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  • Quit with the Quit Claim Deed, Already!

    What the heck is a Quit Claim deed, anyway? A deed is the paper that is filed in the Land Records as evidence of your ownership of land. In a normal sale transaction, the seller will include in that deed promises that the interest being sold is not burdened with liens or other in...

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  • How do I pick a lawyer?

    Your lawyer will speak for you, in court or to others that must be persuaded to the correctness of your position. Pick the wrong lawyer, and you will spend precious funds for a very unpleasant experience. Here are a few tips to picking one that fits your case.

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  • You have a great idea for marketing NFL gear!

    What steps must I take to get permission to use NFL logos and marks for my great business idea for a new product?

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  • What to Do If You Miss a Filing Deadline in Civil Court?

    I Missed the Deadline, What Can I Do? If you just missed filing your responsive answer or motion, and the court has not yet sent you an Order of Default, you are not in a bad situation. Start with a

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  • How does real property get transferred upon death?

    The Will says I inherit the house, is that all I need? No. The Will only states the intent of your dead relative to leave you the house. The house is estate property, and is in the control of the e

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  • Late Plan payments in your Chapter 13 bankruptcy case

    I have just answered my tenth question about this, today. The questions all ask, "can I make a late payment," or "what will happen if my payment is late," or "can I skip a month?" The answer to all this is real simple: Don't be late or miss a payment without working something out...

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  • Check your charter before you sue for a mechanic's lien!

    I love to win! And sometimes the other side pitches in to make it a bit easier. I recently have had three cases where contractors sued to impose mechanic's liens on both homes and commercial properties. Step one in defending these cases is simple- check the corporate status of th...

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  • HELOC loans- make sure the account is closed at settlement!

    Buying a house? If your seller had a Home Equity Line of Credit, make sure that it gets "closed," and not just "paid off." This is a common mistake that is keeping our office very busy. A HELOC is a line of credit. The agreement of the bank to lend is contained in the Note. The a...

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  • When am I "served" in a court case?

    A court cannot exercise jurisdiction over you (translation: order you to do something, not do something, or pay money) unless a summons or subpoena has been personally delivered to you. This website has recently featured questions from folks asking "can I be served by phone," or ...

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  • When self-defense skills can hurt your legal defense.

    I keep track of cases involving claims that a plaintiff's or defendant's tort duty is heightened by their martial arts training. This has been a topic of interest to me since I have been studying hapkido, jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts. As an older student, I am often counselin...

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