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Selling Real Estate-Better Safe than Sorry...

Selling real estate is a complicated and potentially expensive process. Clear understanding of contracts, successful navigation of regulatory procedure, and careful resolution of real estate disputes are all easier when you have real estate lawyers on your side. There are a number of legal problems that may occur when selling real estate. Even something as innocuous as a standard sale form instead of a specialized form, or improper filing times, can ruin a deal and potentially cost you thousands of dollars. Another small but important detail is the condition of the property being sold. A lawyer can recommend the proper precautions to take to ensure you are not caught off guard by any faulty infrastructure or damaged property. In the case of selling your home, if an agreement falls through you could be responsible for paying a brokerage fee in addition to the hassle of finding a new buyer. Selling real estate also has wide ranging tax implications. You may know that, if you sell your home, you may exclude up to $250,000 of your capital gain from tax. This amount doubles for married couples filing together. This and other tax facts are available publicly, but may be difficult to find and understand if you are managing the sale yourself. If selling your home in Austin, Austin real estate lawyers can point out the network of tax savings and opportunities available to you. State taxes and depreciation must also be taken into consideration, as both can affect your tax filing and the profits from the sale of your property. If you are ready to become involved in the sale of real estate, do not leave anything to chance. Contact a real estate lawyer to ensure you get all the money you deserve for your...

DWI Still a Major Traffic Problem in the U.S....

Drunk driving remains to be a major traffic problem in the U.S. In 2013, those arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the U.S., including in the District of Columbia, totaled to 1,171,935. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records showed that the number of arrests due to drunk driving went as high as 1.4 million. With these unbelievable figures, many authorities feel relieved that the yearly number of fatal accidents do not go over 10,500. Authorities consider this bit of success (in maintaining the number of fatal accidents to just a little above 10,000) to the zeal of traffic enforcers in enforcing these laws, to the efforts of private, non-profit groups, like the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) which, since 1980, has helped in the passing of new DUI laws, like the Zero Tolerance, which prohibits individuals below the age of 21 from having in their blood system any measurable amount of alcohol, and to the passing of additional laws, such as the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) law, which authorizes arresting officers to confiscate the license of drivers who refuse to take or fail a breath test. The current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for car drivers is 0.08%. This BAC limit is still considered high based on the fact that a person’s driving ability and response time to emergency situations are already affected even at 0.05% BAC level. Application of the law, however, simply allows for traffic enforcers to consider and, therefore, arrest an individual due to alcohol-impairment if he/she has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher. To further reduce risks of accidents due to drunk-driving, some states also authorize traffic enforcers to consider a driver as already alcohol-impaired if they see that his/her abilities are been affected by alcohol even if such driver’s BAC level is below 0.08%. A DWI conviction can ruin one’s professional and personal future. A lot of attention has been drawn to drunk driving over the past couple of decades, all directed to punishing offenders and proving guilty or convicting those who are caught. This makes it important, even necessary, for people who are charged to seek representation from a highly-skilled defense lawyer, who may be able to save him/her from possible...

Wrongful Death: What Families Can Do to Take Action...

Grieving the death of a loved one is a difficult and challenging experience. This is especially true if the death happened suddenly and because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful act. Knowing that the death of a loved one is both senseless and easily preventable can make the grieving process all the more challenging. While taking legal action might not do much to help the unbearable hurt that comes with news of a wrongful death, there is still some benefit to finding accountability and a sense of justice. A wrongful death claim can be helpful tool to help grieving families find the closure they need, allowing them to receive appropriate compensation for the damages they’ve incurred through their difficult experience. According to Evans Moore, LLC, a wrongful death refers to any case that resulted from dangerous circumstances caused by another party’s reckless or negligent behavior. The most common cases of wrongful death include car and truck accidents, medical malpractice, product and premises liability, hospital negligence, and nursing home negligence. Filing a wrongful death claim for these circumstances entitle the family to receive compensation that can help cover the cost of medical care, funeral services, lost wages, as well as expenses for the victim’s beneficiaries. Wrongful death claims are to be pursued by immediate family members that the law recognizes as the “parties at interest.” Filing a claim needs to be done within a specific time period. While the statute of limitations differs between states, most require that wrongful death claims be filed within a two-year period. Depending on the outcome of the lawsuit, a victim’s family member will receive compensation for financial and emotional damages, among others. If your loved one was a victim of a wrongful death incident, do not hesitate to consult with a lawyer and take legal action. It might not do much, but a wrongful death claim can help you achieve a sense of justice that might be necessary for you and your family to achieve...

