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October 2012 Archives

Teen arrested after ex's naked photo sent out

An 18-year-old St. Petersburg man was arrested recently and accused by authorities of sending out a nude photograph of his former girlfriend to other people without her permission. Among the charges against the suspect are video voyeurism and transmitting material harmful to minors, since one of the alleged recipients of the photograph is 14 years old.

Large estate leads to probate litigation

As many in Nevada know, high asset estates sometimes end up in litigation despite a person's best efforts to avoid such conflict through estate planning. With large sums of money to be divided, beneficiaries of such estates may make great efforts to ensure that they receive the share to which they believe they are entitled. This may be the case in one probate litigation matter in which the beneficiaries of a massive estate are attempting to remove the trustees who are now managing the trusts that make up their inheritance.

Teacher charged with DUI after minor car accident

A high school teacher in the Tampa area has been suspended from work after police in Brooksville arrested her on suspicion of drinking and driving on Oct. 19. The arrest came after the woman was involved in a car accident that caused no injuries. The woman's teaching job could be at stake, depending on how the case is resolved.

Nevada estate plan can include kids' inheritance

Many Generation Z people in Nevada and across the nation expect to inherit money from their parents. This may lead some of them to fail to appropriately save for their future, one report indicates. That could be bad news for some parents who, in the study, were less likely to believe that their children would inherit wealth from their estate after their death. However, many kids in the study were already saving for immediate needs such as college and living expenses.

Suspicious lab results may overturn drug convictions

When prosecutors in Hillsborough County charge people with a drug crime, they frequently rely on laboratory testing to convince the court that the accused person had drugs in his or her system at the time of their arrest. People might assume that workers in those labs are impartial and simply apply scientific testing to blood samples to get at the truth. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as residents of Boston recently discovered.

Nevada estate planning: what can be included in a will?

One of the first things that most people in Nevada think of when beginning estate planning is a will. Often considered the most fundamental of estate planning tools, the will can be used to express the wishes of individuals as to how their estates are divided at the time of their deaths. However, there are many facets of the document that may be unfamiliar to those in our state.

Florida grand jury dismisses conspiracy to kidnap charges

A Largo man will not face a charge of conspiring to kidnap a child after a federal grand jury decided not to charge him. The grand jury decided that the evidence did not support the U.S. Attorney's Office's contention that the man planned to kidnap a child from his church and cannibalize him. Though the grand jury did indict the man on charges of possessing child pornography, the dropping of the more serious criminal charge takes away the possibility of a life sentence for the 57-year-old defendant.

Never too early to start estate planning in Nevada

It is never too early for those of us in Nevada to begin the estate planning process. This is especially true of those who have children and need to plan for their future should one or both parents die unexpectedly. In fact, though many people believe that they don't need estate planning because they are young or financially challenged, every individual can benefit from having an estate plan.

Nevada estate planning talks can help ease probate process

There are many issues that Nevadans must consider as they begin to write an estate plan. As they go through the planning process, it is always the case that the person creating a will or a trust seeks to ensure that their wishes for asset distribution are made apparent to their heirs and survivors. These wishes may not always be popular with all of the potential heirs, especially those who do not stand to inherit from the person creating the plan.

US Supreme Court Will Review Warrantless Blood Alcohol Tests

Many states have laws that compel a driver, who has been stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, to submit to a blood alcohol test. In January 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court held that compelling such a test is actually an unreasonable search and seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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