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What Are the Penalties for Hosting a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Virtual dinner parties and cocktail hours have grown in popularity as Americans deal with restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As people grow weary of getting together only through Zoom, Skype, or other video conferencing apps, they might be tempted to bend or break quarantine rules. Believing little or no danger exists. However, […]

If you’re separated or divorcing, what happens to your stimulus check?

Millions of Americans have received stimulus payments authorized by the federal government via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Because the legislation was enacted in late March, these payments have come right in the middle of what should be tax season. The federal government extended tax filing and payment deadlines to July […]

Coronavirus and profiteering

Since February, a growing number of Americans have been in preparation mode for the tougher times ahead. With COVID-19 spreading, an increasing number of states have declared a state of emergency.  Some entrepreneurial citizens have decided to capitalize on the trend by drastically hoarding supplies of essential items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, face […]

Furloughed due to COVID-19? You can still qualify for unemployment.

If your employer has put you on temporary unpaid leave or furloughed you, due to the COVID-19 crisis, you’re not alone.  The coronavirus pandemic has brought most industries to a near standstill. Millions of Americans working in “non-essential” businesses have been furloughed or laid off. While definitions for essential versus non-essential businesses vary from state […]

Avvo 1-on-1: Violence in the household; The proper steps to take After a domestic assault

Avvo 1-on-1 is Avvo’s new 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 Matt Fakhoury, a domestic violence attorney […]

Traveling during the coronavirus outbreak

On the last day of February 2020, there were eight times as many searches for the term “coronavirus” as there had been a week earlier. Searches for “cancel trip” also spiked, as did “social distancing.”    People are desperate for answers. Is it safe to travel, and where? Here’s what authorities are saying.   CDC […]

Is crowdfunding legal?

Crowdfunding is a powerful method for digital fundraising that provides a valuable opportunity to gather financial support from a variety of sources. Since the concept first took off over a decade ago, participation has skyrocketed. Top crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, for example, reported total pledges of $4,787,016,823 as of February 2020. This is only the beginning: […]

Avvo 1-on-1: How This Pandemic WIll Affect The Employment Industry

As part of Avvo’s ongoing mission to provide transparent and comprehensive legal assistance, we’re pleased to present the second installment of Avvo 1-on-1, a new question-and-answer article series featuring candid interviews with attorneys in various specific fields of law.   The goal of the series is to humanize intimidating law topics for the everyday person […]

Tax laws regarding your legalized marijuana business

The widespread legalization of recreational marijuana has sparked a thriving and highly profitable marijuana industry in several states. A notable report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics projects that California will achieve $7 billion in annual cannabis sales by 2024. Expectations for states such as Colorado are similarly optimistic, with enthusiasts claiming that the […]

Are you paying too much in sales taxes for marijuana?

Marijuana is a booming business. Currently legal for medical use in 33 states and recreational consumption in 11. It’s in high demand among a variety of consumers.   The economic impact of marijuana can’t be denied either. According to Leafly’s annual Cannabis Jobs Report, the marijuana industry produced 243,700 full-time-equivalent jobs as of January 2020. […]