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February 2017 Archives

When should you discuss your advance health care directive?

A comprehensive estate plan can include an advanced health care directive, also known as a living will. This document describes an individual’s treatment preferences, such as hospice preferences and/or life-sustaining measures in the event of incapacity. A health directive may also designate a healthcare power of attorney, granting an individual with decision-making authority.

Must all child custody agreements be created by a judge?

If you are a parent about to go through a divorce, the wellbeing of your children is likely your biggest source of stress and worry. Not only can divorce be hard on children; there is also the fear that you could lose significant access to your children in custody proceedings.

How does the Estate Tax Impact a Family-Owned Business?

Many people who have heard about the estate tax, also known as the death tax, are worried about how to protect their assets. As estate taxes could wind up compromising up to 50 percent of the value of people's estates if left unchecked, it is critically important to seek estate planning guidance from an experienced attorney if your estate is significant enough to be affected by this tax after you have passed away.

Can children testify in a child custody dispute?

When divorcing parents cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, they may be forced to have the court issue a custody decision. The court will apply the best interest of the child standard, informed by many factors. Broadly speaking, a court will want a child to receive a home environment that is financially stable, emotionally nurturing, and which poses minimal disruption to the care and environment that the child has become used to.

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