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Volkswagen and the Dirty Side of Clean Diesel
If you’ve paid even a small amount of attention to the news over the last few months, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the recent scandal involving Volkswagen (VW) cheating on emissions tests conducted on their diesel engines. In...
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How to Report Sexual Abuse
When somebody has been sexually violated at the hands of a helping professional, it is oftentimes hard to think straight, let alone be strong and confident enough to start taking the appropriate actions.  Not only is there the embarrassment and...
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Sexual Abuse in Coaching
You read in the news or online too often that a coach had a sexually abusive relationship with one of the team members.  These student athletes are just growing into their formative years, whether it be high school or college, and usually not...
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How To Protect Yourself at the Doctor
The way it goes often these days with health care insurance, you don’t always get to choose the doctor you want to go to. Whether your HMO won’t allow you to see someone “out of network” or there are not a lot of specialists...
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When Consent is Irrelevant in Sexual Assault Cases
One question that comes up a lot in the realm of sexual abuse is this; If a situation is to be considered sexual abuse, does the sexual interaction have to be non-consensual? In many sexual abuse and assault cases, the plaintiff will have to...
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Can Victims of Unemployment Insurance Fraud Reclaim the Fines They Paid?
The Michigan unemployment insurance fraud scandal that began making news this past spring has done more than just cause headaches for the state’s unemployed workers, it has also forced many of them to pay steep penalties and interest for...
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Your Civil Rights: Freedom of Speech Online
In 2012 a Wisconsin man, Thomas G. Smith, posted comments on the Village of Arena's Police Department's Facebook Page with profanity-laden allegations of department racism. Instead of responding in a cordial manner, or just simply...
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Monsanto Lawsuit for Truthful Labeling
A lawsuit filed in California alleges Monsanto is guilty of false advertising for their claims that Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup is not harmful to humans or animals because the enzyme it targets, EPSP synthase, is only found in...
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FDA: MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. Recall on PROFEMUR Neck Varus/Valgus CoCr 8 Degree, Part number PHAC 1254
The FDA has released a note regarding MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. recall on their PROFEMUR Neck Varus/Valgus CoCr 8 Degree, Part number PHAC 1254, which is a modular neck component used with prosthetic parts including a femoral head and femoral stem...
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What Should You Do If You Miss Your Tax Extension Deadline?
While taxes are due on April 15th each year, the IRS makes it easy for people who aren’t ready to file to extend their deadline to October 15th. Even though interest accrues during this time if a taxpayer owes money, it gives them enough...
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Who Are the Types of People to Commit Sexual Abuse?
The short answer could be anyone.  Some are more likely to reoffend than others, and depending on the person may have different motives for committing sexual abuse.  However, these are people that tend to have strong ties to the...
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How Does the Law Protect Patients Against Sexually Abusive Helping Professionals?
Most people who seek jobs in helping professions do so because they want to make a positive difference. Sadly, sometimes people charged with the duty of helping can also inflict harm on a patient. For this reason, the law offers patients strong...
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What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse is an extremely sensitive topic, and a devastating experience for those who are subjected to it. In order to take proactive steps to prevent abuse, as well as to console individuals who have suffered, it is important to understand what...
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Steps to Take Immediately After You're Sexually Assaulted by a Helping Professional
When a person seeks help from a doctor, therapist, counselor, or other helping professional, the last thing they expect is to become a victim of unethical behavior or practices. Unfortunately, sexual abuse is more common than most people might...
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IRS Cost of Living Increases for 2015
As you prepare your taxes each year, it’s important to take note of any changes the IRS has made since the previous tax year in an effort to adjust to the current cost of living. Depending on the financial climate, there may only be slight...
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How to React to an IRS Bank Levy
You would have to search high and low to find a working American who isn’t familiar with the extreme power and authority of the IRS. But even though we all know that we have to pay taxes and that we can face severe repercussions if we...
