Articles Written by Doug Mentes, Esq.

Does My Neighbor Have a Prescriptive Easement?

A legal overview of adverse possession for Kansas property owners


Consider a Mediator Over a DIY Divorce

Wisconsin allows mediators to draft all court documents for disputing parties


Do Domestic Abusers Keep Their Guns?

Tennessee has taken steps to require surrender of an abuser’s guns


Can I Deduct Alimony Payments from My Income?

Due to the federal tax overhaul, maybe not


How to Save Assets and Qualify for Medicaid

In Massachusetts, pooled trusts help


Can Bankruptcy Get Rid of Student Loan Debt?

Yes, but those with student loans in Massachusetts will be in a for a battle


Can I Claim the Child Care Expenses in My Taxes?

For unmarried parents, only one parent can claim this income tax benefit in Connecticut


How Do Employers Determine Prevailing Wage?

A Massachusetts attorney can help


How Do I Get an H-1B Visa?

It’s a simple process that requires a lot of luck


How to Get a Visa to Study in the U.S.

Foreign students looking to study in Massachusetts shouldn’t overlook the requirements


How do I Form a PAC?

In Massachusetts, the process is simple


Does HIPAA Protect My Health Information?

It requires Massachusetts providers have compliance procedures in place


What Asset Transfers Must I Report?

New York bankruptcy filers must disclose all asset transfers


Is There an Alternative to Applying for Tax-Exempt Status?

Smaller New York nonprofits should consider finding a fiscal sponsor


What Does It Mean If Marijuana is Decriminalized?

It’s now a less-serious offense to possess marijuana in New York City


Should I Elect COBRA Coverage?

New York employees should understand the costs and benefits before deciding


What to Do If You Find Errors in a Credit Report

More than one in five Texans have them, but here’s where to seek help


Should I take Early, Full or Delayed Social Security?

When Texas retirees should draw and the effect on their benefit amount


When Credit Bureaus Have the Wrong Info

What Texans should do when a company gives credit reporting agencies incorrect data


Domestic Abusers are Federally Banned from Owning Guns

But Texas does little to enforce those laws


How Long Does it Take to Get Adverse Possession in Texas?

It varies depending on the trespasser’s actions 


What is the Process for Hiring H-2B Workers?

It has strict requirements, but it could be a solution for Texas employers struggling to find …


Common Pitfalls for Employers Hiring H-2B Visa Holders

H-2B employers must be extra cautious in era of increased enforcement


How Do Employers Assess Temporary Need for H-2B Visas?

The burden is on the employer to prove the need is truly temporary


Who Does ERISA Apply To?

Anyone who receives employee benefits from a Texas employer should know


Brokers and Advisors Have Different Standards of Care

Texas investors must understand the difference when weighing investment advice


Will Medicaid Pay for Nursing Home Care?

Navigating the complex laws of Medicaid in Oregon


Should I Pay Debts Before Bankruptcy?

Oregon debtors must weigh their options before making these difficult decisions


What Are the Options for DACA Recipients?

The legal options for the immigrants who are subject to political whim


Shareholder Rights in a Private Corporation

If a corporation doesn’t protect them, Oregon law will


What Property Can I Keep When Applying for Medicaid?

California seniors, and those assisting them, need to plan ahead


Steps to Take Before a Nonprofit Applies for Tax-Exempt Status

California nonprofits have major decisions to make before filing the application


Filing the IRS Form 1023-EZ?

It’s less work for California nonprofits, but does not assure tax-exempt compliance


Is Your Nonprofit Eligible for Tax-Exempt Status?

California nonprofits must determine problematic issues before filing


How Do I Terminate Parental Rights?

Here’s how it works in Minnesota, but it’s quite difficult


How Do I Get Out of Home Ownership with My Ex-girlfriend or Boyfriend?

For unmarried partners living together in Minnesota, it’s best to plan ahead


A Loved One Passed Away Without a Will. Now What?

The survivors are left with some difficult probate decisions


Tips to Minimize the Cost of Divorce or Custody Matters

Minnesota’s ECM and ENE programs have been recognized for quick resolutions and lower …


Make Sure You Trust Your Attorney-in-Fact

Executing a Power of Attorney form is simple in Minnesota, so long as you trust that person


Who Gets to Choose the Kids’ School if the Parents are Unmarried?

It’s a difficult decision for the court to make with joint custody in Minnesota


Should I Get My Custody Agreement Signed By a Judge?

