California Adopts Transfer-on-Death Deeds
California has adopted legislation allowing people to leave their California real estate without probate, by using a transfer-on-death deed.
Texas Adopts Transfer-On-Death Deeds
Texas has adopted legislation allowing people to leave their Texas real estate without probate, by using a transfer-on-death deed.
Federal Tax Exemption for 2016: $5.45 Million
The federal government has announced the expected tax numbers for 2016, and -- surprise -- there were no surprises.
Median Family Income Data Increases (Effective April 1, 2017)
Effective April 1, 2017, the median family income data used in bankruptcy has changed.
Trump Administration Memorandum: Fiduciary Duty Shouldn’t Extend to Financial Advisors
Learn how the Trump administration's financial management policy favoring quantity over quality could put your retirement at risk.
California Expands Its Distracted Driving Laws Beyond Phone Calls and Text Messaging
In September 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1785 (A.B.
Supreme Court: Wrongful Detention Even After Court Appearance Violates the Fourth Amendment
The beginning of court proceedings doesn't eliminate the Fourth Amendment from the picture.
U.S. Supreme Court: The Second Amendment Applies to Stun Guns
The Supreme Court of the United States has decided that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies to stun guns.
U.S. Supreme Court: No Sixth Amendment Right to Speedy Sentencing
The high court held that the Speedy Trial Clause doesn’t apply to delayed sentencing.
Supreme Court: Firearm Prohibition Applies to Misdemeanor Convictions for “Reckless” Domestic Violence
SCOTUS clarified that, in order for the gun ban to apply, a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence doesn't have to involve
All Immigrant Visa Appointments in Countries Affected by Trump Executive Order Are Canceled for Now
Anyone in the process of obtaining an immigrant visa from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen will have to await further instructions.
Visa Revoked Due to Trump Order, Then Reinstated: What Do I Say on Future Immigration Applications?
Visas that were mistakenly revoked after Trump executive order need not be later reported as revoked.
Trump Tries Again: March 6 Executive Order Banning Travel From Certain Countries
Second Executive Order bans travel from select countries.
What Effect Will Trump's Immigration-Related Executive Order on "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior" Have?
Broadening of federal and state enforcement against any non-citizen suspected or convicted of a crime.
Trump's Border Security Order May End Parole in Place Program for Military Families
Executive order undermines use of parole as a means of attaining a temporary right to be in the U.S.
How to Change Your Name in California: Instructions for the Civil Case Cover Sheet
The 14th edition of How to Change Your Name in California contains a printed form, the Civil Case Cover Sheet, but the form is not filled out. This update instructs readers on how to complete it.
Same-Sex Married Couples Qualify for Federal Benefits
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Windsor
Same-Sex Marriage Now the Law of the Land
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
New York Passes Nation’s First Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Law
New York is the first state to provide full pay to employees who take family leave.
New FMLA Regulations Move to a “Place of Celebration” Rule for Same-Sex Spouses
Same-sex spouses in all states may now take FMLA leave to care for each other.
Department of Labor Publishes New FMLA Forms
Employers subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can now find updated versions of the FMLA forms on the Department of Labor’s website.
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