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About Canaan Suitt, J.D.

Canaan Suitt received his J.D. from William & Mary Law School. After serving as a senior editor for the law school’s comparative law blog, he was a staff member of the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (ELPR). As a legal intern at the National Center for State Courts, he assisted in international rule of law projects and policy review; as a research assistant, he studied political dynamics in the U.S. federal judiciary. His articles on law and philosophy have been published in the ELPR as well as the academic journal Dewey Studies. He loves using his background in research and writing to make legal information accessible. Canaan currently writes for In his free time, he enjoys reading, travel, and being a cat dad.

Articles Written by Canaan Suitt, J.D.

How To Ensure Legal Protection for a Parent With Dementia

Getting legal help as soon as possible is essential

What Is Elderly Financial Abuse?

And how to notice and combat it

What Does a Medicaid Planning Attorney Do?

In many cases, it’s wise to speak with a lawyer about Medicaid planning

How Do You Become Eligible for Social Security Benefits?

Understanding the basics of social security entitlements

Marriage vs. Domestic Partnership

Understanding the pros and cons of domestic partnerships

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement and Should I Have One?

Understanding when and how to get a prenup

Can My Parental Rights Be Reinstated After Termination?

Understanding when a parent-child relationship can be restored

How Do You Terminate Parental Rights?

Understanding the circumstances when the parent-child relationship ends

What Does a Guardian Do in Family Law Cases?

Understanding how legal guardianship pertains to family law

How Much Does It Cost To Get a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney?

Getting legal help with your nursing home abuse case

Medical Power of Attorney and Advance Directives

Making your healthcare wishes known through advance planning

What Is Elder Law vs. Estate Planning?

Planning for end-of-life matters

How Do You Get a Zoning Change for Your Property?

Understanding how to rezone property

What Real Estate Owners Should Know About Land Use Laws

Understanding how the use of your property is regulated

How Do You Determine Just Compensation in Eminent Domain Cases?

And when to challenge the government’s initial offer

Can I Refuse to Sell My Property in an Eminent Domain Case?

Simple refusal isn’t an option, but challenging the validity of a taking is

Steps for Employers to Avoid Employment Litigation

Effectively handling employee lawsuits

What Are the Most Common Types of Employment Litigation?

Understanding how an employment litigation attorney can help you

What Are the Types of Workplace Discrimination?

And what to do if you have a discrimination claim

What Are the Most Common Estate Disputes?

And is it worth it to contest a will or trust?

How To Avoid Litigation Over Your Estate?

Doing what you can to prevent fights over your property

How Do You Contest a Will?

Understanding the legal reasons to challenge a will

How Much Does a Lawyer Charge To Write a Will?

Understanding factors that go into the cost of a will

Different Types of Wills

Understanding the right will for your needs

What Makes a Will Valid?

Make sure your will holds up in probate court

What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Understanding how your estate is distributed without your guidance

What Is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

Wills and trusts are both important estate planning documents

What Is a Will and Why Do I Need One?

A last will and testament is a key legal document in any estate plan

What’s the Difference Between a Living Will and a Will?

Understanding two important estate planning documents

Can I Draft a Will Without a Lawyer?

Getting a lawyer’s help can avoid problems down the line

How Do I Maintain My Trademark Registration?

Understanding the requirements for trademark maintenance

Why Should I Register My Trademark?

Trademark registration brings several advantages

What Are the Steps To Getting a Trademark?

Understanding the trademark registration process

When Should I Patent My Idea?

Preparing your invention for a patent filing

What Are the Steps To Patenting My Idea?

Understanding the patent application process

When Should I Get a Patent Lawyer?

When it’s smart to have a lawyer help with your patent rights

Steps To Protecting Your Business’s Intellectual Property

Ensuring your business’s intangible assets are secure

Should My Business Hire an Intellectual Property Lawyer?

An intellectual property attorney can be a great asset for your business

When Do I Need Permission To Use a Copyrighted Work?

In most cases, you’ll need copyright permission

What To Do if Someone Steals Your Intellectual Property

Understanding how to handle theft of intellectual property

How to Collect Debt Through a Lawsuit

Becoming a judgment creditor

Debt Collection Options for Businesses

Understanding small business debt collection

What Practices Should Businesses Avoid in Debt Collection?

Avoiding legal trouble when collecting what you are owed

How Do I Protect My Property from Creditors?

Understand your options for effective asset protection

How Do I Stop Debt Collection Abuse?

