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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,…
In order to drive a commercial motor vehicle, the following conditions may apply: You need a CDL to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the U.S. You may obtain a CDL if you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. If you are not an LPR, and you live in Canada or Mexico, you have to get a CDL from Canada or Mexico to drive a CMV in the U.S. If you…
To get a green card, you must: See if you’re eligible File for adjustment of status, if you’re in the U.S.. File for consular processing, if you’re outside the U.S. Go to a biometrics appointment Go to an interview Becoming a lawful permanent resident can offer you a number of rights in the United States, including living permanently in the U.S. Before making the important step toward becoming an LPR, you should have an idea…
You may need to enlist the help of an estate planning lawyer because: Certain estate planning laws are very complex. No two estate plans are alike, so you need a lawyer to custom design your estate plan. Do-it-yourself estate planning websites are seriously flawed. What is the difference between probate and estate planning? Probate is the legal process in which a court distributes a deceased person’s assets to the person’s heirs. Estate planning is the…
Many people wonder: Do I need a probate lawyer? When transferring a deceased person’s property to their heirs, it is important to work with a probate attorney to ensure proper transfer of those assets. There are several key instances when you should enlist the help of a probate lawyer, which I discuss below. What is the Difference Between Probate and Estate Planning? Probate is a court action where a judge orders the transfer of a…
If you’re the parent of a child, and the child’s non-custodial parent owes child support and is not paying, this can be very frustrating. Fortunately, Oklahoma law, and federal law, provide remedies for parents who are not receiving their due child support. First, Determine How Much You are Owed Before attempting to collect child support, look at every child support order that you have to determine how much you are owed. If you do not…
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you are likely wondering, “How long after the accident, may I file a lawsuit?” You’ve likely heard the term “statute of limitations.” In law, the “statute of limitations” is the amount of time you have to file the lawsuit, after the cause of action “accrues.” In a car accident case, the cause of action “accrued” when the accident occurred. I’ll help you determine when you can sue…
If you have a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), and you are convicted of DUI (driving under the influence) then the state will suspend your CDL for a certain period of time. The length of your suspension depends on a variety of factors, as I discuss in this post. Length of Time Your CDL Could Be Suspended for DUI Federal law says that if you are convicted of DUI, a state must suspend your CDL according…