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April 2017 Archives

How to Handle a Decedent's Social Media Accounts After Death

Pennsylvania residents know there are lots of loose ends that need to be tied up after a loved one dies. For example, friends and family need to be notified, funeral arrangements have to be made and wills need to be consulted. However, many people forget to deal with an individual's social media accounts after he or she passes away, which can lead to awkward birthday notifications and other uncomfortable post-death online interactions.

Resolving Visitation Issues Between Parents

There are a number of reasons why a parent might be tempted to refuse visitation to the other parent. However, a court may not consider these reasons appropriate enough to deny visitation. For example, a child might not like a new stepmother or stepfather, but this alone may not be a reason to deny time. Instead, the court may order the parent to spend time alone with the child and may advise the parent to talk to the child about the importance of the new partner in his or her life. Moreover, the court may ask the other parent to refrain from making disparaging comments about the new partner in front of the child and to talk to the child about how to adjust to the other parent's new life.

The benefits of a trust

When Pennsylvania residents are interested in ensuring that they will be able to leave their assets to family members in a particular way, a trust may be recommended to them. Wills can name certain individuals to receive a person's assets, but those assets are distributed in a lump sum. Trusts give people greater options in how property is doled out.

Choosing the executor and other roles in an estate plan

Choosing people for various responsibilities connected to an estate plan can be a daunting process for some people in Pennsylvania. For example, the person who is the executor or a trustee should be well-organized and good at managing money. That means that if a person's closest relative has a history of bankruptcy or issues with spending too much money, they might not be the best choice.

Using child support funds appropriately

The purpose of child support is to ensure that Pennsylvania children have a living situation that is as similar as possible to the one they experienced when their parents were married or together. Generally speaking, child support should be spent on things like food, shelter and clothing for children. It may also be spent on school supplies or medical bills.

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