New Jersey Becomes the First State to Outlaw Drunk Droning

New Jersey Becomes the First State to Outlaw Drunk Droning

In recent years, the number of drones (also called “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS) and “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAV)) being sold in the United States has rapidly increased. Many industries now rely on drones, and more and more members of the public are using them recreationally. But while the utility and popularity of drones are unquestionable, their widespread use has created concerns about misuse and annoyance. In response to these concerns, lawmakers (at the federal, state, and local levels) have started…

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Minimum Wage Increases in 2018

Minimum Wage Increases in 2018

At the start of 2018, the minimum wage increased in 18 states. A few states will increase their minimum wages later in the year. The federal minimum wage has remained steady at $7.25 for many years. However, as the cost of living rises in many areas, several states have passed laws upping their minimum wages in recent years. Many cities and counties have done the same, with some areas inching towards a $15 minimum wage. Employers must pay the highest…

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Top Ten Nolo Articles for 2017

Top Ten Nolo Articles for 2017

Happy New Year! And now, for a quick look back at what Nolo’s online readers were putting first on their reading lists last year. Anyone notice any themes? The ones that seem to stand out are money, money, more money, the inevitable inquiries following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and food. Let’s take a closer look, starting at the top. Will I Get Penalized for Working While Collecting Social Security Retirement? Looks like a lot of people either can’t give up the…

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Cost of Owning a Home Likely to Go Up in 2018

Cost of Owning a Home Likely to Go Up in 2018

Between tax law changes, insurance industry responses to disasters, and fluctuations in the market in general, the finances of owning a home are likely to shift in this new year—and mostly for the worse. Here’s what we’re looking at:  A lower limit has been placed on the amount of mortgage debt a homeowner can deduct interest on—it has gone from $1 million to $750,000. Deducting interest on a home equity loan will be possible only when the loan is used to substantially…

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How a Repeal of Obamacare Could Affect Persons With Disabilities

How a Repeal of Obamacare Could Affect Persons With Disabilities

The Affordable Care Act’s ban on preexisting condition exclusions was a big benefit to those with disabilities: they were allowed to purchase insurance despite having preexisting medical issues, without having to pay higher rates or suffer through waiting periods. But the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has also had a positive effect on Social Security disability, Medicare, and Medicaid. Repealing it, or reversing course on preexisting conditions, could be a big setback for these programs. The Affordable Care Act undeniably helped…

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