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What your executive may negotiate before signing their contract

While the workers for most companies are at-will employees, high-level executives are often contract workers instead. The employment agreement that they sign is far from standard. The prospective executive and their attorney will instead spend significant time negotiating the terms of the contract. A well-written employment agreement can minimize the risk of costly litigation if a conflict over these issues arises.

One of the terms that executives tend to want to discuss with their prospective employers before signing a contract with them is the scope of their role with the company. They may want to negotiate their title, the place that they'll work from, what their responsibilities will be and whether they can be increased or decreased as well as whether they can have a role on the Board of Directors.

Focus on older individuals and driving safety

As a person ages, he or she may experience various changes that can impact physical capabilities. One of the things that a person may find difficult as he or she gets older is safe driving. Elderly drivers may face an increased chance of involvement in a car accident due to various limitations. In order to bring awareness to this issue, The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. has named the first week of December as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.

Older drivers who can no longer safely operate a vehicle or those who cannot meet the physical demands of driving pose a risk to themselves and others on the road. It is important for Georgia families to know when their loved ones should no longer be driving or need help to drive safely. Increased awareness of elderly driver safety may reduce accidents and make the roads safer for you and your family. 

How are third-degree burns treated?

While first- and second-degree burns may be painful, there's little chance that they'll leave you needing a surgery, with disfiguring scars, a long recovery ahead of you or dead. These are realities that third-degree burn victims face though.

Some of the most common ways that individuals get third-degree burns is by exposing their skin to a hot electrical object or a fire's flames for a long time, by accidentally pouring a scalding liquid on them or by coming in contact with certain chemicals.

How you can avoid a car crash caused by the sun

When it's chilly outside, the emergence of the sun from behind the clouds can quickly brighten your spirits and warm you up. Depending on the time of the day and the direction that you're driving in, it can also make it difficult for you to safely maneuver your vehicle.

Sunrise and sunset are the two times of the day when you're most vulnerable to being blinded by the sun as you attempt to drive. The glare that it creates can make it difficult for you to stay in your lane and limit your ability to swerve to avoid hazards that come into your path. This may make you more vulnerable to becoming involved in a crash.

Why is it beneficial to refinance my mortgage loan?

There are many reasons why you may wish to refinance your home loan. The interest rate that you may have originally locked in may be higher than what you can now get, or you may have an adjustable-rate instead of a fixed-rate one. You may be looking to reduce your monthly payments or to cash out on the equity that you've built up. These are just a few of the many benefits to refinancing your home.

Many homeowners may appreciate how refinancing their home reduces monthly mortgage payments. A recent study published by CBS News showed that the average homeowner who does this can save as much as $160 when they refinance their home.

Protecting your company after a breach of contract

Strong and enforceable contracts are an important aspect of doing business. Your Georgia small business may benefit from the protections provided by employee contracts or contracts with other parties, but you will also benefit from knowing what to do when contracts are broken. When there is a violation of a contract, it can lead to financial loss and complications for your operations and financial security.

Business contracts should clearly outline the rights and responsibilities of both parties. However, even with a perfectly worded contract, sometimes one party will violate the terms of the agreement. If this happened and your company suffered the negative impacts of a breach of contract, it may be necessary to take legal action to protect the interests of your business.

Some types of burns can threaten your life

Burns can be caused by fires or flames, electricity, hot liquids or steam, heated objects or chemicals. A number of factors determine whether you'll be left with minor or severe burns. If it's serious enough that it causes your skin to crack, then you may develop an infection that if left untreated, can turn into sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

There are three types of burns. The most minor is a first-degree burn. These can occur if an individual is exposed to steam, the sun or a heated object for a long period of time. First-degree burns only impact the epidermis, or your outermost layer of skin. They generally leave individuals with skin redness, swelling and minor pain.

The home disclosures that sellers don't have to make in Georgia

In some areas, those looking to sell their homes are required to disclose any number of things about it to potential buyers. This includes whether there's the potential that lead-based paint was used there if a crime has been committed at the home or something else. Many of these home disclosures don't have to be made in Georgia though.

Unlike other states, in Georgia, sellers aren't required by law to disclose whether a crime was ever committed at the home, it was previously used as a drug lab or if someone died or was murdered there according to Georgia Official Code Annotated §44-1-16(a)(1). Also, §44-1-16 (b) protects homeowners from having to disclose if sex offenders live nearby.

A 22-year-old Augusta man is struck walking along Gordon Highway

A 22-year-old Augusta man was stuck and killed while walking near the intersection of Interstate 520 East and Gordon Highway on Oct. 3. Police first started receiving calls about a 2015 Honda Accord having allegedly struck the man just after 11:22 p.m. that day.

By the time they arrived at the crash scene, there was little emergency responders could do to help the man. By midnight, he'd been pronounced dead. The Richmond County coroner has since announced that they don't intend to perform an autopsy on the decedent.

How do commercial, industrial and residential zoning differ?

If you've looked into purchasing or renting a piece of land or real estate, then you've likely seen where it's been listed as being zoned "R," "C," or "I". These stand for residential, commercial or industrial. There are other designations such as agricultural, rural and historic zoning as well. An owner may be restricted on how they can use their property based on how it's zoned.

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