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Landlords Beware of the Companion Animal  

By Feb 26, 2020 Posted in Articles

Generally, landlords have the authority to prohibit tenants from bringing a pet onto the rental premises.  Conversely, landlords may utilize a lease provision which requires a tenant to pay a pet security deposit as well as a monthly fee to keep the pet in the rental unit. However, a situation may arise where a tenant requests to live with a companion animal as part of a treatment plan for a mental or emotional disability. The Fair […]

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Should We Put This in Writing? Enforceability of Oral Contracts

By Jan 29, 2020 Posted in Articles

Common public perception is that no legally binding contract exists between two or more parties who engage in a “handshake” deal absent a written agreement.  However, a court may rule that oral contracts are enforceable.  The party seeking to enforce the contract must establish three basic elements:  an offer, consideration, and acceptance of the offer.  Consideration is either a benefit given or to be given to the person who makes the promise [or some other […]

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Medical Liens Affecting Personal Injury Settlements

By Dec 4, 2019 Posted in Articles

Dealing with the aftermath of an automobile accident can be an exhausting endeavor. Besides making arrangements to repair or replace your vehicle, you must deal with both the at-fault driver’s insurance company and your insurance company, schedule and attend medical appointments to assess potential injuries, and possibly consult with an attorney to protect your legal interests. Complications inevitably arise when an automobile accident victim has zero to minimum health insurance coverage.  Specifically, the victim most […]

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Damages: What’s the Value of My Personal Injury Case?

By Nov 4, 2019 Posted in Articles

Damages: What’s the Value of My Personal Injury Case?  After sustaining an injury, there are many obstacles to overcome during the road to recovery. Specifically, an accident victim will have doctor appointments, medical bills, unanticipated missed work, and adjustments to daily living activities. Moreover, dealing with the aftermath of injuries can also contribute to depression. If the injury was caused by a negligent individual or business, then the injured party has to make a decision whether […]

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Resolving a Claim with Your Insurance Company: The Release of Liability

By Oct 14, 2019 Posted in Articles

Has your insurer ever presented you with a release of liability?  Did you take the time and effort to carefully read the entire release prior to signing?  Did you completely understand the contents of the release? Were you comfortable signing the release? The reality is most individuals hastily sign on the dotted line to quickly obtain payment without thinking twice about the potential legal consequences. A common situation involving releases of liability occurs when an insurance […]

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How to Prepare Yourself to File for Divorce: Part 1

By Sep 24, 2019 Posted in Articles

How to Prepare Yourself to File for Divorce:  Part 1 In this two- part series, we focus on your (1) your children and (2) your finances.  Part 1 –  Children If you find yourself in a position of facing a divorce, you may be wondering what the next appropriate steps are to protect yourself or possibly your children. Unbeknownst to many, there are steps one can take to protect themselves even before filing for divorce.  […]

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Proper Steps to Follow After the Inevitable Automobile Accident

By Sep 10, 2019 Posted in Articles

Whether commuting to and from work or dropping off children at practice, the typical American motorist drives approximately 30 miles per day, making two trips with an average total duration of 46 minutes. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute). Nobody anticipates getting into an automobile accident, but the reality is that most motorists will experience some type of car accident sooner or later. The best mindset for motorists is to expect the […]

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Social Media and Your Family Law Case

By Jun 19, 2019 Posted in Articles

Social media has been continually evolving and transforming into an outlet for people to share anything and everything about their lives. Posting on social media can be a way to connect with others, however, it is crucial to understand that anything said or posted on social media may be used against you in your divorce proceeding. Now, more than ever, attorneys are using social media posts as evidence in divorce proceedings.  Typically, it is recommended that clients completely refrain from posting on social media for numerous reasons. Social media […]

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Article 3: New Tax Law: Impact of the Child Tax Credit and Dependency Exemption Under the New Law

By Apr 2, 2019 Posted in Articles

ARTICLE 3: NEW TAX LAW: IMPACT OF THE CHILD TAX CREDIT AND DEPENDENCY EXEMPTION UNDER THE NEW LAW Previously, in divorce proceedings, the question of which parent would claim the children for tax purposes had been a contested issue. The reason – the exemption was financially beneficial for the parent that received it. For example, the dependency exemption for a “qualifying child” in 2017 was $4,050, which equated to a significant exemption for the recipient. Typically, […]

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Congratulations to Shannon Simpson on receiving a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating for 2019!

By Mar 18, 2019 Posted in Articles

Simpson Legal Group, LLC Receives Peer Review Rating™ for Shannon Simpson from Martindale-Hubbell® — Legal Profession’s Most Prestigious Rating Service Recognizes Simpson Legal Group, LLC —  Simpson Legal Group, LLC today announced it has received notification from Martindale-Hubbell that Shannon Simpson has received a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM for 2019.             Shannon Simpson was given an “AV” PREEMINENT RATING from her peers, which means that she was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal […]

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