"You become the victim of identity theft just by living in the world," says Detective Andrew Soll, a certified fraud examiner with the Saint Louis County Police Department. "There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself. I shred all my statements and I'm really careful. But if Bank of America gets hacked--or the IRS gets hacked--then, your information is out. Or if your card was swiped at P.F. Chang's or Michaels, and it was sold on the Internet for $8--there are a hundred ways for your identity to be compromised."
Amsterdam has much to offer the early spring visitor. For tulips, head to the fabulous Keukenhof Gardens with 32-plus hectares dotted by more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
You can have a will without a trust, but not a trust without a will—and you surely can have assets without either plan, but it is not advised. Does the world of estate planning leave you a bit bewildered? We asked local attorneys to specifically weigh in on trusts.
Parents dream of the day when their child will walk across the stage to receive a college diploma. But in the case of divorced couples, the mounting costs of higher education—books, room and board, and tuition—can create conflict.
It’s approaching that time of year again: People are getting ready to pack their bags for summer vacation. But before you leave for some rest and relaxation, local attorneys say organizing your affairs—from family to work matters—should be a top priority.
In your pocket or handbag, there's a piece of electronic equipment so powerful it would make George Jetson swoon. St. Louis attorneys weigh in on how smart phones—as well as email, social media and other forms of e-communication—have changed how they practice law.
What if you suddenly found out your new spouse is already married, cannot conceive children or already has kids? While rare, legal experts say these fraudulent cases can be grounds for an annulment.
Getting a divorce is complicated enough, but when combined with mountainous debt, the process can become even trickier. Area attorneys discuss the connection between divorce and the likelihood of bankruptcy—and the additional problems such a situation can cause.
Like so many other stressors, the thought of taxes can stay conveniently buried. With its abundant amount of legalities—and possibly expensive consequences—knowing when to call in the professionals could be the difference your tax situation needs. But that leaves the daunting question: When do I need to hire a tax attorney?
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.