The Best Tips for Packing Up and Going

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Self Storage, Storage Tips | 0 comments

Who hasn’t felt it a few times in life, the need to just get up, get out, and move to somewhere new? Most people chicken out when the mood takes them, but for some of us, we actually go through with it.

For those who decide they really want to pull it off, there are a number of complications ahead. There’s finding a job in a new place, finding a good place to live, getting the money to gather for deposits, rent, and moving expenses. It isn’t easy.

And then there’s the actual process of moving. For those who have never done it before, moving can be its own special kind of challenge, one that keeps some people from actually pursuing their desire for a fresh start.

So, with that in mind, here are a few packing and moving tips to help all of you looking to move who need just a little more advice.

Clearly mark boxes

It will save a lot of hassle if you mark your boxes carefully. Write on every side of the box (so you don’t have to flip it around to see the information) and write all the items within. That can seem like a pain at first, but you’ll be glad later when you’re looking for that one particular item.

Organize and use your space

Whether you’re using your car, a pickup truck, a trailer, or a moving truck, the key is maximizing your space. Learn to stack items well and to get as much in safely and tightly as possible. Packing is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find you can fit much more into any space than you thought.

Think how you want things stored

When you’re packing things up, think about what needs to come out first when you reach your new place. You probably want furniture first (beds, couches, tables) and things like books last. So, pack your vehicle that way with furniture near the front where it’s easiest to access.

Take care with breakables and valuables

Take extra care of valuables. Wrap them in newspaper and then tape them to make sure the wrapping stays on. Don’t use just a little piece of tape. Cover the whole thing with tape to add extra protection. Then place it in a location where it won’t be able to fall but also doesn’t have a lot of heavy objects on top of it.

Clean everything

This is another extra step that can seem annoying at the time, but you’ll be glad when you open those boxes up and find everything clean and ready to go. When traveling, things can get messy. Mold can grow where you didn’t clean kitchen equipment. Objects can stick together. It’s just far more hassle later than just cleaning them first. Then, they’re ready for use as soon as you open the box.

I hope some of those tips help. Remember, getting a fresh start can be difficult, but it is almost always worth it!

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University of Chicago Landscaping

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Colleges in the United States are more than just learning institutions; they are communities and are run like their own cities, and some colleges have more students living on their grounds than a small town has people. A student will spend the majority of their time at college roaming the campus grounds, so the University of Chicago has taken great pride in making sure that it is pleasing to look at. This is for the benefit of the general public and everyone in Chicago as well, as the university is a point of pride for the entire city.

The entire campus of the University of Chicago has been extensively landscaped, but it hasn’t always been that way. According to this featured article on the university website, when George Beadle became the president of the university in 1961, the university looked dull and weathered. He started off by simply planting grass in the quad and took careful measures to make sure students kept off the new growth. In 1983, the university barely looked better, and the new facilities manager had a dream of converting the entire campus into a botanical garden. It took until 1996 for the landscaping plan to be approved, and the very next year the campus was given official botanical garden status by the American Public Gardens Association. The plants and flowers are all labeled, and the University has a professional staff member dedicated to the upkeep of the grounds. This makes the University of Chicago very unique because while some colleges have a botanical garden or arboretum on campus, they usually don’t cover the entire grounds. The beautiful landscape is still being maintained, and university officials are considering where to place fences to prevent students from cutting corners and trampling grass on their way to class. However, there is not much vandalism, and as the beauty of the campus has increased, so too have students become more mindful of their surroundings.

One of the best things you can do for your personal health and well-being, and for your home, is to plant attractive flowers and trees around it. The new plants can attract local wildlife like songbirds and deer, the value of your property can go up, and shady trees and plants can even lower your energy bill, and that’s not to mention the wonders it can work on improving your mood. It would take a lot of work to make your home look as beautiful as the University of Chicago, but companies like Ware Landscaping in the Chicago area can help you beautify your home.

Landscaping is not something most people think about when they consider where they want to go to college, but it can make or break your time there. Colleges and universities around the United States should take care to beautify their campuses like the University of Chicago has continually. The beautiful scenery will certainly help students feel more at ease and comfortable, and the community around the college will benefit as well.

