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As you consider whether to move ahead and file for divorce, there are steps you can take to make yourself more organized and to have a better understanding of your financial situation as it currently stands and what it may look like in the future. Clients can also help keep their costs down by being organized and gathering their financial documents ahead of time. Our checklist helps you start working on collecting your documents that…
Are you a tenant behind on your rent? Here is what you need to know about filing for bankruptcy. Many people facing eviction often hear recommendations that filing bankruptcy can “stop” their eviction. Bankruptcy can help stop your eviction, in some, but not all cases. Here, we decipher how bankruptcy can assist with your eviction. Your situation will depend on how behind you are on your rent payments. Your situation will depend on what chapter…
The classic lawyer answer: It depends. Your mediation will last as long as it takes to get through the issues, come to a breaking point, or time runs out. What is mediation? Mediation is a process where the spouses use a neutral third party (a mediator) to come to an agreement. The mediator tries to help the two parties settle the case with terms everyone agrees with. A Mediator cannot make a decision or ruling;…
When people get divorced, we often see that they are divorcing because of “irreconcilable differences”. Why do people say that? This is usually because the divorce is happening in a no-fault state. In Californica, where many celebrity divorces take place, the no-fault term they use is “irreconcilable differences”. In Florida, they use the term that the marriage is “irretrievably broken”.  In Florida, one of only 17 no-fault states[1], there is no option to…
Many people going through a divorce or a bankruptcy seek answers on how to remove their ex from the deed and mortgage of a home, condo, or other property. First, we need to review the difference between the deed and the mortgage. A deed is a document that entitles a person to a right in the home and to the home. A person may be on a deed as a way to avoid probate. For…
Divorce cases never move as quickly as people getting divorced would like them to move. Here are the six reasons we often see as to why divorces take so long. Divorce is something many people have to budget for. If your divorce is going to have fighting and you have to be in court a lot to have a judge make decisions for you, that can be expensive. Retainers for divorce lawyers can start anywhere…
Divorce cases never move as quickly as people getting divorced would like them to move. Here are the six reasons we often see as to why divorces take so long. Divorce is something many people have to budget for. If your divorce is going to have fighting and you have to be in court a lot to have a judge make decisions for you, that can be expensive. Retainers for divorce lawyers can start anywhere…
When you file for bankruptcy, any asset you own is considered “property of your bankruptcy estate”. An asset is anything you own or have or control, regardless of whether it is financed. Homes, however, tend to be unique because if you reside in your home as your primary residence and/or your homestead, it will be protected from your creditors in most cases. The bankruptcy code provides ways that you may be able to protect your…
When you file for bankruptcy, any asset you own is considered “property of your bankruptcy estate”. An asset is anything you own or have or control, regardless of whether it is financed. Homes, however, tend to be unique because if you reside in your home as your primary residence and/or your homestead, it will be protected from your creditors in most cases. The bankruptcy code provides ways that you may be able to protect your…
If you are struggling to pay your bills, taking a loan against your 401k or taking any money out of a retirement accounts is not a good idea for two main reasons. The first reason is practical – if you take money out of your 401k now, you will see tax penalties later if you have not reached the necessary age. Because most people don’t set aside the money to pay the taxes on the…