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

 

First Steps in the Texas Adoption Process

Can I adopt even if I am single and don't make a lot of money?

 

How Are Debts Paid When a Business Closes?

Corporate dissolution tips in Oregon

 

Filing a Lawsuit for Price Gouging in Oregon

How antitrust laws aim to protect consumers

 

Can I Still Get Comp Benefits When I Return to Work?

Yes, if you qualify for temporary partial disability in Florida

 

What Are the Penalties for Filing Taxes Late?

How the IRS and Washington state sort out tax debts

 

Suing an Auto Dealer for Fraud

How Pennsylvania law protects car buyers, and how a lawyer can help

 

What Property Can I Keep in a Bankruptcy?

How exemptions work in a Georgia Chapter 7 filing

 

What You Should Do in an OIG Investigation

A lawyer comes in handy when the Inspector General comes knocking

 

The Ins and Outs of a “Free Fall” Bankruptcy

How an Illinois debtor can use Chapter 11 to restore its business

 

How to Fight Fraud Charges in Maryland

First, know the laws at play. Second, call a lawyer

 

How Do I Prove Medical Malpractice in a Birth Injury Lawsuit?

Determining negligence and standard of care in Maryland

 

When an Owner Isn’t Liable for a Dog Bite

Maryland’s laws when a pet bites someone

 

How to Legally Redevelop a Historic Property

Staying within the confines of the federal and state landmark rules in Ohio

 

The Tax Responsibilities When a Business is Sold or Closed

The legal requirements laid out by the IRS and state of Ohio

 

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

 

Considerations When Looking for a Personal Injury Attorney

Hiring a lawyer is a major decision that requires careful thought

 

What to Know When Injured in a Car Accident in Texas

How you conduct yourself may affect your right to compensation

 

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

 

LP, LLP or LLC?

The legal implications of different business structures in Washington

 

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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