Beer at a Wedding

I’m getting married next month, and I’m more excited than I am nervous. It seems like a huge commitment, but I’ve found the right person to be with. We’ve been together for four years, so it doesn’t feel like we’re rushing into things either. I’ve got a house that we’ve both lived in for the past two years, and I know that we can make this work.

I’m really looking forward to the reception after the ceremony! We’re having fondue, ribs, chicken cordon blue, all the sides, and an open bar that is serving some of my favorite craft beers. We also decided to provide wine for people who don’t like beer. I don’t know how that’s possible, but whatever. That’s more beer for me!

Of course, there will be dancing, and I’ve got the moves to steal the spotlight. The theme of the wedding is going to be Japanese inspired, with a strong emphasis on floral arrangements and origami. My favorite tree is the Cherry Blossom, and we will have live music for the event. I’m so excited!

We registered at a couple of different places, and we’ve listed items by category because most of the stuff is for our home. Out of everything on the registry, I really hope I get one of these. I love a good beer, and there is nothing better than a cold brew straight out of the tap. I’m also asking for a funny garden gnome, but I’m leaving that to be a surprise. As long as I don’t get stuck with any pets, I will be very excited to receive our gifts.

It’s been extremely stressful making sure all the events are properly planned. I’m going to sleep so well when this is all over! I have three meetings to go to this Saturday, and on Sunday we’re tasting cakes. Believe it or not, the beer and food selection is already locked in place. All we have left to do is, well, pretty much everything else. You would think people would be on top of the whole RSVP thing and let us know if they’re coming, but that does not seem to be the case. I’m trying not to let it get on my nerves, but I find it pretty annoying.

The honeymoon should be nothing short of amazing. We have a two-week getaway in Hawaii, and we’re going to do as many outdoor activities as we can. I love snorkeling, and I’ve heard there is a bunch of great wildlife to check out around Oahu, and I’m hoping we can take a sailboat out for a day. I like sea turtles.

I’ve heard that ziplining is a lot of fun, but I might rather go parasailing. I’m so ready to be high above the ocean, looking down at the waves crashing onto the beach, and I want to take lots of pictures. My snapchat story is going to be on national television, I swear.

Only a couple of weeks left until our big day, and I can’t wait!

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Deadly Car Crash in New York: When to determine fault

Just this week, on Monday, August 15, there were seven casualties in a two-vehicle accident, as reported by NBC New York. In the first vehicle, two 20-somethings were thrown from the vehicle and killed at the scene, while an elderly woman from the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the hospital. The rest of the occupants of the second car, a young family of four, were treated for minor injuries. The scene is set up like this: a Honda Civic, carrying the younger couple, appears to have lost control and crossed the center line, hitting a Nissan Pathfinder in the late afternoon.

While this seems like a pretty cut-and-dry accident scene—the driver of the Honda is clearly in the wrong—there is more than meets the eye. You may be wondering why the police handling the investigation brought in both vehicles for their safety inspection. Well, as any New York car accident attorney would tell you, there are many factors in play when someone gets into a car accident. For one, was it driver error that caused the accident or was the car manufactured/designed with a defect? Two, if either car (yes, including the car not at fault) didn’t have the safety measures up to code, would that have made the difference in the number of lives lost or the amount of injuries? In this case, while it’s entirely possible that the driver of the Honda was at fault—were they eating, texting, drifting off to sleep, or distracted by the passenger of the car—it’s also possible that the car itself may have contributed to the accident or even completely been at fault. If the brakes suddenly stopped working or the gas pedal got stuck, and the driver lost control, then the fault of the accident ends up lying on the company that manufactured the car. If either vehicle had malfunctioning airbags, could that have contributed to the deaths of any of the three killed? There are so many questions surrounding this accident alone.

When it comes to seeking compensation, the family that was injured and the family of the passengers that were killed may seek money from the driver at fault, as would be their right. If the car was at fault, everyone involved (or their family) may actually seek compensation from the manufacturer than any other person involved. Now we can see why those cars were brought in for safety inspections. Before fault can be applied, there has to be a thorough investigation of why the driver of the Honda lost control.

So, when you look at a car accident from now on, try not to immediately place the blame. In the event that you’re in an accident yourself, you may be experiencing a whole range of emotions: panic, anger, frustration, pain. Anyone in your situation would be going through the same thing. But imagine the fear if your brakes went out and, without control, you slammed into a wall or another car. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the fickle nature of our vehicles.

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Slip and Fall Accidents at Work

When you think about workplace accidents, you imagine electrocution in construction sites, crashing rocks in mines, and explosions in gas fields. It is understandable that those are the first things that come into your mind, because those accidents can truly be devastating and even life-threatening.

However, it should be said that workplace accidents can happen on any kind of workplace, ranging from construction sites up to office buildings. One of the most overlooked yet dangerous accidents is called the slip and fall.

What is Slip and Fall?

A slip and fall accident occurs when a person slips because of a third-party object and falls into the ground. This kind of accident is violent enough to injure someone, and yes, it can happen in the workplace.

According to the website of Brunkenhoefer P.C., those who have been injured on the job because of slip and fall accidents may have legal options. That is good to know, because employers may make more effort in making the workplace safer if they know that they can be held liable.

How Does It Happen?

You will have a strong case if it has been proven that your employer’s action or inaction has resulted into the dangerous condition that has ultimately led to the slip and fall accident and injury. This can still be true even if it is another employee’s fault, because employees are still under the employers’ responsibility, unless this employee has malicious intentions.

A considerable amount of time should have also elapsed for the employer to see and fix the dangerous condition. This will amplify the employer’s negligence.

What are the Risk Factors?

