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How Life Insurance May Impact Your Estate Planning

If you are like most people, you probably only have a vague understanding of the purpose that life insurance is supposed to serve. And you may not know that life insurance may impact your estate planning. So when you start thinking about Wills, Trusts, advance...

Adoption

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What is the Process to Adopt a Child?

Legally adopting a child Understanding the legal process to adopt a child can help you make important choices about your options. The legal process and related costs to adopt varies depending on the type of adoption, state law, and a number of other factors....

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What Rights & Responsibilities Do Adoptive Parents Have?

What are adoptive parents' rights? Adopting parents will assume the same legal rights as birth parents when the adoption is finalized. The adopted child will be seen as the biological child of the adoptive parents in the eyes of the law. As such, it’s essential to...

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Thinking About Adoption? 3 Things To Consider

1. What are the most common legal obstacles to the adoption process? Birth parents and consent Seeking to adopt a baby can potentially present complications for adoptive parents. Sometimes a birth parent will change their mind and challenge an adoption. Most states...

Banking

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Take Action Now to Reduce Your Debt

When bills and collection notices pile up they begin to feel insurmountable. If you are struggling with debt, know that you are not alone; millions of people in the U.S. and Canada are also struggling with debt. Renowned figures like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson,...

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Student Loans: 10 Things You Need to Know

As the cost of higher education continues to rise many students require financial assistance to pay for school. For many students, a significant portion of their financial aid consists of student loans. Both students and potential co-borrowers need to understand the...

Billing Disputes

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The No Surprises Act: What You Should Know

The No Surprises Act targets medical bill surprises If you’re like most Americans, “invoice” is probably your least favorite word. “Surprise invoice,” though, is on a whole different level of nightmare. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, you’ve probably at least...

Child Custody

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Co-Parents: 6 Tips to Share Child Custody this Summer

Co-parenting during the summer It’s officially summer, and in addition to the freedom of wearing bright colors and white pants again, families have the freedom to spend more quality time together with the school year out of the way. Cue family vacations, s’more...

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How Are Child Custody Arrangements Made?

Best interests of the child Child custody arrangements are usually made through a court-approved agreement, or through court orders following a hearing or trial. Child custody arrangements or parenting plans are legal documents that are either approved or mandated by...

Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law, Minors

Civil Litigation

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Depp v Heard Trial: What is Defamation?

Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial, explained It seems like all of America is tuning in to watch Johnny Depp and Amber Heard battle it out in a defamation trial to uncover the truth of abuse in their year-long marriage. While a lot has happened since the beginning of...

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Understanding the Small Claims Court Process in 5 Steps

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that sometimes, people don’t pay you what they owe. This, obviously, applies to so many situations, from late rent to contractually owed amounts to money owed for work done. There’s a perfect venue for such disputes, especially if the...

Consumer Finance

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Renting an Apartment as a College Student

College life is exciting, stressful, and busy all at the same time! Add finding a place to live to your list of things to do, and you may feel like you’ve reached the end of your rope. Renting an apartment can be daunting, especially if this is your first time...

Coronavirus

Coronavirus, Small Business

Divorce

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How to File for Divorce

Nobody plans to get divorced when they first marry each other. But over time, things happen to cause huge rifts in the marriage. Many couples find themselves blindsided when divorce becomes a serious concern. No matter why divorce happens, it can be complicated,...

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7 Tips When Going Through Divorce

The pandemic has taken a toll on marriages It’s no secret that since the pandemic began in 2020, the world has taken on a lot of stress. Much of that tension falls on relationships and marriages, and there has been an uptick in divorces in recent years. In fact,...

Employee Rights

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Your Guide to Employee Rights

When it comes to work, everyone expects to be treated fairly and enjoy the work they’ve been hired to do. But unfortunately, many Americans are subject to cruel and illegal treatment by their employers. Whether it’s wrongful termination or sexual harassment, or many...

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Wrongful Termination: What is it?

Employees are sometimes wrongfully terminated from their jobs. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as discrimination, retaliation, or simply because the employer wants to get rid of the employee. If you have been wrongfully fired from your job, there are a...

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Random Drug Testing at Work. What are Your Rights?

It's no secret that random drug testing is becoming increasingly common in workplaces across the United States. Since federal laws mandated employer-issued drug guidelines in 1988, companies across the country have rushed into compliance. But what are your rights when...

Estate Planning

A man and a woman considering life insurance for their estate plan.

How Life Insurance May Impact Your Estate Planning

If you are like most people, you probably only have a vague understanding of the purpose that life insurance is supposed to serve. And you may not know that life insurance may impact your estate planning. So when you start thinking about Wills, Trusts, advance...

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Essential Estate Planning Documents

None of us can prepare for every twist and turn in life. But as you age, it’s essential for you to make a plan for your property, loved ones, finances, and other affairs. Creating estate planning documents may sound daunting, but once the process is done, you get to...

