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Technology joins the fight against drunk driving

As Illinois drivers know, one of the major dangers on the road is drunk drivers. New advances in technology are being used to help curb this dangerous behavior in an effort to keep our roads safer.

According to reports by KTHV, Faulkner County, Arkansas, has put a new program in place for repeat DWI offenders to use the Check BAC app to monitor their blood alcohol levels. This app uses a Bluetooth-connected breathalyzer, and users record themselves taking the test, which is then sent to a monitoring system that can contact the authorities automatically if there is alcohol present in a user's system. Officials say that this allows them not only to know the blood alcohol data but also to see a person's behavior and their environment through the video. Those in the program have to log in every three hours, and there can also be random tests throughout the day. County officials are hoping that this gets to the root of the problem and help to prevent recidivism in DWIs.

Studies find shared custody best for child

When Ilinois parents decide divorce is the best option, determining child custody arrangements can be complex, and at times emotional. Since parents want what is best for their children, new studies encourage them to split custody whenever possible in order to seek the best outcome for the kids involved.

According to Science Daily, a study of more than 3,600 preschool-aged children in Sweden found that even very young children benefitted from sharing time between both of their parents. Parents and teachers of the children participants completed the "Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire" to assess any issues a child may have with their behavior or psychologically. Across the board, children who lived either mostly or only with one of their parents had more issues reported by both their teachers and their parents. Children who split their time between parents were no more likely than children whose parents still lived together to have any issues reported by a parent, although teachers reported the least number of issues for children who had parents who lived together.

Salvaging retirement assets with a QDRO

When you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to end your marriage in Illinois, you will then embark upon the process of understanding the many aspects of your life this decision will touch. While some amount of loss whether it be of hopes and dreams or of actual assets is unfortunately part of the process, there may be ways to limit some of the losses you experience.

As explained by the United States Department of Labor, the use of a qualified domestic relations order may help you keep some of your precious retirement savings. Normally if you choose to take money out of your 401K before you meet retirement criteria, you might expect to pay very high penalties for the early withdrawal. You might also find that the money you receive is then subject to income tax. If you simply took money out of your 401K and paid it to your former spouse, even if your divorce decree indicates the split, you might be in the same situation. This would result in you losing a lot more money than you need to.

Types of elder abuse

Illinois residents who have elderly family members that need care and may need to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility have good reason to be concerned about the safety of their loved ones. Elder abuse is a serious problem that anyone who relies on the staff at these facilities should be aware of. Knowing the warning signs and types of abuse or neglect is one important way of keeping their relatives safe or knowing when to take action.

The National Center for Elder Abuse indicates that people with dementia tend to experience a high risk of being abused or neglected by a caregiver. This should be of concern as so many elderly people in America have issues with dementia or related conditions.

Describing Illinois' dram shop law

Imagine being involved in an automobile accident on the streets of Peoria that leaves you with severe injuries as well as extensive damage to your vehicle. Then imagine discovering that the driver who caused the collision was driving while intoxicated. If such a scenario has already happened to you, your situation is the same as many of those that we here at Parker and Parker Attorneys at Law have helped in the past. In such an accident, there may be little question as to whether or not the drunk driver is liable. Yet can that liability be extended to those who helped him or her get to such a state? 

Dram shop laws describe statutes that assign vicarious liability to parties that provided alcohol to an indivdual whose subsequent impairment later causes damage. According to the Civil Jury Instructions issued by the Illinios Judiciary, you can indeed hold third parties accountable for the drunken actions of others. Dram shop liability extends to both business that sell alcoholic beverages, as well as the lessors or owners of the premises on which they are sold.

Prenups: the topics you can address and the ones you must avoid

Prenuptial agreements are important documents for soon-to-be-married couples, regardless of whether you have a lot of wealth and assets or not. Obviously the more assets you have, the more you will want to do to protect them. But that doesn't mean that people who aren't wealthy should ignore the benefits of a prenuptial agreement.

A prenuptial agreement allows a couple that will soon be having their wedding day to create rules, stipulations, and provisions that protect each person in case of a divorce. The prenup can also outline some other important factors in the relationship. Let's take a look at some of the matters you can and can't address in a prenup:

Why Is It Difficult to Find a Nursing Home Neglect Attorney?

You see many personal injury attorneys. The ambulance chasing joke came from somewhere, right? Why is it that you see far fewer attorneys who say that they handle nursing home neglect? From doing these cases, we have a hunch.

The IRS issued Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2016-45 announcing rates for the 2017 Adoption Tax Credit. There are changes, although the credit will work in a similar way to recent years such as 2015 and 2016. When you're filling out Form 8839 (click here for

bg_adopt-2-825x510.jpgThe IRS issued Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2016-45 announcing rates for the 2017 Adoption Tax Credit. There are changes, although the credit will work in a similar way to recent years such as 2015 and 2016. When you're filling out Form 8839 (click here for a link to the IRS form) soon for the adoption you finalized in 2016, or in a year for an adoption that you plan to finalize in 2017, here is the information to remember.

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