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Parents should understand IRS laws before claiming a child on taxes.

If you're confused about who you can claim as an exemption, consult IRS regulations.

Claiming a child on taxes

By Mary Van Doren on February 08, 2018

Once you understand the IRS definition of ‘dependent,’ you can claim a child on taxes without fear

It’s one of the most confusing parts of the tax code for most people – and it’s one of the first questions on Form 1040.


Dower rights are limited to real estate

Dower rights are limited to real estate

What are dower rights?

A look at dower rights and how they're changing to reflect a shifting society

As the United States moves slowly towards a more nuanced and inclusive definition of equality, it's leaving behind the legal vestiges of a harsher past. Dower rights are one of these...

When is probate required? California probate filing form

This form from the state of California is used to file for probate and get the process started.

When is probate required?

Simple answers to the complex question, When is probate required?  


Make your taxes less taxing

Make your taxes less taxing

By Robyn on March 15, 2017

Income taxes are due this year on April 18th.

Even with the best of intentions and a lifetime of experience, filling out a tax return can be a complicated and time-consuming affair. If you make a mistake or forget any information, you could be subject to IRS penalties or a delayed refund...

Expert Article: Hit and Run Accidents

By finn on November 17, 2015

As the number of hit-and-run accidents continues to grow nationwide, understanding what to do in the situation becomes more relevant. So we turned to JustAnswer Expert, LegalKnowledge, for some expert answers. As a licensed...

Lottery Ticket

True or False: It's easier to win the lottery than get U.S. citizenship

By Carolyn Hauck on November 10, 2015

Are you more likely to win the lottery than obtain U.S. citizenship? Can you guess? Below are the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) numbers on how many people were granted citizenship for the last 14 years:


Legal Papers

Citizenship: A complex process

By Carolyn Hauck on November 06, 2015

Applying for citizenship can be a very daunting task. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website does a nice job of outlining the 10 steps to U.S. citizenship. While that is the...

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...