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Why do you Need an Employee Handbook?

An employee handbook is given to employees by the employer to communicate the organization culture, mission, and values. Creating an employee handbook can seem like a daunting task, fortunately, many benefits come from having one. All employee handbooks should be customized to fit your organization and how you conduct business. Copying another employer’s handbook or one you find online can cause more harm than good…. Read More

What is the FIT Program?

What is the FIT Program? Stephanie Noronha explains the FIT program or Families In Transition program. In cases that involve custody disputes, the court will typically order the parents to attend a FIT program. FIT program purpose   The FIT program is designed to teach parents the emotional stress that their children sometimes go through as they during a separation and divorce. This can… Read More

What is a Plea Bargain?

What is a Plea Bargain? Mark Palumbo explains that criminal cases often end with a plea bargain. A plea bargain is a negotiation with your attorney and the State’s Attorneys Office to determine what is an appropriate charge that the defendant will plead guilty to. Example: Often times there will be multiple charges in a case. An common example of a situation with more… Read More

What is an Abstract of Title?

What is an Abstract of Title? A title abstract is a report of the history of the ownership of a piece of real property. The title abstract contains various documents such as deeds, deeds of trust/mortgages, judgments, liens, and encumbrances. Generally, these documents are public record and are recorded in the land records where the property is located. When someone purchases  real estate, it is… Read More

What is a Payable on Death Account?

What is a Payable on Death Account? A payable on death account, also known as a poor man’s trust,  is an account in which you are in total control. You will be able to control your money and determine who will be titled the beneficiary of the account. In the event of your death, the asset of the account will be passed directly to the… Read More

What is a Statute of Limitations?

What is a Statute of Limitations? The statute of limitations is a law which sets forth the time period in which a lawsuit must be commenced. The limitations period begins to run when a cause of action is said to accrue. Meaning that the aggrieved party becomes aware of the facts that have given rise to that cause of action. What happens after the… Read More