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What Must An Application Include

An application must include the following elements before the USPTO will accept it: the name of the applicant; a name and address for correspondence; a clear drawing of the mark; a listing of the goods or services; and the filing fee for at least one class of goods or services. If your application does not […]

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Child support is calculated according to state law. Each parent’s income, including wages, assets such as stocks and bonds, and welfare benefits along with the child’s standard of living before the divorce, are used to determine each parent’s obligation. In certain cases, however, the child might have extraordinary needs to consider and the court will […]

Loan Modification FAQ

Who is eligible for a loan modification under the Home Affordable Modification Program? To apply for a Home Affordable Modification, you must: Be an owner-occupant in a one to four unit property;  Have an unpaid principal balance that is equal to or less than $729,750 for one unit properties (there is a higher limit for […]

Insurance Fraud

Making a false insurance claim is a crime. Fraud occurs when making false claims or misrepresentations to the insurance company for financial gain. Insurance fraud can involve a single claim for benefits or be part of a larger criminal enterprise. The insurance companies are aggressive in pursuing fraud cases, and the courts are often on […]

Grand Theft

Stealing a car, taking money from your job, or stealing more than a few hundred dollars worth of property may be considered grand theft. The penalties for criminal theft generally depend on the value of the property taken. Grand theft is usually charged as a felony, with penalties including jail time, fines, and a criminal […]

My Lease Expired Two Months Ago, The Landlord Allowed Me To Continue At The Same Rent Without Signing A New Lease. Now, The Landlord Wants Me To Sign A New Lease.

Since the landlord accepted rent after the original lease expired, a tenancy­at­will was created. The tenant continues to occupy the unit under the same terms and conditions as in the expired lease. However, with a tenant­at­will, the landlord must give a sixty (60) day notice prior to any change in the tenancy, including increasing rent, […]

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): FAQ

Who Can Take FMLA Leave? To be eligible for FMLA leave, you will need to have been at your job for more than 12 months and worked for at least 1,250 hours during that time. That averages out to about 24 hours a week. Your company must have at least 50 employees for you and […]

What Are the Differences Between Durable Power of Attorney, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directives?

Three of the most common documents that appear in estate plans are a power of attorney, a durable power of attorney, and a health care directive. Each of these estate planning documents has different legal requirements, making it important for people to understand what they mean before signing off on any documents. About Power of […]

Child Custody Law

Going through the process of a divorce or separation from your partner can be difficult. When you have children involved, there are even more steps and considerations you each need to take. Perhaps the most significant is the issue of custody. How will parents who are no longer living together split the responsibility of caring […]

What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can provide a financial reset when other methods of debt relief have failed. While there are several different types of bankruptcy that are available to individuals, the two most common are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. In this article, we will address common issues involving Chapter 7 bankruptcy: Should you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy? […]