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Extras Like Second Homes Or Season Tickets: Sell Or Divvy Up?

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Dividing assets is often one of the more time-consuming parts of getting a divorce, and it can be one of the more distressing if there are a lot of fights around a particular item. Many people focus on things like the house, the cars, the pets, and so on, but there are other items that need to be taken care of quickly so you can get them off your plate. Things like second homes, timeshares, season tickets, and so on eventually have to be dealt with. Greater Percentage of Payment or Use One option is to let one spouse pay off the other spouse if the first spouse uses these items most or put the most money toward buying them in the first place. It allows the first spouse to keep using the home, ticket, or what have you while not cheating the second spouse out of the equivalent money. This works best when one spouse is not that concerned about what happens to the item as long as the spouse who is keeping the item pays out appropriately. One Less Thing, Plus More Money Of course, selling the item entirely and splitting the proceeds is another option, and this works best in two cases. One is when neither spouse is that interested in hanging onto the item. May as well sell it, then, and just take the money, which can help with legal bills from the divorce. The other option is when the cost of buying out the item would be so great that the spouse who wants to buy it just can’t do it. It may be better to sell the item and then look for another version that the one spouse can afford. Trades If the divorcing couple have a lot of extra items like these, a trade could be a good solution, too. One spouse takes the season tickets while the other takes the long-term cruise tickets, for example. Or one spouse takes the second home while the other takes several other items in exchange. It’s always possible to negotiate all these yourselves, but it’s easier to have a lawyer work with you. Not only will you end up with an agreement that was carefully negotiated, you’ll also end up with a legal document that can help you should the divorce turn sour later on. If you and your spouse are not handling the divorce well, though, then talking to lawyers — each of you should have your own — is a must if you want to reach the fairest settlement. Contact a firm like Law Office of Dalia Rasha Kejbou, P.C. for more...

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Roadside Drug Tests: The Unreliable Truth

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Can a virtually useless and legally meaningless roadside lab test send you to jail and leave you with a permanent criminal record? Absolutely. To avoid ending up in a desperate situation, it’s important to understand the facts about roadside drug tests. Roadside drug tests are unreliable. There are a number of popular roadside drug-test kits available to law enforcement—and all of them are unreliable. Many of these kits were designed in the 1970s, and their chemical components can be affected by everything from the weather to inaccurate handling by the officer. The chemicals themselves aren’t even reliable indicators of drugs. One popular test for cocaine contains cobalt thiocyanate, which also reacts to several household cleaners and acne medication, instead of just cocaine. In fact, if you’re using or carrying any one of more than 250 common over-the-counter medications or prescription medications, you could be the victim of a false-positive from a roadside drug test.  Roadside testing for drugs is so unreliable that tests have come back positive for amphetamines—an ingredient in crystal meth—when the substance being tested was actually flakes from the sugar glaze on a doughnut that had been eaten in the car.  The courts are aware that roadside drug testing is unreliable. As a result, roadside drug tests aren’t admissible in court. In order to use the evidence, whatever substance the officer suspects of being drugs has to be sent to a lab in order for more accurate testing to confirm the results. A plea deal can destroy your life. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of the unreliable nature of the roadside testing. Even though they did nothing wrong and know that they didn’t have drugs with them, they’re often demoralized by the arrest process and already convinced that the chemical evidence against them will lead to a conviction. Keep in mind that the arresting officer doesn’t have to explain that the tests are unreliable and aren’t admissible. Nor do they have to tell you that the results have to be independently verified by a lab. If you aren’t aware of these facts, you could find yourself in the same position that many others have before: accepting a plea deal for something that you didn’t do. It’s estimated that at least 100,000 people a year plead guilty to drug charges based on the results of roadside drug testing. Many of them are likely innocent, but first-time offenders are often scared into accepting a plea that will get them out of prison within a few weeks instead of going to trial and risking a much longer sentence. Some studies indicate that over half of those convicted who are later proven innocent of drug charges plead guilty within the first week—long before the labs are able to return their results. Most of them don’t realize that their guilty plea means that they could lose future opportunities for housing and jobs or even put the custody of their children at risk. Legally, a guilty plea is the same as a conviction—and it will follow you everywhere for the rest of your life.  Don’t allow a roadside drug test to scare you into accepting a plea deal. If you’re ever in that situation, talk to a criminal-law attorney such as one from Hurth Sisk & Blakemore LLP about your case...

