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.

    1. Will I Get Penalized for Working While Collecting Social Security Retirement? Looks like a lot of people either can’t give up the regular paycheck, or else so love their jobs that they want to keep at it even after they could start receiving Social Security checks. But as this article explains, until you reach full retirement age, working while receiving early retirement benefits may reduce your Social Security retirement amount.

    2. Avoiding Capital Gains Tax When Selling Your Home: Read the Fine Print  Planning to sell your home this year? With inventory down nationwide, that would be good news for buyers. If you sell, you may exclude up to $250,000 of your capital gain from tax ($500,000 for married couples).

    3. How Much Can I Get for My Sexual Harassment Lawsuit? Yes, filing a sexual harassment claim can actually result in more than unwanted press attention. If successful in a workplace claim, you might receive damages for back and front pay (to compensate for wages lost as a result of being sexually harassed), “pain and suffering” (for the emotional harm) and/or “punitive damages,” to punish the employer for failing to put a stop to the harassment. Not surprisingly, a lot of people followed up reading this article with contacting a lawyer.

    4. How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Landlords Landlords are among the biggest winners under the new tax law. Virtually all landlords will save money–many, to quote our President, will save “bigly.”

    5. How Much Can You Win in a Wage or Overtime Case? Are you looking back at your 2017 earnings and thinking something is not right? If your employer didn’t pay you what you were owed for regular or overtime hours, you can recover the unpaid wages, interest on the unpaid amount, and, in some circumstances, penalties as required by your state’s law.

    6. What Is a Serious Health Condition Under the FMLA? Nope, that winter case of the sniffles and sneezles won’t qualify you to stay home and take leave above and beyond what your employer might already grant by way of sick leave. However, federal law gives eligible employees the right to take (unpaid) time off to care for a family member with a serious health condition or to recuperate from one’s own serious health condition, among other things.

    7. Meal and Rest Breaks: Your Rights as an Employee Is it donut time yet? Many employers do provide rest or lunch breaks, paid or unpaid. But such breaks are not required by federal law, and only some states have stepped into the breach to require them.

    8. Miranda Rights: What Happens If the Police Don’t Read You Your Rights “You have the right to remain silent . . . ” If the police fail to read a suspect his or her Miranda rights, can the suspect escape punishment? It’s not quite as simple as that.

    9. Defamation Law Made Simple Too bad Nolo can’t tell whether the readers of this article were mostly people who feel that someone has been telling lies about them or those wanting to vent about someone else without fear of litigation. But those are the interests being balanced in defamation law.

    10. Tenants’ Rights: When to Hire a Lawyer Evictions, failure to make repairs or keep promises, and getting injured on the property are all possible reasons to hire an attorney for help in action against a landlord.

    11. That’s all for this year! Stay tuned and stay healthy.

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