Articles Written by S.M. Oliva

The Penalties of Delaware’s Blue Sky Laws

How securities law violations are enforced on the state level


Recovering Damages Against a Texas Local Government

How “sovereign immunity” can affect your personal injury claim


What Property Can I Keep in a Bankruptcy?

How exemptions work in a Georgia Chapter 7 filing


What Happens if You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

Missouri’s implied consent laws for DUI or DWI cases


Getting Damages from a Car Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault

How to establish proportional comparative fault in a Wisconsin


Can I Appeal to Get My License Back After Refusing a Breathalyzer?

How to appeal your suspension at a test refusal hearing in Mississippi


Modifying Child Custody Arrangements in Massachusetts

Why divorce doesn’t always end disagreements over parental rights


We’ve Agreed to Joint Custody, But Now What?

How Rhode Island family courts decide placement, visitation and support


Connecticut’s Right to Paid Sick Leave

State laws also dictate the right to unpaid leave


What Is Considered Reasonable Accommodation in Massachusetts?

Federal and state employment rights for individuals with disabilities


Can I Get My Record Expunged in Massachusetts?

The process to request sealing your criminal past


Steps to Take if You're Being Wrongfully Evicted in Texas

A landlord cannot just change the locks without warning


How Do I Set Up a Nonprofit in Texas?

Rules and laws for forming up a 501(c)(3) business


Personal Injury Damages and Proportionate Responsibility

Texas limits recovery to plaintiffs who are 50 percent or less responsible


Can I Sue My Employer if I’m Injured at Work?

Texas does not mandate workers' compensation coverage


Child Custody Considerations Under Texas Law

Joint custody is the default, but it all depends on the circumstances


Is a Prenup a Good Idea in Texas?

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract and should be treated as such


How to Modify or End Spousal Support

What are the time and payment limits on alimony in Texas?


Should I Stop Making Mortgage Payments?

Considering strategic default in a Texas bankruptcy


Do I Need an Attorney to Apply for a Trademark?

Potential legal hurdles in the trademark application process


Another Driver Caused My Accident. How Much Can I Get?

When motorcycles, cars, and the law collide in South Dakota


Overtime Rules in Washington State

Can an employer mandate overtime hours?


The Legal Traps of Filing a Citizenship Application in Washington

An immigration attorney can help; just make sure they're legitimate


What Happens to My Property After Declaring Bankruptcy?

The items considered exemptions in a Washington bankruptcy claim


Suing Your Employer for Injuries at Work

What happens when you sue in a Pennsylvania workers’ comp claim


The Legal Restrictions on Abortion

Pennsylvania’s list of laws and penalties


I Fell and I Can’t Pay Up

How to recover damages in a West Virginia slip-and-fall accident


Hell on 18 Wheels: Crashes Involving Semi-Trucks

How to build a case if you were in an accident with a commercial vehicle in West Virginia


Will I Go to Jail for a Drug Possession Charge?

The state and federal penalties you could face in West Virginia


How Long Do I Have to Make a Workers’ Comp Claim?

The deadlines and details of work injuries in New Mexico


The Laws and Penalties of Drugged Driving in Colorado

Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal


Recovering Damages for an Injury Where I'm Partly at Fault

The basics of New Jersey's “modified comparative negligence” rule


My Intellectual Property Was Stolen

Steps to take after copyright, trademark or patent infringement in New Jersey


How Does Informed Consent Work?

When and what a physician is legally required to tell you in Georgia


How to Obtain a Work Visa in California

What does it take for a foreign worker to be admitted to the United States?


Establishing Fault in a Car Accident Lawsuit

Who is liable and considered negligent in a San Diego auto accident?


How Civil Asset Forfeiture Works in Illinois

How you can lose your property even without a conviction


What Do I Do When My Tax Return Is Audited?

Consider representation when the IRS comes calling


What Does Workers’ Compensation Pay For?

The types of coverage for injured employees in Illinois


How to Make a “Clear and Convincing” Argument in a Workers’ Comp Suit

Louisiana’s standards of proof for disability claims


What Happens If I’ve Received a DWI in Other States?

The harsh penalties you may face in Louisiana


What Benefits Am I Entitled to If I’m Permanently Injured at Work?

Filing for permanent partial disability in Maryland


DUI v. DWI: What is the Difference?

The charges and penalties are separate, albeit similar, in Maryland


Can I Get Maintenance From My Spouse?

How the Kentucky courts decide spousal support in a divorce


Leave, Lose, and Law

Your rights when you quit or are fired from work in Ohio


Does Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debts?

How filing for bankruptcy works in Ohio


Tax Liabilities for My Home-Based Business

The hidden costs (and benefits) of working for yourself


How Prenuptial Agreements Work in Minnesota

Is there a difference between prenuptial and postnuptial agreements?


Washington State’s Strict Liability for Dog Bites

Are owners responsible even if their dog has never previously bit anyone?


How Businesses Protect Trade Secrets in Pennsylvania

What qualifies as a trade secret, and what damages can you seek for unauthorized disclosure?


Bankruptcy Considerations for Small Businesses in Pennsylvania

Your business structure can limit your options, so plan ahead


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