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Six Important Steps to Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud

1. Watch your accounts closely. Look for charges you don’t recognize. If you spot something strange, call your credit, debit, or prepaid card company or bank right away according to the advocacy division of Consumer Reports. 2. Consider getting new payment cards. If there was a breach with your debit, prepaid, or credit card, you may want […]

3 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS WHEN APPLYING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISSABILITY

Will a Social Security Judge give me an immediate decision at the Disability Hearing?  Laura, Eldridge What happens at most Social Security Disability hearingsis that the claimant and their lawyer will participate in the hearing proceedings and, then, after the hearing has been concluded, both parties will wait a number of weeks to receive the administrative […]

Father’s rights vs Mother’s rights in adoption matter

My girlfriend is pregnant and we are no longer speaking to each other.  She says she is giving our baby up for adoption and there is nothing that I can do about it. She has already picked out the people she is giving my baby to.  I have a good job.  Me and my parents […]

Father’s rights vs Mother’s rights in adoption matter

My girlfriend is pregnant and we are no longer speaking to each other.  She says she is giving our baby up for adoption and there is nothing that I can do about it. She has already picked out the people she is giving my baby to.  I have a good job.  Me and my parents […]

What rights do I have with my work computer?

My employer told all of us at work that she has the right to review anything on our computers. What privacy right do I have with my computer at work? ~Lily M. An employee generally does not have any privacy rights when using a workplace computer. The theory is that the employer has paid for […]

What is “phantom vehicle” coverage?

Often, the identities of culprits in motor vehicle collisions are unknown. These situations often occur when a vehicle fails to stop and return to the scene after running an individual off the road. Another scenario is when an individual is struck by a vehicle that flees the scene. This usually leave victims confused as to how […]

legal zoom disasters

  In a speech to the Walker County Bar Association, a past president of the Alabama Bar Association, Richard Raleigh, mentioned the dangers created by the rise of LegalZoom and other “do it yourself” legal websites.  We regularly receive questions about such sites. Let me explain the dangers. To start, a number of significant disclaimers from […]

Social Security & Coronavirus

How can I stay updated about what SSA is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic? The latest information from SSA can always be found by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some answers to common questions* Note: This is an expert from a recent post on the Social Security Administration website.  You can read the […]

Tailgating, blocking and lane hogging: Motorists may be closer to the edge than they realize.

Can you imagine following someone so closely behind them that they can hear your breath? Would you outright bully another person in the queue at the coffee shop, or start shouting out loud if you’ve been waiting too long? Here is a fascinating look at driving psychology. These are all things that most of us […]

Social Engineering Scams are Far More Reaching Than Just Email

What is social engineering? In computing, social engineering refers to the methods cybercriminals use to get victims to take some sort of questionable action, often involving a breach of security, the sending of money, or giving up private information. These actions tend to go against our better judgment and defy common sense. However, by manipulating […]

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