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Legal Tidbits: Federal student loans/repayment plans

You struggle to get through college. You weren’t a scholarship student, meaning that you didn’t necessarily have the grades – let alone the athletic skill – to earn a “full-ride” scholarship that pays for your tuition, books, lab fees and meal plans. You borrowed a lot of money to pay for your education. Are you [..]

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Crimes That Will Make an Immigrant Deportable – Legal Tidbits

You are a citizen of another country, but you live in the United States legally. You possess a Green Card, which is your ticket to potentially permanent resident status. But to ensure that you can remain in this country, you have to behave yourself. You cannot commit crimes, because U.S. law treats non-citizens the same [..]

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Cell phone seizure — Legal Tidbit

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is quite clear. It says, in part, “The right of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated …” Let’s stipulate that the writers of the Constitution lived in the late 18th century and they [..]

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Estate Planning: Not everyone needs a living trust — Legal Tidbit

Living trusts provide the best way to ensure that your worldly possessions go to those who survive you, correct? Not really. You can be scammed, duped, tricked by what’s been called a growing underground activity. Be careful, be very careful when preparing a living trust. A living trust basically is an instrument that people develop [..]

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Financial: Writing checks can cost you problems — Legal Tidbit

Here’s a little something you might not ever have considered: Every time you write a check you have given someone your name, your address, possibly your phone number and – in some cases – even your driver’s license number if it’s included on the check. That information, therefore, becomes part of the public domain. It’s [..]

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Legal Tidbits: Estate Planning – Do it yourself will

You’ve heard the saying that “You get what you pay for.” Consider this when trying to work up the terms of your will by yourself: You just might miss something and mistakenly leave all your worldly possessions to an unintended beneficiary. A case out of Florida makes the point. Ann Aldrich had used an E-Z [..]

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Legal Tidbit: Taxation – IRS CP2000 Notice

When the IRS receives tax returns and statements from employers and banks, this information is entered into their databases. It’s then compared for accuracy. When a discrepancy is found, a CP2000 is issued. This form allows the taxpayer to either correct their taxes by paying the difference or explain the inconsistency. Mistakes do happen. It’s [..]

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