The Answers You Need for the Questions You’re Forced to Ask
One of the worst aspects of pursuing a case—whether you’re fighting for injury compensation or trying to settle a divorce—is not knowing what to expect. Before you get yourself knee deep in the details of your case allow us to answer some of your questions first. We’ll help you be more fully prepared and more confident as you move forward.
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What is a living will?
All Rhode Islanders have the right to make their own medical decisions. However, if you should ever become unable to vocalize those wishes—because of paralysis, coma, or neurological incapacitation—an estate plan can speak for you. Specifically, a living will can tell medical professionals and loved ones what you want should you be incapacitated. Image Properties
A Living Will Speaks for You During Your Lifetime
A living will (also known as an advance directive) is not the same document as a last will and testament. While a last will and testament outlines your wishes for how your assets are distributed after your death, a living will provides doctors with instructions on end-of-life medical decisions while you are still alive.
A living will is essential to any estate plan. Without one, it’s possible that:
- A family member guesses and makes the decision for you
- Family members disagree on which choice to make
- The medical staff decides
Those who are then put in a position to make the decisions may know little to nothing of what you would have chosen. When family and doctors are left to guess and make determinations, hurt feelings, mistakes, and even lawsuits can ensue.
What Your Living Will Can Do
A living will—as part of a complete estate plan—can provide instructions for certain scenarios and types of care, including:
- Palliative care, which can include any treatment that aims to reduce pain and suffering as much as possible.
- Resuscitation, either cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or use of a defibrillator, which can restart a person’s vital functions.
- Organ donation, even though these wishes are carried out after death.
We Offer Invaluable Help for Estate Planning
If you’re considering revising or creating an estate plan, you need an advisor who can fully understand your needs and the needs of your estate. The legal team at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum is available to meet with you, hear your concerns, and build a comprehensive and personalized plan. To speak with a team member today, fill out the online contact form on our website.
What are Rhode Island's safety restraint laws for adults and children?
Most people understand that seat belts save lives. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that wearing seat belts and using child safety restraints properly can reduce the risk of death and serious injury by half. However, you should also understand Rhode Island laws and the penalties you face if you violate them.
Adult Seat Belt Laws
In 2011, Rhode Island made seat belt violations a primary offense—meaning police can pull over and ticket drivers and their passengers for not wearing seat belts, even if no other violation was committed. Rhode Island requires:
- Any person 13 years of age or older, in any seating position, to wear safety belt and shoulder harness systems properly while being transported.
- Any vehicle operator to wear a safety belt or shoulder harness system properly while driving.
Child Safety Restraint Laws
In addition to safety restraint rules for teens and adults, Rhode Island also has strict laws on restraining children properly. It’s important to note that the driver is responsible if he violates any of the following child safety restraint laws:
- Any child under the age of 8, shorter than 4’ 9”, and less than 80 pounds must be properly restrained in a rear-facing car seat, or booster seat safety system.
- Any child age 8 to 12 must be properly restrained with a seat belt, in any seat position in the vehicle.
If a law enforcement finds a child riding in the front seat, or any child age 8 or older not wearing a safety restraint, you will be fined $85. If you transport a child without any child restraint, you must appear in court.
After an Accident, You Need Legal Help
If you need help understanding Rhode Island’s seat belt laws, or you have recently been involved in a car accident, contact the attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum. They can answer your questions and help you make informed decisions about your case. To get started, fill out the online contact form on our website.