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Your doctor will want to ask a lot of questions in order to get a complete picture of your medical history and potential health risks. Any family history of heart disease? Do you smoke or drink? Any allergies to medication? Do you have any guns in the house?

That last one, although recommended by the American Medical Association, ruffled a few patients' feathers, so Florida legislators sprang into action, passing the Firearms Owners' Privacy Act in 2011, prohibiting doctors from asking about gun ownership. But a federal appeals court overturned the law, finding it violated physicians' First Amendment Rights.

Divorce season is upon us. And tax season is right behind. And if you thought extricating yourself from your marriage was tricky, just wait until you have to file your tax return, both this year and next.

Tax filings can bring out the worst in all of us, but filing taxes with an ex can be even more of a headache. So here are six quick tips for filing your taxes after a divorce.

Oklahoma has been one of the most aggressive states regulating a woman's right to an abortion, passing 20 abortion restrictions in the past five years. But its latest proposal might be its most extreme yet. This week, the Oklahoma state legislature is contemplating a bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to first get written permission from her male sexual partner.

The bill is almost certainly unconstitutional, and critics of the bill worry that it could do untold damage to women's autonomy and reproductive rights in the meantime. Here's a look.

People from countries all over the world work their entire lives to come to the USA to find more economic opportunity for themselves and their children. Others find their way here to seek asylum from tyrannical or crumbling governments. However, immigrants in the US, whose legal status is in question, must live with the fear of arrest, detention, and deportation.

When an immigrant's visa expires, or their status does not permit them to be in the country, they can be arrested by federal immigration enforcement officers and placed into an immigration detention.

While Portland, Oregon has been enjoying economic growth over the past few years, unfortunately, along with that growth, renters in the city are facing increasing rent costs. As Portland continues to grow, the housing supply is not able to keep up with the demand, and while the city can build its way out, that solution provides no immediate relief for those at risk of eviction.

Since Oregon prohibits rent control laws, the city of Portland had to take action to protect vulnerable residents from being displaced by greedy landlords seeking to maximize their gains. In response to the slew of recent no cause eviction cases, the Portland city government passed a law requiring landlords to pay for tenants' relocation costs in order to evict without cause.

The idea of internet privacy seems to take one of two forms: outrage that web browsers, email providers, and ISPs have nearly unfettered access to your information on the one hand, and on the other a shrug of the shoulders and a "you put your info on the internet, what did you expect?" The law has tried to find a balance between these two poles, weighing an individual's privacy interests against the public nature of the web, all while dealing with statutes that become antiquated in just a few years.

The latest attempt from legislators to strike such a balance is the Email Privacy Act, which, among other provisions, would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing private messages and documents stored online with communications and cloud computing companies like Google, Facebook, and Dropbox. The Act is making its third run through Congress in an attempt to become law, but will it fare any better this time than in the past?

The very last step of a real estate transaction, when the sale finally closes and keys are provided, may seem like a simple event. But getting to that closing often involves quite a bit of legwork. Buying or selling a home is an involved process that is regulated by nuanced and complicated state laws that vary from state to state.

While most states do not require an attorney to be physically present on the day you sign the papers and get the key, hiring one beforehand can help make sure you make it to and through closing. Whether someone is a first-time homebuyer or seller, or a seasoned real estate veteran, knowing when to utilize a real estate attorney can be critical to avoiding legal problems, and can even save you money.

Last month, in response to President Trump's executive order on immigration, protests spontaneously broke out at many of the nation's largest international airports. Those protests subsided as opponents won injunctions in court, barring federal authorities from enforcing the order. But that doesn't mean the end.

Those court cases are still ongoing, and Trump has indicated his administration will redraft the travel ban in an attempt to make it more Constitution-friendly, which leaves open the possibility of future airport protests. Are these protests legal? And do protestors' rights differ when they're in or around airports?

Teaching your kids to drive is one of those time honored traditions that has worked its way into American culture. After all, how are your kids going to move out when they turn 18?

However, letting your kid just hop behind the wheel and get on the road may not just be a bad idea, it could also be illegal. Even if you are in an empty parking lot when you decide to give that first lesson, you could still be violating your state's laws. Not to mention that if your child is too young, you could be facing more serious criminal charges.

Below you'll find 5 legal tips that will help you when the time comes to teach your kids to drive.

When Donald Trump issued an executive order banning entry into the United States of individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the legal response was immediate. Lawsuits in New York, Virginia, and Boston won temporary stays against enforcement of the order, and a suit from the Washington State resulted in a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the travel ban from going into effect.

Trump's lawyers appealed that decision, asking that the government be allowed to enforce the executive order while the legal cases played out in court. But in a unanimous decision yesterday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued yet another ruling against Trump's travel ban, upholding the prohibition on enforcement.