Today’s Headlines: A New Debt Peak

Today’s Headlines: A New Debt Peak May 23, 2017 America Breaks the Debt Record According to the New York Fed’s recent Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, America has more debt than ever before. Do you? Should you be concerned in either case? The report shows that American household debt reached $12.73 trillion in…

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles Prudent Investment of Trust Assets Trustees are accountable to both the current income beneficiaries and the remaindermen of a trust, and are often placed in the unenviable position of have to balance the interests of the two. A beneficiary may look forward to inheriting a business, their…

The Joint Tax Return

The Joint Tax Return Should We File a Joint Return or Married Filing Separately? IRS data indicates that over 95% of married couples file jointly – and for most, but not all, couples this makes good economic sense. In this two-part series, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of filing joint and separate tax…

Conan O’Brien Joke Theft Lawsuit Can Proceed to Trial

Conan O’Brien Joke Theft Lawsuit Can Proceed to Trial A recent decision in the civil case against Conan O’Brien is no laughing matter for the late night host. Writer Alex Kaseberg filed suit in 2015 over a series of jokes that he claims were stolen from his blog and Twitter feed. The federal judge hearing…

Tech Support Scams: Beware Pop-Up Windows and Redirects

Tech Support Scams: Beware Pop-Up Windows and Redirects Nearly every internet user has encountered some form of the tech support scam in their browsing history. Although these tech support scams are rather common, the level of sophistication can vary as the majority of these are just online phishing scams. The most common tech support scams…

CBS Reports the California FTB Is Improperly Seizing Income Tax Refunds

CBS Reports the California FTB Is Improperly Seizing Income Tax Refunds Aside from handling and administering the state income tax obligation, California’s Franchise Tax Board is also responsible for serving as a collection agency. The FTB serves as a collection agency for a vast array of bills and other monetary obligations owed to the state…

Cyclist Sues Portland for Wrongful Arrest Based on Racial Profiling

Cyclist Sues Portland for Wrongful Arrest Based on Racial Profiling Anthony Allen, of Portland, Oregon, is suing the city for nearly half a million dollars as a result of a wrongful arrest that happened in May 2015. While this may seem like a big number, keep in mind that not only was this man wrongfully…