Why It Is Important to Establish a Will?

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What Is a Will? A will is a legally binding document that establishes your wishes in the event of your death. These documents serve several purposes, including allowing you to decide how you want to distribute assets like home, money and other property. Another benefit to establishing a will is that it prevents conflicts between […]

Unconventional Family Agree to Tri-Custody Arrangement

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Last month a New York judge was tasked with sorting out a seldom encountered child custody issue: a tri-custody agreement. The father of the 10-year-old boy and his wife had struggled to conceive for quite some time. The couple then met their new neighbor and the three began to engage in “intimate relations” with one […]

Teen Requesting Guardianship of Younger Sister

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After the death of both parents, an 18-year-old teen is applying to be the guardian for his 15-year-old sister. On Christmas Eve in 2015, Kyle Nester and his younger sister, Madison, lost their father due to a heart attack. Earlier this year, their mother Tammy passed away due to liver and kidney failure. Nester is […]

Supreme Court Denies Adoption of Choctaw Child

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In mid-January 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a child custody claim regarding a Choctaw child who had been placed with her extended family in Utah under the terms of the Indian Child Welfare Act. A California court decided to remove the child known as Lexi from her Santa Clarita foster family. The […]

When Legal Spouse May Not Be Appointed Personal Representative of Estate

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When a person dies without a will, he passes on property and debts intestate and a personal representative is usually appointed to manage the decedent’s estate. The personal representative occupies a key role in the settlement of the estate, exercising functions such as: Gathering the assets of the estate; Creating an inventory of the estate; […]

Distribution of Trust Property Intended Only for Lineal Descendants

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A trust agreement is a powerful way for people to distribute assets and their income during their lifetime or when they die. This method of distributing property is widely favored for people who wish to provide financially for specific persons such as a surviving spouse but still want to ensure that the remainder of the […]

US Supreme Court to Decide Division of Retirement Pay in Military Divorce

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For many military spouses, the largest asset in the marital estate is the retirement pay of a service member. When the marriage of a service member falls apart, one of the major concerns of a non-military spouse in a military divorce will likely concern the division of this retirement pay. Retirement Pay Reduced by Disability […]

Estate Liable for Mortgage under Decedent’s Will

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In Oklahoma, when a person dies with a Will, the estate must undergo probate proceedings in order to distribute properties and liquidate debts according to the decedent’s Will. In many situations, conflicting interpretations of the testator’s Will have led to litigation proceedings where the court’s judgment is sought on complicated probate issues. Issue on liability […]

Mother Places Son for Adoption on Craigslist

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It was only a few months ago when many pet lovers on Craigslist were shocked to find an adoption advertisement placed for a mother’s 10 month old son. A desperate mother created a post under the “Pets” section on the Oklahoma City Craigslist asking someone to adopt her child. In the post the mother stated […]

When to Contact a Family Law Attorney

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Many families today struggling with family issues feel as though they have no where to turn for help and independent advice. In many instances, their questions can be answered and issues put to rest by speaking to a family law attorney. What Is Family Law? Family law is a legal practice area which covers a […]