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Do I Have to Accept the Job of Executor of a Will?

Most jobs we take on in life are those we seek. Occasionally, we are thrust into a job we never asked to have or just don't feel equipped to handle. Serving as the executor of a will and fulfilling the tasks associated with administering the estate of a deceased loved one might fall into this category.

Sessions Rescinds Policy on Federal Prosecution for Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that he is rescinding an Obama-era policy on federal prosecution for marijuana offenses in states where the drug is legalized.

Previously, federal prosecutors were discouraged from interfering in states that have legalized marijuana unless an offense was particularly serious. This allowed people to grow, sell, purchase and use marijuana in these states without fear of federal prosecution. This may no longer be the case now that Sessions has freed federal prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws.

Sessions Rescinds Policy on Federal Prosecution for Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that he is rescinding an Obama-era policy on federal prosecution for marijuana offenses in states where the drug is legalized.

Previously, federal prosecutors were discouraged from interfering in states that have legalized marijuana unless an offense was particularly serious. This allowed people to grow, sell, purchase and use marijuana in these states without fear of federal prosecution. This may no longer be the case now that Sessions has freed federal prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws.

Can I File a Lawsuit After a Slip-and-Fall Accident?

This time of year means shopping and navigating your way along uneven sidewalks and snow in Pennsylvania. And that means more slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents.

If you or a loved one falls and is injured at a shopping mall, parking lot or on someone else's property, you need to know your legal options. One option is to file a negligence claim against the property owner. Below, we examine the elements you must prove for a successful claim:

Preparing for Divorce in 2018

Studies suggest that divorce inquiries and filings increase in January, just after the holiday celebrations. Well, it's January and if you find yourself on the verge of a divorce, there are steps you can take to be prepared, to anticipate and avoid missteps that make the process more complicated and expensive. Below are three ways you can prepare.

What Can Make a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Lawsuit Difficult To Pursue?

The law provides that a person injured by another person's recklessness or negligence has a right to seek monetary compensation for losses suffered. The compensation can be for any of the following reasons: pain and suffering, wages lost, and costs associated with recovery, including bills for medical care and equipment.

The physical evidence of most accident injuries tends to be obvious. Broken bones, serious lacerations and many internal injuries are largely irrefutable. However, survivors of traumatic brain injury often don't show any immediate outward signs of the damage. TBI issues may not appear for weeks or even months and then appear as cognitive or emotional impairments.

Should Doctors Lose Their Licenses Because They Won't Use Computers?

There are many legal requirements with which health care workers must comply as part of their professional duties. Failure to do so may result in the loss or suspension of their licenses to practice, even if patients are satisfied with the care they provided.

Increasingly, these professional duties include utilizing various technological tools to do such things as track prescriptions and update medical records. Doctors who prefer analog methods to digital methods could face challenges to their licenses.

Facing Drug Charges? 3 Mistakes That Can Make the Situation Worse

If you are accused of a drug-related offense, you are innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, people often do things after an accusation that can make their situation worse. In this post, we will look at three mistakes to avoid if you are accused of drug use or possession in Pennsylvania.

How Proposed Tax Reforms Could Affect Alimony

Alimony tax deductions could disappear under the House of Representative's recent tax reform plan. Currently, individuals who pay alimony receive a tax deduction, and those who receive it must include it as income on their tax returns.

Under the House's bill:

  1. Individuals paying alimony would no longer be able to claim it as a tax deduction and may be inclined to seek lower payments.
  2. Individuals receiving alimony would not need to include alimony as taxable income.
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