Real Estate, Tips & How-To

This is mine, that’s yours: Dealing with property disputes

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Much like neighborly quarrels, adversarial property laws have been around for ages. Accordingly, ancient lawmakers devised notions — such as deeds, boundary lines, and parcel numbers — to ensure owners and neighbors alike were apprised of property limits. However, conflict between neighbors remains common, often prompting contentious lawsuits, unrelenting litigation, and serious tension at annual block parties.

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Bizarre, Divorce, Funny, Marriage

7 unbelievable divorce tales from around the world

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It’s easy to agree on some no-brainer reasons for divorce – abuse, alcoholism and infidelity are all common reasons to end a marriage. But what about cleaning too much, disliking a beloved film or kissing a horse?

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Business, News, Rights

Amazon: Thrilling workplace or legal nightmare?

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In a much-read August 16 New York Times article, Seattle-based Amazon.com was both heralded as an innovative, even “thrilling” place to work, and pilloried as every employee’s worst nightmare. If the NYT’s interviews are any indication, Amazon may be flirting with some significant employment law liability.

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Consumer Protection, Marriage, News, Privacy

Ashley Madison customer data has now been exposed

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It’s not a good day for online cheaters. On Tuesday night, making good on a threat they’d issued several weeks ago, a collection of hackers calling themselves “Impact Team” have now released the personal data of roughly 37 million customers from the dating website Ashley Madison.

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Bizarre, Crime & Lawsuits, Funny, News

The 8 weirdest legal stories of summer 2015

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Not a lot of data is available on seasonal upticks in lawsuits and/or illegal behavior (when asked for comment, Josh King, Avvo’s general counsel, would only say “crazy lawsuits know no season”) but based on the below examples from the 2015 summer to date, it appears the hot weather might be getting to some people

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Crime & Lawsuits, News, Rights

The system for punishing sex offenders is broken

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Think “sex offender,” and you probably picture a creepy guy who likes to lure children to his van with candy. But that’s not the whole picture. The sex offender registry, which currently stands at over 850,000 registered sex offenders, is comprised of many people who should not be lumped into the same category as violent sex offenders and pedophiles.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Freedom, News, Privacy, Rights, Technology

How to bring drones back down to earth

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Officially known as “Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” drones have become a trending topic over the last few years. With the use of drones by the military, ongoing media attention, and Amazon.com’s commitment to bringing drone-based delivery service by the year 2020, questions regarding their appropriate use have been growing in importance for law enforcement and civilians alike.

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Consumer Protection, Freedom, Rights

If you smoke pot, you can still get fired

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Federal law says that pot is as dangerous as heroin, more addictive than cocaine, and has no accepted medical purpose. Yet 23 states and DC have legalized medical marijuana in some form. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and D.C. have also de-criminalized recreational marijuana use. For the average worker – and their employers – this federal-state law paradox can have huge impact in the workplace.

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News, Rights

Are chimps about to become people?

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No, chimps are not people. That’s what a New York State Supreme Court ruled in late July. But the judgment, which stated that the matter is open for discussion and could soon change, was viewed as a step in the right direction for animal rights advocates. As animals gain more rights and as the legal definition of personhood expands, it may be just a matter of time before the law sees chimpanzees, and perhaps other animals, as more than mere property.

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Crime & Lawsuits, News

Serial killers: The forgotten sociopaths

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It’s a sad state of affairs when the concept of a serial killer almost seems quaint. Mass shootings in America are becoming increasingly common. Last week, James Holmes was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a particularly notorious 2012 shooting that took place in an Aurora, Colorado theater, in which 12 people lost their lives and another 70 were injured. And over the weekend, a terrible story about a man who killed eight people in their own home emerged out of Houston, Texas. As the horror of these crimes dominates the headlines, we seem to hear fewer stories of serial killers. But as a recent incident in West Virginia makes clear, they are still out there.

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