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August 2018 Archives

Sleep may have caused fatal motorcycle collision

The Washington State Patrol is currently looking for an explanation for a fatal collision between a pickup truck and two motorcycles. Having ruled out alcohol or drugs as a cause, the police are now investigating whether the driver of the pickup may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Teen drivers take many dangerous chances

Your summer may have been a busy one. Whether you worked straight through or had the opportunity to take some time off to relax, you may now be looking back and admiring what you accomplished. Maybe you did some home improvements, lost a few pounds or earned a promotion. Whatever you achieved, you know that it can mean positive changes for you.

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a dangerous problem for drivers in every state of the country, including Washington. It is a behavior that involves a driver allowing a distraction, such as a phone or a passenger, to consume their attention. When a driver is focused on something other than driving they put themselves and others at risk of serious motor vehicle accidents.

Who needs an estate plan?

The death of a public figure or wealthy celebrity can bring into focus the true need that many people have for creating solid, legally enforceable estate plans. The news abounds with stories of individuals who failed to create wills that outlined their testamentary desires or that failed to provide clarity on delicate preferences on inheritance. Despite the cautionary tales that Washington residents may read in the local newspaper about failing to have estate plans in place, many people feel as though estate plans are just not relevant to their lives.

How does a bankruptcy filing protect the debtor from creditors?

Many people in Vancouver have overindulged in credit card purchases, and they are unable to make even the required minimum monthly payments. Caught between creditors seeking payments and lack of money to pay their debts, these individuals frequently see their situations as hopeless. Filing for bankruptcy is not a perfect remedy, but it has several advantages that can provide both short term and permanent relief. One of the most effective such provisions is the so-called "automatic stay."

Understanding the best interests of the child

Courts in Washington are required to make many decisions involving the future welfare of children whose parents are no longer, or never were, married. One of the bedrock concepts in Washington family law underlies all of these decisions: the best interests of the child. An understanding of this concept is essential for parents who no longer reside with the other parent of their children.

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