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Steps to Take After You've Been Accused of Unemployment Insurance Fraud
If you live in Michigan, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about the ongoing investigation into the state’s unemployment insurance fraud scandal. To date, hundreds of men and women have received automated notices in the...
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More People With Type 2 Diabetes Report Adverse Effects After Taking Invokana
People who have type 2 diabetes have to carefully monitor their blood sugar for a number of reasons, but chief among them is to protect their blood vessels from cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in people with type 2...
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Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Fraud Scandal
Over the last several months, news outlets have regularly reported stories about people who have been accused of, and held accountable for, fraud by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). While unemployment insurance fraud is nothing...
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Did Your Zofran Prescription Cause Your Child's Birth Defect?
Zofran was approved by the FDA in 1992 to prevent nausea and vomiting in patients after they’ve gone through surgery or chemotherapy. Although it was only approved for these purposes, the manufacturers of Zofran began promoting the drug as...
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Exposing the Dangers of Faulty IVC Filters
A vena cava is a large vein that is responsible for carrying deoxygenated blood into the heart. Humans have two of these veins: the super vena cava, which carries blood from the head and upper body, and the inferior vena cava, which carries...
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3 Ways Your Small Business Can Benefit From Hiring a Tax Attorney
When many people first start their small business, they count every penny and try to only spend money when and where it’s absolutely necessary. If you’re a small business owner, you might think that paying for the services of a tax...
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How to Arrange an Installment Agreement With the IRS
After doing your taxes, it’s not uncommon to realize that the amount you owe is too much for you to pay at once. Because the IRS knows that many people cannot pay their tax debt in one lump sum by the yearly due date, they allow...
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How to Identify the Best Lawyer to Defend You in a Criminal Case
After being arrested and charged with a crime, most people are undoubtedly (and rightfully) filled with concern about the immediate and distant future. At the time of arrest, a person needs to quickly find a lawyer to protect them from providing...
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How Can a Small Business Protect Itself From an IRS Audit?
If you own a small business, then you’re familiar with the worry and anxiety that most business owners feel when they think about the possibility of an IRS audit. Even businesses that pay the closest attention to detail and ensure complete...
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Understanding the Differences Between a Form 1099-MISC and a Form W-2
As you prepare your taxes each year, it’s important to be sure that you’re presenting the IRS with accurate information through the right means of documentation. If you’re someone who either owns a small business or supplements...
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What You Need to Know If You're Taking Invokana to Treat Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is not something to take lightly, which is why those who have it are often very eager to find a medicine that will successfully treat their condition. One popular type 2 diabetes medication is Invokana, which has been on the...
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Is Working at a Nail Salon Putting Your Health at Risk?
Working at a nail salon is something that men and women enjoy for a number of reasons, including the fun atmosphere and the chance to help people feel better about their appearance. However, while working at a nail salon can be rewarding, the...
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Recent Hot Button Issues Raise the Question of Police Brutality and Your Civil Rights
With high profile cases in cities such as Baltimore, Charleston, New York, and Ferguson involving police officers shooting and killing unarmed and, in some reported cases, unthreatening civilians, the past year has been mired in a tumultuous...
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Understanding the Powers of the IRS
Alexander Hamilton requested, as the Secretary of the Treasury, for Congress to establish a form of the IRS so that they could collect taxes to pay off the debt from the U.S. Revolutionary War. Since then, there have been many forms of the tax...
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Coming Clean With Foreign Accounts Is Now Much Easier and Cheaper. Don't Wait to Take Advantage of New Streamlined Filing Procedures!
If you’ve been putting off coming clean with the IRS about the money in your foreign accounts, then now is the time to finally comply with U.S. tax regulations. With the IRS’s new streamlined filing procedures, you can put yourself...
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The Stages of a Criminal Trial
Whether it's your first time or you're a repeat offender, if you're charged with a criminal offense, then you will have to go through the criminal trial process. The process of a criminal trial varies depending on whether the alleged...