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Do You Have To Force Your Child To See The Other Parent?

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What happens when your child doesn’t want to visit his or her other parent? Even if you’re faced with a visitation order that gives your ex-spouse the right to visitation, surely there must be an exemption if the child doesn’t want to go? Before you give into your child’s demands to stay home for the weekend, this is what you should know. The judge can force visitation to take place and punish the parent that doesn’t cooperate. More than one case involving forced visitation has made the news lately and judges are showing that they are inclined to take a hardline approach to cases where there is no evidence that the children are endangered by the visits—even if they don’t want to go. In some cases, judges are chastising the parents who may be encouraging the alienation between the children and the non-custodial parent. In a South Carolina case, the judge held the mother of the Noojin children in contempt and forced her to pay the father’s $41,000.00 legal bill, saying that state policy was to make sure that children don’t become estranged from their noncustodial parents. It noted that the children’s mothers failed to facilitate the visitation and encouraged the children to disengage from their father by doing things like blocking him from their phones. One case so exasperated a judge that she ordered the children involved in a case into custody and eventually into a parental-alienation program after they refused to visit with their father.  While every case may not be so extreme, your refusal to make your children attend court-ordered visitation could easily result in a citation against you for contempt of court—which can lead to fines or even jail time. You also run the risk that the judge could decide to change the custody arrangement and give primary custody to the other spouse in order to prevent the children from becoming further alienated. You can go back to court and request a legal modification. If your child has a good reason to want to avoid visitation with his or her other parent, your best option is to seek a modification to the visitation order. Keep in mind that you’ll have to explain the reason for the request to the judge and, more than likely, your child will be asked to testify about his or her feelings.  You may also be asked to seek counseling with your ex-spouse—or your child may be ordered into counseling with his or her parent—to try to resolve any issues in a more agreeable way. It may also be necessary for the court to appoint a guardian ad litem for your child. The guardian ad litem acts as your child’s representative, and will testify to the court on what he or she feels is genuinely best for your child. Don’t try to resolve an issue like this on your own. Instead, seek the services of a family lawyer who can help with your situation. To learn more, contact a family lawyer like Susan M...

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Be Clear About Your Disability Duration To Make Sure Your SSDI Benefits Are Approved

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One factor that determines whether you are eligible to receive social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits is that you will be unable to work for at least one year while you recover. It’s important that your application and all supporting documentation is clear that you’ll be off of work for a year of more. This is one reason why it’s a good idea to have one of your local disability lawyers help you with your initial application for benefits. Here are some of the ways an attorney will help make your case to receive benefits. Your Diagnostic Tests Must Support the Expected Duration of Your Disability   The tests that the doctors do to determine the precise health problem must show that you have a long-term issue that will keep you from working for at least a year. Your lawyer will make sure that the results clearly document your disability. When there is ambiguity in the diagnostic test notes, your attorney can ask the doctors to clarify their findings. When tests are repeated, they must also be documented as to why the tests were redone and the final diagnosis based on all of the available information. Your Doctor’s Treatment Notes Must Also Support Your Claim When your doctor recommends a treatment, they must note that it will require time to reverse your disability, if it will at all. Doctor’s notes in your medical records to the effect that treatment could have you on your feet and back to work in less than a year will get your application denied. If it’s unlikely that you’ll be back to work in less than a year, your lawyer will work with your doctors to make sure your medical records reflect that in the physician’s notes. You Must Show Compliance With Treatment Recommendations or Document Clearly Why You Haven’t The SSDI reviewers want to know that you have done everything you can to be treated for the medical condition and get back to work. If you were unable to receive some form of treatment, your attorney will make sure the reasons are documented clearly. For example, your doctor may recommend a treatment available only at a facility in the next state. This treatment may get you back to work sooner than a year. But the cost of the treatment is not covered by your insurance and you don’t have transportation to get you there, so it is not possible for you. This scenario or others like it need to be documented thoroughly so the reviewers believe that you are doing the best you can to have your condition treated. For more information,...

