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Crazy Idaho laws? No, just made-up Internet “fact”

I got sidetracked last night after the kids went to bed, because I ran across an article claiming, “These 14 Crazy Laws in Idaho Will Leave You Scratching Your Head.” Among the crazy laws claimed by the site are that it is illegal in Idaho to fish from the back of a camel or a giraffe. Apparently, […]

What to do when a loved one passes

The loss of a loved one, whether anticipated or not, is an awful experience accompanied by a variety of emotions — pain, anger, relief, guilt, and anxiety just to name a few. I am not qualified to help you work through a number of those emotions. But, I can help you understand the legal issues you might […]

Moving with kids?

One issue that frequently arises in child custody cases is where one parent wants to move a significant distance away from the other parent. These “move cases” might arise when a parent needs to move for economic reasons, or when the parent wants to move (such as to be nearer to friends or family). Where a […]

Why pay for a lawyer? Can’t I do it myself online?

When I speak on the topic of estate planning, I am frequently asked why someone should hire a lawyer to prepare an estate plan. “Why can’t I just do it online through someone like LegalZoom for a lot less money?” In my mind, this is a bit like trying to perform your own dental filling […]

Create a Financial Cheat Sheet

In my last post, I urged you to write down your wishes for a funeral or memorial service. This week, I’m encouraging you to create a financial cheat sheet for use by your loved ones should something happen to you (either death or disability). Write down or type up the following: The location of important legal […]

Get Your Billion Back? Reality check.

I was struck by the H&R Block ad campaign, claiming that Americans who did their own tax paid an extra billion dollars last year, enough to put $500 on every seat in every pro football stadium in the U.S.  I got to thinking about how, while that sounds like a lot, and seems to imply […]

What are CCRs?

In a recent post about dealing with your neighbor when it comes to fences, I mentioned “CCRs” as one possible location for information or rules governing your placement of (and payment for) fencing.  One reader inquired regarding what CCRs are — thus this post. CCR is, of course, an abbreviation for Credence Clearwater Revival, an […]

Learned Lawyer in the news

I’ve been in trial this past week and I’ll be there for the week to come. We received some attention from the associated press. Apparently this same story (or a similar one) ran on Thursday in papers around the country!

FMLA follow up

What do the U.S., Lesotho, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea have in common? Here’s a hint: it relates to my last post on the Family Medical Leave Act. Stumped? Those four countries are the only ones that do not mandate some form of paid leave for new parents. Happy mother’s day!

How can they get away with that?

Yesterday a client asked me a very good question.  We were talking about something bad someone has done recently, which seems to be a clear violation of the law.  She asked, “How can they get away with that?” What does it mean to “get away” with something?  It means to do something bad and not […]