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What did Heath Ledger, Princess Diana, and the singer Prince all have in common? Each of them died with a botched estate plan– or none at all– and they cost their families a fortune in money and grief as a result. The shock of Heath Ledger’s death from a drug overdose in 2008 was compounded by the discovery that his will left nothing to his only child, Matilda. Heath had prepared his will before Matilda was born, and the Australian actor never updated the document to provide for her.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Contempt & Modifications

Some legal terms you’ll want to know!

You’ve gotten divorced or filed suit for custody and support, the judge made his or her determination and you received a court order outlining that decision.  What happens when one person decides not to listen?   What happens if one person loses their job? Circumstances change especially for those families who divorced while their children were young.

Friday, November 24, 2017

In the Military Divorce is Different

A servicemember’s retirement pay is considered marital property. Depending on the length of the marriage and the court’s order, a percentage of the marital portion of the retirement pay is reserved for the former spouse upon the servicemember’s retirement. Due to a recent Supreme Court decision, a former spouse may now lose a significant amount of their awarded percentage of the servicemember’s retirement pay.

Friday, November 10, 2017

I’m Getting a Divorce

A source of worry and concern for many clients involve what to expect when they go to court for their divorce. What will spouse’s attorney ask me? What dirty laundry is going to be aired? What will the judge decide?

Friday, November 10, 2017

What is an ‘Anchor Baby’?

There is an increasing volume in the shouts of fear and rage against people having “anchor babies” in the United States. However, does anyone know exactly what that phrase means? It’s a nasty label given to a child born in a country of which the pregnant mother is not a citizen in an effort to provide an immediate way to gain citizenship (or lawful status, at a minimum) for the parent. While that may work in some countries, it is not an option in the US.

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