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Pennsylvania law now allows adoptee to search for birth parents

For the past 33 years, adoptees have not been able to request a copy of their original birth certificate. This past week, a new law passed that ended that restriction. Adult adoptees — those over 18 and out of high school — can now request a copy of their birth record the same as anyone else.

Why were they unable before? A previous law sealing birth records from adoptees was enacted in 1994. It was passed to address the privacy concerns of parents who were giving their children up for adoption. The law was based on an assumption that the biological parents would not want their identities revealed to their children later in life.

You only have so much control over your work environment

Staying healthy while you work is something that you only have limited control over, especially if there are hazardous substances in your workplace. One of the issues that you might find comes up is that you can't really control your exposure to certain substances. Even if you have proper safety gear, accidents can still happen.

We recently discussed silicosis and how it is a possible hazard for workers in many different industries. This is only one type of exposure that workers might face during the course of doing their job.

Have you discussed your parents' wishes with them?

Thinking about the day when your parents will pass away is not pleasant. There are a few things that you should discuss with them before that day comes. Finding out what their wishes are can ensure you are respecting them in their final days and the period after they die.

On top of making sure that you know what your parents want, you need to find out information that will make things easier for you in the days after their death. These questions should give you a good start on the conversation:

Silica dust poses a significant hazard to workers

Workers who are exposed to silica are at risk of a condition known as silicosis. This condition is caused when the worker inhales crystalline silica. Some of the workers who are impacted by this condition include those in the construction, masonry, steel and various types of mining industries.

Silicosis might not appear right away when you are exposed to the inhalant. Instead, it can take weeks or longer to show up. Oftentimes, the early symptoms include a cough, shortness of breath and respiratory failure. This condition causes severe damage to the lungs and is often fatal. It is progressive and disabling. Smoking cigarettes can exacerbate the effects of silicosis.

Watch your actions during divorce, your children are watching

Parents want to give their children the skills they will need to succeed in life. When you are in the midst of a difficult divorce, you have to think about how your actions will impact your children. Even when you think that they aren't picking up on certain things, there is a good chance that they are paying close attention and taking things to heart.

Because of the nature of a divorce, things are likely going to get heated at some point or another. How you react when this happens will teach your children a lot. As tempting as it is to act short with your ex, make snide comments or give your ex the silent treatment, doing these will teach your children that childish and rude behaviors are acceptable when you are angry.

Workers' compensation can help immensely after a work injury

Any injury that you suffer at work has the potential to mean that your career is over. This is a tragedy; however, the impacts of the injury might be so severe that you can't do your job any longer.

Whether you are able to return to work eventually or not, you have the option of seeking workers' compensation benefits for the injury. Your primary focus when you are injured at work is likely going to be getting medical care. We recognize that you are probably worried about getting the care you need so that your injury doesn't get worse or impact you more than what it already is.

Know how to prevent head injuries from occurring

Head injuries are often associated with brain injuries. It is imperative that everyone takes steps that can minimize the risk of these injuries occurring. This is especially true in the workplace, where hazards might abound.

There are a few different ways that companies can try to reduce the risk of workers suffering a head injury. One of these is to provide proper head protection. For some companies, this will require having to offer various forms of protection. One common challenge when providing head protection for workers is ensuring that you have adequate options for workers who need to wear glasses or hearing aids.

New parents shouldn't overlook an estate plan

Many people think that estate plans are only for older people, but this isn't the case. New parents are doing their children an injustice by not creating an estate plan right away. You might not think that you need one since you are young. However, you should think carefully about what you want for your child if something happens to you before your child is an adult.

There are several things that you need to think about when you are going to create your estate plan with your minor child in mind. Here are a few points that you need to consider:

Take your heart out of the divorce process

A divorce is something that impacts your future. If you aren't prepared for a divorce, the impact might seem even more devastating. One day, you might have thought that your marriage was doing great but the next day you find out that your marriage is over. We know that this is a hard place to be in, but we are here to help you.

One of the difficult things to handle during a divorce is the division of property. If you have a lot of assets to deal with, the process can be long and drawn out. If you are working through mediation for the property division, you might find that you have room to wheel and deal some.

Be careful with what you post on social media accounts

It seems as though social media is a primary source of communication these days. If you are going through a divorce, it might be best to avoid the temptation of airing out the grievances regarding the situation on these public websites. Even if you have your profiles set to where only friends can view them, there is always a chance that someone will share the information you post with your ex either through word of mouth or through screenshots.

One reason why it is imperative to be careful about what you say on social media is because perceptions about status messages and pictures can vary. In some cases, things posted might make your ex question whether you were honest in the property division discovery or not.

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