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Look for the Helpers

07/17/2021 Lori Duff 0

Usually I try not to mix the law[1] and my humor pieces[2], but sometimes the world forces me to do it.  I came across a federal court decision which contained this language: “Humor is an […]

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Legalese — Passing a Bicycle

07/10/2021 Lori Duff 0

Now that it is July, the laws that were passed in the last legislative session all come into effect.  Since “ignorance of the law is no excuse” and since it is virtually impossible to keep […]

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Legalese – Overdose Help

06/27/2021 Lori Duff 0

More than once, someone was in danger of dying of a drug overdose and didn’t seek medical attention because they feared prosecution more than they feared dying.  Or maybe the person overdosing wasn’t the person […]

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Legalese — What is Drug Court?

05/29/2021 Lori Duff 0

You may have heard about drug courts or DUI courts or mental health courts – what are they exactly?  These are not really separate courts, they are handled by existing courts and existing judges, but […]

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Legalese — Citizen’s Arrest

05/01/2021 Lori Duff 0

What can you do if you see someone commit a crime and there aren’t any police officers around?  Do you have to just let the bad guy go?  Can you make a ‘citizen’s arrest’ like […]

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Legalese — Removing Bad Reviews

04/05/2021 Lori Duff 0

Lots of people have called me over the past couple of years wanting me to do ‘something’ about what they believe to be an unfair and certainly unflattering Yelp or Google review.  While this isn’t […]

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Legalese — Funeral Processions

03/06/2021 Lori Duff 0

I’ve had a number of people asking me what they are supposed to do when they are sharing the road with a funeral procession.  Obviously, you should show respect, but that can vary under different […]

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Legalese — Disbarment

02/06/2021 Lori Duff 0

Lawyers are members of bar associations.  Some bar associations, like each individual State’s Bar Association, require mandatory membership if you want to legally practice law in that state.  Other bar associations are voluntary.  These can […]

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Legalese — The Pledge of Allegiance

01/10/2021 Lori Duff 0

The pledge of allegiance is something that most of us learned in school.  I remember it being a rote part of mornings, something we did with hand over heart, not really thinking about the words.  […]

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Legalese — Separation of Powers

12/27/2020 Lori Duff 0

Most of us are aware of the three branches of government – the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial.  However, other than the basic awareness, it seems from many social media posts, often by people […]

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Legalese — Electoral College

12/13/2020 Lori Duff 0

Most Americans are under the impression that when they cast a vote for their choice for their candidate in the Presidential election that they are voting for that candidate directly.  They aren’t.  Our system is […]

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Legalese — Strict Scrutiny

11/21/2020 Lori Duff 0

If you are a nerd like me and you follow not so much the news but the inner workings of the court battles that the news then reports on, in the past week you have […]

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Legalese — Cottage Food Business

11/08/2020 Lori Duff 0

I know, I know.  Your grandmother made the absolute best brownies.  She cracked the code in brownie making, and everyone says that you should sell them using her recipe. You make a mean muffin, too, […]

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