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Getting Married Soon?

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There are so many steps that go into planning a wedding and actually getting married that sometimes people forget about the most crucial item – the marriage license. There are so many questions about obtaining your license such as where to apply, when to apply, what is the cost, and is there a waiting period? To answer all of your questions, research needs to be done to ensure that you have the license when you need it. Also, where do we apply for our license if we’re getting married in another state? Can we have the ceremony at the courthouse? … Read More

Property Values on the Rise?

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Has the value of your property gone up in the last year? According to an article published in The Seattle Times on Friday, March 15, 2013, entitled “Look what’s back in your house now,” property values around the country are on the rise. Depending on where you live, the market value of your home may have risen enough in the last year that you now have positive or break-even equity.

As you know, many property values declined dramatically during the last 5 years. However, according to Federal Reserve data, net equity holdings in American homes have jumped since spring 2011. … Read More

Looking for a job in Mississippi?

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If you’re looking for a job in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has a new website “MDES” for job seekers and employers. Potential employees can register online to search for a new job, register for unemployment, review job hunting tips, learn about Veteran’s services, job fairs, and featured employers.

The website also offers tools for potential employers including recruitment services, online job postings, online viewing of job applications, on-the-job training information, unemployment taxes, and work opportunity tax credit information.

If you are new to Mississippi’s employment website “WINGS,” you can follow the registration information … Read More

THE TREND TOWARD INCLUDING PETS IN PROTECTIVE RESTRAINING ORDERS

In recognition of social and criminal justice data, state courts are enforcing protective orders that include animals.  23 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have enacted laws that allow pets to be included in protective orders (AZ; AK; CA; CO; CT; HI; IL; LA; ME; MD; MA; MN; NV; NJ; NY; NC; OK; OR; TN; TX; VT; WA; WV).

 Victims of domestic violence often delay departure from abusive relationships to prevent animal abuse.  Offenders who commit domestic violence often threaten to harm or kill a family pet to prevent a victim from leaving, or punish … Read More

How’s the Air Quality in your State?

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Have you ever noticed a haze in your area and wondered if it’s just fog or unhealthy smog? Smog can be created by a weather condition known as a “temperature inversion,” where the cool air in a valley is trapped by a layer of warmer air above. Temperature inversions prevent the normal release of emissions into the atmosphere thus trapping pollutants at ground level. According to an article by Paul Foy, of The Associated Press, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found the greater Salt Lake City region as having the worst air in the nation during the month … Read More

Can you fire your Public Defender or Court-Appointed Attorney?

If you have been charged with a crime that may result in incarceration and you cannot afford an attorney, the court will offer you legal representation.  Depending on the jurisdiction, a public defender or court-appointed attorney will be assigned to represent you.  Whether a public defender (a paid government lawyer who represents indigent defendants) or a court-appointed attorney (a private practice lawyer hired by the court to represent indigent defendants on an ad hoc basis), both are licensed practitioners in your state.  Regardless of the type of advocate appointed, the attorney will act as your legal counsel.  But what happens … Read More

Need help finding Mr. Right-the CORRECT Mr. Right-when searching in public and court records online?

 Here are some tips to maximize your efficiency and retrieve more accurate search results so he won’t be so elusive!   Due to advances in technology and demand for public and court records, there are multiple sources online to locate individuals  and companies. You can literally profile an individual from cradle to grave-birth record to death notice-as well as determine marital status, criminal history, credit worthiness, professional standing or suspension, even political party affiliation!  Similarly, with a company you can determine ownership, professional hierarchy within the organization, publicly or privately held status, assets, solvency, and compliance with legal and regulatory industry … Read More

Freedom of Information Act Requests Gets Easier

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Obtaining public information from the federal government just got a lot easier thanks to a new federal website launched on October 1, 2012.

The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides the public a way to request information from federal agencies. However, each agency has its own independent records system and its own procedures for handling requests for information. Therefore, each agency must be contacted separately, and when necessary, records are transferred manually between agencies causing lengthy delays for the requestor and additional work for the agencies. For someone requesting information, it is hard to know the proper procedure for … Read More

State Court Records Access-Does the Medium Matter?

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Historically, state courts have offered public access to court records where the information resides-at the local courthouse. Any person willing to travel to the courthouse could request to view and copy records from the court clerk or document custodian in the available format, whether paper or electronic. However, with the emergence of record scanning, data collection and storage, the public has demanded instant delivery of all court documents, including judicial opinions, orders, pleadings, and images. Many state courts have developed web sites and online subscription services to provide virtual access to their records, previously accessible only by physically visiting the … 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