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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  • When Nolo published the latest edition of its Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home in 2017,  one theme stood out among our participating experts: the satisfaction that came from helping would-be buyers who didn’t think they could afford a house purchase, by guiding them toward loan options that don’t require the traditional 20% down. For instance, Sydney Andrews of Loanenvy.com said it’s, “a ...

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  • The White House seems to have it in for what it calls “chain migration.” Its website pronounces: “Most green cards … are awarded based on an antiquated system … of Chain Migration—whereby one immigrant can bring in their entire extended families, who can bring in their families and so on … familial relations are all that is required to obtain a green card and, in turn, become a voting U.S. Citizen...

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  • Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials descended upon dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide in an attempt to identify and remove workers who are in the country illegally. In total, 21 arrests were made. This was part of a continuing investigation into the franchise stores dating back to 2013, when several managers were charged with using stolen identities to hire un...

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  • In recent years, the number of drones (also called “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS) and “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAV)) being sold in the United States has rapidly increased. Many industries now rely on drones, and more and more members of the public are using them recreationally. But while the utility and popularity of drones are unquestionable, their widespread use has created concerns about ...

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  • At the start of 2018, the minimum wage increased in 18 states. A few states will increase their minimum wages later in the year. The federal minimum wage has remained steady at $7.25 for many years. However, as the cost of living rises in many areas, several states have passed laws upping their minimum wagesContinue Reading The post Minimum Wage Increases in 2018 appeared first on Nolo.

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  • Happy New Year! And now, for a quick look back at what Nolo’s online readers were putting first on their reading lists last year. Anyone notice any themes? The ones that seem to stand out are money, money, more money, the inevitable inquiries following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and food. Let’s take a closer look,Continue Reading The post Top Ten Nolo Articles for 2017 appeared first on Nolo.

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  • Between tax law changes, insurance industry responses to disasters, and fluctuations in the market in general, the finances of owning a home are likely to shift in this new year—and mostly for the worse. Here’s what we’re looking at:  A lower limit has been placed on the amount of mortgage debt a homeowner can deductContinue Reading

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  • The Affordable Care Act’s ban on preexisting condition exclusions was a big benefit to those with disabilities: they were allowed to purchase insurance despite having preexisting medical issues, without having to pay higher rates or suffer through waiting periods. But the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has also had a positive effect on Social Security disability,Continue Reading

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  • Earlier this month, the IRS announced that it will be moving forward with issuing the first penalties against employers for failing to provide the health care coverage required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For a time, it was unclear whether ACA employer penalties would be enforced. In early 2017, the President had issued anContinue Reading

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  • In October, a series of raging wildfires caused multiple fatalities and injuries and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in California. Although the fires are now contained, many communities are just beginning to pick up the pieces in places like Santa Rosa, Napa, and Sonoma. It also means that thousands of Californians are out ofContinue Reading

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  • The United States Constitution provides everyone in the country with certain rights. States have their own constitutions, which can provide people in those jurisdictions with additional—or broader—rights. That dynamic is why, on October 16, Georgia became somewhat of an exception in the realm of DUI law. Right Against Self-Incrimination The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. ConstitutionContinue Reading

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  • Late last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will expand job-protected leave for new parents. Over 2.5 million California employees will now have the right to be reinstated to their jobs after taking up to 12 weeks of unpaid bonding leave. The law takes effect on January 1, 2018. UntilContinue Reading

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  • Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions wasn’t short on opinions regarding people who apply for asylum in the United States, as set forth in an October, 2017 speech to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (commonly known as U.S. Immigration Court). Unfortunately, much of the information he presented was baseless or wrong. Let’s start with Sessions’s assertionContinue 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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  • Commentators have been understandably worried for non-citizens battling flooding and other problems caused by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the coast of Texas on August 25, 2017. Not only is their basic safety at risk, but there’s the matter of the new immigration enforcement priorities under the Trump administration. This really means no priorities at all,Continue Reading

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