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The Top 5 Tax Deductions for Small Businesses
In today’s expanding and competitive marketplace, small business owners need all the help they can get in order to keep their doors open and their businesses growing. While there are many cost saving measures that business-savvy owners can...
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When Should You Hire an Attorney for a Traffic Violation?
At some point in our lives, just about all of us will be pulled over by the police and issued a ticket for a traffic violation. While some offenses can be extremely minor, such as driving a few mph over the speed limit, others can be much more...
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When Can Police Search Your Car?
Being pulled over by the police is usually a startling experience, whether or not you’ve done something wrong. The police know this, and if they have suspicion that you might be carrying contraband in your car, they will likely play on...
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When Should You Blow the Whistle on an Unethical Employer?
We learn the Golden Rule at a young age. This is helpful because it keeps Tommy from whacking Jimmy across the head on the playground. Around the same time, we’re taught not to be tattle tales. This is helpful because it keeps Janie and...
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Should You File Bankruptcy Under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?
Bankruptcy is an arduous and trying experience that nobody wants to go through, yet it’s often the only option for someone to get back on the right financial track and find the relief from compounding debts and oppressive collection...
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What Are the Consequences of an Underage DUI?
It’s widely known that a DUI is an extremely serious charge. Not only could it land you in jail and cost you thousands of dollars in penalties and court fees, but it could also make it extremely difficult to find gainful employment and...
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Should You Ever Represent Yourself in Court?
Self-representation is very tricky business. As Americans, we know that, legally, we have the right to defend ourselves in court, and this can almost fill us with a sense of false empowerment. We might think, “Well, I was there. I know...
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What to Do After Your Civil Rights Are Violated
To many people, civil rights are as American as apple pie. From a young age, we’re taught that we’re given certain rights that no one can take away from us. However, as anyone who has opened a history book can tell you, civil rights...
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Tips for Businesses Who Owe Back Taxes
For many workers and business owners, the months following the federal tax deadline are a time of relief and anticipation of a tax return. But for many business owners, that time is filled with dread and fear because they either weren’t...
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When Are Juveniles Prosecuted as Adults?
The vast majority of juvenile cases are tried in juvenile court, but juveniles can also be tried in adult criminal court. For this to happen, the prosecutor must request a waiver, which is a process through which a judge decides if the case...
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Search and Seizure: Understanding Your Rights Under the Fourth Amendment
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits the power of law enforcement agencies to arrest, search people and property, and seize objects. It reads:  The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and...
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How Are Whistleblowers Protected Under Federal Law?
Every day, thousands of Americans go to work for a company that engages in unlawful acts, but few have the courage to stand up and expose these wrongdoings to the police or other applicable governing authorities. It may seem like exposing these...
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Is Viagra Putting Men at Risk of Developing Melanoma?
An unfortunate reality of the pharmaceutical industry is that even the most popular and widely distributed drugs can lead to detrimental side effects. As such, patients shouldn’t put their trust in a particular drug solely based on the...
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How Does a Class Action Lawsuit Work?
The story of David and Goliath has helped people understand and appreciate the plight of the underdog for centuries. Collectively, people root for those who appear to have the odds stacked against them and almost always hope to see them take...
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What to Do If You're Contacted by an IRS Special Agent
Many of us know the dreadful feeling of getting an unexpected letter from the IRS in the mail, but imagine how startling it is when an IRS Special Agent approaches you at a time when you least expect it. IRS Special Agents handle criminal...
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What Is the Difference Between a Guilty and No Contest Plea?
With today’s crowded criminal courts, many prosecutors and judges work hard to move cases along as quickly as possible and often use plea bargaining as a way to speed up the judicial process. A plea bargain is essentially an agreement...
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What If You Can't Afford to Pay Bail After an Arrest?
For those who have been arrested, the first thought after entering jail is usually, “How fast can I get out?” The best, and often quickest, way to get out of jail after an arrest is by paying bail. Bail is either cash, a bond, or...
