2018 Tax Code Changes

Changes to the individual tax code are effective January 1, 2018. The IRS says that the 2018 withholding rates will be adjusted in February to reflect the new rules. Most individual changes would expire at the end of 2025, so the old tax code rates and deductions would be back in 2026. Here’s a look at what’s in the bill: FOR INDIVIDUALS New Tax brackets and rates Lowers (many) individual rates:…

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Tacoma Amtrak Train Crash

On Monday, December 17th, in its inaugural ride on a new higher-speed route between Seattle and Portland, an Amtrak train derailed sending 14 train off the tracks, and some off an overpass, crushing the steel train cars and trapping traffic underneath. CBS News reports that the crash left at least three people dead and roughly 100 injured. Federal investigators have also confirmed that the train was speeding at 80-mph in…

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Barclay Friends Nursing Home

On Thursday, November 17th, a massive fire broke out in a Pennsylvania nursing home. CBS Philadelphia reports that firefighters were called to the Barclay Friends Nursing Home in West Chester just before 11 p.m. At least 20 people have reported injuries from the five-alarm fire. However, none of the injuries have been deemed life threatening. At this time, the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Being the victim of…

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Compensation and Personal Injury: An Overview

Compensation and Personal Injury: An Overview The compensation an injured person (plaintiff) can receive in a personal injury case is known as “damages.” But how are damages determined, and what is your case worth? Here, the personal injury attorneys at AFSL discuss damages in personal injury cases. Types of Damages Depending on the unique circumstances of an accident and the extent of injuries that occurred, a plaintiff may be able…

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What You Should to Do After a House Fire

 What You Should to Do After a House Fire A house fire is a devastating event that leave families distraught and uncertain of what to do next. Here, the fire loss attorneys at AFSL detail critical first steps you should take after a house fire. Experiencing a fire in your home is a terrifying and stressful situation. In such a situation, your primary concern should be to ensure that you…

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Philadelphia High Speed Train Crash Injures 42

Dozens of people were injured, at least four of them seriously, when a high-speed train crashed into an empty train at the suburban Philadelphia 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Tuesday, August 22, 2017. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) confirmed that the crash occurred at around 12:15 a.m. SEPTA indicates the inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied stationary train sitting in the station, injuring…

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What You Need to Know About Professional Malpractice

Professional malpractice law governs a wide range of professional service industries. Here, the malpractice law attorneys at AFSL discuss professional malpractice, and what you need to know if you believe you or a loved one have been the victim of professional negligence or wrongdoing. What is Professional Malpractice? Professional malpractice is negligence on the part of an expert or authority whom a plaintiff relied on for a service, and whose…

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Pipe Explosion in Downtown Baltimore

On Tuesday June 20th, a steam pipe explosion in Downtown Baltimore buckled the street, creating a large crater out of which a large plume shot into the air for a full hour before emergency crews could control it. The cloud was quickly confirmed to be steam, allaying concerns of dangerous chemical exposure and burn injuries. Rubble and debris was scattered over the South Eutaw Street area, car and business windows…

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Cyclist Killed In Towson Hit-And-Run Crash

A fatal crash occurred in Towson overnight involving a bicyclist, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. Officials are continuing to look for the vehicle that initially hit the cyclist. Aaron Michael Laciny, 20, of the 1300 block of South Charles Street, died after he was hit by two vehicles while biking in the area of Charles Street and Charlesbrooke, police said. He had been riding in the southbound lane of Charles…

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The Uniform Commercial Code and How It Affects Your Business

The Uniform Commercial Code covers legal aspects of many business activities. Here, the business law attorneys at AFSL briefly outline these laws and the impact they can have on businesses. Unique challenges arise for businesses that enter into transactions in several states when each state has significantly different commercial law. The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) was published to help make business activities more predictable by having a uniform code of…

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