Author: Avvo

mm

Avvo helps people find and connect with the right lawyer through industry-leading content, tools and services. Founded in 2006 in Seattle, Avvo provides transparent information about attorneys, with Avvo-rated profiles for 97% of practicing lawyers in the United States. A free Q&A forum with more than 9 million questions and answers make legal faster and easier. For more information on how Avvo helps people through legal issues from research to resolution, visit www.avvo.com.

Avvo 1-on-1: Pandemic Advice for Small Businesses

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 Nolo Author Peri Pakroo.   Pakroo is a […]

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing, a critical tool for controlling epidemics, is defined by the CDC as the process of limiting the spread of disease by identifying and temporarily isolating people who have a disease (cases) and the people they’ve come in contact with (contacts). Although an inconvenient process, contact tracing can dramatically reduce the need for a […]

A current look at the protests across the country

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives citizens a fundamental right to peacefully assemble and protest. Over the past several months,  scores of people have attempted to exercise this right,  which has resulted in an often confusing mix of crackdowns that seem to test the limits of the Constitution.  Minnesota police reform The death […]

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 […]

Are mandatory face coverings a violation of my rights?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to rage on, many states began to loosen their restrictions for the summer. As a result, spikes in the rate of new infections are occurring around the country. In response, many governors are enacting new mandates for citizens, requiring face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible.    Many citizens are […]

What happens when cities defund law enforcement?

The death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers sparked renewed interest in the Black Lives Matter movement across the country. Though the majority of Americans now support the movement, many activists regard passive support of BLM or simple awareness of police brutality as insufficient—they want action.   Suggested steps for […]

Avvo launches new resource to provide legal help amidst protests

Recent protests across the country have put a renewed focus on the legal consequences protestors can face from speaking out or demonstrating for their chosen cause. Protestors can be subject to unlawful detention, use of excessive force, and physical harm. The legal system can provide much-needed protection in these situations from informing protestors on their […]

Avvo 1-on-1: The risks of not having a will during the COVID-19 pandemic

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 Betsy Simmons Hannibal, J.D.   […]

COVID-19 Should Make You Think About Advance Medical Directives

Over the past few months, you’ve heard about how quickly and unpredictably COVID-19 can strike. With little warning, a person can be debilitated by the virus and left unable to communicate. When that happens, difficult decisions may need to be made, and without an advance medical directive, family members and healthcare workers could be forced […]