In Legal Terms
In Legal Terms: Estate Planning
Many of our laws give preferential treatment to individuals that are married to each other. What legal benefits are there to being married? We’ll learn today with our guest attorney Rick Courtney. We’ll answer questions about how spouses are treated as it relates to property, taxes, social security, and medical decision making. https://elderlawms.com/richard-a-courtney/
On Money Talks, heard on MPB Think Radio Tuesdays at 9am Central and on its podcast, there was a recent show about Unmarried Households and Money. Look for the May 3rd, 2022 podcast to listen. http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-unmarried-households
We’ve loved having Rick on the show over the years. Here's a link to where you can find all his broadcasts. 8/5/2022 In Legal Terms: guest Richard Courtney to hear him discuss Estate Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Law and other topics.
Applications are accepted in the County Court Office on the 2nd floor of the DeSoto County Courthouse, located at 2535 Highway 51 South in Hernando, Mississippi. Room 200.
Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.
The Clerk's office accepts walk-ins, no appointment necessary.
Obtaining a Marriage License
To obtain a marriage license is DeSoto County, both applicants must appear before the Circuit Clerk.
- Effective January 13, 2020 the cost of the marriage license increases to $37, we accept cash or card. **Beginning June 1, 2022 there will be a charge to process all credit card transactions.**
- Proof of age is required by both applicants in the form of drivers licenses, ID, passport or birth certificate.
- There is no blood work or waiting period required and the license does not expire once it has been issued.
- If either applicant has been married before we must know the date the last marriage ended. If the divorce was within the last 6 months, we must have a copy of the divorce decree.
- Our office only issues the marriage license, our Judges do not perform ceremonies in DeSoto County.
- Parental Consent is required for any applicants under the age of 21. Parental consent forms are available in the office or you can print the Out of Office Parental Consent (PDF) form. The form must be signed in front of a Notary and a copy of the drivers license is required from the parent signing the consent form.
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In Legal Terms: Starting a Business43:59To say you are “in Business” might be an intimidating thought. What if we replaced it with “crafter”? Or “musician”? Or “reseller”? What laws do you need to know when starting a small business? When does a hobby become a business? Our guests Professor Martin Edwards from Ole Miss and William Bettis from the firm of Butler Snow will give us some ideas.If you’re enjoying this discussion of starting a business, Mr. Bettis was our guest on June 28th 2022.And Professor Edwards was our guest to discuss Contracts on September 5th of 2023. I’ll have the links to those podcasts on this show’s information.http://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-business-lawhttp://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-contracts-2023The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office has a webpage: Y’all Business – Mississippi Business Information Center. If you go to their main website: https://sos.ms.gov/ it’s an easy click to their resource center on how to start a small business. I’ll have that link on this show’s information page.https://yallbusiness.sos.ms.gov/HomeYou can find out about new laws in Mississippi by listening to the MPB News program @Issue. It airs Fridays at 6:30pm on MPB Think Radio through the legislative session. There will be additional content on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/@MSPublicBroadcasting Republican Austin Barbour and Democrat Brandon Jones will have weekly recaps and roundtable discussions about current issues. Will Stribling is at the state capitol as MPB News' Legislative reporter. https://www.mpbonline.org/news/issue/ https://www.mpbonline.org/news/https://www.irs.gov/ https://www.dor.ms.gov/ https://www.sba.gov/
In Legal Terms: Real Estate Law 202444:55We’re almost to house buying selling season. Maybe it’s selling then buying! Anyway – our guest Real Estate Attorney, Terry Little from McKenzie Little Law Firm will answer our questions.If you need assistance from a contractor or a home inspector – MPB’s got you covered with our Wednesday 9am show – Fix It 101. http://fixit101.mpbonline.org/The Home Show from the Home Builders Association of Jackson will be at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl MS Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd 10:00am – 5:00pm both days. Our Fix It 101 crew will be broadcasting live from The Home show Saturday morning at 9am again this year. Felder Rushing, MPB’s Gestalt Gardener will give a talk. https://homeshowjackson.com/Your rights are being determined right now. Find out what’s going on. The MPB News program @Issue airs Fridays at 6:30pm on MPB Think Radio through the legislative session. There will be additional content on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting YouTube channel. Republican Austin Barbour and Democrat Brandon Jones will have weekly recaps and roundtable discussions about current issues. Will Stribling is at the state capitol as MPB News' Legislative reporter. https://www.mpbonline.org/news/issue/
