5 Reliable Sources for Facts and Context

If you’re looking for a new year’s resolution for 2019, how about a renewed relationship to facts and context? We all fall for the snappy headline that triggers our anger and the “share” button a bit too quickly. The past two years have shed light on the need to remember FACTS and CONTEXT MATTER. Any sliver of a comment or data can be twisted to mean numerous things when not placed in the proper context, or how the person saying it meant it.

As we head into the 2020 Presidential Election (yup, that’s coming at us fast and furious), this…


This week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to stay out of a legal dispute over North Dakota’s Voter I.D. law, which requires voters to provide a valid ID at the polls containing a residential street address. This means no P.O. Boxes or other mailing addresses, which is the subject of the legal dispute before the courts currently. The Supreme Court’s decision to not get involved leaves an 8th Circuit decision in place, removing a stay of the law. In plain English, this means North Dakota may rely on the voter ID requirements in the November 2018 Midterm Election.

Fun Fact: ND Doesn’t Do Voter Registration

North Dakota…


The Supreme Court is back in session, with eight, rather than nine justices on the bench hearing cases which will result in some of the most significant and impactful decisions for the United States. The public is more aware of the Court this year than ever. As you’ve probably heard, there are “four liberal and four conservative justices” on the Court. You’ve likely been under the impression that this split will result in “party-line” votes when deciding cases, or that the political leanings of a judge should be the basis for appointment.

This is some version of the truth. The…


No one wants to think that something bad will ever happen to them. Most people do not want to mull over their own mortality or the mortality of their loved ones. However, people get sick. Accidents happen. Natural torpedo through lives. Most events in life are out of our control, including the fact that death happens, but you can control what happens to your family and your assets if something unexpected does happen. But, it requires planning.

Why you should think about a will, trust, power of attorney, advanced health care directive, authorization for final disposition, and other related estate…


One of the outrages of the week is a proposed rule by the Trump Administration’s State Department to require disclosure of social media “identifiers” for the past five years on visa applications. While understandable that the trigger-reaction by many is outrage, it is worth taking a step back and ask, “why is this a big deal?” Does the right to privacy in the United States extend to foreigners who have not gained entry into the country?

The Facts of the Matter

  1. The Constitution does not give foreigners the right to enter the United States. However, settled Supreme Court precedent says…

Julie C Hancock

Attorney for small businesses, artists & individuals. U.S. performance visas. www.yourvirtualadvocate.com

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