How to stop debt collection harassment and other unfair collection practices

What Are Creditors’ Rights in a Bankruptcy?

Understanding creditor rights in bankruptcy

What Options Do Creditors Have if the Debtor Doesn’t Pay?

What creditors can do if a debtor won’t pay

Common Types of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

Be aware of signs of nursing home abuse

When to File a Lawsuit Against a Nursing Home for Abuse

A civil lawsuit can compensate you for nursing home neglect

What Are Nursing Home Resident Rights?

Understand your rights if you live in a long-term care facility

What Are the Types of Business Bankruptcy?

Understanding your options for dealing with business debt

When Should My Business File for Bankruptcy?

Weighing when to seek bankruptcy protection

How Do I Keep My Property in a Bankruptcy?

Understand your state’s bankruptcy exemption rules

Are There Alternatives to Bankruptcy?

Understanding debt relief alternatives to bankruptcy

What Happens if Someone Dies Without an Estate Plan?

Avoid intestacy by having an estate plan in place

What’s the Difference Between an Estate Plan and a Will?

A will is just one important part of your overall estate plan

What Digital Assets Should I Include in an Estate Plan?

An estate plan isn’t complete without considering your digital property

What Assets Should Be Considered When Planning Your Estate?

Consider all assets in creating your estate plan

What Is the Role of an Executor in Estate Planning?

Understanding the duties of an executor in estate administration

Four Ways To Reduce and Avoid Estate Tax

Understanding methods to shield your estate from state or federal taxes

How Can a Probate Court Process Be Avoided?

Understand your options for getting around the probate process

What Does an Estate Planning Attorney Do?

An estate planning lawyer helps you prepare for the future

When Should I Sue for Breach of Contract?

Assessing when to bring a breach of contract lawsuit

What Are the Defenses to Breach of Contract?

Understand your defenses if you’re accused of breaching a contract

How Do I Create a Legally Enforceable Contract?

Understand the key elements of a contractual agreement

Types of Business Lawsuits

Understand the lawsuits that could involve your company

What Does a Business Litigation Lawyer Do?

Understand how a lawyer can represent your business’s legal needs

How To Protect Your Business From a Lawsuit

Understand best practices to avoid a lawsuit for your business

How to File a Lawsuit Against a Company

Understand the steps to suing a company

How to Find the Best Attorney for Your Business

Get excellent legal representation for your business

Getting a Visa to Work or Study in the U.S.

Understand the visa you need to work or study in the U.S.

What Are the Steps To Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

Understand the process of becoming an American citizen

What Are the Steps to Getting a Green Card?

Understand the paths to permanent residency

What is Legally Considered Sexual Abuse?

Understanding what behaviors are considered sexual abuse

How to Prove Sexual Abuse Charges

Understand how sexual abuse is proven in civil and criminal cases

Who Can I Sue for Birth Injuries?

Understand who could be liable in a birth injury lawsuit

How to Prove Liability in Birth Injury Cases

Understand the elements of a birth injury lawsuit

Who Can I Sue for Defective Product Liability?

Understand who’s responsible for product defects

How to Prove a Products Liability Claim

Understand how to get compensated for your defective product injuries

Who Is Responsible in Premises Liability Cases?

Understand how liability is determined when someone is injured on a property

When Should You File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?

Understand the timeline and factors for filing a slip and fall lawsuit

Can Remote Workers Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Understand how to get compensated for remote work injuries

How Much Will It Cost To Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

Understanding lawyer costs in workers’ comp cases

Can You Win a Workers’ Comp Settlement Without a Lawyer?

Understand the factors in deciding to get a workers’ comp attorney

Is It Possible To Receive Back Pay For Workers’ Comp Settlements?

Understand the difference between back pay and lost wages for workers’ comp

How Long Does a Workers’ Comp Claim Take To Be Paid on Average?

Understand the steps for your workers’ comp claim

Is It Illegal to Work While on Workers’ Compensation?

What you need to know about getting a new job while on workers’ comp

Is Workers’ Compensation Taken Out for Child Support?

Understand how child support is deducted from workers’ comp

Will You Lose Workers’ Compensation Benefits if You Fail a Drug Test?

Understand how drug testing could impact your workers’ comp claim

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death and Who Gets the Money?

Understanding the beneficiaries in a wrongful death lawsuit

How to Win a Brain Injury Lawsuit

Insight into the process of bringing a brain injury lawsuit

Who Is Liable for Animal Bites?

