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Everyone has heard the old adage, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That tried-and-true advice is still what local lawyers recommend when it comes to investing your money—and avoiding financial scams, namely Ponzi schemes.
You went out to dinner and, to put it mildly, you did not have a good experience. What do you do? If you’re of a certain generation, your next move is probably to write a scathing review on Facebook or Twitter.
You wouldn’t work with a mechanic who couldn’t change your brake pads, but it may be less obvious whether a lawyer is effectively doing his or her job. How do you know when it is time to hire a new attorney?
The birth of a baby is one of the happiest days in parents’ lives. But if the child’s mother and father are not married, it can cloud the situation legally. In the case of married parents, the husband automatically is considered to be the father of a child born during the marriage. However, children of unmarried parents have no legal father unless paternity is established.
Imagine experiencing an accident that leaves you unable to communicate last wishes for your health, your possessions or even your children. While there are a multitude of documents available to curtail the problems, many fail to consider completing them until later in life—when it may be too late. The reality is people of all ages need to have at least one of the following papers on hand: a last will, a living will or a living trust, according to local attorneys. But how do you know which is best for you?
In the often-complicated realm of child custody issues, technology has been able to offer some solace to both parents and youngsters through the telephone. As the world becomes increasingly digital, it’s no surprise this process would follow suit: Virtual visitations are one of the latest ways parents and their children are staying connected after divorce through video chat programs like FaceTime and Skype.
In today’s world, grandparents’ roles in their grandchildren’s lives are growing—from taking them on vacation and celebrating holidays to supporting their academic and athletic pursuits and shaping their lifelong values. But what if the children’s parents deny grandparents their desired time?
Despite scandal, off-shore bank accounts exist, offering financial benefits—or that’s the assumption. With new regulations in place, the realm of legitimate off-shore banking is changing to smoke out tax evaders.
The Champagne toasts and wedding cake may have passed, but there still is time for claiming whose is whose. Postnuptial agreements, the figurative younger sibling of the better-known prenuptial agreements, offer legal documentation of spousal understandings, should marital circumstances change in the future. But if you’re happily married, why bring attorneys into the picture?
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The physical and digital worlds are becoming one and the same. The social experience has shifted, and common words like ‘virus’, ‘mouse’ and ‘like’ have double-meanings. And much like our day-to-day reality, the online realm functions in accordance with laws that should be known by all, digital participants or not.
In today’s high-tech world, there are even more ways for kids to communicate—and harass—their classmates. Not only at school, but via text message or on social media, there's evidence that students are increasingly bullied by their peers. This physical, verbal and electronic harassment has led to troubling consequences—victims can wrestle with depression, fear and anxiety, even to the point of committing suicide. And communities are left asking: Who is liable?
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While those lavish business trips on your tax return are of concern to the Internal Revenue Service, failing to report income or avoiding filing taxes altogether are the biggest offenses that can land you in hot water.
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of State, 4,728 visas were issued in 2007 to children coming from Guatemala. By 2011, that number had dropped to 29. In essence, Guatemala has closed itself to foreign adoptions, says Rudy Rivera, attorney with Anderson, Schmidt & Rivera. “There are not that many places to adopt internationally now because the rules have become so cumbersome and countries have found it too hard to comply.”
From spousal and child support and attorney costs, to dividing debt and property, couples facing divorce can quickly become buried in lofty fees. And in today’s challenging economy, that can leave some wondering if they can even afford a legal separation.
Someone could 1) steal your wallet. 2) Snatch preapproved credit card applications from your mailbox. 3) Use a phony telemarketing scheme to gather personal data. 4) Or exploit information shared on the Internet. In today’s world, there are numerous ways in which your identity can be stolen, and no one can be too careful. “Identity theft is becoming more of a complicated issue than it used to be, and the misuse of existing accounts and new accounts can have serious financial consequences,” says Erika Wentzel of Mahley Wentzel Law and Mediation Group.
Labor Day is just around the corner, which means one last round of pool parties and grill-outs. While we would like to think these get-togethers are all fun and games, sometimes people get injured. And when that happens, can the host be held responsible?
For kids, summer often means fun-filled family vacations. But for children of divorce, it also can be stressful as parents make arrangements to divide the extra free time.
Whether it’s a move down the street or across the country, child relocation can turn into one of the most hotly contested topics in divorce cases.
You’re in love, life is great and you can’t wait to get married. But have you considered a prenuptial agreement before you say I do? With almost 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, taking steps to protect your assets may be a good idea, as long as you carefully consider all factors involved. “Anyone who is thinking about a prenup should talk to an attorney and weigh the pros and cons, because every situation is unique,” says Kirk Stange of Stange Law Firm.
Had the first version of the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act stood, Missouri teachers may not have been able to be Facebook friends with their own children. As originally written, the ‘Facebook law’ implied that teachers with children in school in the same district would be prohibited from electronic communication, just one of the propositions of the bill that created an uproar around the state. “It prevented teachers from communicating with their own family members,” says Katie Forster, attorney with Lashly & Baer.
If you own a small business or you’re considering a new venture, you might want to keep the phone number to the nearest SCORE office on your speed dial. Established in 1964, SCORE is a national organization (a partner of the Small Business Administration), with more than 360 chapters around the county and four local offices, that offers free counseling to anyone who wants to start or grow a business. “Our experience, knowledge and the fact that it’s all free makes SCORE appealing to any small business owner,” says Bob Boles, a volunteer with the nonprofit.