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Why Is OSHA Important?

Standards created by Occupational Safety and Health Administration lead to safer work environments. Before OSHA, national safety workplace standards didn’t exist, and employee injuries and deaths were common events. Created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA protects the safety and health of workers. OSHA develops, implements and enforces regulations for safety and health standards in the workplace. The agency issues standards and guidelines when it determines that a workplace is unsafe. The goal of these rules is to reduce injury and illness rates at work sites. OSHA partners with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which was also created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. NIOSH researches and finds resolutions for large-scale workplace issues. NIOSH focuses on issues that include: 1.Hazardous environment 2.Chemical exposures 3.Contagious diseases

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Ulysses lawyer 2020-05-27 13:30:01
Public Housing Process

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has many programs that assist low-income families with housing costs. Section 8 deals with private housing, while public housing consists of entire developments of government-sponsored dwellings. Section 8, or the Housing Choice Voucher Program, gives vouchers to eligible applicants, who then use them to help pay rent in private housing. The tenants put 30 percent of their monthly income towards rent and the voucher covers the rest. Public housing developments are those that are constructed and operated by government subsidies. Tenants pay rent based upon an income percentage formula developed by HUD. Those who meet the low income requirements developed by HUD, which vary by region and are calculated yearly, may be eligible for Section 8 housing. Those who are deemed low income, elderly, or disabled may qualify for public housing. As defined by HUD, low-income families are characterized by incomes that are 50 percent to 80 percent of the area's median income.

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Jonathan Sherman lawyer 2020-05-22 16:19:04
Living Will Information

Although the term Living Will may indicate that it is a Will, in reality, it is more similar to a Power of Attorney than a Will. Therefore, don't be confused by the title of the document. The purpose of a Living Will is to allow you to make decisions about life support and direct others to implement your desires in that regard. Living Wills are needed because advances in medicine allow doctors to prolong and sustain life although the person will not recover from a persistent vegetative state. Some people would not desire to remain in that state while others would. Extending life when death is imminent to some people is only extending the suffering and prolonging of the dying process. The Living Will allows you to make the decision of whether life-prolonging medical or surgical procedures are to be continued, withheld, or withdrawn, as well as when artificial feeding and fluids are to be used or withheld. It allows you to express your wishes prior to being incapacitated. Your physicians or health care providers are directed by the Living Will to follow your instructions. You may revoke the Living Will prior to becoming incapacitated. The procedures for revocation are provided in the forms listed. To be valid, the proper form must be used for your state and it must be executed in compliance with the laws of your state. Some states require two witnesses to witness your signature or that the form be signed in the presence of a Notary Public, or both. The forms provided on this site indicate which is required. If the form provides for the appointment of an agent, the agent appointed should not also be a witness to your signature. The agent appointed to carry out your wishes is sometimes called a Health Care Representative. The Living Will generally becomes operative when it is provided to your physician or health care provider AND you are incapable of making health care decisions for yourself, such as where you are permanently unconscious or terminally ill and unable to communicate.

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Patrick Kowalskl lawyer 2020-05-21 12:42:04
How to submit the insurance claim after a Car Accident

Car insurance laws have made it mandatory for all drivers to inform his or her insurance company immediately after being involved in a car accident. A car insurance claim is a request to an insurance company for monetary reimbursement for the physical damage to the vehicle involved in the car accident. Laws and regulations for the insurance claim process vary by state, insurance company, insurance policies, and the severity of the accident. 1.Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will walk you through the claims process. 2.Expect to provide details about the accident, including the time, place, date, photos of the scene, a copy of the police report, and names, addresses, and insurance information of everyone involved. If you have witnesses, you may use their account of the accident to support your claim. 3.If there is a dispute between the two parties, be prepared to get a call from the other driver’s insurance company asking for your account of the accident. Investigation A claims adjuster will assess the damage of your vehicle and estimate the cost of repairs. Usually, insurance companies and auto body shops negotiate disagreements about what should be repaired Payment Depending on who is at fault, either party’s insurance company is responsible to pay for the reasonable cost of repairs to the damaged vehicle. If you are not at fault, depending on the type of coverage the other party has, you may be able to seek reimbursement for your collision insurance deductible, time off work, auto rental differential, and the amount of your car’s diminished resale value, in addition to the physical damages to your vehicle.