Tips For Finding The Best Plumber For Your Home...

Repairing leaks in homes can be a real challenge for the inexperienced. Fortunately, you can get help from an expert plumber to do the job for you. But finding the right plumber for your repair needs is not easy as you think it is. Making the task more difficult is the fact that there are bogus companies who are only after your money. In this article, we will look at some tips on finding the right man for your plumbing requirements. Does the plumber have the necessary license? The best way to separate a competent plumber from a bogus one is the license. Hiring a licensed plumber is recommended for a variety of reasons. Licensed plumbers have the experience and professional background to perform plumbing jobs. They are knowledgeable about local building codes to reduce the risk of paying penalties and fines. Check Their Experience The length of stay of a company in the industry is a good gauge of the competence of the plumbing firm. It shows the financial stability of the company and that they have survived the test of time and has been through economic ups and downs. Ask for proof of insurance While performing their jobs, the workers of the plumbing company may become injured. For this reason, you need to make sure that the plumbing company has a proof of insurance in case of injuries to their workers. You do not want to end up paying for the insurance of the worker. Request for estimates When you ask the plumbing company for an estimate of their service, they should be ready to give you one. If they do not want to give you the possible costing, then look for another company. According to the website of American Leak Detection of Dallas, a competent plumbing company has the skill and knowledge in identifying plumbing-related problems such as leaks. Choosing the right company for your plumbing needs can be easy with these...

Car Defects: The Silent Killer on US Roads and Highways...

In September of 2014, more than 850,000  vehicles were recalled by one giant automotive manufacturing firm due to defective airbags and seat belts; in October of that same year, another large firm discovered that the same defects existed in 184,215 of its SUVs that have been distributed around the world, thus, prompting that company to make the necessary recalls. In May of 2015, a manufacturing defect that can cause excessive brake heat and thus cause fires was discovered by yet another car manufacturer. This defect, which compromises the safety of car occupants, is a clear failure to comply with the “Light Vehicle Brake Systems” requirement, which is imposed under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Systems (FMVSS) No. 135. The biggest recall in the history of the car industry, however, involves exploding driver-side airbags, which has already caused seven deaths and more than 100 injuries. More 53 million vehicles worldwide have already been recalled by various car manufacturers; it is estimated that 34 million of these vehicles are in the US. Hundreds of millions of vehicles have been recalled in the past, either voluntarily by manufacturers or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a court order. Vehicle recalls are made after complaints sent by vehicle owners to the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) have been investigated and proven. These recalls are based on: The risk posed by the defective vehicle or vehicle part to the safety of the vehicle occupants or anyone else on the road (other motorists, motorcycle or bicycle riders and pedestrians). Failure to comply with the minimum performance requirement set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). This minimum performance requirement is aimed at helping ensure the safe operation of a vehicle and the safety of all vehicle occupants from injury or death. The FMVSS has set standards for all vehicle parts, including brakes, tires, lighting, steering wheels, safety belts, air bags, child restraints. The problem with a defective car or a defective car part is that a car owner usually finds out about the defect only after the part has actually malfunctioned and causes an accident. And though today’s cars are the safest ever, thanks to advanced safety technologies (as affirmed by the NHTSA), still, accidents reach almost five million every year, claiming more than 30,000 lives and injuring about two million others. Defects in...

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