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Drunk driving: Drivers know better but still do it

Of all the things that drivers know they shouldn't do, driving drunk is probably the most prominent. People know that driving while intoxicated is a serious threat to themselves and to others.

The website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2015. That's around 28 percent of all motor-vehicle fatalities reported that year. Around 1.5 million people are arrested for drinking and driving or using drugs and driving while impaired each year, which is a serious problem for others who are trying to be safe on the roads.

Prenuptial agreements have become more common

A prenuptial agreement used to be a topic that wasn’t commonly talked about and one that could cause angst and high emotion between soon-to-be-spouses. A common misconception is that you only need a prenuptial agreement in place if you’re wealthy. But thanks to millennials, a prenuptial agreement is becoming more commonplace and less of a taboo subject.

Also known as a prenup, a prenuptial agreement is a legal document that outlines a couple’s financial situation and expectations prior to their marriage and in the event of a divorce. It’s not often at the top of the wedding to-do list, but more and more, couples are looking at them like an insurance policy to minimize risk and harm and protect their assets.

Can I move for a new job and bring my child?

When you're offered a new job, it's an exciting feeling. If it comes with a raise and is in a location you've been wanting to move to, it's even better. What's not great is when that job comes with the realization that you may not be able to bring your child.

As a divorced parent, you know that the other parent also has a right to see your child. You share custody, but that doesn't mean that you get the right to move far away with your child. You and your ex-spouse will have to come to an agreement on what happens in this situation. If you can't, then a judge has to step in.

How can you be safe as a winter cyclist?

While they're not always common, winter cyclists do exist. They also have a right to use the roads.

Cycling in winter can be difficult in Ohio, though, especially when slush and snow are shoved onto sidewalks and the sides of roadways. Slick conditions and drivers who aren't expecting to see cyclists can lead to serious crashes.

Know the estate tax and prepare for it ahead of time

As 2018 comes to a close, it's time to start looking into changes coming in 2019. If you're planning an estate, then you need to take some time to review your estate and any changes that might need to be made.

One important change that happens annually, in most cases, is a change to the estate tax. The estate tax is not lodged against every estate in America, but it could affect yours if it's above a certain value.

How can you start forming a nonprofit the right way?

If your goal is to form a nonprofit, then you need to make sure you understand the laws that apply to that goal. Nonprofits are great businesses, usually because those who start them want to see a change happen in the world. There are steps to take before you can formally launch your business, though.

Following a simple list of steps is the best way to make sure you don't miss anything when setting up your nonprofit. Here are three steps you need to take first when you're getting started.

Stay safe this winter with these 3 winter-weather tips

With the snow coming down, now is a good time to talk about driving safely in winter weather conditions. Nestled closely to Columbus, Gahanna doesn't always get the lake effect of Northern Ohio. However, snow is still common, and with the busy highways and local streets, you have to be cautious when on the roads.

People can take several steps to avoid injury in wintry weather. Here are three things to do before you head out on the roads.

Are you able to make changes to an existing will?

Have you been experiencing several changes in your life recently and are wondering how you can incorporate these changes in an established will? If you would like to change your will, you should be happy to know it is not hard to do but it does require certain steps to be taken. One thing you will need to decide on is if you want to make changes to your existing will or start over brand new. 

Common warning signs that divorce could be possible

Are you worried that your marriage has taken a bad turn? Do you get the feeling that things are so bad they cannot be fixed? If so, it might be that divorce is headed your way. How can you truly know? For starters, there are some glaring signs you need to be aware of in your marriage that almost always point to the couple getting a divorce.

If you have shut yourself down emotionally, then it might be time to explore a divorce. Your emotional needs are no longer being met by your spouse and vice versa. Emotional intimacy is an important part of any relationship. When you can no longer rely on your spouse for this, then it may be time to move past the marriage.

Important tips for the moments following a car accident

Finding yourself involved in a car accident is never easy. No matter the amount of property damage or injuries, you will likely be stressed and worried about what will come next Should you ever be involved in a car accident, you need to know the steps you should take in the moments immediately following it so you don't hurt your chances of recovering compensation.

If the vehicle is not too damaged, you should move it off the road when it is safe to do so. This is important because it gets you out of harm's way. Oncoming drivers might not slow down or might not see you until it is too late.

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