Understand your legal rights if an animal injures you

How Wrongful Death is Proven

Understand the elements of a wrongful death claim

When Can I Sue for Brain Injuries?

Understand the types of brain injury and when you can sue

Can I Sue for Animal Bites?

Understand when and how to sue for an animal attack

How to Adopt a Child 

An overview of the steps to legally adopt a child

Do I Need an Adoption Lawyer to Adopt?

Understanding the role of a lawyer in the adoption process

How to Get Child Custody

Understand the factors that go into getting custody of your child

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities

Understand your legal rights as a landlord

Know Your Tenant Rights

Understand your rights if you rent a house or apartment

When and How to File Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy law is designed to give individuals a fresh start

Types of Traffic Tickets and Penalties

Understanding the consequences of traffic violations

What To Do if You Get a Traffic Ticket

Factors for deciding whether to pay a ticket or contest it

What Are the Consequences of a DUI?

The most common penalties for drunk driving

What Is a Mechanic's Lien?

Legal leverage to get paid on construction projects

Who Is Liable for Construction Defects?

Responsibility for construction defects is often hotly contested

What Does a Construction Lawyer Do?

Understanding when you need a construction lawyer

What To Do if You Have a Contractor Dispute

Options before and after going to court

What Is Considered Sexual Assault?

Understanding your legal rights if you’ve been sexually assaulted

When and Why Should I Hire a Sex Crime Attorney?

Seek legal representation as soon as possible

What Is Considered a Sex Crime?

There are different kinds of sex offenses and penalties

What Is Indecent Exposure?

There are severe penalties for sexually exposing oneself in public

What Are Sex Offender Registries?

When and how individuals must register as a sex offender

Workers' Comp Claim Denied? Your Options and Next Steps

Be aware of the steps and deadlines in appealing a workers’ comp denial

Are Workers' Compensation Settlements Taxed by the IRS?

Workers’ comp is generally not taxable, but there’s an exception with social security

What Is Employment and Labor Law?

Two distinct but related areas of law that both employers and employees should understand

Can You Collect a Pension and Still Work Full-Time?

In many cases, you can return to work and still collect a pension, but be aware of exceptions

Is it Illegal to Make Employees Work 'Off the Clock'?

Working off the clock is often illegal

Can You Be Forced to Work Overtime? Is it Legal?

Know your options with overtime work

Can I Legally Opt-Out or Refuse To Pay Union Dues?

Understand your employee rights and union requirements

Can Your Boss Legally Cut Hours Without Notice?

Understand when employers can and cannot reduce your hours or pay

What is Debtor-Creditor Law?

Planning for what could happen when the debtor-creditor relationship unravels

How a DUI Is Proven

Understand the elements of a DUI

Is It Legal to Install Cameras in the Workplace for Surveillance?

Understand when and where cameras are allowed in the workplace 

Should You Hire a Wrongful Termination Lawyer?

Understand your legal rights if you were wrongfully discharged from employment

Can You Sue Your Employer for Slander and Defamation?

Understand your legal rights if your employer has defamed you

Can Your Boss Force You to Work While Sick?

Understanding your rights as an employee when you get sick

Is It Illegal To Hire an Employee Under False Pretenses or Promises?

Legal options if your employer hired you under false promises

What Happens if a Construction Worker Gets Hurt on the Job?

If you’ve been injured as a construction worker, consider all your options for recovery

Types of Construction Injuries With Heavy Machinery

What to do if you've been injured by heavy construction machinery

What Are the Most Common Injuries in the Construction Industry?

What to do if you were injured on the construction job site

Do I Need a Construction Accident Lawyer?

Make sure you get the best outcome after a construction accident

Hiring a Construction Accident Attorney

Getting legal help for the best outcome in your construction accident case

Joint Tenancy vs. Tenants in Common: What's the Difference?

Understanding your options for joint ownership

How to Legally Resolve Parking Disputes with Neighbors

How to effectively address a range of parking issues

How Long Does It Take To Evict a Tenant From an Apartment or House?

Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, knowing what to expect in the eviction process is essential

Can I Sue My Neighbor for Excessive Noise?

Weighing your options for dealing with a noisy neighbor

What Can You Legally Do About Neighbor Disputes Over Trees?

Understanding your options for handling tree disputes

Can You Sue a Neighbor for Mental or Verbal Harassment?

Understanding your options for dealing with neighbor harassment 

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