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New bill proposed regarding clearing snow and ice off vehicles

There are many things it is very important for drivers here in Pennsylvania to do following a winter storm. This includes clearing the snow and ice off the tops of their vehicles. Failing to do this can create serious dangers out on the roads.

When cars or trucks go out with snow or ice on them, there can be a risk of the snow and ice flying off and striking other vehicles. This causes accidents, damage to vehicles and injuries to motorists and pedestrians.

Does The New Tax Law Make Divorce Harder?

For 70 years, spousal support, also known as alimony, was taxed a certain way. For the payee, it was taxable income. For the payor, it was deductible. As of January 1st, 2019, all of that has changed thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Spousal support payments are no longer deductible for the payor, nor are they taxable income for the payee. 

These 5 tips make it easier to ask for a divorce

There is nothing easy about asking your spouse for a divorce. There's a good chance this is the most difficult conversation you will ever have.

However, there are steps you can take to make it easier to ask for a divorce. Even if you only "take the edge off," it's better than heading into the conversation unprepared and simply hoping for the best.

Adopting in Pennsylvania: What you have to do to qualify

Adoption can have a major impact on your family and the child or children you bring into your home. As someone who wants to grow your family, going through the adoption process may seem daunting but important in your life.

In Pennsylvania, you'll likely work with the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). This agency is overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and supports families and children in the adoption process.

Don't forget about your mental health after a car crash

Car accidents are some of the most shocking incidents that can happen in people's lives, and they are responsible for many serious injuries and deaths.

After a crash, it's not just your own injuries that you likely have to deal with. You'll also have to deal with bills from your resulting medical care, problems working or attending school and doing your other normal activities. Everything that is normal in your routine changes abruptly after a bad wreck.

How can you introduce your child to divorce?

When children are young, you may not think that there is much you need to tell them about a divorce or separation. However, even young children can tell when something in the home is changing. Whether it's alterations to the routine or seeing a parent less often, it can make your child act out or become depressed or confused. Martson Law Offices Shareholder Hubert Gilroy served as a Cumberland County Custody Conciliator for over 20 years. He  handled hundreds of cases where he had to mediate the demands of both parents while knowing that the law required that any custody agreement or order had the “best interest of the children” as the primary concern

While it's important not to overly burden a child with information about a divorce, it still is a good idea to talk to them about it. For example, if you have a 5-year-old child, they're old enough to understand that both parents may live in separate homes. Similarly, they can understand that sometimes two people don't like each other. This is a prime time in your child's life to show how two people can work together despite conflict. Hubert has the knowledge from his quasi-Judicial Conciliator role to assist clients through this difficult time with their children.

Take these steps following a car accident

A car accident can happen in seconds -- and they're absolutely terrifying to most people. Once the initial shock is over, confusion usually sets in simply because most people aren't in car accidents often enough to know exactly what they should do in the aftermath.

If you're unsure how to handle yourself after a car wreck, here's a brief rundown of what to remember:

  1. See if anyone is hurt. If so, call 911 and ask for an ambulance immediately. Do not attempt to move anyone who is injured because you could further aggravate a hidden spinal injury and cause more harm.
  2. Stay on the scene. You may have to move your vehicle (if possible) out of the road in order to be safe, but you generally want to remain as close as possible to the spot the accident occurred. Just get off the road and onto ground that's apart from the road whenever you can.
  3. Turn on your hazard lights. This isn't just important at night or in bad weather. Hazard lights alert other drivers that you're there and not moving while they still have time to stop.
  4. Let the police guide you. You may not be involved in a car accident every day, but the officer sees plenty of them. Most of the time, police officers will walk everyone involved through the process of exchanging information, finding out who the police say is at fault and so on.
  5. Snap photos of the scene. These may come in handy down the line if there are questions about who was at fault for the accident.
  6. Practice staying silent. The best thing you can say to the other driver in this situation is nothing at all. A stray comment like, "I didn't even see you!" can become the basis for a lawsuit you have to defend.
  7. Get medical help. Think you aren't injured? Get medical help anyhow. Let a doctor decide if there's anything to worry about. Some injuries don't show until well after your adrenaline has died down.

Can Reckless Driving Lead To Murder Charges?

When drivers speed and drive recklessly, they put the lives of others in danger. Their careless actions can lead to car accidents that have a tragic outcome. In a recent case in central Pennsylvania, a driver's recklessness was so egregious that it has led to a lengthy list of criminal charges, including third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle.

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