Too Late to Seek GAL

Statute mandates the appointment of a guardian ad litem for child when, and only when, the petition alleges abuse with specificity; pleading the appearance of unexplained bruises is too generalized.
RAYMOND WINFREY, Respondent vs. CHEYENNE N. CAHALAN, Appellant
Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District – SD36505

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IRS extends Economic Impact Payment deadline to Nov. 21 to help non-filers

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus payment) is now Nov. 21, 2020. This new date will provide an additional five weeks beyond the original deadline.

The IRS urges people who don’t typically file a tax return – and haven’t received an stimulus payment– to register as quickly as possible using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov. The tool will not be available after Nov. 21.

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Repaying Salary After Arrest Isn’t Compensation for Loss and Isn’t Dischargeable

The obligation of a police officer to repay salary after being convicted of a crime is a nondischargeable debt, according to Bankruptcy Judge Kathryn C. Ferguson and District Judge Michael A. Shipp of Trenton, N.J.


Affirming Judge Ferguson’s decision, the September 28 opinion by Judge Shipp holds that the obligation to repay salary was not compensation for pecuniary loss. Rather, it was penal and thus nondischargeable, even though measured by the former officer’s salary.
The decision was based on Supreme Court authority that has been criticized recently for departing from the language of Section 523(a)(7).

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Six tips for people starting a new business

Understanding the tax responsibilities that come with starting a business venture can save taxpayers money and help set them up for success. IRS.gov has the resources and answers to help people through the process of starting a new business.

Here are six tips for new business owners.

  1. Choose a business structure.
  2. Choose a tax year.
  3. Apply for an employer identification number.
  4. Have all employees complete these forms:
  5. Pay business taxes.
  6. Visit state’s website.

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IRS reminds taxpayers of the home office deduction rules during Small Business Week

During Small Business Week, Sept. 22-24, the Internal Revenue Service wants individuals to consider taking the home office deduction if they qualify. The benefit may allow taxpayers working from home to deduct certain expenses on their tax return. 

The home office deduction is available to qualifying self-employed taxpayers, independent contractors and those working in the gig economy. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended the business use of home deduction from 2018 through 2025 for employees. Employees who receive a paycheck or a W-2 exclusively from an employer are not eligible for the deduction, even if they are currently working from home.

If you want to see if you qualify for the home office deduction check out IRS.gov.

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Unrepentant Lender Slammed with $260,000 in Damages for an ‘Egregious’ Stay Violation

For an egregious violation of the automatic stay that “severely injured” the debtor, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Laura T. Beyer of Charlotte, N.C., imposed $260,000 in sanctions, given that the lender’s “behavior displayed a high degree of reprehensibility.”

The October 6 opinion by Judge Beyer shows how a court may quantify actual and punitive damages when the case on damages was not well presented by the debtor’s counsel. She said that “a more successful litigant could have shown the [debtor’s] entitlement to a larger amount of damages.”

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Southwest Issues Layoff Warnings to 6,828 Employees

Southwest Airlines Co. dramatically expanded its furlough warnings, telling employees that 6,828 jobs are at risk as the company and its labor unions have failed so far to agree on how to cut $500 million in costs. all employees from Pilots to baggage handlers and other workers got notices yesterday that they may be furloughed. These new warnings boosts the number of people at risk of being cut between January and April 1 to nearly 13 percent of the workforce. Southwest’s inability to secure a reduction in spending for each work group means the company is facing its first involuntary job cuts in its 49-year history.

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GM Will Recall 7 Million Vehicles for Air Bag Issue Worldwide

General Motors Co. will recall 7 million vehicles worldwide with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The recall is expected to cost the Detroit automaker $1.2 billion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said GM must recall 5.9 million 2007-2014 model year trucks and SUVs because the inflators “are at risk of the same type of explosion after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity as other recalled Takata inflators.” GM has estimated it would cost $1.2 billion if it were required to replace air bag inflators it had sought to avoid fixing. GM said that it will recall 7 million vehicles worldwide, including 544,000 in Canada. The company had argued the recalls were unnecessary because they did not pose a safety risk. GM said yesterday that it still believed “a recall of these vehicles is not warranted based on the factual and scientific record.” The company said it “will abide by NHTSA’s decision and begin taking the necessary steps.” The defect, which leads in rare instances to air bag inflators rupturing and sending potentially deadly metal fragments flying — especially after long-term exposure to high humidity — prompted the largest automotive recall in U.S. history of more than 63 million inflators. Worldwide, about 100 million inflators by 19 major automakers have been recalled.Being sued? Contact our office at 816-524-4949 or you can visit our website at hoorfarlaw.com to schedule an appointment.

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Guitar Center Files for Bankruptcy

Guitar Center Inc filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, as music lovers moved their shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic. The retailer has negotiated to have a total of $375 million in debtor-in-possession financing from its existing lenders and intends to raise $335 million in new senior secured notes. Earlier this month the company reached a restructuring agreement with key stakeholders that includes debt reduction by nearly $800 million and new equity investments of up to $165 million to recapitalize the company. The company said it has between $1 billion and $10 billion of both assets and liabilities. Guitar Center, which owns nearly 300 stores across the country, said business operations will continue without any interruption.

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Hundreds of Companies That Got Stimulus Aid Have Failed

About 300 companies that received as much as half a billion dollars in pandemic-related government loans have filed for bankruptcy. Many of the companies, which employ a total of about 23,400 workers, say that the funds from the Paycheck Protection Program weren’t enough to keep them going as the coronavirus and lack of additional stimulus payments weighed on their businesses. The total number of companies that failed despite getting PPP loans is likely far higher. Many small businesses simply liquidate when they run out of cash rather than file for bankruptcy. The government awarded a total $525 billion in PPP loans to 5.2 million companies since April, according to the Small Business Administration. The SBA has only released data on the largest borrowers. The total amount lent to companies that went bankrupt is between $228 million and $509 million Dozens of recipients, which come from nearly every state, cited the pandemic as a primary reason for entering bankruptcy.

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