Who Has to Testify at a Probate Hearing?

January 21, 2020

Being involved in a court case can be stressful for people who are not used to the process.  The uncertainty, the financial strain, and the highly technical nature of litigation can all contribute to making laypeople feel uncomfortable in the courtroom.  Probate cases are no exception to this, especially as the people involved in the […]

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Divorce and Your Credit Rating

January 10, 2020

Divorce is a difficult time in many ways.  Deciding to get a divorce involves taking many issues into account, ranging from emotional to logistical to financial.  Once you’ve decided to take the plunge and file for divorce, you have to choose the right attorney, file in the correct county, and make sure that your spouse […]

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When to Ask to Establish Paternity

January 2, 2020

The structure of the American family has seen many changes over recent years.  Whereas it used to be against the social norm for people to have children out of wedlock, more and more Americans are choosing to have children without the benefit of marriage.  Bringing a new child into the world is a wonderful time.  […]

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When Are Estate Assets Distributed?

December 13, 2019

At the end of your family member or loved one’s life, you are likely focused on the grieving process and properly and respectfully marking their passing.  There are also practical matters that must be attended to, not least of which is probate.  If you are anticipating receiving an inheritance after your friend or family members’ […]

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Should My Family Pay My Bills When I Die?

December 5, 2019

After you pass away, your loved ones and family members will need to deal with their grief and emotions.  Unfortunately, they will also need to handle important administrative and legal matters.  In the vast majority of cases, a person leaves behind more than just real estate and personal keepsakes after he or she dies; there […]

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Avoiding Family Friction With Your Estate Plan

December 2, 2019

Building your estate plan means building a secure and solid future for your family.  Every family is different, and therefore every estate plan is different.  Some families may need irrevocable trusts while others may need healthcare powers of attorney.  Still others may just need simple wills.  Regardless of the size or complexity of your estate […]

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How Much Does Probate Cost?

November 26, 2019

Most people spend most of their lives doing their best to avoid having to get involved in any court case.  Unfortunately, there are some situations that require court intervention.  Probate is often one of these.  It is not unusual to hear about friends and family members getting tangled up in long probate cases, and there […]

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How Long Does the Adoption Process Take?

November 21, 2019

Most people understand that civil litigation can be complex and time consuming.  The adoption process is no exception to this.  When starting out on the adoption process, many people want to know how long it will take.  As with any other case, the answer is “it depends.”  Every family and case is different, so the […]

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Children’s Direct Involvement – Will my Child Have to Go to Court for the Adoption

November 19, 2019

Expanding your family is always a joyous time, regardless of whether that expansion happens because of the birth of a new child, marrying a spouse who already has children from a prior relationship, or adoption.  Although the adoption is a wonderful occasion, there are many procedural steps that must be accomplished before the adoption can […]

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Who Gets Notice of a Probate Case?

November 8, 2019

Civil law suits have a variety of administrative and procedural requirements.  Failure to adhere to these requirements can result in a favorable judgment being overturned and the whole case having to start over.  Probate is no exception to this.  There are important steps that must be taken and rules that must be followed or the […]

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