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Why You Need a Last Will & Testament  Seven out of ten Americans do not have a will.  Some may think they do not have sufficient assets to warrant a will and others may not want to think about the fact that they are going to die one day.  Even others may think they are too young to make out a will.  Whatever excuse you may have for not having a will does not change the reasons why you need a will. You need a will to keep a judge from deciding who will have guardianship of your minor children.  You have...

5 Key Personal Injury Terms You Should Know  Tessmer Law Firm Have you been injured in an incident that was caused by the actions of another party? If so, you know how complex the law can be when it comes to tort law. There are several different terms that you will need to become familiar with. This article will cover 5 of these terms and make them easier to understand for you.  Negligence  Negligence is when an individual or company accidentally causes injuries to someone else. If the actions were intentional, then it doesn't constitute negligence.  If an injury is caused by negligence, the...

Recognizing and Choosing the Right Divorce Lawyer Tessmer Law Firm The moment when you realize a marriage is over can hit you hard. During this stressful time, the least you want to happen is end up with a incompetent divorce lawyer. But how do you find the one that is suitable for your case? Understanding who you need and what traits to identify can help make the process easier. Here are several practices to help you with your search. When you begin your search, know which divorce process you are planning to go through. This is the first order of business before any...

A personal injury lawyer offers legal services to whoever wants to claim injury benefits. These injuries may include physical or psychological aspect because of the negligence of other entities, which can be a person, government agency, or the company where the person is working. These injury claims contain injuries from slip or fall, traffic incidents resulting from collisions, or the unsafe working environment. Personal injury lawyers have skills that are worthy of the fees they charge. Sometimes insurance companies feel threatened by them because they are persistent in their pursuit of compensation, presenting documents showing that you indeed have suffered as...

How to Talk to Preschoolers About Divorce: Examples of What to Say If you are divorced or separated and you are a parent, you know how hard it is to talk about divorce with your own children. Half of the time, you get flustered and your words come out all wrong, even when you are talking to your toddler or preschooler. Well, here are some examples of what you can say when talking to your young child about divorce. Being prepared for difficult questions makes your life easier, and your answers will sound more reassuring to your child. So, try to put...

You and your spouse likely accumulated a lot of property together while you were married. Now that you have decided to divorce, there may be disagreement about who takes ownership of joint assets. Forty-one states are equitable distributions states when it comes to marital property and nine follow community property laws. However, deciding on what is equitable is often open to individual interpretation. Also, what is legally equitable is usually not equal. An experienced family law attorney can assist you with navigating this common legal issue so you and your future ex-spouse can get on with your lives. Determining Marital and...

Many people going through a divorce or child custody situation in which child support is involved think that the support amount is determined by the courts through a formula, and that both parties have no choice but to accept the outcome. However, this is only half true.   Depending on your state, there likely is a specific worksheet that the courts use to determine the initial child support obligation. Influencing factors include: how much both parents have been making, including any bonuses or overtime pay; health insurance costs, out-of-pocket medical expenses, any childcare expenses; and who gets the federal tax exemption. Once...

Going through a divorce is hard, and the myths swirling around the process make it even harder. Misconceptions are often spread by well-meaning friends and family that are trying to help but end up doing just the opposite. If you're considering divorce, it's important to separate fact from fiction so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Here are five common misconceptions about divorce. 1. Half of All Marriages End in Divorce Half of all marriages end in divorce is a statistic that hasn't been true for decades. Divorce rates hit their peak in the 1970s and 1980s and...

If you're facing a divorce, you already know you'll have to speak with a lawyer to determine your custody arrangements and alimony payments, but what about dividing your assets? While you might think that division of assets is a fairly simple process, the truth is that things can quickly become complicated if you live in a communal property state. This is because in a communal property state, everything you and your spouse own is considered joint property. If you have a boat, a car, or even a business, this may be considered to be shared property. If you're new to...

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Troxel v. Granville, a case involving the visitation rights of grandparents. Troxel held that a parent has a fundamental right to decide who has access to a child. It was found that a parent who is “fit” is presumed to make decisions – including the decision to prevent a grandparent from contacting a child - that serves the child’s best interest. This “fit parent” presumption can be rebutted if the grandparent shows, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the parent was not fit or that denial of access by...