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The Partnership and Limited Liability Company (LLC) Business Structures

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Business Litigation | 0 comments

Partnership and Limited Liability Company (LLC) are two types of business structures those thinking of putting up their own firm can choose from. Partnership is owned by a group of individuals. Under this business structure, owners may choose either the General Partnership or the Limited Partnership. In General Partnership, ownership, management, duties and all profits and losses are shared by all the members of the group that put up the business. In a Limited Partnership, however, one of the members, usually the major financier, gains the right to manage the business; since all other partners shared only in the capital needed to start the firm, their right in running the business and their share in the profits and losses of the firm are, therefore, not equal with the major financier.

A partnership may be entered into informally, requiring only the shareholders’ common understanding and mutual consents: the only legal requirement needed is the business’ name for purpose of registration. This type of business can also be easily terminated upon the completion of a project, the resignation or death of any of the partners or when the partners make a decision to end it. But as the partners share in whatever profit is earned, they also share the debts incurred by their firm.

Filing of a certificate of partnership is usually done at the office of the Secretary of State. Though a contract of partnership among the partners is not really necessary, many legal experts advise this as this will save them from any possible litigation concerning the extent and limitation of their duties and rights.

For those intending to start a small business venture, however, the LLC format is more preferable. This is because an LLC combines the best features of a partnership and a corporation. Owners of LLCs (there may be just one owner or many owners can either manage the business or hire someone else to manage it for them. A couple of its main features are protection from personal accountability for business claims and debts (this means that, in cases, such as failure to pay company debts, the members’ personal possessions are safe from being claimed or confiscated by creditors, suppliers or by a landlord), and freedom from double taxation, since LLCs, which are referred to by the IRS as “pass-through entities,” pass the burden of tax payment to its members rather than to the business firm itself.

In a website found at, it is said that, “Every business has unique needs, and different business models may be more appropriate for different types of company. Forming one and dealing with all the legal matters associated it can be stressful. Fortunately, with the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced business attorney, you can rest assured that the decisions you make will set your company up for future success.”

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Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Criminal convictions affect many aspects of your life, like employment, family, and reputation. But the consequences may vary depending on the jurisdiction, type, and duration.
Criminal convictions affect many aspects of your life, like employment, family, and reputation. Aside from the direct consequences such as fines, prison, and probation, there are additional penalties attached to criminal convictions. These penalties are called collateral consequences. Below are the most common forms of collateral consequences.


Those who are convicted of a criminal offense may suffer from disenfranchisement, or the exclusion from voting. Disenfranchisement can be permanent, or temporarily implemented until the convicted has served a sentence or completed a probation. This depends on the jurisdiction.

Limited employment opportunities

Most companies are very meticulous in their hiring process. They may be biased against those who have criminal convictions, limiting the employment opportunities of people who have them. Sometimes, the limited employment opportunity is a bigger financial consequence than the criminal punishment itself.

Limited housing opportunities

Government housing authorities and property owners may not allow those with criminal convictions on their premises, limiting the housing opportunities of people who have such convictions. These people are more likely to be in homes that have limited access to employment, medical services, and transportation infrastructure. This will affect the overall quality of their lives.

Loss of license

Professional licenses, such as for architects, engineers, medical practitioners, and lawyers, can be revoked or suspended because of a criminal conviction. Even simple licenses, such as for drivers, can also suffer the same fate, particularly because of reckless and negligent behaviors like driving under the influence and drug possession.
Even though these are the most common forms of collateral consequences, there are more out there that affect the lives of those who have been convicted. They may never be able to get pistol permits, federal student aid and loans, and government social insurance benefits. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a criminal conviction may have immigration consequences.

It is also important to note that being arrested for a crime does not necessarily mean that you are automatically guilty. You have the right to defend yourself from the possible consequences of criminal convictions, and the best way to do this is by getting legal help.

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Benefits of Self Storage

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Self Storage | 0 comments

Benefits of Self Storage

Storage facilities are there to make sure that we have space for our stuff. They are not just for unwanted junk, but also for items that we still legitimately need, such as extra appliances, furniture, and even vehicles.
Storage facilities are actually not just for personal use. It can be utilized for business purposes, particularly those that have big inventories. But aside from the obvious extra space, what are the benefits of having a storage?

You can take your time

Space is an important factor in convenient living. Sometimes, neighborhoods and apartments have rules regarding the number of items residents have, to ensure that there is enough space for everybody and that the premises is free of clutter. If you have your own storage, you can take your time to determine which items you can retain or throw. You cannot say the same thing to places that have space concerns.

