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What you need to know this tax season

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the deadline for filing federal income taxes will automatically extend to May 17, 2021.  This additional time reflects the later-than-usual start to this year’s official filing season. But it also intends to make it easier for taxpayers to navigate new and modified filing considerations […]

Bizarre laws that are still on the books

You may be surprised to learn these strange and bizarre laws are still on the books across America. Let’s take a look at a few of them.   Before you can serve in the state legislature or do business as an attorney in the state of Kentucky, you must swear an oath that you have […]

Should you file for divorce online?

The decision to get divorced is far from an easy one. If you and your spouse have decided that you no longer want to be married, divorce may be the best option to end your marriage and move forward.  Typically, the divorce process involves meeting with lawyers. In some cases, a judge may also be […]

5 extraordinary women in the legal profession

March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, Avvo would like to acknowledge and thank these five groundbreaking women in the legal profession. Each has spent years fighting for justice, from the smallest mediation rooms all the way to the Supreme Court.   Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inducted into the […]

Famous Fugitives

We think of celebrities as being larger than life, but they’re human just like us. The tabloids might be onto something with their unflattering photos of starlets lounging in sweats or eating burritos. Those pictures look downright beautiful compared to the mugshots featured on the infamous Avvo carpet in our Seattle office. This rug highlights […]

Can you sue someone for catfishing you?

Living in the age of the internet has its advantages. You can find the hottest places to eat in any given neighborhood or get answers to almost any question in a matter of seconds. In some cases, you may even find love. Today, there are all kinds of online dating websites and apps to choose […]

How does a president get impeached?

The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for the second time on January 13, 2021, making him the only president in U.S. history to face impeachment twice. While former President Trump isn’t the first president to face impeachment, his second trial, and what comes next, is dominating headlines. Read on to learn more […]

Update: Recreational marijuana

Four years ago, the legalization of marijuana was a big deal. While it’s still illegal on the federal level, states have the power to vote on it and legalize it on the state level. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada were among the first to do so.  Before the 2020 election, eleven states and Washington DC […]

Avvo 1-on-1: How are people coping with financial distress due to COVID-19?

Avvo 1-on-1 is a new Avvo question-and-answer article series featuring candid interviews with attorneys in various specific fields of law.  The goal of this series is to humanize intimidating law topics for the everyday person through stories, anecdotes, and other real-life experiences shared by attorneys.      Our next installment features an employment attorney, Cara O’Neill. […]

How do you sue someone?

Every hour, an estimated 4,500 lawsuits get filed in the United States. That works out to 40 million lawsuits a year. People sue for many reasons, including:  Enforcement of a contract (a builder who didn’t complete a job, for example) Financial compensation for financial, physical, or emotional harm (such as slip-and-fall injuries or malpractice) Confirmation […]