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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 “...

Missing Person

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Missing persons: Is the 24-hour wait period a myth?

By Carolyn Hauck on January 20, 2015

Although a highly unlikely event, having a family member go missing is certainly a worry that passes through our minds now and again. TV shows and movies make missing persons seem like a more common occurrence than it truly is, and are somewhat responsible for continuing the myth that we need to...

New Year's Safety

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Staying out of trouble on NYE

By Jessica Klimczak on December 30, 2014

Another year has come and gone and it will only be hours until we ring in the new year. As you probably know our goal is to help people day in and day out. We see two common issues that arise on NYE and wanted to highlight them for our readers. Sometimes the thrill of ringing in the New Year can...

Holiday Legal Help

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Holiday Pay: Know Your Rights

By Carolyn Hauck on December 16, 2014

When we think about the holidays, we generally think about workers taking the day off to be with family and friends. And many of us assume that our employers will pay our wages for the day off. But are employers required to give its employees holiday pay?

The short answer: No, holiday pay...

credit cards

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Protecting Your Privacy - Credit Card Data Breaches

By Jessica on November 04, 2014

As the holidays approach you will most likely be using your credit cards with more frequency and in new retail stores. If you recall, during the last holiday season, Target, Neiman Marcus and other major retailers had to inform customers of security breaches which resulted in payment...