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How Well Do You Know Your Miranda Rights?
Thanks to movies and TV shows, such as COPS and Law & Order, most Americans know that there is a list of rights that police are supposed to vocalize when placing you in custody. These are called Miranda rights, or the Miranda warning....
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3 Ways to Defend Against a DUI Charge
Today, just about every state has extremely strict laws that inform the way DUI charges are handled. However, that doesn’t mean the offense is impossible to defend. During a DUI case, the prosecution must prove that the defendant was...
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How to Eliminate IRS Tax Penalties
It goes without saying that the IRS is more powerful than almost any other agency in America, and if they believe you owe them money, you can count on them exercising every inch of their authority in order to collect it. Even so, it’s not...
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The FDA Warns of Sprue-Like Enteropathy in Benicar Users
Roughly 70 million American adults have high blood pressure. This means that just about 1 out of every 3 adults you see is probably taking medicine to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. With so many people needing blood pressure...
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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Your 2014 Taxes
The deadline to file your 2014 taxes is right around the corner, and if you haven’t filed yet, you still have time to carefully go over your return and inspect it for errors before you send it in. Thanks to the tax preparation software...
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Can Women Really Trust Lipitor?
Imagine you find out that you have an unhealthy cholesterol level and, coupled with your family’s history, you’re at a high risk for developing heart disease. As someone who has an active lifestyle and doesn’t want anything to...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Appeal Your Property Taxes
As you file your taxes this year and look back at your 2014 expenses, does your property tax payment stand out as one of your higher costs? There’s a good chance that it does, as it’s estimated that as many as one-third of American...
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What Are the Consequences of a DUI/OWI Conviction in Michigan?
If you’re old enough to drink alcohol, then you’ve seen enough advertising to know that drinking and driving is a bad idea. Anti-drunk driving ad campaigns usually tug on the heartstrings and give us taglines like, “Friends...
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What Can I Do to Lessen the Chances of an IRS Audit?
This time of year, most of us have taxes on the brain. Along with the other stresses that come along with preparing your taxes, the looming threat of an IRS audit is enough to keep most Americans up at night. An audit is an arduous and trying...
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How Are Drug Charges Classified in Michigan?
Michigan has some of the strictest drug laws in the country, along with a record of handing out stiff penalties to those who are caught carrying, using, or selling illicit substances. For this reason, it’s important for individuals to know...
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Can Michigan's New Expungement Laws Clear Your Criminal Record?
The Michigan legislature recently passed new laws that expand the number of criminal offenses that are eligible for expungement, opening the door for thousands of Michigan citizens to wipe a past offense off of their criminal record. While the...
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I Havent Paid Taxes in Years. Could I Be Sent to Prison?
Just about every American knows how powerful the IRS is and how, if you owe them money, they will go to great lengths to get what is owed to them. Every year, you hear advertisements from tax professionals warning about what could happen if you...
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How to Protect Your Rights After an Arrest
Very few people set out to get arrested, and most are unaware of how to act during and after an arrest. It can be a scary experience, but it’s important for an arrested person to remember their rights and act in a way that won’t...
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I Suffered Internal Bleeding After Taking Xarelto What Should I Do Now
Xarelto is a blood thinner that is prescribed to prevent the formation of blood clots, especially a certain type of clot known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that can cause dangerous blood clots to form in the lungs, a condition known as...
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How to Lower Your Tax Debt With an Offer in Compromise
It’s not easy to get out of paying the taxes you owe to the IRS. In fact, the only way you can fully get rid of your tax debt is to pay it. However, the IRS understands that financial difficulties can make it difficult for individuals to...
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At What Point Will the IRS Garnish My Wages?
A wage garnishment - or levy - is a method the IRS uses to forcibly collect the money you owe them if you have not already paid your debt after several collection attempts. The IRS is the most powerful collection agency in the country, and they...
