September 8, 2017

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist. 

Our experienced lawyers at Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie have put together a few safety tips to keep in mind. By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely on the road.

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August 24, 2017

Crash Risk Soars For Sleep-Deprived Drivers

Traffic safety officials regularly warn us of the risks of driving while drunk or distracted. But Americans still need to wake up to the dangers of getting behind the wheel when sleepy.

Did you know that drivers who have had too little sleep are no different than those who have had three or four drinks and are too drunk to drive?

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August 1, 2017

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school. Let’s keep everyone safe by following these great back to school driving safety tips from the National Safety Council.

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July 17, 2017

Bicycle Safety Tips to Protect Your Children

Riding a bike is a great way for kids to get exercise and have fun in Southern California. But every year, approximately 300,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms as a result of bike accident injuries. Of these, at least 10,000 end up in a hospital for several days, and some of the injuries can even be fatal.

Whether your kids are riding their bikes to school, with friends around the neighborhood, or on a family outing, safe riding practices are vital. These seven bicycle safety tips from Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie will help you and your loved ones stay safe.

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June 20, 2017

The Importance of Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

Does the whole idea of "estate planning" seem a little off-putting to you? Or maybe you’ve had the impression it's something that only very wealthy people need to do? Don't let the legal terminology fool you. 

Estate planning is simply the process of getting your affairs in order so that you make things easier for your surviving family members when the time comes. It doesn't have to be difficult, expensive, or depressing. All you need to do is take a few simple steps:  Take a look at what you own, make a will and a few other documents (our expert team of lawyers can assist you with this), and review the beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts. For the vast majority of Americans, there's no need to worry about estate taxes or fancy trusts. 

Estate planning is something you do for your family and when it’s completed, you'll feel better knowing you've taken care of them. 

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