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Subcompact cars put you at greater risk

Do you drive a subcompact car, or are you thinking about buying one? Maybe you want to do your part for the environment. Maybe you want a car that is easier to park downtown. Maybe you're looking to cut back on your monthly gasoline costs.

Regardless of your reasons, there is one thing you need to consider: Subcompact cars increase your risks.

Elderly passenger dies in car accident

A man from Cinnaminson, who was 80 years old, was driving a car with a 90-year-old woman riding along as a passenger. She was from Cherry Hill. Tragically, the pair were involved in a car accident, and the elderly woman passed away.

According to reports out of New Jersey, the accident happened in Margate at about 12:07 p.m., or just after noon. The man was guiding his car down Jerome Avenue, heading south. He needed to turn onto Amherst Avenue, which is a left turn from Jerome.

2 rules about tip pooling

Tip pooling is something that not all tipped employees support, but it is legal. It generally just means that some or all of the tips get combined and split up evenly.

For instance, if there were three servers at a restaurant and two cooks, and two of the servers earned $100 in tips while the third made $50, the restaurant could pool all $150 and give each of the five employees $30.

How does a Lockout/Tagout system work?

Depending on your line of work, the machines you use may have very different safety features. That said, one of the most common is a Lockout/Tagout system, and you can find it on everything from hydraulic equipment to electrical equipment to pneumatic presses -- and much more. Whether you are new to the industry or very experienced, you really should know what this system does and how it works.

Essentially, a Lockout/Tagout system prevents the use of a machine during repairs, maintenance and other corrections. It does this by locking the machine down and using tags to inform other workers not to turn it on under any circumstances.

About 20% of serious medical conditions are misdiagnosed

Most residents of New Jersey and the rest of the United States place a good deal of trust in their physicians, and with good reason. To become a doctor in the first place, one must undergo many years of schooling. Once an individual becomes a practicing doctor, patients typically expect that he or she has the training and knowledge needed to perform a good job.

Regrettably, though, doctors, like all professionals, are not perfect; they are not immune to making mistakes. The stakes are sky-high when physicians make errors, though. When those errors involve misdiagnoses, they can wind up having a serious impact on a patient’s condition and prognosis. Just how common are medical misdiagnoses, and is there anything you can do to advocate for yourself and avoid falling victim to a medical misdiagnosis?

Does optimism bias make the roads dangerous?

People often suffer from what experts call optimism bias. This does not necessarily mean that they are optimistic people by nature. They could struggle with clinical depression and other such issues and still have optimism bias play a large role in their lives.

Essentially, this bias just means that people inherently believe that they'll probably succeed or avoid a bad outcome. It can lead to risk-taking behavior. You've probably heard it expressed like this: "It won't happen to me."

Have you been the victim of inheritance theft?

Many people are the victims of inheritance theft without ever realizing it. It can take many forms. Often, it's not as overt as, for example, a trustee stealing money from a trust that was intended for a beneficiary or a family member pilfering an antique vase that was bequeathed to another relative.

Sometimes, executors take more than the designated fee listed in the estate plan for their services or the percentage allowed under New Jersey law. They may rationalize their actions by saying that the job required a lot more time and effort than they anticipated. However, executors can't just take whatever they think they deserve.

A third-party executor may make probate go smoothly

One reason for disputes during the probate process is that one sibling gets selected as the executor for the estate, but then the other siblings feel like their actions during the process are not fair or not in keeping with their parent's wishes. In some cases, they may even feel that the executor is acting illegally to benefit themselves.

Whether or not that is really happening -- the other siblings could be mistaken -- it can cause a dispute and even a will contest. One key step to take to prevent this outcome is for the parent to select a third-party executor.

3 effective strategies for preventing contract disputes

When you own or manage a small business in New Jersey, part of your responsibility will likely involve protecting that business’s best interests. Part of this process involves making efforts to avoid potential litigation down the line. Arguably one of the best ways to protect your company’s best interests involves creating and utilizing carefully worded business, partnership or employment contracts, because the language used in these contracts may help you avoid costly and time-consuming contract disputes.

So, what are some of the steps you can take to help your business avoid potential contract litigation?

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