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June 2015 Archives

Essential elements in a valid will

You won't find many people would argue that there's no value in creating a will. There might be some who would argue that it's not worth the time or the money unless you have excessive wealth. It may be easy for them to hold that view. They won't be around to witness the hassles that get triggered by their not having put down into words how they want their assets distributed upon their death.

Does a spouse with dementia have a right to seek a divorce?

A lot of states have something to say about spouses attempting to get out of a tough marriage situation when the other spouse is afflicted with dementia. In general terms the law frowns on that kind of action. There may be conditions under which it might be possible to pursue a divorce action in such circumstances, but it's likely that it would require taking the matter to litigation.

Viability of a living trust depends on proper funding

Planning with a long-term goal in mind is not the luxury that many people seem to think it is. A living trust serves as one example of this. It really is a practical thing. What it takes is an appreciation of one's current situation and a view of how you want to deliver the greatest benefit to your possible beneficiaries in the most cost effective way.

Twins by 2 fathers shows how complex child support can be

Superfecundation. This is not some word of the day that you are likely to see on Sesame Street. Rather, it is a word that describes a somewhat rare event in the natural procreative process of all mammals, including human beings. What it involves is a woman giving birth to twins by two fathers.

What are common reasons for getting a prenuptial agreement?

Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements may not be for everyone, but they may be helpful in some situations. Those familiar with what it takes to craft an agreement that is enforceable under Pennsylvania state law know that there are particular conditions that tend suggest when having such a contract might be a good idea.

Baby on the way? Are you ready financially now and beyond?

A new arrival to the family is something that parents face with a lot of anticipation. Sometimes the event is fraught with a certain level of anxiety, as well. There are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration materially, physically, emotionally and, of course, financially.

Child support collection gets a new tech upgrade in Pennsylvania

Back in 2000 there was a short-lived company called Net Perceptions that foresaw a future in which retailers would need to reach consumers through multiple channels at the same time and seamlessly. The pitch for its service was that e-commerce and the Internet meant that solid customer relations depended on meeting consumers where they were, whether they came through the door, called, were online or just happened to be in the area. If they walked, talked, clicked or beeped, retailers needed to be there.

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