Archive for September 2012

Will your law degree pay off?

Will your law degree pay off?
I saw a headline recently that said “Five Graduate Degrees that Don’t Pay Off.” I had a feeling that a law degree was on the list, so I clicked on the article. Sure enough, it was there, but a bit more specific.  It said that a law degree from a fourth-tier law school wouldn’t pay... Read more »

The opposite of a class action

The opposite of a class action
In a class action lawsuit, you often see a group of people that could not take on a big corporation on their own come together to fight a wrong that has happened to all of them.  Sometimes you get ripped off for $100 and there’s nothing you can do about it.  But if 10,000 people... Read more »

Does your soon to be ex have brain control?

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There is no case more emotional than a divorce, especially when child custody is involved.  Sensible people go from normally being rationale to acting as if they are dealing with the boogie man (or woman). Not a day goes by when I don’t hear something along the lines of, “My husband tells me that if... Read more »
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Postnuptial Agreements on the Rise

Postnuptial Agreements on the Rise
Postnuptial agreements appear to be more popular these days, according to a recent poll of divorce attorneys, and it may be partly because of the economy. Postnups, like prenups, keep assets and property separate between spouses and dictate who gets what if the couple splits. The difference is that a postnup, as the name implies,... Read more »

Should you tell a friend that they shouldn’t marry someone?

Should you tell a friend that they shouldn’t marry someone?
I really feel like I won the lottery when it comes to my wife.  I say this because I can’t imagine anyone better for me.  I also say this because we got married at a relatively young age and even though we’ve both changed over the last 16 years, we still love being together. I... Read more »

How Can Drew Peterson’s Loss Help You If You Are Arrested?

How Can Drew Peterson’s Loss Help You If You Are Arrested?
I was shocked that Drew Peterson was convicted.  It’s not that I thought he was innocent, but I didn’t think the prosecutors had the goods to get a jury to find him guilty.  You can know that someone is a scumbag and probably committed murder, but proving it with only the evidence in court is... Read more »
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Poker: Is it Luck or Skill?

Poker: Is it Luck or Skill?
According to a federal judge in New York, it’s more of a game of skill, which is why a man on trial for running an illegal gambling business is off the hook. He was charged after authorities discovered his warehouse poker club, where players paid $300 for a seat at a table and he kept... Read more »
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