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  1. All divorces are not created equal, and a high net worth divorce is more complicated than traditional divorce because of the amount of wealth involved. Dividing assets and determining community assets becomes more common in these cases. These divorces involving wealthy individuals actually vary in four distinct ways. Understanding these will help those entering divorce know what to expect out of the process. High Net Divorce Costs More Because of the complexity involved, and the absolute need for an attorney to help, these divorces cost more. It takes more time and may require court intervention to divide assets in a wealthy estate. The cost can be slightly less if the divorcing parties take time to understand and gather all pertinent financial documents before entering divorce proceedings. Contested Divorces Are More Common With more money on the table and more complexities in determining what is and is not community property, these divorces are more likely to be contested. Large amounts of money make emotions run high, and people who are fighting to maintain a high quality of life are also highly likely to disagree about how to divide that money. These high net worth divorce cases often turn into long court battles as a result. Large Spousal Maintenance and Child Support Payments Are Common The goal of spousal maintenance payments and child support is to help the parties involved maintain a standard of living close to what they enjoyed while the marriage was in place. In order to maintain this standard of living, the divorcing parties may need to pay higher child support or alimony amounts than couples who have an average income level. In addition, the way the support or maintenance is calculated will differ from standard divorces, because the amount of monthly income exceeds the maximums for traditional calculations based on IL divorce law. Thus, the judge will take a case-by-case basis when calculating these payments, These amounts can also be a source of contention in the divorce proceedings. Need to Handle Out-of-State Assets It’s more common for high-net-worth individuals to have out-of-state and international assets than the average person. These assets must be divided or considered during the divorce, and this can extend the length of time as well as the value of the divorce. It becomes just another complication in these divorces that makes working with a divorce attorney so critical. - Erlich Law Office, LLC
  2. Companies the produce or make products available to the public that have design flaws or defective parts are responsible for any injuries that may results. This includes E-bikes that are growing in popularity around big cities in the United States, including Las Vegas that have caused numerous accidents and crashes. What is an E-Bike and Why Have They Become Dangerous? An E-bike is a bicycle that is equipped with a battery and motor. Typically, these bikes can travel between 16 to 28 miles per hour. They are popular in big cities because they are an easy way to get around traffic congestion that would limit motor vehicle travel. Riders can purchase E-bikes in bicycle stores or rent them by the hour or day at kiosks that are located throughout busy parts of a city. Several E-bikes manufactured outside the United States and sold online and in independent bike stores under the name of Trek and Electric Bike Company between 2017 to 2019 have been recalled. These bikes have an issue with the front fender bolt unthreading that causes the front wheel to detach. So far, this problem has caused at least one known spinal cord injury. Recently, a fleet of over 1,000 Citi Bikes were pulled from service in New York City because of a problem with their electric pedal-assist and brakes. When riders have stopped short, including cases were they needed to stop short because of a pedestrian stepping in their path, they have flown head-over-heels before slamming into the ground. Riders injured by Citi Bikes have experienced broken bones and joint injuries. What Can People Do to Protect Themselves? Individuals who own or rent E-bikes should do show cautiously and check to see if their bikes are on a recall list. Before riding any bike, riders should: Check to make sure both wheels are tight and not wobbly Test out the brakes so that they are familiar with how sensitive they are Wear a bicycle helmet to reduce their risk of head injury Compensation through Las Vegas Personal Injury Laws Las Vegas residents who are injured by defective products are entitled to compensation for their injuries. However, in most cases, they must file their personal injury claim before the four-year statute of limitations for product liability runs out. One exception to this rule may be if an individual was previously injured while riding an E-bike but did not originally attribute their injury to the bike being defective and instead, blaming themselves for injuries. THE PATRIOT LAW FIRM
  3. After a divorce, changes in the lifestyle of either party can require changes in the divorce agreements, and this is often done through post-decree adjustments. If the particular condition of the divorce is considered immune to modifications, a post-decree adjustment is the only way to effectively make a change. Often these changes are related to child custody and support. Here is a closer look at when a post-decree adjustment may be appropriate and how to go about requesting one. When Is a Post-Decree Adjustment Necessary? A post-decree adjustment may be necessary in the event of job status changes that bring significant changes in income, which in turn affect the child’s support levels. It may also be needed if a child’s needs change significantly enough to require a change in child custody or support arrangements. These changes must be substantial, however, as the Illinois courts are hesitant to change the divorce decree. One common situation that may elicit a post-decree adjustment is if the custodial parent decides to move away from the child’s primary residence. If the move is 25 miles or more away, it may be considered a change substantial enough to require modification of the custody arrangement through a post-decree adjustment. Another common example includes serious disability or illness of the custodial parent. If the custodial parent can no longer effectively care for the child’s physical and emotional needs, protecting the child may require a change in the custody arrangements. Similarly, if the child becomes disabled or requires serious medical care, the courts may change the custody arrangement through the post-decree adjustment to ensure the child’s needs are met. Finally, changes in income can warrant this adjustment, but only if they are significant. Complete job loss or a huge promotion can mean changes in support and custody arrangements are needed. Illinois Laws About Post-Decree Paperwork Are Strict In the state of Illinois, those interested in a post-decree is hard to come by, because the laws are quite strict. Most will work with a child custody attorney to ensure the necessary paperwork is properly filed. It also requires a high level of proof that the change is warranted. In these instances, the courts do not look as closely at what is in the child’s best interests and look more closely at the changes that warrant a post-decree adjustment. - The Law Offices of Scott D. Rogoff, P.C.
