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As the FDA approved Covid-19 vaccination becomes more readily available, some are skeptical of the vaccine or avoid vaccination for personal reasons. Just as we saw unprecedented legal issues arise as the pandemic grew, we will likely see more now that a vaccine is available. Learn more about your rights in relation to the Covid-19 vaccine in this article.…
How will COVID-19 affect forbearance agreements? The CARES Act included provisions to protect homeowners from foreclosure, but those provisions are set to expire on December 31st, 2020. Without an extension, a significant percentage of homeowners will lean heavily on their forbearance to bridge the gap. …
What if the immigration judge doesn’t rule in my favor? Will I face deportation? We cover these questions, as well as how to appeal a judge’s decision, what to do if you think the immigration judge made a mistake, and at what point is your immigration case is fully closed.…
This article will discuss employee privacy rights when working from home. We will answer the following questions: Do employees have any privacy rights when working from home?, How much can an employer monitor your work-from-home activities?, Do workers have the right to know what their employer monitors?, and Can my employer monitor my activity on my personal device?…
Courts in Iowa sometimes appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in cases involving custody, juvenile law, and some cases involving persons under certain legal disabilities. The GAL’s role is to represent the interests of the minor or person with a legal disability. This representation takes various forms depending on the type of case. Generally it is to participate in the case on behalf of the child’s best interests. In this article, we will discuss: What does a GAL do in a Child Custody Case?, When will a GAL be appointed in a child custody case?, and Who pays for the…
This article will provide a legal checklist for employers and employees in a remote working environment. We will cover the following topics: Maintaining nondiscriminatory work-from-home policies, How to monitor employee productivity and communications, Proper timekeepingIs overtime still applicable for remote work?, Enforcing breaks, Are employers required to provide equipment for remote workers?, Sick pay, OSHA requirements when working from home, Maintaining disability accommodations, and Work-from-home versus remote work…
This article will discuss how changes under the SECURE Act can improve small businesses’ access to retirement plans. We will answer the following questions: What is the SECURE Act?, What monetary incentives does the SECURE Act give small businesses?, How does the SECURE Act increase small business access to retirement plans?, and What other benefits are found in the SECURE Act?…
With a new year come changes to legislation. This article will cover recent changes to estate and probate law in 2021, including: Changes in Transfers of Real Estate in Iowa, What is a Directed Trust in Iowa?, and Guardian and conservator law changes since January 1, 2020.…
This article will discuss how the Secure Act may affect your retirement in the years to come. We will answer the following questions: What is the SECURE Act?, How will the SECURE Act affect my retirement accounts?, Does the SECURE Act give greater access to retirement accounts?, and How will the SECURE Act affect inherited retirement accounts?…
Burglary is a common crime in Iowa. When most people think of burglary, the probably think of someone sneaking into a building at nighttime to steel from the property. While this would probably constitute burglary, the legal definition is broader. In this article, we will discuss: The elements of the crime of burglary; Intent in the crime of burglary; What is an occupied structure?; The degrees of burglary; The crime of attempted burglary; The crime of possession of burglar’s tools …
This article will discuss how manslaughter is defined and charged in Illinois. We will answer the following questions: What is considered manslaughter?, Are there different types of manslaughter?, What are the penalties in Illinois for manslaughter?, and How can one defend against a charge of manslaughter?‍…
There are instances where both parents may not be able to take care of a child. In these instances, another person, many times family members or friends, can ask a court to grant them legal authority to take care of a child and make decisions for them. Under Iowa law, this person tasked with taking care of the child is called a guardian. …
In this article, we discuss liability of partners under Iowa partnership laws and answer the following questions: What is a partnership under Iowa law?, Does the partnership agreement determine liability?, What are the rules for equal access to information under Iowa partnership law?, and What duties do partners owe to the partnership under Iowa partnership law?…