US Legal, Inc. Newsletter – December 2008

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Welcome to USLegal’s December Newsletter. As always, we’re busy updating forms to bring you the most accurate products available. This spring, we’re especially excited about the release of our revised set of construction lien forms complying with the laws of each state. And the shine hasn’t worn off of two big achievements of 2008 – our new partnership with, and our introduction of Group Discounts for your association, corporation or other group.

At USLegal, customer satisfaction is our greatest asset and goal. If we’ve made your legal life easier, please tell your friends and family about us. If you have a routine legal need, make us your first stop. And now, the news:

Construction Liens: Rolling Out

We are currently releasing a revised set of construction lien forms. We provide the necessary forms for establishing a construction lien complying with your state’s specific laws. Thousands of contractors big and small benefit from inexpensive access to these forms. As a contractor, protecting your investment in time, money and labor with a valid lien is essential. Find our construction lien forms for your state here. Now Offering USLegal Real Estate Forms

We continue to be pleased with our new partnership with real estate mega-site ForSaleByOwn, one of the top-five most visited real estate web sites in the world with nearly two million visitors per month. With USLegal’s state-specific Home Sale Packages and other real estate forms available on ForSaleByOwner, both companies further the shared goal of providing low-cost solutions for home sale transactions.

Group Discounts Cheered at

Group Registration for U.S. Legal Forms’ Group Discounts have been brisk. An association, company, government agency, church group, or other organization can sign up for a group discount for all group members. Would your group benefit from access to our low cost, high quality, state-specific legal forms? For additional information, or to apply for your organization or company, contact us toll-free at 1-877-389-0141 ext 107 and ask for discount services.

Featured Product of the Month

Landlord Tenant Residential Lease Forms Package

The convenience and value of the USLF state-specific Residential Lease Forms Package is unmatched. Our professionally drafted residential lease complies with the unique landlord tenant law of your state, as does each form contained in the package. You will use these forms again and again as long as you rent property. If purchased individually, these forms would total $129.80. For just $49.95, get tremendous savings – so do your pocketbook a favor. Including state specific Lease, Lease Application, Reference Check Consent, Pre and Post Inventory Checklist, Lead Paint Disclosure, Welcome Letter, Rent Warning Letter, Rent Termination Notice, Closing Statement and more.

Click here to order a Residential Lease Forms Package for your state.

Legal News In Brief

We track breaking legal news at the USLegal Reporter. Check in regularly to stay updated on top national legal stories. These are some of the items of interest we’ve spotted in the last month:

Pistachio Recall

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that consumers should avoid eating food products containing pistachios after Setton Pistachio of Terra, Bella Inc., the country’s second largest pistachio processor recalled 1-2 million pounds of pistachios (of the 55 million processed last year) that were shipped on or after September 1, 2008 to 36 wholesalers that could possibly be contaminated with salmonella. The California-based company closed its plant last week after two individuals called the FDA with complaints of gastrointestinal illness.

Death Penalty Repealed in New Mexico

The death penalty is no longer legal in New Mexico as of this week. Governor Bill Richardson signed legislation Wednesday that repealed the state’s capital punishment law and replaced it with an allowable punishment of life imprisonment without parole. The bill states it will not affect current inmates on death row, of which the state has two. Fifteen states now do not allow imposition of the death penalty, while other states, including, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland and Montana, are considering following suit.

CIA Tactics Considered Torture By Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) deemed CIA tactics used against terrorism suspects, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, prolonged nudity, and cold water immersion, as constituting torture. The information was contained in a confidential 2007 report originally intended for CIA general counsel John Rizzo, but leaked in an article published in the New York Review of Books earlier this month. The ICRC conclusions were made after interviews with fourteen so-called “high-value” detainees. The CIA recently admitted to the destruction of 92 tapes of interrogations of the “high-value” detainees, 12 of which included evidence of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.” President Barack Obama in January issued an executive order explicitly banning the use of waterboarding and other techniques that violate the Geneva Convention and International Convention Against Torture, to which the U.S. is a signatory.

Gun Ban in Atlanta Airport Upheld

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday upheld a US District Court decision to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to allow guns to be carried in terminals, parking lots and other unsecured parts of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The suit was filed last year by after a new law allowed individuals to carry guns into restaurants, state parks and on public transportation, on the theory that the airport is considered public transportation. US District Judge Marvin Shoob previously rejected this theory based on the ordinary definition of public transportation and legislative intent. The 11th Circuit of Court of Appeals’ three-judge panel agreed with the lower court’s decision that the claims were meritless.

Check out controversial legal issues of all stripes with us at the USLegal Blog. A comments section is in the works.

Have a Legal Question? Ask a Lawyer

If you want to find out more information about a certain area of law, consider USLegal’s Ask a Lawyer service. The service enables you to submit your question to a lawyer who will provide you with legal information.

The charge for this service is $15.95 per question.

Legal advice is not provided. If your question cannot be answered without providing legal advice, you will not be charged. In the event you desire to retain an attorney, you will be provided with sources for choosing an attorney for you to consider.

Law and Legal Definitions

Construction Lien

A lien is the right to retain the lawful possession of the property of another until the owner fulfills a legal duty to the person holding the property, such as the payment of lawful charges for work done on the property. A mortgage is a common lien. The right of lien generally arises by operation of law, but in some cases it is created by express contract. Liens that arise in construction situations include construction liens, contractor liens, mechanic liens, attorney liens, architect liens and other liens applicable in your state.

By virtue of express statutes in most states, mechanics and material men or persons who furnish materials for the erection of houses or other buildings, are entitled to a lien or preference in the payment of debts out of the houses and buildings so erected and to the land, to a greater or lesser extent, on which they are erected.

Read our full entry on Construction Liens.

For more legal definitions, please visit USLegal’s free online legal dictionary.

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