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Filing a medical malpractice claim: Who can you sue?

You never thought you'd be someone who had to file a medical malpractice claim. You trusted your nurses, doctors and others to take care of you. You went through a procedure believing that they would look out for you.

Now, you realize that mistakes were made that never should have happened. As a result, you've ended up with an infection and have been hospitalized for the worsening condition. You'll have to go through surgery a second time to correct the error.

Setting up your partnership safely

If you decide to open a business, one thing you have to do is decide on if you want a partnership with another person or several parties. If so, you need to take some steps to protect yourself and your business in the future

Your partnership agreement needs to explain how the business is divided. For example, you may choose to split the profits 50-50, or you may opt to split it in a different way. When you set up your business and partnership, these are a few things to remember to do.

What is the importance of zoning?

If you are interested in purchasing property, it's important to know the zoning in the area. You wouldn't want to purchase a property zoned for business if you want to live there, just as you won't want to buy a residential property for a business.

There are many zones, but the two primary groups are residential and commercial. Here's a little more about them:

What should you look for in an executor?

As you're getting older, you're realizing that you do need to get your estate plan together and protect yourself and your heirs. You don't want to pass away without making your wishes known and knowing that you didn't do everything that you could to protect those you love.

Getting the right executor is a serious concern, and it's one you shouldn't take lightly. If you choose the wrong executor, he or she could be overwhelmed by the tasks or be unable to provide the services needed.

Pennsylvania will laws you might not know about

Thinking about writing a will is a tough subject. However, it can be very important for you to look into forming one. There are many crucial aspects of a will, besides dictating the distribution of your estate or valuables. In your will, you can designate a guardian for your children, along with addressing other important details that can help ensure your kids are taken care of, should something happen to you.

As with other estate planning tools, wills have various laws that apply to them that are determined at the state level. The state of Pennsylvania has its own rules for will writing, some of which may not be obvious. Here are two of the various laws Pennsylvania has to keep in mind when starting to form a will.

Mother wins medical malpractice lawsuit involving infant's death

Losing a newborn baby after feeling the joy of childbirth can be particularly devastating. A parent's emotions have been pulled in two different directions over a short period, making it even harder to cope with the death of a child. One Pennsylvania mother understands this emotional turmoil all too well after her 32-day-old daughter died because of whooping cough.

What makes this case especially disturbing is that some staff members of the health care facility, Lancaster Pediatric Associates, failed to diagnose the infant's condition, according to a news report. The mother took the case to trial and recently walked away with compensatory damages totaling $4 million.

Real estate purchase agreement: A checklist for homebuyers

Real estate transactions in general can be challenging, but purchasing a new home in Pennsylvania is especially trying. To say the least, the purchase will have its own unique pros and cons from its gorgeous master bedroom suite to concerns about the home's foundation.

As a buyer, it is up to you to weigh the pros and cons and make decisions that meet your family's needs. However, it is possible to break down the challenges associated with real estate transactions into small groups that are easier to address. It is usually wise to have a real estate attorney by your side to protect your interests all the way through the transaction.

Tips to handle copyright disputes in your Pennsylvania business

Business owners of today have access to a wealth of resources that help promote brands, define identities and advertise goods or services. Most of the materials used in such endeavors fall in the realm of intellectual property. Protecting this property is crucial in furthering the success of businesses in Pennsylvania.

Copyrighting your business materials is one of the most important steps in protecting intellectual property such as written works or software. Acquiring copyright protection prevents others from using your materials. However, some people ignore copyright protections and use other people's material illegally.

Overcoming hurdles when adopting a stepchild

We believe that anyone who steps up to the role of being a stepparent deserves praise. Stepparenting is challenging, but also uniquely rewarding. The path you took to win the trust and love of your stepchild was probably strewn with many unexpected obstacles, but your perseverance has paid off. The logical next step for many families is adoption.

In some cases, adopting a stepchild is relatively easy. For example, if the child's non-custodial biological parent has passed away or does not have any parental rights, you will probably encounter very few hurdles. However, other times, the process is much more complicated. As you might expect, complexities often arise when a child's biological parent resists the adoption.

Prominent Pennsylvania nursing home death prompts investigation

Because of the nature of nursing home patients -- elderly, infirm, weak and vulnerable -- personal injury is always a risk in these facilities. In most of these cases, injuries are purely accidental. Other times, however, the injury or death of a nursing home patient attracts suspicion.

Recently, the father of a former national security adviser died while under care at Pennsylvania's Cathedral Village nursing facility and retirement community. The cause of death according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office was "blunt impact head trauma."

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