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Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

The financial effects of divorce

Divorce can be an extremely devastating experience, both emotionally and financially. According to some researchers, divorced spouses would, on average, require a 30 percent rise in their income to retain the same standard of living that they had before the divorce. Upon finalizing your divorce, it is recommended that you follow through on important actions […]

Military benefits at issue in divorce

The Supreme Court recently heard a case concerning family law and military benefits in which there was a disagreement between divorced spouses regarding the wife’s share of the husband’s military retirement pay. John Howell spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, and pursuant to the divorce agreement, his ex-wife, Sandra Howell was to receive […]

The impending uncertainty of estate planning

A sense of uncertainty has emerged under the new administration surrounding estate planning for the year 2017. President Trump has expressed his intent to implement significant changes to U.S. tax policy. However, the degree to which those changes will occur remains ambiguous. Nevertheless, there are strategies that individuals, families and small businesses can use when […]

The perils of social media in divorce

The prevalence of social media has made divorce proceedings far more complicated than they once were. The arrival of the Cloud and other comparable wireless storage implies that your “private” data may not be as concealed as you might believe. Even if you save your private photos, videos and documents to your phone, they may […]

Probate in a state other then your domicile

If you own property located in a state other than your domicile, you should not have to create another will in that state. The reason is that most states recognize a will that was legally executed in another jurisdiction. However, it may be helpful to have an attorney in the other state review your will […]

Special-needs trusts and other estate planning options for disabled adults

The life expectancy of disabled adults has been steadily increasing to the point where it has served to complicate the issue of retirement planning for their aging parents. A special-needs child brings another aspect to retirement planning. Parents have to pay attention to significant details, including the beneficiaries they assign to their 401(k) at work, […]

Potential review of Virginia child support guidelines

Deciding the amount of child support to be paid by the noncustodial parent can be a complex process. This is particularly true when matters are made worse due to a stressful divorce and disputes over custody. It can be disheartening for the noncustodial parent to discover that a formula will determine the financial future for […]

The perils of guardianship for adults

In guardianship cases, the court often allows the guardian to sell the ward’s home, and its contents, thereby causing the ward to be without a home and possessions. That is exactly what happened in the case of Ginger Franklin, a 50-year-old Nashville, Tenn. resident, who suffered a fall down the stairs of her townhouse in […]

Safeguarding your estate as you spend time in two states

During your retirement, you may wish to spend half of the year in one state, and the other half of the year in another state. However, you must choose one state as your legal residence. This is typically the state in which you have the right to vote. It is the laws of that state […]

How to file an uncontested divorce in Virginia

While divorce is neither an easy nor pleasant process for anyone, it does not have to be contentious or melodramatic. An uncontested divorce provides couples with a more amicable way in which to file for divorce. Spouses can arrive at an agreement concerning all issues that arise in their divorce, and avert the stress that […]