What is Elder Law?

Elder law is a fairly new and growing area of the law and focuses on the legal issues that come with aging. Some of the most common legal questions that arise are in regard to Medicaid nursing home planning, guardianships, and conservatorships. Medicaid Nursing Home Planning One of the most difficult decisions many families face is whether to put a loved one in a nursing home. Family members try to […]

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Google Glass: Use of wearable technology in the workplace creates the need for updated workplace policies

Wearable technology is becoming more and more present in our technologically-based society. Google Glass is “smart eyewear” featuring a small computer built into a pair of glasses. Google Glass functions much like a smartphone, but users see a visual display in their line of vision and operate the device with voice commands. The glasses provide a hands-free way to be fully connected to technology at all times. After being in […]

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Bill Would Allow Strip Searches for Misdemeanor Crimes

In a 2012 decision, the Supreme Court evaluated the constitutionality of jail policies that required all inmates, including inmates suspected of minor offenses, to undergo routine strip searches prior to their admission to the general inmate population. Several organizations comprised of jail officials, among others, submitted amicus curiae briefs in which they outlined the risks that accompany the admission of inmates to the general population. Deferring to their judgment and […]

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Immigration: The Effect of Slyusar v. Holder on the “Incredible” REAL ID Act

What was the exact date of your first hair cut?  If you cannot remember and you are an asylum applicant, you may have just earned yourself a deportation order back to the country you were fleeing.  Under the REAL ID Act of 2005 (Act), Immigration Judges (IJ) have an “incredible” amount of power and latitude when making credibility determinations.  With the implementation of the Act, any inconsistency in an applicant’s story is reason […]

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Creativity, 3D Printing and the Law

The marketplace for handmade and unique items is expanding thanks to websites like Etsy, eBay, and Pinterest.  These sites allow crafty entrepreneurs to reach a large network of consumers at a very low cost.  The use of 3D printers is becoming increasingly popular and has the potential to expand the marketplace for handmade and unique items even further.  Previously only available to large-scale producers, 3D printers are becoming more economical and provide artists […]

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E-3 Visas: An Alternative to the H-1B Lottery

Both the H-1B visa and the E-3 visa allow U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations, however the differences between the two are important for employers to understand. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) place a cap on available H-1B visas at 65,000.  Within five days from the start of the filing period, USCIS received 124,000 petitions.  A lottery determined which petitions were selected, subject to few exemptions.  With […]

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Healthcare’s Small Business Tax Credit: Is your Small Business Eligible?

Healthcare’s Small Business Tax Credit: Is your Small Business Eligible? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a tax credit for small businesses that choose to offer healthcare to their employees. The tax credit has been available since 2010 and helps to offset the cost for companies providing the benefit.  Small business owners that provide healthcare should take advantage of the credit, if possible, while those that are considering […]

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Deciphering the Healthcare Law

Healthcare in the United States is changing rapidly, but the details, thus far, have been murky at best.  The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the subsequent United States Supreme Court ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius have created more than their fair share of confusion.  The Act itself is 2,409 pages, not including the additional 55 pages of the Healthcare […]

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