The risk factors vary greatly depending on where you work. On the more dangerous workplaces, the risk factors are usually unattended materials on the floor, slippery substances such as chemicals and oils, uncleaned debris, and cylindrical objects like pipes.

On the less dangerous workplaces, like office buildings, the risk factors may include leaks from air conditioners and pipes, worn carpets and rugs, overly slippery floor waxes, defective escalators and elevators, and spilled drinks.

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Choosing How to End Your Marital Union is an Important Decision that You have to Make

Choosing How to End Your Marital Union is an Important Decision that You have to Make

As explained by the law firm Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, “In the midst of any divorce, it is overwhelming to think about all of the legal aspects that you must account for when setting up your new life. Not only are you undergoing a formidable change within your relationship, but also you have to make arrangements to accommodate your new family dynamic. You will have to make decisions regarding your finances, estates, assets, and relationship with your children.”

While some divorce cases may be settled peacefully and at a much shorter time, those that end up in court usually take a long time due to the number of issues that need to be settled which, unfortunately, many divorcing spouses never get to reach an agreement immediately. Divorce involves making very important decisions concerning financial, parental and personal matters. Deciding on these different concerns, however, which are included in issues, such as custody of child/children, payment (and amount) of child support and/or spousal support, and division of properties, assets and debts, are what makes divorce complex, emotional, demoralizing and extremely frustrating, especially if everything is settled the traditional way – through a court. This is why choosing how to end a marital union is very important as it could mean not wasting time, effort and, especially, money, which you could instead live on after the divorce or use for your kids. In the past, the court was the only place where a divorce case could be settled. Today, however, there is a variety of alternative dispute resolutions, allowing divorcing couples to end their union in a way that will best suit their situation. Below are the various procedures through which divorcing couples may terminate their union and settle all divorce-related issues:

  • Contested Divorce or Litigated Divorce. This is traditional way of ending a marital union. It is settled in a family court, open to the public and can drag on for months or years depending on the number of divorce-related issues that need to be settled and how fast or slow spouses will choose to argue with each other. Because of its adversarial approach, people who sit in court witness how divorcing spouses, through their lawyers, discredit one another in their attempt to win the favor of the judge who, in turn, will decide on all divorce issues, whether his/her decisions are acceptable to either or both spouses. Aside from a judge-settled divorce process, other results of contested divorce include spouses turning bitter towards each other and making each other feel devastated and destitute.
  • Uncontested Divorce. Besides arriving at a settlement without having to go to trial, this divorce procedure is quicker and cheaper compared to contested divorce. Uncontested divorce is a private process. Though it does not mean agreeing outrightly about the issues related to divorce, spouses are given the chance to negotiate in order to iron out any disagreements regarding certain issues. The main issue about this type of divorce procedure is, despite the disagreements and the need to negotiate, the spouses remain to be in control and are sure to get through everything.
  • Mediated Divorce or Divorce Mediation. This private, out-of-court legal procedure allows spouses to settle all divorce-related issues by themselves. A neutral third party, called a mediator, who may be chosen by the spouses themselves, sits with them to help them reach an agreement. This mediator does not make any decisions regarding any issues – these are made by the spouses themselves. What he/she does is make sure that the spouses are able to talk and argue openly, but in a way which will not destroy the amicable process which they chose in settling the issues at hand. Though each spouse may or may not be represented by an attorney, who can help them understand the legal matters related to divorce and know if the agreement arrived at is reasonable and worth signing, compared to contested divorce, this process is still much cheaper.
  • Collaborative Divorce. In this type of divorce process, both spouses have their respective lawyers who, with the spouses, work cooperatively in settling the divorce case. For fair negotiations, each spouse is required to disclose all important information that will affect the divorce and all related issues. In the event that this process does not settle the divorce case, each spouse will have to hire new attorneys who will take the case to trial.

Your future should not be left to chance. Protecting yourself and your family during this time of change is top priority; thus, it may be wise to seek the help of a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney to whom you will be confident entrusting your case and future.

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Understanding The Elements of Insurance Claims Fraud

Having insurance can help individuals cope up with emergency expenses. Natural calamities such as hurricanes or tornadoes can leave so much damage on the affected area. While disasters can bring out the best in people, it can also bring out the worse in them. It is during these situations that criminals emerge and take advantage of the situation. The National Center for Disaster Fraud reveals that insurance fraud can become prevalent during catastrophes.

Texas insurance claim attorneys of Williams Kherkher will tell you that it is during disasters that unscrupulous insurance companies will deny individuals of their legitimate claims. In the face of disaster, there are different types of fraud that will arise. Disaster fraud is a deliberate act of deceiving individuals or the government after a catastrophe. Here are some examples of fraudulent schemes after natural calamities:

Charitable solicitation fraud

This type of fraud refers to the solicitation of funds by posing as a legitimate charitable organization. It may involve people or websites that claim to raise funds for disaster victims. These fake websites collect credit card numbers and other personal information of the donors.

Price Gouging

This is an act of businesses or individuals that involves increasing of the price of goods that are in demand or in limited supply in the disaster-stricken area.

Contractor And Vendor Fraud

This fraudulent act happens when individuals pose as contractors or repairmen but do not really intend to repair damage or complete the job.

Disaster-related Property Insurance Fraud

This is a type of fraud committed against insurance companies by inflating losses, faking repairs, claiming lost services, or intentionally causing property damage in order to collect insurance premiums. It can either be hard or soft. The former occurs when there is a deliberate fabrication of a claim. The latter, on the other hand, takes place when a normally hones person pads a legitimate claim.


Forgery includes various practices such as reimbursing stolen checks from mailboxes, submitting false building permits and receipts for claims, and forging insurance and Federal emergency assistance claims.

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