How to Evict or Oust a Squatter on Your Property

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Stories of squatters gaining title to the properties they trespass upon are the urban legends that keep landowners awake at night. Under adverse possession laws, it is actually possible, albeit rather difficult, for a squatter to gain legal title. Landowners...

Is a Stepparent Liable for Child Support?

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A stepparent will generally not be required to pay child support for a spouse's children from a prior relationship. Courts usually will not even consider how much a stepparent earns. However, depending on the specific facts of a case,...

Non-Sequiturs: 07.18.17

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* The ethics probe into Scott Pruitt gains steam. [Huffington Post] * Elon Musk thinks we need to regulate AI now, before it's "too late." Yeah, we should probably listen to him, but we won't. [Recode] * What's left after you lose Andrew Napolitano? [Salon] * Taking the New York bar exam? You'd better be on top of your  lunch plans. [Custom Gourmet] * If you were in a deposition or otherwise occupied all day today, you missed the rise and fall of another vain attempt by Republicans to score a healthcare win. [The Hill] * Oh good, the constitutional crisis could get worse. [Salon] * Shedding the semi-retired label. [Law and More]

Can Immigrants Get Public Welfare?

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One of the most contentious issues in the U.S. immigration debate involves the provision of public assistance to immigrants. Recently, during a rally, President Donald Trump riled up his crowd by stating that he planned on passing a law...

Can My Child Testify at a Divorce Hearing?

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The question of whether your child can testify in a divorce proceeding depends on several factors. Among the most important variables a judge will consider when deciding whether to allow a child to testify is their age and maturity....

How Is Inheritance Handled in Divorce?

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Between the people and the property, there are a lot of moving parts in a divorce. And while we often focus, for good reason, on the easy-to-spot issues like custody, child and spousal support, and who gets the house, we...

Road Trip Laws for Gun Owners

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Summer is here, which means it's road trip time! And if packing up the car, truck, camper van, or RV includes packing a firearm, that means taking a little more care on the nation's highways and byways, legally at least....

Legally, Is My Diary Confidential?

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When it comes to a person's diary or their personal private journal, the truth is that these are rarely going to be considered confidential in a court of law. A person seeking emotional distress damages in a lawsuit, or...

Are My Assets 'Judgment Proof'?

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People who have been sued will often ask their attorneys if their assets, income, and money in the bank can be taken from them due to the lawsuit. Unfortunately, after a court judgment has been issued against a person,...

Non-Sequiturs: 06.30.17

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Ed. note: Early wishes for a happy July 4th weekend! We'll be back on Wednesday, July 5 (barring unforeseen news). * I don't know that free speech is under cultural attack, as this post argues. But I do think people are using lawsuits to bash speech they don't like. Instead of lecturing people about the sacred right of Nazis to intimidate people on Twitter, I'd rather the First Amendment crowd came up with a real regime of sanctions for people who bring lawsuits against clearly protected speech. I just don't know that the Deplorable fanboys would recognize that as a sufficient way to fight for their freedom to talk out of their asses. [Popehat] * The Fifth Circuit has now conferred qualified immunity on expert witnesses, deployed to spout whatever nonsense the government thinks will help them gain a conviction. The Democrat who runs on a criminal justice reform platform that included changing the rules around qualified immunity would probably get my vote. Instead they'll probably run a Goldman executive with an innovative plan to retrain bigoted hill people for the hi-tech jobs of the future. [Simple Justice] * What Trump is actually trying to do with his voter fraud...

Trump's Travel Ban Headed to Supreme Court

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice appealed the Fourth Circuit's injunction against President Trump's Executive Order on immigration to the Supreme Court, asking the Court to reinstate the travel ban on immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries. And the president...

What Is HIV Discrimination?

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Individuals who have HIV or AIDS will generally be protected under the law from discrimination. However, recognizing HIV or AIDS discrimination may be difficult. Individuals with HIV or AIDS can face discrimination in nearly every facet of life. Sadly,...

Can You Get Custody of a Sibling?

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We know that courts prefer not to separate siblings when issuing custody orders. But what if one sibling wants custody of another? In some cases, an older sibling will want to remove a younger one from a dangerous or unhealthy...