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Challenges You May Face If You Don’t Get Legal Custody Of Your Live-In Grandkids

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If your grandkids currently live with you because their parents are not taking care of them properly, it might be wise to talk to a family lawyer about obtaining legal guardianship of these kids. Without this legal title, you may encounter a variety of different challenges, including the following three. Health care Even if your grandkids have health insurance, you may not be able to utilize it to the fullest. While their doctor might treat them for normal issues, you will not have the right or legal ability to make any medical decisions on their own. This could pose huge issues if there is an emergency that needs immediate medical attention and decisions, or if you would like the doctor to answer questions you may have about the kids. In addition, if the kids do not have health insurance, you may have trouble adding them to your policy if you do not have guardianship rights for them. Psychiatric care When kids must move into a home other than the one they are used to, they can develop problems. They can have trouble adjusting to a new home and new life, and they often have a lot of anger built up inside. Because of this, many children in this situation will require some type of counseling service. If you take them to a counselor, the counselor might have the ability to talk to the kids. Unfortunately, you would not have the legal right to be involved. The counselor would not have the authorization to give you details about the visits or recommendations for the child. This is something counselors can only do with a minor’s legal guardian. Visitation rights One other thing to consider with this issue is visitation. If you do not have legal guardianship, it will be hard to stop the parents from showing up whenever they want to or taking the kids with them if they feel like it. Not only can this be confusing to the kids, but it can be hard for you as well. With legal guardianship, you can set up a visitation schedule. This will put boundaries in place for the parents, yet it will give them the opportunity to spend time with their kids at certain times or days. If you want to avoid these issues and feel like this is a long-term problem, seeking legal guardianship rights might be a good step to take. To learn more, contact a family lawyer, like one from Spillman and Partners,...

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The 3 Most Important Things to Do to Prevent Complications with Your Estate

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The recent death of the rock star Prince has brought to light a big problem—the musician died without any known will or “intestate.” This oversight is likely to throw his estate into a long and protracted court process, further complicated by the sort of legal issues that can go along with having no direct heirs and a large extended family. Learn how a few simple steps can prevent your heirs from facing the legal complications Prince’s family will have to handle. 1.) Get a will. This is the most basic step of all. Many people familiar with Prince are surprised the singer didn’t have one. He was known for being very protective of his assets, particularly regarding the rights to his artistic works. Whether you’re also an artist of some sort or just have more ordinary assets, take the time to get a will made. You want to name someone specific as your executor—the person who will handle your estate with the court and see that everyone gets what they are entitled to receive—and distribute your assets however you feel appropriate to the people you love. 2.) Put the will where it can be found. Right now, there’s been no official ruling that Prince died without a will. That means that his family and the court will continue to investigate and search through his belongings while they try to locate one. In the meantime, not much can happen with his estate. If you don’t leave your will where it can be located, your heirs could be in for a frustrating (and financially difficult) time. The simplest thing to do is to leave a copy in your lawyer’s office, in your desk or filing cabinet at home, and with the person you chose as your executor. Also, put the original will in a safety deposit box and make sure your executor know where the key is and what bank you use. While courts prefer to use the original document, the judge may allow your estate to use a copy if the original is accidentally lost or destroyed. 3.) Periodically review the will to see if it needs to be updated. Don’t just write your will and forget it. You need to review it periodically to see if there are any updates or changes that should be made. There’s no set schedule that you need to follow, especially if your life is fairly constant. However, consider updating your will if there are any major changes in your family composition, such as the births of nieces and nephews or grandchildren or great-grandchildren or a divorce or remarriage. If you named friends to receive personal items of yours, you may want to update the will every few years in order to make sure that it still reflects your current feelings. While most people won’t leave an estate as big and complicated as Prince’s, your heirs can still run into unnecessary problems if you die without a will. Plus, there won’t be any way to make your wishes known to the court. Take the time to contact an estate planning attorney today from a firm like Seiler & Parker PC to get...

