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Who else may share responsibility for a drunk-driving accident?

Getting seriously injured by or losing a loved one to a drunk driver is a tragedy that no one should have to endure. Yet we know how big of a problem DUI actually is. According to Drunk Driving, 28 people per day are killed by drunk drivers in the United States. At least one person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes.

Texting while driving: Not safe for any age group

It is well documented that teen drivers are more likely to die in a car accident during their first year of licensure than at any other time afterward. Inexperience is a significant risk factor. When combined with another teenage proclivity - texting - inexperience behind the wheel can easily be lethal.

Everyone has an estate, so why not make a plan for yours?

The following phrases might sound familiar to you. "I don't need an estate plan because I'm not rich." Another one is, "I don't want to bother with estate planning because my family will just figure things out once I'm gone." Finally, "I'm young and healthy, so estate planning is still decades away."

GM compensation program proving to be a mixed bag

The story has largely faded from the headlines, but the aftermath of the General Motors recall scandal continues. About a year ago, GM officials announced a recall that would later expand to about 2.6 million vehicles. The problem was an ignition switch that could too easily be jostled from the "run" position to the "accessory" position. This can disable the engine, power steering and air bags.

Legal disputes arise over the estate of Robin Williams

When creating an estate plan, one of the complicating factors that is often overlooked is how grief can alter the behaviors of family members. When the deceased has lived a long and full life and died relatively peacefully, grief is less likely to be a complicating factor.

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