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Understanding Latin Legalese

Most lawyers love to throw around Latin phrases. The reason for this is that ancient Rome's legal system has had a strong influence on the legal systems of most western countries. After all, at one time [more…]

Sources of Free (or Almost Free) Legal Information

If you need legal advice but have financial concerns and cannot afford an attorney, look to these resources for free, or almost free, legal advice: [more…]

Prelitigation and e-Discovery Timeline

Adhering to a pre-litigation and e-discovery timeline will keep you on track. Before litigation even starts, you must start evaluating — with your IT team and legal counsel — where you stand in terms of [more…]

E-Discovery Categories of Electronically Stored Information

In e-discovery, electronically stored information (ESI) is divided into five categories, which are grouped into two tiers based on the effort and cost needed to access ESI. Keep these categories in mind [more…]

Seven Steps of the E-Discovery Process

In the e-discovery process, you must perform certain functions for identifying and preserving electronically stored (ESI), and meet requirements regarding conditions such as relevancy and privilege. Typically [more…]

E-Discovery Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence

During the e-discovery process, keep the e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) close by. These federal rules apply to the process for [more…]

How to Conduct Legal Research

As a paralegal visiting a law library or conducting computerized legal research, the following steps offer a practical approach to working through a legal research assignment: [more…]

Legal Research Materials and Web Sites

Access to law library resources is largely dictated by the area where you live or work. If you live in a rural area, you may not have the same access to the massive collections of law books that city slickers [more…]

Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Making Segregation Illegal

The dramatic civil rights and segregation battles that set the tone for much of the 1960s didn’t just happen. Several events preceded those battles, perhaps none more important than the 1954 Supreme Court [more…]

The U.S. Constitution's Sixteenth Amendment: The Legalization of Income Tax

Can Uncle Sam legally tax you on your income? You may resent this government power, but it is kosher. However, that hasn’t always been the case. Income tax is a [more…]

Understanding Contract Law when Negotiating Business Deals

Negotiating deals in the business world requires a fundamental understanding of contract law. For starters, in the United States, unless you have a specific arrangement to the contrary, no deal is closed [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Negotiation Skills In A Day For Dummies

Important Legal Documents Every Same-Sex Couple Needs

Especially when a gay or lesbian couple is ready to move in together, make a major purchase or have a child, some essential supporting documents are necessary to establish a legal relationship where none [more…]

The Importance of Advance Directives for LBGT Folks

The term advance directives describes certain legal documents that let you state in writing — before you become injured or ill — your wishes as to who you want to make medical and financial decision for [more…]

Protect Your Relationship with LGBT Wills, Trusts, and Deeds

A good estate plan allows you to arrange, in advance, for the easy and uncomplicated transfer of your property to your family of choice after your death. To make an estate plan that functions to protect [more…]

Key Federal Laws Affecting HR

There's no substitute for the guidance of an attorney, but HR professionals need to have a basic understanding of the many legal issues and challenges that come with hiring and managing employees. Here [more…]

Determining Whether a Covenant Runs with the Land

A person who makes a covenant to another is bound by her promise, and the other person can enforce it in court. But if someone else seeks to enforce the covenant, or if someone seeks to enforce the covenant [more…]

Creating Easements

An easement is a right of one person to use (or control the use of) another person’s land. You can create an easement in any of the following ways: [more…]

Present and Future Estates

You can figure out which present and future estates an instrument creates by reading the granting instrument carefully and asking yourself these questions in order: [more…]

Zoning Flexibility Devices

Sometimes, zoning laws get in the way of a landowner's desires. If a landowner wants to use her land in some way that a zoning ordinance doesn’t allow, here are the steps she can take: [more…]

Property Law For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To make use of property law, you have to be able to apply it to factual situations. This Cheat Sheet summarizes some of the more important or difficult property law rules and gives you a quick reference [more…]

Why Dissolving a Legal LGBT Relationship Is Unclear

The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman for federal purposes. But DOMA also expressly gives states the right to [more…]

How to Get Divorced in States Banning Same-Sex Unions

If you want to divorce a same-sex partner in a state that bans same-sex unions and divorces, it depends on where you were married. All divorces require the intervention of a court of law where a judge [more…]

Legal Limbo Created by State Laws Regarding Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce

As long as states refuse to grant divorces to LGBT couples, gay men and lesbians who were married or entered into a civil union in a legal equality state will continue to be mired in a legal limbo. This [more…]

Does DOMA Prevent Pension Benefits for Surviving Same-Sex Spouses?

Because of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), employers can disregard the rights of an LGBT employee’s partner as a legitimate beneficiary of his or her employee’s pension funds. The federal definition of [more…]

How to Designate Your Same-Sex Partner as Beneficiary

DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) blocks an LGBT partner’s right to collect his or her deceased partner’s Social Security benefits as well as other federally regulated pension and retirement funds. When a [more…]

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