  4. Can’t Meet the IRS Filing Deadline? Taxpayers who cannot meet the IRS filing deadline for their federal tax return can file for an extension that will push the date to October 15, 2020. This does not mean that the time to pay taxes is extended, too. When it is expected that taxes will be owed, the taxpayer must pay the estimated amount due and file Form 4868. If both these things are done, the IRS will grant an automatic extension. Why Taxpayers Should File for an Extension The benefit of filing for an extension is that the due date will be extended, and the filer is protected from possible penalties for not filing. For example, when a filer does bit file by the due date, and has bit filed for an extension, he or she may be subject to late-filing penalties. These penalties can add up to five percent of taxes due for each month that the filer is late. When an extension has been filed, that penalty is wiped out. What Happens When an Extension Isn’t Asked For? There can be consequences for not filing an extension. How severe these consequences will depend on whether the taxpayer is getting a refund or has a balance due according to their tax filing. There is no penalty for taxpayers who fail to file their tax return by the deadline or fail to get an extension if they are entitled to a refund. However, the downside to filing late is that the taxpayer will not get his or her refund as soon as possible. Because the IRS’s statute of limitations for having a tax audit starts once a return is filed, the sooner taxes are filed, the better. For taxpayers that owe taxes, they will owe a late payment penalty of 0.5 percent per month until their taxes are paid. The maximum late payment penalty is 25 percent of the amount of taxes due. The taxpayer may also own interest on the amount of taxes not paid by April 15. Additionally, if an extension has not been filed, the delinquent taxpayer will be subject to the late filing penalty of five percent of the unpaid tax per month and interest. The maximum penalty for a late filing is 25 percent of what is owed. When Taxpayers Cannot Pay Their Taxes Sometimes a taxpayer simply cannot pay their taxes. In that situation, there are a few options available. He or she could pay their taxes with their credit card. It is also possible to enter into an installment agreement with the IRS or make an offer in compromise. Randolph Law Firm
  5. Each year, tens of thousands of people throughout the U.S. suffer injuries on carnival and amusement park rides; many as a result of falling. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that amusement attractions, including fixed and mobile rides, inflatables, waterslides, and shopping mall and restaurant rides caused 42,329 injuries in 2018. Carnivals, fairs, and amusement parks are a popular entertainment source for people in Nevada. However, the fun may come to a frightening and often life-changing end when victims fall from rides. Causes of Amusement Ride Falls Falls and other amusement park ride accidents are caused by a number of factors. In some cases, these deadly accidents are caused by park owner or operator negligence. Poor maintenance could lead to mechanical failures that allow riders to fall. The employee running the ride may not have received adequate training on its safe operation and the potential hazards to watch out for. Defective safety features and ride design flaws, as well as actions on the part of ride passengers, may also result in falls from carnival and amusement park rides. When another party’s negligence contributed to their falls, those injured in amusement park accidents may have cause to seek compensation. Victims may recover damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other economic and non-economic losses. Common Carnival and Amusement Ride Injuries Adults and children may experience a range of injuries after falling from an amusement attraction. Some falls result in less serious injuries, including bruises, cuts, and broken bones. Others, however, may leave people with severe brain, head, neck, or back injuries. Many rides are fast-moving and take passengers to significant heights. Consequently, the injuries suffered due to falls from such attractions may be fatal. Just last year, for instance, a 10-year old girl suffered fatal injuries when she was ejected from a New Jersey amusement park ride called the “Xtreme.” As cars spin and the ride rotates in the opposite direction, a lap bar is all that protects passengers. Although the accident is under investigation, the lap bars have a history of failing. Staying Safe Many amusement ride falls could have been prevented. Following posted safety instructions as well as those verbally provided by ride operators, reading warnings, and reconsidering taking the ride when medical conditions exist can help riders stay safe. By Bradshaw Law LLC
