Many millennials are delaying entering into the world of finance and investment far longer than previous generations.

This is understandable. For one thing, wages are lower for the average millennial than they were for their parents, and the ability to rise up the ranks is slower since their parents are retiring later than people used to. At the same time, they have bigger debts starting out because college cost significantly more for them than for those who came before. So, in this sense, the money just hasn’t been there to invest.

But millennials are hesitant for another reason, even when they have the money: millennials don’t trust the financial industry.

And who could blame them? They came of age during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and in some sense, they have lived their entire adult lives without seeing a strong economy. They have seen a growing economy, and they have seen the stock market boom, but they do not have the cherished memories of other generations of seeing a generally contented country with a good economy.

So, their distrust is certainly understandable, but it is also misplaced. Millennials are now entering into their best years to start saving. Most of them are in their late twenties or early thirties, and they now have some level of financial stability. This is the ideal time to begin saving for a downpayment on a house or starting a retirement fund. It’s also a good time to start a college fund for the little kiddies (or the soon to be little kiddies). Millennials are missing out on all these opportunities because of their skepticism.

What they need is more assurance that the playing field will be fair for them in the world of investment. There is a general sense among that generation that though their parents may have down well by the market, the market is sure to be rigged to cost them more than it pays them, just as other areas seem to be.

To reassure them otherwise, it’s worthwhile to point out that the same opportunities that were there for their parents are still there for them. Though that may not have been true in many parts of life, in finance, that rule is likely to remain true for a long while to come. Just as their parents could get good rates on annuities and mutual funds, so too can they.

At the same time, there are more protections against the sorts of practices that brought the market to its knees a decade ago than there were before. There are more ways to sue a broker if he or she misuses funds. There is more oversight.

If millennials can be induced to listen to such arguments, they may find more opportunity than they have come to expect so far in their adult lives. Finance may be the world they first came to distrust, but it may also be the best way for them to reach the level of affluence they were brought up to dream of.


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You probably use your storage unit for your luggage, your holiday decorations, or that large decorative armoire that has been in your family for generations. Storage units are where you can change out the aesthetic and furniture of your home like the seasons. You may think that you can put anything in them. However, there are some things that you cannot keep in a storage unit. Sometimes the reasons are simple as preventing invading bugs or safety, but sometimes people try to store illegal items in their storage unit.

  • This may seem obvious, but it definitely needs to be stated. This includes any kind of animal dead or alive. Storage units were never meant to house any living thing and storing an animal is illegal. Likewise storing dead animals for storage until it can be taken to a taxidermist will attract pests.
  • This kind of goes along with the animals. Without access to light or regular water, a plant in a storage unit will most likely die. The decaying organic material will also become a potential host for mold and pests.
  • Anything that attracts pests. Beyond food and already mentioned taxidermy, there are some interesting objects that attract pests most people don’t know of. Bird seed, jugs of water, candles, non-sealed foam, and oddly enough corkboard. Insects love the smell of cork and will burrow into these.
  • Drugs are never allowed at storage units. The reason is that they carry many legal implications that businesses don’t want to get involved with. Sometimes this extends to prescription drugs as well depending on the storage unit.
  • Flammable Materials. Storage units are dense compounds, if one caught fire, it would spread to the surrounding units before the safety sprinkler systems kicked in. Any kind of fireworks, fertilizer, propane tanks, or gasoline are prohibited to mitigate the risks of fire.
  • Despite what some movies may lead you to think, people cannot actually live in a storage unit. This extends to housing other people or using one’s storage unit as a renters space. It is also illegal to store any recently deceased bodies even if they are a loved one.

While there are many things you can keep in storage, there are limitations. For a better list of the do’s and don’ts for storage check out the storage tips on the website for Your Austin Storage. When it comes to homes, apartments, and storage units, it’s all about how you use your space. Typically the rule of thumb to keep in mind is: If you couldn’t keep something safely in your house you won’t be able to store it safely in a storage unit.

If you are questioning whether or not you can store a particular object in your unit, the best thing to do is ask the company if it’s alright. This way ensures that you won’t be breaking some obscure rule that unit has or endangering the compound as a whole.


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In this age of civil discourse and upon the rise of modern civil rights groups, it has become apparent to us that not all police killings are sanctioned or appropriate. It can be hard to know exactly what to do following the death of a loved on in this kind of matter, even if you have the evidence to suggest that your loved one was innocent of whatever crime it was suggested they had committed prior to their death. The family of a 15-year-old accused of stealing a vehicle after he was killed by police is facing this harsh reality, as documented by indystar.com.

According to the estate of the boy, the death occurred in August two years ago, and the family has yet to be notified which officers contributed and view video footage of the incident. Community leaders and officials have since been urging the city police to adopt body cameras so this information cannot be sealed away. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed with the city at this time to seek both compensatory and punitive damages following this event. Unfortunately, due to the lack of body cameras as discussed, the testimony of one witness is paramount to this case. The man alleges that the boy was non-aggressive in his actions and the police haphazardly fired, later saying he was using the apparently stolen car as a weapon against the officers. With the arrival of this case and another death in the more recent months, calls for body cams have reached a fervent pitch. The police responded: it’s not a priority.

