Nolo, formerly known as Nolo Press, is a publisher in Berkeley, California, that produces do-it-yourself legal books and software that reduce the need for people to hire lawyers for simple legal matters such as making wills or writing business partnership contracts. Its areas of focus include immigration, family law, employment law, tenant and landlord issues, wills, trusts and intellectual property.Even though Nolo encourages consumers and small business owners to handle their own legal matters when it is reasonably feasible to do so, the company recommends getting professional legal help for disputable or difficult matters.

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  • I was tempted to put this entire title in capital letters, as hysterical as that might look. But for thousands of people in the United States today, the recently announced ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) feels like a true emergency. And indeed, the decision will eventually mean that huge numbersContinue Reading

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  • Late last week, a Texas federal court judge struck down the Obama-era overtime rule that would have extended overtime pay to millions of workers. In 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) passed a final rule to increase the minimum salary required for employees to qualify as exempt from receiving overtime. By raising the annual salary requirementContinue Reading

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  • Advertisement for Nolo's Quicken WillMaker Plus 2012 software. Make a legal will, health care directive, and other documents that protect your family and property. Create a customized estate plan quickly and easily with Quicken WillMaker Plus. The software provides the forms, legal information and step-by-step guidance; just follow a simple question-and-answer interview, make your wishes known, a...

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  • Nolo's Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work, by Ilona Bray, J.D. Read more at nolo.com: http://www.nolo.com/products/effective-fundraising-for-nonprofits-EFFN.html Getting tax-exempt status is just the first step for your nonprofit organization. Whether it succeeds or fails depends on your ability to raise donations from individuals, companies and institutions. So...

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  • An impressive 50% of prospective homebuyers say their top priority when it comes to neighborhood features is having friendly neighbors, says a recent Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homeowner Sentiment Survey. This feature ranked higher for survey respondents than school district (at 41%), financial considerations (39%), and perceived investment value (37%). The results reflect well on the common ...

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  • California has had medical marijuana since 1996. And in November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use in the state. (Read the specifics of California’s marijuana laws.) The result was a patchwork of laws that—while achieving the primary purposes—left the public with safety concerns and law enforcement with questions about enforcement.Continue ...

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  • In recent years, California has made efforts to alleviate the burden unpaid traffic citations place on low-income motorists. The first major step was the start of the traffic-ticket amnesty program in October 2015. The amnesty program allowed certain people with unpaid traffic or non-traffic infraction tickets to apply for fine reductions and license reinstatement. Over 200,000Continue Reading

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  • In a February 2016 decision, a federal judge broke from all the other courts in the country that had acknowledged a First Amendment right to record the police. The judge essentially held that people who don’t announce that they oppose what police officers are doing don’t have the right to observe and photograph those officers.Continue Reading

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  • On May 29, 2017, professional golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Police arrested Woods in Jupiter, Florida, just miles from his Jupiter Island home. According to the arrest report, at about 2:00 a.m., police found Woods parked in his Mercedes on the side of the road, engine running.Continue Reading

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  • Someone should create one of those “seven degrees of separation” rules with regard to immigrants—that is, an indication of how many close friend-or-family ties away each person in the U.S. is from someone whose run-in with immigration authorities has them thinking, “What?! Not him/her! Is that really legal?” Such exclamations and protestations have been common inContinue Reading

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  • On May 24, 2017, the Gallatin County Sheriff cited Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte with misdemeanor assault. (Read the press release.) The citation followed an incident at the GOP candidate’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana in which Gianforte allegedly attacked Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. According to Jacobs, Gianforte “body slammed” him after becoming irritated byCon...

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  • To read the press of late, you might think that every undocumented immigrant in the country regularly checks into an office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The news aspect of this is that such check-ins are increasingly leading to the person’s deportation (removal) from the United States. Anyone following the news reports has probablyContinue Reading

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  • One of the more popular new articles on Nolo’s website is called “Arrest by ICE: How Can I Arrange to Protect My Child in the Event of Deportation?” The reason is obvious: Statements and order by Trump Administration officials express hostility toward the entire U.S. undocumented population, and recent actions by officers of Immigration andContinue Reading

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