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November 10, 2019
Best Evidence: what it means and what it doesn't.

I'm hearing the phrase 'best evidence' thrown around a bit today. Let's have a brief chat about what that actually means.  It doesn't meant that this is the best proof of something.  It means that the original document has been destroyed and that this is the best, most reliable copy or version of it that's […]

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November 8, 2019
Pet Trust and Durable Power of Attorney for Pet Care

So you've made provisions for your pet in your will. Isn't that enough? Nope. First, to be effective, the will has to be probated. That can take weeks or months. Until then, your pets are in danger. They could end up dumped at a shelter. Second, the will doesn't provide immediate funds to care for your […]

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November 7, 2019
Pet Trusts: Your State's Law

Are Pet Trusts legal in your state?

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October 26, 2019
Beginner's Guide to Evidence

Here's how you should think about EVIDENCE: 1. Is it relevant? Does it make one set of facts more or less likely to be true? 2. Is it UNFAIRLY prejudicial? (Note "unfairly". All decent evidence is prejudicial one way or another. It is unfairly prejudicial if the prejudice outweighs the probative value.) 3. Is it […]

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October 26, 2019
Due Process for Beginners

So look. You hear "due process" bandied about a lot by lawyers who think you'll get all bent out of shape because due process is being violated. It's the story, right? But it's fake.

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October 16, 2017
How much should we pay our nonprofit staff?

Should you pay people who work in your organization? Absolutely. While your group may start off as an all-volunteer effort, at some point you're going to need to bring on paid staff -- at least part time! -- in order to grow. And there's nothing wrong with paying competitive wages. You'll attract more talent -- […]

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October 16, 2017
Nonprofit accounting: Program cost or Overhead?

Allocating salaries and wages to programs whenever possible is the true cornerstone of nonprofit accounting. First, it gives you a truer picture of just what it costs to make certain services available. The more granular you can get, the better decisions you can make. Second, fair or not, your nonprofit will often be judged by […]

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October 13, 2017
Paying Board Members?

Can we pay our Board members? Sure, if they work in the organization in some capacity! For example, if the Vice President is also the Executive Director, it's probably appropriate to pay the VP for working as the ED. If they're just Board members attending monthly meetings, probably not (although you can reimburse them for […]

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April 23, 2017
Course Guarantee

We are committed to your success! All the instructors in these courses have years of experience and if you find anything confusing or difficult, just add a comment and we'll coach you through it. If we're completely unable to help you, your tuition will be refunded, but that will be solely at our discretion after […]

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April 20, 2017
Privacy

Cyn Mobley Law is serious about protecting your online privacy. This Privacy Statement explains our views and practices concerning privacy, and how they may pertain to you as a user of our website. You or Your means you as a participant in or as a user of the Cyn Mobley Law website. We or Our […]

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