Why is it that so many of us leave this world without ever having written a living will?
That’s actually a fairly easy question to answer: Very few of us like to think about our own death, much less acknowledge its inevitability. The thought that we’re going to die someday is not a particularly pleasant one.
Nevertheless, passing away without having written a living will can create a bevy of problems for you, your family and other loved ones.
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Marriages may end, but being a parent is a lifetime job. After a divorce, you may be required to pay child support, or you might find that you depend on it to manage your household budget.
While each state has its own guidelines, the amount of child support you pay or receive is calculated using several factors, including:
- Each parent’s income
- The child’s standard of living before the divorce
- Any financial needs that are specific to the child
If you’re someone who makes their child support payments on time, congratulations. You’re in the 50 percent of the divorced population that does so, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Fear: It’s a subject that most of us prefer not to dwell upon as we grow into our senior years—the time of life when our bodies, and occasionally even our minds, begin to betray us. But it’s worth remembering that fear is a perfectly natural emotion. It exists to alert us to possible dangers, and to help keep us safe. And yes, there seems to be more than enough unwelcome scenarios to fear as we enter the latter years of our lives.
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Here’s a phrase anyone going through a divorce proceeding is likely to hear over and over:
It’s an important term to remember, as it’s something that affects many divorce cases. If you’re seeking legal options for proceeding with a divorce in Bucks County, here’s what equitable distribution means for you:
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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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