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Basics to Know About Domestic Violence

Recently, the Federal Government announced the month of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Sadly, domestic violence is far too prevalent in society. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, which equates…

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COVID-19 and Custody

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of people worldwide and has caused us to fundamentally change the way we conduct our everyday lives.  Efforts to protect against contracting the virus and to curtail the spread of the pandemic has resulted in the implementation of various public health care measures that have redefined and restructured our…

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The Weekly Scenario: Executor of an Estate

  An executor of an estate has several duties.  Of the many duties, one that is often missed is to ensure that all income tax returns have been filed for the decedent, including filing the final personal income tax return.  After a person dies, any income earned prior to their death must be reported to…

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Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Finds Reckless Disregard for the Truth Equals Fraud, Cancels Trademark Registration

The U.S. trademark law provides that a trademark registration may be canceled if it was obtained fraudulently.  A registration may also be canceled if the registrant commits fraud in post-registration filings, including a Section 15 Declaration of Incontestability. Often filed in combination with the Section 8 Declaration of Use due in the 6th year of…

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3 Mistakes Made by Men During Divorce

In our last post, I looked at three mistakes typically made by women during divorce, so now it’s time to focus on the men. (Yes, men do make mistakes sometimes!) Pursuing a new romantic relationship immediately after separation or while the divorce is pending While this seems to be obvious, it is by far the…

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Minimum Wage Increase: What to Know

In the past, I’ve written about the increase of the minimum wage for federal contractors, effective in January 2020. The federal government recently announced another increase, now to $11.25/hour – with some contracts subject to an increase of $15/hour. The increase takes effect on January 1, 2022 and therefore federal contractors have limited time to…

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Skeletons in the Closet: The 5 Biggest Undiscovered Issues that Can Halt the Sale of a Business

You have an interested buyer and they have submitted an exciting letter of intent for the purchase of your business.  What could possibly derail the sale?  Well . . . the golden rule for a seller is that the business is not “sold” until the closing and the monies hit the account.  Before receiving your…

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3 Mistakes Women Make During Divorce

Divorce is a difficult process, even under the best circumstances when no mistakes are made by either party. However, in a typical case, each party will make certain mistakes no matter the amount of the advice, counseling, or warning they have received from their attorneys. This week we will examine the most common mistakes made…

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Read & Share: The Chase for the Literature Nobel Prize Crown

The Chase for the Literature Nobel Prize Crown   This year’s laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah is only the fifth African being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. According to the jury, the Tanzanian novelist received the prize “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and…

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The Weekly Scenario: Naming a Trust as Beneficiary of an IRA

  There are certainly valid reasons for naming a trust as beneficiary of an IRA.  But if an adult beneficiary is otherwise healthy and responsible, and if there is no desire to control assets after death, then naming a person directly as an IRA beneficiary may be a better option. In cases when a trust…

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