Legal Articles

Three Surprising Facts About Conciliation



Conciliation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method that allows two parties to present their sides to a neutral third-party (the conciliator), who then offers them a non-binding resolution. The parties can then accept or reject the proposed resolution voluntarily. Conciliation is a popular way for two parties to resolve their disputes while also staying […]

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Why Ab Initio Is a Big Deal in Contract Law



The phrase ab initio comes from Latin and literally means “from the start” or “from the beginning.” Such a definition may sound fairly innocuous, but the truth is that this little phrase has a big impact on legal decisions. From striking down bad contracts to protecting people from excessive police powers, the declaration that something […]

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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 general public. Here’s a look at not only […]

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Statute of Limitations on Arrest Warrants



Being charged with a crime needs to be taken seriously. For those who have been issued an arrest warrant, it is extremely important that they respond to it in the appropriate manner. Ignoring an arrest warrant will not make it go away and could turn the accused into a fugitive. However, in some cases an […]

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Advising Clients with Outstanding Arrest Warrants



The circumstances surrounding most situations in which an individual is taken into custody typically do not provide either the time or opportunity for police or law enforcement officers to obtain an arrest warrant. Therefore, attorneys might not be familiar with the proper advice to give to clients who have outstanding arrest warrants pending against them.  […]

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What is a Deposition?



An essential element of any civil or criminal court action is the evidence offered by the parties. Evidence is what each side in a dispute must present to either a judge or a jury to prove what are, up to that point, probably nothing more than unproven allegations. Much of the evidence presented at a […]

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Structured Settlements Under the U.S. Tax Code



Structured settlements are a popular option for many injury plaintiffs who have been successful in their lawsuits or settlement negotiations. A structured settlement offers plaintiffs a guaranteed annuity over a certain time period, thus allowing plaintiffs to be able to rely on a stable supplement to their income for well into the future. One of […]

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Pursuing Damages in Statutory Rape Cases



For a growing number of victims of statutory rape, the pursuit of justice has taken the form of civil lawsuits. Because the standard of evidence in civil lawsuits is lower than in criminal cases, many rape victims find a civil suit to sometimes be a more effective way of ensuring that an alleged perpetrator of […]

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Liability and the Effect of Civil and Criminal Statutes of Limitations



Liability under the law generally means being legally responsible. A person who commits a criminal act is legally responsible, or liable, for the conduct that violated the law. On the civil side, individuals are held liable for the consequences of their actions. For example, liability might be imposed upon a motorist whose intoxication causes an […]

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What Are Teen Abortion Laws in the United States



Currently, abortions are legal in the United States of America. However, if a pregnant woman is still a teenager, the laws on abortions vary from state to state. According to the National Abortion Federation four in every five Americans begin having intercourse before age 20. By the time they turn 20, about 40% of American […]

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How to Beat a Red Light Camera Ticket in California



The cost of a “red light camera ticket” in California can total up to $500.  This is due to the fact that a driver guilty of this particular infraction of California law must pay for and participate in “traffic school”.   Many experienced people say that they were able to avoid being found guilty of the […]

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How to Avoid Paying for a CARFAX History Report



A CARFAX history report is an essential tool for car buyers these days with so many people seeming to be out to scam a buyer regardless of what the product is.  This report gives the buyer a very detail history of the car.  When a potential buyer is very interested in a particular used car, […]

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How to Avoid an Acai Berry Scam



Experts state that the acai berry is a very good health component, but will NOT help in losing weight.  That miracle of fast and large weight loss as well as credit card fraud and ignored cancel orders end up being the various aspects of whatever scams a person has fallen into as a victim.  As […]

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How to Apply for LIHEAP (Low Income Heat Assistance Program) in Louisiana



It should not come as any great surprise to the reader that this program is open only to the legal residents of the sovereign State of Louisiana.  It should also not come as any great surprise to anyone curious about this program that the state of Louisiana has some rather specific expectations and criteria to […]

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How to Apply For COBRA Insurance and Subsidy



The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) is health insurance coverage that most employer are required to manage for an employee that is laid off, not fired.  The “manage” is due to the fact that the employer usually pays none of the cost of COBRA that the former employee takes on.  This makes […]

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How to Apply for an FFL (Federal Firearm License)



The application for a Federal Firearm License is constructed to cover a large array of various responsibilities and roles surrounding owning and supplying firearms and those things that make firearms usable.  This type of a license is not meant for the individual who wants to own a firearm.  It is meant for the business man […]

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How to Prove Discrimination



Proving that a person has been a victim of discrimination is not typically an easy, simple task. Many people do not know what discrimination is so proving it must begin with knowing what discrimination is and is not.  The common man’s legal definition of discrimination is “The act of denying rights, benefits, justice, equitable treatment, […]

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Can I Expunge My Record of a Wet Reckless Charge While on Informal Probation?



Due to staffing constraints, many state courts are sentencing individuals convicted of misdemeanors to informal probation. Unlike "supervised probation," informal probation does not require its wards to report directly to a probation officer. If you're currently serving out an informal probation term, you may still be subject to monitoring and will need to meet several […]

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Can I Leave the Country If I Have a Pending Trial Date?



Depending upon the seriousness of your offense and the existing workload of the court in which your case will be tried, your criminal pending trial date may not begin for months or years after your arraignment date. During that period, the conditions of your bail may circumscribe your financial decisions and geographical movements. Regardless of […]

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How To Find Free Legal Forms



For the person armed with a computer, online access and a printer, getting access to free legal forms is in itself not an issue.  Many transactions that occur in various industries involve legal transactions that do not necessarily require the involvement of an attorney, but do require the use of a legal form for a […]

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