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Legal Help for Seniors

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Many businesses and government agencies give special treatment to people over a certain age. That age limit is usually around 60, 65, or somewhere in between. If you’re a “senior”, an “elder”, or otherwise in that category, you can usually get discounts from private enterprise on things like meals, hotels, and movie tickets. From the government, you can get a lifetime pass to National Parks for only $10.

When it comes to the justice system, seniors don’t get any breaks. If you’re accused of a crime, or sued for damages, the law only cares about your age if you’re a … Read More

Mental Illness Commitments

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Our 2008 blog post about mental illness cases introduced two aspects of that topic. Last month we covered Mental Health Courts – specialized court programs which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some criminal offenders with mental health problems. For those offenders, their mental illness may have been a contributing factor in their commission of a crime, but is not severe enough to warrant commitment to a mental institution.

In order to be committed, a mentally-ill person must be dangerous to himself or herself or to others, or be unable to care for himself or herself. Criteria … Read More

Mental Health Courts

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Lately there have been a disturbing number of news reports about mentally-ill people being shot by police. The need for better training of police to deal with the mentally ill has been amply covered by other blogs. But mentally-ill people who survive their encounter with law enforcement have a chance for better treatment from the court system – and that’s where this blog comes in.

Back in 2008 we touched on two different aspects of court procedure involving people with mental health problems. A court system’s involvement with a mentally ill person may occur when the person is facing involuntary … Read More

Birth and Death Records

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Do you need a copy of your birth certificate or a copy of a parent’s death certificate? Well, there are a number of ways to get those types of documents using our website.

Generally, birth and death records are available at the state level and county level. If you know where the birth or death occurred, you can usually obtain the document either by mail or in person from the pertinent county office. Using our websites “Birth Records Resources” and “Death Records Resources,” you can access online resources for all 50 states and each county within … Read More

Fraud Alerts and Consumer Complaints

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Have you or someone you know been contacted by mail, email or phone with an offer that sounded too good to be true? Are you worried that a senior loved one might fall victim to a fraud or scam? Well, the Washington AARP recently unveiled a new scam notification system allowing people to sign up for AARP fraud alerts available by phone or email. According to an article in The Seattle Times, by Jack Broom, Seattle Times staff reporter, the service will be available to people of any age. AARP Washington worked in conjunction with law enforcement agencies to set … Read More

Are You Registered to Vote?

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With the upcoming presidential election, it is more important than ever to register to vote. Traditionally, registering to vote required a paper application, either mailed or delivered to the County Courthouse. However, a number of states are now offering online voter registration.

On September 19, 2012, the State of California launched a new online voter registration system. According to the September 20, 2012, article by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, there are 6.5 million California residents that are eligible to vote but have not registered. The California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen hopes that the new system will ensure greater … Read More

Maryland Launches Online Business Tool

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The State of Maryland has recently launched a website for purposes of generating economic growth in the State.  The site is designed to provide information about available financial incentives and increase governmental transparency of the state’s business development offices.  The “Finance Tracker” site allows users to view current recipients of Maryland business loans which includes name of business, loan amount, type of loan, number of promised jobs, location of business, and more.

 The Finance Tracker is just one of the available links on the State’s “Choose Maryland”  site.  The site is designed to help business owners … Read More

Searching for a Physician?

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Do you need to find a physician that specializes in a certain field? Are you new to an area and want to find a doctor within a certain distance from home? Has your doctor ever been cited for disciplinary actions or do you wish to file a complaint? These are all questions that can be answered using the links on our “Professional License Records Resources” website.

Most states provide a search of physician licenses; although the type of information and the amount provided varies by state. Some of the states providing physician searches are: “California Medical BoardRead More

More Court Records

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More and more court records are finding their way online, and many of them are free. We’ve talked about court records in general; see Court Records Basics, What to Know Before Searching Court Records Online,  About Criminal Records and Where to Find Them, Using Court Records for Background Investigations, and Small Claims Case Records.

We’ve talked about some of examples of the many different state court records searches; see Electronic Access to Florida Court Records,  Online Access to Virginia Court Cases, McHenry County Illinois Online Court Access, Online Access to Maryland Probate Read More

Find Great Deals at Government Auctions

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Do you ever wonder what happens to property that is no longer needed by government agencies or that has been seized by police? Various federal, state, and local government and law enforcement agencies across the country sell these items through public auction sales. Government auctions are completely free and open for anyone to attend and participate. These sales provide buyers an opportunity to obtain products at bargain prices while generating much needed revenue for the government.

Government auctions are conducted both on-site and online. On-site auctions usually include expensive items such as cars, SUVs, boats, and aircrafts. The advantage of … Read More