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Author Archives: Molly O'Leary

Breaking up is hard to do

I recently read an article that a friend posted on Facebook titled, Your Brain on Divorce. The article was written by divorce attorney and mediator Michelle Crosby for The Huffington Post. As I read the article, I couldn’t help but ...

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Lessons from ‘Downton Abbey’

In the most recent episode of “Downton Abbey,” Lord Grantham despairingly says, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Ironically, he was referring to himself in the face of his son-in-law Matthew Crawley’s ever-increasing efforts to right the listing ...

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How’s the view from your fiscal cliff?

’Tis the season to wrap up loose ends for 2012 and take stock of the financial health of your business. Are there any looming “fiscal cliffs” in your business’s near future? Here’s a checklist for taking inventory: 1. Do you ...

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Until death do us part …

Depending on your point of view, the phrase “until death do us part” can either sound hopelessly romantic or like another way to say “albatross around my neck” – and no, I am not speaking of a traditional marriage. In ...

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Even the court expects you to have clean hands

Our legal system is based on the common law passed down to us from merry ol’ England. In addition to express rules (statutes) that one can research in the Idaho Code and regulations enacted by state agencies such as the Idaho ...

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What is past is prologue

Assuming the role of president for the Idaho State Bar recently prompted me to spend some time reflecting on some of the role models in my life. The first such role model was my mother, Mary Kathryn Callaghan O’Leary. As ...

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To register or not to register …

The Idaho Contractors Registration Act (ICRA) was passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2005. Under that law, it is unlawful “for any person to engage in the business of, or hold himself out as, a contractor within this state without ...

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Badmouth that vodka at your own risk

Recent events surrounding the on-again, off-again relationship between Ogden’s Own Distillery and the Idaho State Liquor Division (ISLD) over the “tastefulness” of Ogden’s Own’s “Five Wives Vodka” (see Idaho Business Review, June 6, 2012 edition) bring to mind a familiar ...

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Horseplay at work? Discourage it

My last column addressed the legal theory called respondeat superior, or “let the master answer.” As discussed, if an employee injures someone (or something) during the course and scope of his or her employment, under the respondeat superior doctrine, the ...

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