Legal Guide

Legal Guide (Page 167)

What is cohabitation?

If you are in an opposite-sex relationship, your rights as a partner depend on whether you are married or living together. Living together with someone is also referred to as cohabitation. In general, you will have fewer rights if you are living together than if you are married. This information covers co-habiting relationships, as described above. It doesn't cover lesbian and gay partners who,... ❯❯❯

Tips To Keep In Mind When Lawyer Shopping

It's no joke that the right lawyer makes all the difference. You have to weigh your case and your options, and you have to know how to find the right attorney for your needs. Consider the following helpful advice concerning knowing what to look for in an attorney and how to secure the right one. Make it clear up front that you would like your legal fee agreement in writing from your lawyer. This... ❯❯❯

Obama’s Greenhouse Gas Plans Face Challenges in Court

President Obama took office back in 2008 with a clear mandate. The voters spoke loudly and clearly about their desires, and he was adamant that his administration would follow through. One of the cornerstones of his presidency, according to his address to the country given during both his first and second inaugurations, would be a movement towards environmental improvements and green energy... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Fighting a Traffic Ticket in Court

Traffic tickets are not fun for anyone. Usually they can put a serious dent in our finances – depending on how harsh the penalty is. Different states and counties have different rules and guidelines about traffic laws, but no matter what – and no matter where you are – no one likes to be pulled over and handed a traffic ticket. In addition, not every traffic ticket we get is... ❯❯❯

Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

Many parents are interested in the prospect of banking their baby’s umbilical cord blood following delivery. The procedure is considered to be totally safe and generally ethical, much more so than collecting stem cells, for example, and the blood is equally valuable in terms of future use. In case you didn’t know, banking blood present in the umbilical cord could save the life of a... ❯❯❯

3 Famous Cases Where The Insanity Defense Actually Worked

James Holmes, the man who is accused of killing 12 people in a movie theatre in Colorado, plead insanity for his alleged crimes. This is a risky move for the defense, since the insanity plea is only used in less than one percent of all criminal cases, and it is only successful in a small fraction of that one percent. Despite how rare it is, that doesn’t mean that Holmes has zero chance of... ❯❯❯

What Are the Penalties for Driving With an Expired License?

Although there are plenty of vagaries and gray areas in daily life, the rules of the road are not one of them. The Department of Motor Vehicles is crystal clear as to what is legal and what is illegal, and will hold you to account at each point. Most people inherently understand these differences, but that doesn’t stop them from pushing the line at various points. Everyone has been there... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Cultural Diversity in Law School

Cultural diversity is important in a lot of fields and industries, but when it comes to law school, diversity can have a number of benefits that can offer students a unique opportunity to keep more open minds and to be more tolerant. These are the basic tenants of what it takes to become successful in the field of law – no matter what career path you consider taking. Even if you are taking... ❯❯❯

How to Change or Modify a Child Support Order

After a judge has made a child support order you may decide that you want to change the order. This is possible as long as you can prove that there has been a “change of circumstances” since the original or most recent child support order was determined. Many situations may arise that lead to a need for a change in the child support order. These include income changes for either parent... ❯❯❯

Can You Declare Bankruptcy More Than Once?

It’s no secret that Americans are addicted to credit cards. If you tally up the amount of personal debt most households owe, it far outweighs the entire national debt. Sometimes these issues develop because of poor financial planning, but more often than not it is circumstances beyond your control that create an untenable situation. During the recession millions of people lost their jobs,... ❯❯❯