You can stay organized

Having extra storage is not just for excess stuff. Sometimes, it is also about organizing all you stuff. For example, you can put your winter clothes and gears in the storage during summer time. When the cold season arrives, you can take out these clothes and gears and store your summer items. Organizing makes your use of space more efficient.

You can secure valuable items

Storage facilities have features to ensure that your items are safe, like security cameras, personal access codes, and climate control units. This gives you peace of mind that your valuable items are in good hands. It is best not to store valuable items of the monetary sense, like cash and jewelry. But other valuable items like those with sentimental value, such as documents and picture albums, are recommended. Storage facilities ensure that they are safe from the common dangers in where you live, like burglary and residential fire.

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Reckless Driving Behaviors

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

Reckless Driving Behaviors

It only takes a single mistake for a traffic accident to happen, but for some reason, there are drivers out there who are being careless and negligent as if they are immune to such accidents. According to the Chicago car accident lawyers of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, auto accidents that have resulted from the recklessness and negligence may be taken to court.
Though it is good to know that the law is at your side, preventing reckless driving behaviors outright is still the best option. Below is a list of the most common reckless driving behaviors so you can know how to avoid them.

Driving Aggressively

Aggressive driving behaviors include too much honking, speeding, tailgating, weaving between lanes, and other gestures that may aggravate or intimidate other motorists and pedestrians.
Too much honking can annoy other drivers and distract them from operating their vehicles safely. Speeding puts not only you but also the others around you at risk of collisions because of the limited reaction time available when a vehicle is going too fast. Tailgating is unsafe because of the limited room available to break safely. Weaving between lanes increases the risk of accidents because the others around you will have a hard time determining your current and future position.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and anything that can cause impairment is very dangerous. The physical effects, such as comprehension problems, coordination issues, and vision issues, can potentially result into a traffic accident.
Comprehension is important on the road so you can make proper judgment, particularly on road signs, vehicle speeds and positions, and turns. Coordination is important because the interaction between the hands, feet, and eyes, comprises almost the entire driving experience. Having perfect vision is also important because of obvious reasons.

Maneuvering Poorly

There is a reason why your vehicle has turn signals and brake lights. They are not a design flaw. They are there to let the others around you know what you are about to do or doing in your vehicle, which is particularly important in terms of positioning. If you do not use your turn signals, you are giving the motorists and pedestrians around you limited reaction time. Having defective brake lights pose a similar threat.
Poor maneuvering is not just about lights. You should also take into consideration the proper and safe manner of turning itself, the use of side and rear view mirrors, and blindspots.
You don’t deserve to get injured because of a reckless driver. Prevention is still the better option. So if you see drivers doing these reckless behaviors, be wary, and if possible, completely avoid them.

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The Rise of Alternative Prosthetics

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

According to Mazin & Associates, PC, an amputation injury is an injury that involves the loss of one or several body parts. A myriad of factors can contribute to the loss of limbs. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, these include but are not limited to cancer, diabetes, tragic accidents, and birth defects. Prosthesis or an instrument that replaces the missing appendage offers the amputee the ability to perform daily tasks like walking or eating. Improvements in technology have inspired an abundant amount of research concentrated on the creation of lifelike limbs that mirror, and in some cases, restore the functionality of their natural equivalents. Still, a prosthetic need not appear realistic in form.

The Alternative Limb Project, a project created by prosthetic designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata, celebrates the notion of artificiality. Her custom designs prove there are virtually no limits when it comes to artificial limbs. A bionic arm and leg straight from a sci-fi game and a lifelike arm with equally realistic snakes wrapped tightly around the forearm are among a few of her unique designs. The possibilities are endless; still, imagination has its limits. An impressive, creative design must not come at the expense of functionality. Why are these constructions important? Rather than merely imitating the appearance of skin, these creative artificial limbs empower through customization. Formerly powerless to the factors that removed his or her appendage, the individual can regain autonomy through these incredible creations. The prosthetic is now an extension that mirrors personality. He or she can bare their arms, proudly. This does not undermine the pride of those who genuinely wish for and possess realistic appearing limbs. Still, most insurance companies only cover the expense of realistic prosthetics. Fortunately, individuals like Sophie raise awareness and ultimately advocate for customizable prosthetic in hopes that more insurance companies will cover such a cost.

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Determining Medical Malpractice Liability For Hospital Acquired Infection

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

The spread of infection in the hospital is common but it can be easily treated and may not pose any danger to the patients. However, if the infection was acquired due to the negligence of the medical personnel that is a different story. According to the website of The Abel Law Firm, medical professionals have a duty of care especially when performing surgical procedures.

