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If there's a cloud on a title, watch out

You were interested in buying a property, but you were just informed that the title is clouded. A cloudy title can stop your purchase immediately.

A cloud on a title is anything from a claim, unreleased lien, document or another kind of notation that could invalidate the title. As a buyer, you should beware if you see a cloud on a title or if you find that there is a cloud on a title after you purchased a property.

Do you need a letter of intent?

When you're creating your estate plan, you might be focused on the will and trusts, but there are other aspects of the plan that you need to consider. One of these is the letter of intent. While this isn't a legally binding document, it can prove to be very valuable in the days immediately following your passing.

The letter of intent can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. The point of it is to provide special notes to your family members, friends and those involved in your side. This document can't be used to supersede a will or trusts, but it can go beyond the points included in those.

When you divorce, address your estate plan, too

If you're getting a divorce, one thing you should do is make sure you review your estate plan. You and your ex-spouse may negotiate arrangements that affect your estate plan, so it's smart to talk to your attorney about adjusting it as needed.

With estate plans, updates are a good idea each time you have a major life event. In this case, you may want to remove your ex-spouse from the agreement or make changes that guarantee that they get a portion of a retirement benefit or other benefits that are discussed in the plan.

Why in-patient treatment can help you criminal case

You knew what you were doing was wrong, but somehow you still never expected to be arrested. The booking process was a shock to your system. Subsequent events made you suddenly conscious of the fact that your life -- and your addiction -- had seemingly spun out of control without your notice.

Nobody ever becomes an alcoholic or a drug addict overnight. A substance abuse disorder can start slowly and build over time. Long before you find yourself obsessively thinking about that next fix or another drink, you may:

  • Suffer from an untreated mental health condition, like bipolar disorder or depression
  • Struggle with chronic illness or pain that isn't properly treated
  • Have poor coping skills that make it difficult to endure ordinary life stressors
  • Be struggling with situational problems that you don't know how to handle, like the loss of a loved one or a bad marriage

What should I know about my digital assets?

As times change, more of our assets are intangible. In some cases, you may not have planned to have as many online and cloud-based assets, but for many, the convenience often overtakes the objections.

Tangible assets feel simpler to distribute in an estate plan. The object is clearly yours, and there is no concern over whether you continue to have rights to it after you pass away.

When can children choose whom they live with?

Child custody can be one of the most challenging parts of a divorce. Your children are an essential part of your life, and having to compromise on when you can see them can be frustrating.

Divorce can be even more difficult for children, especially since they tend to feel like many of the decisions are out of their control. In some cases, however, courts will consider a child’s opinion about whom they live with.

Why you should stay off social media after your arrest

Getting arrested can be a challenging experience, no matter what the charge. It can be a vulnerable and challenging time from the moment of your arrest until you are released.

Once you have access to your phone or computer, it can be tempting to reach out to your friends and family on social media for support. While your support system is critical during this time, social media may not be a good place to look for support.

Take caution before starting a business with a buddy

Developing the idea for a new business can be exciting, and it often happens with other people. Whether the people you involve are family members who help you brainstorm or friends who are active collaborators, it can be challenging to separate yourself from the influence of others as you start your business.

Having a support network can be vital to the beginning of a company. While some businesses do well when friends join forces, in many cases, having a friend as your business partner can spell disaster.

Compassion and empathy are important in family law

People who have a family law matter that they need to address will often need the help of an attorney who handles their type of case. Finding someone who understands the applicable laws and who has a history of satisfied clients is important, but you also need to find an attorney who has empathy and compassion.

Some of the things that need to be discussed in a family law case, including divorce and child custody, are intimate or very personal. You have to be able to trust your lawyer to have these discussions with them. If you can't trust them, you may withhold vital information, and this can have a negative impact on your case.

Should you review your estate plan after it's created?

Estate planning changes a little bit each year, and in 2020, it's no different. People with estate plans need to consider new limits on taxes and other factors that could impact their estate once they pass away.

As you know, estate planning covers what you'd like to have happen to your assets when you pass away. It also gives you the opportunity to explain how you want your health care to be handled and how you want your estate to be managed if you can no longer do so yourself due to a serious illness or disability.

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