Asset Division In Divorce

When the legal state of marriage is ended by divorce, legal commitments by the couple - property, debts and more - must be resolved. While laws vary by state, the divorce process generally involves distinguishing 'community property' that was jointly owned by th... read more

Power of Attorney

What is a power of attorney and how does it work? To keep a board game running while one player takes a break, that player could say to another 'roll the dice and move for me.' They are granting the second player power to act fully within the game rules. This... read more

Alternatives To Litigation

While there's no concrete answer to how long a lawsuit process might take in court, US cases take over a year on average, and cases running 5 or more years are not unheard of. The load of cases before state courts has increased over time, and staffing has not. ... read more

What is Litigation?

In US law, one party can bring a lawsuit against another party in court. In civil cases, the party bringing the suit -- called the plaintiff -- generally claims to have incurred loss through actions of the other party - the defendant. In criminal cases, the ... read more

Rent-To-Own Agreements

Picture this agreement between two players in a board game: 'If you land on my property 10 times, pay $5 more each time, and then you can buy it for $200.' The first player still owns the property for those 10 turns, but the second player has secured a set pri... read more

Rental Application Rights

A landlord renting a property has rights in selecting a tenant. Tenants also have rights about the factors that can be considered in selection. While most landlord-tenant issues are governed by states and localities, Federal fair housing laws apply to tenant s... read more

Eviction Rights and Rules

The conditions and steps involved in a landlord forcing a tenant to leave a rented property - 'eviction' - are defined by state and local laws. As both landlord and tenants have legal rights, eviction requires methodical and documented steps. Unpaid rent would... read more

Understanding Tenant Rights

Renting home or business space from an owner comes with legal rights and responsibilities. The landlord can't do 'anything they want', and neither can the tenant. Federal, state and local laws all apply. Under the Federal Fair Housing Act, tenant applications ... read more

Landlord Rights & Responsibilities

A landlord owns property that is rented or leased to someone else - the 'tenant' or 'lessee.' Both responsibilities and rights for landlords are defined by law - usually state and local codes in the US. Responsibilities for landlords may cover property, contr... read more

What is an S Corporation?

In US law, corporations are organizations authorized to act as a legal entity. US and state tax laws allow a special 'S Corporation' tax status that changes how corporate taxes are handled. The government taxes regular 'C' corporations directly on their profits... read more