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As a truck driver, you've got to know when to slow down

When you drive an 18-wheeler for a living, you can quickly get too comfortable behind the wheel. You may have even exceeded the posted speed limit a time or two. Maybe you took a curve a bit too fast and were instantly reminded just how crucial it is to pay attention to the road conditions and make the necessary adjustments when needed. After all, your truck can't just stop on a dime, not to mention the fact that it's enormous and heavy.

You more than likely don't set out to drive too fast for the road conditions, but the monotony of your job can take over and cause you to relax a bit too much. You know better than to drive faster than the truck can safely handle. Even so, that hasn't stopped the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from publishing some tips regarding driving too fast for road conditions.

What's so wrong about probate?

You can't take it with you. You've probably heard that old saying, and you may have very definite ideas about what should happen to your belongings when you are no longer here. Whether you have already verbally distributed your assets or have designated them more formally through a written will, your estate will likely go through the probate process before any of your heirs can take possession of your gifts to them.

So, what is probate? If you've heard the word before, it may have been in an unfavorable light. Perhaps people have even told you to avoid probate if you can. However, probate plays an important role in the distribution of your assets, and while there are ways to avoid it, in most cases, the typical estate spends about nine months to a year going through the probate process.


One of the areas of law I am most asked about is unemployment compensation. The topic of unemployment is one of great mystery to employers large and small. This is likely due to the fact that decisions on these issues come from various sources, including Iowa Workforce Development, the Employment Appeal Board, and the District Court. When you have this many levels of decision making on these issues, some decisions may conflict leading to a gray area on many issues in this area. As a result employers are often left with numerous questions as to whether a particular employee qualifies for unemployment benefits.

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