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Is Flag Burning Illegal?

Written by S. Danilina and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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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“Implied Consent”: Driver’s Preemptive Agreement to Blood Alcohol Testing

Written by James Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  



Scenario:  A driver has had a few beers or even just a couple of glasses of wine over dinner with friends.  While driving elsewhere, even on the way home, for whatever reason, bright colored lights, a “wooo, wooo” of a siren, and the driver realizes that it is a police cruiser behind that is doing […]

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

Written by James Hirby and 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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3 Common Misconceptions People Have About Mortgage Law

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3 Common Misconceptions People Have About Mortgage Law Even though most people who own a home financed it through a bank, credit union or mortgage lender, few people really understand how mortgage law works. After reading this article, you will not fall prey to any of the three common misconceptions that people have about mortgages. […]

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3 Types of Misrepresentation and Why They Matter

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3 Types of Misrepresentation and Why They Matter   A contract largely depends on the honesty and goodwill of those who have agreed to it. If a party to a contract makes a misrepresentation of fact without suffering any repercussions for that misrepresentation, then few people would feel comfortable binding themselves to that contract. Misrepresentation […]

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

Written by J. Hirby and 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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4 Essential Things to Know About Habeas Corpus

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4 Essential Things to Know About Habeas Corpus  Fundamental to almost any democracy, a writ of habeas corpus is widely considered one of the most basic protections citizens have against unchecked state power. While habeas corpus is a fundamental component of the U.S. Constitution, its meaning and importance is not always widely understood by the […]

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4 Tips To Know Before Giving Deposition Testimony

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The financial stakes can be high when a lawsuit is filed with the court. The parties on either side of the dispute must gather evidence to prove his or her case to a judge or to a jury that will eventually decide which side wins and which side loses. Deposition testimony can be important evidence […]

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5 Great Home-Based Business Ideas

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5 Great Home-Based Business Ideas For many people the ultimate dream is being able to work from home and be their own bosses. While a home-based business has lots of challenging aspects, it is actually much easier to begin a home-based business than many people realize. Far from being an unattainable luxury, a home-based business […]

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5 Tips Every Witness Should Know About Cross Examination

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If you go by what you see on television and in the movies, cases are won or lost in court with a blistering cross examination of the key prosecution witness by the defense attorney. Invariably, the scene ends with the witness admitting in a tearful outburst to being the person who actually committed the crime. […]

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A Felon Taking the Bar Exam

Written by James Hirby and 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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A Motion In Limine Can Prevent Damage At Trial

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  Raising objections to the introduction of evidence is usually associated with the trial stage of a civil or criminal case. It is not necessary to wait until the opposing party attempts to introduce the evidence at trial to raise the objection. Motions in limine can be at any stage of a case to obtain […]

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About California Child Custody Laws

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  



Child custody is a highly contentious component of many divorces. The child custody laws in California are designed to protect the child. Since child custody is such an emotionally fraught issue, it can be very helpful to understand the basics of California's laws on the subject. Maintaining the Status Quo In many child custody cases […]

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About Default Judgements

Written by James Hirby and 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 and 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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