Fitbits may be helpful tool in employment cases, but reliability concerns still an issue

Wearable technology has exploded in popularity over the past few years as a way of monitoring fitness, athletic performance, health and alertness. Fitbits can track things like calories burned, your heart rate at different times, the steps you’ve taken over the course of a day or a week, your blood sugar levels and even your sleep patterns.

This is useful information for people to monitor their own wellness metrics, but it could also potentially be useful evidence in legal disputes. Data from Fitbits and other wearable devices has already been used in personal injury cases in Canada. In one case, an injured woman used a Fitbit to show how much less active she was now than before the accident in question. Fitbit data also helped authorities in Pennsylvania support criminal charges against a woman who falsely reported that a man broke into her house while she was sleeping and raped her. The data showed that she was actually awake and out of bed at the time of the alleged home invasion.

Attorney Christopher B. Slusser said the staff of the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton can help individuals throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania determine if they have Fitbit data that can be used in their own personal injury lawsuit.

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Weigh the risks in contractor disputes

Construction projects can get tense, and when a dispute arises mid-project it takes some finesse to maintain working relationships or at least get the project done.

It’s always best to bring up any concerns right away and see if by talking it out you and the contractor can find resolution. Often contractors will be willing to redo work, or make changes to completed work, for a discounted price.
That can be the most cost effective way to resolve an issue, and can also help keep your project close to the original timeline, as the contractor will want to maintain the working relationship.

Attorney Christopher B. Slusser of the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton said that, in certain situations, you may later be able to file a legal claim to recover the money you had to pay to get the job done right.

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Atty. Chris Slusser accepts CAN DO Curb Appeal Award on behalf of Fox Run Plaza

Atty. Chris Slusser accepted a Curb Appeal Award from CAN DO, Inc., on behalf of Fox Run Plaza during CAN DO's 10th annual Curb Appeal Awards ceremony at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.

CAN DO holds its annual Curb Appeal Awards to honor its industrial park and corporate center tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties. The awards were presented to companies in the Humboldt, Valmont and McAdoo industrial parks, Humboldt Station and the CAN DO Corporate Center to companies in several categories.

Fox Run Plaza, which is located in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums, received the award in the Commerical Service category during the ceremony.

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Beware the pitfalls of naming a minor as your beneficiary

A minor generally doesn’t have the right to manage his or her assets, including any inheritance.

But sometimes a minor child becomes the beneficiary of a sizable family inheritance. That can occur because a parent dies without a will or trust, leading to an unavoidable direct inheritance by the child.
If a minor is chosen as a beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy, many challenging issues can arise. Attorney Christopher B. Slusser of the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton said it's best to consult a lawyer when planning your will so you can avoid many of these challenges.

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Estate planning options for blended families

The dynamics of a blended family, defined as one where at least one spouse has at least one child from a prior marriage or relationship, can complicate financial and estate planning because no off-the-shelf plans apply.

It’s important to contact your estate-planning lawyer to ensure complete review of all personal and economic aspects of your family and a resulting plan that works for everyone involved.

From designating account beneficiaries to updating wills and trusts, it takes attention to detail to ensure specific wishes are carried out properly. Effective, collaborative planning can address the family’s needs and goals while building trust and helping everyone move forward together.

A good place to start is with reviewing and updating beneficiary designations for life-insurance policies and retirement accounts. That’s a simple way to ensure that the proper beneficiaries are noted on all accounts and the proceeds from those accounts end up going to the correct individuals. Attorney Christopher B. Slusser and his staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton can help you do this.

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