Articles Written by Judy Malmon

Driven to Distraction

The laws and penalties for driving while texting and drowsy driving in Arkansas


Whose Fault is It?

How to determine fault and recover damages in a Tennessee car accident suit


Why You Should Establish a Durable Power of Attorney

Save time and money while preparing for the worst in Massachusetts


Why You Should Establish a Health Care Proxy

Save time and money while preparing for the worst in Massachusetts


Avoiding Vacation Home Havoc

Tips for passing down the summer cottage or beach house in Massachusetts


Making Lemonade from a Car Purchase Gone Wrong

Massachusetts’ Lemon Law protects new and used car buyers


Do I Need a Family Lawyer?

The pros and cons of DIY divorce


Don’t Throw Caution to the Wind

Filing an insurance lawsuit in the event of flooding, windstorms and wildfires in Texas


Trademarking Racial Slurs, Swear Words and Swastikas

The disparaging restriction is out. Is the scandalous clause next?


Fence Laws in Oregon

Eight tips to avoid/resolve a neighborly fence dispute


How Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Impact Consumer Rights

The implications of the fine print and latest rule changes for Oregonians


Choosing a Legal Entity for Your Business

Your options and how they’re viewed in Oregon


When a Tree Falls in California …

Your rights and legal responsibilities regarding trees on your property


Taking a Knee on the Job

Can your boss limit what you say while on the clock?


Sick of Dealing with Security Deposits?

Surety bonds are the little-known option that could help


Passing on the Minnesota Family Cabin

Vacation homes can sow generational harmony or havoc


Rules of the Road for Minnesota Bicyclists

Bikes are vehicles in the eyes of the law (with a few exceptions)


Avoiding a Fence Dispute in Minnesota

Some rules to keep in mind


Consent is Complicated

The legal standards to determine sexual consent in Minnesota


Can I Sue When Someone’s Dog Bites Me?

The laws regarding dog bites in Nevada


You Don’t Have to be Buzzed to Get Busted for DUI in Utah

Utah lowered its tolerance for drinking and driving to .05 BAC


Utah’s Metabolite DUI Law Doesn’t Require Impairment

It prohibits any drug byproduct in a driver’s bloodstream, period


Can I Be Arrested for Swearing at a Police Officer?

Our free speech rights intersect with other laws


Driving Under the Influence of Electronics

Texting while driving laws in Washington state


Don’t Lose to Washington’s Crappy Weather

Be legally prepared in case a flood, wildfire, or earthquake hits home


Sexting Can Land You in Jail

Child pornography and age of consent laws in Washington


Am I an Independent Contractor or Employee?

This classification is Uber-important for many reasons in Florida


Does This Job Make Me Look Old?

How to prove an age discrimination lawsuit in Florida


Getting Out of a Timeshare Can Be Tricky

Legal steps you can take if you’re stuck in a Florida timeshare


Driving a Hard Bargain

Fighting fraud and deception at car dealerships in Florida


When Disaster Strikes Florida

Being a savvy insurance consumer pays in the event of coastal storms and flooding


How to Leave a Charitable Legacy

Charity options as you plan your estate in Florida


How Does Pennsylvania Determine Child Custody?

Judges now consider 16 separate factors


Can My Employer Say Bad Things About Me?

Job references and the law in Pennsylvania


Pass the … DUI?

Virginia’s open container law isn’t a safeguard if you have alcohol in a vehicle


What Happens When You Get a DUI as a Commercial Driver?

Holders of CDL face tough consequences in Arizona


Common Law Marriage in Real Life

The legal myths and facts about a persistently misunderstood concept


Same-Sex Common Law Marriage in Colorado

Marriage may be retroactive—even before it was considered legal


Driving While Distracted

Texting while driving laws in Colorado


Five Employment Law Facts You Might Not Know

The state and federal laws that come into play if you work in New Jersey


Pay Secrecy Policies: That’s a No-No!

Federal and New Jersey laws protect your right to compare paychecks


Driving Home the Dangers of Distractions

New Jersey takes distracted driving very seriously


Planning for Long-Term Care in New Jersey

Things to consider include: Medicaid, LTC insurance and a trustworthy attorney


Half a Loaf: Better Than None Indeed

The Medicaid planning technique can allow for family gifts in New Jersey


What is a Romeo and Juliet Law?

This and other sexual consent rules in New Jersey


What a Nuisance!

What to expect if you challenge a neighbor under Georgia’s nuisance law


The Advantages of a Special Needs Trust

SNTs and Pooled SNTs allow loved ones to gift money to those on government benefits


Look Out Georgia Left-Lane Drivers!

Driving the speed limit could get you a ticket


Should I Register My Trademark?

It’s not required, but there are advantages for Georgians


REAs Can Make or Break a Development Deal

Reciprocal Easement Agreements are crucial for commercial planning in Georgia


The Effect of Moving on Child Custody in California

Move-away disputes can be among the most wrenching parents—and courts—face


Can My Boss Make Me Wear That?

The laws for dress and grooming policies in California


Should I Consider a Short Sale?

This option may be a good one for a foreclosure in California, but proceed with caution


What is a 529 Plan?

Tax advantages help maximize savings for college


College Plans That Save Headaches as Well as Money

These estate planning vehicles may help


Home is Burning

Fighting insurance denial in the event of an earthquake, landslide or wildfire in California


How Will My Bankruptcy Affect My Spouse?

California law creates some unique considerations


Protecting Yourself Against Corporate Espionage

It may sound like James Bond, but really, it’s just stealing


Data Breaches Happen

It’s not always someone’s fault when private information goes rogue


I Received a Notice of Foreclosure. Now What?

Illinois law provides several options to defend your home


Gestational Surrogacy Laws in Illinois

The state’s a legally supportive stance on the family arrangement


Revenge Porn and the Law

Illinois has made it a Class 4 felony


What is a Hardship License?

If your license is suspended in Louisiana, you might still be able to drive for special …


Security Deposit Law in Maryland

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, protect your rights


What is a Public Benefit Corporation?

Maryland allows social enterprises to pursue legal designation


How to Change Your Name

The legal ins and outs in Maryland


How a Guardianship Works

How Ohio courts assign decision-making authorities when an elder can no longer tend to their …


What is Birdnesting?

An innovative approach to child custody in Kentucky


What is Lien Stripping?

The Chapter 13 process might help you save your home from foreclosure in Ohio


Protecting Your Invention

Should Ohioans file a provisional application for a patent?


Fighting Off Debt Collection Abuse

Five tips for Ohioans dealing with collectors


When is a Collector of Debt Not a ‘Debt Collector’?

U.S. Supreme Court rules that purchasers of bad debts are not subject to FDCPA


How Much Can I Get in My Personal Injury Case?

Ohio unfortunately caps damages in personal injury lawsuits


Host with the Most … Liability

Hosting underage drinking is a bad idea in Ohio


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