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What are some common time-sharing plans?

Getting the right time-sharing agreement for your child after a separation or divorce is essential to helping them feel comfortable after you separate from your spouse. Even though you're no longer together, you and your estranged spouse should work together to create a time-sharing agreement that works in the best interests of your child.

It isn't always easy to come up with time-sharing solutions, but there are a few clever options that some parents have relied on in the past. For example, there is the 5-2 method, the 7-7 method and the 3-4-4-3 method.

Estate questions: What if there are multiple states involved?

If you are closing an estate at the wishes of someone who has passed, you will be named the executor and will need to administer the estate in accordance with the law. Any time a person dies, the executor has to collect the individual's assets, manage them and distribute them to the proper parties.

Around half of the states have a code called the Uniform Probate Code, which generally simplifies the probate process and makes it similar from state to state. However, not all states participate, and you will need to follow specific state laws during the administration of the estate. That's why most people hire an attorney right away. If you make any serious mistakes, you can be held liable, so it's in your best interests to work with someone familiar with estate planning and probate.

Planning your estate for the future protect your assets

If you are fortunate enough to become wealthy during your lifetime, then you need to focus on estate planning early in life. As a family with many assets, estate planning will help you prepare for the future.

For any family, creating an estate plan is one of the most important things you can do. Having a solid financial plan provides you with time to prepare for long-term care and to take advantage of tax strategies that can help you prevent taxes from taking a portion of your fortune or impacting your beneficiaries negatively.

When a homeowner's association fails you, suing is an option

There are times when suing your homeowner's association may be in your best interests. Although it may seem like that could hurt your living conditions or make living in your community more difficult, the reality is that your relationship with the HOA should go both ways. It needs to respect you and vice-versa.

Disputes with homeowner's associations can come up for many reasons, but they're normally a result of being unhappy with the way the housing development is being run. Here are a few common reasons behind suing HOAs.

Why should you have a medical power of attorney?

If you're young and need to develop an estate plan, it can seem premature. After all, you may have decades to live before you even have to worry about the kind of protections that an estate plan provides.

The thing to remember is that life is unpredictable. You want to guarantee that those around you know what you want and expect when you can't make decisions for yourself.

Know what to do to prepare for a high-asset divorce

High-asset divorces are different than others because they involve a high potential for loss. Not taking the right steps to protect yourself during a high-asset divorce can mean that you lose more than necessary during the divorce, leaving you with less when all is said and done.

In a high-asset divorce, there is often a pre- or postnuptial agreement in place but not always. If you do have one and want to challenge it, your attorney will review the agreement and determine if it should be held out as valid. If not, you can petition the court to have it invalidated.

Proving paternity to be a dad in Florida

There was a time not long ago when it was impossible to know who was actually the father of a child. Many people would make the assumption that the spouse or partner of the mother was the father of the child, but that is not always the case. Thankfully, modern science has reached a point where it is relatively straightforward for a father to establish whether he has a genetic link to the child.

If you believe that you are the father of a child and you want to start asserting your rights as a parent in Florida, the first thing you need to do is establish paternity. Depending on your circumstances, you may already be the established father of the child.

Start building your estate plan to protect your interests

Everyone has an estate, no matter how big or small. You may believe that it's unnecessary to protect your estate if it's not very large, but that couldn't be further from the truth. People who have loved ones who they'd like to have become their beneficiaries in the future and those who have children who need guardians will all benefit from estate plans.

When you are killed, die or are incapacitated, your estate plan will help carry out your wishes. Without it, those around you may not know what you want to see happen to your home, your children or to your assets. These are the main reasons why you need to start building your estate plan as soon as you can.

What kind of custody works for infants?

From the time your child is born, you want to do all you can to protect them. Your spouse feels the same. Sadly, you both know that your relationship isn't going the way you'd planned.

Despite that, you both want to do what's best for your child, but you know that they won't get much say. They're only an infant, so what should you do?

Social media can have a negative impact on your divorce

One of the things you have to think about as you go through a divorce is the potential for your social media accounts to be used against you. Social media continues to influence people every day, and it can expose you to unnecessary risks during a divorce.

Prior to a divorce, it's been shown by at least one study that using social media has a negative correlation with marriage quality and happiness. Why? When people focus more on the lives of others and don't spend time on their own relationships, they struggle to maintain them.

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