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When Prescription Drugs Do More Harm Than Good: Should You Take Legal Action?
Roughly 34% of American adults, including half of those who are 55 or older, rely on prescription drugs for a variety of health conditions. In an effort to beat the competition, drug makers are continuously producing new products that are...
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White Collar Crimes: Why You Need a Strong Defense
The law defines white collar crimes as “non-violent illegal activities that principally involve traditional notions of deceit, deception, concealment, manipulation, breach of trust, subterfuge, or illegal circumvention.” These are...
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How to Handle an Unfiled Tax Return
Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes.” These are wise and poignant words, and since Ben Franklin lived before the days of income tax and the strong armed intrusion of the IRS,...
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How Much Does the IRS Need to Know About Your Offshore Assets?
Over the last 30 years, more Americans than ever have moved assets to foreign “tax haven” countries in order to protect their wealth against the oppressive taxation methods of the IRS. Not surprisingly, this doesn’t sit well...
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What If Your Social Security Disability Application is Denied?
If you ever find yourself unable to work because of a disability, then Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will be a vital component of your financial plan. But even though 14 million Americans currently receive a disability check from...
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How Do You Know If You're Paying Too Much for Your Property Taxes?
When someone owns property, he or she expects to pay taxes for it. It’s just the way it goes. When you own property, you have to pay taxes. But because we expect to pay property taxes, many people are not aware that they are paying too...
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Tips for Preparing Your Will
It’s safe to say that no one really looks forward to preparing a will. Most people don’t like to think about the idea of death, let alone mapping the aftermath of their own, but preparing a comprehensive and detailed will is...
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What Are the Benefits of Tax Planning?
It would be hard to find a working American who doesn’t know that taxes are due in April, but that doesn’t stop a large percentage of us from waiting until the last minute to file. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 30% of...
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Can You Stop IRS Collections by Filing for Hardship Status?
We all understand that we have an obligation to pay taxes, but sometimes an unforeseen financial hardship makes it hard to pay as much as we are supposed to, especially after paying the costs that it takes to stay fed, clothed, and sheltered...
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Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Unless you have experienced it yourself, it can be hard to grasp the devastation that victims of medical malpractice feel. To place your life in the hands of a medical professional who, in turn, acts in a negligent and harmful manner can be both...
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How to Get Innocent Spouse Tax Relief
It is common for married couples to file a joint tax return because of the various benefits it entails. By choosing this filing status, both partners are jointly and severally liable, meaning that they are both fully responsible for the amount...
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How to Handle an IRS Audit
The chances of being audited are about 1 in 100, but that doesn’t make the prospect of receiving an unwanted notice from the IRS any less scary for most Americans. An audit is an arduous process to go through, and since the IRS can ask to...
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How Can I Remove a Misdemeanor From My Record?
Most of us know that a misdemeanor isn’t as serious of an offense as a felony. “It was only a misdemeanor” is something we hear people say, almost out of relief that their offense didn’t carry a heavier charge. However,...
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Marijuana Possession Charges in Michigan
With recent news of states legalizing the use of marijuana for medical, and in some cases recreational purposes, it may seem that the attitude toward marijuana use is shifting toward a more lenient direction. At least, marijuana use seems like a...
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What If I Can't Afford to Pay My Federal or State Income Taxes?
April 15th is a day that many of us dread. Just the sound of the words “tax day” is enough to send some of us into a full-fledged panic attack. Some dread the day because of the work that goes into filing taxes, and others dread it...
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Should You File for Bankruptcy?
A fisherman was sitting in his boat when he noticed water coming through the floor. He pulled up the floorboards and saw water trickling in through the hull. Frantically, he grabbed a bucket and began collecting the water and pouring it over the...
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How Will an MIP Affect My Future?
We have all experienced lapses in judgment - times when we make a decision that we probably wouldn’t under most circumstances. We take an uncalculated risk and roll the dice, sometimes on something trivial, such as indulging in that last...
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What is a Sealed Criminal Record?