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4 Tips For Making Child Custody Exchanges Go More Smoothly

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Child custody exchanges can be extremely stressful for both parents and children. There are safety concerns, procedural issues and a large amount of conflict. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Luckily, the tension can be minimized with these four custody exchange tips:      1. Avoid Being Late. One of the first things you should is to avoid being late to the exchange. Actions will almost always speak louder than words, so make sure you arrive on time. Better yet, arrive early. Tardiness will only increase hostility. If you are run late on a regular basis, you may actually be committing a crime known as custodial interference. This crime occurs when you are disrupting the custody rights of the other custodial parent. In Tennessee, if it is determined by the court that you are indeed committing custodial interference, you may be faced with a class A misdemeanor or a class E felony. 2. Make Use of Surveillance Cams and/or Witnesses. If you tend to have difficulty when meeting with your ex, you may want to consider meeting on neutral ground where there are plenty of witnesses and/or surveillance cameras. This will come in handy in the event that you need proof to support your story of how your ex behaved toward you or your child. With witnesses present, it may help to thwart violent outbursts of behavior. 3. Pick Your Child Up at Daycare or School. If you and your ex would rather not even cross paths, you may want to arrange for pick-up at your child’s daycare or school. This way you and your ex don’t even have to see one another. 4. Arrange for the Pickup Near a Police Station. If you have had previous problems regarding abuse with your ex or even issues with prior custody exchanges, you may want to consider handling the exchange close to a local police station. It will be nice to be near a safe place in the event that the situation escalates and the proper authorities need to be called. It is always a good idea to try to keep the peace as good as you can in order for the best interests of your child. After all, that is the main goal of all child custody disputes and arrangements. However, if you need assistance in modifying a current child custody arrangement or need guidance on navigating a new one, don’t hesitate to contact a professional child custody lawyer in your local area who is knowledgeable about state...

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Was Your Child Injured Badly Playing At A Friends’? Don’t Get Stuck With The Bills And Call A Lawyer Fast

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Did your child get injured while they were playing at a friend’s house and you think the other parent was being negligent? If so, you want to call a personal injury lawyer so you don’t have to cover the costs of the incident, and because the other parent was at fault. If your child got a serious injury and you aren’t sure how long it’s going to take for them to fully recover, you have a right to make the other parent accountable. Here is some of the information you must take for your consult with your injury attorney. Medical Statements and Documents If your child was taken to an emergency medical facility, had to get x-rays or other image tests, and has had several doctors’ appointments because of the injury, make sure you hold on to all the medical bills. Print out every single expense that has been related to the injury that your child has, and your lawyer may want to do a projection list of future expenses that could potentially continue if their injuries haven’t healed. This will be included in the amount that your lawyer asks for from the other family. Report of Injury Did you go to the police station and make an official report of the injury? There will be a report if you went and got emergency medical treatment with the medical facility, but if you didn’t go for treatment immediately, you may want to make a police report. It should be stated what happened with the address of the property, so the other family can’t try to claim that it didn’t occur. You also want a copy of this report for your lawyer. Eyewitness Statements Do you have a text or voicemail from the other parent calling you to tell you what happened? If so, these are evidence you want to keep with you. Were there other children or adults at the property that saw the incident? If so, see if you can get them to write out their eyewitness reports. The more evidence you have for court, the better. The other family may have to make the claim on their homeowners insurance, or they may have to use their personal savings to pay for the accident, but either way, they should pay for the incident. Call a lawyer like one from Hensley Law Team right away to make sure you don’t end up paying for the costs, and to see if you should press...

