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Heading to College? Here Are Tips for First-Time Renters

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By Amanda Gordon, Esq Summer jobs are ending, family vacations are winding down, and the school year is about to begin. It’s time to think about where your college student is going to live this year. Tired of the dorms? If you or your child is renting an apartment off campus for the first time,…
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Protect Your Security Deposit: Move-in Tips for Renters

By Amanda Gordon, Esq. Are you moving to a new neighborhood this fall? If so, congrats! I’m sure you’re excited as well as exhausted. Finding an apartment, applying for the apartment, and moving in are all stressful experiences and many renters are so happy to finally have found a decent place that they forget about…
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Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Benefits

By Amanda Gordon, Esq. According to the United States Government, over 59 million individuals will receive approximately $863 billion in Social Security benefits this year. With numbers like that, chances are good that you or someone you know may be eligible for benefits soon. This article answers some common questions about Social Security benefits. What…
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How to Reinstate a Suspended Driver’s License

By Amanda Gordon, Esq. Do you have unpaid traffic and parking tickets? Unfortunately, this may not be a problem that is likely to go away if you ignore it. There are some serious consequences associated with unpaid parking and traffic tickets: your driver’s license could be suspended; your credit score dinged; your car booted; and…
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10 Great Reasons You Need a Will

By Rob Taylor from Money Crashers Rob Taylor writes about personal finance topics including investing and estate planning to help protect you, your family, and your assets. My sister recently passed away unexpectedly at the age of 53. I was shocked to find that she didn’t have a will. When I flew out of town…
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The Homeowner’s Dilemma: To Rent or To Sell?

To rent or to sell? Many property owners sometimes find themselves in this dilemma when they have a second home or property that they don’t live in or use, but also are not ready to sell. But before the time comes to answer that question, property owners should take a few factors into careful consideration…
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Summer Child Care Legal Checklist for Parents

By Amanda Gordon, Esq. Planning on sending your kids to camp this summer, or having a care-share schedule? Looking to split transportation costs with other families, or searching for a teenage babysitter for those summer nights? When planning your summer child care decisions, there are seven common legal issues to consider: 1. Medical Care Decisions.…
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15 Questions You Should Ask Before Getting Married

Ah, the married life! When planned well, matrimony can turn into a beautiful, life-long partnership. But prior to tying the knot, many newlyweds fail to ask crucial information about their partner’s life that may place an expiration date on their marriage one day. Before you take the leap into matrimony, sit down for a serious…
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Legal Guide To Elopement

By Amanda Gordon, Esq. Feeling romantic and spontaneous after the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage? Itching to tie the knot with someone special? You are not alone. The Supreme Court of the United States recently proclaimed in Obergefell v. Hodges that, [m]arriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers…
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15 Questions to Ask Your Roommate Before Moving In Together

You think you found your perfect roommate, but did you ask the right questions? Choosing a new roommate shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s important to ask questions that pertain to your potential roommate’s lifestyle and other factors that may affect your living situation. Here are 15 questions you should ask your roommate before moving in…
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