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On October 24th, businesses big and small gathered in Reno, NV for the 6th annual Existing Industry Awards from the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). We are excited to say that LegalMatch was nominated for the Company of the Year – Small, award! While we did not win this year, instead Gyford Productions LLC took the prize, we at LegalMatch are excited to be nominated for the award. EDAWN is an organization that encourages business growth in Reno, Sparks, and Tahoe (Western Nevada). It was founded in 1982, and since then it’s focus has been on creating higher... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at LegalMatch Life
It's the spookiest time of the year... and time for LegalMatch's annual Halloween Costume Contest! Here are the winners from this year: 1st Place - The Addams Family They're creepy... they're kooky... and they're Beck Pemberton as Gomez Addams, Summer Lawson as Morticia Addams, Lexi Brown as Grandma Addams, David Ouelette as Cousin It, Don Stierwalt as Uncle Fester, William Hales as Lurch, Jeremey Voehl as Pugsly Addams, and Christine Ermis as Wednesday Addams from the Reno Office. 2nd Place - Mermaid Chanel Bates from the Reno Office knows that flipping your fins doesn't get you far. 3rd Place -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at LegalMatch Life
One of the most common questions about divorce, or any legal procedure, is “how does this work?” That is, what is the divorce process? Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at LegalMatch: Family Law
Retirement benefits can be tricky to divide during a divorce. Unlike other assets, retirement benefits are often intangible – they are not physical objects that can be given or kept from the other party, they are often controlled by third party administrators, and any dividends they yield may not be realized for decades. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at LegalMatch: Family Law
With social media becoming a big part of the economy, public discourse, and the average person’s life, there would inevitably be an increased pressure to scrutinize those connections. The Trump administration has approved of social media checks as part of its new immigration vetting procedures. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at LegalMatch: Immigration Law
Divorce has always been contentious, but social media has added a new twist. During the divorce, couples may find their e-mails, text messages, tweets, and Facebook postings used against them. These social media posts will often be attached to legal briefs and memorandums as exhibits and evidence for the public record. Over the last several years, three major issues have come up around social media that divorcing couples should be aware of before they click “send” on their phone or laptop. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at LegalMatch: Family Law
Christopher Wheeler was ordered to spend 180 days in jail for contempt of court after he refused to open his phone to authorities investigating the potential child abuse of his eight year old daughter. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at LegalMatch: Criminal Law
After repeated campaign claims that Obama’s executive order on immigration was an extreme overreach of executive power, it doesn’t come as a surprise Trump has issued an executive order of his own that runs contrary to what Obama was trying to accomplish. In the wake of several questionable orders that have incited national outrage, San Francisco is fighting back and has filed a lawsuit against Trump in an attempt to block the order that would defund sanctuary cities. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at LegalMatch: Immigration Law
The Internet is a relatively safe place where it is unlikely you will see content that would offend you or that is illegal, such as videos celebrating animal abuse and child pornography images. This protection from offensive content is possible in part due to the efforts of Microsoft’s Online Safety Team. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at LegalMatch: Employment Law
This past summer, America watched in horror as the news broadcast the story of a mass shooting that resulted in the death of so many innocent lives. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in our history. Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at LegalMatch: Criminal Law
Google is infamous for all of the perks that they offer to their employees. Employees can grab lunch at one of the many restaurants at their sprawling business campus in Mountain View. If an employee has a new baby, they get over a month of paid leave regardless if they are a father or a mother. However, not all things at Google are amazing for their employees, namely some of their employee confidentiality policies. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at LegalMatch: Intellectual Property
We use the internet every day, but we don't always think about the sheer breadth of information we share with strangers assuming they are taking steps to protect that knowledge. As much as we like to think that businesses are taking all the steps necessary to protect our private information from hackers, and they often are, many times this simply isn't the case. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at LegalMatch: Intellectual Property
With the new year coming up, politicians across the country are busily introducing bills with the hope to create new laws promoting their agendas and fulfilling their many campaign promises. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at LegalMatch: Government
Since 1973 when the Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortions through its decision for Roe v. Wade, state government and reproductive rights groups have battled over every aspect of the abortion process from at what pregnancy stage a woman can get an abortion to all of the steps she needs to take before she can actually have the abortion. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at LegalMatch: Government
A 3-year-old girl was left partially paralyzed after being left in a wrecked vehicle for hours after a 3-vehicle crash. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at LegalMatch: Criminal Law
A restraining order is a court order placed against a person. It instructs (requires) the individual to either do, or not do a specific action. There are typically for types court orders that are used in situations that involve domestic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at LegalMatch: Family Law
Mississippi lawyer tried to pursue because a Popeye’s chicken failed to provide him with a knife for his drive-through order. Yes, you read that right. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at LegalMatch: Personal Injury
No one likes speeding tickets, despite their necessity as a way to enforce speed limits. They are expensive, often costing upward of $100, and usually lead to other costs, such as traffic school and increased insurance costs. Additionally, a speeding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at LegalMatch: Criminal Law
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch argues there’s no equal protection violation because the law is based on the citizenship of the parents rather than the gender. When a child is born to parents of two nationalities, there will inevitably be competing interests. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at LegalMatch: Immigration Law
The rock group Led Zeppelin has just recently prevailed in a long fought copyright infringement lawsuit brought against them by the estate of Randy California—a member of the band Spirit. The lawsuit dealt with the opening chords of what is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at LegalMatch: Intellectual Property
Similarly, if it the work falls outside this period of time, then it is in the public domain. As neither The Wizard of Oz nor Gone with the Wind have yet to fall within the public domain, the owner has a right over them and can initiate lawsuits over anyone who impermissibly makes use of the work. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at LegalMatch: Intellectual Property
The fashion industry has undergone many changes over the decades, yet the legal framework remains stagnant. Intellectual property is an avenue by which clothing designs can be given legal protection. Design patents can grant protection to a novel and unique design, but as most forms of design are functional, this is hard to accomplish. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at LegalMatch: Intellectual Property
The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, that when a foreclosure action is dismissed, the state’s five-year statute of limitations is reset. Now, mortgage lenders may bring subsequent foreclosure actions against borrowers for an additional five years after the suit has been dismissed if the borrower ceases payments. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at LegalMatch: Real Estate
On a less shocking note about the 2016 Election, several states have enacted new state tax laws. In recent years, there has been a trend towards direct democracy when it comes to state taxes. Instead of elected officials making new tax laws, states have allowed voters to choose whether to increase taxes on their ballots. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at LegalMatch: Business Law
Although Costco has lost for now, they have made it clear they will appeal the judgment. Once they do, Tiffany’s trademark will again be in jeopardy. When a brand name becomes so well known that it is used interchangeably as a name for a class of product or service, so much so that they have lost their initial distinctiveness from that or service, that brand name has become generic.This kills the trademark. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at LegalMatch: Intellectual Property