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Is it bad if the zoning regulations change in your area?

Real estate is always changing, which is why zoning can become a problem when it wasn't before. Local zoning laws may change to make room for businesses or single-family homes, for example, limiting who else can buy or build in an area.

If a single-family home zones shift over to multi-family zones, some may worry that current property owners will be badly affected. It could be a good thing, though. While some people worry that their single-family homes may see their values drop due to new development in the area, the truth is that the local market may see an improvement if zoning laws are changed to allow for more construction and flexibility.

Planning may help you make sound decisions in divorce

The circumstances that might lead to a divorce vary greatly. For many individuals, trying to work through the terms of the end of the marriage is a challenge for which they are unprepared. Working closely with an attorney who is familiar with cases similar to yours might help you.

There are a few different things that you'll need to consider when ending your marriage. One of the first is the logistical considerations. These include where you will live, how you will get around, how you will support yourself, what will happen to the kids and similar points. You and your ex may have to work together to come up with solutions for some of these dilemmas.

Have you found the perfect business partner?

Going into business with someone can be an exciting experience. You already have the perfect idea, but is your prospective business partner really the right one for you?

Here are some signs that you've found the right person to be your business partner:

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.

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