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John Uebler lawyer 2020-05-20 12:41:16
What should the driver do in an auto accident

Auto accidents can happen to anyone, even to the best drivers. For this reason, it is important that you know what to do if you are involved in an auto accident. If you are in an auto accident, you should try to do the following. First, you must stay at the scene of the accident. If you do leave the scene of the accident, you will likely be criminally charged with a hit-and-run. Next, you should ensure that you are physically okay and that others are physically okay. If someone is in need of medical attention, call an ambulance. It is also important to not move an unconscious individual; wait for the medical crew to tend to him or her. After checking on your wellbeing and others, you should call the police. Upon the police officer(s) reaching the scene, a police report will be drafted. When you file a claim for compensation, this police report may prove to be powerful evidence. You will then want to exchange information with the other driver, or with the other drivers if more than two vehicles were involved in the accident. The information that you will want to exchange includes driver’s license numbers, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information. If more than two vehicles were involved, exchange this information with all of the drivers involved. If there were any passengers in involved, you will want to get their names, phone numbers, and addresses, as well. Please note that when talking to those involved, you should not admit your guilt. Try not to apologize for anything at the scene. From here, it is also important that you gather names, contact information, and written statements from eyewitnesses. Just like the police report, these witnesses may prove to be powerful evidence in your case. You will want to take pictures of the accident scene and of the damages caused. Also take note of the weather and road conditions. Next, of course, you will need to let your insurance company know about the accident. Tell your company how the accident happened and describe your injuries to the best of your ability. Be careful when talking to your insurance carrier. Tell them the truth. If you are caught lying, this may destroy your chances of receiving coverage.

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Yates Hirschi lawyer 2020-05-19 20:09:02
Types of Foreclosure

The mortgage holder can usually initiate foreclosure anytime after a default on the mortgage. Within the United States, there exist several types of foreclosure. Two are widely used, with the rest being possibilities only in a few states. The most important type of foreclosure is foreclosure by judicial sale. This is available in every state and is the required method in many. It involves the sale of the mortgaged property done under the supervision of a court, with the proceeds going first to satisfy the mortgage, and then to satisfy other lien holders, and finally to the mortgagor. Because it is a legal action, all the proper parties must be notified of the foreclosure, and there will be both pleadings and some sort of judicial decision, usually after a short trial. The second type of foreclosure, foreclosure by power of sale, involves the sale of the property by the mortgage holder not through the supervision of a court. Where it is available, foreclosure by power of sale is generally a more expedient way of foreclosing on a property than foreclosure by judicial sale. The majority of states allow this method of foreclosure. Again, proceeds from the sale go first to the mortgage holder, then to other lien holders, and finally to the mortgagor. Other types of foreclosure are only available in limited places and are therefore considered minor methods of foreclosure. Strict foreclosure is one example. Under strict foreclosure, when a mortgagor defaults, a court orders the mortgagor to pay the mortgage within a certain period of time. If the mortgagor fails, the mortgage holder automatically gains title, with no obligation to sell the property. Strict foreclosure was the original method of foreclosure, but today it is only available in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Gella Klausner lawyer 2020-05-18 19:17:41
How to establish a Financial Guardianship for a Child?

Step 1 Obtain from the clerk of court a standard form petition used to establish a financial guardianship or conservatorship. Step 2 Prepare the petition, completing all of the blank sections that require information. Step 3 Include in the petition the name of the child, the name or names of her legal caretakers (typically her parent or parents or another family member). Step 4 Explain in the petition the reason a financial guardianship or conservatorship is necessary. Step 5 Designate the name of the individual recommended to serve as the financial guardian or conservator for the minor child. Step 6 Sign the petition in front of a notary public. Petitions in probate court--where guardianships and conservatorship are established--need to be verified. Verification is signing a document under oath in front of a notary public. Step 7 File the petition with the clerk of the court. Step 8 Request that the clerk direct the sheriff to serve the petition, together with a summons, on any legally interested party. Legally interested parties include the parents or anyone else with legal custody of the child and the child herself. The summons is a form generated by the court that advises these interested parties what they need to do if they want to participate in the case. Step 9 Schedule a hearing date on your petition either with the clerk of the court or the administrative assistant of the judge assigned the case. Confirm that the clerk (or judge's administrative assistance) will notify the interested parties of the hearing or if that responsibility rests with you. Step 10 Attend the hearing and present evidence and witnesses to support the contention that the minor child needs a financial guardian or conservator to manage her financial affairs.

