When a Search Is a Search: Knowing Your Fourth Amendment Rights


The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was designed to protect people from abuse at the hands of a powerful government. These days this means that police usually cannot violate your personal privacy without a warrant. One of the main questions surrounding Fourth Amendment issues is whether the police "searched," or violated your privacy to begin with. The Supreme Court has established two main tests to determine if the police have performed an unreasonable search: the Katz test, and the Jones test.

6 August 2015

4 Things Not To Do During Divorce

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During an acrimonious divorce, it may seem like a good idea to get back at your ex by pulling a dirty trick or two. It can be extremely satisfying to get back at an ex-spouse for all the wrongs they committed during the marriage, but the truth is that trickery rarely leaves you with an advantage. During a divorce, you should resist the urge to be vengeful—because all too often, you'll be the one who ends up getting hurt.

31 July 2015

Understanding The Four Main Parts Of A Codicil


If you wish to update your will, then you can either write a new will or add a separate amendment to the first one. This second option is suitable if your updates aren't too extensive. For example, you can use a codicil to remove a beneficiary or designate a new guardian for your minor children. A good codicil is one with at least these four sections: Title The title of your codicil will not differ much from your original title's will.

29 July 2015

2 Tips to Help You Find Your Birth Parents


The desire to get to know one's birth parents is not uncommon among children who have been adopted. As an adult it becomes possible for adopted children to manage the search for their birth parents themselves rather than relying on a family member to follow up on any potential leads. If you haven't had any luck identifying your birth parents in the past, here are two tips you can use to help you find the information you are looking for.

24 July 2015

Get Financially Ready For A Divorce


The signs are there, you and your husband are going to divorce. Now is the time to start preparing yourself financially. Divorce can cost thousands of dollars. The more contentious the divorce, the longer it will take and the more it will cost. Follow these tips to get ready. Make Copies of Financial Documents The next step is to make copies of all of the financial statements that you can. Make a copy of the life insurance policies, the 401(k), the bank statements and credit card statements.

21 July 2015

3 Ways A Divorce Lawyer Can Help You During Your Divorce


If you and your spouse have agreed to divorce, you may be tempted to dissolve the marriage without the help of a lawyer. However, if assets or children are involved, you need legal representation. Here are a few ways a divorce lawyer can assist you during a divorce: Filing for Custody If you and your spouse have a minor child, you may want to maintain primary custody. Yet, the custodial arrangements will be based on what's best for your youngster.

20 July 2015

Why People Sell Marital Homes During Divorce


Most divorces involve selling the family home. There may be compelling reasons for this even if you wish to keep your primary residence for the sake of the children or due to your emotional attachment to it. Some of the reasons that may compel you to sell the house include: Division of Property All marital assets must be divided during a divorce, and this includes the family's home. Since you can't physically divide a home, the available options include selling it to divide the proceeds or buying a partner's stake in the property.

14 July 2015