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Are Liability Waivers Enforceable?

Even if you are not the type to go test-drive a racecar or compete in mixed martial arts, chances are you or a family member has signed a liability waiver (also known as an exculpatory contract).  These waivers have become a standard part of many contracts and generally state that you waive your right to...
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What is Drug Paraphernalia?

Under Arkansas law, “drug paraphernalia” can be just about anything.  The statute defining paraphernalia includes the lab equipment type items one would expect.  However, it also lists common household items such as “a blender, bowl, container, spoon, or mixing device…, a capsule, balloon, envelope, or other container…” and “a water pipe….”  The statute also includes...
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Do I have to Give the Ring Back?

Love is a big business in the United States.  The average American wedding costs around $26,000 and Arkansans spend an average of $18,000 on their wedding.  According to a 2013 report by Jewelers of America, couples spent an average of $4,000 on the bride’s engagement ring in 2012.  It seems likely, given the improved economy...
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Sexting: What Every Parent Should Know

Parents go to great lengths to protect their children.  They buy the best-rated car seat, make sure they have the right SPF sunblock, and try to get the best care they can when their children are sick.  Yet, there is one way parents can help protect their children that they either may not expect, may...
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New Executive Policies and Their Effects on DACA

With the results of the presidential election that took place this month, many people are wondering what a presidency under Donald Trump will look like and the effects it will have on the many undocumented immigrants currently living in this country. The harsh rhetoric that the republican candidate promoted during the election does not bode...
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Determining Child Custody in Arkansas

Separating from a spouse or partner can be a very difficult transition in many people’s lives. Often the most difficult decision a couple makes when separating is how to split custody of their children. When determining child custody in Arkansas, a judge will make the final decision about how to award child custody based on...
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Uninsured Motorist Coverage

In Arkansas, insurance companies must offer “Uninsured Motorist Coverage,” which the insured may reject in writing. Ark. Code Ann. §23-89-403 (2015). The fact that the Arkansas Legislature has made it the law that insurance companies must offer this coverage should tell us just how important it is to have the coverage.  The Legislature also requires...
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