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When is an Order of Protection Appropriate in Your Divorce Case?

Getting a divorce, or even being in a situation where you are considering a divorce, is never easy. However, some divorces are nastier than others, and in some cases may require an order of protection for the sake of keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. But what exactly is an order of protection, and when is it appropriate to seek one out?

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Five Ways Landlords Illegally Harass Their Tenants

Tenants have the right to quiet enjoyment, which means they are legally allowed to remain in their rented spaces without fear of harassment or intrusion until they have been formally evicted. However, that does not stop some landlords from trying to harass their tenants out of their apartments, hoping to avoid the legal problems of seeking an eviction by forcing them to leave of their own accord. Here are five ways landlords may illegally harass their tenants into leaving their apartments:

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Five Reasons Not to Allow the Police to Search Your Property

One of the most basic rights Americans have, enshrined in the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, prohibits law enforcement from conducting an “unreasonable search or seizure” without a warrant probable cause. However, there are numerous loopholes in this protection, foremost among them that police do not need a warrant if you allow them to search your property of your own free will. Here are five reasons you may not want to comply with a police request to search your property:

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The Dangers of Social Media in Divorce Cases

Every day, more people sign up for social media accounts on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, among others. While these sites can be useful for staying in touch with friends and family, and even be useful for professional networking, they also pose a significant risk to anyone involved in a lawsuit. People dealing with divorce, in particular, need to be careful about what they post on social media, because anything they post can, and will, be used against them.

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New York Eviction Moratorium Extended Until January 15

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a law that will extend the state’s moratorium on residential evictions until January 15, 2022. This extension is seen as a benefit to tenants who were facing eviction when the state’s moratorium was set to expire, leading to potential evictions for thousands of New Yorkers. However, for some, the measure is seen as a disappointing effort that does little to address the underlying issues behind the looming eviction crisis. Continue reading “New York Eviction Moratorium Extended Until January 15”

What You Should Know About Police Brutality

If you have paid attention to the news, then chances are that you have heard the term “police brutality” more than once. This is more than a controversial topic of conversation, however, as people who suffer from police brutality often must deal with the legal, financial, and medical consequences for years afterwards. But what exactly is police brutality, and what should you do if you experience it? Continue reading “What You Should Know About Police Brutality”

Five Things You Should Know About Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance, also known as spousal support or alimony, is an important part of protecting the rights of spouses after a divorce. Without it, many divorcing spouses would face undue hardship, struggling to pay for themselves and their dependents without the income of their ex-spouse. Here are five things you need to know about spousal maintenance:

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What Happens When the Police Violate Your Rights?

The United States Constitution guarantees people a number of crucial rights that can help protect them against abuse from law enforcement. However, police officers can still violate these rights, resulting in serious potential harm as you suffer the indignities of the justice system. So what exactly happens when the police violate your rights, and how does the law protect your rights? Continue reading “What Happens When the Police Violate Your Rights?”

How Landlords Try to Avoid Refunding Your Security Deposit

It is common practice for landlords to require their tenants to pay a security deposit as part of their lease agreement. In theory, the security deposit is only meant to cover costs for cleaning and repair, and any unspent amount of the deposit should be returned at the end of the lease. However, some landlords will go to great lengths to make sure they can keep a tenant’s security deposit, including using these potentially illegal methods: Continue reading “How Landlords Try to Avoid Refunding Your Security Deposit”

What Happens If You Are Arrested for a DUI?

Driving under the influence, more commonly known as DUI, is one of the most serious traffic offenses you can be accused of. Unlike most other traffic offenses, though, you can face far more serious consequences than simply getting a traffic ticket, or having points put on your license. Here are five things that may happen if you are arrested for a DUI: Continue reading “What Happens If You Are Arrested for a DUI?”