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Basic facts you should know about elder law

With the large wave of Baby Boomers hitting retirement and old age, the specialized field of elder law is seeing increased interest and demand as the population ages and encounters legal matters related to long-term care and estates.

Elder law, a subcategory of family law, specializes in...

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Can bankruptcy stop a property tax sale?

Q: Can bankruptcy stop a property tax sale in Illinois?

A: Yes, a bankruptcy will stop a property tax sale IF it is filed before the tax sale. The automatic stay provisions would stop the tax sale and allow you time to pay the taxes over time in the event that a Chapter...

Police officer standing next to a blue Corolla, writing a ticket.

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Is my traffic ticket valid if officer checked wrong box?

Q: If I received a  traffic ticket in Virginia, and the officer annotated the wrong information on the ticket, is the ticket null and void? I have a commercial driver's license (CDL), and he marked "no" on ticket where it asks about having a CDL.

A: Typically, and...

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Can F-1 visa holders get income from leased property?

Q: Is it legal for an international student with F-1 visa to have an income by leasing a property?

A: Yes, you can have income from a leased property. That is passive income, and not a problem.

The same is true for other capital activity, like investing in the...

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Can a court extend my jury duty at the last minute?

Q: I was on call for jury duty in Long Beach, CA, and after 4 days was asked to report on the 5th day. I showed up early that morning, and at 2:30 p.m. was one of 15 jurors randomly summoned to the window. We were told to report back on a day more than two weeks later. How can they hold...

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Can I get plastic surgery on Health Savings Account?

Q: Can I pay for elective plastic surgery with the funds from a Health Savings Account?

A: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you cannot pay for elective plastic surgery using a Health Savings Account (HSA).

You can pay for cosmetic surgery if is prescribed...

Female couple in park looking happy about New York's same-sex marriage law.

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Tips for getting a same-sex marriage out of state

Q: My partner and I intend to marry while in Maine next month (we both live in California), in either Brunswick or Freeport. I've read the requirements for paperwork and fees. If we come to the appropriate location to register and take out the license, may we expect that there will be...

Blond woman with scissors cutting a man's hair.

(Photo: Flickr/Michael Dorausch)

Will a cease-and-desist order ruin my hair salon?

Q: I got a cease-and-desist letter for doing hair without a license. (It's from the State Board of Cosmetology in South Carolina.) What should I do now?

A: This is not a mere letter; it's an order. The board has reason to believe you are practicing without a license. If...

Smiling mom holding up her infant.

(Photo: Flickr/Beatrice Murch)

If lesbians adopt in one state, is it legal in others?

Q: I live in Arizona where there are no benefits for lesbian couples. My partner and I are planning on having a baby. If we adopt a baby in Washington state, would the adoption be valid in Arizona?

A: The problem with an adoption is that you or your partner must live in...

For sale sign with "foreclosure" on top, in lawn of nice white house.

Buying a foreclosure: You may be liable for old fees

Q: I just bought a foreclosed property in Florida. The HOA has the home rented, and it says I owe $13K in fees from the previous owner. What can I do? I assume the rent being collected goes toward the fees.

A: Florida law unfortunately allows a homeowners' association (...