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Ulysses lawyer 2020-05-17 16:09:25
The medical conditions that qualify for SSDI or SSI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a "Listing of Medical Impairments" (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), provided certain conditions are met. If your medical condition, or its equivalent, is on SSA's Listing of Impairments, then you're generally considered disabled and therefore eligible to receive SSA disability benefits. If your medical condition is not on the list, you may still be eligible under other SSA guidelines. The SSA's Listing of Impairments is generally broken down by bodily system or function. There are separate lists for adults and children under the age of 18. For adults, the medical conditions that qualify for SSDI or SSI include: 1.Musculoskeletal problems, such as back conditions and other dysfunctions of the joints and bones 2.Senses and speech issues, such as vision and hearing loss 3.Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis 4.Cardiovascular conditions, such as chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease 5.Digestive tract problems, such as liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) 6.Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy 7.Blood disorders, such as sickle cell disease or hemophilia 8.Mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, or intellectual disability 9.Immune system disorders, such as HIV/AIDS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney disease

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Kongove Mathis lawyer 2020-05-15 11:57:19
How to solve the custody dispute of children?

Because child custody disputes can be contentious and stressful, family courts encourage parents to settle their disputes on their own. This not only shields the child from the stress of a custody fight, but it also allows the parents the autonomy to work out a custody plan that works with both parents' schedules and the child's needs. When one parent refuses to sign a proposed parenting plan or settle a custody dispute, however, you will need to use the court system to resolve your custody issues. If the other parent won't sign a custody agreement, you must petition the court to settle the matter. In many states, it is the family or superior court that handles custody proceedings. File your petition for child custody or visitation in the county where your child lives. In many states, you can access the forms you need on the court's website. The clerk may also be able to provide you with a copy of the form. Most states require that you include a parenting plan, which itemizes your proposed custody and visitation schedule, with your petition for custody. After the filing of your petition, if you and your ex are still unable to agree on custody, the court will schedule a trial. The court may order you to attend mediation or counseling before the trial. Judges in all 50 states issue custody orders according to the child's best interests. Judges consider a variety of factors such as each parent's parenting competence and the relationship each parent has with the child. You must demonstrate why the custody plan you have proposed is in your child's best interest. For example, if you are petitioning for sole physical custody, you must present evidence that the child will benefit more from living with you or that the other parent is not equipped to be the child's primary caretaker.

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Jonathan Sherman lawyer 2020-05-14 20:00:53
Steps to Petition the Court for Custody

Prepare a petition for custody. The first phase in the petitioning process is to prepare a formal document asking the court for custody. You must format this document according to your state's requirements, so you may find it useful to begin with a template issued by the clerk of the court. You can also purchase a custom custody petition from a document preparation service. Provide information about the child and each parent. The custody petition should list the child's full name, date of birth and current address. Additionally, the document should list each parent's full name and address, as well as your name, address and relationship to the child. State your desired custody outcome. The petition for custody should request a specific custody arrangement, such as sole custody or joint custody. If you are requesting sole custody, explain why the other parent should not have custody and present evidence explaining why the other parent is unfit. File the petition for custody in the appropriate jurisdiction. Under the Uniform Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act, you will generally need to file the petition for custody with the clerk of the court in the child's county or city of residence, even if that is not where you live. In most instances, you will need to pay a filing fee to the court when you file the custody petition. Serve the custody petition on the child's current custodian. After filing the petition with the court, you will need to provide the child's parents or current custodian with a copy of the petition. Each state has difference requirements on how to serve a petition, but generally, you can use a private process server, sheriff or registered mail to effect service. Provide the court with proof of service. After you have served the child's custodians or parents with a copy of the custody petition, file with the court a copy of the process server's affidavit or the mail receipt that the custodians or parents signed. Wait for your court date. Compile evidence that supports your custody request and present your evidence to the court. At the hearing, the judge may want to see evidence supporting your request for custody.

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Jonathan Sherman lawyer 2020-05-13 19:50:17

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