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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