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What to Know About Open Carry Laws in Texas

The new law has created questions among handgun owners who possess a concealed handgun license

Beginning on January 1, 2016, Texas handgun owners who possess a concealed handgun license (CHL), allowing them to carry a concealed handgun in certain places, are now permitted to carry handguns openly in a belt or shoulder holster. While some are championing the new law as a triumph of Texans’ Second Amendment rights, others are predicting that the new law will do little to increase public safety. Both sides, however, can agree that the new law has created questions among handgun owners and …

What to Know About California's Warrant Requirements for Electronic Communications

California's electronic communications law increases people's privacy protections

For a typical Californian, electronic devices—cellphones, laptops, tablets—are essential for their day-to-day life. They store personal photos, bank account information, and the names and contact information of friends and family—not to mention texts, emails and voicemail messages. When someone accesses your device without your permission, it can feel as though they broke into your home and rummaged through your belongings—clearly violating your reasonable expectation of privacy and …

How an Attorney Can Help You with Immigration Issues in Texas

Navigating the constantly changing laws of the US immigration system

Immigration law in the United States can be tough to navigate. The laws governing those who have come to the U.S. in search of the American dream for themselves and their families is a tangled web of confusing federal statutes and regulations. To make matters worse, immigration law is constantly changing. For immigrants looking to live in the Lone Star State, an immigration attorney, can prove to be an invaluable ally and help with any type of visa.  Many undocumented immigrants who come to …

What Are My Rights Under Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Time Law?

Understanding sick day accrual and use

Under Massachusetts’ sick leave law, employers must provide their employees up to 40 hours of earned sick time per year. The hours of sick leave are meant to allow workers paid time away from their places of employment if they are: Ill or injured; Attending routine medical appointments or preventative medical care; Dealing with the effects of domestic violence; or Caring for a sick family member or parent of a spouse. Nearly Every Massachusetts Employer Is Covered by the Law With few …

Rules on Fencing Property in Pennsylvania

Considerations for before you decide to build

As the old saying goes: “Good fences make good neighbors.” Improperly-installed boundary fences, however, can create costly legal headaches for property owners. While a fence may seem like a simple construction project, there are a number of considerations that should be made prior to digging that first post hole. It is far easier to think twice about whether to erect a fence—and where to do it—than to tear down or move one you’ve already built. Practical and Legal Considerations Take …

The State of DUI Law in Illinois

How new laws in Illinois affect drivers facing the consequences of a DUI arrest and conviction

It’s no secret that a conviction for driving under the influence in Illinois, or any other state, can create serious hardships for you and your family. Aside from the fines, court costs, and jail time that can come with a DUI conviction, a driver with a DUI charge can expect to pay attorney fees, face license suspension, and be required to install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (IID) in each of their motor vehicles. For repeat DUI offenses in Illinois, driving privileges could be …

Airbnb Rental Rules in Jersey City

What to know before you pay to sleep in someone's home or on their couch

Home-sharing services like AirBnB and HomeAway are giving the hotel industry a run for its money. Now travelers usually have additional lodging options when on the road. Instead of staying at a $200-per-night hotel in an in-demand location, travelers can rent out a room in a local home or even an entire house. Not All Cities Approve of Businesses Like Airbnb The changes brought by services like AirBnB have not been universally welcomed. For example, the services are restricted in New York City. …

Minnesota's Trust Law Overhaul: What To Know

How the new law affects a key part of estate planning

The law governing trusts in Minnesota has gotten a facelift, bringing it more in line with the Uniform Trust Code and addressing many modern-day issues that routinely surface in the process of creating and administering a trust. Although it is common for state laws or statutes to change from year-to-year, these changes, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, represent the first major overhaul of the state’s trust laws in nearly 30 years. Summary of the Important Changes The overhaul of …

Massachusetts' New Earned Income Tax Credit and Your Tax Return

Qualification considerations and what you can expect

Thanks to the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, some Massachusetts taxpayers will be able to take advantage of increases in the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In previous years, Massachusetts’ EITC was set at 15 percent of the federal government’s EITC. Thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act and recent legislation extending its provisions, beginning in the 2016 taxable year, Massachusetts taxpayers who qualify for the state’s EITC will receive a refundable …

Florida’s GPS Tracking Law and Where It Applies

Private citizens who use GPS devices against others now face criminal prosecution

Police officers have used global positioning system technology for years to track down suspects and arrest lawbreakers. Since the technology has become widely available, however, some private citizens have used GPS transmitters and receivers to locate and stalk other people—a recent U.S. Justice Department survey found that one in every 13 stalking cases involves electronic monitoring. Thanks to a recent Florida law, however, private citizens who use GPS devices against others now face …

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