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  • From hurricanes in the East to wildfires in the West, the past few months have seen an on-going slew of natural disasters in the United States. Fires and floods don’t care whether a property is inhabited by owners or renters. However, most states have laws that  address how landlords and tenants deal with a rental […] The post What do renters need to know in a natural disaster? appeared first on A...

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  • There are plenty of municipalities that have age restrictions for teenagers trick-or-treating on Halloween. Find out what they're about and how much you should worry about them as a parent. The post When are children too old to trick-or-treat? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Getting arrested for planted evidence is incredibly uncommon, but if it happens to you, there are a few tips you'll want to know for the arrest process and the trial to follow. The post What to do if you’re falsely arrested for drug possession appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • If you neglect to provide thorough disclosures for the property you’re selling, you could find yourself facing a lawsuit down the road. If a major problem occurred but has since been repaired, disclosing the issue – especially if it could potentially happen again or repairs were costly – is the safest route. The post Selling your home? To disclose or not to disclose appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Even businesses with a karaoke license can be subject to infringement charges from the original artists. Learn about the nuances of balancing public performance of covers with copyright law. The post Is your karaoke business in legal trouble before it even begins? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The recent security breach of Equifax is alarming for many reasons, though the full implications of the breach are still unclear. Dire scenarios include financial catastrophe for millions of people and a possible impact to national security. The post Why you should worry about the Equifax breach appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • One of the most common rental scams is listing a property that does not exist or posing as the owner of a real property that is not for rent. Researchers at New York University surveyed about 2 million Craigslist apartment ads in 2016 and found 29,000 fakes. The post How first-time renters can avoid apartment scams appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Two in five employees don’t even know if their company has a dating policy in place. So providing specifics for employees in the form of a document that is explicitly designed to address interoffice romances is a welcome dose of transparency. The post 5 ways to keep your office romance legal appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The August 2017 disclosure of a Google engineer’s now-infamous, discriminatory-charged treatise thrust the company into the midst of the seemingly never-ending conversation about the lack of diversity, particularly when it comes to gender, in the tech industry. The post Why gender diversity is good for business appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The class-action lawsuit claims that Equifax, blinded by its drive to maximize profits, failed to maintain adequate security standards and that the data breach occurred as a direct consequence of this negligence. The post The Equifax data breach is awful, but is it negligent? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Ultimately, young adults are making the decision to bypass homeownership based on their financial reality. “Almost every client I have has thousands of dollars in student loans coupled with a few thousand in credit card debt,” says Triplemint agent Amy McDonald. The post How to make renting a home more like buying a home appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • According to Weed and the American Family, pot is easy for the enterprising teen to acquire. The poll shows that users and non-users first experimented with the drug, on average, between ages 17 and 18. And chances are good that teens are exposed to marijuana far earlier than that. The post The laws and ethics of talking to kids about pot appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Since the violent rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, images of those who participated in the march have been shared and spread by activists and ordinary citizens alike. Captions read, “Is this racist your neighbor?” and “Does this Nazi work for you?” The post Charlottesville: Is “doxing” rally participants legal? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • For teens on social media platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook (yes, teens are still using Facebook), it doesn’t take long to notice some form of cyberbullying, whether directed at you or not. The post Will social media and cyberbullying always go together? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Fast forward a dozen years to 2016 and we find Amazon accounting for 43 percent of all U.S. online retail sales—a market share that’s expected to grow. How can a competitor emerge without net neutrality? The post Net neutrality: Will new laws kill your small business? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The best elder law professionals in the world can't help clients who don't ask for the help. The first step in the process is, for some, the most difficult: having the discussion. The post Why you need to understand the basics of elder law appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • For lenders, the new surge in short-term rentals raises a number of issues. The money is nice, and congratulations on that, but whether such funds can be counted in a refinance home loan application is uncertain. The post Will using Airbnb blow up your home refinance? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Bonnell suggests opening college-related discussions the summer before high school begins. Waiting until junior year is too late because students need to be making decisions by then, not finding out what their options are. The post Getting your kid through college after divorce appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • No, they are not going to take your coffee away. Washington state’s new distracted driving law has sparked confusion and consternation across the state and attracted attention nationwide. But the facts behind the frenzy are relatively straightforward, and given the data on distracted driving, the new rules do make sense. What exactly is Washington’s new […] The post Distracted driving: under the i...

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  • If you’re one of the 80 percent of Americans planning to take a road trip this summer, remember that this time of year can present unique risks on public roads and highways. In fact, the summer months commonly see a spike in auto accidents and fatalities. The post How not to get arrested in August appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Washington State is the latest jurisdiction to implement tougher laws against distracted driving, and some in the Evergreen State are anything but happy. The post Washington’s distracted driving law makes coffee illegal? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Just like homeowners, renters can tap into the short-term rental market through Airbnb. Of course, it helps if you’re on good terms with your landlord, and there are other concerns to consider. Namely, liability insurance. Not just for you, but for your landlord. The post Top money-making opportunities for renters appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • If both spouses are listed as borrowers on the mortgage, transfer of the property alone will not remove a spouse from the mortgage. As far as the bank is concerned, both spouses are obligated to make sure the mortgage gets paid, regardless of whose name is, or isn’t, on the deed. The post Divorce your mortgage, not just your spouse appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • “I have started looking into security cameras for my properties,” says Singer. “The tenants have expressed an interest, and I have also heard anecdotally from peers that even the presence of cameras is a deterrent in and of themselves.” The post The many hazards of becoming a landlord appeared first on AvvoStories.

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