Deferred Action for Parents


President Obama set to Release New Immigration Program: Deferred Action for Parents You recently may have noticed an increase in calls for matters involving immigration law. That is because President Obama announced a range of new immigration policies on November 20, 2014 – the most publicized being the Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA). This executive action taken by the President follows on the coat tails of its predecessor, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which was implemented in 2012. Both policies make humanitarian-sense given the rapid growth of the Hispanic demographic in the U.S. – a process that has been taking place for many decades, not simply the past few years. Many adult dgfev online casino Hispanics have been in...Read More

Apparent Authority Liability – How “appearances” can invite an unwelcome lawsuit


In most cases of tort liability, the owner or his employees either did something negligently or failed to do something that they should have done that resulted in injuries to a third person. Often overlooked or misunderstood are instances where “appearances” by someone other than an employee resulted in liability to the owner or operator of a golf facility. As a general rule, the owner is liable when an employee, because of a lack of due care, causes injuries to a third person, wherein if the injuries were caused by an independent contractor, the owner is normally not held liable for the negligence of the independent contractor. The problem is oftentimes the difficulty in determining whether the tortfeasor was an...Read More

29-year-old woman chooses Death with Dignity


While scanning through news articles this week I was brought to a halt by headlines describing a 29-year-old woman who has scheduled her death for November 1, 2014. Brittany Maynard, 29, has been diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor, a terminal condition which causes extremely painful and debilitating headaches and seizures. Brittany’s diagnosis came with the doctors’ prediction that she would have a few months to live before the tumor slowly and painfully took her life. Thereafter, Brittany, her husband and her family began to carefully consider how she might enjoy her last few months and ways in which she might be able to pass in peace, as an alternative to the horrific experience she knew the eventual...Read More

20 Things Your HOA Board Should Do Every Year


BANK ACCOUNTS: Who are the authorized signers on the HOA’s Accounts? If they are not current, change them. BUDGET: Send all members a budget presentation (expenses and income categories) with last year’s proposed budget, last year’s actual budget, and this year’s proposed budget. RESERVES: Update the replacement reserve schedules for 5 years, 10 years, and 20 years. SAVINGS: Evaluate the HOA’s savings program and investment plans. Time for a change? LIENS/LOANS: Is the HOA paying off a loan? Are there any liens against the common areas – e.g. mechanic’s liens, deeds of trust liens, judgment liens? What is the nature and status of these? AUDIT: Has the HOA budgeted for and scheduled the annual audit that is required by their...Read More

Calls for HOA Legislation Become Louder


Over the last several years, the South Carolina Legislature has examined proposals for substantial changes to state law regarding the administration of Homeowners Associations. Each legislative session has ended with no final bill being passed and submitted to the Governor for approval. However, it appears that wave of public demands for change is putting pressure on legislators to act on this issue in the upcoming session. Recently, the Sun News of Myrtle Beach ran an article outlining the concerns being expressed by homeowners, and the pressure being felt by the Horry County legislative delegation. Here is a link to the article: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/08/09/4401170/hoa-law-in-south-carolina-gathering.html The article highlights the concerns being presented to lawmakers. Common among them are excessive fees for copies of...Read More