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7 STEPS IN CASE OF A CAR ACCIDENT
by: Attorney Blaise R. Meeker

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Drug dealer guilty in women’s death

By Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., LPA
June 17, 2016

A local drug dealer was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after he sold drugs to a 21-year old female causing her death in March 2015, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The victim’s mother stated, “As a society, we need to stand together and let these dealers know we’re done. She said, “We’re done putting up with them on our streets, stealing the lives of our loved ones.” Colin G. Meeker, a personal injury lawyer who also represents victims of crime, said: “This is unfortunate what occurred here, and I hope that the sentence will help the victim’s family to begin to heal. However, we cannot forget how the vast majority of people become addicted to heroin, by first becoming addicted to opiate painkillers. Physicians and pharmacists owe their patients a certain standard of care. If they fall below it and patients are harmed, doctors are liable. This applies to prescriptions just like any other type of medicine. Doctors can be negligent if they failed to notice you or a loved one’s developing addiction or prescribed an incorrect drug or dosage.”

Physicians often play a significant role in creating the perfect storm that is opiate addiction. Before demanding a prescription for a powerful narcotic drug, consult with your physician about risks and available treatment alternatives.          
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ATTENTION ALL MILLENNIALS: 

Did you know that people born from 1975 to 1995 are called "Millennials"? Sometimes we're called "Gen Next" and other times were called Generation Y. Regardless, we're in the heyday of our lives and hopefully, on our way to reaching our prime earning potential. Some of us have families, careers, and homes. Others might be single, trying to make a name for themselves, or living life on the wild side. No matter where you fall in the spectrum of life, you may want to slow down for a moment and consider your demise.

Face it, at some point in each of our lives, we will go onto that next great adventure in the sky, hopefully many many years from now. Unfortunately, tragedy can occur at any moment, leaving you and your loved ones in a tight spot. Taking a few simple actions now can prevent disaster down the line, protecting both you and your family's interests. Just remember:


"Perfect Planning Prevents Possible Problems." 

So how can you plan for the future now? By developing an Estate Plan! Simply put, an Estate Plan ensures that your wishes are carried out when you die. From controlling who will receive your assets when you pass to how you want to be taken care of if you become sick, Estate Planning is for EVERYONE regardless of your age or wealth. Even more so if you have children. You want to decide who will raise your children if you pass. 

With that, I give you Meeker's top five THINGS TO CONSIDER when it comes to Millennials and Estate Planning: 

1.)  START TODAY, REGARDLESS OF YOUR NET WORTH OR AGE! 

Estate planning is a crucial process for everyone, regardless of wealth level or age. Some may believe that if they don't have many assets, then they don't need an estate plan. Others believe that they can wait until their older to create their plan. These misconceptions are FALSE and DANGEROUS! You may not need an Estate Plan for years to come, but unfortunately, you may need one as early as tomorrow. We all have assets and some of us have children. We all want to control what happens to us if we become ill or in a vegetative state. Spending the time and money now on creating an Estate Plan will protect everything and everyone you care about for years to come.
  
2.)  DRAFT A WILL! 

We all want to decide where our assets go in the event of an untimely death. A will sets your wishes in stone. A simple will is very affordable and can be completed with an attorney in no time. Without a will, state intestacy laws kick in, and your assets will be distributed by the terms of a statute and not by your own personal desires. Wills are also used to declare who will have guardianship over your children should you pass. Once your assets grow, I would recommend a revocable living trust. This trust keeps your estate out of the probate court system at death or incapacity, while offering many additional benefits.  

3.)  GET A POWER OF ATTORNEY AND A LIVING WILL! 

These two documents are essential. A Power of Attorney authorizes another person to obtain your health information and to make health care decisions for you when you cannot make healthcare decision for yourself. A Living Will documents your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment and whether that treatment should be withheld if you are unable to make informed medical decisions and are in a terminal condition or in a permanently unconscious state. These documents are inexpensive and take very little time to complete with an attorney. They allow you to make critical medical and life-ending decisions now while you are coherent, rather then having someone else make them for you when you are not.

4.)  CONSIDER A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY! 

Your employer may offer you group life insurance coverage. But is that enough? Most employer-sponsored life insurance policies will get you through the funeral process and that's it. Your family will still be left with debt, expenses, and not knowing who will pay for Jr.'s college. Especially if you are married or have kids, consider an individual life insurance policy. For us Millennials, I recommend term life insurance. Term life insurance provides coverage at a fixed rate of payments for a limited period of time. It is the least expensive way to purchase a substantial death benefit over a specific period of time. If tragedy struck, you could enter the pearly gates knowing that your family will be provided for.  

5.)  KNOW WHO YOU DESIGNATED AS A BENEFICIARY! 

Many of us may have jobs that provide fringe benefits, such as a pension plan or a life insurance policy. Under these plans, you receive the chance to decide who will receive the plan's benefit when you pass, a.k.a. a beneficiary. So make sure that you listed someone as a beneficiary! You want your money to go to the person who you decide. Second, make sure that you update your beneficiary accordingly. With the divorce rate skyrocketing, you might roll over in your grave should your ex receive the benefits from your life insurance policy or retirement plan all because you forgot to update your beneficiary.               

A lot of us think we're immortal, or at least we act that way by not planning for the eventuality of our unexpected death. The fact is, you never know what's going to happen. It's a good idea to make sure you have things organized the way you want them to be.


THE GRAND FINALE...


Hopefully you’re convinced! Even though you’re young and healthy, the responsible and smart thing to do is to take care of your estate planning — not just for you, but for your loved ones as well. But how do you take the next step?

Contact
Attorney Colin G. Meeker 

for a free consultation!

Office: (330) 253-3337
Cell: (330) 603-7173

cgm@bmblaw.com

Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A.
Attorneys at Law
39 E. Market St., Suite 301
Akron, OH 44308

Visit us at www.bmblaw.com

At your service:

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