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!
24 March 2015
When it comes to settling a divorce, the legal process can be lengthy and emotional. If your divorce attorney suggests the possibility of mediation, you may wonder if it's right for you. Mediation is a process in which you and your spouse will meet with an independent third party to negotiate the divorce and talk through your final settlement agreement. In most cases, an agreement obtained through mediation is approved through the court system without the necessity for an official hearing in the courtroom.
10 March 2015
Marriage requires a certain amount of honesty, especially about something as serious as whether or not one wants to or can have children. Lack of honesty in this area can have dire consequences for a person's relationship and checkbook. If someone lies about or fails to disclose that he or she had a reproductive sterilization procedure when asked, that person could be sued for fraud. Reproductive Fraud Most of the time when couples go to court over reproductive fraud issues it's for failing to take proper precautions to prevent pregnancy.
23 February 2015
Student loans are the most persistent debts a person can have. Not only is the debt non-dischargeable in a bankruptcy, it may get passed onto family and friends if the original debtor dies while still owing money on the loan. Here's more information about this phenomenon and how you can use bankruptcy laws to deal with persistent student debt. Trickle-Down Debt The issue of inherited debt comes about when a person cosigns for a loan, making the individual as equally responsible for the money owed as the primary debtor.
10 February 2015
Most people believe that sex offender registries are a good thing—that is, until they end up on one. Unfortunately, some relatively innocent acts can actually get you or a loved one arrested, charged and eventually placed on one of these lists for all to see. And, according to YouGov, approximately half of American citizens have looked through the Sex Offender Registry. So if you have committed a crime that could cause you to end up on this list, it would be in your best interest to hire a lawyer to fight the charge – even if the offense seems laughable and minor.
18 December 2014
You've probably heard the expression, "It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt," right? Well, in the world of worker's compensation, that phrase has even more meaning now. If you've been injured during a "fun" or team-building activity in your workplace and have had to miss substantial time from work because of it, you could be eligible for worker's compensation benefits. When Ball Games Attack In 2014, South Carolina's Supreme Court ruled that a man who was injured while playing in a voluntary workplace kickball game was eligible for worker's comp benefits.