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Tessmer Tips / 30.07.2015

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Tessmer Tips / 10.07.2015

For the past two weeks, we have brought you tips and facts regarding DWI and the law.  It goes without saying --  the best advice is to NEVER drink and drive.  But if you do ever need help, we are here for you.   ...

Tessmer Tips / 27.06.2015

Divorce Mistake #17: Making oral agreements outside of the divorce agreement. Divorce is not the time for oral agreements; your ex may promise you the moon, but without clarifying the details in your official settlement, those promises mean nothing in court. It may feel strange to make everything so specific and official, but in the end, your ex can’t then make a claim to your retirement, or take the lawn mower, or deny your visitation with the kids over winter break.  The proof is in the writing.   Divorce Mistake #18: Forgetting tax ramifications and not seeing a financial advisor.  Property, estates,...

Tessmer Tips / 26.06.2015

Divorce Mistake #14: Failure to develop a parenting plan. Once your divorce is final, your relationship with your ex will change -- sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.  The more specific you can be with the start and end times for your kids’ parenting time, vacations, holidays, etc., the easier it will be on them because they will have some routine when the rest of their lives have been disrupted.   Divorce Mistake #15: Refusing to mediate.  The thought of sitting down at the table and trying to hash things out civilly with your ex might make your skin crawl,...

Tessmer Tips / 25.06.2015

Divorce Mistake #9: Signing documents without asking questions.  Many people are intimidated by the legal system and, instead of asking questions, accept everything on blind faith.  Be thoughtful, skeptical and analytical; ask your attorney for an honest evaluation of your chances to obtain assets, your home and your finances.   Divorce Mistake #10: Being a hindrance to your own case.  Your goal should be to do everything in your power to assist your case and support your attorney.  If you pester him, calling repeatedly with trivial questions, you are going to alienate the key person looking out for your interests.  Ask your...

Tessmer Tips / 24.06.2015

Divorce Mistake #6: Withholding information from your attorney.  Remember your lawyer represents you, and you should trust him or her.  Don’t withhold information about finances, your actions during the marriage or future plans.  If you want your attorney to be effective,  she needs to know the truth.   Divorce Mistake #7: Allowing your emotions to rule legal decisions.  Divorce is a frazzling and distraught time; you may feel victimized, or that you are in the right 100% of the time.  Letting your emotions, rather than logic and reason, be in control, will undermine your case.  Be reflective – not reactive.  Anxious people...