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How bicycle commuters can avoid trouble on the road

There are many benefits of commuting on your bicycle. From saving money on gas to avoiding heavy rush hour traffic, you may come to find that it makes good sense for someone in your position.

Before you jump on your bike and hit the road, there's something to remember: Your safety and well-being should always come first.

Louisiana probate: Now is the time to create an estate plan

Putting together an estate plan is something you know you should probably do, but it hasn't been high on your priority list. Life keeps you busy and, really, it is something you just have not wanted to think about. It doesn't matter if you are a young adult, middle-aged or in your retirement years, having an estate plan is for your benefit and the benefit of your loved ones. Now is the time to create an estate plan and an experienced Louisiana-based probate attorney can help you do that.

When it comes to estate planning, you know that it involves deciding what will happen to your assets when you die. Some people think that is all it is. The truth is, it is much more involved than that. A solid estate plan does include a will wherein you make your wishes known by naming beneficiaries and listing who gets what; but it also may consist of powers of attorney, guardianship information and trust documents -- among other things.

Louisiana personal injury: PTSD and car accidents

A car accident is a traumatic experience to go through. Not only are physical injuries likely to be suffered, but emotional injuries may also occur. The mind of a person who goes through something horrible may react in a way that one does not expect as it tries to process and deal with what happened, and how it reacts is not always positive. A psychologically-related personal injury can have devastating effects, which is why the laws of Louisiana allow victims with such injuries to seek relief for any resulting losses -- under the right circumstances.

According to current statistics, about 9% of all car accident victims end up developing post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can occur even following minor accidents. If one develops it may be due to several factors, but primarily it comes down to how the victim perceived the incident.

Louisiana criminal defense: Illegal dumping may soon be a felony

Zachary is home to the Baton Rouge North Landfill. There, people are allowed to drop off certain bulk items that they wish to dispose of when putting them in a standard trash bin is not an option. According to East Baton Rouge officials, too few people are taking advantage of the drop-off option and, instead, are resorting to dumping trash illegally -- which is currently a misdemeanor offense but may soon be a felony-level offense. Either way, those accused of illegal dumping in the state of Louisiana may find themselves in need of criminal defense assistance.

According to a recent report, on June 26, the issue of illegal dumping was discussed at the District 2 council meeting. A councilwoman went over the current penalties for this crime, stating that convicted offenders may be fined $1,000 up to $5,000. The big problem is, it is not always easy to identify those individuals who are dumping their trash illegally. Law enforcement authorities are wanting cameras installed in areas where the dumping is occurring most often.

Family law: When getting a divorce, keep emotions in check

Ending a marriage is an emotional affair. It is the death of something that was once viewed as beautiful and full of promise. It is difficult to get through the divorce process without letting emotions run the show. However, any family law attorney would suggest that Louisiana residents working through the dissolution process check their emotions at the door when walking into settlement negotiations or litigation.

Why should emotion be left out of it? Everyone has feelings, and those feelings should not be ignored -- especially when going through something as stressful as a divorce. However, when working through the process, certain feelings can cloud one's judgment, which can result in divorce terms that are not necessarily the best.

Louisiana criminal defense: 2 men charged in fatal shooting case

Police in Louisiana recently arrested two men that they say are responsible for a fatal shooting in the Zachary area. The charges against these gentlemen are quite severe and the potential consequences if they are convicted are much the same. Each of the accused would likely benefit from having an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for them well before their cases go to trial.

At approximately 11 a.m., on June 9, police responded to reports of a shooting at a home located on Lemon Road. When they arrived, they found a 23-year-old with a gunshot wound. This individual was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

Bike helmets prevent TBI, other injuries

Bicycling is seeing a resurgence in popularity. Biking is eco-friendly, a great form of exercise and a lot of fun. More and more of us are on bikes, either for commuting, for working out or for recreation. But biking presents its own inherent set of risks.

Bikers face a serious risk of injury when they get into collisions with automobiles or when they crash while riding. In fact, head injuries occurred in up to 47 percent of cyclist crashes, and they are responsible for over 60 percent of all bicycle-related deaths. Luckily, wearing a helmet can go a long way in preventing injuries.

How to minimize the impact of divorce on your children

It's common for parents to spend months or years contemplating the prospect of going through a divorce. The issue that usually proves to be most problematic in making the decision is the potential impact that a divorce might have on the children involved.

Being hesitant about proceeding with divorce because you worry about the effect it will have on your children is a sure sign that you have their best interests at heart. However, a divorce does not always have a negative impact on a child's upbringing. In fact, children may actually be happier when their parents are single, especially if the marriage was toxic and high-conflict.

Louisiana probate: Wording in Tom Petty's will causing problems

Words matter. How words are used matters. When wording is unclear, particularly when it comes to one's will, it can cause a lot of problems for one's beneficiaries. This is an issue currently being seen in the Tom Petty probate case. It is also a problem that has been seen in plenty of Louisiana probate cases as well.

Musician Tom Petty died in 2017. Well before his death he had a will drawn up that stated his estate was to be passed on to his wife and two daughters -- who were products of a previous marriage. The will specifically called for his wife and daughters to receive equal parts of his estate. What did he mean by that? That is the question that is still being fought over today.

Louisiana state trooper suffers personal injury while on the job

Police in Louisiana recently arrested the woman they say is responsible for a car crash that left a state trooper injured. While the trooper was on duty when the accident occurred, workers' compensation will likely cover a lot of his or her losses. If this individual would like, it may also be possible to pursue a personal injury claim in civil court in an effort to seek further relief.

According to reports, at approximately 11:45 p.m. on May 23, a 31-year-old woman was driving through a construction zone on Interstate 10 when she struck the back end of a Louisiana State Police SUV. The trooper inside the SUV is said to have suffered moderate injuries in the wreck and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. This individual's current condition is unknown, but he or she is expected to fully recover.

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