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Hosting a party has its ups and downs. While gathering your friends and family together to celebrate any occasion is bound to be fun, if you're hosting and serving alcohol, you may have to be the "fun police." Social hosts have to walk a fine line between encouraging guests to have fun and making sure everyone stays safe.

Although a party host isn't going to be able to prevent every sort of alcohol related problem, exercising caution may save a host from facing legal liability if something does go wrong. Below, you'll find some tips on how to minimize legal liability when serving alcohol to party guests.

Finding a dead body can frequently be a traumatic experience. Even when the body is not a loved one, personally encountering death can have wide range of effects on individuals.

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then, if you are able, confirm death without disturbing the scene or body, and contact the authorities (9-1-1). Feeling for a pulse, or breathing, will generally be okay. If the deceased has clearly been so for some time, there is no need to confirm a pulse or breathing. Additionally, you can call 9-1-1 before doing anything, and allow the operator to walk you through what to do.

During the wintertime, landlord's are frequently called upon to fix problems that are either the result of, or made worse by, cold weather conditions. Additionally, during the winter months, a landlord faces increased liability for injuries in places that experience snow and ice. Landlords can also be liable for injuries that result from poor maintenance of the property.

Apart from ensuring that sidewalks, common areas, and entryways are free from snow and ice, landlords also have to ensure that their tenants have adequate heat and protection from the elements. The following three tips can help landlords save time, money, and headache during the winter.

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would effectively prohibit individuals from sleeping in their cars in any residential area, or near schools and parks. Although the measure was approved by the city council, it still needs to be signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The new measure, if approved by Garcetti, would replace a prior ban that was put into place in the 1980s that was stuck down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a couple years ago.

Although there are several laws protecting employees from the bad actions of their employers, only a few states actually have laws against workplace bullying. To make matters worse, the laws are rather limited in what they actually protect. However, regardless of the weak legislation, there are steps employees can take to prevent and fight workplace bullying using the laws already on the books.

Although bullying can take many forms, if you are being physically abused, or even intimidated, involving law enforcement is advisable. Physical intimidation, or any unwanted touching, is illegal under criminal law, even if the touching is not hitting or sexual. Additionally, employers have a duty to keep their employees safe, and if you are being assaulted, physically or verbally, at work, your employer is failing in that duty.

The FCC is warning consumers to be on the lookout for telephone scam artists who impersonate government officials, such as law enforcement or other government representatives, demanding payment in the form of gift cards. Usually the impersonator will threaten that you or a family member will be arrested or face some other legal action unless a payment is made to them. The scammers then demand you purchase gift cards and provide them the redemption codes over the phone.

Although this scam has been around for some time, the FCC issued this warning amid concerns that scammers are employing the use of robo-calling to identify potential targets. Additionally, along with the consumer warning, the FCC held a town hall Q&A via twitter using the hashtag #RobocallChat.

Whether you're traveling to be with, or maybe get away from, friends and family over the holidays, knowing the laws of the state or country you're traveling to is really important. Ending up on the wrong side of the law abroad can be scary and confusing, doubly so if you're traveling alone or don't speak the language. Before traveling abroad, it is always a good idea to do some research about the legal system and various laws of the country you are traveling to.

At a bare minimum, international travelers should check the US State Department's travel website to see what is recommended for their particular destination and if there are any travel advisories or warnings. Additionally, doing an internet search for commonly-violated laws by tourists for your destination might provide added peace of mind.

In addition to looking up the actual laws of your destination, the following legal tips could just save you from catastrophe.

When we go to a hospital, it's normally for a medical emergency when we need competent care quickly. We expect to get the medical treatment we need, and we expect to be treated just like any other patient. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

Some hospitals may deny certain treatments or procedures based on religious grounds, and others are struggling with providing adequate medical services to transgender patients. And some doctors are profiling their patients based on race and gender. Here's a look at how hospitals discriminate against patients and what you can do about it.

For most parents on Halloween, it's not the costumes that scare them. Among the biggest fear that parents have on Halloween is that their child will be abducted or worse. The fear of kidnapping on Halloween seems rational as children are dressed in costume, are out in large numbers (often unsupervised), are out at night, and the whole holiday provides cover for would-be criminals.

To help mitigate the concerns of parents, many states and localities have laws regulating the actions of sex offenders during Halloween. In California, for example, sex offenders on parole are required to be at home from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., with any exterior lights turned off, and are not allowed to open their door for anyone except law enforcement. Although laws prohibiting sex offenders from participating in Halloween are not in every state, parents can take other actions to protect their kids.

Believe it or not, there was a time when a driver's license was nothing more than a piece of paper with an actual paper photo glued on that got laminated. No magnetic strips, barcodes, holograms, or fancy security features. After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government passed the REAL ID Act, which required state IDs such as driver's licenses, to comply with new security measures to protect against counterfeit forms of identification.

While the REAL ID Act was passed in 2005, there are still five states that have not complied, which will cause serious inconvenience for residents of those states. For example, the Pennsylvania driver's license won't be enough to board a plane in 2018.