Apologies May Fuel Settlement of Legal Disputes

Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology.

Jennifer Robbennolt says her studies show that apologies can potentially help resolve legal disputes ranging from injury cases to wrongful firings, giving wounded parties a sense of justice and satisfaction that promotes settlements and trims demands for damages.

“Conventional wisdom has been to avoid apologies because they amount to an admission of guilt that can be damaging to defendants in court,” she said. “But the studies suggest apologies can actually play a positive role in settling legal cases.”

Excerpted from ScienceDaily.com. Read the full article here.

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State Laws on Gay Marriage Lead to Disparities

The nation’s patchwork geography of same-sex marriage laws was not much of an issue when just a few states allowed it. But now nine states and the District of Columbia allow such unions, with Maine, Maryland and Washington voting to join the list last fall. And the Supreme Court could decide this summer whether equal marriage protections are a right under the Constitution.

For couples who end up needing legal help for estate planning or dissolving their relationships, be sure to hire professionals who have expertise and are aware of the pitfalls in this mish mash of legal rights.

Excerpted from The New York Times. Read the full article here.

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