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February 2013 Archives

7 Tips to Preventing Home Repair Fraud

Home repair fraud is one of the most common ways individuals are scammed.

This type of fraud is especially stressful and troublesome as it often impacts not only your finances, but where you live as well. You may find yourself with an uninhabitable home, unfinished repairs, and just the hassle of having your home held hostage by unscrupulous contractors.

Fortunately, with some due diligence, you can take steps to minimize the chances of falling for home repair fraud. Here are several tips to avoid fraud provided by the Illinois Attorney General:

How to Calculate Damages for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have been injured in an accident that was the fault of someone else, you will want to know how to calculate damages in a potential personal injury lawsuit.

There are many different types of damage amounts that you will want to consider. These can include much more than damage caused to any of your personal property or even your medical bills.

By properly calculating your injuries, you will be better prepared as you take steps to file a lawsuit and possibly collect for the harm caused.

7 Ways to Prevent Furniture Tip-Over Injuries at Home

When you think of dangers in your home, you may think of gas leaks and deteriorating stairs. However, one of the greatest safety risks in your home may be furniture tip-over accidents involving bookcases, shelves, and television stands.

According to the CPSC, one child dies in a furniture tip-over accident every two weeks. This can include children who climb on top of shelves or television stands and knock these objects over. An old television or bookshelf can weigh 40 to 50 pounds, and can easily crush a small child.

Furniture tip-over accidents are tragic both because they have the potential to be so deadly and also because they are usually preventable.

5 Tips When Donating Money to Charity

You may have been tempted to give money to charity, but stopped because you were not too sure where your money would end up. However, by following some tips for donating money to charity, you can better ensure that your money will be used for good.

Following tragedies like Hurricane Sandy or the school shooting in Connecticut, there are many legitimate groups that need money and other types of support. Unfortunately, there are almost as many fraudulent groups that are just looking to make a quick buck.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when you open your pocketbook, as provided by the Illinois Attorney General: