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Who gets to see the grandkids?

Most grandparents want to be an active part of their grandchildren's lives. And most grandkids also want and benefit from having a relationship with their grandparents.

But what does Louisiana law say about this relationship? Does the law require parents to let grandparents see their grandkids?

3 ways to recognize developing symptoms after a car crash

After a car crash, there are many things that you must do. You need to collect insurance information, get your family or friends help and seek medical assistance yourself. You want to make sure that you and the other driver are safe.

What most people don't realize is that the injuries you suffered in a crash may not appear immediately. The adrenaline you feel after a collision protects your body from going into shock from pain or injuries. It puts you into fight or flight mode, giving you the strength to carry on and handle the danger you face.

Settling your case: Why delaying a settlement works in your favor

Settlements are how most claims are resolved. You, or your attorney, negotiate directly with insurance companies to determine a fair amount of compensation for you following an injury. The trouble with negotiating with insurance companies is that they want to get away with paying you the least amount possible. That could be problematic, especially if you have serious or long-lasting injuries.

Before you agree to accept a settlement, it's in your best interest to find out how much this injury really costs you. How much will you have to miss work now and in the future? Are you still able to work? Will you be able to participate in a normal life, or do must changes be made as a result of your injuries?

Are you ready to overcome these co-parenting challenges?

For many people, co-parenting is a way of life. If you find yourself in this position, you can either take the initiative or sit back and hope for the best.

Fortunately, as you learn more about co-parenting and where you fit in, you can do your part in preventing challenges so you can form a better relationship with your child or children.

1 key tip for bringing up a prenup for small business owners

You want to use a prenup. You and your fiancé have been engaged for six months, and you're getting married next year. You're a small business owner, and you want the prenup to protect your company.

However, you're worried about bringing it up. Is your fiancé going to be angry? Will the relationship end? You still want to get married. You hope that it lasts forever. You just want to be protected in case it doesn't.

What if my car accident caused delayed pain?

After a car accident, it is common for many different kinds of injuries to wait hours or even days before causing pain. Unfortunately, many of these types of injuries, known as delayed-onset injuries, can lead to serious ongoing complications or even death.

If you experienced a car accident recently and then felt pain hours or days later, you should seek out professional medical care as soon as possible. The longer you wait to seek out proper care, the worse and more difficult to treat the condition may grow. In some cases, the damage done while waiting to seek proper care is far worse than the original injury, or adds months or years to recovery and ongoing suffering.

Does an expungement mean your record is gone?

You had a criminal record, but you're interested in having it expunged. You've heard that this erases the record and makes it look as though you never ran foul of the law.

This is true, to some degree. Having the record expunged basically just means that it's sealed. It's still there, but people can't see it. You can, in most senses, act as if you do not have a criminal record.

The consequences of being busted for drunk driving

If you're pulled over and accused of driving under the influence, the consequences are serious. As common of an offense as this is, many people don't really think about the ramifications until it happens to them.

Some consequences you could face include:

  • A suspension of your driver's license.
  • Longer suspensions for multiple offenses.
  • Jail time.
  • Heavy fines.
  • Many additional fees.
  • The mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. This device makes it impossible to drive while intoxicated by making you pass a breath test before you can start the car.

Sleep deprivation for truckers: A real problem

Tight deadlines and busy schedules are making life more difficult than ever before on the nation's truckers. Unfortunately, this often leads to a variety of health concerns, including sleep deprivation.

Despite rules in place that govern how long a trucker can drive without taking a rest, some continue to break the law in an attempt to make better time. As a result, there is a greater chance of this person causing an accident.

First party and third party insurance claims: The difference

If you suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing on your action list should be to notify your insurance company; or, notify the insurance company of the party that was responsible for the crash. You will then want to file an insurance claim to recoup the financial damages relating to your medical care, property damages and other damages.

When filing an insurance claim, a "first-party" claim refers to the claim that you file with your own insurance company. A "third-party" claim refers to any claims you file against an insurance policy that covers a different person. In a lot of cases, third-party insurance claims are possible because the insurer will offer coverage to people who were injured as a result of the insured person's negligence or wrongful behavior.

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