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July 2013 Archives

What's a 'fair' estate plan where children are concerned?

Choosing how to leave your legacy where children are concerned is not always an easy decision for Pennsylvania parents. Deciding what is fair for your children may seem like an easy concept, but it is not always so cut and dry when it comes to estate planning.

Pennsylvania child support could be affected by income changes

Pennsylvania mothers and fathers know that becoming a noncustodial parent can be a hard fact to accept. On top of possibly not seeing their children as often as they like, noncustodial parents often have to pay child support to the custodial parent. These payments are typically made in order for a parent to be better able to provide for the children in their custody. Child support issues are common when going through divorce proceedings, but complications can continue to arise as parents can face changes income, lack of payments and other circumstances.

International child custody dispute gains wide-spread attention

When an adult, including those in Pennsylvania, makes the decision to move to a different area to live, there can be a number of reasons why. If that adult is a parent, then his or her family typically moves with them. However, this is not always the case. If two parents are divorced, complications can arise as to how child custody arrangements will need to be modified if one parent decides to move. If this move involves living in a completely different country, disputes between parents can become tied up in international legalities.

Special needs trusts can provide peace of mind for parents

Many people are aware of the importance of making estate plans. Parents or guardians of minor children should make particular efforts to complete estate plans, if for no other reason than to appoint guardians for the children to make sure that the children are cared for.

Adult children living with parents can pose estate planning issue

It is not uncommon for adults to move back in with their parents. In some cases, children move in to become caretakers for aging parents. More Baby Boomers are living longer than previous generations, and their adult children often need to take care of them. In other situations, adult children need to move back in with their parents for financial reasons such as a job loss or divorce. Sometimes, adult children simply never left home. 

Same-sex couples and divorce: Dealing with legal stereotypes

As the legal system of the United States deals with legalities involving same-sex marriage, the media has been giving the issue much attention. As the country seems to be moving toward more legal acceptance of same-sex marriage, it can be assumed that issues of same-sex couples and divorce will be surfacing in higher numbers. As many Pennsylvania residents know, though marriage equality is the goal of many, divorce issues for same-sex couples could mean determining new procedures.

Pennsylvania seniors targeted in estate planning scams

Pennsylvania is among the states with the largest percentage of senior citizens. Seniors are often targets of scam artists trying to defraud people. In an effort to offer more protection to some of the most vulnerable members of society, on June 18, 2013 U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania proposed legislation that would increase the penalties for those who commit investment fraud when the victims are 62 years old or older. 

Father in midst of international child custody battle

Many parents know that going through child custody disputes can be difficult on children. Understanding the children's feelings and needs can go a long way as well as the parents communicating and working amiably with each other. When one parent disregards the child custody agreements, serious issues can arise, and parents and children can be negatively affected. When those issues escalate to an international matter, the situation can become very complex.

Lessen Pennsylvania property division stress with optimism

Dividing assets is a material part of just about every divorce proceeding. Property division alone can vary greatly from case to case as each couple has different items in their possessions. To make the process somewhat smoother, Pennsylvania individuals can find out beforehand that best way to handle dividing property and who is likely to come away with what.

How will DOMA affect estate planning in Pennsylvania?

On Wednesday, June 26, a major change was made to the laws affecting residents in the United States, including here in Pennsylvania. That change was not the enaction of a law, but one being overturned. According to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitution.

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