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The current refugee crisis in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe has left many wondering how to help. Syrian refugees especially have been fleeing their homeland and making dangerous treks to Italy, Greece, and beyond.

Many efforts to help have been focused on adopting Syrian children, and while some adoption agencies have urged prospective parents to slow down, a lot of people want to go through with adopting a refugee child. If you are one of them, here are a few tips on how and where to start:

Even the most reasonable landlords and the most responsible tenants have the occasional dispute. Fortunately, the vast majority of these disputes never need to see the inside of a courtroom.

For a minority of these cases, however, you may need to sue a property management company in order to enforce your rights as a tenant. So here are a few things to keep in mind if and when you do:

As it has has been said, everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn't end. But even if your marriage is ending, there are ways to make sure your divorce isn't unnecessarily traumatic.

Taking the right steps for your children, your business, your taxes, and especially yourself can prepare you for a divorce and make the divorce process a more positive experience, both financially and emotionally.

3 Tips for Hiring Movers

Whether you're getting kicked out of your parents' place, movin' on up to the East Side, or you finally found the home of your dreams, you've got to figure out how to get all your old stuff into your new living space. That's where moving companies come in.

But you can't trust just anyone with your most treasured belongings, so how do you choose the movers? Here are three tips to get you started:

Maybe you were swayed by the swaying palms or a free round of golf. Or the idea that owning a piece of paradise would mean you'd visit more often. Either way, you're on the hook for a timeshare and now you're wondering how to get out of it. (Clearly, you didn't heed our advice about not buying a summer timeshare.)

The contract might seem iron-clad, but you may have a few options if you want to back out of a timeshare:

A divorce can be an emotionally and legally confusing time. Among the myriad documents and legal requirements for divorce, updating your will may fall through the cracks. Which is OK, as long as you're OK with your soon-to-be-ex inheriting all of your property.

Most divorcees aren't OK with that, which is why it's probably a good idea to disinherit your spouse. But it may not be so easy -- here are the ins and outs of disinheriting a spouse (or ex-spouse).

Like a lot of legal phrases, "common law marriage" gets tossed around quite a bit, but with little understanding of what it actually means. You just live with someone for a while, right? Maybe help them assemble some IKEA furniture?

As easy as that sounds, some people might be a little worried about winding up in a marriage they didn't intend. So here's how to avoid a common law marriage.

Emotional abuse may be harder to identify than physical abuse, but that doesn't make it any less harmful. Whether in the context of marriage, family, or even strangers, emotional abuse can leave lasting psychological and sometimes physical effects.

Fortunately, there are laws that can protect victims and prosecute perpetrators of emotional abuse. Here are some of those laws that you can, and sometimes must, use to protect yourself and others.

Civil rights icon Julian Bond passed away at the age of 75 on August 15. Bond was an accomplished politician and professor, but above all he was a social activist, becoming one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in his 20s and continuing to fight for equal rights into his 70s.

One of Bond's most enduring legacies is the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a legal nonprofit that has been fighting hate groups, racism, and inequality since its founding in 1971.

Whether you want to hand out flyers promoting your favorite political platform or your latest business venture, you may be wondering if you need to get a permit first. (Or you may be wondering if the person hassling you with a flyer needed or got a permit to do so.) After all, there are all sorts of ordinances regulating posting ads and flyers on poles and street signs, so wouldn't the same be true of handing out coupons and leaflets?

In classic legal fashion, the answer, as always, is: it depends. There are some circumstances, and some cities, that will require a permit to hand out flyers.