What Is Common Law Marriage – States, Rights & Requirements

Common law marriage is one of those legal ideas that everyone seems to have heard about, yet few people have a true grasp of the details. You may have read a news story about a common law spouse, or have heard people say things along the lines of, “If you live together for 10 years, you’re common law married.”

If you’re living together with a romantic partner, others may have told you that you’re common law married even if you’ve never told anyone you’re married or never intended to be. This can be an eye-opener, and no small source of concern.

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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN – Review

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN is a small business charge card with a $175 annual fee and a fairly generous rewards program that favors popular business spending categories, including airfare, advertising, gas, shipping, and technology. As a charge card, Business Gold Rewards doesn’t incur regular interest charges; however, you’re required to pay your balance in full by each statement cycle’s due date. Failure to do so for 2 or more consecutive cycles may result in the closure of your account.

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Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN – Review

The Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN is a small business charge card with a $95 annual fee and a rewards program that rewards general spending. Most Green Rewards Card purchases earn 1 Membership Rewards point per $1 spent. Travel booked through American Express Travel is the exception, as those purchases earn 2 points per $1 spent.

As a charge card, Business Green Rewards doesn’t incur regular interest charges. However, you’re required to pay your balance in full before each statement’s due date. If you fail to pay in full for more than 2 consecutive cycles, American Express reserves the right to close your account.

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How to Live Off the Grid – Why You Should Do It & What You Need

Open frontiers, freedom to live one’s life without restrictions, and the romance of living in harmony with nature have long been part of the American psyche. Authors and filmmakers have captured the desire to live independently and rely solely on one’s abilities for centuries.

For example:

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  • Henry David Thoreau, a 19th century poet, writer, and naturalist, explained the fascination with a simple life in his 1854 book “Walden“: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Best 38 Fun Things to Do in Seattle – Activities & Attractions on the Cheap

Laid out on a series of hills on Puget Sound’s eastern shore, Seattle is the biggest city in the Pacific Northwest. It anchors a metro region of 3.5 to 5 million people, depending on how you define it. Even if you’ve never been there, you’ve probably seen pictures of its iconic natural and man-made landmarks: Mount Rainier, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market.

Seattle also has a bevy of lesser-known activities and attractions – more than enough to keep a frugal traveler occupied for a quick weekend, a leisurely week, or even longer. That’s in spite of Seattle’s reputation for high (and rapidly rising) home values and rents, a controversial issue attributable to a long-running tech boom that’s attracting highly educated newcomers, driving up already high-earning techies’ wages, and supporting a frenzied building boom in the city’s core neighborhoods.

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What Is Power of Attorney & How to Get It – Types

A power of attorney, often abbreviated as POA, is a document allowing capable adults to name someone to serve as their representative, or allow others to enter into agreements on their behalf. Because the future is never certain, and an unexpected emergency that robs you of your ability to make choices can happen at any time, this legal tool is something every adult – no matter age, circumstances, or needs – should utilize.

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7 Safest, Low-Risk Investments for Your Money

You know all the rules about getting ahead financially. You understand that you’re supposed to keep your expenses under control, stay out of debt, and save as much of your salary as you can. And you know that if you stick to these rules for long enough, you’ll eventually end up with a nice big balance in the bank. At that point you’re left with another question: What should you do with it?

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7 Important Financial Tips From the Bible – Verses About Money

Personal finance books are hot sellers. Bestsellers include such well-known titles as Robert T. Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” Dave Ramsey’s “The Total Money Makeover,” and Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” However, there’s one book that’s more popular than any of these and offers plenty of sound advice about money: the Bible.

Of course, most people don’t think of the Good Book as a personal finance guide. To some, it’s the literal Word of God; to others, it’s a beautiful work of literature; still others view it as a historical text that’s had a profound influence on our society.

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What Is the Dark Web – Who Uses It, Dangers & Precautions to Take

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new police/intelligence agency on December 10, 2014, to monitor the “Dark Web,” as reported by The Independent. According to Cameron, “The dark net is the next side of the problem, where pedophiles and perverts are sharing images, not using the normal parts of the Internet we all use.”

Independent web consultant Mark Stockley concurs, claiming in Naked Security that the dark web “attracts people who want to engage in things like robbery, sex trafficking, arms trafficking, terrorism and distributing child pornography.” In the International Business Times, writers Charles Paladin and Jeff Stone claim electronic goods, contract killers, guns, passports, fake IDs, and hackers for hire are readily available on the dark web, in addition to illegal drugs and child pornography.

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