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How can you tell if an architect or engineer was negligent?

What happens when you hire an architect or an engineer to build your dream home, a development of condos you can sell or some other project, and you're vastly disappointed with the results? Can you sue that architect or engineer?

The answer to that question depends a lot on whether or not the architect or engineer committed professional negligence.

School declared too dangerous for students

Officials with California's board of education have barred two campuses of the Bright Futures Academy, a school serving special-needs children, from taking new students.

Officially, the decision is related to the school's inability to meet its contractual obligations and a failure to follow at least one student's individualized education plan (IEP).

Steps to take following a California bicycle accident

Bicycles are an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages. They can also be dangerous if riding in high-traffic areas. Bicycle safety is important for the rider and motorists around them. A bicycle rider needs to be vigilant when riding so that they can avoid an accident. Here are some steps to take if you are ever involved in a bicycle accident in California.

Remain at the scene of the accident in order to speak with law enforcement, be evaluated by the paramedics and exchange information with the motorist. Even if you were not at fault, you should remain at the scene of the accident.

Why lottery pool disputes start and how to avoid them

Lottery pools work by letting friends or fellow employees pool their funds and buy their weekly lottery tickets together, thereby increasing their chances of winning. For a few bucks a week, they each get an equal share of a dream.

When that dream becomes a reality, however, and somebody actually wins, all too often the whole situation transforms into a legal nightmare.

LA's deadliest times and places for traffic accidents

Vehicle collisions may not be one of your top worries in life, but what if it were possible to minimize your risk? Although there's no such thing as a sure bet, choices as simple as restricting when and where you drive might improve your odds. When it comes to navigating the streets of Los Angeles unharmed, there are a few factors you ought to bear in mind.

Motorcyclist decapitated when car's driver loses control

Motorcyclists face so many dangers already on the road that it seems terribly unfair that a young man with so much to live for would lose his life when he was decapitated by a low-hanging wire in a bizarre accident.

The 27-year-old victim, who was a relatively new husband and excited father-to-be, was riding his motorcycle early in the morning of April 11, 2017. Somewhere ahead of him on the road, a man driving a passenger car lost control of the vehicle, hit a mailbox and ran over the yard of a nearby home. The vehicle continued down the road for a while until it hit a wooden utility pole.

How do I educate my child about animal bites?

Animal bites are scary, especially for children. Being bitten by an animal at a young age, no matter how minor or severe the bite is, can scar a child for life. When you talk with adults who are scared of dogs, or who do not have an affinity for dogs, they were likely attacked by one at a young age. So, you might be asking yourself, how can I educate my child about animal bites? We will tackle that subject in today's post.

One of the first things parents should teach their children is to stay away from unknown animals, especially dogs. If your child is at a park or talking a walk with you and a dog is near, do not let the child simply run up to the dog. Tell the child to calmly walk and then ask the dog's owner if he or she can pet the dog. If the owner obliges, do so. If not, tell the child to leave the dog alone.

What California boaters can learn from 2015's boating statistics

While California's weather is generally favorable to boaters all year, spring and summer do see an increase in the number of boats actually out in the water. The warmer weather, school breaks, vacation time and increasing daylight all give people more time to enjoy their hobby.

That also means an increase in the number of accidents on the water. California is already second in the nation (Florida is first) when it comes to the number of boating accidents per year -- every year since 2011.

Cycling to work in the city: How to do it (and survive)

Los Angeles is home to a robust community of avid cyclists. Few, however, take the bold step of cycling to work - and for understandable reasons. On top of LA's notorious traffic, cyclists face numerous challenges. Bike lanes are in short supply, making it difficult to work out a feasible route. Drivers often aren't paying attention. They may even resort to road rage when forced to share the busy road with cyclists.

What's more, California has long ranked at the top of the list in terms of annual cycling deaths. LA in particular is an epicenter of car-bicycle collisions. Eight of the ten deadliest intersections in California are located here. Not surprisingly, only 1.2 percent of LA residents decide to bike to work, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

What if my accountant messes up my taxes?

When you employ an accountant to prepare your taxes, it is reasonable to trust that he or she will simplify your relationship with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), not complicate it. Unfortunately, even accountants can make mistakes, especially when it comes to especially complex assets. So, what is one to do when the IRS notifies you of an audit because of improper, late or unfiled taxes?

As far as the IRS is concerned, this is a matter between you and them, despite the fact that your accountant was the one who created the problem. The issue may even end up costing you significant fees. There is no easy way out of the swamp on this one, but you can seek damages for additional costs that your accountant incurred. Hopefully, your accountant will take responsibility, fix the errors and reimburse you for any fees. However, this may not happen.

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