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Considerations While You’re Planning for Retirement

Retirement offers extensive time to explore new places, pursue passions, or simply enjoy more freedom. Ideally, you get to stop working and start living the dream. But if you haven’t begun planning for retirement ahead of time, you may find yourself in a bind. It’s...

Family Law

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Signing a Daycare Contract

If you are a busy parent of a small child, you know how essential daycare can be to make your family’s life easier! As you drop your little one off for the day, you want to rest easy knowing they are in good hands. A daycare contract is critically important for you...

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Why College Students Need a Durable Power of Attorney

Parents of college students know how stressful it can be to have a child away at school. Whether it’s the beginning of their university adventure or they are seasoned under-grads, it’s never too late for you to help your child with their financial and medical needs,...

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Elder Law: Top 5 Things to be Aware Of

Keep elder family members legally protected by being informed about elder law. See how LegalShield's plans help you answer tough legal questions. Elder law is a general term for a very important area of legal practice. You may wonder when, why, and how it may apply to...

Family Law, Home Buying, Home Selling, Small Business

Family Law, Minors

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Legal Responses & Consequences of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become an all-too-common event in daily life. The Pew Research Center tells us that 66% of all Americans have witnessed online harassment, while 41% have experienced it themselves. Who are the bullies? They can be your classmates, co-workers or...

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If Your Child is Being Bullied, School Policy Can Help

Since 1999, every state has passed laws to address the problem of school bullying. Public awareness about bullying and the harm it causes has increased, and many school districts have adopted anti-bullying policies. Yet, bullying has become an even greater problem. To...

Guardianship

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Types of Guardianship & What Will Work for You

Seeking guardianship for a loved one is a request to the court for decision-making power about where they will live, the medical care they will receive, or how they will handle their finances. Choosing a guardian itself is difficult, and sometimes an emotional...

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What is a Legal Guardianship & What is its Purpose?

Sometimes, a loved one is unable to take care of their own physical and financial needs Legal guardianship is established when a person petitions their local court to allow them to act on behalf of a loved one who cannot make decisions on their own, and usually refers...

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How to Obtain Legal Guardianship

Family courts assign legal guardianship for minor children under the provisions set by state laws. There are several situations that may prompt parents to appoint a legal guardian for their children. In some cases, a parent may suffer from an illness or disability. In...

Home Buying

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What to Look out for When Buying a Home

How to avoid home buying missteps Trying to buy a home is exciting and a little bit terrifying, and possibly overwhelming for those unprepared for the work and the details. If you’re new to the home-buying process or just unfamiliar with what’s involved, it can be...

Home Selling

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How to Start the Legal Process of Selling Your House

Selling a home, just like buying one, is among the largest financial transactions you will undertake. It can also be the most stressful, given that you’re dealing with relocation at the same time. To help make it all go a bit easier, here are the 10 essential steps to...

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9 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Attorney to Sell Your House

Many homebuyers find themselves asking, “Do I need a lawyer to sell my house?” While hiring a real estate attorney to help you navigate the home-selling process may seem like a luxury, and an expensive one at that, it may be essential. In fact, many states require...

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What is the Best Time of Year to Move?

Not all of us have the luxury of choosing when to move, but if you’re undecided on your moving date, there are many perks to moving in different seasons.  You’re close to setting a moving date and you know your basic moving costs and you’re getting ready to pack up....

Identity Theft

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Protect Yourself from Cyber Monday Scams

Cyber Monday has surpassed Black Friday as the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. As a result, online shopping scams and legal disputes have greatly increased. It is important to do your homework and protect your holiday shopping budget from...

Landlord/Tenant

Mature couple in the process of moving. Woman is talking on a smartphone to inquire about moving insurance.

Do You Need Moving Insurance?

Moving is a huge project, even if you are just moving across the street. If you are hiring movers to help, that adds a whole new layer of complexity. Movers are professionals, but accidents can still happen. Getting insurance for moving will help protect you from high...

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What is Renters Insurance and Why is it So Important?

If you are renting your home, you already know about the struggles that renters face. You may have dealt with leaky pipes, A/C problems, issues with the rent, landlord/tenant arguments and more. But renters insurance might be something you have not thought much about....

Living Will

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The Importance of a Living Will

What is a Living Will? A Living Will is an important health care document in estate planning as it provides clear and unambiguous directions of a person’s healthcare wishes at a time when they cannot speak for themselves. It avoids uncertainty when emotions are...

Young couple looking at a Will document in their kitchen

How to Cancel a Living Will

A Living Will is a vital component in your estate-planning efforts. As important as writing a Living Will, is knowing how and when it is effective, who can change it, and who can revoke it. A Living Will, also known as an advance directive, is a document that guides...

Marriage

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What is a Common Law Marriage?

If you are in love with someone, you may be wondering about your options as you plan to start your life together. Legal marriage is not always the preferable fit for some couples. If you are seeking an official relationship status without the paperwork, you may aim...

A newly married couple discussing the woman's name change.

What is a Maiden Name vs a Married Name

Marriage can change everything. When people wed each other, they begin sharing bills, responsibilities, joys, sorrows, and everything else that life brings. In many cases, the married couples will even share the same last name. Often, the woman in a marriage is the...

