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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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Insurance Claims: Clauses to Watch For

The world of insurance is complicated, no matter what variety you’re looking into buying. Unfortunately, with so many options, it can be easy to trip yourself up and choose a policy that doesn’t suit your needs. This is a major problem in all situations, but it is especially bad if you find yourself in a situation where you need to utilize your insurance policy, and it turns out that you aren’t covered. An insurance policy that doesn’t cover your claim can mean you have to pay for your court costs out of pocket, or even that you will get poorer …

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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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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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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 …