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How to Improve Your Chances in Your Child Custody Case

When you are getting divorced and you are fighting with your spouse over child custody, you are probably very concerned about making sure you get the best outcome for your case. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to improve your odds and minimize the risk of unforeseen problems jeopardizing your chances. Here are five ways you can improve your chances of a favorable outcome in your child custody case: Continue reading “How to Improve Your Chances in Your Child Custody Case”

Five Reasons Not to Defend Yourself Pro Se

If you have been arrested by the police for allegedly committing a crime, you may believe you can handle things by yourself. You may feel there is no point in getting a lawyer, or that it is too expensive, so representing yourself pro se (without a lawyer) is a good idea. However, you may find that without a lawyer, you will have a much harder time defending yourself against criminal charges. Here are five reasons you should not try to defend yourself pro se: Continue reading “Five Reasons Not to Defend Yourself Pro Se”

Five Issues to Watch Out For in Your Lease Agreement

The lease agreement is an essential part of establishing the relationship between a landlord and their tenants, but it is also a common source of strife. Tenants, in particular, often do not realize the potential problems in their lease agreements until it is too late. Here are five things you should look out for in your lease agreement, if you want to avoid potential legal problems down the line: Continue reading “Five Issues to Watch Out For in Your Lease Agreement”

Five Mistakes People Make When Accused of a Crime

There were more than 250,000 people arrested for alleged criminal acts throughout New York State in 2020, or around 700 people every day. However, even people arrested for the same crimes can have wildly different outcomes to their cases, depending on what they choose to do after their arrest. Here are five common mistakes people make when accused of a crime, which can negatively affect their ability to defend themselves: Continue reading “Five Mistakes People Make When Accused of a Crime”

Five Ways Social Media Can Cause Problems in a Divorce

More than 220 million Americans have at least one social media account, and most of them use social media on a regular basis. While this is not strictly a problem by itself, the ways people use social media can potentially cause problems, especially for someone involved in divorce proceedings. Here are five ways that social media can cause problems in a divorce: Continue reading “Five Ways Social Media Can Cause Problems in a Divorce”

What is Brady Material, and How Could it Impact a Case?

In the American justice system, evidence is king. You cannot legally make any assertion unless you have some kind of evidence to back it up. However, there is a certain type of evidence found in criminal proceedings that can often be a major source of contention between defense and prosecutors, known as Brady material. But what is Brady material, and why is it so important to criminal cases? Continue reading “What is Brady Material, and How Could it Impact a Case?”

When Does a Landlord’s Neglect Become a Legal Issue?

Every landlord has a duty to their tenants to ensure their property is safe to live in. This is known, in legal terms, as the “implied warranty of habitability,” and no lease agreement can get around this basic obligation. Not every landlord keeps up this responsibility, though, failing to respond to tenants when they complain about problems in their rented spaces. If it goes long enough, neglect can stop being merely inconvenient, and start becoming a legal problem. Here are a few signs to look out for that might tell you it’s time to consider getting a lawyer: Continue reading “When Does a Landlord’s Neglect Become a Legal Issue?”

Five Things You Need to Know About Warrants

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution states that no one will be subject to an “unreasonable search or seizure” without a warrant backed by probable cause. However, most people would not even know what to look for if they ever were served a warrant, so they can make sure it is valid. Here are five things you need to know about warrants: Continue reading “Five Things You Need to Know About Warrants”

What Types of Property Get Divided in Equitable Distribution?

Divorcing couples must go through the process of equitable distribution, in which their shared marital property is divided between them. One of the potential complications that can arise, though, is figuring out exactly what counts as “marital property” for the purposes of equitable distribution. What fits into that category, and how might that affect what both sides get in the divorce? Continue reading “What Types of Property Get Divided in Equitable Distribution?”

When Can You Legally Break Your Lease Early?

When you sign a lease agreement to rent an apartment, typically you do so with the intention of staying in that apartment for the whole duration. Sometimes, though, you may want to leave an apartment before your lease is up, but doing so may mean you face financial or legal penalties. So when is it legal to quit your lease early, without getting in trouble? Continue reading “When Can You Legally Break Your Lease Early?”