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  • Seattle resident Randy was planning to visit his old college roommate who lives in Portland, Oregon, and he thought he’d bring along some great new marijuana edibles he’d discovered at his local (and legal) recreational pot store. He’d heard about Washington motorists getting busted by Idaho cops for carrying legally purchased pot across the state […] The post Can I transport pot between states wh...

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  • In TV’s beloved sitcom The Office, the Scranton workplace of Dunder Mifflin was decidedly non-PC, a place where harassment of all sorts was tolerated and went unpunished – the perfect environment to get away with just about whatever you wanted. The ongoing office pranks that Jim Halpert pulled on his colleague Dwight Schrute made for […] The post 5 pranks from The Office that could get you in hot ...

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  • Ask people to name landmark Supreme Court cases and they’re likely to come up with such textbook examples as Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and Dred Scott v. Sandford, but not many will think to include the 1819 decision in McCulloch v. Maryland. But this less-famous Supreme Court case established two important […] The post McCulloch v. Maryland: defining federal power appeared first on...

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  • The United States is one of the few countries worldwide that does not have a national paid sick leave policy. Some 40 million American workers are not paid for the time they take off for health reasons. In the absence of laws at the federal level, many states and cities are moving to legislate paid […] The post Paid time off 2018: U.S. states and metros appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • When it comes time to transfer your wealth, the Internal Revenue Service will have its eye on both you and the recipient. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which took effect January 1, 2018, contains sweeping changes to personal and corporate rates, available deductions, and helpful credits. The new tax law also has a […] The post Estate planning, gift taxes, and the new tax law appeared first on ...

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  • The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ranks among the best-known laws of the land. We’re all familiar with FOIA-enabled exposés in the news media, such as the recent revelation that HUD Secretary Ben Carson and his wife personally selected a $31,000 furniture set for his office, contradicting Carson’s claims he was not involved in the […] The post The Freedom of Information Act: The truth is out t...

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  • President Donald Trump has touted the new tax law, which took effect on January 1, 2018, as the “biggest tax cut in the history of our country.” Like many of Trump’s hyperbolic claims, this one is false—both Presidents Barak Obama and Ronald Reagan presided over tax cuts that exceeded those in the GOP’s Tax Cut […] The post Does the new tax law short-change empty-nesters? appeared first on AvvoSto...

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  • Thoughtful estate planning is important for all parents. But for single parents, a thorough and legally compliant plan is vital to ensure that their wishes are carried out. Wills In many ways, estate planning for a single parent is no different than that for married parents. All parents should have a will in place to […] The post Estate planning for single parents appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • When someone searches for personal information about another person and then shares that information with malicious intent, they’re doxing. People dox to enact revenge, to discredit, or simply to reveal the identity of the anonymous. Anyone with an online presence runs the risk of being doxed. So, should you be worried? Doxing Defined The term […] The post Doxing, Doxxing: No matter the spelling, ...

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  • Most people hear the term “common law” and automatically think of common-law marriage. That’s part of it, but common law is actually one of two fundamental approaches to a legal system, the other being civil law. Worldwide, civil law systems are more common, but common law dominates in the United States. The differences between the […] The post What is the difference between common law and civil l...

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  • On January 19, 2018, Rene Boucher was charged with felony assault for attacking his neighbor, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).  The charge, brought under a federal law that covers personal injury attacks on members of Congress, superseded an earlier charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault, brought by the state of Kentucky. Which begs the question: What’s the […] The post Degree, aggravation, and...

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  • The state and local tax (SALT) deduction allows taxpayers to deduct expenses like property, income, or sales taxes from their federal income tax. It primarily benefits high-income households in high cost-of-living states. Under the new tax law, the SALT deduction is subject to a cap of $10,000 – it previously had no limit – a […] The post Will SALT cap stop Washington shoppers? appeared first on A...

