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Your estate plan must include your current wishes

Your estate plan isn't meant to be like anyone else's plan. Instead, you have to think about your unique circumstances to decide how you are going to handle each matter. It is important that you work on this plan with the goal of having a comprehensive plan that doesn't leave any room for questioning what is supposed to happen.

We know that you want to make sure that your loved ones are taken care of after you are gone. There are many ways that you can make this happen. We will take the time to discuss your goals and find ways to make them happen. We want you to feel comfortable with your estate plan.

What plans do you have for your end-of-life medical care?

It is easy to think of estate planning as something that will only go into effect when you die. This isn't accurate. Your estate plan should cover your wishes and plans for medical care when you are nearing the end of your life.

Thinking about the time just before your death isn't easy; however, without making the plans you have clear, you can't ensure that your wishes will be followed. There are several things to think about when you are setting things up.

Summer comes with special child custody considerations

With end of the school year here, parents face some challenges with their children. For those who have a parenting plan, this can be a time of considerable change. One thing that you have to think about is that younger children will need to have child care during the summer months, but making this happen might require a lot of planning.

Many child custody orders will split the summer months between parents. This means that you and your ex will have to figure out how to handle child care. Will the child spend the summer with the same caregiver or will each parent find his or her own sitter? How will the expense be handled? We know that this might take some work, but coming up with the plan now might save you from having to deal with stress later.

Appropriate reactions are vital when someone is badmouthing you

One of the cardinal rules of co-parenting is to avoid speaking negatively of your ex when your children are around. This rule usually applies to others who are involved with the children. No child should have to listen to bad things being said about one of their parents.

When you find out that you are the subject of badmouthing, you might be tempted to just fly off the handle. This will likely work against you and could provide fuel for your ex to use against you. It is imperative that you react in an appropriate manner if you find out you are being spoken ill of.

Should you disclose bonuses during divorce proceedings?

Married couples in Indiana have a much greater likelihood of divorcing than couples in other states. Indiana actually has the sixth highest divorce rate in the country, according to data from 2017. Financial hardship is the reason typically given for why spouses decide to ultimately divorce in the area.

There are many avenues to navigate during divorce. In some cases, these proceedings can last for over a year, and a lot can change during that time. Before the divorce is final, one spouse may receive a large bonus from work. The spouse worries about whether the ex has any claim to this extra money. While the answer can be complex and you should consult with your attorney before doing anything during this time, you will usually be better off disclosing the extra income. It may not come into play at all, but it is best to play it safe. 

Your estate plan doesn't need to have a shock factor

The need to have an estate plan ready isn't limited only to very wealthy people who have children and a spouse. Instead, any adult can benefit from one of these plans. When you are ready to create an estate plan, you need to think about a number of points. We will be by your side to make sure that you are getting everything in order.

The cornerstone of the estate plan is the will. This document is one that is featured in movies and television shows a lot. Usually, there is a great shock that comes when the will is read. In reality, this might not be how it happens.

Estate planning when you're on your own

If you're unattached, you may not have given much thought to estate planning -- it tends to come more to the forefront of people's minds when they marry or have children. However, single people need good estate plans just as much as married people do -- maybe even more, especially if you have a lot of assets built up in your name.

If you die without leaving a will, or intestate, all of your possessions get distributed according to state law. In Indiana, that means that any children you have would inherit first, then your parents. If your parents are deceased, your siblings would inherit everything. If they die first, your nieces and nephews would inherit. Ultimately, if your parents are deceased and you're an only child, the state will take everything you own.

Your defense strategy is an important consideration

The criminal defense strategy that you choose for your case has to be based on the facts of your case. You can't think about what might have helped someone in a similar situation because every criminal case is different. We understand that it can be hard to figure out what you need to address with your defense but we can help you figure this out.

There are many variables that come into the picture when you are trying to figure out how to address a criminal charge. The decisions that you make throughout the case have a direct impact on the outcome of it.

Know where to look for employment as a felon

Finding a job can be a difficult prospect if you are a felon. The thing here to remember is that you have to know where to look for work. You might not be able to get a high-paying executive job, but this doesn't mean that you have to resign yourself to having to deal with a minimum wage job either. There are many trades and careers that are open to felons.

One thing to remember is that many manual labor jobs aren't going to require you to complete a background check. Construction jobs, for example, might only require you to be willing to learn. Some other jobs, such as welding, might require that you have a certificate of training from a trade school or vocational program. Working on an oil rig or in a factory might also be possible.

With divorce, who keeps the family pet?

Dogs and cats often become members of the family. When a married couple divorces, one issue that has risen in prevalence in recent years is who receives custody of the animal.

If a couple cannot decide on their own who receives the pet, then the judge may decide. In most cases, dogs and cats are treat as property. Judges may look at things like who "rightfully" owns the animal, and this may come down to who actually adopted the animal and whose name appears on the vet bills. There are many other assets to review during a divorce, so it can sometimes be helpful best to sort out pet ownership in advance.

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101 North Delaware Street, Ste. 1460
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Toll Free: 800-225-4562
Phone: 317-614-0623
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7007 Graham Road, Ste 108
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Toll Free: 800-225-4562
Phone: 317-614-0623
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