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When Can I Retire?

It's less a practical question nowadays and more of an existential angst: "Will I have enough for retirement?" And depending on your age, your job, and your marital and family status, figuring out your retirement plan can seem like an impossible bit of calculus.

The key word there is "seem" -- with a little information and some careful planning, figure out when you can retire can get a lot simpler.

How old were you when you saw your first R-rated movie?

Almost every movie released to market has a rating of G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17. They're meant to provide consumers, especially parents, with advance information about how appropriate a movie may be for certain audiences. But, as many of us know, the ratings aren't always heeded. Many of us have watched R-rated movie without our parents long before we turned 17.

However, are the movie ratings legally enforceable? Can theaters get in trouble for a child watching an R-rated movie?

Once the provenance of hippies and hipsters, urban agriculture is becoming more and more popular across city-dwelling populations. Rooftop gardens, front-yard farms, and vacant lots-turned-vegetable patches are popping up every day.

And whether you're getting into urban agriculture because you're health conscious, eco conscious, or money conscious, you should also be law conscious before you start growing, tending, or selling any produce.

Here are three laws you should know about urban agriculture:

Have you ever used PayPal? You may be eligible for a refund.

The electronic payment company PayPal, will pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). According to the suit, CFPB accused PayPal of illegally signing customers up for PayPal Credit, formerly known as Bill Me Later, without their permission. Many customers did not realize they were enrolled in the program until they were charged interest and late fees.

PayPal, who neither admits nor denies fault, has agreed in a consent order to pay $15 million in refunds to customers and a $10 million penalty to CFPB.

That store stole your corporate logo. Your neighbor keeps trimming a hedge in your yard. Whatever it is, you want it to stop, and you're going to write a letter to make it stop.

But unless you're Jack Daniel's, chances are you don't know how to write a great cease-and-desist letter. Thankfully we're here to help out with a few pointers:

Does your state have a duty to report or help law?

On your walk to Starbucks, you hear a scream! Around the corner you find a lady knocked out, bleeding from a cut wound to her arm, and a guy is running away with her purse. Do you help her? Do you run after the guy? Do you call the police? Can you just continue on your way and ignore the lady?

When reports surfaced this week that Bill O'Reilly had been accused of domestic abuse during divorce proceedings, the news only came to light because a source leaked the information. The actual documents of the case were filed under seal, and testimony was given during closed hearings.

But, as NASCAR's CEO Brain France learned, not all sealed divorce documents stay sealed. So how do you seal divorce papers, and how can you make sure the filings of your divorce stay sealed?

It's almost a fact of life. You get in an accident, and your car insurance company raises your rates.

Some companies lure customers by promising not to raise rates after a first car crash. Some companies don't raise rates after an accident that was not your fault. But, many companies raise your rates dramatically after an accident or insurance claim.

It seems unfair. Are there legal limits on how much a car insurance company can raise your rates?

Whether you're in a rent dispute or just want to know how much notice you need to give your landlord before moving out, having access to your lease is essential. But we don't live in a perfect world, so of course the lease isn't in that drawer where you thought you left it.

So how can you get a copy of your lease or rental agreement? Let's take a look at a few of your options:

Should children be coddled in bubble wrap and protected from every bump and scrape? Or, should children be allowed to climb Mt. Everest or sail around the world solo?

Jordan Romero was 13-years-old when he climbed to the top of Mt. Everest. Jessica Watson was 16-years-old when she sailed around the world by herself. Peter Lenz was 13-years-old when he fell of his motorcycle at the U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union, and was run over and killed by another 12-year-old driver.

Children are no longer satisfied with riding their skateboards and bikes down the steep hill in front of their house. They're doing extreme sports, skateboarding down nine story ramps or diving off of 10-meter high platforms.

Is it legal to allow children to do extreme sports?