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July 2020 Archives

Reducing the impact of divorce on children

In an ideal world, all children will experience a childhood in which both of their parents are happily married and able to raise their children without conflict. However, the reality is that relationships can fall apart or become toxic. Sometimes marriages become so broken that going through a divorce is in the best interests of the children.

Accused of identity theft? Make sure to defend yourself

There are many kinds of fraud that you could be accused of doing. One of the most common is identity theft. Identity theft can happen in one of many ways, such as by taking someone's credit or debit card and using it without permission, checking out online under someone else's information or even presenting yourself as them when you go to a medical appointment or take out a loan.

What alternatives do you have to litigation over a dispute?

Americans have long been accused of being overly litigious -- but almost nobody really wants a dispute to wind up in court if they can avoid it. Whether it's a dispute with a neighbor over a boundary line or a problem with a business partner, most people will try to work things out on their own before they turn to a lawyer.

The role of guardianships for the elderly

Guardianships are a type of court-appointed relationship that enables one person to care for another person who is medically or financially vulnerable in some way. In many cases, guardianships are put in place so that elderly people can be cared for by loved ones when they are no longer able to adequately look after themselves.

Virtual visitation may give parents more options as kids grow

As your child has gotten older, one thing you've noticed is that they are simply always busy. Their activities take hours to complete, and they don't always come home after school. Their weekends are full of classes and sports, so you and your ex-spouse have both had some trouble finding time to spend with your child.

Want to break your contract with an employer? Read this first

A lot of people like the security of having a contract with their employer -- but contracts always cut both ways. Your employer may be relying on that contract just as much as you are. Your signature commits you to work for that employer until the contract ends.

Avoiding contempt of court at divorce

While going through a divorce doesn't make you a criminal, the legal procedure that you'll need to follow includes abiding by the specific orders of the family law court at all times. These can be very limiting and may make you feel like you're the "bad guy" even when you're simply trying to end your marriage and secure a better future for yourself and your loved ones.

Is it murder if the death was unintentional?

When you caught your boyfriend with your best friend in bed together, you lost your temper. You got so angry that you picked up a large item off your dresser and threw it at them. You couldn't have predicted that the item would be heavy enough, or dangerous enough, to kill.

What's racketeering?

"Racketeering" is a word that's often used to apply to organized crime -- like the mafia. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was originally intended to make it easier for prosecutors to target organized crime, particularly the mob bosses who directed the action of others.

Premarital agreements protect both parties

Anyone who is planning on getting married should consider the need for a prenuptial agreement. While some individuals might associate these with wealthy individuals, others can also benefit from having one in place before they tie the knot. Understanding some basic points about these agreements might help you determine if you need one.

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.

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.

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.

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