Taking on a power of attorney role for a loved one—often, this loved one will be an older family member, likely with failing health or mental faculties—is an enormous responsibility.
The first step is assuring that you execute this responsibility properly, and in the best interest of everyone involved. To successfully accomplish that, you’ll need to understand exactly which duties and responsibilities are involved with a power of attorney role.
But first, here’s a brief primer on what, exactly, a power of attorney is, along with some of the related legal jargon you’ll want to understand.
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It’s rare that we hear divorce described in a positive light. We use terms like “messy divorce,” “ugly divorce,” “painful divorce.”
Then again, why shouldn’t we? The collapse of a marriage is bound to be messy, ugly and painful. It’s an emotional time, and one when letting our feelings cloud our judgement can have dire consequences.
You can avoid those consequences by slowing down and taking careful, measured steps and speaking with a divorce attorney in Bucks County before proceeding. Here are seven things you should do before filing for divorce.
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Divorce is an arduous process, made even more difficult when children are involved.
One of the key questions concerning children and divorce is “Who will get custody?” It’s likely to be a major sticking point between you and your spouse during the proceedings. With that in mind, we thought we would try to answer some of the most frequent questions connected to custody and partial custody in Pennsylvania.
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There’s a reason so many of us fail to write a living will while we’re still alive. Considering our own death can be a terrifying thing. But if you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’ve already made the decision to do the right thing while you’re still physically and mentally able to do so.
Should the unthinkable happen, a properly written will can ensure that your estate’s assets end up not in the hands of the state, but with whomever you think is most deserving or responsible.
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Speak with any divorce attorney in Doylestown, and you’ll find they’re more than familiar with the infamously depressing United States divorce statistics, which tell us that roughly half of all marriages in this country end in divorce. According to the American Psychological Association, that statistic is in fact quite accurate. About 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the U.S., they claim, eventually divorce. The APA also says that rates of divorce are even higher for subsequent marriages.
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There’s no “right” way for a divorce to proceed.
Some couples handle things amicably. They have no trouble agreeing on how to divide their property and deciding on child custody. The only thing they need divorce attorneys for is handling paperwork.
Other couples hire divorce attorneys and go to court, battling every step of the way.
But what if you and your spouse fall into the middle? You don’t want to go to court, but there are still issues you need to work out. This is where something called the collaborative divorce comes into play.
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If you’ve spent any time on Bucks County’s roadways in the past few years, you’ve probably seen the billboards: “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.”
The message is clear: “I wasn’t that drunk” isn’t a proper DUI defense. Bucks County’s criminal court system is filled with experts who can attest to that.
Even if you aren’t falling-down, on-the-verge-of-blacking-out drunk, you still may not be OK to drive.
Yet some motorists choose to get behind the wheel even when they know they aren’t OK to drive, leading to an accident. In other cases, the driver might be under the legal limit for a DUI charge, but still have enough alcohol in their system to affect their driving ability.
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Getting arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania can come with serious consequences. Even if it’s your first offense, a conviction can land you in jail, cost you your license for at least a year and put a mark on your permanent record.
It’s the type of situation a DUI lawyer in Bucks County can help you through, but there are some things you can do on your own if you’ve been arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania.
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If you’re a parent who has recently experienced a divorce, it’s certainly understandable that you may feel the need to move: To a new home in your current town, say, or maybe even to a new state on the other side of the country.
A fresh start in a new town, you might be thinking, could prove beneficial not only for you, but perhaps also for your child. And you might be right. But in Pennsylvania, it’s not quite that simple for a parent involved in a child custody situation. In fact, planning and executing a move with a child who has more than one legal custodian can be downright confusing in Pennsylvania.
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There’s a perfectly good reason why so many otherwise coolheaded divorce proceedings come grinding to an angry, frustrated halt when the question of who gets the family home is raised. A home is almost always the most valuable asset any couple owns, and there’s no questioning just how important money is to two formerly married people who are about to go their own respective way.
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