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August 2015 Archives

The dangers of drowsy driving and how technology may help

In Pennsylvania and across the nation, drowsy driving is to blame for about a quarter of all crash-related deaths, which amounts to nearly 7,500 deadly vehicle wrecks annually. However, because of advanced technology within the automobile industry, these numbers may be on the decline, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pennsylvania joint bank accounts

Newly married couples should consider all of the benefits and drawbacks of joint bank accounts before deciding how they will handle their money. Joint accounts encourage the couple to communicate about all expenses, but this can lead to fights if one party is a saver and the other a spender. Keeping all of the couple's money in a single account also makes it easier for them to keep track of their budget.

Insurance to cover divorce-related support in case of disability

A Pennsylvania resident who receives alimony or child support because of a court order may depend on those funds to make ends meet. However, the death or disability of the paying party could undermine one's budget quickly. Fortunately, insurance products are available to guard against these possibilities, and in many cases, judges will require some such precautions as part of a divorce order. Life insurance is much more commonly ordered, but an awareness of disability options could head off later financial problems for both parties to a settlement.

Claiming Social Security benefits based on ex-spouses

Many Pennsylvania residents who have gone through a divorce may be interested to learn that they may be able to claim Social Security retirement benefits based on their ex-spouse's earnings, if the marriage lasted at least 10 years. When a person is still working but over the age of 62, they can either elect to receive benefits based on their ex-spouse or strategically wait to claim then at age 66.

Judge rules state has no jurisdiction in Rutherford case

Pennsylvania entertainment fans may be interested to learn about the latest development in actress Kelly Rutherford's custody battle. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that California no longer has jurisdiction over the matter and that Ms. Rutherford's case thus cannot proceed in that state.