Mediation, instead of Litigation, BECAUSE of the pandemic? The pandemic restrictions have triggered more alternative dispute resolutions in the place of litigation. Federal, state, and local laws and legal systems are adapting as quickly as possible to new realities in the wake of the pandemic, but not fast enough. The courts, cornerstones of our government’s…

Electric bills increase, Look into Solar Many people have recently received a notice from their electric company indicating that the cost of electricity is SIGNIFICANTLY going up at this time. Clearly electric companies are passing on their significant costs or repairs from the most recent storm. I know people that have told me their electric…

“Cutting a deal with creditors” A credit card collection agency was calling an individual non-stop seeking a payment on an old debt. The individual asked me to contact the creditor to try to negotiate a settlement. I was able to get the creditor to accept a significant discount to resolve the debt. That is not…

Mediator vs. Attorney in a divorce In the current Covid-19 environment some things with the courts just do not make sense. If a lawyer files an uncontested divorce, there are several legal steps that need to occur. If that same uncontested divorce is filed by a MEDIATOR, then a lot less steps need to occur….

Before Going to a Hospital Nine Things to Know Before Going to a Hospital (from a Legal Perspective) A trip to the ER can be chaotic and scary, but getting your ducks in a row now can definitely help. So, you’ve waited for a global pandemic to start to thinking about your estate planning needs? …

Home Office Tax Deduction Can You Take the Home Office Tax Deduction? You should determine whether you qualify for this valuable tax break, whether you’re self-employed, freelancing or working remotely because of the coronavirus. A growing number of people now work from home. People are saying this is our “new reality” or at least until…

Crazy High E-ZPass Fees I have had many people contact me to discuss very high E-ZPass fees. Suppose you drive over a bridge where there is a $10 fee. Something goes wrong with E-ZPass billing and they charge you an ADDITIONAL $100 for each time you went over the bridge. You eventually receive an invoice…

Automobile Lease Return Problems! I have had several people call me with an automobile lease return problem. During Covid-19, the dealership was not open to take back the leased automobile on the due date. Drivers were told to return the automobile later, and that no additional fees would apply. Later, when the dealer took the car…

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