Brett Kepley

Brett Kepley

The Law Q&A | Federal tax liens can be haunting

In the last episode, we left the IRS Halloween goblin garnishing wages.

In this post-Halloween episode, we discuss the ghost of Halloween future — tax liens.

What is a federal tax lien, and how does it work?

The Law Q&A | What can executive orders do?

Recently, the 45th president of the United States announced he may sign an executive order declaring persons born in the U.S. to undocumented non-U.S. citizens shall not be considered U.S. citizens.

The Law Q&A | Wage garnishment a scary part of tax debts

Double, double toil and trouble. As Halloween nears, it's that time of the year when your first IRS extension has come and gone. If you still owe taxes, you either file for another extension, or the tax reaper can begin reaping if you do not pay whatever tax is then owed.

How can the IRS phantom collect on any tax owed? Today, our lament is wage garnishments.

The Law Q&A | Commercial use of your name requires your permission

If an astronaut wears a wristwatch while walking on the moon, does the maker/retailer of that watch have the right to use the astronaut's name in connection with the sale of a replica of that timepiece? What is the law for use of a person's name or image in the commercial sale of a product or service?

The Law Q&A | Suing for civil trespass depends on the details

Harvest is nearly complete and so it's time for interlopers to start loping through the open fields to fish on ponds that are not theirs.

What is a landowner to do? Why, sue for civil trespass, of course.

The Law Q&A | Who has standing to sue someone?

At the end of September, in a suit in the District of Columbia by Democratic members of Congress against the president of the United States, a federal judge ruled that members of Congress have standing to sue POUTUS 45 for alleged violations of the emolument clauses of the Constitution.

The Law Q&A | The ups and downs of drone regulations

Congress is debating the passage of new law allowing the federal government to shoot down private drones that it might consider a "credible threat" to an asset defined as being a high risk and potential target for unmanned aircraft activity.

What is the law regarding operating private drones? What is a drone?

The Law Q&A | Bicyclists have rights and duties

Summer weather still hovers, and bicyclists still abound. Ever wonder what the heck the Illinois rules are for bicyclists operating on the roadways and the sidewalks in Illinois? Can bicyclists even bike on sidewalks?

OK, class, let's review.

The Law Q&A | What to do if you think your credit info's been hacked

What can I do if my financial information with a credit-reporting company is hacked? Is the company liable to me?

Last year, the credit-reporting agency Equifax was hacked and the accounts of at least 145 million people were pilfered. That means Social Security numbers, loan-account numbers, driver's-license numbers, names, birth dates and addresses.

The Law Q&A | The ins and outs of mental-health directives

In Homer's "The Odyssey," the hero Odysseus ordered his boat crew to lash him to the mast and not release him despite what he may later order while under the spell of the Sirens.