In Legal Terms - Classic: DUI44:29Original Air Date: 9-12-2023Each of our participants have been affected by a death caused by a drunk driver. We want to discourage you from drinking and driving. If you are stopped under suspicion of DUI you do have rights. Our guest attorney Francis Springer is going to tell us what those rights are. https://www.springerlawoffice.com/If you’d like some extra information about Driving Under the Influence, check out the Mississippi Bar website and their page about driving under the influence. Like did you know if a driver is under 21, they are defined as intoxicated if their blood alcohol concentration level of 0.02?https://www.msbar.org/for-the-public/consumer-information/driving-under-the-influence/A person who is over 21 and gets a DUI, if there’s anyone under 16 in the car, the driver is guilty of Child Endangerment also. I hope this hits home to anyone who considers driving after drinking.We’ve talked about what could happen if you’re charged after a first offense of DUI but did you know: states talk to each other. If you get a DUI in another state, Mississippi still knows about it. So don’t have a first offense then you won’t have a second.https://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2015/title-63/chapter-11/section-63-11-30
In Legal Terms: Wills 202447:31We’ve got one of our most popular guests, Kelly Kyle from the firm of Kyle Wynn, on to discuss our most popular topic – wills and estate planning. He's firm has some upcoming estate planning seminars: https://www.kyle-wynn.com/seminars-blog#SeminarsPearl - Tuesday, February 20, 2:30 p.m. • Fairfield Inn, 407 Riverwind DrivePearl - Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 p.m. • Fairfield Inn, 407 Riverwind DriveRidgeland - Wednesday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. • Hyatt Place, 1016 Highland Colony Pkwy. (at Renaissance)Ridgeland - Wednesday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m. • Hyatt Place, 1016 Highland Colony Pkwy. (at Renaissance)Vicksburg - Thursday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. • Courtyard by Marriott, 1 Underwood Drive (off Clay Street)Clinton - Thursday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m. • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 495 Springridge RoadMadison - Saturday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. • Courtyard by Marriott, 601 Baptist DriveYour rights are being determined right now. Find out what’s going on. The next season of the MPB News program @Issue will be starting Friday, February 9th at 6:30pm on MPB Think Radio. There will be additional content on our YouTube channel. Michael Guidrey from MPB News will be joined by Republican Austin Barbour and Democrat Brandon Jones for weekly recaps and roundtable discussions about current issues. Will Stribling is at the state capitol as MPB News' Legislative reporter.February 12th is the Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: Applicants who register in-person in the Circuit Clerk’s office on that day and those who mail registration applications postmarked no later than February 12th are eligible to vote in the March 12, 2024 Primary Elections. If you want to have a say in who is nominated by ONE party or THE OTHER for president, or the 4 House of Representatives seats or Senator Rodger Wicker’s Senate seat you have less than a week to get registered. https://www.sos.ms.gov/index.php/elections-voting/voter-registration-informationOn Thursday, February 8, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Trump vs. Anderson. Former President Trump and his attorneys are challenging a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that prevents his name from appearing on the ballot in that state.The arguments themselves are expected to be one-hour in length. Attorneys for each side receive 30 minutes to make their case and answer questions from the Justices. We do not how exactly how long the Special Coverage will last - it depends on the precise start and end time of the court session itself, followed by analysis.Podcasts discussed:http://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-flowers-v-mississippihttp://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-hippa
