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Why should you hire a marriage lawyer?

When the subject of marriage comes up, most people think about everlasting love and a commitment to family. It’s nice to view marriage as a romantic institution, free from the legal realities of the world, but that isn’t reality. Marriage is as much a legal contract as it is a romantic one, and ignoring that aspect of it only puts you and your future spouse at risk. For this reason, we here at eLocal asked our legal professionals to help illustrate some of the reasons hiring a lawyer before getting married is a good idea. Here are some of the …

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When is Settling the Right Choice?

With the plethora of courtroom dramas and police procedurals on television these days, it’s no surprise that everybody thinks they know more about the legal profession than they really do. The truth is, dramatizations of legal proceedings are nothing like how cases really go down, and these exciting yet false portrayals can really skew a client’s expectations when they end up needing to argue a case. One of the elements that suffers the most is the settlement. Too often, clients equate “settling” with “losing,” and develop a false sense that if their lawyer is encouraging them to settle, it’s because …

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Why is adoption so expensive?

When a couple can’t have children of their own, or doesn’t want to, adoption is a very popular option. Thousands of American families adopt children every year, through various different means. However, the process of adopting a child can sometimes be prohibitively expensive, which can cause problems for prospective adopters. We were curious about why, exactly, adoption is so expensive, and we turned to our legal professionals to find the answers. They had a lot of helpful insights that make the complicated and costly process of adoption seem far less daunting and more reasonable. 1. Putting the Expense in Perspective …

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How are child support and child custody determined?

Divorces occur frequently and families split, sometimes improving the quality of life for the entire family, and sometimes not. Children can find divorces especially hard. The goal of child custody and child support laws is to look out for the children involved in the divorce, and make sure their needs are put first. Children are the number one concern to splitting parents and courts alike, but figuring out what is fair and right can be a challenge. How is this determined? This week we wanted to learn more about the current state of child custody and child support trends. And …

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How do you take over your elderly parents’ estate?

Financial independence is a right most of us have enjoyed for our entire adult lives. However, just as we inevitably grow older, at a certain point many of us experience corresponding cognitive decline as well. We want to help our parents when we see them become vulnerable to identity theft and possible mismanagement of their money, but we do not want them to feel threatened or belittled as adults. So how do you offer your parents assistance with their financial matters gracefully? We have gathered the top tips from our legal resource network this week. Below are 5 different perspectives …

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How can you secure your financial future post-divorce?

Divorce is an unfortunate fact of life. People fall in and out love, relationships change, and eventually many marriages dissolve. There are nearly infinite possible causes for divorce and predicting or generalizing about how it comes about is very difficult. Over time however, there do appear to be some trends and patterns in divorce across the country. In fact, we recently asked our legal network to share their experiences with divorce trends. We learned that there are in fact certain patterns to divorce and even more popular seasons for divorce. For example, some attorneys cited that the end of the …

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Great Divide: 6 Divorce Trends of Today

Divorce is an unfortunate fact of life. People fall in and out love, relationships change, and eventually many marriages dissolve. There are nearly infinite possible causes for divorce and predicting or generalizing about how it comes about is very difficult. Over time however, there do appear to be some trends and patterns in divorce across the country.

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3 Notable Divorce Patterns

Divorce is a harsh reality for many marriages. This week we looked into divorce patterns our lawyers have noticed while working with clients. We learned that children play a huge factor in when and why couples choose to divorce. Additionally, money is a large concern for divorcing couples. Couples need to be able to afford to divorce; the poor economy is keeping some couples together because they cannot survive without a joint income. Below are three patterns and trends in divorce that our legal resources shared with us this week.

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How common are prenuptial agreements in 2013?

Prenuptial agreements are designed to protect prior investments, debts, and family inheritances when a couple gets married. These agreements should not encourage divorce, and should clearly outline the terms of a potential divorce. Unclear premarital agreements can case a great deal of stress and headache for the marriage, which is unfortunate, since prenuptial agreements should ease decisions post-divorce. In the Cioffi Petrakis case, lawyers were able to null the couple’s prenuptial agreement based on oral agreements before the wedding. This case is unprecedented, because well-written prenups tend to hold up in court. According to the ABA Journal, In what lawyers …

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Most Practical Advice from our Legal Professionals in 2012

We launched the Legal Network just six months ago, but we have learned a great deal from our legal professionals in this short time. While we have focused on personal injury and real estate law, our network has also answered many general law questions that are very helpful in all legal situations. To finish off 2012, we have compiled a list of our favorite tips from all our legal professionals have offered this year. Real Estate Law 1) A real estate attorney can be of great use with complex real estate transactions. However, they are not always needed to complete …