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Plan carefully for your family court hearing

The family law court sees all sorts of cases. Some are the end of a relationship, such as a divorce, but others are the start of a new one, such as adoption. No matter what type of case you have, you need to ensure that you are ready for the process.

Getting ready for family court starts with preparations you make at home. You should gather documents that the court might need to make an informed decision about what's going to happen. This might include financial documents or a child's medical records. When you gather these, remember that more is better since you never truly know what the court might ask for.

Estate planning is necessary for single adults, too

It is easy to think that only people who have children and those who are wealthy need to make an estate plan. This is far from the truth. Even a single person who doesn't have children and doesn't have considerable assets should have a plan in place.

You have to remember that your estate will default to the state's laws if you don't have a plan in place. Think carefully about what you want to happen to your assets if you pass away, but don't stop there. You should also make plans for what needs to happen if you are incapacitated.

  • End-of-life plans: Your living will should outline what medical interventions you want to accept and which ones you flat out refuse. This helps medical professionals to determine how to handle your case if you can't speak up for yourself. It works together with the decisions your medical power of attorney makes, so be sure they fully understand your wishes.
  • Family members: You can use your estate plan to help your family members out if you pass away. Setting up a will and establishing trusts can help to ensure your goals are met in this area.
  • Charitable gifts: Some single people opt to pass along all or some of their assets to charity. You can do this through your estate plan, but only if it is handled in the proper manner. Trusts are a great way to pass things along to a favorite charity.

Contesting A Will in Indiana - Part 1

Ten years before his death, Gary developed a cancerous brain tumor that was successfully treated with radiation.  Unfortunately, Gary developed delayed radiaton encephalopathy (swelling of the brain) from the treatment.  Gary's two children, both in their thirties and leading active lives with their children, were unable to care for Gary when his health deteriorated.  Gary's sister took him into her home so that he would not have to live in a nursing home.  After Gary died, his children learned that he had purportedly signed a new Last Will and Testament after he began living with his sister.  With that Will, Gary disinherited his children.

Divorce is difficult, even without children

Divorcing your spouse isn't always as easy as it might seem at first. Even if you don't have children together, you are going to have to work out a property division settlement. This can often a be a source of contention, since some people want to hang on to the same assets. We can help you determine what's in your best interests as you work to split up the marital property.

Many people don't realize that you aren't only dividing assets like the home and investment accounts. You also have to divide the debts. In many cases, it is best to start with the larger assets and then move to the smaller ones. Once all the assets are split, you can use the debts to balance things out. We can help you to figure out ways to divide everything so your divorce can move forward.

Fatal accidents this holiday season

As the holiday season begins, many people will be on the road traveling to see their relatives, to the stores to buy presents or attending holiday parties. The increase in traffic on the road can lead to an excess of accidents between late November and January.

The holiday season can be especially dangerous for individuals on the road as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s come right after the other, increasing the number of cars on the road and potential crashes.

Ice and snow can lead to dangerous crashes

Ice and snow are both dangerous when on the roads. Both make for slick road conditions, increasing the risk of crashes stemming from loss of control. Drivers need to know how to address these conditions so that they can react appropriately.

When ice and snow are present, it's expected that operators of motor vehicles will take precaution by reducing their speed. You can expect to slow down by around 30 to 40 percent when there is slushy or snowy pavement. On the freeway, people may slow down by up to 13 percent when there is light snow. In heavy snow, expect speeds to slow down by 40 percent.

Why work with a criminal defense attorney?

A good defense means a world of difference in court. Imagine going to trial without any concept of what could happen, no plan to defend yourself and no coaching on what to do when you're spoken to. It would be easy to make mistakes that could result in the loss of your case.

The purpose of a good criminal defense is to help you reduce the risk of heavy penalties. Even if you did commit a crime, your defense is there to protect your rights and to give you a chance to walk away with fewer penalties than if you left the case to chance.

Tragic crash prompts state to review school bus laws

School bus accidents are prevalent throughout the entirety of the fall season. Though you would think more would occur more in September as many are adjusting to buses being on the road, they continue to happen due to the negligence of certain drivers, the changing seasonal conditions or sometimes both. Last weekend’s daylight savings will certainly throw many motorists off and could put several people in danger.

Recently, one family suffered significant losses thanks to the recklessness of one driver. This terrible incident is inspiring Indiana lawmakers to examine the state’s laws on school bus stops. Residents can also learn from this crash on proper school bus safety laws before they head out on their commute.

Answers to some common questions about estate planning

Estate plans provide peace of mind, so they're essential for everyone. Even if you don't think you have much in the way of assets, an estate plan is in your best interests and those of your loved ones.

Let's answer a few common questions about estate plans.

Bungee cord the cause of 8-vehicle collision

It is not always a drunk driver or drowsy driver who causes a crash. Sometimes, there are items that fall into the roadway or cause a driver to lose control.

One thing to remember is that you have to maintain your vehicle to prevent debris from entering the roadway. If you have bungee cords or other items on your vehicle, they need to be secure. If they are not, then they could come loose and cause a collision like this one.

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