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Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S

By Carolyn Hauck on October 15, 2015

In a landmark ruling on June 26, 2015, the U.S Supreme Court struck down all bans on same-sex marriage, making same-sex marriages legal in every state in the union. The case before the court, Obergefell v. Hodges, was a culmination of 6 other cases in the last several years that...

Employer Drug Tests: Know the Facts

By Carolyn Hauck on September 02, 2015

Are you concerned about drug testing for a current or potential employer? While in the past we might have been assured that drug testing is an employer’s way to make sure that they don’t have an illegal drug abuser on their team (read below to see if this is still the case), with the...

Traffic Ticket

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True or False: Police error on a traffic ticket voids the ticket

By Carolyn Hauck on August 27, 2015

Getting a traffic ticket, especially an expensive one, can be extremely frustrating. Certainly if you know you were speeding, or violating a traffic law, it’s hard to get too frustrated; however, sometimes there can be grey area in determining whether or not you violated a law. Either...

Tenant Rights

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What You Should Know: Your Rights as a Tenant with Roommates

By Carolyn Hauck on August 06, 2015

Sharing an apartment or a house has long been a way for students and mostly younger folks to live according to a smaller budget. However, with the rising costs of urban living across the country, living with roommates has increasingly become more common over the last fifteen years,...

STDs: Is hiding the fact that you have one illegal?

By Carolyn Hauck on May 14, 2015

It’s a difficult conversation to have at the beginning of any intimate relationship, but talking openly about your sexual health is not only important for personal and public health reasons, and necessary for building trust with a new partner, but that conversation can have legal implications as...

Pulled Over

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True or False: You must show ID when asked by police

By Carolyn Hauck on April 14, 2015

Whether you’re on foot, on a bike or in a car, it’s important to know your rights when you’re approached by a police officer. In fact, many of us don’t really understand our rights in dealings with police officers beyond the right to remain silent; a situation we see repeatedly portrayed on TV...

Two Weeks Notice

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True or False: Two weeks' notice is mandatory

By Carolyn Hauck on April 07, 2015

Need to quit your job? Hopefully giving your two weeks’ notice is a non-issue because you work in a supportive work environment and you want to let your boss and coworkers know ahead of time that you’re moving on. But in some cases it is an issue and you might be wondering if you have...

Pit bulls: How dangerous are they?

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Pit bulls: How dangerous are they?

By Carolyn Hauck on March 10, 2015

To those who love them, pit bulls are one of the most misunderstood dog breeds. To those who fear them, pit bulls pose a safety issue serious enough to call for a ban of the breed in their town or state.

Rules about pit bull ownership actually vary state-by-state or even county. Laws...

2014 Tax Year: What you need to know

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2014 Tax Year: What you need to know

By Carolyn Hauck on March 05, 2015

Unless you’re a financial early bird and already e-filed or mailed off your taxes, the upcoming April 15th due date is sneaking up. And this year, the adage “no news is good news” holds somewhat true.

In years past, we’ve seen new deductions and tax credits take place, but...

Loosing Your Wallet

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Lost Wallets and Theft Protection

By Carolyn Hauck on January 27, 2015

If you lose your wallet or suspect it has been stolen, you know you have to take immediate action, but what exactly do you need to do?  Here’s a checklist for the steps you need to take:

Contact all Credit and Debit Card Issuers

The keywords here are “lost” or “...