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Don't get lost in thought while you drive

Do you ever get bored while you drive? Maybe it's because you have to drive the same route to work and back every single day.

This is when many people look for distractions like using their phone behind the wheel, but you know better. You know that distracted driving is dangerous. Instead, you keep your phone in your pocket and start thinking about your plans for the weekend.

Reasons you may start an estate dispute and challenge a will

The idea of a will is to set in stone what happens to a person's estate after they pass away. However, that does not mean that the estate plan always stands. There are reasons that you may want to challenge a will, especially if you think that it is unfair, unjust or a violation of your rights.

You often cannot challenge a will just because you wanted more money or more assets. You need to have a reason as to why you felt that you deserved it. Some examples include:

  • You think that someone else created a fake will, perhaps in an effort to move more assets to themselves.
  • You think that someone used undue influence on a vulnerable elderly person to make them edit the will before death.
  • You believe that the will is an old one and there is actually a more recent will that should be followed.
  • You do not think that the elderly person was in the right mental state to create the estate plan. Perhaps they had dementia or maybe they were on heavy medications.
  • The will is incomplete in some way. Maybe no one signed it or maybe there were no witnesses.
  • For some other reason, the will does not reflect what you believe your loved one wanted and you think someone else is at fault in that.

At-will employment means the work relationship can end quickly

While workers in some positions do have contracts outlining how long they will hold a job and why the position can be terminated, among other things, this is often just true for high-level executives and other specialized workers. In most cases, base-level employees -- the majority of the workforce in New Jersey -- just work on an at-will basis.

What this means is that the working relationship can end quickly, and either side can initiate it. If a worker wants to quit a job, they can do so. They are legally allowed to do it whenever they want. While they can provide a reason, they don't have to do so.

Dueling will key factors

Many people are beginning to understand the importance of having an estate plan in place, no matter what walk of life they come from. Not only does it allow parties to determine the distribution of their estate that they worked hard to obtain, but it also helps to smooth out the transition for loved ones during what can be a difficult time.

However, along with having an estate plan in place, it is important that it contains the right up-to-date documents. In particular, it is critical that parties avoid dueling wills.

Key facts about New Jersey workers' comp laws

If you get injured at work, the first thing you're thinking of is medical assistance, not the workers' compensation laws in the state. That's why it is so important to either know those laws in advance or to start researching them as soon as possible. You need to know your rights and your options.

To help you get started, here are a few key facts about New Jersey's specific laws:

  • It is your responsibility to tell your employer about the injury. Do this as soon as you can.
  • When determining exactly who to tell, it can be anyone in a position of authority. This could include the personnel office, for instance, or your direct supervisor.
  • You can give this notice in person or over the phone. You do not have to do it in writing.
  • Your employer or the insurance company that they use for workers' compensation cases does have the ability to choose your physician for you. It does not have to be your personal choice. This does not mean they get to select what treatment you get, but they get to pick a medical professional that they know and trust to handle the case.
  • It does not matter who was at fault in these cases. You still have a right to workers' compensation benefits, even if you are the one who caused the accident and therefore caused your own injuries.

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?

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