Civil Law

Civil Law, Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Over the Line: Misplaced fences, roads and other boundary disputes

Over the Line: Misplaced fences, roads and other boundary disputes There’s an old saying, “Good fences make good neighbors.” While that may be true normally, sometimes a neighbor’s fence is out of place and on your side of the property line. Encountering a boundary dispute with an adjacent neighbor is a fairly common issue for landowners. There are many ways…

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Civil Law

Someone Placed A Lien on My Property, What Can I Do?

Having a lien placed on your property can be detrimental to the title of the property. A Materialman’s or Mechanics lien will “cloud the title” of the property. This means that the lien will appear in public records. This also means that any lien must be paid off before you, as the homeowner, can sell, refinance, or borrow against the…

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Civil Law

What is Title IX?

What is Title IX? Title IX is a group of federal statutes which govern the rules of conduct for individuals enrolled in education institutions, among other things.  Institutions that fail to comply with federal Title IX provisions may lose federal aid.  Title IX provisions require that the campus Title IX office to investigate allegations of sexual harassment, assault, or other…

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Business Law, Civil Law

Should I have an attorney review my small business contract?

wh Law frequently reviews vendor and sale contracts for family-owned and small businesses.  We do so to ensure that the contract is clear and to ensure that the contract actually provides protections for you. In addition, wh Law drafts contracts for employers looking to provide contracts to their employees. In doing so, wh Law draws on its experience litigating employment…

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Civil Law

A Construction Contract That Makes Sure You Get Paid

Many contractors still believe they can work off a handshake and an estimate. Those days have long passed, and a construction contract is needed today more than ever to protect you and your interest as a residential contractor or subcontractor. Will the form contract I got off the internet work? Sites such as Rocketlawyer seem like they are the perfect…

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Civil Law, Family Law

How Do I Serve Someone?

  “It may be the devil, and it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” – Bob Dylan Although I think Dylan was making more of a theological statement than a legal one, it is true: At some point point in your life, you are probably going to have to serve someone. You might as well know…

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Civil Law, Criminal Law, Family Law

How Do I Keep Someone Away From Me?

It’s no secret: Family quarrels bring out the worst in people. Many have said that family disputes are usually pretty good people on their worst behavior. In a perfect world, people would have their dispute, reach a reasonable compromise, and then leave each other and each other’s stuff the heck alone. But we do not live in a perfect world—not even…

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Civil Law, Family Law

Can You Serve Someone Through Facebook?

Apparently so—at least in New York. Here’s the gist of the story from the Socially Aware blog: In a little-noticed decision, Matter of Noel v. Maria, Support Magistrate Gregory L. Gliedman—a Staten Island, New York family court official—recently permitted a father seeking to modify his child support payments to serve process on the child’s mother by sending her a digital…

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Civil Law, Family Law, Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 3

Or, as an alternative title—”another slightly cynical, non-obvious way for a new lawyer to justify his existence.” Here’s the third (the first and second are here and here, respectively) and final installment thinking through Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” So what’s the third reason we need lawyers? We need lawyers because people are going to fight…

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