Ask the County Law Librarian: Podcast
Our second series of podcasts, “Ask the County Law Librarian,” was based on questions received from patrons and answered in our weekly column in the Sacramento Press.
Everyday Law Podcasts
Our first series of podcasts ran from 2009-2011.
Caregiver Authorization Affidavits
Emancipation of Minors
Legal Document Assistants
Renew a Judgment
Returns and Exchanges
Episode 2: Choosing a Health Club
Jan. 23, 2009
Consumer protections to consider when choosing and joining a health club.
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Episode 5: Emancipation of Minors
May 19, 2009
As children enter their teen years and gain more independence from parents, both may have questions regarding the process, legal requirements and consequences of emancipation. This podcast discusses California's requirements for emancipation, and the effect of emancipation on a minor and his or her parents.
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Episode 6: Renewing a Judgment
July 22, 2009
In today's current economic climate, if you have previously won a court judgment against a debtor but still haven't received the money, it is more important than ever to renew your judgment with the court before it expires. Judgments issued by a California state or federal court, and any real estate liens associated with those judgments, last for only ten years.
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Episode 7: Fire Protection in California - It's the Law!
Sept. 8, 2009
Although summer is beginning to cool down, fire season is in full swing. It's a good time to make sure your home is protected by creating a "defensible space" around it. Not only is defensible space a good idea, many people do not realize that is the law in California. Learn more about this law, and resources to help you make your home safe.
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Episode 9: Job Scams
Jan. 8, 2010
Mystery shopper, work-from-home, and other job scams are nothing new, but with so many people looking for work, it's more important than ever to be on guard. Some offers are legitimate, but many are scams to rip you off or even involve you in criminal activity. Here are some things to look out for if you are looking for a job.
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Episode 10: Security Deposits
Feb. 9, 2010
Moving out of your rented residence? Under California Civil Code 1950.5(f), you are entitled to a pre-move-out inspection if you request it. Find out about this and more tenant's rights in this month's Everyday Law podcast from Sacramento County Public Law Library.
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Episode 11: Powers of Attorney
April 5, 2010
A Power of Attorney is a legal document you can use to give another person the legal authority to act on your behalf, either in all financial matters, or in a specific matter such as selling a car while you are out of town. Learn more about what you can and can't do with a power of attorney in this episode of Everyday Law.
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Episode 4 (revised): Foreclosure in California
July 2010 (rev.)
California foreclosure laws protect owners with specific procedures before a lender can foreclose. Learn about these, and about foreclosure scams to look out for, in this episode of "Everyday Law."
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Episode 12: Legal Document Assistants
Oct. 5, 2010
Under California statutory law, certain types of legal services can be performed by Legal Document Assistants (LDAs) or Unlawful Detainer Assistants (UDAs). This podcast covers the difference between LDAs/UDAs and paralegals, and what you should know when deciding whether to use an LDA.
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Episode 13: Caregiver Authorization Affidavits
Nov. 1, 2010
Frequently parents find that they need someone else, often a grandparent or other family member, to care for and make decisions for their children, but they do not want to establish a formal guardianship. As an alternative to a legal guardianship, caregivers can sign a Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit. Find out more about this affidavit and when it can be used by listening to this episode of "Everyday Law."
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Episode 14: Gift Cards
Dec. 1, 2010
Here's some legal news you can use, just in time for the Holidays! State and federal law provide protection for gift cards. Most store cards cannot expire or charge a service fee. Cards that can be used anywhere, like those from Visa, American Express, or Mastercard, must be good for at least 5 years. Find out more in this episode of "Everyday Law." And be sure to read the fine print on the card!
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Episode 15: Returns and Exchanges
Dec. 27, 2010
Returning holiday gifts? Don’t assume that you can return items unconditionally. Look for a return policy sign in the store! Under California law, stores are free to set their own policies, such as requiring a restocking fee or requiring that the merchandise is in its original packaging — as long as they are posted conspicuously at the store or on the order form.
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Episode 16: Identity Theft
Jan. 31, 2011
Identity theft is a very serious crime and can have disastrous effects on the person who is victimized. Potential victims need to act quickly in order to minimize the damage. This podcast gives steps to take after your identity is stolen.
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Episode 17: Moving Companies
March 23, 2011
Moving ranks high in the list of most stressful life events. Turning all your worldly possessions over to a stranger, for that person to handle and transport, can definitely increase your anxiety level. Listen to this podcast to learn about California and Federal laws that protect consumers from unscrupulous moving companies.
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Episode 19: Conservatorship
If you have a close friend or family member who is suffering from severe physical or mental illness, recovering from a serious accident, or declining mentally or physically as a result of aging, they may need your help, including finding a place to live, obtaining healthcare, or depositing checks in the bank. Even if it is only a temporary situation, a conservatorship may be the answer for you to take care of your loved one. Listen for more information.
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Episode 20: Peremptory Challenges
A party in a California case has one chance to disqualify a judge for any reason at all, known as a "peremptory challenge." Learn more about this option and how to do it in this podcast. Download Episode 20Links for Episode 20