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Legalese — Don’t Block the Box

03/16/2020 Lori Duff 0

Sitting as a Municipal Court Judge, one of my primary duties is to hear traffic court cases.  There seems to be a lot of confusion about what happens at intersections in terms of who has […]

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Legalese — Why Get Married?

02/02/2020 Lori Duff 0

Marriage.  Sometimes it can seem like an outdated concept.  “It’s just a piece of paper,” I hear people say.  “I don’t need the state or the church telling me we’re committed to each other.” It […]

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Legalese — Statutes of Limitation

01/19/2020 Lori Duff 0

Statutes of limitation are generally understood as something that limits you in the amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit or a charge against someone.  But what do they mean exactly?  A lot […]

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Let Your Freak Flag Fly

01/11/2020 Lori Duff 0

The phrase, “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” has been tumbling around my head for a while.  It pops in, unbidden, shouting, commanding, drowning out other, more hesitant phrases.  I have decided to make it the […]

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Legalese — You Can’t Shoot a Thief

12/23/2019 Lori Duff 0

There was a headline recently that indicated that it was not ok to shoot someone who was stealing packages off your front porch.  This headline provoked a lively debate on social media about self-defense, defense […]

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Legalese — Reverse Mortgages

12/08/2019 Lori Duff 0

Reverse mortgages are things that have come up a lot lately, and there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about what they are and how they are used, so I thought I’d explain the […]

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Legalese — Women and Credit Cards

11/11/2019 Lori Duff 0

There are a lot of rights that have been around long enough that we take them for granted.  But truly, they haven’t been around all that long.  Any right that only came into being during […]

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Legalese — Emoluments Clause

10/26/2019 Lori Duff 0

“Emolument” is another one of those words that has been popping up a lot on the news and in social media that has a very specific legal definition, so I thought I’d talk about it […]

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Legalese — Impeachment

09/28/2019 Lori Duff 0

Impeachment is another one of those words that you hear a lot on the news and on social media a lot lately, and with varying degrees of accuracy.  I thought I would take the time […]

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Legalese — Bad Checks

09/14/2019 Lori Duff 0

If someone writes you a bad check, can you have them sent to jail?  If you accidentally bounce a check, can you be arrested for it? Well, not exactly, or, rather, not immediately.  The criminal […]

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Legalese — Immigration and Asylum

08/31/2019 Lori Duff 0

Since immigration seems to be such a hot topic these days, especially asylum seekers at the border, and since I know very little about immigration, as I don’t practice that area of law, I thought […]

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Legalese — The Person You Trust

07/27/2019 Lori Duff 0

Many times people come to me wanting to give authority to someone else to do something.  It might be a financial power of attorney, it might be a medical power of attorney, it might be […]

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Legalese — Equitable Caregiver

06/29/2019 Lori Duff 0

For many years in my law practice, I have had to disappoint a lot of wonderful people.  These people are step-parents, same-sex partners, and friends and relatives who have stepped in to take over when […]

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