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Attacking Store Workers for Enforcing Rules on Wearing Face Masks: Now a Felony in Illinois

Attacking Store Workers for Enforcing Rules on Wearing Face Masks: Now a Felony in Illinois

By E.A. Gjelten We’ve all seen the news: irate anti-maskers punching, shoving, or spitting on store employees or bus drivers who were trying to get them to cooperate with rules intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Of course, it’s already a crime in most states to do anything like this (or to attack anyone else, for that matter). Still, unless the worker is seriously injured as a result, it’s usually only a misdemeanor. But not in Illinois, thanks to…

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How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

By Rebecca Pirius Courts throughout the country are trying to operate as effectively as they can in the massive wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With little (if any) historical guidance, courts face the extraordinary challenge of attempting to balance public health and safety with constitutional rights. The Judicial Council of California, which is the policy-making body for the state’s court system, recently reflected on this critical task: The continuous operation of our courts to provide due process and protect the…

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Survey: Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Have a Will at the Close of 2019

Survey: Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Have a Will at the Close of 2019

PLEASANTON, Calif. (December 2, 2019) –  If they’re anything like the readers who responded to a recent Nolo legal survey, millions of Americans could benefit from trusted do-it-yourself estate planning software like Quicken WillMaker & Trust 2020.  Nolo, the nation’s original and leading publisher of DIY legal products, ran its survey on wills in conjunction with the release of its Quicken WillMaker & Trust 2020 software. The survey responses came from readers of various online articles on the Nolo network…

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Election Day: Do I Get Time off Work to Vote?

Election Day: Do I Get Time off Work to Vote?

By Aaron Hotfelder If you haven’t already cast a ballot through your state’s early voting process, you might be wondering whether you’ll get time off work to vote on Election Day. In most states, workers receive at least a couple hours off to cast a ballot—unless they have enough time to vote during nonworking hours. Whether hours taken off to vote are paid or unpaid depends on the state. For example, Colorado allows up to two hours of paid time off,…

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Ask Liza: Nolo’s Estate Planning Blog

Ask Liza: Nolo’s Estate Planning Blog

Check out Nolo’s Ask Liza, where Liza Weiman Hanks, an attorney who specializes in estate planning for families of all ages, answers questions about trusts, wills, probate, and other estate planning topics.