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Landlords and Pitbulls

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on August 30, 2012 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (762)

          It will come as no surprise to most people that landlords often prohibit their tenants from keeping pets on the rented property. For the most part, this is to prevent pet damage, stained carpets, etc. A less familiar, but equally important, reason for such restrictions on pets is the potential for liability, especially with so called “vicious dogs.” And when it comes to dogs, we all know that pit bulls have a reputation (fair ...

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FAQ for Landlords

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on August 10, 2012 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (311)

          A large part of my practice involves assisting landlords throughout the rental process. I have written before on tips on being a successful landlord. I also have a portion of my website devoted to this topic. Here are several questions (and my re...

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Supreme Court Uses Backdoor to Let Health Care Law In

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on June 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

          As everyone has surely heard by now, the United States Supreme Court has upheld the Health Care Law. The impact of this ruling is both obvious and extreme. A quick read of any number of news websites will tell you what that impact is.

 

          However, the way that the Supreme Court arrived at its decision is perhaps as significant, and surprising, as any effect the law will...

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Supreme Court Splits the Baby on Immigration Law

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on June 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

          In a case that will have a significant impact on a similar Alabama law, the Supreme Court has partially upheld the controversial Arizona immigration law enacted in 2010 to combat the influx of illegal aliens in the state.

 

          The Supreme Court actually struck down 3 of the 4 provisions at issue, however the remaining provision is perhaps the most important. That provis...

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Supreme Court Nixes Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on June 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

          In 2005, the United States Supreme Court abolished capital punishment for defendants who committed their crimes while juveniles. This week, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has taken it a step further, and now has also abolished the practice of sentencing juveniles to life without parole. Many states have mandatory sentencing schemes that call for a life sentence without the possibility of parole, for capital offenses where the death ...

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So You're Letting Complete Strangers Live in Your House - What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - Part 2

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on June 6, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

          Yesterday's post addressed the importance of properly screening potential tenants and having a knowledgeable attorney review the lease you intend on using. Here are two more important things to consider if you are planning on renting residential property.

 

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So You're Letting Complete Strangers Live in Your House - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on June 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

          What could go wrong, right? When you’re dealing with rental property, perhaps the better question is “what won’t go wrong?” The fact of the matter is, there are lots of things to look out for as a residential landlord, from the initial screening process of prospective tenants, to getting rid of the tenant who just won’t pay the rent. With laws constantly changing, it can be hard to keep track of your rights a...

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Why You Should Avoid Co-Signing on a Loan or Lease

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on May 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

          Imagine your friend approaches you one day with an idea. He has found a great deal on a car. They have the terms hammered out, and now the dealer or bank just needs him to sign the finance documents. Oh, and he needs someone else with decent credit to co-sign on the loan with him – you. “It’s really just a technicality,” your friend says. He assures you that he can easily afford the payments, and it’s 100% hi...

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Why This November's Election Matters More Than Ever

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on May 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (83)

          The future of our country could depend on the upcoming election, and it’s not for the reason you are thinking. As we are all aware, this November our country will choose either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney as our President for the next four years. We are all aware of how important a presidential election is. Presidents have the power to push legislation through Congress and to veto legislation they disagree with. The President has po...

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Common Pitfalls in Estate Planning - Part III

Posted by Matthew J. Hornsby on May 17, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

          This is the final Estate Planning pitfall in this series of posts. The first two were using an online company for your estate planning documents and neglecting to review your beneficiaries after important life e...

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