Friday, 31 October 2014 15:31

A Happy & Safe Halloween from gGreen.com!

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Here are some short and sweet safety tips from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control):

If you or your little ones are going trick-or-treating:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.  

And if you’re expecting trick-or-treaters:

  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.  

To see more, visit the CDC website by clicking here.

Have a happy and safe Halloween from Law Offices of Gary Green!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:50

How to Prepare for an E.R. Visit

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

A trip to the emergency room is never a picnic, but with a little preparation, you can reduce your stress level and ensure that you or your loved one gets the best care possible.

AARP recommends preparing an emergency room kit – before you need it! Ideally, this kit will include:

  • A summary of your or your loved one’s medical history, including allergies and a current list of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • A list of emergency contacts
  • Health insurance cards
  • Copies of legal documents, such as healthcare power of attorney or living will
  • A change of clothing
  • Toiletries

Keeping these items together in a place where they can be easily grabbed on your way out the door will give you peace of mind and make your arrival at the ER go as smoothly as possible. 

Monday, 27 October 2014 13:41

On Being a Juror

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

You Now Know: On Being a Juror

We sometimes joke about avoiding jury service. We might wince when we get the notice to serve. But I submit to you that jury service is one of the highest public services we all can perform, perhaps second only to military service. Thomas Jefferson called the jury vote more important than the right to vote – because the jury vote is a direct vote, as compared to the right to vote being an indirect vote for a representative. The next time you’re called for jury service remember the Golden Rule – next time it could be you or a loved one who needs a competent, fair and impartial jury.

Continuing our blog series on antiquated Arkansas laws, we’ve once again culled from our state’s rich history those Arkansas laws, codes, and ordinances that have fallen by the wayside and that, while still technically on the books, seem outdated and often hilarious by today’s standards.

Today’s gem regards exactly when you can drive your cows over Little Rock’s Main Street Bridge:

“Driving on Free Bridge – That hereafter it shall be unlawful to drive loose stock of any description or kind over the free bridge, situated at the foot of Main street, City of Little Rock except as between the hours of 10 o’clock p.m. and 4 o’clock a.m., 9 o’clock a.m. to 12 noon, 1 o’clock p.m. to 4 o’clock p.m.”

[Digest of the Laws and Ordinances of the City of Little Rock, § 392 (1904), Section 392]

National Estate Planning Awareness Week: October 20 – 26, 2014

It is estimated that more than 120 million Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan. No matter your net worth, a basic, clearly-stated plan ensures that your familial and financial wishes are honored after you die.

We urge you to use this week to review your assets and establish a plan that will eliminate any confusion about your wishes. Don’t know how to get started? Let Law Offices of Gary Green help. Call us toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or email ggreen@gGreen.com to discuss your options today.

Source: naecp.org

Monday, 20 October 2014 14:00

You Now Know: The Pretermitted Heir Rule

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

The Pretermitted (try typing that into your iPhone!) Heir Rule

Are You Pretermitted?

If you are, one of your parents has passed on, leaving a last will and testament, and neglected to mention you by name. If that’s the situation the will can be challenged, perhaps requiring the estate to pass by intestate succession rather than per the terms of the will. The thought being that if one forgot to mention his own child, one must be incompetent (and therefore lacking testamentary capacity). Did they leave you one dollar? That’s okay!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThis is a reminder to be extra careful on the road in the coming months — deer migration and mating season goes from October to December, and that means even more deer on the road than usual!

The Highway Loss Data Institute estimates that there are around 1.3 million deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. each year, causing 150 deaths and thousands of injuries. In the past few years, the claims for these accidents have gotten more expensive, costing an average of $3,000.

This annual pattern will peak in November and stay strong through December, so keep your eyes on the road and stay safe – especially at night!

Source: CityLab

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:09

Hurt in a Car Accident? Here’s What to Do.

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

If you’ve been in a car wreck, then you know how overwhelming it can be. You may have questions such as, “If I think the wreck is my fault, should I say so?” or, “Who pays if I am injured or my car is damaged?”

Take a minute to review What to Do if You Are in a Car Wreck, a handy guide which answers all of these questions and walks you through every step of the process.

Monday, 13 October 2014 13:55

You Now Know: Ebola & Damage Caps

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

It might take Ebola to teach us the unfairness of putting caps on damage claims.

Medical records for Thomas Duncan show that on his first hospital visit he told a nurse he recently had entered the U.S. from Africa. The records don’t mention any follow-through. Assuming that was negligent, and assuming you came into contact with Mr. Duncan and caught Ebola and died, in Texas your family would be limited to damages of $250,000. Perhaps that sounded like a lot of money when the Texas legislature passed the law several years ago. Perhaps the law was influenced by special interests, insurance companies.

Continuing our blog series on antiquated Arkansas laws, we’ve once again culled from our state’s rich history those Arkansas laws, codes, and ordinances that have fallen by the wayside and that, while still technically on the books, seem outdated and often hilarious by today’s standards.

Sounding of Horn at Sandwich Shops:

Section 1. “That from and after the passage and approval of this Ordinance, any person operating a vehicle and sounding the horn or bell on same, at any place where cold drinks and/or sandwiches are served, after Eleven (11) P.M. at any place . . . in the City of Little Rock shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than Two Dollars ($2.00) nor more than Five Dollars ($5.00).”

Section 3. “Whereas, sounding of horns and bells at cold drink and sandwich establishments has reached such proportions that it has become a nuisance to those living in the neighborhood, and disturbs their rest, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this ordinance is found to be necessary for the immediate preservation of the pubic peace, health and safety, and the same shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.”

[Little Rock Ordinance 5638]

(It is worth noting that at the time of the passing of this ordinance in 1932, curb service at drive-in restaurants was just beginning to sweep the nation.)