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3 Things To Do Efore Filing For Divorce

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Coming to the conclusion that a divorce is the best thing for you and your spouse can be a long, hard process. It can be incredibly difficult to decide to end a marriage, especially if children are involved. It is never a good idea to make hasty or irrational decisions when filing for divorce– take your time and ensure that you have a plan before legally filing for a dissolution of marriage. Prior to filing for divorce, consider doing the following things: Get a Clear Picture of Your Financial Situation Married couples typically have extremely enmeshed finances, and it is essential to have a clear picture of the current financial state that you and your spouse are in. This includes accounting for both shared assets as well as shared debts. Carefully review credit card statements, bank statements, current mortgage statements on properties, and any documentation that involves retirement accounts or any stocks and bonds that the two of you own together. After analyzing your joint finances you will better understand what assets will need to be split between the two of you, and what debts you may be responsible for. Consult a Divorce Attorney It is never a good idea to file for divorce before consulting a divorce attorney. Divorce is a hard process, so it is worth your time to meet with several divorce attorneys in your area before hiring the one whom you trust the most and feel most comfortable with. Luckily, most divorce lawyers offer complimentary or very low-cost consultations so it will not be a financial hardship to consult a few that you are interested in working with. Your divorce attorney can explain what you can expect during the divorce process, and provide more information about division of assets, child custody agreements, and child support. Working with a lawyer can also help prevent you from making big mistakes, such as emptying out the joint bank account or changing the locks on a home that you and your spouse jointly own. Create a Realistic Budget Your finances are likely to change dramatically after a divorce, and it is important to plan for that. If you and your spouse both work full-time, you will have to learn how to pay all of the bills on one income, and if you were a stay at home parent you will need to figure out how to generate an income that can support yourself and your family. Creating a detailed post-budget in advance can be incredibly helpful, and also prevent severe financial problems after your divorce is finalized. For more information, consider contacting an attorney like Mira Staggers...

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Ready To Apply For Adoption? How To Prepare The Right Way

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If you really want to adopt a child but you weren’t always the most responsible adult, you’ll want to hire a lawyer to help you through the adoption process. A lawyer can help you fill out the application to showcase why you will be a great parent and to deflect anything negative that could be on your record or in your past. There are a lot of different things that you’ll want to prepare for before meeting with your lawyer, and before submitting your applications. You should expect the following requests: Prepare Your Finances One of the most important areas the adoption agency is going to check is your finances. They want to see that you can easily financially support the addition to your family, so they know the child placed under your guardianship will have the things that they need. Showing that you don’t struggle with debt and bills, and trying to put money away and show investments is best. The lawyer may want to put you in a financial saving or credit boosting program to help you become a more ideal candidate. Endure a Background Investigation Your personal background information, along with the information of anyone else that lives in the house with you, needs to be clean and free of problems. This means that you can’t have any charges for assault, sexual offenses, and similar crimes. The lawyer will look at your background and tell what they think of your chances of getting approved, depending on the crime and how long it’s been. Open Your Home The adoption agency and your lawyer may want to walk through your home to see where you would have the child sleep, eat and play. They will want to see if your lifestyle and living environment is conducive for raising a child, and if you are going to have a safe environment to care for them. They may want to meet your employers, friends, relatives and more. There are many people that are interested in the adoption process and it could become competitive when you are trying to get a child. Make sure that you have the legal experts help you with the process so you know what you are doing when you fill out applications, and to help you with all of the paperwork that can be associated with an adoption. There are many adoption lawyers you can help you at an affordable rate. Contact an attorney, such as Jeffrey T Bitzer, for more...

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