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Are You Worried About Estate Administration Disputes?

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When planning your estate, there are a range of issues that need addressed in a timely fashion. Choosing an executor or administrator is one of the primary concerns to consider. Worries over disputes between beneficiaries or those who feel they were wrongly left out of a will can be avoided with careful planning and implementation.…

No Will in Georgia: Will My Wife and Kids Lose Out If I Die?

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Some people are either reluctant to make a will or simply cannot find the time. If you die without a will in Georgia, “intestate succession” means that your closest relatives will inherit your assets. However, there are legal rules surrounding how any assets are divided. Although in most cases the distribution of assets is straightforward,…

Avoid Costly Custody Disputes in Georgia or South Carolina

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Are you locked in a custody battle with an ex-partner or spouse? These situations can become toxic and costly in several ways. Solutions are available when both parties work toward ensuring the best interests of the children. Co-parenting is the ideal resolution, but you may face challenges along the way. The costs of a custody…

Helping Your Stepchildren Through the Adoption Process

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When you marry someone with children, you try to prepare yourself for the difficulties of finding your place in the new family. The opportunity may arise where adopting your stepchildren seems like a natural step, but there are many factors to consider. Prepare for an Emotional Journey Each family situation is unique, and what your…

What to Know About Community Property in Georgia

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If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you may want to understand how community property works to protect your legal rights. The division of marital property is treated differently in Georgia than some other states. Here is everything you need to know about how community property works in Georgia. What is Community Property in…

Common Signs of a Fraudulent or Contestable Will

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As a legal document, a last will and testament is typically uncomplicated in design and intention. This alone can lead to attempts by an unscrupulous person or persons to enforce a fraudulent or manipulated will. There are several common signs that may indicate that the document is fraudulent. An experienced wills and probate lawyer can…

How Custody Plans Can Prevent Disputes

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A custody or parenting plan is not a rigid document. For parents who have agreed to share the care of a child or children, a detailed plan can prevent disputes. Every family is different and will therefore need a list of conditions that reflect both work and life commitments. Custody battles are often the result…

COVID-19 and Updating Your Will

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every part of our lives. Many unprecedented changes have caused us to lose jobs, change careers, alter family obligations and more. Some of these changes have had long-term impacts on how we live and our financial outlook. Updating your will in light if COVID-19 changes is something many overlook.…

3 Unique Rights for Military Spouses in a Divorce

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Divorcing a military service member is somewhat different than a civilian divorce. There are issues that arise that don’t occur in other divorces, but they can be addressed by the proper legal representation. Spouses may have special rights because of their unique situation. Here are three unique rights military spouses may have in a divorce.…

When to Pursue Contempt of Court

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When parents divorce, there will undoubtedly be conflict. Hopefully, you and your former spouse are able to work together concerning issues of child custody, visitation and child or spousal support. Too often, however, this is not the case. If your former spouse is failing to follow a court order, you have options. What is Contempt…

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