Unmarried parents with non-binding custody agreements put themselves at risk


How to Sell Your House Without an Agent

Consider hiring a real estate attorney instead


Finding a Minnesota Family Law Attorney You Can Trust

The questions to ask as you try to select a competent and honest lawyer


Do I Need an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order?

Victims of domestic abuse in Minnesota need to know


Minnesota Courts Can Take Domestic Abusers’ Guns

An order for protection or misdemeanor conviction can be grounds to bar owning firearms


How to Save a Pet from an Abusive Household

Minnesota courts and shelters offer protection


Should I Get a Health Care Directive?

For Minnesotans, it’s little effort to ensure important decisions are decided correctly


Which Divorced Parent Gets to Claim the Kids in Taxes?

The federal rules on dependent exemptions for Minnesota parents doing their tax returns


Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Better Than Chapter 7?

For some Minnesota debtors, Chapter 13 might be the only option


How to Respond to a Rent Escrow Action

Minnesota landlords should ensure their properties aren’t at risk


How Do I Evict a Tenant in Minnesota?

Understanding the legal requirements is key for residential and commercial landlords


What to Do If You Suspect Housing Discrimination

Minnesota tenants facing housing discrimination must act fast to protect their rights


Can I Keep a Tenant’s Security Deposit?

Minnesota landlords face steep penalties if not cautious


What Laws Do Airbnb Hosts Need to Follow?

Minnesota real property owners must understand several layers of regulation


The Most Important Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Minnesota accident victims should seek help quickly to understand the process


What Auto Insurance Coverage Should I Purchase?

Minnesotans must protect themselves from underinsured drivers


How Do I Get My Property Listed on the National Register?

It’s a lengthy process for Minnesota property owners


How to Exercise Your Right to Vote in Iowa

Even with accommodating voting laws, Iowans should understand their rights


Do You Need Comp Coverage for Your Employees?

With few exceptions, Florida employers are required to have workers’ compensation …


What Can You Get for an Inaccurate Credit Report Lawsuit?

The damages Washington consumers can expect for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act


Seeking Damages for Background Check or Credit Reporting Errors

A Florida attorney can help you secure punitive awards against consumer reporting agencies


Gifting and Transferring Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

What Florida seniors are allowed to do with their assets


Losing Your House to Medicaid Estate Recovery

With planning, heirs may be able to keep the family home


There’s an Error in My Credit Report

Washingtonians can fix errors with the FCRA


Should My Nonprofit Startup Incorporate?

It’s an easy process to start but involves some complicated decisions for Floridians


What You Need to Vote in Florida Elections

Early registration, identification and provisional ballots in Florida


What Are Employees’ Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act?

Florida workers should know the FMLA’s significant benefits


The End of Alimony Deductions in Utah

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates the long-standing deduction for alimony payers


At What Age Should I Draw from Social Security?

It’s not an easy decision to make when planning retirement in Pennsylvania


How to Get a Fiancé Visa

The process is simple, but not a permanent solution


Determining Reasonable Compensation for a Nonprofit Job

The IRS guidelines for organizations in Pennsylvania


How is Compensation Enforced for Nonprofits?

The scrutiny that Pennsylvania nonprofits face from the IRS


How Much Can Nonprofit Founders Pay Themselves?

Donors serve as the ultimate check on Pennsylvania nonprofits


Can a PAC Accept Contributions From Foreign Citizens?

Washington, D.C. PACs must be cautious with potential foreign involvement


Wrong Information Reported to the CRAs?

Virginians must keep an eye on their credit reports


Legal Advice to Enter the U.S. and Seek Asylum

Asylum-seekers must understand the policy changes under the Trump administration


How to Get an Employment Green Card in San Diego

If you have an advanced degree in a STEM field, it will help


How to Sponsor an Employee for Permanent Residence

Employers must be willing to put in the time, effort and funds to obtain their critical …


Does My Business Need Bylaws?

Drafting rules that make Colorado corporations run smoothly 


An Election Law Primer for Coloradoans

Voters can protect their civil right by understanding the law


Make Sure Your Employer Follows the Law for Background Checks

What employees in New Jersey need to know about their records


Should I Choose an S or C Corporation for My Small Business?

It’s a critical decision for New Jersey startup owners


Why Choose to Form Your Business as an LLC?

It’s the best choice for some New Jersey businesses, but owners must compare all …


How to Hold a Business Owner Personally Liable

Creditors can pierce the corporate veil of shady New Jersey businesses


Contemplating Divorce? If Alimony is an Issue, You Better Hurry

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ends alimony deduction in Georgia


Can I Shelter Assets to Qualify for Medicaid?

