GET SQUATTERS OUT!

It’s a snowbird’s worst nightmare: returning home after an extended absence only to discover that squatters have moved in. The nightmare goes from bad to worse when the police advises the squatters have rights and cannot be forcefully removed. The only option: file a lawsuit to get the squatters out. As anyone who has been through full blown litigation knows, it is a long and expensive process.

IDAHO'S NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO REPAIR ACT

The notice and opportunity to repair act prohibits an owner from suing a “construction professional” without first providing written notice of a claim. Idaho Code § 6-2503(1). The written notice must describe the claim in “reasonable detail.” Id. If the notice is not given before a lawsuit is filed, the lawsuit must be dismissed. Id. When the notice is served, the statute of limitation is tolled (i.e., it stops). Id.

DACA LIVES! FOR NOW ANYWAY...

DACA LIVES! FOR NOW ANYWAY...

On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco issued a decision that partially revived DACA, a program established by a 2012 executive order by President Obama and rescinded on September 5, 2017 by President Trump.  DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, offers an employment authorization document and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and meet a variety of other eligibility criteria. Participants in the program are often referred to as Dreamers as their eligibility for the program demonstrates a continued commitment to pursuing the American Dream. These Dreamers, nearly 800,000 in total since 2012, are young people who are educated in the U.S., do not have significant criminal convictions, and for the most know no other country but the U.S. 

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON IMMIGRATION

On March 6, President Trump issued the executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, effective March 16, 2017. This order revokes the previous executive order issued on January 27, 2017 under the same name, which has been the subject of numerous lawsuits. President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, stated the new order should promote the administration’s goals and end litigation regarding the January 27th order. Some claim the order is a just a watered-down Muslim ban and others praise the order. Either way, it did clarify a few points that caused much of the chaos in the roll out of the January 27th order.