In Legal Terms: MSPS47:48Department of Public Safety? What all is that and how does it affect you? Eric Brown, General Counsel for MSPS will tell us. https://www.dps.ms.gov/administration/legal-division Guest co-host Adam Kilgore General Counsel, The Mississippi Bar. https://www.msbar.org/media/3109/what-to-do-when-you-get-a-bar-complaint-adam-kilgore.pdfAttorney volunteers are needed to serve as judges during the 2024 Mississippi High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored annually by the YLD of the Mississippi Bar. There will be three Regional Competitions: Southern on January 27 in Gulfport, Central on February 3 in Jackson, and Northern on February 10 in Oxford. The Statewide Competition will be March 1-2 in Jackson. More Info: https://msbar.org/pro.../high-school-mock-trial-competition/Have you thought about a career in law enforcement? In Legal Terms did a show with the director of training from the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center . You can find that podcast from December 21st 2021 here: http://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-law-enforcement-trainingWhat’s up with our Mississippi legislature? Find out! The next season of the MPB News program @Issue will be starting Friday, February 9th at 6:30pm on MPB Think Radio. There will be additional content on our YouTube channel. Michael Guidrey from MPB News will be joined by Republican Austin Barbour and Democrat Brandon Jones for weekly recaps and roundtable discussions about current issues. Will Stribling is at the state capitol as MPB News' Legislative reporter. https://www.mpbonline.org/news/issue/February 12th is the Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: Applicants who register in-person in the Circuit Clerk’s office on that day and those who mail registration applications postmarked no later than February 12th are eligible to vote in the March 12, 2024 Primary Elections. If you want to have a say in who is nominated by ONE party or THE OTHER for president, or the 4 House of Representatives seats or Senator Rodger Wicker’s Senate seat you have less than 2 weeks to get registered. https://sos.ms.gov/IRSs News for 2024State Sex Offender Registry
In Legal Terms: Property Distribution45:11Laws are not the same from place to place in America. What might be legal in Louisiana or California isn’t necessarily the law here in Mississippi. Let’s learn about some of those differences today with our guest Professor Cal Peeler a guest professor at Ole Miss Law School. https://law.olemiss.edu/faculty-directory/calvin-peeler/What courts handle the distribution of property in a divorce?Chancery Courts have jurisdiction over disputes in matters involving equity; domestic matters including adoptions, custody disputes and divorces; guardianships; sanity hearings; wills; and challenges to constitutionality of state laws. Land records are filed in Chancery Court.We’ve talked about domestic law a few times here on In Legal Terms. Most recently August 22nd of 2023 our guest was Chancery Court Judge Troy Odum and Child Supporthttp://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-child-support https://courts.ms.gov/aboutcourts/aboutthecourts.phpIf you want to know what’s going on with our legislature, what’s being discussed, watch committee meetings, or see a calendar just head over to their website:https://www.legislature.ms.gov/calendars-and-schedules/I am very proud to announce that the next season of the MPB News program @Issue will be starting Friday, February 9th at 6:30pm on MPB Think Radio. There will be additional content on our YouTube channel. Michael Guidrey from MPB News will be joined by Republican Austin Barbour and Democrat Brandon Jones for weekly recaps and roundtable discussions about current issues. Will Stribling will be at the state capitol as MPB News' Legislative reporter.
In Legal Terms - Classic: Home Owners' Associations43:42Attorney Reed Martz from Freeland Martz PLLC took listener questions and spoke about HOAs, Home Owners' Associations.Questions included: covenants, antennas, publishing names of those with unpaid dues, and forming an HOA.https://freelandmartz.com/reed-martz/
In Legal Terms - Classic: Employment Law - Discrimination43:42Whether you’re a worker or a boss you may have employment law questions. We’re brought in employment law expert Attorney Chiquita Hall Jackson to answer them. We learn about discrimination and harassment and take questions. https://www.facebook.com/halljacksonandassociatespc/ (312)255-7105 https://www.hall-jacksonandassociates.com/Employment Law Guide - https://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/elg/Labor laws and worker protection - https://www.usa.gov/labor-lawsLabor & Employment Law - https://www.msbar.org/inside-the-bar/sections/labor-employment-law/National Employment Lawyers Association - https://www.nela.org/US Dept of Labor: Occupational Safety and Heath Administration - https://www.osha.gov/US Equal Employment Opportunity commission
In Legal Terms: Wishes 202344:28For the third year: What do you wish for? Legally speaking? Does Mississippi or our country have laws you wish were repealed? If you could make the laws what would you wish for?If you’d like to better know the rights you have, you can read The Constitution of the State of Mississippi adopted November 1st 1890 annotated, updated May 2022. It’s on the Secretary of State’s website. https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/documents/ed_pubs/pubs/Mississippi_Constitution.pdfWant to search and learn about a specific law? The Secretary of State’s searchable Unannotated Mississippi Code is a link to information provided by LexisNexis Publishing, the official publisher of the Mississippi Code. https://www.sos.ms.gov/communications-publications/mississippi-law