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Consider the many reasons to create an estate plan

Many people assume that they don't need to create an estate plan. They believe that their assets will automatically go to their spouse or children upon their death.

While there is no legal requirement to create an estate plan, there are many reasons why you should consider doing so (if you have yet to take action).

4 mistakes people make when they're pulled over for drunk driving

When you are pulled over for drunk driving or driving under the influence, the first thing you may do is panic. Especially if this is your first offense, you may not know your rights, and may make a fatal mistake that could make your charges worse.

We have seen far too many cases where someone gets charged with a DUI or DWI and attempts to resolve it themselves, instead exasperating the situation. If you are pulled over, avoid making one of these common mistakes.

More children die from motor vehicle accidents in southern states

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in our country. But while everybody is at risk when it comes to car accidents, one study suggests that children in particular are more at risk in the South than elsewhere across the country.

A study by The Journal of Pediatrics analyzed auto accidents involving minors across the 50 states, and found that pediatric mortality rates were higher in Southern and Midwestern states than those in the Northeast. Parents should take extra precaution when driving with their children in the car, ensuring all measures are taken to protect them.

Some states consider Textalyzer test to combat distracted driving

It is fairly easy for law enforcement to determine whether or not a driver is drunk driving. But there is no objective test in place to prove whether a driver was distracted driving.

In 2016, 834 people died in car accidents in Kentucky. Nearly a quarter of those incidents resulted from cell phone use and distracted driving. Kentucky has laws in place making it illegal to text and drive – but it is fairly hard to prove whether someone was using their cell phone. One bill proposed in New York, and being considered in other states and cities across the country, is looking to change that.

Parasite linked to swimming pools and water parks on the rise

Next week is the CDC's Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, and their theme this year is the Cryptosporidium parasite -- or 'Crypto' for short. The parasite is commonly transmitted through fecal matter in public swimming pools and water parks, and outbreaks across the country have doubled last year compared to 2014.

Last month we wrote a post about liability in swimming pool related injuries and death, and one aspect of swimming pool liability is the illness you can contract due to the negligence of pool owners.

Here's what happens if you don't have a will at death

You've heard many times that it's important to have a will. Why is it so important, though? Won't your spouse automatically receive your assets if you pass away?

The fact is that your spouse will not automatically receive your assets in most cases. When you die, you will have died intestate, which means the laws of the state where you reside take precedent.

U.S. Justice Department calls for tougher criminal prosecution

During the Obama administration, the United States Justice Department advised that its prosecutors across the country limit jail time and mandatory sentencing for lower level, non-violent crimes. This made it easier for those charged with minor crimes, such as marijuana possession, to receive a more favorable sentence in their case. But some argued that it also led to a rise in criminal activity.

However, the new administration is now reversing this policy, directing U.S. prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense." This aligns with many of the president Trump's initiatives to crack down on crime and support law enforcement across the country. But for lower level offenders, it also means you could be more likely to receive jail time for your offense.

Please contact White Peck Carrington, LLP for any of your criminal defense needs.

Blinded By Fall, 84-Year-Old Man Awarded $4 Million

One step in a sidewalk at a shopping center has led to a $4 million financial award in a personal injury lawsuit.

In March, a jury awarded an 84-year-old Pennsylvania man $4 million for an accident that left the man blind. The jury's verdict came more than four years after the plaintiff tripped over an unmarked step.

White Peck Carrington, LLP has extensive experience in representing Plaintiffs in personal injury actions.

Report Says ATV Accidents Are A Health Issue For Children

All-terrain-vehicle-related injuries are a public health problem, and children are more adversely affected than adults, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Their findings were published in the March online issue of the Journal of Emergency Medicine. The researchers found that the major risk factors for young riders are preventable. They also learned that injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes, according to the study's lead author.

Kentucky bill will increase sentences for fentanyl trafficking

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the untimely death of singer-songwriter Prince Rogers Nelson, allegedly because of an accidental fentanyl overdose. While the loss of this music icon certainly brought attention to the drug, Kentuckians know that too many everyday people in the commonwealth are also dying from fentanyl overdoses.

A new state law taking effect this summer will impose long prison sentences for trafficking in fentanyl and related drugs. Anyone facing fentanyl-related criminal charges should get legal counsel immediately to mount a vigorous defense. The penalties for conviction are too great to face without the advocacy of a criminal defense lawyer.

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