While lawyers and judges are the ultimate legal experts, of course, I believe that every citizen should take the time to learn a little about law for several reasons. First, it is important to know your rights, and knowing them can come in handy if anyone ever accuses you of a crime you didn't commit or threatens you legally in another other way. Second, learning about your local, state, and federal laws can help you act as a better citizen. When election time comes around, you can then truly understand ever change in law being proposed by a candidate and whether it benefits society or not. I plan to share posts about law topics explained in plain English on my new blog, so you can come back often to sharpen your legal knowledge!
12 December 2014
If you've been accused of a drug- or alcohol-related crime, the first thing you need to do is talk about your situation with an attorney. Even if you intend to plead guilty to the charges, you may be missing out on the the chance for a softened plea bargain or reduced sentence without skilled legal counsel representing you. Be sure to consider the positives of hiring a defense attorney before your court date, and you may be able to better weather the legal storm.
5 December 2014
In 2010, the United States Census Bureau collected information that showed that at that time $41.7 billion was being paid in some type of child support. This payment averaged out to approximately $430 per month. Some support orders are much higher, while others are much lower. Calculated annually, the average annual payment is only $5,150. Unfortunately, many children, as well as their custodial parents, do not see nearly this amount. Even the court orders that are put into place to collect an award often go unpaid.
24 November 2014
Nearly everyone falls behind with their bills sometimes, especially when illness strikes and they are unable to work or they unexpectedly lose their job. Although it can feel like the end of the world and leave you frustrated and embarrassed, financial counseling and creative budgeting may be able to save the day. But when your debts continue to pile up and you face losing your home and vehicle, it may be time to consider bankruptcy.