We’re told about consequences from a very young age. We learn not to touch the stove or our hand will burn. We learn not to pull our little sister’s hair because it will hurt her and she will cry. We’re told that the actions we...
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How Do I Fix My Tax Problems?
Imagine it’s a Tuesday and you’re driving home from a stressful day at work. You’re looking forward to unwinding and relaxing with your family. But then you get home, check the mail, and stop dead in your tracks. There’s...
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I Was Charged With a Felony: The Importance of a Strong Defense
A felony charge is something that none of us wants, but because no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, the time may come when you find yourself on the wrong side of the law. With looming consequences and upcoming court hearings, it’s easy...
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Why Should I Make a Living Trust?
Many people mistakenly believe that trusts are only for the extremely wealthy or upper class, however this simply is not true.  One may even argue that it is more critical for middle-income earners to procure trusts because choosing not to...
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What Do I Do If I'm Being Charged With a DUI?
Getting a DUI is an expensive and personally trying ordeal that no one plans on experiencing. A DUI often comes as the result of one poor decision, rather than premeditated intent. It’s often that one last drink that puts someone over the edge...
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Can I Remove a Felony From My Record?
If you make one mistake, or make a series of poor decisions, does that mean you shouldn’t be rewarded for better judgment in the future? Should you be punished for a crime that happened long ago, even if you received your consequences and...
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Lower Your Michigan Property Taxes in Four Steps
If you think your property taxes are too high, you’re probably right. Although home property values fluctuate and are currently relatively low, property taxes continue to increase. Many people don’t realize that you don’t have...
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Ask 1-800-LAW-FIRM: Am I Really Covered by My Auto Accident Policy?
Question: Mr. Evans, 35 I just got a letter saying that I am being sued for $150,000 over my insurance limits for an accident that happened over two years ago! I got in an accident and apparently the passenger sued.  At the time, I...
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Pursuit of Peace - An Uncontested Divorce
Going through a divorce can be extremely emotional and exhausting.  When suffering through a difficult transitional period in your life, having somebody you can trust to deal with the complex issue of asset division is an invaluable resource....
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Is Your Aging Parent Scaring You to Death?
Let’s face it; the thought of getting old is scary. It’s easy to understand why aging parents often resist moving into a nursing home, or even assistance with basic everyday activities. Each task that they admit they are no longer able...
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How the Past Can Haunt You: Escaping a Criminal Record
One-third of Americans have been arrested by the age of 231.  Are you shocked that it is such a huge percentage of our population?  With numbers this high, it might surprise you that former criminals are being denied employment...
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Does Red Bull Owe You Money?
Does Red Bull really ‘give you wings,’ as their slogan suggests? Recently, multiple class action lawsuits brought against the company have determined that no, in fact it does not.  Now, if you are one of the millions of people who...
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Risky Business - I Did Drugs During Pregnancy
Millions of Americans suffer from depression. A recent survey study, conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination, found that long-term use of antidepressants has grown in the last decade.  Some 70% of the estimated 16 million...
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Scrappers Beware - Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma
In our rapidly changing world, innovations often occur faster than our ability to fully understand their consequences.  Solutions to age old problems can present new issues that were never anticipated.  In recent decades, one of the most...
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Can I Clear My Juvenile Criminal Record?
Many of us are guilty of some form of youthful indiscretion.  Nearly everyone can look back on their childhood and recall a foolish mistake they’ve made. For most of us, the repercussions are long over.  But, for those charged with a...
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The UGLY Side of Viagra
Dealing with erectile dysfunction can be frustrating and embarrassing. A common problem amongst men over 50, erectile dysfunction has been treatable for the last 16 years, particularly due to the introduction of the drug Viagra. While this has...
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Three Things to Consider When Evaluating Nursing Homes
One of the most difficult decisions anyone with an aging parent/grandparent must face is choosing a nursing home to entrust with their care. A large number of nursing home facilities are understaffed, unprofessional, and unable to provide adequate...
