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    Guardianship and the Richest Woman in the World

    On September 20th, Liliane Bettencourt, the richest woman in the world died at age 94. Scandals of several types plagued the last years of her life and the lives of those around her going as far as alleged campaign contributions in great excess of the legal limit to former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.   Aside from the political scandals, Bettencourt was involved in intense family drama to put it mildly. The heiress to the L’Oreal fortune amassed an incredible amount of wealth and at her death was worth approximately $44 billion. Her father, and known Nazi sympathizer, started the company that owns brands such as Garnier and Lancome and…

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    5 Things You Need to Know About the Equifax Breach and What to Do About It

    (1) What Happened   Equifax discovered a breach of personal and financial information on July 29, 2017. They hired security company Mandiant on August 2. The public wasn’t notified until September 9 when Equifax claims it finally understood the scope of the breach. Around 143 million Americans and in some cases, UK and Canadian residents, were affected. The private data that was exposed is crucial to people’s financial identities. Social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses were stolen, leaving those Americans vulnerable to identity theft. In some instances, driver’s license numbers were also stolen. And finally, the credit card numbers of approximately 209,000 people were a part of the breach.…

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    The Legal Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many Texas residents have entirely new problems on their hands: rebuilding. For many folks, legal services organizations, such as Lone Star Legal Aid and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, are going to be essential in assisting them to get their life back on track. These organizations have already begun assisting victims with what is likely to be a long road ahead. (Author note: as of the time of publication of this article, Hurricane Irma is barreling towards Florida and the Southeast, but has not yet made landfall in the contiguous United States. While this article focuses on the legal ramifications for Harvey victims, the victims of Irma…