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Think about these things before you sign a commercial lease

A commercial real estate location that will work for your Louisiana company and fits in your budget is hard to find. Once you find the right place for your business, it can be tempting to simply sign the purchase agreement or lease contract, and move forward as quickly as possible. Before you do this, however, it is smart to think carefully about a few factors. 

The terms of your commercial lease or purchase agreement will impact your business for years to come. It's in your interests to be cautious and careful, ensuring that the terms of the agreement suit the needs of your business and will not leave you exposed to legal or financial risk. Whether you are buying or leasing, you will want to think long-term when making this important decision.

Improving car safety can reduce rate of personal injury incidents

Every year in Louisiana, people suffer serious injuries or even die as a result of a vehicle backing over them. Sadly, many victims of these types of personal injury incidents are children. Kids are much less likely to be able to notice a vehicle moving, and drivers are not always able to see what is behind them. It's a dangerous and potentially catastrophic combination. 

In order to lower the risk of back-up accidents, automakers have started including back-up cameras in newer vehicles. In fact, legislation was passed last year that now requires all manufacturers to include cameras in cars or trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. The hope is that improving vehicle safety will reduce the number of accidents and make Louisiana roads safer for everyone. 

Commercial real estate issues specific to the brewing industry

Craft brewing is exceptionally popular, and many of these companies have opened up across the country, including in Louisiana. With the growing number of breweries opening up and more budding entrepreneurs looking to turn their beer hobby into a career, it is clear that there are a few property issues that are specific to this industry. Commercial real estate matters for breweries can be complicated, and a business owner will want to do his or her research before moving forward. 

One important factor for a brewing company to consider is the amount of rent stipulated in a lease. Many business owners overlook the necessity of negotiating on future rent increases and capping the amount they may have to pay during the life of the lease. A lease may also need to include terms for potential expansion on the building or renovations to the space in order to accommodate equipment and future company growth

Is it smart to purchase residential real estate with a friend?

Buying a home can be an exciting step for a Louisiana resident. But is it a smart move if the plan is to make the purchase with a friend? Making this kind of residential real estate purchase allows for at least two people to share the expense and upkeep of a property. This choice is popular with regard to weekend homes, vacation properties or rental properties. Before taking this step, there are a few things to consider in order to protect one's interests.

One beneficial option is to create a limited liability company before purchasing property with a second buyer. This can protect other assets in case something goes wrong with the transaction. The two parties who are about to move forward with this important step will have to be willing to share their financial information, including credit scores. Being open and honest can help avoid potential problems in the future.

Buying commercial real estate for the rental property potential

Owning rental property can be a beneficial step for Louisiana business owners, but it's prudent to be cautious and careful when making this type of investment. Buying commercial real estate property is a significant financial decision, and a person will want to be sure to get a good return on the property or building. There are a few smart steps that a person can take to maximize the rent potential in rental property.

Trying to rent or lease property for commercial purposes can be a frustrating process. After buying property, it is smart for a landlord to work to add value to the space, which will attract potential tenants and make it more likely that a person will lease the space. One way to do this is by updating finishes, including things like flooring, counter tops, paint, lighting fixtures and more.

Weather is responsible for many personal injury accidents

In certain types of weather, it can be extremely difficult to drive safely. While Louisiana does not often experience freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, it does get its fair share of rain throughout the year. And wet roadways are one the of the leading causes of personal injury accidents on roads and highways throughout the country. 

Wet roads are responsible for a significant number of accidents throughout the year. U.S. Department of Transportation statistics indicate that over 1.2 million auto accidents every year are related to weather conditions, particularly rain. Weather is responsible for around 5,000 vehicular deaths and 418,000 injuries annually. Bad weather conditions and precipitation are significant threats to the well-being of all motorists. 

Do you leave enough space when driving near 18-wheelers?

A motorcyclist from Baton Rouge was recently killed in a brutal collision with an 18-wheeler. The truck driver allegedly hit the motorcyclist multiple times before running him over. According to a news report, the truck driver claimed he did not see the motorcyclist or even realize right away that he had hit someone. However, a different news article suggests the collision may have been intentional.

Although the truth about this collision may not yet be clear, many collisions are caused each year by the reckless actions of truck drivers or other motorists who do not recognize the operating limitations of 18-wheelers. Unfortunately, this recent collision incorporates a common narrative because collisions between 18-wheelers and smaller vehicles are often devastating and usually cause severe injuries or death to the occupants of smaller vehicles.

Succession law experience important after an unexpected death

When a loved one dies unexpectedly, it can cause significant problems for loved ones left behind, especially if the decedent not have a will or did not leave any instructions regarding his or her Louisiana estate. Families who are grieving will then have to navigate complex legal concerns at the same time. It's smart for people who are either planning for the future or trying to settle a loved one's estate to speak with someone with experience in succession law.

Recently, a man who owned and operated a small business passed away unexpectedly. It left his family trying to figure out what to do with his company. They did not know whether they should sell or how they could keep it going, as he did not have any plans in place regarding the succession of his business. While the family was able to keep the company open, it was a legally and financially complicated process. 

Avoiding problems in a residential real estate purchase

Buying a home in Louisiana is one of the most important purchases a person will make in his or her lifetime. It is a major step, and before moving forward, a potential buyer will want to be sure that he or she is aware of potential pitfalls. Understanding the common mistakes that many first-time buyers make can help a person avoid complications in his or her own residential real estate purchase.

One of the most common mistakes that buyers make is looking at the features that a home offers instead of focusing on the overall quality of the home itself. When a buyer does not pay enough attention to inspect the home carefully and look for potential problems, it can lead to financial losses and issues later. This means that a buyer will want to take the time to look at the structure and bones of the home before signing a contract.

Autopilot driving can lead to personal injury incidents

When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she has the responsibility to be as safe as reasonably possible. Drivers should be attentive and aware of the things happening around them, but unfortunately, not all Louisiana drivers do that. Instead, polls indicate that a surprisingly high number of drivers are actually zoned out while on the road. Inattentive drivers are dangerous, and they lead to an increase in the likelihood of a personal injury accident occurring. 

Zombie driving is a term used to describe when happens when a person is driving and arrives at his or her destination but has no recollection of how he or she got there. Approximately 40 percent of drivers polled stated that they were guilty of zombie driving at least some of the time. This is more likely to occur when a driver is familiar with the roads, tired or thinking about other things.