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28 Settling an Estate Without a Will

When a loved one or family member passes away, life can become difficult enough, let alone not having the instructions of a will to help in settling their affairs. In this podcast episode, an experienced estate law attorney looks at in and outs of the probate process and the advantages of having a will prepared over not having one when heading to court to settle an estate.

Posted in: Estate Law, Family Law

27 Dividing Property for Unmarried Couples

Depending on the length of time a couple was together, the things they’ve acquired can become an important issue when the time may come for them to split-up. This episode discusses property division for unmarried couples, a topic less well defined legally.

26 Cost of Reassurance

For most people, the expense involved in a family law case can be difficult enough to manage without any unnecessary extras. As emotions run high, it's easy to want to contact your attorney for clarification, updates, or simply to vent about your soon-to-be ex. However, this will quickly spike your legal bill and, in reality, some issues the attorney is simply not the most qualified person to assist you with. In this episode, attorneys share tips on how to keep your legal costs down by minimizing calls and contacts that are not strictly procedural on your case.

For more information, check out our blogs:

What is This Divorce Going to Cost Me?

Budgeting For Divorce

I've Filed For Divorce, What's Next?

25 Co-Parents & Alcohol

The statistics for mothers and fathers daily use of alcohol just to cope with the stress of co-parenting is, excuse the term - sobering. This podcast explores legal implications when one parent or the other is dealing with the difficulties of alcoholism or addiction.

For more information, check out our blogs:

How Alcoholism Affects Your Divorce

Physical, Mental, and Chemical Health: How They Affect Your Minnesota Custody Case

How to Use Parenting Consultants in Your Divorce

Keeping Your Child Connected to Their Other Parent

Cooperating in Co-Parenting: How it Affects Custody

24 Don’t Trust Your Ex

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Of all the people in life that a person would like to trust to have their best interests in mind, during or after a divorce, it turns out, your Ex – Spouse, Partner, etc. is not usually one of them. This episode explores some of the main ways you can protect yourself and make sure that you and your family's best interests are being properly represented.

For more information, please check out our blogs:

"I Should Have Known Better:" First Person Divorce Stories

Your Perception is Not Reality in a Divorce

Trust Your Family Law Attorney!

23 Step Parent Adoption

One of the most joyful things that families can experience is when a step parent makes the major transition to becoming a child’s adoptive parent. In this podcast you’ll learn about the three basic steps in this legal process. It’s both informative and heartwarming to see how the adoptive procedure can help to make a family whole. It also briefly addresses how this process may apply to LGBTQA+ relationships.

For more information, check out our blogs:

How Does Stepparent Adoption Work in Minnesota?

How Can a Grandparent or Third Party Adopt a Child?

LGBT Adoption in Minnesota

22 Phases of Divorce

phases of divorce

Divorce can be confusing and once it's happening, it can feel like it's never going to end. Trying to understand the documents, hearings, mediation, back and forth between parties and attorneys... all while trying to deal with the emotions accompanying a divorce can be overwhelming. In this episode Susan explains the phases of divorce in plain terms to help you understand and feel more empowered through the process.

For more information, check out our blogs:

Divorce in Minnesota: Where Do I Start?

I've Filed For Divorce: What's Next?

What is "Discovery" in a Minnesota Divorce?

Discovery: How It's Handled In Divorces

Beyond Litigation: Know Your Divorce Options

Ten Good Reasons To Settle Your Divorce

Successful Divorce Mediation

What Happens in a Minnesota Divorce Trial?

21 To Divorcing Parents

Divorcing parents

When a marriage fails it can feel like losing a loved one. The emotional toll of splitting from your support system and all the stability the two of you have created is huge and often makes it hard to think clearly. All of this is amplified when you have children. Navigating the emotional turmoil of separating from your spouse while simultaneously figuring out how to continue co-parenting with them so that your children continue to receive both of your love and support is especially challenging. This episode is specifically aimed to assist parents in making better choices for themselves and their children during the process of letting go and moving on to a new life.

For more information, check out our blogs:

To Divorcing Parents: What Your Children Need You to Know

A Message to Adult Children of Divorced Parents

Your Perception is Not Reality in a Divorce

Keeping Your Child Connected to Their Other Parent

Hostility in Your Divorce - It's Affecting Your Kids

Maintaining Your Child's Important Relationships

20 Children of Divorce

Adult child of divorce

During a divorce the focus is most often on the couple that is splitting up or any small children they may have. Older or adult children can be overlooked and often become the confidants and support systems for their divorcing parents. The truth is that having family split apart is painful at any age and being expected to be a rock for your parent(s) while not having support or space to process this change in family dynamic can be traumatic. This episode of the Podcast features suggestions for acknowledging the strife, realizing it's not your fault, forgiving and moving on with your life.

For more information, check out our blogs:

A Message to Adult Children of Divorced Parents

To Divorcing Parents: What Your Children Need You to Know

19 Why Hire an Attorney for Your Divorce?

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It's fairly common nowadays for folks to choose to represent themselves during their divorce, at least initially, often in an attempt to save money or because they feel they can handle their ex better on their own. This episode discusses the common pitfalls of self-representation and why hiring a professional to represent you during such an emotional transition can actually save you time, money, and definitely save you unnecessary stress.

For more information, check out our blogs:

The Cost of Not Hiring An Attorney

How to Find a Divorce Lawyer

How to Select a Divorce Attorney

Your Perception is Not Reality in a Divorce

Trust Your Family Law Attorney!

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