Pooled trusts allow Georgia seniors to qualify


Should I Take Early or Delayed Social Security?

There are pros and cons for Georgia seniors


How is Child Custody Decided in Georgia?

Unmarried and divorced parents must understand Georgia law


The Laws Dictating Child Support in Georgia

Although the method to calculate is common, the state laws aren’t


Can Georgia 14 year-olds Choose Which Parent to Live With?

Kids have a say, but the system aims to ensure the choice is legitimate


Can a Georgia Nonprofit Increase its Lobbying?

Taking the 501(h) election typically gives nonprofits more opportunity to lobby


How Do I Maintain Tax-Exempt Status?

For Georgia’s nonprofits, compliance is simple, but penalties are significant


What Corporate Records Are Shareholders Entitled To?

A limited amount for most in Georgia, unless they can show a purpose for more


How to Prove Your Car is a Lemon

Indiana vehicle owners must meet strict requirements or risk losing out on relief


Filing an Automotive Breach of Warranty Lawsuit

Indiana car owners can sue a manufacturer if their vehicle is still under warranty


How Does a Court Decide Child Custody in Indiana?

The eight factors that a judge analyzes before awarding custody


How Do I Determine Child Support in Indiana?

It’s a complicated task for unmarried or divorced parents


Should I Hire an Attorney for My Child Support Case?

Indiana parents risk unfair support obligations due to complex state laws


PACs Can Solicit Campaign Contributions from Employees

But businesses in Indiana must ensure contributions are voluntary


Disputing a Furnisher in a Credit Information Suit

California consumers should know the laws and obligations that protect them


Can You Discharge Student Loans in California?

Bankruptcy courts make it difficult, but some student loan holders will qualify


Can Nonprofits Endorse Politicians in California?

501(c)(3) organizations can’t, but there is room for election involvement


When is a Nonprofit Lobbying?

In California, excessive lobbying could lead to loss of tax-exempt status


How Can I Legally Smoke Marijuana in California?

Residents and tourists must understand the laws to avoid arrest


Frustrated with a Vehicle Purchase?

Many Illinois automobile owners aren’t aware they may qualify for relief


Is Your Vehicle a Lemon or Not Lived Up to its Warranty?

Illinois car owners should know the vehicle maker informal dispute resolution process


Financial Planning for Medicaid in Illinois

How to navigate the laws and ensure that nursing home care will be covered


Who Claims the Kids on Their Tax Return?

Illinois parents should review the IRS rules for claiming the dependent exemption before filing …


How Is Child Custody Determined in Illinois?

Parents must understand the significant recent changes made to the law


How Much Child Support Will I Pay in Illinois?

A change in the law could make a significant difference in support payments


What Illinois Requires in Parenting Plans for Child Custody

How to draft a parenting plan to appease the state courts


What Happens If I Make a Mistake on Immigration Documents?

The result may be that you’re seen as unlawfully in the country


Will USCIS Deport for Unlawful Status?

A shift in policy means anyone with unlawful status will be put into removal proceedings


Must Investment Brokers Disclose Conflicts of Interest?

New rules proposed by the SEC could assist Illinois investors


Can Police Take Guns from My Abusive Partner?

Louisiana does little to enforce the law


Will I Pay Taxes on Alimony Payments?

For Louisianans, they can’t be deducted from income for those divorced in 2019 or after


Do I Have to Consent to a Police Search of My Car?

No, but Louisiana law offers officers other ways into your vehicle


What If You Find Mistakes in Your Credit Report?

Get to know the laws consumer reporting agencies must follow


Can I Transfer Assets Prior to Bankruptcy?

In Maryland, transfers to avoid creditors risk being set aside by a trustee


Which Creditors Can I Pay Before Bankruptcy?

Maryland debtors should be cautious prior to filing


When Should I Start Receiving Social Security?

For Maryland seniors, age affects benefits


What’s the H-1B Labor Condition Application Process?

There are differences Maryland employers should understand


Can I Get a Green Card Through Employment?

Yes, but it could be a lengthy process


How to Form a Super PAC

In Maryland, registration is simple but compliance is complex


Which Parent Claims the Child Care Tax Credit?

Unmarried parents: Don’t overlook this benefit in Ohio


How to Get Temporary Labor Certification for Foreign Workers

Before bringing in non-professional employees, Ohio employers must get certified


Should My Small Business Incorporate?

In Ohio, this will depend on a few factors


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