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Client Profile Series: The Discarded Wife

I thought we had a great marriage. We have great kids and a nice home. Our lives were full of date nights, family cookouts, and soccer games. We loved to have friends over. Until my husband decided to throw us away. One day, he just woke up and quit our family, and now he wants […]

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Client Profile Series: A Husband’s Affair

I came into my marriage with the best of intentions. I loved my wife and promised to be faithful to her. I meant what I said, but I had no idea at that time what would happen in our marriage. My parents raised me to be a good provider for my family. Nearly every day […]

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Land Held Hostage: Real Estate Partition, When All Else Fails

I almost made a really big mistake one time. My friend Gary and I found a piece of commercial property for sale near our offices. It was a nice place, in great condition, and offered at a fire-sale price. It was going to be sure thing, a moneymaker, a “great investment.” So we put in […]

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Divorce Trials: If You Absolutely Must

First off, in a divorce trial is the last place you want to be. If you’re in a trial, that means that you’ve had no other choice than to lay your personal and financial wellbeing in the hands of a stranger (the judge) who doesn’t know your life and who gets paid the same whether […]

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The Family Farm: Pitfalls of Joint Property

Papa smoked Marlboro Reds his whole life and ate bacon three meals a day. He finally died at 97 in a freak tractor accident on the farm. He left behind a handful of scraggly chickens, a life insurance policy, and a hundred acres of land. His four children are the lucky benefactors of his estate: two sisters […]

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Spying Spouses: Can I Record My Spouse’s Conversations?

Situation 1: She hears it every day. He tells her that if she leaves him, he’ll take the children and she’ll get nothing. He has hidden money in places she’ll never find, and he’ll spend every dollar to keep her from getting any. Situation 2: He knows she’s up to something. She’s seeing someone. She’s […]

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Holiday Survival: 4 Tips for Divorced Parents

The holidays are almost here. And while the holiday season is typically a time for celebration, it can also be pretty hectic—particularly for divorced and recently separated parents. If the holidays have you feeling overwhelmed, here are a few tips to help you handle the holiday madness:   Be positive around your kids. If you […]

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Halloween After Divorce

Halloween is huge. Ask any elementary school teacher, and s/he will tell you that the kids get more excited over Halloween than any other holiday. My kids start planning their next Halloween costumes in November. Parents everywhere start laying down the rules in September about last-minute costume changes, and we spend various weekends in October […]

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Facebook and Your Divorce

Your Facebook account can be a treasure trove of information about you: what you like, what you do for fun, where you go, and whom you’re with. Sometimes, your posts can be used against you in your divorce case. Did you know there’s a way to obtain a complete copy of your Facebook data? A complete copy […]

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The Basics of a Real Estate Deed

Deeds are the primary way we record and publish interests in land. Property interests are conveyed by deed and are specific as to date, parties, and land described. A deed is full of arcane legal jargon including words like seisin, indenture, warrant, etc. There are 4 major parts to a deed: the first paragraph identifying […]

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