How to Buy a Yacht

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Boats | 0 comments

Buying a car or a home is often part of a typical adult life. Because these processes are so common there is a plethora of easily accessible resources that can guide one through the purchases. However, people who want to make big purchases that are less common in comparison are usually left wondering where to start. One of these less common purchases is a yacht. Many people fantasize about spending their summers lounging out at sea or catching some fish, but the question of where one starts lingers. Here are a few tips on how to begin your search for a yacht.

First, think about what you would want your yacht for. Although fishing yachts can be used interchangeably as partying yachts and vice versa, it is still important to determine what you will be using your yacht for the majority of the time. This will make it easier to narrow down the models you are considering.

Next, determine your price range. Most people will not be able to afford the same yacht as Tiger Woods, but it is not impossible to find a respectable yacht in your price range. In fact, three out of four yacht owners have household incomes of under $100,000 according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. After establishing this price range, figure out what you hold at a higher priority. Are you willing to sacrifice space for quality? Would you be willing to buy an older model as long as it is a respectable brand?

Yacht brokers are a great resource who can help make your purchase a success. They are essentially a real estate agent for yachts. Brokers act as a liaison between the seller and the buyer. The website of Mickelson Yachts says that brokerage can help anyone find a yacht that meets all of their needs while still staying in their price range.

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The Ins and Outs of Adoption

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Family Law | 0 comments

Many people long for a child to call their own, but certain situations do not allow for them to produce one naturally. Because of this, people often turn to adoption in order to fulfill their dream of being a parent. However, the process often requires outside legal help, especially for people that do not fit in to the “traditional” family model.

The bureaucracy that comes along with adoption is daunting for a lot of people. Just processing paperwork can take years, especially when those planning to adopt have other responsibilities they have to tend to.

The process becomes even more complicated in certain situations. Older couples or single individuals tend to get discriminated against when trying to adopt. The reasoning behind this is that adoption agencies want to make sure parents will be healthy enough to take care of someone for the entirety of their childhood.

Additionally, same-sex couples face discrimination as well. The leniency of same-sex adoption depends on the state in which a couple is attempting to adopt. Sixteen states as well as the District of Columbia allow for same-sex couple adoptions. Outside of these states same-sex adoption is determined on a case-by-case situation by a judge. The exception to this is Mississippi, which does not allow for same-sex couple under any circumstance. Fortunately for same-sex couples looking to adopt, the number of children with same-sex parents continues to grow every year as the general population becomes more accepting of the idea.

Even though adoption comes with its complications, this should not stop one from attempting to adopt. According to the website of the BB Law Group PLLC, adoption is a joyous experience for those who want to become a parent. Many times people pursue legal action to help them sort out the intricacies involved with the adoption process. This keeps the stress level of future parents down and allows for them to focus on the positive parts of adoption.

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Dangers of Teenage Drivers

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Personal Injury, Vehicle Collisions | 0 comments

According to statistics from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, teens are a very troublesome demographic when it comes to driving. In 2011, 2650 teens in the United States between the ages of 16-19 died in car accidents and 292,000 found themselves in the emergency room.

Males of this demographic crash two times more than their female counterparts. This explains why someone will have to pay significantly more money for their teenage son’s car insurance as opposed to that of their teenage daughter.

Teens use their seat belts less than any other demographic. In 2013, only 55% of high school students said they always wear their seat belt when in a car with someone else. It is a little odd that this is still the case considering this current generation of teens grew up hearing an annoying beeping sound whenever the driver or passenger did not put on their seat belt. However, teens typically travel in packs to relatively close locations on roads with low speed limits, so it is possible that they do not see as much of a need to wear a seat belt with each other as they would with their parents, going into the city.

However, the Mokaram Law Firm says on its website that accidents come with profound consequences. Because of this, it is important to make sure your child is aware that they are especially susceptible to accidents. In order to do this effectively, inform them about what tends to cause teenage driver accidents. The eight “danger zones” for teen drivers are driver inexperience, driving with teen passengers, nighttime driving, not using seat belts, distracted driving, drowsy driving, reckless driving, and impaired driving.

The website of the Law Offices of Jeff Benton has observed that for Americans cars have become necessities. With less stay at home parents and more pressure for teenagers to keep busy with extracurriculars, this necessity has trickled down to the younger generation.

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Nursing Home Abuse: Way Too Common

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Nursing Homes, Personal Injury | 0 comments

According to ABC News, a study conducted by Democrats and independents in the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee revealed that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States reported abuse between 1999-2001. This equated to 5,283 facilities and 9,000 instances of abuse. Of these 9,000 cases, 1,601 of them resulted in life threatening or serious injuries.

The report’s most common problems include untreated bedsores, insufficient medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. A Wisconsin nursing home abuse lawyer could argue that physical abuse in nursing homes is very much so common and dangerous.

Kelley Queale, director of communications for the California Association of Health Facilities, says that not all cases reported have to do with workers personally abusing the residents, and that some injuries occur because of fights between two residents. This, however, still is the fault of the caretakers. It is their job to make sure that the nursing home patients are kept safe, even if that means from each other.

The federal government is the biggest contributor to nursing homes, mostly because of the Medicaid they provide to the elderly. The United States Department of Health and Human Services requires states to inspect nursing homes and investigate all abuse complaints. Even with a government watch, nursing homes continue to be filled with abuse. This could be attributed to the lack of quality in the state’s investigation or the management of the nursing homes’ loose requirements for employment.

The Sampson Law Firm says on its website that if a family has to make the difficult decision to put their loved one in the care of a nursing home, that family deserves the right to expect that they will be in good hands. Unfortunately, the trend of nursing home abuse prevents families from receiving this reassurance.

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The Black Lung Program

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Personal Injury, Workplace Accidents | 0 comments

Working in the coal mines comes with its fair share of risks and consequences. Many coal mine workers develop lung problems due to their mass exposure to harmful toxins. A common condition developed by these workers is pneumoconiosis.

Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, can be divided into two different subsets. The more mild condition is coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, while the more complicated a severe version is progressive massive fibrosis.

Symptoms of pneumoconiosis include inflamed lung air sacs, stiffened lungs due to scarring, and any other sort of lung damage. Pneumoconiosis may cause lung cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, respiratory failure, and failure of the right side of the heart.

Recovery from a personal injury can cause frustration for victims and their loved ones. Luckily, the federal government does provide worker compensation for pneumoconiosis specifically.

The Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation facilitates the Black Lung Program, which tends the claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. This act allows for workers who were totally disabled because of pneumoconiosis to receive compensation. In addition, the act provides compensation to the families of coal mine workers who died because of pneumoconiosis and medical treatment for those who developed lung diseases due to it.

Although this act is in place, there are plenty of bureaucratic loopholes that could keep people from getting the compensation they deserve. The experienced lawyers from the Williams Kherkher Law Firm explain that when this is the case, the next step to get the compensation you deserve is to pursue legal action against an employer. When your workplace is at fault for your physical harm, they must take responsibility. This is especially true in the circumstance of a coal miner, who always has a high chance of needing workers’ compensation at some point in their life. In this case, employers have no excuse to not be prepared.

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