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  • 3 Tips For Getting Your Plant Patent Approved On The First Try

    As with all patent applications and other registration processes for protecting your intellectual property, plant patent applications are complex and full of details that are easy to overlook. Save time and money by making sure your first application is complete for the best chance at success during your first try. These tips will keep you from having to repeat your attempts to secure a patent a second, third, or even fourth time. [Read More]

  • Pushing For A Successful VA Disability Appeal

    Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation is a bit different from systems such as Social Security's disability insurance. You're not limited by income aside from extreme cases where you shouldn't be able to work at all, since the VA disability seeks to compensate you for something you've lost as a result of your service rather than being a temporary financial safety net. Unfortunately, while VA compensation is potentially more a better deal, it's not much easier to earn approval. [Read More]

  • 10 Child Custody Tips Worth Following

    For divorcing parents, the creation of a fair and useful parenting plan can help provide a seamless transition for your children and lessen the acrimony of stressful courtroom battles. If you and your spouse can set aside your issues and work together for the sake of your children, you can save both time and money and end up with a personal, custom-designed plan that addresses the needs of both you and your children. [Read More]

  • Three Legal Issues To Avoid At The Company's Holiday Party

    Holiday office parties can be a lot of fun -- until somebody spikes the punch and somebody else has a few too many cups of it. If things get out of hand, your company could end up facing a lawsuit. Here are 3 things to look out for (and a few ways to prevent them): 1.) Sexual Harassment A stolen kiss under the mistletoe never harmed anybody, right? Wrong. With the alcohol flowing and inhibitions lowered, someone could decide to plant an unwanted kiss on someone else. [Read More]

  • PTSD And How You Can Be Covered For Workers' Comp

    Workers' compensation insurance was created to cover medical expenses and lost wages for those who are injured while at work. Many people may be unaware, however, that workers' comp also covers psychological injuries. If you have been in involved in , or witnessed, a psychologically stressful event at work, you should know that your ability to do your job could be greatly impacted by PTSD, and sometimes you are not able to go to work at all. [Read More]

  • Pedestrian-Car Accidents: Learn What To Do And Who Could Be At Fault

    It goes without saying that hitting a pedestrian while driving can be an awful experience, and in the chaos that follows the accident, a lawsuit or questions over who might be at fault can often be the furthest thing from your mind. While it is true that drivers are required to be especially careful behind the wheel while pedestrians are present, fault for a pedestrian-car accident does not always squarely fall on the driver's part. [Read More]

  • Playing Fair In Divorce - Tips For The Courtroom

    If your pending divorce is heading to court, this can be stressful and emotional to prepare for. Not being able to come to an agreement on child custody agreements or finances can make both parties angry and sensitive. The one thing you should avoid is coming off badly in court. Here are four tips for preparing for your day in divorce court. 1. A Professional and Conservative Look If you are hoping to have divorce proceedings close in your favor regarding either finances or custody agreements, don't bring attention to yourself by dressing down for court. [Read More]

  • Temporary Court Decisions in the Meantime of Divorce

    Pendente lite (pronounced pen-den-tay lee-tay) hearings are short-cause or preliminary court proceedings that are held before the major litigation of a divorce case.  A preliminary hearing can be scheduled to handle matters of necessity such as child support, visitation and temporary custody, or spousal support. What is decided at these hearings may or may not be kept the same in the eventual divorce agreement. Visitation or Temporary Custody To get a temporary custody order, you will have to show that what you want is in the best interests of the children involved. [Read More]

  • Take Care When Driving During An El Niño Fall

    With predictions of an El Niño lasting through this fall and beyond, people across the country are bracing for changes in weather. While some areas of the country may be drier than usual, others will experience more precipitation. Preparing in advance and practicing safe driving techniques can help you avoid accidents. Wet Conditions (South and Southwest Drivers) Driving during times of heavy rain can be dangerous. Prepare your car for upcoming wet weather by replacing your windshield wipers. [Read More]

  • Can You Require A Seller To Perform Repairs Before Closing?

    Before closing the sale on your new home, you have the opportunity to conduct a pre-close inspection. Ideally, everything in the home will be as it should and you can continue to the close. However, if you notice that repairs need to be made to the home, you need to take action before closing. Here is what you need to know.  What Are Your Options? One of the first things you need to do is make a list of the repairs that need to be made. [Read More]