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 Estate Tax Exemption for 2017: $5.49 Million
Unless your estate is worth many millions of dollars, you do not need to worry about the federal estate tax.
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.
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
Attorney General Reignites War on Drugs, Orders Prosecutors to Seek Stiffer Penalties
U.S. AG Jeff Sessions ordered prosecutors to go for the most serious charges available.
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.
IRS Increases Standard Mileage Rate For 2015
The IRS has increased the business standard mileage rate for 2015.
Employer Mandate Under the Affordable Care Act Delayed For Second Time (Effective: Feb 11, 2014)
The employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act has been delayed for a second time for certain employers.
Pension Plan Limits for 2017 Announced by IRS
The Internal Revenue Service released 2017 tax year cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement-related items. Here is a summary of the more significant items for 2017.
IRS Changes Installment Agreement Fees Effective 2017
Under the fee schedule, the highest fee goes up while new online options offer discounts.
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.
New Installment Agreement Fees Proposed by IRS Effective 2016
Under the proposed fee schedule, the highest fee will increase while new online options will offer discounts.
California Expands Its Distracted Driving Laws Beyond Phone Calls and Text Messaging
A.B. 1785, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, will prohibit all cellphone and wireless devices usage while driving, except when using a hands-free device.
New California Law Legalizes Motorcycle Lane Splitting
On August 19, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 51 (
California Changes Vehicle Child-Safety-Seat Law
Read about new California legislation that, beginning January 1, 2017, requires children under two to be in rear-facing child safety seats.
California Enacts “Open Container” Law for Driving While in Possession of Marijuana
New California legislation sets guidelines for transporting open containers of marijuana in a vehicle.