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Are there any cautionary measures to be taken by the couples in a live-in relation?

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Couples entering into live-in relations should take vigilant measures to protect their individual rights relating to property, children and so on. Therefore, couples ought to consider getting into a contract about living arrangements so that…

Are realtors who make representations about property liable if their facts are incorrect?

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A California court decision provides a cautionary tale for realtors who make representations about property without doing enough to confirm that they have their facts correct. In that case, a realtor was held liable to the purchasers for $175,000…

Are provisional and non-provisional patent applications different?

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A provisional application only establishes the filing date and expires automatically after one year. A person seeking patent protection may make a provisional application when he/she is not ready to enter the application into the regular examination…

Are premarital agreements enforceable?

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Those agreements that are made in conformity with the requirements of a valid premarital agreement shall be enforceable. Those agreements made without full disclosure or entered into without proper legal advice or under duress or fraud will…

Are last minute Wills or ‘Death-bed Wills’ valid?

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Although a death-bed will may be just as valid and binding, the closer to the death the will is prepared the more likely it is to be challenged by a disappointed beneficiary thus leading to a Will Contest, possibly on the grounds that the person…

Are gas station canopies taxed as real estate?

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Pennsylvania municipalities and school districts impose local property taxes on real estate owners. The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, in an appeal by a gas station operator, has held that lighted canopies can be taxed as real estate. The…

Are digital signatures legally binding?

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Antonio Jobeem recently purchased a single-family home in New Orleans. It’s no big deal, except Antonio lives in Brazil and signed on the "E" line. On line deals can explode now that President Clinton signed the Electronic Signatures in Global…

Are customer identities a trade secret?

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When employees quit, can they take a customer list? Can they open a new business and target their marketing toward the customers of their former employer? What control does a business owner/employer have over records which reveal the identity…

Are credit card late payment fees based on the laws of the state where you reside, or the state where the bank who issued it is located?

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As part of the National Bank Act legislated over 100 years ago, Congress gave nationally chartered banks the power to charge their loan customers interest at the rate allowed by the laws of the state in which the banks are located. When a California…