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You May Need an Attorney and Not Even Know It

People take legal matters into their own hands every day, and sometimes they lose money and property in the process. You can make a legally binding contract without using an attorney, but you are risking missing some big legal loopholes and laws you may not be familiar with that can not only make your contract invalid but can actually cost you in the end. When you are selling or purchasing real estate, tackling the creation of a will or even just loaning money to a friend, a consultation with an attorney can be a positive step. I'll show you when and why you need an attorney.

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You May Need an Attorney and Not Even Know It

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Charged with Murder for Texting While Driving? It's Possible

A number of states have banned texting while driving and for good reason. According to the Federal Communications Commission, every day approximately 1,161 people are injured and another 8 are killed in accidents involving distracted drivers. Generally, you'll be issued a ticket and made to pay a fine if you're caught texting and driving. However, there are some cases where it may result a more serious consequences. Here's more information about this issue.

Three Things You May Not Know About DUIs

Most people have a basic idea about some of the laws and penalties associated with DUIs, such as revocation of driving privileges and jail time. However, DUIs are a lot more complex and far reaching than that, and you could end up landing in serious trouble with the law if you're not careful. Here are three things you may not have known about DUIs to help you avoid or prepare for legal issues associated with them.

Defending Yourself Against A Lawsuit Employing The Family Purpose Doctrine

In general, if you let someone borrow your vehicle and that person gets into an accident, that individual would be held liable for any damages that result. In some states, however, you could be put on the hook for paying out compensation for injuries and damages if the person who caused the wreck was a family member. Here's more information about a law called the Family Purpose Doctrine and a few ways you can defend against it.

What Will Happen When The New Overtime Rules Take Effect?

If you work more than 40 hours a week in a salaried position, you may sometimes bemoan the fact that you're expected to put in extra hours without receiving extra pay. While salaried positions can often carry with them perks like higher levels of responsibility or autonomy, in other situations they may simply be a way for management to cut overtime costs by classifying employees as exempt from the overtime requirements of federal labor laws.

Informal Vs. Legal Separation: 3 Things You Should Consider

Making your marriage work can be difficult, which is why approximately 40% to 50% of marriages end in divorce. If you are struggling in your marriage, you may want to consider separating for a while. This will give you time to think about things and decide what you want to do. If you decide to do this, you have two main options. You could either have an informal separation, or you could go through with a legal separation, and here are three things to consider as you decide which to choose.