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Should you get your criminal record expunged?

If you have been convicted of a crime, have served your sentence, and have followed all court recommendations, you should be able to put your past behind you and move on with life. Moving forward is critical given the stigma against...

Should college students have wills?

If your child is getting ready to graduate from high school this spring, you are probably amazed with how quickly the years have gone by since they first started kindergarten. This also means that you are getting older too, and you have probably...

Considerations in evaluating the prosecution's case

If you have been charged with a crime, it is essential to know how strong the government’s case is against you. Indeed, you may think the state has a flimsy case and has a snowball’s chance to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,...

The benefits of home health care providers

While the Affordable Health Care Act is poised to be amended or replaced completely, the law still has a number of useful provisions that some legislators are uncomfortable parting with. For instance, the current version allows states to create...

What to know about bail conditions

If you have been arrested and are being held on the suspicion that you have committed a particular crime, chances are that the only thing you are thinking about is getting out of jail as soon as possible and proving your innocence. Under state and...

More spent on aging parents than on raising children

Much has been reported on the escalating costs parents face in raising a child. From birth to age 18, it is estimated that parents spend an average of $234,000 to raise a child. But when it comes to caring for an elderly parent, the costs are...

Trial court enters divorce default judgment.

Plaintiff filed divorce action after a nearly 20-year marriage. Although defendant apparently participated in various pretrial conferences and discussed the terms of the divorce judgment, he did not answer the complaint, a default was entered, and...

Prescriptive easement or an easement by necessity?

In 2014, plaintiff purchased a parcel of land ("Parcel C") at a sheriff's sale. Previous owner was the sole owner of the property from 1988 until he lost the property to foreclosure for non-payment of taxes. There is a building on the site, which...

More Americans creating pet trusts

If you haven’t noticed by the commercials and networks devoted to them, America has definitely become a pet nation. It is estimated that two-thirds of all American households own a cat or a dog.  With some pets being considered cherished family...

Arrests made by tracking cell phones may be illegal

Law enforcement agencies are always looking for an edge in fighting crime. As cell phones have become an indispensible part of life for many people, authorities have taken to using these devices to track suspects' locations and movements without...

Using an incentive trust in estate planning

People work hard to build up their estate during their lives and when they pass they may desire to hand down their estate to their friends and family. Leaving property to a loved one in an estate plan can be troubling for some parents who have...

What you need to compliment your will

Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, many men around the country are making new weight loss goals. According to a survey by NutriSystem, the average NFL fan packs on 10 pounds during the season. With the final game of season in the books,...

What estate administration costs are tax deductible?

The period between the end of January and the second week of April is widely known as “tax season.” Most people anticipate receiving a refund after filing their federal income tax returns. However, there are a number of scenarios that may bring...

Estate planning is important for childless couples

There is a great deal of information available on the internet concerning the issues that parents may face that require a solid estate plan. The volume of storylines addressing estate planning for young parents may seem to suggest that married...

Practical ways to reduce estate taxes

If you have been paying attention to recent headlines regarding tax law, you likely have heard that tax season has officially begun. This means that the Internal Revenue Service is ready to start accepting federal income tax returns. In all, the...

Could I lose my job over a drunk driving arrest?

When potential clients ask us questions about criminal defense representation (particularly for drunk driving offenses) one of the most common is whether they will lose their job.  Naturally, this depends on a number of factors, including how much...

Basic responsibilities of an executor

The emotional toils of dealing with the death of a loved one can be considerably difficult. It is especially hard at this time of year, where life is supposed to be consumed with optimism for a New Year. Nevertheless, perseverance is paramount;...

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