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How do you pick your child's guardian?

It's hard to think about your child growing up without you -- but it could happen. A bad accident or sudden illness could claim your life and leave your child behind.

If you don't have a will that designates a guardian for your child, the state will decide who gets the job. There's no guarantee that the court will ever know or care what you might have wanted unless you put it in writing.

Why does skin heal when the brain does not?

A driver behind you at a red light fails to stop in time. He looks lown at his phone and does not see that traffic ahead has stopped. His Ford F-150 pickup truck plows into the back of your Prius and you wind up in the hospital with serious injuries.

Cosmetically, your injuries start healing quickly. That cut on your face scabs over and begins to fade. Another scrape running down the length of your arm, where you hit the steering column, also starts healing. Doctors tell you that, though you may have light scarring, your skin will heal and look as good as new in a matter of months.

Is bird-nesting right for your divorce?

You're getting divorced, and you are trying to figure out how to divide custody of your children. Should they live with you one week and then go to your ex's house the next week? This does mean a lot of time in the car, a rather complicated living situation for the kids -- who may not really feel "at home" in either location -- and the need to buy two of a lot of things.

Shuttling the children back and forth between homes is very common, but there is one other option. It's called bird-nesting.

What is the largest reason for medical malpractice lawsuits?

What do you think is the largest reason for medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States? Wrong-site surgery? Being given the wrong medication? A surgical site that gets infected and leads to serious complications?

If you simply said "diagnostic errors," then you understand exactly how common these mistakes really are. When looking at data starting in 2013 and ending in 2017, a study found out that no single cause led to more claims. In total, they accounted for a full 33 percent. The report cited "poor clinical decisions" in more than 50 percent of those claims.

A trust gives you incredible control over your estate

Are you worried about losing control of your estate after you leave it to your children? You worked hard for years to create your wealth. You'd like to think your heirs will use it wisely, but there is really just no way to know. You can't control how they use that wealth when you're not around.

Or can you?

Could a self-driving car kill someone in North Carolina?

You may have heard that a self-driving car crashed recently in Arizona. A woman was crossing the street at night, in front of the car, and it did not detect her in time. She was hit and killed by the vehicle.

A driver was in the car at the time, and the driver was supposed to act in an emergency to take control away from the computer. The person was unable to do it fast enough to stop the crash.

Broken bones: What you should know about your recovery

It's never easy to live with a broken bone, even if you're able to work around it. You'll have to adjust your schedule, make time for doctor's appointments and sort through medical bills as they arrive. You may have to take a leave of absence from jobs that require you to use that body part, making it likely that you'll lose at least a bit of your income.

When your broken bone is a result of someone else's carelessness or negligence, you're in a position to file a claim to obtain compensation for your injury. That compensation can help support you while you recover, giving you less to worry about.

Dump truck hits car head-on, kills North Carolina mom and toddler

It is less than an hour's drive north of Jacksonville to Trenton, North Carolina. The small Jones County town has a population of less than 300; a figure that was tragically reduced by two in a recent head-on collision on Highway 258.

A young mother and her toddler were killed in the violent crash when a dump truck crossed the center line and smashed into their Honda Accord.

Steps You Should Take After Being Charged With a Traffic Violation

In North Carolina, you can be charged with a traffic violation if you were speeding, driving recklessly, driving without a valid license, or even failing to stop at a stop sign or a red light. If you have recently been charged with a traffic violation, you may be wondering what you should do next. There are several steps that you can take after being charged with a traffic violation that will help to protect you and your family as you prepare to deal with the ramifications of the charge.

Four Things You Should Know About DWI in North Carolina

If you have been charged with a DWI in North Carolina, it is important to educate yourself thoroughly on all the laws pertaining to your state. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of the top four things that you should know about DWI in North Carolina.

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