Author: Tracy Collins Ortlieb


Tracy Collins Ortlieb is a digital marketing writer and editor and former daily news journalist who loves the art of crafting a compelling story. She lives in Chicago with her family, two cats and an exhausted library card. You can find her blogging at and tweeting at @tracyortlieb.

How not to get burned (legally speaking) in August

If you’re one of the 80 percent of Americans planning to take a road trip this summer, remember that this time of year can present unique risks on public roads and highways. In fact, the summer months commonly see a spike in auto accidents and fatalities.

A brief history of sex contracts through the ages

Property agreements between couples are nothing new, and people have been making prenups for thousands of years. And while the concept of the lifestyle clause—including contracts proscribing sex—sounds decidedly modern, it actually traces back to those earliest accords.

How to shack up without breaking up

Just as with a prenuptial agreement, few couples want to enter into an arrangement by discussing its demise. Nonetheless, having a plan is always a good idea. Think of it as a way to learn how your partner values his or her assets, so that you can go into the move with a level of care and respect.

How to get your aging parent to stop driving

In many cases, a senior’s physician is the deciding factor: based on results from a driving rehab specialist or occupational therapist, a doctor makes a medical determination on a mature adult’s capacity to drive and reports those findings directly to the DMV.