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Tessmer Tips / 15.01.2016

#1 - Secure several Certified Copies of your Final Decree.  Review all paperwork carefully with your attorney and be sure you understand all that is required of you in the final agreement.   #2 - Take care to change any personal and/or financial information needed.  For example: open new checking and savings accounts, update any automatic payments taken from your accounts, change your passwords to all online accounts and your email, open a new safety deposit box in your name only.   #3 - Revoke any Powers of Attorney naming your ex and make new ones.  Create a new Estate Plan (Will, Medical Directives,...

Tessmer Tips / 11.01.2016

I was in a fender bender.  Now what?  A minor auto collision with no injuries involved is usually not difficult to resolve.  However, the more knowledge you have, the better off you will be!  So here are some tips on what to expect if this happens to you.   In a minor collision with no injuries, the police may not make a report.  The police may not even respond at all, especially if the wreck occurred in a parking lot or on private property.  It is vital that you get the name, contact info and insurance info for the other driver.  Take...

Tessmer Tips / 08.01.2016

  Over 95% of all divorce cases settle before trial, so consider mediation instead of taking an adversarial position.  If mediation is not for you, there are other options - such as collaborative divorce or arbitration.   Before you file, think about you what you want the ultimate outcome to be.  The best decisions on whether to file, how to choose an attorney, etc. can be made only after you know where you want to be when it is over.  Set your intentions by writing a mission statement.  Outline your priorities for when your divorce is over.  For example, if your #1 priority is...

Tessmer Tips / 06.01.2016

Driving restrictions are lifted at age 18. You can now drive in the middle of the night and carry passengers. Be safe – Don't text and drive!! Under Federal HIPAA law, your parents can no longer discusses your health and medical care with your doctor or with campus health services, unless you give consent. When you turn 18, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevents your parents from discussing your grades with your school, even if they pay your tuition. After your 18th birthday, privacy laws prevent your bank and credit card companies from discussing your accounts with your parents. No discussion about...

Tessmer Tips / 04.01.2016

Turning 18 is a major milestone and with it comes new rights and responsibilities. #1 is your right to vote. Register and vote! As an 18-year old, you can now enter into binding contracts, buy and sell real estate, inherit property and buy a car. On the flip side, you can also be sued. You can now buy lottery tickets and tobacco products.  Don't buy tobacco - it’s bad for your health - and if you are buying a lottery ticket, make sure it's a winner so you can pay for your college education! What once was considered “kids being kids” can now...

Tessmer Tips / 31.12.2015

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #9: My mother has Alzheimer’s.  How do I go about getting power of attorney for her?   A:  It may not be possible to get a valid power of attorney if your mother is already suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  If she still has moments where she has the mental capacity to know the legal consequences of granting you power of attorney, then you may be able to have a lawyer prepare the document for your mother to sign in the presence of a notary during a time when she is lucid.  It would be good to also have...