Sunday, April 21, 2024

Legal Terms : Petition

The document that initiates the filing of a bankruptcy proceeding, setting forth basic information regarding the debtor, including name, address, chapter under which the case is filed, and estimated amount of assets and liabilities.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

How do I revoke a power of attorney?


How do I revoke a power of attorney?

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Legal Terms : Petit Jury (or trial jury)

A group of citizens who hear the evidence presented by both sides at trial and determine the facts in dispute. Federal criminal juries consist of 12 persons. Federal civil juries consist of at least six persons.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Legal Terms : Peremptory Challenge

A district court may grant each side in a civil or criminal trial the right to exclude a certain number of prospective jurors without cause or giving a reason.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques


Matt Abrahams is a lecturer of strategic communication at Stanford GSB and the host of the award-winning podcast "Think Fast, Talk Smart," a show with research-backed techniques becoming a more confident communicator. 

Communication is critical to success in business and in life. Concerned about an upcoming interview? Anxious about speaking up during a meeting? In this talk, and through the podcast, you will learn techniques that will help you speak with greater confidence and clarity.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Legal Terms : Party in Interest

A party who has standing to be heard by the court in a matter to be decided in the bankruptcy case. The debtor, U.S. trustee or bankruptcy administrator, case trustee, and creditors are parties in interest for most matters.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Legal Terms : Parole

The release of a prison inmate – granted by the U.S. Parole Commission – after the inmate has completed part of his or her sentence in a federal prison. When the parolee is released to the community, he or she is placed under the supervision of a U.S. probation officer.

The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 abolished parole in favor of a determinate sentencing system in which the sentence is set by sentencing guidelines. Now, without the option of parole, the term of imprisonment the court imposes is the actual time the person spends in prison.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter


Happy Easter To You.

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What Do You Need to File for Divorce?



Before you meet with a divorce lawyer, watch this video to learn more about what you should bring to your consultation.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Legal Terms : Oral Argument

An opportunity for lawyers to summarize their position before the court and also to answer the judges' questions.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Legal Terms : Opinion

A judge's written explanation of the decision of the court. Because a case may be heard by three or more judges in the court of appeals, the opinion in appellate decisions can take several forms. If all the judges completely agree on the result, one judge will write the opinion for all. If all the judges do not agree, the formal decision will be based upon the view of the majority, and one member of the majority will write the opinion. The judges who did not agree with the majority may write separately in dissenting or concurring opinions to present their views. A dissenting opinion disagrees with the majority opinion because of the reasoning and/or the principles of law the majority used to decide the case. A concurring opinion agrees with the decision of the majority opinion, but offers further comment or clarification or even an entirely different reason for reaching the same result. Only the majority opinion can serve as binding precedent in future cases.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

How Do You Avoid an Ugly Divorce?


Divorce is almost never easy, but that doesn't mean it has to turn into an endless battle. There are things that you and your ex can do to reduce the tension and complete your divorce.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Legal Terms : Nonexempt Assets

Property of a debtor that can be liquidated to satisfy claims of creditors.

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Legal Terms : Nolo Contendere

No contest. A plea of nolo contendere has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

What Are Miranda Rights?


While everyone knows about "the right to remain silent," not everyone knows about their Miranda rights. Your Miranda rights go far beyond the right to remain silent, and it's important that you know when police must issue them to you and that you know what to do with them to protect yourself.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Legal Terms : No-Asset Case

A Chapter 7 case in which there are no assets available to satisfy any portion of the creditors' unsecured claims.

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Legal Terms : Motion

A request by a litigant to a judge for a decision on an issue relating to the case.

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Medical Marijuana FAQs



Medical marijuana is now legal in many states, but that doesn't mean you can use whatever you want whenever you want.

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Legal Terms : Mistrial

An invalid trial, caused by fundamental error. When a mistrial is declared, the trial must start again with the selection of a new jury.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Legal Terms : Misdemeanor

An offense punishable by one year of imprisonment or less.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Should You Take a Breath Test?


A drunk driving stop is intimidating, but you have rights. In most states, that includes the right to refuse a roadside breath test. Make sure you know your state's laws, though.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Legal Terms : Mental Health Treatment

Special condition the court imposes to require an individual to undergo evaluation and treatment for a mental disorder. Treatment may include psychiatric, psychological, and sex offense-specific evaluations, inpatient or outpatient counseling, and medication.

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Criminal Statutes of Limitations


Both state and federal law forbids prosecutors from charging someone with a crime beyond the specified amount of time. The time frame varies by state and by the type of crime. If you face criminal charges but think the statute of limitations has expired, find a criminal defense lawyer near you.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentines Day!


Happy Valentines Day!

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Legal Terms : Magistrate Judge

A judicial officer of a district court who conducts initial proceedings in criminal cases, decides criminal misdemeanor cases, conducts many pretrial civil and criminal matters on behalf of district judges, and decides civil cases with the consent of the parties.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Legal Terms : Litigation

A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

What to Do During Police Questioning


Being questioned by police can be a scary, stressful experience. But remember that you have the right to remain silent, plus many other constitutional protections. If the police want to talk to you, let your lawyer do the talking.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Legal Terms : Liquidated Claim

A creditor's claim for a fixed amount of money.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Legal Terms : Lien

A charge on specific property that is designed to secure payment of a debt or performance of an obligation. A debtor may still be responsible for a lien after a discharge.

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Degrees of Murder: What are they & what do they mean?


There are 3 degrees of murder charges, but what do those degrees of murder mean? What happens when a murder occurs, but it was an accident? Does the person found at fault still *spend time in jail*

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Legal Terms : Lawsuit

A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty which resulted in harm to the plaintiff.

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Legal Terms : Jury Instructions

A judge's directions to the jury before it begins deliberations regarding the factual questions it must answer and the legal rules that it must apply.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

What Happens When You Accept a Plea Deal?


A plea deal may seem like the easy way to avoid a harsh punishment for a conviction, but things are not always as they seem. Talk about your options first with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Legal Terms : Jury

The group of persons selected to hear the evidence in a trial and render a verdict on matters of fact. See also grand jury.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Legal Terms : Jurisdiction


The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a certain type of case. It also is used as a synonym for venue, meaning the geographic area over which the court has territorial jurisdiction to decide cases.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Types of Car Insurance: What You Need to Know


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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Legal Terms : Judge

An official of the Judicial branch with authority to decide lawsuits brought before courts. Used generically, the term judge may also refer to all judicial officers, including Supreme Court justices.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Legal Terms : Interrogatories

A form of discovery consisting of written questions to be answered in writing and under oath.

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Monday, January 1, 2024

Dating During Divorce: Will it hurt my case?


Divorce is often messy, but what about dating during divorce? Did you know that dating before your divorce is finalized can cause big problems for you and your new partner?

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