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Eight Legal Tips for Summer Travel
By Ron Sutter



With summer upon us, many families are preparing to travel. Whether you are driving, flying or taking a cruise, it is important to be prepared. These tips will help you prepare for your summer travel plans.

1. At Home. Ask the postal service to hold your mail. You may also notify local law enforcement that you will be away from home. Many police departments have programs that will have an officer drive by your home while you are away. Be careful mentioning that you will be away on Facebook or other social networks. Thieves sometimes use that information to target victims who are out of town.

2. Protect Your Family. Leave a trusted friend or family member with a copy of your current will, power of attorney and insurance documents. If you do not have a current estate plan contact your LegalShield provider law firm today.

3. Money. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash while traveling. Traveler’s checks and credit cards offer more protection in the event of theft. Contact your bank and credit card company to let them know you will be traveling and check on your credit limits. If you are exchanging money, use only authorized agents or banks.

4. Airports. Understand airport security regulations before you leave for your trip. The United States Transportation Security Agency and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority websites offer a great deal of information about what you can and cannot take with you when you fly.

5. Driving. If your plans involve driving in another country, state or province, make sure you understand local traffic laws. Also, make sure you are adequately insured.

6. Timeshares. If you are considering a timeshare, there is an excellent article in Legal News, Issue 5, Volume 1, March 2012 which can be found on the LegalSheild web site.

7. Health. Know your health insurance coverage before traveling. If you are traveling to a remote area overseas you may consider purchasing additional traveler’s health insurance.

8. ID Theft. Only carry the personal documentation necessary for traveling. Do not let your passport or other important documents out of your sight.

Utilizing these eight tips as part of your travel preparation will afford you several forms of legal protection during your vacation.



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Ron Sutter, Americas Small Business Solutions
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