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Consumers: You May Be Forfeiting Your Rights Online

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As recently reported in the New York Times, a full one-third of top ranked websites forbid consumers from suing them for damages, unsavory practices, inflated charges, and general bad behavior through inclusion of forced arbitration clauses and class-action ban clauses. The prototypical cartoon image of two figures standing toe-to-toe and one red-faced man shouting into…
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How To Talk To Your Lawyer

We get it. No one wants to talk to lawyers. But there comes a time in everyone’s life—whether it be good news (Marriage) or bad news (Divorce)—when you’ll need to consult with a lawyer. And when that time comes, there are a few tips you should consider to make the legal process a whole lot…
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The Internet of Things Will Change Property Rights Forever

Property law is one of the most ancient and fundamental legal theories in our justice system. Indeed, the cultural origins of property rights based on John Locke’s theory can be traced back to the biblical story of Adam and Eve, where God gave the earth to the two initial inhabitants and their children. Fascinatingly, apart…
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The War of the Wages

Before Labor Day recedes too far into the horizon, let’s spend a few minutes discussing the illustrious and inventive ways that employers defraud their employees out of their earned wages, and legal remedies to counteract the practice. In last week’s companion blog Article 3, I mentioned a Subway franchise owner with the unlikely name of…
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4 Rights To Remember When You’re Stopped By Police

In 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum, playing a young police officer, is berated by his superior after failing to to “Mirandize” a suspect, which resulted in the criminal’s release without charges. When asked to recite the warning, Tatum’s character fails miserably, despite Jonah Hill’s best efforts to help. Though funny within the context of the…
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3 Marketing Tips For Lawyers From the Undead

The story about the dead guy who appeared before a judge to be declared alive, only to be informed he was still dead has – who would’ve guessed – a second life! Last December, we recounted the peculiar story and legal status of Donald Miller. A brief recap: Miller, then 61, vanished in the 1980s,…
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After Divorce – Co-Parenting to Balance Your Child’s Summer Schedule

Before you know it the end of the academic year will be here and your kids out of school for the summer. Balancing quality time with your children during their summer break can be a struggle when you’re still working full time and your kids have other activities lined up – summer camp and sports-related…
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TESTAMENTS: HAVING THE FINAL WORD

If you’ve been reading the recent posts here during “Make a Will” month, you already know why you should make a will (leave loved ones stuff), how to make a will (fill out the forms), where to make a will (here), and the pitfalls of failing to do so. AND YET YOU – YES, YOU!…
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Writing Your Will – What’s In It For You

By Jackie Ann Patterson Recently my 36-year-old cousin died in the night, leaving behind a wife and two young sons. Clearly, he needed a Will. But that won’t happen to you, right? You aren’t planning to depart this green earth anytime soon. So why should you take time out of your busy schedule to make a…
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Colma – The City That Runs on Dead People

Maybe it was on account of growing up in New York City, but as far back as I can remember, I wondered “Where do all the dead people go?” Not in the “Is there an after-life?” sense, but where do we physically put them? I’d be crushed against somebody’s armpit in the subway, knifing my…
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