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Three Things You Cannot Include in a Prenuptial Agreement

"My husband will perform all dish-washing duties for the duration of our marriage." Guess what? You probably can't include that in your prenup, as tempting as it is. Prenuptial agreements are versatile. Though, what you can put into your agreement may vary. Prenup laws are mostly state-dependent. They're also mainly meant to address asset division and a couple's finances. So what can't you put in your prenup agreement? 1. "I waive all child support duties." No. You do not. More specifically, you can't. Child support and child custody issues typically cannot be included in prenuptial agreements. This is considered a matter of public policy. After...

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Are Hookah Bars Still Legal?

That's the real question you should be asking, as the law treats hookah smoking and cigarette smoking the same, as they are both tobacco products regulated by the same statutes. As cigarette smoking decreases, hookah use seems to be rising, particularly amongst the younger generations, possibly contributing to the perception that hookah bars are legal while cigarette smoking is not. This is actually not the case, as many hookah bars operate illegally. The reason for this is the state of smoking laws across the country. Smoking bans operate on a city, county and state level, prohibiting tobacco smoking in workplaces, with minor exceptions. In jurisdictions with such...

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CA. Woman Wins $10K in Honda Small Claims Suit

Heather Peters won her Honda small claims lawsuit on Wednesday, earning a $9,867 judgment from a California state judge. Peters brought the small claims suit after opting out of a proposed settlement in a Honda class action. The company was accused of overstating the fuel economy associated with its hybrid vehicles. To settle those claims, the car manufacturer proposed a $200 settlement. It would also provide covered hybrid owners with a $1,000 nontransferable credit towards a new car. Peters got the better deal, and actually received almost all of what she asked for -- the $10,000 small claims maximum under state law. Her case...

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU TWEET! The Government May Be Watching

If you've been making anti-American jokes on Twitter, it's time to stop. The Department of Homeland Security may be after you. British tourists Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and Emily Bunting, 24, were stopped at Los Angeles International Airport last week after going through customs. Agents arrested the pair and interrogated them for 12 hours. They were then deported over Twitter jokes. Those jokes were made by Bryan, who tweeted at a friend, "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?" He was trying to make plans before he went on vacation. "Destroy" is slang for "party," according to the New...

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Do You Make These 5 Landlord Mistakes?

Renting out property is not easy. You have to deal with a wide web of laws, a variety of professionals and tenants. It can be a lot to manage. Which is why landlords often make mistakes -- and the same ones, at that. Most try to stay on top of the law, but things change. Other laws are just open to legal interpretation. Not sure if this applies to you? Consider the following landlord mistakes to see if you need to modify your behavior. 1. Using a generic lease. It's easy, but it's not custom. Your property and needs are unique, and only...

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ATTORNEY JEFFREY D. STEARMAN RATED “SUPER LAWYER” FOR 3rd YEAR IN A ROW

The results have just been announced. For the third year in a row (2010, 2011 & 2012), Attorney Jeffrey D. Stearman of Fullerton, Calif. has been nominated and named to Super Lawyers 2012. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super...

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What Can You Do About a Neighbor’s Car Alarm?

If it's not your alarm clock, you don't want to hear it. And even if it is your alarm clock, you probably want it to stop now. Which is kind of the point -- beeping car alarms make it impossible to sleep. They wake you up at all hours, and continue on for minutes at a time.  So how do you make them stop? Doesn't incessant beeping break some sort of car alarm law? Quite possibly yes! But you should probably talk to your neighbor before you go all legal. It's the polite thing to do. If that doesn't work, you have the...

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Top 5 Tax Reasons Not to Get Married

As marriage rates continue to decline in the United States, unmarried couples may be looking to the IRS for an excuse to stay unhitched. That's because in this day and age, love and marriage also go together with adverse tax consequences, attorney and tax planner Jeff Schnepper writes for MSN Money. Unmarried couples who cohabitate may end up paying less in taxes than married couples, Schnepper suggests. How does that happen? The answers can be found in five of Schnepper's top tax reasons not to get married. The "Marriage Penalty." This comes into play if a couple gets married and files jointly....

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! New Year, New Cell Phone, DUI Laws

As it does every year, January 1st marks the changing of the guard. New laws will become effective, and others will phase out. Sometimes you'll notice, and other times you won't. It usually depends on your state. But January 1, 2012 will bring high-profile changes at both the federal and state levels. Parts of the Affordable Health Care Act will come into force, and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will cease to exist. Statewide voting restrictions are widespread, and hands-free cell phones are becoming the norm. Here's what you have to look forward to in 2012. New Voting Laws in 2012 For anyone who wants...

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Only ONE-HALF of US Adults Married, and Dropping

Americans are getting married later and less often, according to a new study. Only 51% of adults are married, and only 20% of those aged 18 to 29.  Though marriage is down, cohabitation is up. More couples are either not marrying or are living together before tying the knot. Unfortunately, such living arrangements present a slew of legal issues for the persons involved. However, cohabitation agreements can help fill in those gaps.  Unmarried couples who live together have none of the rights granted to married persons. Property rights, spousal support and power of attorney are not automatic. A well-written cohabitation agreement...

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