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If you are considering divorce, and you are retired or near retirement, you may wonder: Can my ex-spouse claim my retirement benefits? The short answer is: Yes. In Oklahoma, courts consider any property that a spouse acquired during marriage to be marital property. If property is marital, courts divide the property equitably between the spouses. In Carpenter v. Carpenter, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that, if a spouse worked during the marriage, the working…
You have a friend who wants to come to the U.S., and you wonder: Can you help him? If you are not a relative or fiancé(e) of the person, you can’t sponsor his visa or green card application. Click ,here to see what relatives can sponsor a person to enter the U.S.; click ,here to see how to petition for a fiancé(e). But there are still ways you can help a friend who is not…
If you’re faced with the task of writing a will, you may wonder if you can write a will yourself. There are a number of “do-it-yourself” (DIY) will kits you can buy online. You may be wondering: Are DIY wills legal? Are DIY wills even any good? Are DIY Wills Legal? To say that a will is “legal” means that the will is legally effective and will actually transfer your property when you die. A…
Judges look out for the best interests of the child Judges like parents to settle cases out of court Judges usually want the child to spend as much time with both parents as possible Judges want parents to cooperate with each other Judges look to see if you have certain criminal convictions, and in these cases, you won’t get custody Judges may consider the child’s preference If you have a child custody case, you’re probably…
Many people, who are not my clients, call my office, and have “a few quick questions” and want legal advice immediately. I almost never give quick, impromptu answers to legal questions from people who are not already clients. This is for the caller’s benefit, more than for mine. Here’s why: Most legal questions, that people have, touch on complex legal issues that cannot be answered without a great deal of research. Many clients, who think…
Oklahoma allows you to sue both the driver and the company You should sue the company because you can collect more money from the company than you can collect from the driver You should also sue the driver because you can collect more information from the driver if he’s a party to the case. If you are the victim of an accident involving a truck driver, you may wonder: Should I sue the driver, or…
Under federal law, deportation (also called removal) is the federal government’s ordering a non-citizen to leave the United States. If you or your loved one is in the U.S. as an asylee, you may be wondering: Can an asylee be deported? An asylee may not be deported. But, the government may terminate an asylee’s status as an asylee, if certain grounds exist. If the government terminates an asylee’s status, the asylee may be deported. The…
You may be wondering, “Do I need a will or a trust?” Or, perhaps, you’re thinking, “What is the difference between a will and a trust?” Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous promoters, who will tell you that you need to set up a trust. These promoters then tell you that the best way to set up a trust is to pay the promoters to do it for you. These promoters are causing confusion. I’ve had…
An uncontested divorce is a divorce where both spouses agree on all issues, and the judge does not decide any matters. If a divorce is uncontested, the parties, or their attorneys, can prepare a decree, submit the decree to a judge, and, if the judge signs the decree, the parties are divorced. Even if a divorce is “uncontested,” there still may be heated negotiations and arguments between the spouses. “Uncontested” does not mean that there…
Filing a breach of contract lawsuit requires a few steps. Here is a brief summary of the process: Determine whether you have a contract See whether the other party has breached the contract See if there is any way to settle out of court Decide which county is the right place to file File the petition and summons with the court clerk If you’re wondering how to file a lawsuit for a breach of contract,…