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Lead In Your Child’s School: Is It A Concern And Do You Need An Environmental Law Attorney?

Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lead In Your Child’s School: Is It A Concern And Do You Need An Environmental Law Attorney?

Lead contamination is worrisome for any parent. Although exposure to lead in the environment has been reduced thanks to the introduction of unleaded gasoline and removal of lead from paint, old lead pipes are still a big concern. As many U.S. schools age, the pipes become a potential danger. Why should parents be worried about lead exposure? Younger children are at the most risk of health issues from lead exposure. But even children of elementary school age and older can be impacted by lead poisoning, as it causes behavioral issues, learning delays and problems with attention span. Permanent damage can result if exposure continues. Which schools are at risk? More than 350 schools have more than the suggested limit of 15 parts per billion, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests conducted between 2012 and 2015. These schools are not predominantly in poor neighborhoods; excess lead levels may be present in just about any school that is old enough to have used lead pipes. Lead pipes are stable for a very long time, but over the years, they can corrode and small bits of lead can get into the water. How often do schools test for lead? There are no federal regulations that control how often public elementary schools must test their environment — including their drinking water — for excess lead. Right now, testing is completely voluntary. Many schools test regularly so they can be on top of any issues that may come up, but others never test.  Can a school that fails to test its drinking water for lead be considered negligent? Parents have filed lawsuits against school districts that knew about lead problems in some or all of their school buildings and did not take action to prevent children from drinking contaminated water. A lawsuit filed against the Newark, N.J. school district is one recent example of legal action taken by parents against what they feel is negligence. Can an environmental law attorney help you if you suspect your school has issues with lead contamination? Even if you don’t ultimately decide to file a lawsuit, working with an environmental law attorney can help get more attention to the issue of lead contamination in schools. A skilled lawyer can bring attention to environmental issues, including lead poisoning, and work to get schools up to speed on the issues and how to fix them. Most environmental law attorneys are most concerned about stopping the dangers to children’s health and will work with parents and school districts to eliminate lead in drinking water. Do you have concerns about potential lead contamination in your elementary school child’s drinking water? Contact an environmental law attorney for a review of your options and to find out whether you have a case. For more information, contact Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke-Chartered or a similar...

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Learning More About How To Handle A Holographic Will

Posted by on July 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learning More About How To Handle A Holographic Will

When someone dies and the only will that person left behind is one that is handwritten without witnesses, you may wonder whether or not it is a legal binding document. A handwritten will without witnesses is called a holographic will and is legal in several states. Find out more about the steps you will need to take about a deceased loved one’s estate when that person only left behind a holographic will. How To Prove The Validity of A Holographic Will Proving that a handwritten document was written by your deceased loved one can be challenging. If you live in one of the states that does allow holographic wills, your first step is to have the handwriting examined by an expert in handwriting analysis. You may need to produce family members and friends that knew the deceased enough to recognize his or her handwriting. Bear in mind that forms you can get online or in will packets that were filled in my the deceased will not be considered valid unless it contains witnesses signatures. Once you have proven the handwriting is that of the deceased in question, you will need to take another step towards proving its validity. Proving The True Intent Of A Deceased Loved One When you have a holographic will without witnesses that heard the deceased person talking about it, you may not be able to fulfill the wishes in that will. Some people might argue that the deceased was dawdling and jotting down ideas about a future will. Others may say the deceased person was not in their right mind when he or she wrote it. One way to validate the deceased person’s intent in a holographic will is by the language used to write it. For example, if the will starts out with official language usually used in wills, like ‘ I, so and so, being in sound mind and body, do hereby bequeath the following…’, you more than likely have a will written with true intent. However, if a will starts out with a list of property with people’s names beside it, you most likely have a document that was used to think of information for a more formal, legal will. If you are dealing the estate of a deceased loved one and all you have as a guide for his or her final wishes is a holographic will, you may need the professional assistance of a probate lawyer like Patricia K Wood Atty. When you have questions or concerns about your loved one’s holographic will, your lawyer can help you find the...

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