Hospital acquired infection (HAI) is an infection that occurs in a hospital patient not associated with the patient’s admitted diagnosis or health issue. It the infection happens in 48 hours after being admitted, it is likely HAI. Such infections can be acquired in three ways and they are called risk factors:

Patient Risk Factors

Patient risk factors include the duration of the patient’s stay in a clinical setting, the severity of illness or injury for which the patient was admitted, and the function and capacity of the immune system during their visit.

Organizational Risk Factors

These factors include hospital cleanliness and treatment setting in general, which includes the filtration of the HVAC system, concentration of patient beds, cleanliness of water systems, cleanliness of building surfaces, and sterility of medical devices.

Iatrogenic Risk Factors

These factors include performance of care by doctors, hospital staff, nurses, and other care providers. This includes the frequency of hand washing, antibiotic use, and care during invasive procedures.

So who can be held liable for hospital acquired infection? Determining liability in hospital acquired infection can prove to be challenging in the legal perspective. An investigation on the specific circumstances, the reason for improper treatment, and possible preventive measures need to be administered. When a hospital is involved in a case, determining liability can be a challenge. If the doctor who performed the procedure is an independent contractor, then the hospital may not be deemed liable for the hospital acquired infection.

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What Your Employment Contract Should Contain?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Business Litigation | 0 comments

After successfully passing the job interview and getting hired, the next step in getting employed is the contract signing. The contract serves as a binding agreement between you and your future employer. This document is crucial in establishing future and continuing relationship between the employee and the employer. According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, the contract lays down clear responsibilities as well as liabilities for everyone.

As an employee, it is important that you have an understanding of the terms of your contract. BY doing so, this will help prevent any disputes and conflicts between the signing parties. Generally, contracts have express and implied terms. The former refers to elements of your contract that have been mentioned or agreed upon orally by both the employer and the employee. These include the amount you will be paid, working hours, holiday and sick pay, and notice period for ending the contract.

Implied terms, on the other hand, can be implied into most employee contracts. For instance, that you would not steal from your company or divulge confidential information. Implied terms also include the provision on safe working environment. The terms may also be implied through custom and practice.

Aside from the terms, your contract should generally include your employment status. This is different from your working pattern which could either be part-time, fulltime, casual, zero hours, temporary, or seasonal. During the contract signing, it is important that you carefully read the terms and conditions of your contract before signing. If there is something that you do not agree with or believe is unfair, you can always discuss it with your employer.

As mentioned, the contract is legal and binding and any party who breaks what is stipulated can be held liable. Any contract disputes should first be sorted out by the parties concerned. Employee litigation can be costly for both employee and employer so the issue should first be resolved by the parties themselves.

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Risperdal : Uses and Side Effects

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Defective Products | 0 comments

Risperdal, known by its generic name Risperidone, is used for the treatment of certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder). Risperidone belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. Its effectiveness lies on restoring balance on certain natural substances in the brain. It can also be combined with other medication for treating depression.

Risperdal can be taken orally with or without food as prescribed by your doctor once or twice a day. In liquid form, it comes with a special measuring device for carefully measuring dosage. A household spoon is not advisable as you may not get the right amount of dosage. It can be mixed with small amounts of other liquids such as water, coffee, orange, juice, or low-fat milk.

Dosage is based on age, medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications being taken. Make sure to tell the doctor or pharmacist regarding other products you are using. You may be instructed to start at a low dosage and slowly increasing it. The important thing is to follow the instructions of your doctor.

Risperdal is known for various side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, drooling, weight gain, or tiredness. Inform your doctor if any of these effects persist.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has advertised it for unapproved uses which could result to serious side effects. The US Food & Drug Administration has issued several warnings related to the drug. Although approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability in people with autism, it was also wrongly advertised for unapproved use which resulted to side effects.

Gynecomastia is one serious side effect, a condition characterized by breast enlargement in boys. For this reason, the victims can suffer from severe psychological trauma. In women, Risperdal reportedly increases prolactin levels. Prolactin stimulates breast development in women and so boys with increased prolactin levels may develop male breasts.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, for the failure to inform patients about such side effects, the manufacturer of Risperdal Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit is now facing at least 130 lawsuits related to Risperdal use. One of the plaintiffs is a boy who allegedly used the drug between 9 to 14 years old. He required surgery to remove the breast tissues.

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