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Casey Kasem's family strife speaks to importance of estate planning

Casey Kasem remains in the news, but not for the reasons one would expect. Yes, Kasem was among the most popular radio DJs in American history. And yes, he died in June after struggling with Lewy Body dementia and other health problems. But now, some four months after his death, Casey Kasem is still in the news because his remains have not yet been laid to rest.

Was medical negligence to blame for Joan Rivers' death?

Americans have lost several beloved entertainers this year, including actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and legendary comedian Robin Williams. In early September, trailblazing comedienne Joan Rivers joined the list of celebrities we lost too soon.

The behavioral effects of brain injuries on adolescent girls

Over the last decade or so, medical research has dramatically improved our understanding of and knowledge about traumatic brain injuries. And the evidence continues to show that concussions and other types of brain injury are far more serious than previously thought.

Sorry, distracted drivers, voice-activated tech isn't safe either

In recent years, auto safety technology has advanced considerably. In many ways, cars are safer now than they have ever been in the past. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for drivers, who often choose to engage in behaviors that they know can lead to car accidents.

After child's injury, family sues mall for property liability

When you or a loved one has been seriously injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Property liability lawsuits generally focus on the property owner’s negligence or other factors that resulted in a hazardous condition.

The biggest mistake in estate planning is not having one

With something as complicated as an estate plan, there are bound to be common mistakes that professionals warn against making. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to regularly see articles with titles like “the biggest estate planning mistakes to avoid” or “the top 10 things not to do when making an estate plan.”

A closer look at the human costs of GM's recall scandal

Reports on the General Motors recall scandal over dangerous and defective ignition switches have been largely about numbers. The vehicle defect was known to certain GM employees for at least a decade, but a recall was not issued until earlier this year. At that time, the defect had been associated with 13 deaths and dozens of injuries.

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