Legal Insights

  • Copyright Concerns for Online Self-Published Authors

    Not all books, literature, or works of art are published by large publishing houses. Particularly, in the digital and internet age, many authors are self-publishing. For these authors, self-publishing creates independence for creativity. However, without the due diligence provided by larger publishing houses, self-published authors are more susceptible to infringement of their work or accidental infringement of the work of others. Due to this susceptibility, online self-published authors sh...
  • Legal Remedies for “At Will Employees”

    While most employees are considered “at will”—meaning that they may be terminated for any reason and at any time—they still have legal rights when they are improperly treated and/or wrongfully terminated, including receiving compensation already accrued, continued health care, and, in some cases, severance, the collection of unemployment benefits, and other damages. If an employee believes that he or she had been improperly terminated, he or she must establish a basis for alleging wr...
  • Child Custody Explained

    When a relationship that includes a child ends, custody of that child becomes the parents’ first priority. If the relationship ends amicably, agreeing to custody arrangements can be a simple process. However, even in the best of situations, trying to find the right balance usually involves the court system and formal, written agreements. If the relationship ends in divorce, child custody arrangements are generally determined during the divorce proceedings. If the parents were never legall...
  • An Attorney’s Guide to Breaking into Podcasting

    If you’ve been following our blog, we’ve been working hard to help you get your name out there—whether it’s through social media, a well-built website, networking, local search engine optimization, or by joining Legal Services Link. Now that you are on your way to becoming a household name, it’s time to start telling potential clients why they should hire you. Why You Should Podcast Sometime between law school and where you’re at in your career now, you’ve gained experienc...
  • Am I Eligible to have my Criminal Record Expunged?

    Expungement is the legal process through which an arrest or conviction is removed from a person's criminal record. State laws vary as to which conviction and arrest records can be expunged. Many jurisdictions place restrictions on what types of records can be expunged.If the local jurisdiction permits it, an individual with qualifying arrests and convictions can petition the applicable court to expunge or seal his or her criminal records. Depending on the jurisdiction, law enforcement depart...
  • Process for a Requesting Legal Guardianship

    Many adults require care from another person towards the end of their life. If a person has not made legal arrangements in anticipation of legal incapacity or incompetence, there are options that friends, family, and other interested parties can consider to ensure that the person is properly cared for—the most common being a guardianship. What is a Guardianship?A guardianship, sometimes also called a conservatorship, is a legal relationship that gives a person, entity, or agency the autho...
  • Traffic Offenses: When Do You Need an Attorney?

    Most people consider traffic tickets a nuisance or inconvenience that does not necessarily require the help of an attorney. There are two types of traffic tickets, a moving violation and a non-moving violation. A moving violation is a violation of a traffic law that occurs when the vehicle is in motion, such as texting while driving, speeding, and driving under the influence (DUI). A non-moving violation is a violation of a traffic law that occurs when a vehicle is stationary such as parki...
  • Is Bankruptcy the Right Option For Your Debt Management?

    When an individual or business’ debts reach a point where bankruptcy is the only option, it is important to understand the differences and qualifications of the two main debt relief protections: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 is a no-asset liquidation debt relief and Chapter 13 is a re-organization of debt relief. Chapter 7—“Straight Bankruptcy” An individual, partnership, corporation, or other business entity is eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief. See 11 U.S.C. §§ 1...
  • Software Necessities for Small Law Practices

    As a small or solo law practice, you may have put every last dime into getting started—the setup, office, marketing, website, and more—so you may think that you don’t have the money to spend on things like productivity software, document automation, and time management software, among others. But when push comes to shove, your firm will need to follow the data protection laws in your state, the technological requirements brought about by changes to the American Bar Association Model ...
  • Five Steps to Developing an Effective Law Practice Website

    There’s no denying it, having a web presence in 2016 is essential, just as it has been for the past fifteen years. The biggest difference between 2001 and 2016, however, is that creating a website for your law practice is cheap and easy. Why? Increased technology led to faster internet connections, and in turn, cheaper hosting. Improved processing power and technology led to the rise of Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, making it easier to create a webs...
  • Employment Law: Understanding Proper Verifications When Hiring

