If you rent a house or an apartment, it's very beneficial to know the laws that protect tenants. Hi, my name is Sally Riddell and when I moved into my first apartment, I wanted to make sure that I knew all of the laws concerning the rights of tenants. I researched tenant laws and I also spoke with a family friend who is a lawyer to make sure that I understood my responsibilities and rights as a tenant. Because I knew this information before I started renting my apartment, I felt confident when signing my rental agreement. If you're considering living in a rental home or apartment, I suggest that you read my blog first. If you are already renting, this blog will also help you if you ever have any concerns.

Working A Part-Time 1099 Job? Should You Pay Estimated Taxes?

16 June 2016
 Categories: Law, Blog

If you've recently taken on a part-time contracting gig to earn some extra money, you may be excited about having a new stream of income and enjoying the relative ease with which you can now pay bills. Unfortunately, this extra income can come with some extra costs as well. While most W2 jobs will withhold federal and state income taxes (along with FICA taxes for Social Security and Medicare) from your wages, self-employment requires you to make these payments on your own -- either through estimated tax payments due quarterly during the calendar year or in a lump sum before April 15 of the following year. Read More …

Considering A Swimming Pool Lawsuit? Here Are 3 Things You Need To Ask Yourself

11 May 2016
 Categories: Law, Blog

Swimming pools are meant to be enjoyable and fun, but they can also be very dangerous. Between 2011 and 2013, there were roughly 390 drowning deaths among children between the ages of 0 and 14 each year. During that same time period, there were nearly 5,000 people who were treated in the emergency room for drowning-related injuries. If you or a loved one are injured at a swimming pool, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit. Read More …

Alternative Routes To Having Children: Legal Factors You Should Keep In Mind

23 April 2016
 Categories: Law, Blog

When you have been trying to have children naturally for a prolonged period of time but have been unable to successfully conceive or carry a child, you are likely looking for alternative options for having children. Fertility treatments may lead to the successful harvest of eggs or even the creation of fertilized embryos suited to in vitro implantation. However, if you are planning to go down this route or may need a donor for eggs, sperm, or to carry the child, then there are several legal factors that you will need to consider as you go about the process. Read More …

Four Things You Should Do When You’re Patent Searching

1 April 2016
 Categories: Law, Blog

Patent searching is one of the most important steps in successfully filing a patent that's going to ensure the intellectual prominence of your venture or discovery into the future. You need to make sure there's not already an existing patent related to your accomplishment before you invest time, energy, and money into filing a patent. Patent searching is definitely a skill that you'll need to invest some time into sharpening. The following are four things you should know to do from the get-go for the best possible results: Read More …

Four Things You Can Do To Prevent Your Insurance Company From Taking Advantage Of You After An Accident

16 March 2016
 Categories: Law, Blog

Insurance companies typically have extensive experience with analyzing claims and detecting loopholes that could allow them to avoid paying out large amounts for medical treatments. You need to know what some of these potential loopholes are in order to avoid giving your insurance company an excuse not to honor your claim. The following are four things that you need to make sure you're doing so that you can prevent your insurance company from taking advantage of you by denying your rightful claim: Read More …