Monthly Archives: April 2010

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:

You can also learn more about crime and kids in Nolo’s Criminal Law and Children & Family free legal information topics.

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.

You can also get tips on what to watch out for when it comes to the “too good to be true” promises of some companies that are offering consumer a personal financial bailout: Nolo’s new Debt Negotiation Firms and Debt Management Plans articles offer an important word of caution to consumers.

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 the dangers posed by exposure to these chemicals and emissions — and what you can expect if you need to file a “toxic tort” lawsuit for harm linked to these sources and others.

Check out Nolo’s new “Toxic Torts and Unsafe Chemicals” article series:

Get tips on personal injury cases and what to expect if you file a lawsuit, with Nolo’s free online articles and resources on Personal Injury & Accident Law.

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 resurrect the estate tax and the old tax basis rules, and make that mandate retroactive to January 1, 2010.

How did we (and Congress) get here, and what can we expect for the future of the estate tax? Nolo’s new article Estate Tax: What on Earth is Happening in 2010? explains.

Want to learn more about the estate tax, taxes on gifting, and more? Visit the Estate Tax section of Nolo’s free legal information center.

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 single person.

Late-life divorce also raises questions that younger couples may not need to consider. How can I protect my plan for a retirement that’s right around the corner? How will divorce impact my Social Security income? Do I need to take a new look at my estate plan?

Get all the answers in Divorce After 50: Your Guide to the Unique Legal and Financial Challenges by Janice Green (Nolo).

Get more tips on divorcing later in life with Nolo’s new articles Late-Life Divorce: Solving the Health Care Puzzle and Special Issues in Late-Life Divorce.