In cases such as these, which are on the rise according to prominent figures in movements like Black Lives Matter, it’s important to seek the help of an attorney. The question becomes, how do you afford this and against whom do you press charges. In this case, specifically, the specific officers are unknown. The attorney representing the family of the young boy is seeking damages that include attorney fees, and many other personal injury attorneys will not ask for payment from their clients unless a case is won; if this is your only hurdle, do not hesitate to seek contact an attorney for help. When it comes to pressing charges, the attorney will levy a complaint or lawsuit against the state, which includes the police department. If the name(s) of involved officers are known, then a specific case can be made against them.

Don’t let a personal lack of funds stand in the way of seeking compensation for the death of a loved one. If you have experienced the wrongful death of a family member, an attorney will be able to help you. In the case that your loved one was killed by a police officer or other member of the state, this is no less true. Wrongful deaths should not ever go unpunished, and you should feel confident in seeking legal help when facing such an event.


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When you get married, you always think about positive things, like how you and your partner will be in it forever and live happily. But sadly, not all marriages have fairytale happy endings. Some end up in divorce.

Is your marriage in trouble? According to the website of Marshall & Taylor, P.C., divorce can be a complicated process, as it may include issues such as child custody, visitation rights, and spousal support. All these also have significant impact not just in your life, but also your spouse’s and children’s. So, before filing the papers, make sure that your marriage is really in trouble, and you are not just overreacting from a small problem.

You don’t communicate with your partner

Communication is an important aspect in any relationship, especially if there is a problem. If you and your partner are communicating, you will have a better perspective of their line of thought so you will be more willing to compromise. If you don’t communicate with your partner anymore because you are already overwhelmed with negativity, maybe it is time to file the papers.

Your partner is not cooperating

Even though you are communicating with your partner and both of you are clearly aware of the problems and the possible solutions, there can still be issues, like when your partner is not willing to compromise or says he or she will but his or her actions tell otherwise.

It is worse if you are already showing that you are willing to lower your pride and make your partner have the better deal in the compromise, but he or she still can’t be budged.

It is affecting other aspects of your life

Sometimes, you stay in a toxic relationship just because of other factors, such as the difficulty of dividing properties and the guilt of creating a broken family. But if certain factors in life are already affected, you might seriously consider divorce.

If you can’t concentrate at work anymore because of emotional exhaustion, and if the kids are already anxious because you always fight with your partner, you should think whether staying in the relationship is still worth it, especially if you think that the situation is not going to improve anytime soon.


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Substantial and Continuing Change of Circumstances that can Warrant a Change on Original Custody, Support and Visitation Court Decisions

A court decision on divorce-related issues, especially those that will affect a child directly, and especially too if the child is very still young, is meant to last; this is due to the fact that children need stability in their lives.

However, an ex-spouse wanting to change a prior decree with regard to the issue of child custody, child support or visitation rights, is no longer unusual. Courts also recognize that changes are most likely to happen, add to this the changing needs of the child as he/she grows (thus, a parenting plan aimed at serving the best interest of an infant may not be applicable to best interest of a 12-year-old or the best interest of a teenager). The only thing necessary is that the “movant,” that is the party seeking the change, be able to show a substantial and continuing change of circumstances, such as:

  • A parent having dramatic changes in his/her job, income, home, or having new children;
  • Relocation to another state;
  • Problems relating to the proper care of a minor child;

A parent having alcohol or drug problems, or exposing his/her your child to drugs, alcohol, pornography, or physical or mental abuse (it could also be that when the time the court decided on the custody or visitation issues, one parent had alcohol and/or drug issues, but which, after some years, have already been corrected, making him/her a parent fully capable of properly caring for his/her child;

  • The child has grown older so that his/her needs and desires have changed;
  • The custodial parent, re-marrying, passing away, or developing a health problem that will limit his/her capability in performing his/her duties in caring for the child;
  • A custodial parent going on active duty and voluntarily relinquishing his/her custody rights to the other parent;
  • The custodial parent alienating the child from the non-custodial parent by creating situations that will render scheduled visitation rights impossible;
  • The custodial parent turning the child against the non-custodial parent by consciously and systematically sullying his/her reputation or by spreading hurtful information against him/her through negative comments, ill-talks and/or false accusations. This attitude is known as Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS); and/or,
  • The custodial parent, with the child, secretly moving to a distant location or another state in order to keep the child away from the non-custodial parent. This is actually a violation of the divorce decree stipulation that requires custodial parents to inform non-custodial parents regarding plans of moving to another residence, whether in the same city or in another state.

According to the law firm Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, the movant can pursue a modification by petitioning the court where the original divorce proceedings took place. It is possible that the court will not permit modification requests, but having a knowledgeable modification attorney on your side, who is familiar with what it takes to get a modification approved, may be able to help you get satisfactory results.”


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