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The History of Gay Marriage

At LegalShield, our mission is to make access to justice available for all. We want to give people the legal access they deserve, when life throws legal concerns their way. We’ve assisted millions of people and businesses in protecting their rights for over 50 years....

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Pacific Missile Range Facility contractors Albert Niau-Kanahele and David Planas move donations to be shipped to Maui to help wildfire victims, at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Hawaii, Aug. 13, 2023. PMRF, located on the island of Kauai, began collecting donations in the wake of the devastating wildfires on Maui. (U.S. Navy photo by Lisa Ferdinando) Taken on Aug. 13, 2023

Supporting Maui Wildfire Recovery Efforts

Photo credit: Pacific Missile Range Facility contractors Albert Niau-Kanahele and David Planas move donations to be shipped to Maui to help wildfire victims, at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Hawaii, Aug. 13, 2023. PMRF, located on the island of Kauai, began...

Is That Even Legal Podcast with Attorney Bob Sewell

The Future of Legal Services: Lawyers by Subscription?

Interview with LegalShield CEO Warren Schlichting on the Is That Even Legal? podcast   “The law impacts almost everything we do, several times a day. Sometimes we break the law and don’t even know it! Attorney Bob Sewell explores what is legal in today’s society...

Minors

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Back to School: Everything Parents Need to Know This Year

COVID-19 and back to school 2022 Backpacks, check. School supplies, check. But what else do you need to cross off to make sure your child is prepared for a safe and healthy school year? Over the past few years, the pandemic has changed a lot within schools, and...

Woman petting dog on porch

Animal Protection: How to Give Justice to Pets in Need

A viral video has shocked and upset pet lovers online Recently, a hard-to-watch video has surfaced online revealing a man beating his dog in the back seat of his car outside a gas station in South Ft. Meyers, Florida. The Lee County Sherriff’s office filed a civil...

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Cyberbullying on Social Media: 5 Tips for Prevention

Begged people to stop cyberbullying her In a recent post, a celebrity pleaded for cyber trolls to stop bullying her on social media, saying, “I beg of you, truly…I’m minding my business, I don’t do anything, I don’t say anything.” It’s no secret that social media has...

Real Estate

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Common Legal Questions to Ask Following a Hurricane

Photo above: Hurricane Idalia gradually intensifying on the morning of August 29, 2023. ABI imagery from NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite (Source: Wikipedia). After a hurricane makes landfall, you probably have a lot of questions about insurance and repairs. Understanding the...

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Real Estate Housing Market 2023 – What You Need to Know

The US housing market has been a wild ride for the last few years. If you’ve been keeping up with real estate market news, you know that it is difficult to make an accurate housing market forecast. But homeowners, buyers, sellers, landlords, brokers and more are all...

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Do You Need Moving Insurance?

Moving is a huge project, even if you are just moving across the street. If you are hiring movers to help, that adds a whole new layer of complexity. Movers are professionals, but accidents can still happen. Getting insurance for moving will help protect you from high...

Small Business

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Celebrate Small Business Week 2023

At LegalShield, we support entrepreneurs every day, but we’re particularly excited about Small Business Week 2023 from April 30 – May 6. Small business owners and communities across the country are invited to participate in National Small Business Week and support the...

Small Business Debt Collection

Taxes

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Considerations While You’re Planning for Retirement

Retirement offers extensive time to explore new places, pursue passions, or simply enjoy more freedom. Ideally, you get to stop working and start living the dream. But if you haven’t begun planning for retirement ahead of time, you may find yourself in a bind. It’s...

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How to File a Tax Extension

Taxes, taxes, taxes. Around this time of year, taxes seem to be all you can think about. But even if they are constantly on your mind, it’s easy to miss the window when you are supposed to file the paperwork. What happens if you miss the deadline to file your tax...

Traffic Violations

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8 Tips for Rideshare Drivers to Protect Themselves

Passenger attacked driver over canceled rideshare A rideshare driver captured a disturbing video on his dashcam while driving one March night in southern Los Angeles – after arguing about a canceled ride, his passenger repeatedly attacked him. The driver received a...

Uncategorized

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5 Things Elon Musk May Tweak on Twitter

Less censorship on Twitter It’s official: Elon Musk is buying Twitter for $44 billion in order to preserve free speech and limit censorship on the platform. Censorship is defined as “the suppression of any parts of books, films, news, etc., that are considered...

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Photographic Privacy: Can You Take That Picture?

In the age of the internet and all things public, it might feel like your right to snap photos anytime is absolute. But is it? Let’s take a look issues surrounding privacy in regards to photography and videography. Intrusion upon seclusion Contrary to what popular...

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Protect Yourself with 2016’s Top Legal Tips

Each year 57 million Americans experience some type of legal event. These events range from creating a Will to dealing with a speeding ticket. Understanding the nature of these issues will help you avoid problems and handle whatever comes your way. The following tips...

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