May 2019 Archives

Is speeding really that dangerous?

Some of the dangers associated with traveling at a fast speed were recognized early in history. The first speed-limit law in the United States was set in in 1652 to prohibit wagons, carts and sleighs from being driven at a gallop within what would eventually become New York City. In 1901, Connecticut passed the first state law regulating the allowed speed limit of motor vehicles. The speed limit was set at just 12 miles per hour in cities.

Custody disputes, depression and other emotional challenges

For parents who are going through a child custody dispute, the ordeal can be very overwhelming emotionally. Parents may worry about their child’s future and how the outcome of the dispute could affect their child’s emotional state, and they may also be concerned about how their relationship with their child will be impacted by the court’s decision. This emotional strain can be very debilitating, and some parents find themselves virtually unable to function because of the intense emotions that they are dealing with, such as anger, anxiety and depression.

Real vs. personal property in intestate succession

Those in Smithfield who have yet to tackle their estate planning are not alone; a number of American adults seem to be hesitant to begin the process of planning how their end-of-life are to be handled. Indeed, study data shared by the American Association of Retired Persons shows that as much as 60 percent of American adults do not have a will. Many may not know this, but the state has laws which detail how one's assets are to be dispersed if they die intestate (without a will). Understanding exactly what the state's intestate succession guidelines are may help one see what limitations their lack of estate planning may impose as to who can benefit from their assets. 

Involuntary intoxication as a DUI defense

We should always have control over the substances that we choose to put in our body. Bottles of alcohol in a store must display their alcoholic quantity, and food packaging should display nutritional information. When we get behind the wheel of a car, it is expected that we are aware of whether we are under the influence of alcohol or not.

Understanding negligent entrustment

Holding one accountable for causing a car accident in Smithfield may seem difficult, yet it may be necessary in order for you to get the compensation needed to adequately deal with the expenses you might be left with. Yet oftentimes the issue of liability is not exactly "cut-and-dry." For example, many come to us here at Daughtry, Woodard, Larence & Starling questioning who is liable in cases where the driver who caused the accident was using a borrowed vehicle. The answer to that question depends entirely on the unique circumstances of the incident. 

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