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Is there a dangerous toy in your child's closet?

If you're like most South Dakota parents, you probably enjoy giving gifts to your children from time to time. A variety of toys may be among the gifts you've given in recent years. As a conscientious parent, when your children get new toys you no doubt help them review all the instructions and safety warnings on the packages. There's a certain amount of risk involved with all toys; however, some are far more dangerous than others are.

Do you know some children received popular toys some years back meant to mimic the popular CSI television series? Their parents were undoubtedly shocked to learn that the mini CSI investigation kits contained asbestos. The company took the kits off the market, but there's no telling how many children were exposed to asbestos before officials rectified the situation.

Which is more dangerous on the road: Fatigue or distraction?

The dangers of distracted driving are well-known. There is significant evidence to indicate that distraction of all kinds can cause serious accidents, leaving innocent people dead or seriously injured. While this is a serious issue that will continue to be a problem, it is not the only threat to South Dakota drivers.

While it does not receive as much attention as distracted driving, fatigue can be just as dangerous and just as costly. Drowsy driving is extremely common, and like distraction, it can be difficult to prove. If you believe that a negligent driver caused your car accident, it is possible that fatigue played a role in the liable party's negligent or dangerous actions.

Do you think textalyzers are a good idea?

Most South Dakota motorists are familiar with the Breathalyzer device. Police often use this blood alcohol content measuring tool to determine whether a person involved in a fatal car accident was acting under the influence of alcohol behind the wheel. Drunk driving continues to be a major problem on most of the nation's highways. However, another roadway menace that has taken many lives is texting.

Only a few decades ago, texting while driving was not even possible. Advanced technology has allowed drivers easy access to GPS information as well as the internet and emergency services when needed. The problem is many drivers don't safely pull off the road before using their hand-held devices.

Distracted driving: does eating behind the wheel count?

South Dakota drivers are well aware of the potentially deadly consequences of distracted driving. Distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the United States, and while texting and phone use is one of the leading sources of this type of dangerous activity, it is certainly not the only one. In fact, there are many dangerous behaviors that drivers do every day because they do not seem risky.

Many drivers eat while behind the wheel at some point. From drinking coffee on the morning commute to grabbing a fast-food dinner on the way home from work, it is quite normal to eat on the go. As common as this type of behavior may be, it is not worth it. In fact, eating while you are driving can be as big of a safety threat as texting while driving.

I've been in a car collision: What now?

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident due to the carelessness of another driver in South Dakota, it is within your rights to seek monetary damages. However, making certain mistakes following the car collision can harm your chances of getting the full compensation to which you are entitled. To protect your best interests, there are several actions that are important to take, as well as to avoid, following a crash.

Do you understand your parents' estate plans?

As your parents age, you may become more aware of the fact that they will not live forever. Though coming to terms with a loved one's mortality can prove emotionally difficult and jarring, you may have to confront these feelings in order to understand your parents' end-of-life wishes.

Do you know if your parents have an estate plan? Do you know the details of those plans? If you answered no to either of these questions, then the time may have come to discuss estate planning with your loved ones.

You're executor of an estate, now what?

When it comes to dealing with an estate of a deceased individual, a substantial amount of responsibility goes to the executor. Commonly, the creator of the will names a spouse, child or other close relative to act as the executor. If someone has asked you to take on such a position, you may wonder what responsibilities that entails and what may be expected of you.

Difference between diminished capacity and coercion

Coming to terms with your parent's death is seldom an easy process. Even though you may be well into your own mid-life years and far into the journey of raising your own children, mourning your mother or father's passing is an emotional experience. If you are one of many adult children of recently deceased parents in South Dakota who are experiencing serious problems related to your mother's or father's will, such stress can complicate your grieving process.

It's understandable that you may feel overwhelmed and wonder where to turn for help to rectify your situation. There is a support network available to assist those who are facing legal challenges regarding a parent's last will and testament. Especially if you plan to contest a will, you may want to act alongside skilled and experienced guidance, rather than attempting to navigate alone what is often a complicated process.

Do you need to update your will?

Estate planning is an essential step for every individual, regardless of income level or the value of the estate. Just as a solid estate plan should reflect the needs and objectives of the individual client, it is prudent to update these plans as major life changes happen.

South Dakota and Wyoming retirees would be wise to review any existing estate plans to ensure that they and their loved ones are protected as they move into this stage in life. Having an updated estate plan is essential, as failure to do so could lead to complications upon the administration of the estate.

How can an attorney help me with probate?

Although most of us don't like to think about it, the truth is that no one lives forever. When the inevitable occurs, your assets, no matter how large or small, will need to be distributed regardless of whether or not you have a will. Even if you have a will, your assets will still pass through probate. An experienced probate attorney can assist your personal representative and/or your family members with navigating the process in South Dakota.

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