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What happens if you pass on without a will?

Many people put off estate planning, realizing that creating a will or trust can be a challenging task that forces them to think about the future.

As a result, it's not uncommon for a person to pass on before creating an estate plan. If this happens to you, the laws of intestate succession come into play. These laws go a long way in determining who gets what after your passing.

Not all drivers travel safely in the rain

During the fall and winter months, you know that wet conditions can set in at any time. For this reason, you need to be prepared for anything that could come your way when you're behind the wheel.

While some drivers are serious about their safety, others don't think twice about this. Instead, they drive the same in wet conditions as they do when it's completely dry.

Don’t ever say these things to your insurance company

There is nothing worse than being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Not only can this lead to serious injury, but it can result in property damage as well.

Unfortunately, many people soon find that their insurance company is not exactly on their side. Instead, they're trying to do whatever it takes to make the situation go away as quickly (and as cheaply) as possible.

Is a living will right for your estate plan?

Many people shy away from creating a living will because they don't know exactly what it can do for them. Here's why: The name can be a bit misleading.

In all actuality, a living will is not the same as a traditional will. Instead, it is a legal document that contains your treatment instructions and medical care directives. This way, if you are unable to communicate your decisions, you can still be assured of receiving the right type of treatment.

3 reasons to keep a divorce off social media

Tennessee has a fairly high divorce rate. In 2016, there were over 25,000 divorces in the state, according to the Tennessee Department of Health

There are numerous dos and don'ts for going through a divorce, but a definite "Do" is to avoid social media at all costs. Many people want to vent their feelings on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but it is best to keep those feelings private and confide in a close friend or family member instead. Posting the wrong thing during a divorce can actually result in tangible harm. 

File a claim with the other driver’s insurer

There is never a good time to be part of a motor vehicle accident; however, you could find yourself dealing with this at some point in the future.

Even if it's a minor fender bender, your situation can go from bad to worse if you run into issues with your insurance company. An example of this would be if your insurance company denies your claim for any reason.

3 tips for dealing with child custody over summer vacation

With your kids getting out of school, Memorial Day weekend coming up and the weather getting warmer, summer is well on its way. While you are of course excited to take a vacation and enjoy the sun, you likely have child custody issues weighing on your mind.

Do not let the stress distract you from what should be a fun and relaxing summer! Here are some tips to keep in mind as the season approaches.

How will you prevent these estate planning mistakes?

There is more to estate planning than meets the eye. Even if you think you have everything in order, you could find yourself making a mistake that costs you and/or your family both time and money.

There are many common estate planning mistakes that you need to prevent at all costs. It's not always easy, but the right strategy will put you on the path to success.

What types of car accident injuries are most common?

If you are involved in a car accident, there is no way of knowing what type of injury you could suffer. Even so, some car accident injuries are more common than others. Understanding these will go a long way in helping you obtain the right treatment should you find yourself in this situation.

Here are some of the most common types of car accident injuries:

  • Head and back injuries. This includes but is not limited to concussions, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Neck and chest injuries. For example, these are common in rear-end accidents in which whiplash often comes into play.
  • Broken bones. You can break almost any bone imaginable in a car accident, from the top of your head down to your toes.
  • Ligament damage. A torn ACL, for example, is a common car accident injury.

Don’t forget about these estate planning documents

When creating an estate plan, the first thing you may think about is a will or trust. While there is nothing wrong with this, you need to realize one thing to be true: There are many other estate planning documents that can give you peace of mind, both now and in the future.

It doesn't matter who you are, how much money you have or what you want to accomplish with your estate plan, don't hesitate to learn more about these legal documents:

  • Living will. With this, you are able to outline your wishes in the event that you are unable to make important decisions on your own (such as the type of medical care you want to receive).
  • Power of attorney. Do you have a family member or friend who could handle your medical decisions if you are incapacitated? If so, you need to create a power of attorney.
  • Testamentary trust. You may come to realize that you need to leave assets behind to a minor. In this case, using a testamentary trust is a good idea.

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