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Xarelto Exposed - Bleeding, Hemorrhages and Death
Blood thinners are an important way to prevent a number of dangerous medical conditions, but at what cost? Popular blood thinner medications are becoming increasingly associated with potentially fatal side effects that are putting hundreds of people...
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How Can I Expunge My Michigan Criminal Record?
If you have been charged with criminal violations in the past, they can certainly make your life difficult. The record of those criminal charges or convictions may affect your ability to receive financial aid for education, employment, housing,...
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Here Is Your Chance to Improve the Legal System
The Future  With every generation, a new set of intelligent, young law professionals begin to shape the world we live in. It’s the responsibility of these burgeoning lawyers to enact change in our legal system, forcing it to evolve...
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How to Recognize the Top Five Forms of Nursing Home Abuse
The basic premise of human rights represents the fundamental belief that every individual, no matter how young or old, deserves to be treated equally and with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, millions of older persons are abused, exploited, and...
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The Role of the Modern American Lawyer
Our world is one full of differences. People are different in their behavior, morals, and worldview. What one may consider to be right and honorable may be considered to be wrong and morally repugnant by others. Revered philosopher Marcus Aurelius...
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Breaking the Blue Code of Silence
As US citizens we are told that our police are here to protect and serve - but who are they really protecting? How can we trust our neighborhood police officers when they are involved in guarding each other from public scrutiny? Police corruption is...
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Three Strikes for Stryker
For those suffering from painful arthritis or injuries resulting in a broken or fractured hip, a hip replacement surgery can mean the difference between living in constant agony or, instead, a higher quality of life. The hip implant, one of the most...
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Baby Powder and Cancer: What Johnson & Johnson Isn't Telling You
For decades, talcum powder, or baby powder, has been used by women across the country for a variety of reasons. Usually applied to the groin area, talcum powder was believed to be an effective way to reduce moisture, chafing and undesirable odors....
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Female Veterans - Forgotten After Fighting for Our Freedom
Never before have female service members engaged in consistent combative situations. Now, they face the same types of injuries that their male counterparts endure as they fight for their own survival. As the national veteran demographic changes, we...
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When Guilt Is Ambiguous - How Do Attorneys Sleep at Night?
Lawyers are instructed to adhere to the highest codes of responsibility and moral conduct and told that, as guardians of the law, they play a crucial role in the protection of society. They must promote the utmost respect for the law and use their...
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Violating Workers' Rights
The importance of labor laws cannot be understated. Labor and employment laws offer structure to the workplace and define the roles of both employers and employees. Work is a crucial part of our lives, but it is also one where workers have little...
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Who Pays - Medicare, Medicaid or Private Insurance?
If you’re like most people approaching retirement age, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to pay for all of your medication and doctor visits once you leave your job and lose your benefits.  Maybe you qualify for...
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A Major Insurance Claim is a MAJOR Deal - Are Your Assets at Risk?
You might think that big, blanket insurance policies are only for extremely wealthy people or business owners. While they might be at a higher risk of being sued, the reality is that accidents can happen at any moment and anyone can be a target of a...
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Lipitor - Is Lower Cholesterol Worth Liver Damage, Memory Loss, and Diabetes?
Millions of Americans take Lipitor. The medication belongs to a popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins. Lipitor is the world’s most prescribed cholesterol medication, with over $26 billion in global sales, and manufactured...
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How the Rich and Famous Divorce on the Down-Low
In our celebrity-obsessed culture, it’s no surprise when we hear gossip about celebrity divorces on the headline news. Reading juicy details about Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage or tuning in to watch the intense, public drama unfold...
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How Can a Mediator Help My Divorce Process?
Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences you face in your life - and it can be considerably more difficult if you and your spouse cannot communicate. Many divorce negotiations result in heated arguments and drawn out...
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How to Keep the Cash - All You Need to Know About Alimony
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