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Succession planning for your small business

If you own a small business in Louisiana, there is a good chance that you have invested countless hours and a lot of money into getting the company off the ground and making it a success. Your family likely remembers waking up after you had already left the house, the many weekends without you, and the phone calls that drew you out of the house and back to work. The price was worth paying because you now have a thriving company that you can pass down to your children.

However, unless you make plans for that transition, you may find that all your hard work falls apart without you. If you become ill or incapacitated or pass away suddenly, the security you thought you had built for your family may turn into a burden for them.

Are you sharing the road with someone too tired to drive safely?

More than likely, every time you get on the road, you share it with someone who really shouldn't be driving due to lack of sleep. On some occasions, that person may even be you. Most people don't get enough sleep these days.

Sometimes your daily obligations may not leave much time for a good night's sleep. In fact, in some cases, people seem to compete to see who gets the least amount of sleep and the most caffeine in order to function while at work. As the pace of our society has increased, the number of hours we slumber each night seems to have decreased.

Did an object left in your body after surgery leave you suffering?

Surgery is an event that can leave you with mixed emotions. You feel that undergoing a procedure will prove beneficial as it is supposed to address a serious medical condition. Of course, surgery also comes with risks that make you feel nervous.

Any operation could have unexpected outcomes, but when a surgeon or other member of the medical staff makes a mistake, you could suffer serious injuries that may not be immediately apparent. In particular, having an object left in your body could cause extensive, life-threatening problems. This kind of medical error is known as a "never event" because it is an egregious mistake that should never happen. But never events do happen.

Don't let title issues shut the door on your closing

You expect to own the real estate you purchase free and clear after closing. This is by no means an unreasonable expectation, considering the fact that you agreed to pay good money for the property. More than likely, part of your purchase and sale agreement included the need to ensure that no issues regarding the transfer of a clean title to you come up during the due diligence phase of your transaction.

You can purchase title insurance in order to complete your transaction. This policy provides you with assurances regarding your full and complete ownership of the property, but the issuing of it may only occur after a title search and examination. If any issues with the title arise, they could delay your closing.

Would forming a corporation best suit your new company's needs?

One of the most crucial decisions you will make as you plan to start a new business is the type of entity you wish to form. With so many options, it can pose a challenge to wade through all of the advantages and disadvantages in order to make a choice.

Even though you need to make this decision before you open your doors (so to speak), you may want to have other aspects of your business lined up before you choose. The entity you decide on needs to help your business flourish, not weigh it down in any way. In addition, it's important to consider just how much personal liability you are willing to take on for the company.

Hit by a drunk driver? Know your full range of legal options.

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous, and drunk drivers threaten the safety of everyone nearby them.

If you were injured by a drunk driver in Louisiana, it is important to know your full range of legal options for holding that person accountable and receiving the maximum available compensation for your injuries.

Zydeco, left turns and other causes of pedestrian accidents

It was a busy traffic day as you walked down the street intending to meet an old friend for lunch. You were listening to some great Zydeco music as you stepped onto a crosswalk and never heard the car that was coming around the corner. Fortunately, you survived but sustained multiple injuries. You would think walking is a relatively safe activity, but you are among tens of thousands of pedestrians across the country injured every year. So what are the major contributors to these accidents?

3 important facts about medical malpractice claims in Louisiana

When it comes to medical malpractice claims, Louisiana is a bit more complicated than other states.

Here are three important things to know about medical malpractice claims in Louisiana.

Real estate title work: Do you know what you’re doing?

When buying any piece of real estate, from a home to commercial property, there are many steps you need to take. Along with this, it's important that you do whatever you can to avoid a situation that leads to trouble on the day of closing.

One of the areas that deserves a lot of attention is the title of the property. This may not sound like a big deal, but any mistakes regarding this detail could cause you a lot of trouble down the road.

You have to take the right steps after a car accident

No two car accidents are exactly the same, but there are some basic steps you need to take if you find yourself in this position. By knowing what you should and should not do, it's much easier to avoid additional stress during an already difficult time.

The first thing you should do is conduct a health check. Did you suffer any injuries in the accident? How about other people in your vehicle?

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