Cook County, Ill., to Monitor Juvie Probationers 24/7

By Brett Snider, Esq. Cook County probation officials are making a technological upgrade for juvenile probationers, implementing 24-hour monitoring for those on house arrest. Up until now, young offenders placed on electronic home confinement faced only part-time monitoring, enforced manually by juvenile probation officers doing in-home checks. The round-the-clock monitoring of these offenders will……

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Going to Work Stoned? 3 Legal Points to Ponder

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. With recreational marijuana becoming decriminalized and even legalized in an increasing number of states and cities, marijuana use may not be the clandestine activity it once was. But what about showing up to work high on pot? A new poll conducted for the website Mashable by SurveyMonkey found that……

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Legalese From A to Z: 5 Legal Terms Beginning With ‘J’

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. To understand how the law applies to your situation, you first need to understand the specialized terms used by lawyers and judges to describe the law. Known as legalese, these legal words and phrases can often seem obscure or overly complex, but that’s why we’re here. Our ongoing series……

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10 Laws You Should Know If You’re in New York

By Brett Snider, Esq. Ah New York, there’s really no way to fake the Empire State. And that’s certainly true of its laws.But even if you’re not a native New Yorker and are just visiting or passing through, you should definitely have a basic understanding of New York’s legal structures. Don’t be one……

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5 Things a Domestic Violence Lawyer Can Do (That You Probably Can’t)

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. Victims of domestic violence can often feel trapped in the situation because of the presence of children, a lack of resources, or simply fear of more severe abuse if the victim tries to leave. There are, of course, many self-help resources for victims of domestic violence, such as the National……

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Ferguson Grand Jury Gets Until Jan. 2015 to Decide

By Brett Snider, Esq. The grand jury considering the officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has been granted an extension, giving them at least until early January to decide how to proceed. The St. Louis County grand jury has been evaluating evidence since late August, and though they were originally slated to……

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Joan Rivers’ Estate Plan: $150M to Daughter, Grandson, Dogs

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. Under late comedian Joan Rivers’ estate plan, the majority of her of $150 million fortune will reportedly pass to her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. However, Rivers also made sure to include plans for her four dogs in her will, reports the New York Daily News. Though the $35……

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For NASCAR’s Tony Stewart, Fate Is in Grand Jury’s Hands

By Brett Snider, Esq. For NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who struck and killed fellow race-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in August, his future in criminal court lies in the hands of a New York grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo announced this week that his office would be submitting the case……

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Bumped in the Parking Lot? 3 Ways to Recover for Dents, Dings

By Brett Snider, Esq. Many drivers practice what’s known as “parking by Braille”: They keep moving until they feel a bump. And those bumps may be more meaningful for car owners who come back to find their cars dented and dinged. In the best of all possible parking worlds, some sort of fairy……

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