Concussion Awareness Is Important

According to Injury Facts, the leading cause of unintentional injury for youth (ages 15 – 24) is being struck by another person or object. When a blow occurs to the head, the young adult can suffer a concussion or brain injury.

Protecting Yourself from Frauds and Scams

We recently shared a post about protecting yourself from IRS scams, which is worth looking at especially as tax season is in full swing. But we’d like to make you aware of another great online resource that provides people with a wide range of information about fraud and scam protection — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) website. This site has an entire section filled with information about fraud and scams — everything from identity theft and phishing, to elder financial … Continued

What is the role of a guardian ad litem?

When a couple divorces or separates, or an issue of legal paternity arises, a guardian ad litem (GAL) is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of the child/children in instances where the parents cannot come to an agreement about legal custody or physical placement of the children. A GAL also can be appointed by the court if the judge has concerns about the welfare of a child or in cases involving monetary settlement for an injury to … Continued

Corded Blinds and Curtains Can Be Hazardous to Young Children

In December 2018, the American National Standards Institute approved an updated voluntary safety standard for window coverings, stating that window coverings be cordless, have cords 8” or less, or have inaccessible cords. The standard also calls for more warning tags that highlight the strangulation hazard posed by corded blinds and curtains. This new standard was adopted in an effort to reduce strangulations of young children. If your window coverings do have cords, and you have young children, the U.S. Consumer … Continued

It’s Tax Season — Protect Yourself from IRS Scams

As tax season nears, unfortunately IRS scams become more common. It’s important to note that the IRS does not call taxpayers. If the IRS needs to get in touch with you, they will do so via letter — not the phone, not email and not via social media. One of the more recent IRS scam calls warns a taxpayer about a “time sensitive and urgent matter” related to fraud and/or misconduct on the taxpayer’s fax filing. The callers typically do not … Continued