Misrepresenting a Pet as a Service Animal – Now a Crime

From hotels to restaurants to department stores, many commercial businesses have a “No Pets” policy. If you’ve purchased your furry friend a “Service Animal” or “Support Animal” vest in order to circumvent this policy, you could now be facing criminal charges. As of September 1, 2019, there is now a criminal penalty for those in Alabama who misrepresent a pet as a service animal or an animal-in-training in public spaces or housing accommodations. Gov. Kay Ivey signed Alabama Act...

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Alabama Law: Security Deposits in Residential Leases

The Alabama Residential Landlord-Tenant Act permits landlords to collect security deposits from tenants. However, there are certain restrictions on the collection and return of security deposits that must be followed. Landlords may require that a tenant pay a security deposit, but the amount of the security deposit cannot exceed the amount of one-month rent payment. There are limited circumstances where additional deposits may be collected, i.e. pets, changes to the premises, increased liab...

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Warning Signs of Financial Elder Abuse

Fraud, theft, and scams with seniors' money is a growing problem in our nation. The Wall Street Journal reports that banks in our country calculated a 12% increase in financial elder abuse just in the last year. Aging parents and grandparents are easy targets for scammers for many reasons. Elders in this country hold a disproportionately high level of wealth compared to younger people. Some have accumulated significant assets, and they may not see themselves as vulnerable at all. This is not...

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How to Obtain 501(c)(3)Status

Are you a newly formed nonprofit organization looking to obtain 501(c)(3) status? Below are a few tips on how to help your organization. What exactly is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization? Most nonprofits are 501(c)(3) organizations, which means they are formed for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes and are eligible for federal and state tax exemptions on funds that are raised. Your donors may also be able to write off any charitable donations come tax seas...

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To Buy or Not to Buy: When is the right time?

“It’s a buyer’s market right now.” “This is definitely a seller’s market.” How do you know when to buy a home and when is the best time to sell your home? For most people, the need to buy or sell a home is out of necessity, such as for relocation for a new job, but if your move date is flexible, you stand to profit (or save if you’re the buyer) quite a bit of money depending on which season you choose.

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