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Your relationship with your ex after divorce

The relationship you have with your ex after the divorce proceedings go through is never something smooth and natural; it requires significant work from both sides as well as good intentions. But putting in the effort from the start can mean great success when it comes to making decisions together and raising your children.

This blog with provide advice on how you can start to put the romantic aspect of your relationship behind you and work together toward a supportive relationship with your ex for the future.

Married and dying without a will: Consider the potential problems

A lot of people put off estate planning or skip making a will because they assume that their spouse will get everything when they die anyhow.

However, that's not entirely accurate. When someone dies without a will, or intestate, the state takes over and decides how that person's property will be divided up.

The drawbacks of being an estate executor

A loved one's death often sends a family into turmoil, especially if it was unexpected. Final arrangements, contacting relatives and moving through the grief process is difficult enough, but if your loved one or an Arizona court taps you to be the executor of the estate, you may have an extra burden to bear.

Hopefully, you and your loved one discussed the matter before the tragic event, and you have had the chance to prepare for the task ahead of you. If this is not the case, you may wish to know what you are up against so you can decide if you have the time and temperament to do the job adequately.

What are the benefits of a revocable living trust?

It can be a very daunting prospect to consider how to set up your will or living trust. There are many options, and choosing the right one for you will depend on your circumstances. However, a revocable living trust remains to be a viable and flexible option for many people.

This blog will provide a brief overview into what revocable living trusts are, and what the benefits can be for those who set one up.

Incentive trusts stop professional heirs

Have you ever heard of rich children referred to as "professional heirs" by their peers?

It's not a term of endearment. Generally speaking, it means these people did not do anything but inherit money from their parents. They buy homes, cars and more with that money. They don't work. They were simply given enough that they could live a life of luxury forever, burning through Mom and Dad's estate.

How do I modify my divorce?

Once a divorce has been finalized, you may feel a sense of relief because you can put the past behind you. However, over time, there may also be aspects that you would like to change in the already-finalized divorce settlement. The good news is that either spouse has the right to be able to change decisions or change aspects of the final divorce settlement.

This blog will serve as a brief overview into how to start an appeal or a motion to modify the divorce judgment, and what the most common challenges can be.

Family money: How to protect it in the future

If you have "family money" and you want to make sure that it continues to provide for your family well into the future -- even long after you're gone -- a spendthrift trust is one of the most effective vehicles possible.

Unlike a regular trust, a spendthrift trust can be used to protect family money -- or any large inheritance -- from your heir's creditors or from your heirs themselves if they happen to have a bad habit that could cause dollars to run through their fingers like water.

Considering older child adoption

Making the decision to adopt is a life-changing choice, and it can take a great deal of thought and consideration to come to that decision. But once you've made that decision, there are a lot of other things to consider: Will you go for an open or closed adoption? Will you adopt a newborn child or an older child?

This blog will present some of the considerations to take on board when thinking about going through an older child adoption -- that is, to adopt a child aged 6 or older.

Even young, single people should do some estate planning

Too many people don't consider getting a will or any sort of estate plan until they have children or, if they remain child-free, when they get into their senior years. Even then, too many do not. More than three-quarters of millennials have no will. Fewer than two-thirds of Generation X (people in their late 30s through early 50s) have one. Only half of people between 53 and 71 do. Only 36 percent of people with minor children have a will.

However, even young, single people should have a will so that they can designate who gets their assets if they die. This can save their loved one the stress and money of going through probate. Further, they should designate who will handle their finances and make health care decisions for them if they're unable to speak for themselves.

Choosing between open and closed adoption

Traditionally, closed adoptions are very common. However, in the last few decades, open adoptions have become an option that many birth parents and adoptive parents have begun to consider, both for themselves and for the well-being and future of the child.

This blog will give an impartial overview on the legalities of closed and open adoptions, and what benefits and limitations there are in regards to each.

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