• Is It Worth It To Avoid Probate?

    Part of estate planning is deciding whether or not you want to take measures to help your heirs avoid probate. Taking steps, such as setting up a living trust and using payable-on-death accounts, can help you do so, but it might not be worth it. If you are considering probate avoidance, it is important to know why you should and should not do so. Why Should You Avoid Probate? Probate is a process that can take a considerable amount of time. [Read More]

  • 3 Ways To Skip The Probate Process

    For many people, part of the estate planning process is finding ways to avoid probate. Probate can delay the distribution of your assets to your heirs for several months. If you are interested in probate avoidance, here are some methods you and your attorney can explore.  Establish Joint Property Ownership One method of avoiding probate is to establish joint property ownership of your real estate holdings. When an heir is added to the deed for the property, he or she takes sole ownership of the property when you pass away. [Read More]

  • Does Encouraging Someone To Commit Suicide Make You A Criminal?

    Assisted suicide has been a hot-button debate for decades, ever since Jack Kevorkian got the nickname "Dr. Death" for helping his patients with terminal illnesses take their own lives. However, what if you don't actually assist someone with their suicide, but merely encourage it? Does merely encouraging someone to commit suicide make you a criminal? This is what you should know. You may be charged with assisting a suicide anyhow. There are only a few states where assisting in a suicide isn't considered a crime. [Read More]

  • You Say "Concussion," I Ask "Depression?": Emotional Results Of Personal Injury

    Injured in a car accident, workplace fall, or dog attack? If so, you may have sustained a concussion. Concussions, considered mild brain injuries, are nonetheless considered a serious matter by physicians. They are, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "caused by a bump, blow, or  jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. [Read More]

  • Final Matters -- The Next Legal Steps To Take When Your Loved One Passes

    When a loved one passes away, families usually find that there are a number of legal and financial matters that still need to be handled after the fact. However, most people don't know what those next steps are nor who can help with them. If you're in the position of having to handle a family member or friend's final affairs, here's a handy guide to post-death notifications. Get Copies of the Death Certificate. [Read More]

  • Why Do You Have To File Chapter 13 Instead Of Chapter 7?

    To find out if you qualify for bankruptcy, you must meet with a bankruptcy lawyer. During your initial consultation, the lawyer will most likely be able to tell you which branch of bankruptcy you qualify for and which is better for you. If the lawyer tells you that you must file Chapter 13, you may want to know why. Here are two main reasons your lawyer might be telling you this. [Read More]

  • When Flirting Crosses The Line: What Men Should Do About Sexual Harassment At The Office

    More often than not, you will hear stories about sexual harassment and the women at the hearts of these stories. However, men are and can be sexually harassed as well. Just like male rape victims, men who are sexually harassed are less likely to come forward and report their harassers. If you are man working in an office with lots of women, and it seems like one woman (or another man) in particular has gone from harmless flirting to something scarier or more threatening, you can (and should! [Read More]

  • Does A Landlord Have To Fix Your Fence?

    When living in a rented property, there are certain parts of the home that the landlord will need to fix. Is the fence one of them? Whether it has been damaged by the weather or you have damaged it, here is all you need to know about this question. Who Broke It? The initial answer will depend on how the fence was damaged. If you have broken the fence, then it is your responsibility as the tenant to fix it. [Read More]