  6. Workplace safety violations contribute to thousands of yearly on-the-job accidents that result in injuries and fatalities for workers. Workplace Safety Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the 10 top workplace safety violations that put workers at risk for injuries and occupational illnesses. The top 10 safety violations include: 1. Construction Fall Protection Construction workers must be protected from potentially fatal falls from heights of six feet or more. Employers must ensure that workers have adequate fall protection when working on equipment, roof tops, elevated platforms, excavation sites, and underground tunnels. 2. Scaffolding Scaffolding equipment must be strong enough to support the weight that is at least four times its maximum intended load. Guardrails must be installed for proper fall protection. 3. Ladders Ladders must provide maximum safety with adequate rungs covered in non-slip materials. Ladders must be able to support at least four times their intended load. 4. Fall Protection Training Employers must provide proper training to workers on how to recognize and avoid fall hazards, as well as the proper use of provided protective equipment and systems. 5. Machine Guarding Workers must be protected from equipment injuries caused by moving parts, flying debris, and sparks. All equipment must contain proper guards to prevent severe injuries. 6. Powered Industrial Vehicles Workers who operate powered equipment such as cranes, forklifts, and hand trucks must be protected with proper training. Lack of safety training can result in crushing injuries and fatalities to other workers. 7. Equipment Maintenance Employers must have lockout/tagout safety procedures in place to protect workers who are performing maintenance on workplace equipment. 8. Electrical Wiring Workers must be properly trained in the use of electrical wiring to prevent severe burns, fires, and electrocution in the workplace. 9. Respiratory Illness Employers must provide state-approved respirators to workers who face health hazards from dangerous materials such as toxic fumes, chemicals, and silica dust. All workers must receive written worksite procedures for proper equipment use. 10. Hazard Communication Workers must be informed of hazardous chemicals or toxic substances in the workplace. All hazardous substances must be clearly labeled, and workers must be given proper training on the use of protective equipment, safe work practices, and emergency procedures. Workplace safety is essential to prevent employee injuries. If they occur, workers must be informed of their rights to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering through a worker’s compensation claim. By: DePaolo & Zadeikis
  7. A typical construction project ― whether commercial or residential ― requires the collaborative efforts of multiple parties. General contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, materialmen, delivery truck drivers, property owners and other parties in any combination can be on the job site on any one particular day. When an individual is injured in a construction accident arising from a third party's negligence, that individual is entitled to seek damages. Steinberg Goodman & Kalish has in-depth knowledge of construction law and knows how to hold parties responsible when they fail to properly maintain equipment, employ unsafe methods and practices, or keep a construction site in safe order. Were you injured by faulty construction equipment? Our personal injury attorneys are experienced handling third-party construction accident claims arising from defective products. These types of personal injury claims are pursued as product liability claims. Heavy equipment is often found to be unsafe because of a lack of guarding on machinery, inadequate warnings on machinery, a design defect or a manufacturing defect. Steinberg Goodman & Kalish represents construction workers who have been injured in construction accidents involving equipment such as the following: Forklifts Cranes Scaffolding Ladders Backhoes Saws Nail guns Falling objects Construction Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries Steinberg Goodman & Kalish is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have sustained brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other life-altering injuries. We strive to obtain justice for our injured clients in the form of fair compensation. For people suffering serious injuries as the result of a construction accident, compensation can be used for future medical treatment, future surgeries, physical therapy and special accommodations for your home. We want our clients to have peace of mind knowing they will not have to worry about having money to meet their physical needs. Fatal Construction Accidents Our personal injury attorneys also represent immediate family members who have lost loved ones in fatal construction accidents. Please contact us to schedule your complimentary case evaluation and learn how we can help.
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