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About S.M. Oliva

S.M. Oliva is a professional journalist who has written for Super Lawyers, where stories are assigned, edited and fact-checked using the highest journalistic standards—as evidenced by the dozens of awards we’ve won from the Society of Professional Journalists and other industry organizations. Attorneys who are consulted and interviewed for these stories are all from the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. For details on the Super Lawyers selection process, see here.

Articles Written by S.M. Oliva

Bad Faith Lawsuits When Health Insurance is Denied

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

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?

What to do if you disagree with the Department of Labor and Industries

How Do I Make a Zoning Change or Exception?

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

What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

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

Penalties for Probation Violation in Tennessee

And what can you argue in your defense if you violate parole?

The Tax Benefits of Charitable Estate Planning

How to set up a charitable trust in Oregon

What Constitutes Police Misconduct?

When can you file suit against law enforcement in North Carolina

How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth?

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

How to Defend Against Drunk Driving

The penalties you face and arguments for innocence in Oklahoma

Will I Receive Alimony or Spousal Support After My Divorce?

How support payments and legitimate need are calculated in South Carolina

Can I Sue for Bad Faith or Breach of Contract?

What the law says for Maryland policyholders who feel wronged

How to Sell a Property and Defer Capital Gain Taxes

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

What the Law Says About Referral Kickbacks in Health Care

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

Seniors Can Stop Paying Property Taxes in Texas

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

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 Are the Bankruptcy Exemptions in Texas?

Automotive, livestock, unlimited homestead and other debtor options

What If I Disagree With the Insurance Adjuster?

Consider a public adjuster assessment and legal counsel

Do I Have to Be Paid for Breaks?

Meal and rest time requirements for Alabama employers

California's Legal Protections for Sexual Orientation

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

How Does the IRS Determine Tax Evasion in Washington DC?

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

Soft vs. Hard Insurance Fraud in New Jersey

What a white-collar criminal could face for committing it

The Penalties and Defenses for Insider Trading

Advice from a Florida securities fraud attorney

Should I Choose a Chapter 11 or 12 Bankruptcy?

An overview of these filings and reorganizations for Florida businesses

Can I Change the Executor to My Estate?

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

Proving an Injury was Due to a Product Defect

Pennsylvania product liability law and how to recover compensation

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

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

A Maryland personal injury liability primer

What Trust Should I Choose in Texas?

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

How to Report Elder Abuse in Oregon

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

Filing Chapter 7: Good News and Bad News

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

Legal Tips If Your Business is in a Buyout

Some things New Jersey entrepreneurs need to know

How to Collect on Debts for Your Business

The legal steps to consider taking in Georgia

What is Required of Probation in Massachusetts?

Breaking down the laws, statutes, and ramifications

Where the Money Goes in a Successful Birth Injury Lawsuit

In Washington state, damages are often awarded to the child, sometimes in a trust

The Penalties and Defenses for Boating Drunk in Pennsylvania

The state has five classifications for BUI

Should My Injury Lawsuit Be a Class Action?

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

Should a Lawyer File My Workers? Comp Claim?

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

What If My Home Insurance Claim is Denied?

The steps to take when fighting back against insurers in Colorado

Can I Sue When Kickstarter Fails to Deliver?

How the Consumer Protection Act covers crowdfunding in Washington

Can Immigrants Be Indefinitely Detained?

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

A Legal Guide to Zoning Changes and Exceptions

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

The Types of Commercial Leases in Massachusetts

What business owners should know about renting real estate

Who Isn't Entitled to Overtime Pay?

The compensation exemptions for overtime in Illinois

Forms Companies Must File with the SEC

An overview of the SEC forms required to avoid charges of fraud

What to Know About Trust Fund Taxes

A legal guide for Pennsylvania business owners

How to Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Who needs to do what in New Jersey

Can I Sue for a Data Security Breach?

Legal remedies for a New York business victimized by data theft

If You Can?t Find a Job After a Workers? Comp Injury

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

Who Pays the Debts of the Deceased?

Is a surviving spouse or relative legally responsible in Colorado?

What Benefits Do I Get From Temporary Partial Disability?

How relief is determined for workers’ comp in Massachusetts

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

Intellectual property issues in selecting a name in Pennsylvania

The Ways You Can Break the Law by Protesting

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

How a Class Action Judgment is Distributed

The compensation options that Illinois class members stand to receive

Can My Lawsuit Be a Class Action?

What you need in order to certify a class in Ohio

The Legal Benefits and Pitfalls of a Joint Venture

Advice for establishing a business agreement in Massachusetts

What is Considered Secondary Liability in California?

The policies and punishments of indirect copyright infringement

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

How to resolve trademark disputes in Washington state

Will the IRS Take My House for Owing Back Taxes?

Your options for exemptions in Georgia

How to Make the Divorce Process Easier in Texas

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

The Penalties for Severe Tax Crimes in Colorado

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

Can I Sue for Continued Exposure to Noise at Work?

