Articles Written by S.M. Oliva

The Defenses and Penalties for a Probation Violation

What can you argue if you violate parole in Tennessee?


How Do I Make a Zoning Change or Exception?

A legal overview of re-zoning, variances and conditional use permits in Rhode Island


How to Defend Against Drunk Driving

The penalties you face and arguments for innocence in Oklahoma


Powers of Attorney Help You Cope with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

What they are and how they work in Texas


What to Do When You’re Arrested for a Crime You Didn’t Commit

The steps to take and places to turn when you’re innocent in Oregon


What If You Disagree with the Department of Labor and Industries?

How to file a workers’ comp appeal to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals in …


Will I Receive Alimony After My Divorce?

How support payments and legitimate need are calculated in South Carolina


What Constitutes Police Misconduct?

When can you file suit against law enforcement in North Carolina


What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

And how they can help the injured, disabled, and persons with special needs in North Carolina


Can I Sue for Bad Faith or Breach of Contract?

What the law says for Maryland policyholders who feel wronged


Do I Have to Be Paid for Breaks?

Meal and rest time requirements for Alabama employers


The Penalties of Delaware’s Blue Sky Laws

How securities law violations are enforced on the state level


The Legal Benefits and Pitfalls of a Joint Venture

Advice for establishing a business agreement in Massachusetts


What Benefits Do I Get From Temporary Partial Disability?

How relief is determined for workers’ comp in Massachusetts


The Types of Commercial Leases in Massachusetts

What business owners should know about renting real estate


What is Required of Probation in Massachusetts?

Breaking down the laws, statutes, and ramifications


What If I Disagree With the Insurance Adjuster?

Consider a public adjuster assessment and, perhaps, legal counsel


Can I Sue for a Data Security Breach?

Legal remedies for a New York business victimized by data theft


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?


Making the Divorce Process Easier

Splitting up does not mean there needs to be a lengthy court fight


What Trust Should I Choose in Texas?

An overview of the types within which you might place your assets


What Are the Bankruptcy Exemptions in Texas?

Automotive, livestock, unlimited homestead and other debtor options


Seniors Can Stop Paying Property Taxes in Texas

What happens if a 65+ homeowner doesn’t pay them? (Hint: They don’t go away.)


How to Sell a Property and Defer Capital Gain Taxes

The ins and outs of a 1031 tax exchange in Upstate New York


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


If You Can’t Find a Job After a Workers’ Comp Injury

Oregon’s vocational rehabilitation system prepares you for the next career


How to Report Elder Abuse in Oregon

An overview of the laws meant to protect you, and how a lawyer can help enforce them


Working With the IRS When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes in Full

The collection process, payment options, compromises, and how an attorney can help


The Tax Benefits of Charitable Estate Planning

How to set up a charitable trust in Oregon


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


Can I Sue if My Brand is Used in a Domain Name?

How to resolve trademark disputes in Washington state


Can I Sue When Kickstarter Fails to Deliver?

How the Consumer Protection Act covers crowdfunding in Washington


Where the Money Goes in a Successful Birth Injury Suit

Damages are often awarded to the child, sometimes in a trust


Should I Choose a Chapter 11 or 12 Bankruptcy?

An overview of these filings and reorganizations for Florida businesses


The Penalties and Defenses for Insider Trading

Advice from a Florida securities fraud attorney


How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth?

Damages, lost wages, medical bills and more in Washington personal injury cases


Suing an Auto Dealer for Fraud

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


What If My Business or Product Name is Already Being Used?

Intellectual property issues in selecting a name in Pennsylvania


What to Know About Trust Fund Taxes

A legal guide for Pennsylvania business owners


The Penalties and Defenses for Boating Drunk in Pennsylvania

The state has five classifications for BUI


Proving an Injury was Due to a Product Defect

Pennsylvania product liability law and how to recover compensation


How Does the IRS Determine Tax Evasion?

Do I need a tax fraud attorney or was it a simple mistake?


The Penalties for Severe Tax Crimes in Colorado

What happens when they go unpaid, evaded or are fraudulent?


Who Pays the Debts of the Deceased?

Is a spouse or relative legally responsible in Colorado?


What If My Home Insurance Claim is Denied?

The steps to take when fighting back against insurers in Colorado


What the Law Says About Referral Kickbacks in Health Care

An overview of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law for physicians in Colorado


Can I Sue for Continued Exposure to Noise at Work?

Claiming workers’ compensation for loss of hearing on the job


How to Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Who needs to do what in New Jersey


Forms Companies Must File with the SEC

An overview of the documents required to avoid charges of fraud


Can Immigrants Be Indefinitely Detained?

What is allowed by law when the U.S. government detains you


Legal Tips If Your Business is in a Buyout

Some things New Jersey entrepreneurs need to know


Soft vs. Hard Insurance Fraud in New Jersey

What a white-collar criminal could face for committing it


What Property Can I Keep in a Bankruptcy?

How exemptions work in a Georgia Chapter 7 filing


Will the IRS Take My House for Owing Back Taxes?

Your options for exemptions in Georgia


The Ways You Can Break the Law by Protesting

The First Amendment isn’t all-encompassing when assembling in Georgia


How to Collect on Debts for Your Business

The legal steps to consider taking in Georgia


You Can’t Sue Your Employer for an Injury in Georgia

No injury suits, no pain and suffering: Workers’ comp is the only remedy


What is Considered Secondary Liability in California?

The policies and punishments of indirect copyright infringement


California’s Legal Protections for Sexual Orientation

It’s a protected status, making discrimination illegal for any business


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 a Class Action Judgment is Distributed

The compensation options that Illinois class members stand to receive


Who Isn’t Entitled to Overtime Pay?

The compensation exemptions for overtime in Illinois


A Legal Guide to Zoning Changes and Exceptions

How to apply for rezoning, variances and conditional use permits in Illinois


Filing Chapter 7: Good News and Bad News

Weighing the pros and cons of this form of bankruptcy in Illinois


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


Should My Injury Lawsuit Be a Class Action?

Mass torts vs. civil suit: What you stand to gain in Maryland


How Do I Prove Fault in a Slip-and-Fall Accident?

A Maryland personal injury liability primer


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


Can My Lawsuit Be a Class Action?

What you need in order to certify a class in Ohio


Bad Faith Lawsuits When Health Insurance is Denied

Ohioans can appeal, and sue, their insurance when medical treatment is denied


Should a Lawyer File My Workers’ Comp Claim?

How to file and what to consider when you’re injured at work in Ohio


Can I Change the Executor to My Estate?

What to do in Ohio if you chose the wrong loved one


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



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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