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Deciding on bankruptcy to clear credit card debt

Credit card use is one of the easiest ways to get into high amounts of debt. This is because credit cards are extremely easy to acquire. In addition, the interest that is charged on unpaid balances and fees charged for missed payments means that getting clear of the debt can feel like a never-ending battle.

If you want to be free from your credit card debts, it is likely that you have spent some time considering filing for bankruptcy. This can be a very difficult decision to make because it requires a great deal of commitment. However, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a way to get a fresh financial start.

How can drunk driving charges against me be dropped?

If we want our roads and sidewalks to be safe, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is always a bad idea. A drunk driver is far more likely to be involved in an accident and, for that matter, injure himself or herself than a sober driver. For this reason, police aggressively seek to identify, arrest and charge alleged drunk drivers -- while enforcing Pennsylvania drunk driving laws. Nevertheless, just because a police officer accused you of drunk driving doesn't mean that you were actually guilty of the offense.

Due to the fact that an innocent driver could be improperly accused of DUI, every accused driver will have the opportunity to defend him or herself in court. Here are three common defense tactics that drivers might use in this regard:

Some potential defenses if you're facing a marijuana DUI

The laws governing the possession and use of marijuana are always changing. These changes can cause many drivers to believe that is legal to use this substance behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. However, it is illegal to consume intoxicating substances and drive a vehicle, even in states that have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use.

Although it is now legal to use cannabis in Pennsylvania for medical reasons, it is against the law to drive under the drug's influence even if you have been issued a medical marijuana ID card. While it is typically challenging for the authorities to prove drugged driving in many cases, it is still important to create a good criminal defense to strengthen your legal position.

Trauma counts as emotional damages in a car accident

Some people never view life in the same way after being involved in a car accident. They may be able to replace their car and recover from their physical injuries, but the memory of a car accident can be something that is never forgotten.

Emotional trauma is something that is very important to recognize. Many people suffer emotionally after a collision but do not recognize the way that their thoughts have changed.

Advice on Halloween car safety for kids of all ages

Halloween is one of the most eventful times of the year for younger individuals. Even if your kid is too old to be trick-or-treating, they might have something planned on their schedule to join in on the festivities. They may plan to dress up for a party or hit one of the local holiday events spread throughout the state.

While Halloween may be one of the most enjoyable times of the year for many, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Whether it is on October 31 or one of the days leading up to it, many children, teenagers and young adults are at risk of doing something they regret or suffering from someone else's negligence. Before your kid washes their tutu or readies their Batman mask, you need to help them prepare for any obstacles that could come on this terrifying holiday no matter how old they are.

Estate planning is more than just a will

It's easy to think that estate planning is as simple as having a will and maybe putting a big asset into a trust for the future. Even this may seem complicated to some minimalist estate planners. But there are many considerations that people with the most modest of bequests should have in their minds while planning the fate of assets after death.

The end of life may come with a time that a person is not able to look after their own affairs. Many wills are accompanied by a durable power of attorney, which designates a person to act on someone's behalf in the case he or she cannot.

When do you need to update your estate plan?

If you have already taken on the important tasks associated with estate planning, you deserve praise for your forward-thinking approach to life. You have now protected your assets and heirs, made important end-of-life decisions and assured that your health care and financial wishes will be honored. However, your job might not be completely finished.

If your life and the people you care about never change, you might be finished with estate planning for the rest of your life, but this is not a realistic expectation. From the time you become an adult until it is time to leave this world, your personal situation will likely undergo many changes. New people will enter your life and some will leave due to death, divorce or simply growing apart. You and your lawyer should address these and other changes in order to make sure your estate plan meets your needs.

Post-divorce modifications in Pennsylvania

For many, receiving the news that their divorce has been finalized comes as a huge relief. However, if the terms of the divorce were not what you wanted, you may feel frustration and anger instead. The good news is that it can be possible to change the terms of the divorce or appeal a judge's decision, even after the divorce has been finalized.

If you believe that an error has been made or you want to modify your divorce after its finalization, it is important that you understand more about how the law works in the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Bar Association promotes grandparent custody rights

Typically, newer laws that get widespread media attention tend to revolve around driving or employment. Since plenty of people in the state drive and have jobs, the government pays for advertisements to make sure everyone is aware of newer bills meant to improve the safety of the state.

For the first half of October, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) and multiple other county bar associations of the state took an unorthodox approach and chose to promote a newer law that took effect in the summer revolving around grandparent custody. They want more people to be aware of the law change so more can take action in ensuring children a proper home.

Am I filing for personal or corporate bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy may sound like a dirty word, but it can mean a new beginning if it used correctly to settle debts or reoganize your finances. Both individuals and companies can file for bankruptcy, and understanding the differences can make it easier to know how to pursue it as a correction to dire financial straits.

What's the difference between personal and corporate bankruptcy?

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