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“Dram Shop” Laws Hold Bars Responsible for Alcohol Injuries

“Dram Shop” Laws Hold Bars Responsible for Alcohol Injuries

Drinking liquor is a personal choice, so it may seem unfair that bar owners can be liable for accidents and injuries that occur because someone chose to drink in their business establishment. Under the terms of “dram shop laws,” owners of a bar or any other business that sells alcohol can be held legally responsible […]

Trucking Accident Suits May Involve Multiple Parties

Trucking Accident Suits May Involve Multiple Parties

Lawsuits for personal injuries from accidents involving commercial trucks require special handling. Trucking accidents are more complicated than regular automobile accidents. There are usually multiple parties who are potentially liable. Federal and state laws set specific standards for safety, and the investigation also involves unique aspects that do not apply to car accidents. Most people […]

You May Deduct the Payroll Taxes of Your Employees

You May Deduct the Payroll Taxes of Your Employees

Running a small business involves keeping up with many legal obligations. Deducting payroll taxes from the salaries and wages of employees is one of these obligations. An employer that fails to collect or pay payroll taxes properly may be subject to significant penalties and fines. Different Types of Employment Taxes Payroll taxes are the taxes […]

Medical Records: Privacy Issues

Medical Records: Privacy Issues

There is a federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that gives you the right to keep your health information private. HIPAA and some state laws affect how your health information can be used or shared. What Are Your Rights? Health care providers and health insurers who are required to follow HIPAA […]

What You Need to Know about Separation?

What You Need to Know about Separation?

In family law, the terms “separation” and “legal separation” have different meanings. An informal separation means that you and your spouse have decided to live apart without any intervention by the court. A legal separation occurs after a court proceeding in which the judge issues an order granting the separation. This formal separation legally changes […]

States Vary in Their Requirements for Accident Suits

States Vary in Their Requirements for Accident Suits

Auto accidents often result in personal injuries and lead to lawsuits for loss, pain, and suffering. Each state has its own laws that apply in the wake of an auto accident. Generally, to sue an automobile driver for bodily injuries you must prove negligence. In some states, medical bills and lost wages are paid regardless […]

What Happens if You Walk Away?

What Happens if You Walk Away?

If you are “underwater” on your mortgage – that is, you owe more on your home than it is currently worth on the market – you may be tempted to just walk away. Although your lender can’t force you to stay in your home, there will be financial consequences if you walk out on your […]

Top Reasons You May Receive a Deportation Notice

Top Reasons You May Receive a Deportation Notice

The government can use more than 50 reasons to order you out of the country. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can deport anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, even those who are legal permanent residents because they have green cards. Most of the grounds fall into three categories. Committing a Crime The most […]

Kids as Young as 12 Can Be Tried as Adults for Murder

Kids as Young as 12 Can Be Tried as Adults for Murder

A 12-year-old girl has been charged with murder after she and two older friends allegedly carjacked a man in Durham, N.C., shot him, and left him for dead in the street. Three Murder Charges The 12-year old, along with a girl aged 14 and a boy aged 16, asked 35-year-old Johnny Danilo Villatoro for a […]

OK to Flip Off the Cops, Court Rules

OK to Flip Off the Cops, Court Rules

You heard it from N.W.A. first in their 1988 protest song: A man can sue the police after they arrested him for flipping them the bird, a federal court ruled last week. John Swartz was a passenger in a car driven by his wife through St. Johnsville, N. Y. in 2006 when the couple passed […]