Establishing a trust can be an integral part of an estate plan. In this podcast episode, estate planning attorney Amy Rotering gives us a basic look at the main types of trusts that are available, and how they may be used to avoid a lengthy (and costly) visit to probate court.
One of the first things that comes to mind around the topic of divorce is, who gets to keep what? Most of the things that couples accumulate during their marriage are considered marital property, and thus, are subject to "fair and equitable" division during divorce. Deciding who gets to keep what can be a difficult process and often, couples cannot agree on their own how to divide their property alone. Arbitration is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which is a way to resolve disputes outside of court. Arbitration is a much more cost effective option than going to court, which can cost many thousands of dollars. In this episode of the podcast Susan discusses the benefits of using an arbitrator to help divide personal property.
For better or worse, retirement accounts are large personal assets and usually fall into the division of marital property during a divorce. Deciding who gets what and how to split them involves some specific areas of martial property division law. In this podcast episode, Susan and her associate Alma, discuss the basics of dividing retirement accounts, including what documents and procedures are required to finalize the agreements made in divorce decree.
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The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges to everyone, and to parents most of all. To those navigating co-parenting situations with multiple homes, effective planning and cooperation have become even more necessary. In this podcast episode, Susan and her associate discuss a few key ways parents can effectively communicate with each other, in order to provide additional safety and care for their children while navigating the current health crisis. They also discuss how mediation can be a useful tool for divorced or divorcing parents who find it difficult to communicate directly with one another.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world for everyone, and arguably parents with children at home have been hit the hardest. Attempting to co-parent between multiple homes during this time has provided an added layer of challenges. In this episode Susan discusses strategies for handling parenting-time during the pandemic and the importance of putting the needs of children first and foremost.
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In the modern age of Google, YouTube and the disappearing middle class, many of us have been empowered to do things for ourselves that in yesteryear would only have been done by professionals. The law is no exception. More and more folks want to be self-represented in their family law cases and that often comes with a mixed bag of results. In this episode of the podcast, Susan gives some important tips on how to avoid common pitfalls and effectively represent yourself.
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It’s something that can often be put off of the average person’s list of things to get done before it’s too late. There are usually some standard reasons given, but an Estate Plan needn’t be seen as the difficult task it sometimes appears to be. In this podcast, an attorney experienced in Estate and Probate Law dispels some of the main reasons for putting it off, while also showing why everyone should have it taken care of on their To-Do List.
Most people are aware that in a divorce, a common goal should be to divide the couple’s property 50/50. However with the variety of things modern couples own, it’s not always that easy. This podcast looks at the way an experienced attorney can assist in making sure things are divided “Fair and Equitably.”
It’s not uncommon within a divorce process for at least one of the people involved to have their name changed. When someone has proceeded with a gender change, it’s also a likelihood they’ll want to change their name. In this podcast episode, an attorney experienced in the field of these kinds of identity changes will clarify the the legal process, as well as point out the various important departments and agencies to be notified for a smoother transition.
Be Nice! It's something that we say to our children but the power of this simple statement can often be forgotten in the adult world, especially during a divorce. However, being civil with your spouse during your divorce can save you quite a bit of time, money, and emotional hardship. This podcast outlines then modifies some of the strategies of the well-known, “Four Agreements.” Since divorce can many times bring out the worst in us, this refreshing look at these ideas will hopefully alter the experience to go much, much better.