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parental leave

Are parental leave policies unfair? Trial will decide.

The question of whether fathers deserve as much parental leave as mothers when a new child comes into the home is in the hands of a Washington, D.C. district judge.

Living will

Living will: Create it before you need it

Creating a living will is something everyone agrees is a prudent move, but also something nobody wants to think or talk about. End of life conversations are extremely hard, more so perhaps, when the end seems a long way off. But that’s the time to get one’s wishes documented.

CARES Act fraud

CARES act fraud not easy to define

While Congress is working to root out CARES Act fraud connected to billions in business loans awarded during the COVID-19 crisis, small business owners are concerned about whether they followed the rules or will face the feds’ wrath if they didn’t.

Legal services

Legal services unaffordable? New model seeks a change.

Can the average American afford legal services from an attorney? Many can’t. A new program seeksd to change that.

Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers cash in, thanks to decade-old law

Prior to the Dodd-Frank Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was hard-pressed to get corporate whistleblowers to come forward. But just last week, the SEC awarded $2.5 million to whistleblowers who aided in an investigation.

smartphone

Can the police search your smartphone, or force you to unlock it?

Smartphones are a goldmine of personal data for criminal investigators, from credit card information to compromising photos. But can law enforcement search a smartphone’s contents without a warrant, or force someone to give them access to a passcode-protected phone?

Dress consultant

Jury consultant: Dress can be a key to a courtroom win

Dr. Noelle Nelson, a California-based jury consultant, recalls the time she was helping a law firm prepare witnesses for trial and asked a woman to come to her prep session dressed as she would in court. “I used to say, ‘your Sunday best.’ So this gal came in fishnet hose.” Nelson travels the country and consults on all aspects of trial preparation.

Crime victim

Your risk of being a crime victim likely not as high as you think

What are the chances you will get robbed this year, or assaulted, or otherwise be a crime victim? Many overestimate the risk.

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