Making a workers’ compensation claim for loss of hearing on the job

Filing a Lawsuit for Price Gouging in Oregon

How antitrust laws aim to protect consumers

When an Owner Isn't Liable for a Dog Bite

Maryland’s laws when a pet bites someone

The Tax Responsibilities When a Business is Sold or Closed

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

Suing an Auto Dealer for Fraud

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

What to Know When Injured in a Texas Car Accident

How you conduct yourself may affect your right to compensation

The Ins and Outs of a Free Fall Bankruptcy

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

First Steps in the Texas Adoption Process

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

What Are the Penalties for Filing Taxes Late?

How the IRS and Washington state sort out tax debts

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

Determining medical negligence and standard of care in Maryland

How to Fight Fraud Charges in Maryland

First, know the laws at play. Second, call a Maryland Criminal Fraud Lawyer

Considerations When Looking for a Personal Injury Attorney

Hiring a lawyer is a major decision that requires careful thought

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

Yes, if you qualify for temporary partial disability in Florida

LP, LLP or LLC?

The legal implications of different business structures in Washington

How Are Debts Paid When a Business Closes?

Corporate dissolution tips in Oregon

What You Should Do in an OIG Investigation

A lawyer comes in handy when the Inspector General comes knocking

How to Legally Redevelop a Historic Property

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

The Penalties of Delaware’s Blue Sky Laws

How securities law violations are enforced on the state level

What Property Can I Keep in a Bankruptcy?

How exemptions work in a Georgia Chapter 7 filing

Should I Stop Making Mortgage Payments?

Considering strategic default in a Texas bankruptcy

Recovering Damages Against a Texas Local Government

How “sovereign immunity” can affect your personal injury claim

My Intellectual Property Was Stolen

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

Is a Prenup a Good Idea in Texas?

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

Child Custody Considerations Under Texas Law

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

The Legal Restrictions on Abortion

Pennsylvania’s list of laws and penalties

DUI v. DWI: What is the Difference?

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

Can I Get My Record Expunged in Massachusetts?

The process to request erasing your criminal past

What Does Workers' Compensation Pay For?

The types of coverage for injured employees in Illinois

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

Texas does not mandate workers' compensation coverage

Personal Injury Damages and Proportionate Responsibility

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

How to Modify or End Spousal Support

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

The Laws and Penalties of Drugged Driving in Colorado

Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal

Do I Need an Attorney to Apply for a Trademark?

Potential legal hurdles in the trademark application process

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

Filing for permanent partial disability in Maryland

Leave, Lose, and Law

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

What Happens to My Property After Declaring Bankruptcy?

The items considered exemptions in a Washington bankruptcy claim

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

Does Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debts?

How filing for bankruptcy works in Ohio

What Happens If I've Received a DUI in Another State?

The harsh penalties you may face in Louisiana

How Does Informed Consent Work?

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

What Happens if You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in Missouri?

Missouri’s implied consent laws for DUI or DWI cases

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

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

Will I Go to Jail for a Drug Possession Charge in West Virginia?

The state and federal criminal charges you could face in a West Virginia drug possession case

What Do I Do When My Tax Return Is Audited?

Consider representation when the IRS comes calling

Lawsuit Compensation When Another Driver Caused an Accident

When motorcycles, cars, and the law collide in South Dakota, here's what happens

How Do I Set Up a Nonprofit in Texas?

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

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

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

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

Thes state deadlines and details of work injuries in New Mexico

What Is Considered Reasonable Accommodation in Massachusetts?

Federal and state employment rights for individuals with disabilities

Suing Your Employer for Injuries at Work

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

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

A landlord cannot just change the locks without warning

How to Make a "Clear and Convincing" Argument in a Workers' Comp Suit

How to make a clear and convincing argument for disability claims

Can I Get Maintenance From My Spouse in Kentucky?

How the Kentucky courts decide spousal support in a divorce

The Legal Traps of Filing a Citizenship Application in Washington

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

Getting Damages from a Car Accident That Was Not Your Fault

How to establish proportional comparative fault in a Wisconsin

How to Obtain a Work Visa in California

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

Connecticut's Right to Paid Sick Leave

State laws also dictate the right to unpaid leave

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

How Rhode Island family courts decide placement, visitation and support

Tax Liabilities for My Home-Based Business

The hidden costs (and benefits) of working for yourself

Bankruptcy Considerations for Small Businesses in Pennsylvania

Your business structure can limit your options, so plan ahead

How Civil Asset Forfeiture Works in Illinois

How you can lose your private property even without a conviction

Overtime Rules in Washington State

Can an employer mandate overtime hours?

Modifying Child Custody Arrangements in Massachusetts

Why divorce doesn’t always end disagreements over parental rights

Establishing Fault in a Car Accident Lawsuit

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

Washington State's Strict Liability for Dog Bites

Are owners responsible even if their dog has never bitten anyone?

How Businesses Protect Trade Secrets in Pennsylvania

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

How Prenuptial Agreements Work in Minnesota

Is there a difference between prenuptial and postnuptial agreements?

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