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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  • 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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  • Check out Nolo’s Ask Liza, where Liza Weiman Hanks, an attorney who specializes in estate planning for families of all ages, answers questions about trusts, wills, probate, and other estate planning topics.

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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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  • 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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