    U.S. immigration laws restrict many non-citizens from being hired by U.S. employers. One of the purposes of these laws is to safeguard the U.S. workforce. Specifically, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) prohibits employers from hiring individuals who are not legally entitled to work in the United States. Therefore, when hiring new employees, employers must be aware of immigration employment verification requirements to ensure they are in compliance with U.S. law and regu...
  • Top 5 Legal Needs for Franchises

    1. Obtaining An Appropriate Business Structure A franchise can be organized in three ways, each of which has advantages and disadvantages: A. Sole proprietorship: A sole proprietorship is the easiest and simplest business structure to set-up. For this reason, it is the most popular option. The sole proprietor registers the business only in his or her name. This gives the business owner the right to all assets but also makes the business owner entirely responsible for all debts and finan...
  • Top Legal Needs for Construction Companies

    1. Drafting, Negotiating, and Reviewing Contracts Construction companies often use standard form contracts because of their simplity and availablity. In recent years, companies have began opting for contracts that are more specific and narrowly tailored to each project. Drafting and negotiating project-specific contracts protects the company more so than standard form contracts because the terms are more tailored to the relevant project. The contract should clearly define responsibilities...
  • Divorce: Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

    When a couple determines that divorce is the only option, the process does not have to be adversarial, involve protracted litigation, and/or require mounds of paperwork. In recent years, there has been a rise in alternative dispute methods as more couples desire an amicable—or, at least, less contentious—process for divorce. Alternative dispute methods are generally appropriate for couples where the divorce is not contested and the parties are willing listen and compromise with one another....
  • Workplace Discrimination: What Are Your Rights?

    It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an individual on the basis of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, and other various factors. However, when discrimination occurs in the workplace, employees are often unsure of what, if anything, they can do. Below, we discuss the processes and procedures for addressing discrimination. Internal Complaint Process - The company’s employee handbook should contain information regarding the process for initiating a formal...
  • Your Basic Rights As a Renter

    Most individuals will rent an apartment, condo, or house in their lifetime. If the tenant pays the rent on time each month, and the dwelling is in proper working order, there is rarely conflict between the landlord and tenant. However, for the small percentage of tenants that encounter issues, it is important to know and understand your rights and responsibilities. First, and foremost, a landlord is obligated to provide a safe premise. This requires that the property is up to...
  • What is the Process for Evicting a Tenant?

    A landlord/tenant relationship can become contentious for several reasons. The primary one being non-payment of rent. Other common reasons include disturbances of the peace (loud music, rowdy parties), or illicit/criminal behavior committed by the tenant. In many cases, these issues can be resolved amicably or at least without legal proceedings. When that is not possible, a landlord should understand the proper means to evict a tenant. Documentation Documentation is key. Not having suf...
  • Local Search for Small Law Firms: 25+ Places to Get Your Firm Listed

    As a small firm, getting your name out there can be a monumental task. After our recent article on improving your law firm social media using LinkedIn, Google My Business, Facebook, and more, we would like to introduce you to 25+ places (in addition to Legal Services Link) to submit to and get listed to help potential clients find your firm.While you work to improve search authority by social media, blogging, and writing website content that answers questions potential clients may have, one of...
  • Key Considerations for a Cohabitation Agreement

    For some couples, marriage is not the end goal. Many adults are content with entering into long-term, monogamous relationships as an alternative to marriage. However, if you are living with a partner, have joint assets, and your lifestyle is dependent on joint incomes, then you should consider having a cohabitation agreement. Creating a Cohabitation Agreement A cohabitation agreement is a written contract between two unmarried persons. It is a very specific agreement used t...
  • Advantages of an LLC or S Corporation for Your Small Business

    Small businesses are the backbone of the American economic system. There are many different business types, each of which is has its own separate legal and tax implications. Most small businesses are sole proprietorships by default because it does not require the filing of any paperwork. A sole proprietorship is by definition an unincorporated business that is owned and run by one individual. There is no distinction between the business and the individual owner. Its revenue is filed on the o...