estate_plan_checklist.asp https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/12-simple-steps-estate-plan-29472.html http://www.dummies.com/personal-finance/estate-planning/what-is-a-trust/

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