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Divorcing Your House When Divorcing Your Spouse

In my experience, many wives tend to want to keep the marital house in their divorce settlement, for a multitude of reasons.  When there are minor children involved, the primary reason why wives want to keep the house is for the sake of their children, because oftentimes the house is the only home that they have ever known.  Moms are very reluctant to want to have to possibly change their children’s... 

Looking At the Impact of Divorce Through the Eyes of Children

There is an excellent documentary movie called Split (www.splitfilm.org) that was released in 2013, which looks at divorce from the vantage point of the children of divorce.  There is an excellent trailer at their website and the complete movie can be purchased on DVD. Split offers a realistic and sometimes heartbreaking look at how children are often affected with the separation and divorce of their... 

Planning a summer vacation for your special needs child

When planning a summer vacation for your special needs child, it’s never too early to ask him or her for input. Find out which activities your daughter is currently enjoying the most and what your son’s hopes are for the blissful stretch of time when school is out. As with any family activity, keep your child’s interests, developing skills and difficulties in mind. If your child normally... 

Don’t Let Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram, or other social media) Ruin Your Personal Injury Claim

An increasing trend in personal injury litigation is for insurance companies and their lawyers trying to gain access to your social networking sites.  Sometimes this includes the use of trickery to get access to your information.    Once there, they’ll take statements or photos entirely out of context to try and argue that you’re not as hurt as you claim. I’ve never had a client... 

Preparing Financial Information for Your Orange County, California Divorce Case

Prior to considering divorce, you generally should consult with at least one divorce attorney so that you know what your legal rights are and also what you can except to either pay or receive in terms of child and/or spousal support. It is helpful to bring a basic written breakdown of what the assets and debts of the marriage are for the divorce attorney to review, as well as your last 3 years of income... 

5 Questions to Ask before Beginning Divorce Mediation Proceedings

When two people are at odds with each other, minor problems start to seem huge. When discussions and solutions no longer extinguish the fire, people turn to divorce. There are many different approaches people can take in terms of divorce, with divorce mediation being the most simple, fast, and effective one. If you and your partner have agreed on separating via divorce mediation, here are the questions... 

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Chesapeake Bay Trailer Accident Seek $19 Million

Have you lost a family member due to the negligence of others and need cash now? Death of a family member, especially a bread winner, caused by the fault of another person or company can have devastating legal and financial consequences for the unfortunate victim’s family. These types of lawsuits can take years to resolve. Litigation funding can provide valuable financial assistance to the families... 

Should You Consider a Trust for Your Child’s Inheritance?

This conversation comes up a lot with our estate planning clients: “So, you’re leaving your entire estate equally to your three kids,” we say to our client. “Do you want to leave it outright or would you consider putting it in a trust for them?” The two most common responses:  “No, my kids are all [...]  Read More →

Changes In SSI Benefit Payments in New York

By Amy C. O’Hara, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP New York State residents who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) also receive a state supplement.  For 2014, the maximum federal SSI amount is $721 and the NYS supplement is $87 bringing the maximum SSI benefit to $808 per month.  At this time, New York State residents receive these benefits in one payment from the Social Security Administration... 

The Key Differences between Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, and Litigation

The saying, “Till death do us part,” never really lives up to what it dictates with more partners opting for divorce courts instead of living happily ever after.  For those seeking to divorce when divorce is the only remaining option, such parties can choose to get divorced by seeking a divorce mediation, collaborative divorce, or litigation. These divorce methods are different from each other... 
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