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What is martial law?

Concerns over martial law arrived early on in the COVID pandemic. At first, these largely revolved around quarantine efforts. At the time, many people worried about the potential for the military or federal government to take over the pandemic response.    Since then, George Floyd’s death and the related civil unrest have shifted the public […]

What you need to know about mail-in voting

The 2020 election will be unprecedented. It will occur during a pandemic, and traditional in-person voting will likely remain unsafe for  much of the public come November.  Mail-in voting presents a viable solution, but with concerns ranging from fraud to issues with the postal service, the system is far from problem free. When it comes […]

Legal Issues Facing Small Business Owners During COVID-19

COVID-19 has done catastrophic damage to small businesses throughout the United States. According to Main Street America, nearly 7.5 million small businesses are at risk of closing over the next five months, and 3.5 million are at risk of closing in the next two months. More than 35 million Americans who work for small businesses […]

Can President Trump delay the 2020 election?

No U.S. presidential election has ever been delayed. Americans voted at the appointed time during the Civil War, the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Great Depression, and every other crisis that the nation has weathered since its founding. Despite that, President Trump suggested delaying the 2020 election in a July 30 tweet. The president’s proposal was […]

Getting out of your contract with a vendor

What is a contract?  A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties. Each contract explains the rights and responsibilities of the parties, including payment, obligations, and methods for dispute resolution.    Most agreements also contain provisions regarding contract cancellation. However, you may be able to terminate a contract based on factors […]

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 […]

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 […]