Monthly Archives: November 2008

Keep Tabs On Government Spending Through Public Records

It has been reported that every year, the federal government spends approximately $400 billion in grants and $300 billion in contracts to state and local governments as well to corporations. This money comes from funds collected from us, the taxpayers. Do you ever wonder whether your government is using your tax dollars wisely? Perhaps you are just curious about exactly who the recipients are of all those billions of dollars. By utilizing your access to public records, there are ways of finding out who is and who isn’t receiving federal funding

In 2006, a law passed, called the Federal Funding … Read More

The Role of Community Property in Divorce

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According to many sources, the divorce rate in America is approximately 50%. It is a staggering number, especially when you consider that many of these cases, there is often a correlated draining legal component. While the length of a divorce proceeding will vary from case to case and state-to-state, one constant nagging portion of the divorce procedure is the splitting of property. One of the most controversial property division laws occurs in community property states. States that follow these laws include Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Two important words to understand in the division … Read More

New Federal Register Site Provides Online Access To Documents!

With the housing crisis, banking crisis, unemployment crisis, and all the other general crisis that our country is facing, the government is constantly in a scramble to create new legislation to deal with the current mess. There is so much paper work, proposals, and legislation, that most of us everyday people don’t have a clue about half of what is going on. With the Freedom of Information Act, as citizens, we are granted the authority to make document requests of public documents. However, making such requests can often be time consuming, and even costly. Furthermore, if you don’t have the … Read More

Class Action Lawsuits

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In litigation situation, there may be more than one party affected. It is not uncommon for a case to involve multiple plaintiffs and/or multiple defendants. There is a special name for cases where with multiple plaintiff’s: Class Action.

A class action lawsuit occurs when more than one person with a similar “injury” file a lawsuit against a person or entity. The injury does not necessarily have to be physical, it can also be financial. Common class action categories include injury from a defective product (products liability), breach of contract, securities fraud, and employment discrimination. The individuals who initiate the lawsuit … Read More

Environmental Records

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The state of the environment has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. According to many reports, ice caps are melting, climates are rising, and polar bears are dying. In addition to those pressing matters, there are also environmental issues that could risk your immediate health within your neighborhood, or even on your own property.

Environmental records searches can produce information that could help you determine the quality of the environment that surrounds you. You could use these records to keep you and your family safe. Environmental records searches can include information such as superfund sites, … Read More

Discover Your Rights with Self-Help Resources

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Do you know how to file a lawsuit with a court, the correct way to perform service of process, or how to create a parental plan in a divorce and custody case?  An attorney is not necessarily the only person who can effectively answer this question.  Although it is very advisable to seek legal advise from a professional, especially for complicated matters, there may be self help options you can also turn to.  Even in circumstances where you enlist the help of a qualified legal professional, using self-help services can provide you with an arsenal of knowledge to help you … Read More

Identifying Business Structures

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Knowing what type of business a person is or was involved can provide valuable information. Business records can produce information on business contacts, business locations, start date, end date, and much more. One interesting piece of information available to uncover through business records is the actual business type. The type of business a company is operating as can tell you a lot about how the business is taxed, how many people could be involved, and liability responsibility.

The most common types of business structures include Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company, Partnership, and Corporation.

Sole Proprietorship: In a sole proprietorship there … Read More

Commercial Courts

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With high profile business violations such as those found with Enron and the rise of technology and internet companies including million to billion dollar mergers or lawsuits it seems that legal issues involving business are a regular part of the news.  Also, if you are a business owner, you know that legal issues may eventually become a part of your world.

Often court proceedings involving business transactions or business relationships can become very complex and time consuming.  As such, many states, including New York Oregon have created special divisions that are specifically responsible for business cases.  These divisions are usually … Read More