Estate Planning for Young Families

Estate Planning for Young Families

If you’re caught in the hustle and bustle of small children, then estate planning for young families is probably not the first thing on your mind. You’re not planning to die anytime soon, and anyway, having too much to do being tired is what concerns you at the moment. You may also think that estate planning sounds like something that’s too expensive given the budget is already stretched tight. However, the truth is that estate planning for young families is vitally important, and in fact, those young children should be more the reason to think about your estate plan.

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How To Move Past Divorce Guilt

How To Move Past Divorce Guilt

When you go through a divorce, you’ll find yourself in the middle of managing work, children, property settlements and co-parenting – and often, divorce guilt. It’s often not discussed, but divorce is often a great upheaval in your life, and you may find yourself suffering in the aftermath with divorce guilt.  Depending on whether you initiated the divorce and how acrimonious the divorce has been, your levels of divorce guilt and pain may be different, but most people go through a grieving process, and it’s important to know that this is okay.

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Why Everyone Needs a Will

Why Everyone Needs a Will

Despite the increasing awareness of the importance of estate planning, a surprising number of people continue to pass away without a written testament or will. Unfortunately, anyone and everyone can forget to write or update their will. Young people believe they are invincible, and so writing a will seems like a task that can be put off. Young families tend to hate planning for their death because such a topic brings emotional pain or because they’re too busy to consider it. Older people sometimes simply forget or trust their families to work it out, Unfortunately, if you were to pass away without a will, the laws of intestacy apply, and this means that your estate may be divided in a way you wouldn’t want.

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Tips for Choosing a Conveyancer

Tips for Choosing a Conveyancer

Choosing a conveyancer can be a difficult task especially when you just want to secure your new home; often the biggest decision you’ve ever made. Along with moving house, there may be many other things that you need to be thinking about: enrolling kids in a new school, talking to removal companies, asking your friends for help and simply packing box after box may just be a few things on your mind.

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Preparing Children for Divorce

Preparing Children for Divorce

The thought of preparing children for divorce may make you feel bad, but it’s important to know that there are ways you can make the process much easier for your kids. A traumatic result is not inevitable if parents are proactive and communicative (but not over-communicative) about the what and the why of the divorce. A parent’s behavior at the outset of the process of separating can either ease or amplify pain when preparing children for divorce. Even after the divorce, remember that you’ll still have to co-parent together, so trying to have the best relationship possible in a difficult situation will mean that everyone gets the best possible outcome. If you’re thinking of divorce, it’s best to get the conversation started early so the child knows what may happen.

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The Estate Dispute of a Music Star

The Estate Dispute of a Music Star

In 2017, country music star Glen Campbell died, leaving behind a sizable fortune and an estate dispute between his eight children and his current wife.

He found success as a session musician before embarking on a solo career that included smashes “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy”, which landed him in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Campbell died shortly after his wife disclosed he was in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Campbell, who was 81 at the time of his death, was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in August 2011.

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Your Top Family Law Questions

Your Top Family Law Questions

If you’re thinking of separating from a spouse or partner, you’ve probably got family law questions, especially when there are children involved.

Family law is a complex area of law, and we come across lots of family law questions all the time.  Below we have compiled a wide range of common family law questions that we hope will help you understand this area of the law better. Of course, for tailored advice, make sure you contact one of our friendly family lawyers!

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The Estate Battle Over Salvadore Dali’s Estate

The Estate Battle Over Salvadore Dali’s Estate

Salvadore Dali died in 1989, yet an estate battle has suddenly erupted involving a potential child from an extra-marital relationship.

Recently, a judge has decided that Salvador Dali’s body will be exhumed in order to assist in settling a paternity suit that involves the estate, despite Dali having passed away in 1989. A woman named Pilar Abel, who was born in 1956, claims that she is the child of Dali after he had an affair with her mother.

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How Alcoholism & Divorce Are Connected

How Alcoholism & Divorce Are Connected

How are alcoholism and divorce connected?

Recent research has shown that alcoholism is more likely to occur in people who are divorced rather than people who are married, and that divorced people use alcohol more obsessively.  The research also shows that divorced people are more likely to develop alcoholic disorders and participate in risky activities. Previous studies showed that alcohol abuse lead to divorce, however, the recent research flips that statement backwards: Divorce can lead to alcohol abuse.

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Estate Planning Questions to Ask

Estate Planning Questions to Ask

Do you know which estate planning questions to ask?

Imagine you are sitting down and are having a conversation with your lawyer about your estate plan. You’re going through the usual estate planning questions, like ‘what do you want to do with your house?’ Everything is going well and you are enjoying planning for your future. But some estate planning questions are harder to answer, like ‘what will happen to your children if you die?’

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