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Is Flag Burning Illegal?

Written by S. Danilina | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


Currently, flag burning is not illegal in the United States.  The Supreme Court of the United States in its decision from 1969 has ruled that the burning of the flag is protected by the First Amendment. However, the person who burnt the flag can be found guilty of a misdemeanor for starting a fire without [...]

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What Is the U.S. Supreme Court?

Written by S. Danilina | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the country that has ultimate and discretionary appellate jurisdiction over all federal and state courts. The Supreme Court hears cases that involve issues of federal law. Moreover, the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction over some cases.  The Supreme Court consists of chief justice [...]

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How Does Alimony Work?

Written by S. Danilina | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


Alimony, which is also called “spousal support”, is the financial support that the court orders one spouse to pay to the other spouse on a regular basis as the result of divorce. When the couple is married it is assumed that they share their combined income and support each other. In the case of divorce, [...]

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How to Dissolve a Marriage

Written by S. Danilina | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


Marriages may be legally ended by divorce or dissolution of marriage. Divorce simply means the process of termination of a legal marriage and all legal obligations arising from it. Divorce and dissolution of marriage often used as interchangeable terms. However, both terms have the legal difference between them. Historically, divorce term has been used for [...]

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How to Find a Person in Jail for Free

Written by S. Danilina | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


If you think that your friend or family member has been arrested, by using the Internet you can easily locate him or her in jail without any trouble. Jail is a temporary facility where people are held waiting for a court action. Thus, if you know the name, birth date or at least his/her age, [...]

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What Is a Durable Power of Attorney

Written by S. Danilina | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


A durable power of attorney is an exclusive type of power of attorney. A durable power of attorney is distinctive from a regular power of attorney and allows the agent to act on the principal’s behalf beyond the incapacity of the principal. A durable power of attorney may be immediate or springing. The immediate power [...]

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1099-A or 1099-C for Mortgage Debt Discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


If you have to surrender your home in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the mortgage lender will provide you with a 1099-C. When you file a Chapter 7, the tradeoff is that the mortgage debt is completely dischargeable but you cannot keep your home. Another tradeoff is that when the mortgage debt is forgiven, the IRS [...]

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3rd DUI: Can I get a SCRAM Anklet Instead of Going to Jail?

Written by J. Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


What is a SCRAM Bracelet? A scram bracelet is an alcohol monitoring system that is worn by an offender during the duration of his probation in order to make sure the offender follows his court-ordered abstinence. The bracelet is created so it cannot be taken off by the offender and analyzes the offender’s blood alcohol [...]

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A Felon Taking the Bar Exam

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


– Going to Law School – Taking the Bar Exam – Becoming a Licensed Lawyer – Allowed to Practice Law Each of the above bulleted points is a step a person needs to take to become an experienced practicing attorney in that person’s resident state.  Each state’s rules for becoming a practicing lawyer in that [...]

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About Default Judgements

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


A number of different sites and many (unfortunately) experienced contributors provide a rather solid view of getting to the point of a default judgment, what you can do at the hearing on a default judgment, what typically happens after a default judgment occurs, what you can still do after a default judgment occurs against you, [...]

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About How Long Should It Take to Receive Life Insurance Money?

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


In order to receive life insurance funds, you must be named as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy. In most cases, you won't be surprised that you're in line to receive life insurance benefits. This is because you're likely to be the beneficiary on only those policies carried by your spouse or parents. Once [...]

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Acquiring Additional Student Loans While in Chapter 13

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


Federal Bankruptcy Law contains a section, 525c.  This section prohibits any government agency from denying a person a government sponsored loan based solely on having filed for bankruptcy.  All of the other reasons that can be applied to such a loan and cause it to be denied are in good shape.  So, a federally sponsored [...]

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Activities and Events that Occur at a Pretrial Hearing

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


After a person is arrested and or charged with some particular illegal activity, a pretrial hearing is often scheduled.  A pretrial hearing is a session with the judge that occurs before trial.  There is any number of reasons for a pretrial hearing.   The pretrial hearing is an accused person’s last court appearance for a criminal [...]

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ADA Bathroom Sink Height Requirements

Written by J. Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


The United States government has established guidelines and requirements for bathroom facilities in order to protect the rights of the disabled. Imagine if you were in a wheelchair and needed to use a sink that was difficult to reach. What are the ADA Bathroom Sink Height Requirements to make sure facilities are disabled-friendly? History of [...]

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After A Bankruptcy Discharge: Improving One’s Credit History

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


Setting the Stage:  The aftermath of a Chapter 7 discharge on a debtor’s respective credit scores is that a debtor will see a 100 to 200 point drop in each of the “big 3” credit score bureaus.  To get the actual bottom line (poor pun) on this, the experts and people with experience say to [...]

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After Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Do I Have to Sign a Reaffirmation Agreement?

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


The short answer is no, you do not have to sign a reaffirmation agreement for any of your debts. It is completely up to you if you want to reaffirm a debt. The main reason for signing a reaffirmation agreement is if you want to keep a secured asset such as a car or home. [...]

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After Filing for Bankruptcy Can You Keep Your Checking Account?

Written by Aurora F. | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


Yes … if the bank holding the account allows it. When a person files for bankruptcy, depending on the type of bankruptcy filed, all loan and credit collections must stop. All bank accounts and assets must be identified by the debtor to a court appointed trustee (chapter 7) or court official / judge (chapter 13) [...]

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After foreclosure Can the 2nd Mortgage Holder Come After me for the Balance (Colorado)?

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


First, seriously consider hiring a lawyer who knows the foreclosure and multi-mortgage law in the state of Colorado (or, your particular state). Each state varies in some way. Next, in a foreclosure, the holder of the first mortgage gets paid off first (of course), then, if any money from the foreclosure sale is left, it [...]

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Am I a 1099 Employee or Is My Boss Doing Something Illegal?

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


The American tax code confers numerous benefits and protections on full-time employees. For instance, full-timers are not responsible for withholding their own taxes or determining the value of their financial obligations to Social Security and Medicare. In addition, full-time employees are generally eligible to receive employer-sponsored health insurance, retirement accounts, life insurance and other fringe [...]

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Am I Able to Write Off Health Insurance Premiums for Tax Purposes at the End of the Year?

Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  


If you're like most American taxpayers, your health insurance premiums represent an enormous "overhead" expense. For many years, the cost of healthcare and health insurance has risen faster than the overall rate of inflation. Meanwhile, the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act has added a new layer of uncertainty to the healthcare market. Many [...]

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