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Elder Law in New Mexico

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

There a certain vulnerable populations that deserve our extra care as a society – such as children, and the elderly. While the law has historically afforded children extra protection, the same cannot be said for the elderly. Elder abuse laws are relatively new in this country but New Mexico, for one, is taking a very aggressive approach on prosecuting these crimes. Elder abuse is different depending on the nature of the case. The three main categories are: Abuse within a residential care facility. Abuse at home by a family member or caretaker. An outsider who takes advantage of the elder,...

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How to Adopt in New Mexico

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Adopting a child is very much a legal process, as much as perhaps a joyous one. It’s imperative that you follow the steps properly because when you adopt a child, you legally make this person a member of your family. Your adopted child will have the same legal rights as a birth child after approval by a court of law. To legitimize the adoption you will receive an adoption decree as well as a birth certificate with your name noted as the parent of your adopted child. To make sure you are on top of all the legalities for a New Mexico adoption, here is some helpful information as you begin this...

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New Mexico Teens on Drugs

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

New Mexico’s teens have among the highest rates of drug use in the nation. This can lead to crime, illness, or worse – death. In 2015 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a nationwide survey of high school students; the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, as it is known, quizzed students on 118 health behaviors in areas ranging from drug and alcohol use to sexual behavior and eating habits. New Mexico’s youth ranked second highest in the nation for cocaine and Ecstasy use, fifth highest for methamphetamine and eighth highest for heroin. The students had the second highest rate in...

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Is Sibling Rivalry Normal?

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Sibling rivalry seems to be as common as the existence of families itself. Competition, fighting, the constant needling of each other – this is what we expect from siblings. But what causes it? And is it truly a “normal” facet of the family unit? The Child Development Institute explains it like this: “Siblings don’t choose the family they are born into, don’t choose each other. They may be of different sex, are probably of different age and temperament, and. worst of all, they have to share the one person or the two people they most want for themselves: their parents.” Other factors are also...

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How to Find Babysitting in New Mexico

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

All families sometimes need help with childcare – and maybe you need help finding that someone to help. Here is our guide of the most qualified babysitters and nannies in New Mexico. Care.com – Their mission statement says it all: “Our solutions help families make informed decisions in one of the most important and highly considered aspects of their family life: finding and managing quality care for their loved ones. In providing families a comprehensive marketplace for care, we are also building the largest global destination for quality caregivers to find fulfilling employment and career...

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Jury Instructions – New Mexico Supreme Court Case Update

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

A recent murder case from New Mexico’s Supreme Court addresses a topic often seen in appeals – jury instructions. The case stems from an incident where Defendant Marcos Suazo’s “roughhousing” with his friend Matthew Vigil escalated to Suazo pointing a gun at Vigil. Vigil then grabbed the shotgun and placed the barrel into his own mouth. Suazo pulled the trigger, killing Vigil and seriously injuring a friend who was standing behind Vigil. A major disputed issue in this case was whether Suazo knew the shotgun was loaded when he pulled the trigger. Suazo was convicted of second-degree murder...

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