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5 reasons to consider a divorce

There are many times when people fight, especially in a relationship. They might be tired of one another complaining, worried about money or having other relationship issues.

As you may realize, some issues are larger and more important than others. If there is a major problem in a relationship, the goal should be to resolve it, but that's not always possible. In the end, the best option for some people is to go through a divorce.

Legal protections for car accident victims

Following a Pennsylvanian car accident, victims and their families may be suffering serious physical injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering damages all because of the negligence of another driver. They should be thoroughly familiar with the legal resources and protections available to help them recover compensation from the driver responsible for the harm they have suffered.

Legal resources for victims involved in a variety of different types of car accidents may be available to hold negligent drivers accountable for the harm they have caused car accident victims and their families. These include drunk driving accidents, distracted driving accidents, hit-and run accidents, accidents in intersections, rear-end accidents, t-bone accidents, head-on accidents, multiple car accidents and fatal accidents.

How can a trust help my estate plan?

Pennsylvania trusts are a helpful part of an estate plan and can be used to manage assets during life or can complement a will as part of an overall estate plan. They can be, however, little understood or misunderstood which is why it is worth it for estate planners to take a closer look and ensure their questions concerning trusts are answered.

Trusts are used to manage the distribution of property by transferring the benefits and obligations of the property to different individuals. The creation of a trust is a fairly straightforward and basic process. The owner of the property transfers legal ownership of the property to an owner or institution, referred to as the trustee, to manage the property for the benefit of another party, referred to as the beneficiary. The trustee has a legal fiduciary duty to manage the property in the best interests of the beneficiary.

How would Bill 961 change Pennsylvania's DUI laws?

The proposed legislation, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 961, would serve to increase penalties associated with repeat DUI offenses if it becomes law. It would also increase penalties for people who kill or injure others while driving. As of last reports, the law passed the Pennsylvania State Senate last April with a near-unanimous vote of 45-4. Now it's with the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee.

According to the Pennsylvania Parents Against Impaired Driving (PAPAID), if the legislation becomes law, the state House of Representatives will have taken action to address a drunk driving problem that is killing hundreds of people throughout the state every year. PAPAID believes that failure to pass the legislation will result in additional deaths.

Child custody basics for divorcing parents

Understanding child custody can be a complex process but it can be one of the most important considerations parents are looking at, and may be worried about, going into a divorce. Knowing what the different types of child custody arrangements are, and how they can impact the divorcing couple and their family, can be crucial.

Divorce can be full of many challenges but the family law process provides resources to help divorcing couples work those challenges out and parents are invited to reach a child custody agreement that is in the best interests of their children and works best for their family. There are two different types of child custody that will need to be worked out either by the divorcing couple of with the aid of the family law court. The two types of child custody are legal custody and physical custody.

What is required for a will to be valid?

A will is a cornerstone of any effective estate plan but many estate planners may wonder what the requirements of a valid will are. Because legal requirements for a will to be valid can vary by state, it is important for estate planners to know what the requirements are in their state and how to fulfill those requirements.

Ensuring that a will is valid can help prevent a will dispute down the road, ensure that property and assets are distributed according to the estate planner's wishes and can provide peace of mind for both the estate planner and their family. Because a valid will is a foundational component of an overall estate plan, estate planners should be familiar with the different requirements for a will to be valid which includes several important requirements.

New Attorney Announcement - Aimee Schnecker

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Begley Carlin & Mandio, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Aimee Schnecker to the firm's Criminal and Municipal Law Practice. Ms. Schnecker was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida, where she received the St. Raymond of Penyafort Award for writing, was the Moot Court Vice President, and Secretary for the Women's Law Society. Ms. Schnecker earned a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Business Management from Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2014, where she was part of the NCAA Division I softball team, received the Steven J Rosen Writing Award, along with the Ellis Award for Excellence in English literature. Ms. Schnecker concentrates her practice in the areas of Municipal, School and Criminal Law.

Get to know the DUI penalty system in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania used to have a legal limit on blood alcohol concentration of .10, but it was reduced by Act 24 to .08 percent like the federal law. General impairment is considered any BAC between .08 and .099 percent. High BAC in Pennsylvania is .10 to .159 percent. Highest BAC, which is the third category for a DUI, is any BAC of .16 or higher.

New DUI laws in the state make sure that minors, commercial drivers and bus or school-vehicle drivers face the high BAC penalties, even if the BAC is below that level. Those who refuse to take a BAC test, either breath or chemical, may face the highest penalties allowed.

How to respond to drunk driving charges

Sometimes people do not realize how serious drunk driving charges are and how significant the impact can be on their lives. DUI charges can be costly personally, financially and in terms of the accused individual's freedoms.

Drunk driving charges can lead to steep fines, increases in insurance premiums and the possibility of jail time. In a true sense, an accused individual's freedom and future can be threatened when they are facing drunk driving charges. Because of how devastating drunk driving charges can be, it is important for accused individuals to know what their options are for fighting the charges against them. Developing a strong criminal defense strategy is a good first step.

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