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Month: April 2010

Kids, Crime, and Court: The Juvenile Justice System

Kids, Crime, and Court: The Juvenile Justice System

When minors get in trouble with the law, their cases usually follow a path that’s very different from adult criminal court proceedings. Juvenile court can give young offenders unique opportunities for rehabilitation and a clean slate, but not every juvenile court case is child’s play. Nolo’s new “Juvenile Justice” article series takes an in-depth look at the juvenile court system and the distinct issues that come up in many juvenile cases. Here’s what’s new: Juvenile Court: An Overview Juvenile Delinquency:…

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Debts Have You Seeing Red? Get Back to Black

Debts Have You Seeing Red? Get Back to Black

When it comes to financial stability, the economy isn’t out of the woods yet, and neither are many Americans. If you’re struggling to pay your bills every month, or finding that you have debt you simply can’t get out from under, you have options. From contacting creditors yourself to getting help from credit counseling agencies, learn how to get your financial act together: Nolo’s new Dealing with Debt: An Overview of Your Options article is a great place to start….

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Toxic Torts and Unsafe Chemicals: Health Hazards

Toxic Torts and Unsafe Chemicals: Health Hazards

Danger is in the air, even if you can’t see it (or even smell it). The health hazards linked to chemicals like asbestos are fairly well-known, with some workers developing mesothelioma even when their exposure to asbestos occurred decades ago. But lesser-known substances like benzene, beryllium, and silica can be just as deadly. Potential dangers from power lines and wireless technology emissions are only now starting to be understood. Nolo’s new article series on toxic torts can help you understand…

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Death and Taxes: What’s Happening with the Estate Tax?

Death and Taxes: What’s Happening with the Estate Tax?

For the first time since 1916, there’s no federal estate tax in place. That’s because the tax was set to expire at the end of 2009, and Congress surprised everyone by not voting to extend it. So, for deaths in 2010, there is no federal estate tax, and inherited property may be subject to higher taxes under “stepped up” tax basis rules — for now, anyway. That could all change if (as a number of experts predict) Congress decides to…

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Late-Life Divorce: When 50 is the New Single

Late-Life Divorce: When 50 is the New Single

Divorce is never easy, but couples who decide to end their marriage a little later in life need to be prepared to face some unique challenges, all stemming from one fact: There is simply less time to recover financially when you divorce after 50. For older people, this reality can put a more urgent spotlight on many of the issues that are common to divorce — everything from dividing assets to putting your health care puzzle back together as a…

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