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A Fact-finding Family Court Hearing Requires Special Notice to Pro Se Litigants

courtroom.PNGThe average person sometimes does not understand the legal consequences of their actions. To deal with that, the law has several "built-in" procedures to protect the average citizen from making mistakes of serious legal consequence.

How Joint Are Joint Accounts?

contract.jpgMany couples choose to have joint accounts where both spouses contribute funds. A joint account allows each of them to deposit and access those funds. Some spouses contribute equally, while other times, one spouse contributes more or even all of the funds. But what happens when one spouse uses the joint account to secure a debt - meaning that if the debt is not paid, the joint account can be used to satisfy the debt - that belongs solely to him? Does the other spouse have to go along with it and lose everything in the account? What if she or contributed most of the funds in the account?

Tipping Wages for Restaurant Employees - What Are Your Rights?

money.jpgOne of the aspects of American culture that first shocks tourists is tipping. In many countries, tipping is not a natural part of a cab ride, hotel assistance, or a meal at a restaurant. The tip is considered to be factored into the bill. Most people in the U.S. don't completely understand how tipping factors into wages for workers, even though it's an unspoken fundamental understanding of our culture. Part of that might be because wage laws become much more complicated when tipping is involved. The rules about what is a tip, how much an employer must pay an employee if tips are involved, and tipping pools can be tricky and even may vary from state to state. But there are some basic rules worth knowing if you have a job that involves or relies on tips.

Playing by the Rules

palimony.jpgIt is often said that you have to know the rules of a game to play it well. A recent decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division, Sawa v. Sawa, exemplifies this principle and insists that you must know the rules and play by them. The case concerns a defendant father and his motion for reconsideration of a lower court's decision that denied his request to modify alimony.