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When your family needs privacy, go to arbitration instead of going to Court

Amanda S. Trigg is trained by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Family Law Arbitrator.

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Everyone worries about privacy, passwords, social media security settings, data breaches and sale of our personal information by data mining companies. When we go into the public courthouse during a divorce or other family law problems, we must openly disclose personal information, losing control over who knows important things about us. Why do that, instead of using the confidential option of family arbitration for divorces, custody cases and other domestic disputes?

Arbitration protects against that risk. As an Arbitrator, or as an attorney representing a client in an arbitration, I believe that everyone should think about whether they really want to be in an open courtroom to handle their personal problems, name their children, and explain their sensitive financial documents in a courtroom where anyone could walk in, at any time.

What are 'pain and suffering' damages?

You often hear the term “pain and suffering” when it comes to personal injury damages. But, do you know what it actually means?

Separate from economic damages, which often include medical bills and lost wages, courts will often award pain and suffering damages in a personal injury lawsuit. These damages provide monetary compensation for the physical and mental anguish a person suffers following an injury.

Common Contract Disputes in Construction Litigation

Disputes involving construction projects can be complex. These disputes often arise between a property owner and a contractor, but can also involve subcontractors, property managers, construction managers and even licensed professionals like architects and engineers.

Several factors contribute to disputes arising from construction projects. The most common disputes result from construction defects, project delays and late payments.

Understanding your rights as a nursing mother in New Jersey

If you are a nursing mother in New Jersey, you are considered a protected individual under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. In 2018, the New Jersey Legislature signed amendments to the existing law that makes it illegal for an employer of any size to discriminate against an employee for breastfeeding during work hours.

Wage and hour laws: Learn about your rights in New Jersey

As an employee, it's important to know everything you can about your rights in the workplace. There are many myths and misconceptions. Never assume that what other workers or your boss tell you about your rights is true. This is something you must look into for yourself, especially if you think your employer may be violating your rights.

To get you started, here are a few questions and answers to keep in mind:

Why are so many seniors declaring bankruptcy?

An increasing number of Americans over 65 years old are filing for bankruptcy. From 1991 to 2016, the number of Americans in that age group who filed for bankruptcy increased almost 500 percent.

Over 12 percent of all bankruptcy filers are now senior citizens, compared to the 2 percent of senior filers just 25 years ago. Researchers suggest a few possible reasons for the rapid increase in seniors filing for bankruptcy.

Understanding what constitutes 'unfair competition'

While it is common for businesses engage in competition, it is important that their actions remain lawful. However, some businesses can become too competitive and begin engaging in unlawful business practices. These actions fall under the business tort known as “unfair competition.”

In the United States, business torts occur when a business engages in unlawful actions that cause another business to suffer financially. Federal and state laws are in place to protect businesses and customers from unfair competition.

Is it time to consider a bankruptcy filing?

The decision to file for bankruptcy is an immensely important and personal one. It mustn’t be taken lightly, and shouldn’t be the “first resort” when it comes to debt relief. That being said, however, there are some situations where a bankruptcy filing offers the best chance for a fresh financial start.

So, how do you know when is the time to consider a bankruptcy filing?

4 key questions about breached contracts and litigation

As a small business owner, you know that everything needs to click for your business to succeed. Employees have to pull their weight. Orders have to ship out on time. Debt needs to be managed properly. Jobs have to be completed on schedule.

Unfortunately, you do not have full control over every aspect of every job. For instance, maybe you put in an order with a parts and materials supplier. You have your own orders waiting to get filled, but you need those parts to come in before you can begin assembly and shipping.

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