When people pass away, they use a will to confer their assets and belongings to friends and family members. But there are two different kinds of will: a living will, and a last will and testament. Both documents communicate information that the person cannot, but they differ in the agent, the time they take to take effect, and their purpose. 

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Lawsuits and criminal cases aren’t the only situations where you could benefit from consulting with an attorney. There are many common, everyday situations in which you may need legal counsel to help you make the best possible decision, defuse a problem, or understand your legal rights. 

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Every business type is governed by zoning regulations that determine where it can and cannot be built. For example, there are strict zoning requirements regarding adult stores and schools; few parents want their children walking past explicit content every day, so these businesses cannot be located within a certain distance of a school. However, zoning also applies in business and residential areas and can be federally mandated or regionally specific. Keep reading to learn what small businesses need to know about zoning in Colorado before buying that perfect property.

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There's no doubt that photo sharing is the crux of social media. Sites like Instagram and Pinterest are built around the appeal of beautiful images, while photos on platforms like Facebook can boost the reach of a post. In fact, photos on Facebook get 53 percent more likes and 104 percent more comments than text posts, so it pays to find great images to pair with your content.

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There's a common meme around the internet that says a relationship isn't official until you share your Netflix password, and it isn't over until someone changes it. Sharing Netflix passwords has become common amongst groups of friends who want to use the service but can't afford it. Some people even alternate who pays for Netflix each month so that each person only has to pay a few times per year.

However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled in a case that applies to password sharing, making users wonder if this Netflix password community is illegal. Will this put a stop to the internet memes and Netflix circles? Let's dive deeper into the ruling to see what it means.

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More businesses than ever are scrambling to harness the power of customer reviews. Can you blame them? Almost 90 percent of customers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation, and 85 percent of customers read as many as 10 reviews when they're searching.

People want reassurance that they're making a good choice when they buy, and including reviews and testimonials is an easy way for businesses to add content and increase conversions on their website. But what legal steps do businesses need to take when collecting customer reviews and testimonials? What permission do they need, and what incentives can they create? Keep reading to find the answers to all these questions and more.

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People love the novelty of living like a local. Travelers can now authentically experience local culture, enjoy more lodging options than ever before, and get substantially lower rates by booking a short-term rental through online platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. The popularity of these new websites also has given homeowners new opportunities to capitalize on their property and to generate additional income.

Locals, however, are not always so thrilled to welcome partygoing visitors into their streets and neighborhoods. It's understandable that the surge of short-term rentals in Denver has given rise to many concerns. It took two years, but on June 13, 2016, the Denver city council passed an ordinance to regulate and monitor short-term rentals in Denver, officially giving homeowners the go-ahead to rent out their primary residence starting July 1, 2016. As a visitor to the city, it's important to be aware of the new legislation in order to be fully compliant with local law.

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As a business owner, you've worked countless hours to develop a successful brand, an identity that your target market identifies with, and ideas that enable you to stand out in your industry. Whether your company is big or small, however, your brand and ideas might not be immune to theft even so. Since picking up the pieces and rebuilding your identity after it has been copied, weakened, or stolen can prove to be an insurmountable challenge, it's best to put safeguards in place from the start. Discover six effective steps to protect your brand and ideas from copycats.

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Real estate and mortgage scams can cause catastrophic damage to your finances and personal life. Victims of real estate fraud can lose their homes and their good credit, and even end up bankrupt or in debt. By the time you realize you're involved in a scam, the title to your home may already be clouded, which prevents you from using your home equity to bail yourself out of trouble.

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Senior citizen discounts are so commonplace that we rarely consider whether they might be considered discriminatory. Is it legal and ethical to offer special pricing based on nothing but a broad age group? Or are senior discounts a form of age discrimination? Like most legal and ethical issues, the question is not as simple as it seems on the surface. 

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Acting as the executor of an estate is no easy task. Many of the responsibilities that accompany this role can be both time consuming and emotionally draining, particularly if you are also grieving the recent loss of a parent. Named executors do have the right to turn down the job if they don't feel comfortable performing the necessary duties. However, it is an extremely important job that must be taken on by someone who is willing to honor their parent by putting their affairs in order in accordance with their final wishes.

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In the early days of the internet, many web sites treated copyright law as a trivial matter, using whatever images they wanted regardless of whether they had rights to them. As a result, reckless webmasters wound up facing stiff fines and harsh litigation settlements when owners of images sued for damages. You don't want to fall victim to such lawsuits. Here's a guide on the importance of attribution. Do it right or you could be sued.

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All too often, business owners sign a contract only to find out later that the contract had a serious flaw that is costing them time, money, and frustration. If such a situation sounds familiar, you know how important it is to scrutinize every detail of a contract. If you're new to business, you have the opportunity to steer clear of common costly missteps. Here are some common mistakes in business contracts and how to avoid them.

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Many people sign their name to a rental lease without giving it much thought. If you've moved around a lot, you may have gone through the process numerous times and might find it all quite routine. While most leases are fairly standard, this is no reason to skimp on proper care and caution. Don't forget to take these important steps before you sign.

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If you own a vape pen, you need to be careful about when and where you use it. Many vape users are getting in trouble all around the state for using a vaporizer in public, whether or not they're using it for marijuana. If you do use yours for pot, it's even more important to make sure you're vaping responsibly.

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If you're facing civil or criminal charges, you have a lot to think about as you prepare your case. Foremost are the specifics of how your case will proceed. There are significant differences between civil and criminal cases. You'll face different consequences, burdens of proof, and courtroom experiences. Exploring the particulars of each type of case will give you a better understanding of what's ahead if you or someone you know is involved in a criminal or civil case.

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Intellectual property law can get complicated, especially if you're new to the idea. However, there are many aspects of intellectual property law that everyone should be familiar with. Because of that, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand what you need to know about intellectual property law.

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As a digital marketer, you work primarily in an online world. You may collaborate with coworkers and clients remotely, send your invoices digitally, and manage all the essential functions of your business without so much as a single scrap of paper to clutter your desk. You can easily build an entire company around a skeleton staff or become a marketing brand all on your own. While this gives you immense power over the direction of your business, it can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed if something goes wrong.

Understanding civil law as it applies to digital marketing and small businesses will give you an edge in sticky situations. Know your obligations and your rights, so you can navigate troubling times and resolve any potential legal issues confidently.

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For years, community activists and police wondered if temperatures and weather have an effect on crime. Recently, new studies have shown a direct relationship between the temperature outside and the crime rate.

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