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Pepper Spray Dangers and State Limitations

Pepper spray is widely used for self-defense and it's legal to carry it in all 50 states. But some places do have prohibitions on the stuff, specifying the amount of spray one can hold or the power of the blast or the age at which sprays can be obtained, and other limitations.

While pepper spray can make a handy tool for self-defense, it is used as a weapon, too, so that means it can be used against you. If you are carrying pepper spray, or plan to pick some up, be careful about how you use it so that you don't end up hurt by your own self-defense mechanism or end up accidentally committing a crime. Let's briefly consider pepper spray limitations and dangers.

When Should I Change My Will?

A will is meant to make the lives of those you love easier after your life has ended. It lays out your intentions for the inheritance and disposal of your belongings, whether that includes money, property, stamp collections, or sewing machines. Whatever you cannot take with you can be passed on to the living. Whenever circumstances change such that inheritance will be impacted, you should revise your will.

What is a circumstance that demands a change? That depends. Let's look at some examples.

Health insurance is a tricky thing. Sometimes it's tied to our employers, which can in turn tie us to jobs we no longer want. Other times, we're insured through a spouse, which in the same way can tie us to a relationship that is no longer working.

If you have health insurance coverage through a spouse and are considering a divorce, the apprehension about how to pay for your health care after the split can be a major concern. So here are some things to keep in mind regarding what effect a divorce may have on your health insurance.

Another day, another FAA regulation on drone use. First it was frowning upon attaching flamethrowers to drones in order to roast turkeys in the back yard. Now, the man is trying to tell us that if we want to deliver beer via drone, we need something called a "pilot certificate."

The FAA issued new commercial drone rules this week, and the big news is that commercial delivery drones will be legal by the end of the summer. But, as always, the devil is in the details.

The Tricky Topic of Religious Accommodation in Public Places

The New York Times editorial board this month published a problematic opinion piece that is illustrative of the difficulties and ironies that can arise in human rights law. The editorial is about segregated swimming sessions for women in one Brooklyn swimming pool, and it expresses outrage that a public location accommodates the needs of its community's religious women.

Citing city humidity and human rights law, the newspaper's editorial board demands that the city swimming pool cease the accommodation --- a few sessions a week reserved for segregated sex swimming in recognition of the needs of Orthodox Jewish women. The editorial, like the issue itself, reveals just how tricky the topic of religious accommodation can be.

Funeral Protest Laws

When the Westboro Baptist Church will picket the funerals of U.S. servicemembers because it believes those soldiers were punished for a government that recognizes the civil rights of gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans, it shouldn't be shocking to learn they plan to protest the funerals of victims of the nation's worst mass shooting that happened earlier this month at a gay nightclub in Orlando. What may be surprising, in a good way, was how effective a counter-protest of "angels" was in silencing the WBC.

You might think it would just be easier to ban funeral protestors entirely, but even groups like the WBC had First Amendment rights. Here's how those rights are restricted when protesting a funeral.

Benefits to Setting Up Grandchildren's Trusts

You love your kids, but let's face it -- they have already done the greatest thing they will do for you, which is give you grandkids. Now you're over the next generation but very excited about the one following, your youngest family members with all their potential.

You hope to live long enough to see them fulfill it and you want to ensure that you will be able to help even after you are gone. Do it with a grandchildren's trust, which is great for your grandkids and for you, too. Grandchildren's trusts are advantageous to grandparents as they have certain tax benefits. So let's consider these grandchildren's trusts and how to set one up.

Women May Soon Be Required to Register for the Draft

Last week, the US Senate approved a military policy bill that would require young women to register for the draft at age 18, just like young men. Americans have not been drafted into the military since 1973, but passage of the bill reignited a national debate about women, fighting, and equality, most notably among the many men in government.

That debate has been going on for decades. In 1981, the US Supreme Court ruled that women did not need to sign up for Selective Service because at that point they were not active in all aspects of military service. As of this year, The New York Times reports, the ban on women in combat roles has been completely lifted and female soldiers are on the front lines, in the trenches, and everywhere else. In light of this, soon it could be that everyone who turns 18 will have to register.

Top 5 Alimony Questions

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is money paid from one ex-spouse to another following a divorce. Not all divorces include alimony agreements and the amount of spousal support can vary depending on your particular circumstances as well as state law.

But there are some general guidelines to paying and receiving alimony, including how long spousal support payments will last, how to adjust the payment amount, and what to do if your ex stops paying. Here are the biggest questions, and some answers, to alimony questions from our archives:

#USImmigrationLaw: How Do I Do an Immigration Inmate Search?

If you know someone who is being held in immigration detention but you don't know where, you can search for them using an online tool. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement division has an Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) that you can use to find someone with only a minimal amount of information.

You can find someone by their A-number (short for alien registration number) and country of birth. This, according to ICE, is the best way to search. But even if you do not know the A-number, you can input a name and birth country and use the tool to locate an inmate in immigration detention. Let's consider what information the tool will provide, and what you will not find.