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  • Nikolas Cruz, the defendant in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, stands accused of killing 17 innocent victims. The evidence against him – including a confession – seems overwhelming. Bereft of money, where can he find legal representation? From public-defense lawyers: court-appointed criminal attorneys who represent defendants who cannot afford to hire their own lawyer. Initially, […] The po...

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  • Charles Manson defended himself at his murder trial. He was sentenced to life in prison. Serial killer Ted Bundy represented himself, as did Colin Ferguson, who killed six people on a commuter train. Ferguson received six consecutive life sentences; Bundy got the electric chair. These are extreme examples of people who foolishly shunned their right […] The post Is it ever wise to waive your right ...

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  • Hollywood loves a green-card marriage – typically depicted in film as marriage of convenience between a U.S. citizen and a foreigner who wants to become a permanent resident of the United States. But as any real-life couple will tell you, getting a green card – the official document of permanent residency – through marriage is […] The post Green-card marriages appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Lawmakers promised a federal income tax system so simple that you could file an individual return on a postcard. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 didn’t quite hit that target – and even if it had, it wouldn’t have mattered until next year anyway. Right now, your concern is filing your 2017 return […] The post Should I do my own taxes? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • It’s one of the first questions you must answer when starting a business. Should I operate as a sole proprietor or an LLC? What’s the difference? There are advantages and disadvantages to both structures, but you can’t afford to put off the decision. Starting a business without an entity is one of the top 10 […] The post Startup dilemma: sole proprietor or LLC? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • On February 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued new guidance about documentation requirements for H-1B visa petitions. Intended to help USCIS officers evaluate applications, this guidance outlines more robust, although not necessarily new, standards for the contracts and itineraries that support a petitioner’s application for a work visa. H-1B visa basics […] The ...

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  • The stakes are high, and its anyone’s game in the pending SCOTUS case Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (originally Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association). Invoking a little-known federal statute entitled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the Murphy case pits the Bill of Rights’ 10th Amendment against a statute that essentially […] The post...

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  • Parents work hard to protect and provide for their children. Single parents face even greater challenges, whether they have full legal custody, are obligated to pay child support, or are completely on their own. Parental rights Unless your former spouse surrenders parental rights or has them revoked because of untoward behavior, the fact that you […] The post Four legal problems single parents fac...

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  • After President Donald Trump eliminated tiered priorities for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, undocumented immigrants have begun to fear being arrested at their initial immigration interview even as they try to apply for legally for residence, regardless of legal record. The post Apply for legal status, get arrested: a catch-22 for undocumented immigrants appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Whether you're closing an online business because it didn't work out or you've got a better investment elsewhere, make sure you're up to date on the state and federal paperwork needed to make it official. The post Closing the doors: how to shut an online business appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Everybody knows the name of Dred Scott, the enslaved man who sued for freedom and lost. Landmark Supreme Court cases often hinge on legal technicalities unrelated to the issue for which they are famous. But the decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford was every bit as racist as it looks on the surface. The post When SCOTUS was wrong: Dred Scott v. Sandford appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has the potential to make a big impact for small businesses, but the primary change affects those that are structured as “pass-through” business entities. The post Small business owners and the new tax law appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Co-parenting across state lines can be tricky, both practically and legally. As a practical matter, families can experience the stress of lengthy travel for visitation. On the legal front, it can become more difficult to achieve sought-after placement, custody, and visitation arrangements. The post The perils of co-parenting across state lines appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • In 1996, Congress passed a rider, called the Dickey amendment, to the annual federal spending bill that prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from spending money on research that may be used to “advocate or promote gun control.” Now some are calling for its repeal. The post Tide turning against restrictions on federal gun research? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • When California declared itself a “sanctuary state” in January 2018, it all but invited the Trump administration to retaliate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has countered with a lawsuit invalidated the "sanctuary state" concept under federal immigration law. The post Justice Department sues California over “sanctuary state” immigration policies appeared first on AvvoStories.

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