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Explaining the details of the estate planning process

Estate planning is an important step for everyone to take which means any questions estate planners have about the process, they should ensure they have answers to. The estate planning process may seem overwhelming and complex but with trained guidance, it can be less intimidating and provide peace of mind to the estate planner going forward.

It is important to note that an estate plan includes a will but not only a will. A will provides an essential foundation for an estate plan but estate plans include additional protections for children, other family members, assets and if the estate planner becomes incapacitated or cannot direct their own medical care or financial affairs.

Understanding different types of DUI charges

If any driver is found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, they will automatically face DUI charges. However, the penalties faced will depend on the circumstances. For example, a first offense DUI will be treated much differently than in a situation where a driver is highly intoxicated and causes a crash in which a person dies.

When facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, it is important that you understand the different types of charges that are possible and the situations in which they can be applied.

6 common reasons for divorce

In general, every divorce is unique. Some couples can peacefully call it quits and head in their separate directions quickly and easily. Others might spend months negotiating over marital assets before finally signing the divorce decree. And others could declare all out war and do everything possible to make each other miserable.

The reasons for getting divorced can be varied but some reasons seem to be more common than others. Here are six of the most common reasons why couples choose to divorce.

Sorting out child custody during divorce

There is a lot that divorcing parents have to consider when facing divorce, and child custody is one of them. Legal resources are available to help divorcing couples prepare for the divorce process and guide them through it.

When establishing a parenting agreement in Pennsylvania, the court will look at what is in the best interests of the child. Determining what is in the best interests of the child is guided by an evaluation of a variety of factors. The court will consider the child's familial relationships; the location of the child; the child's wishes; and the mental and physical condition of the parties when determining child custody in Pennsylvania.

Installing an ignition interlock can help you keep driving in PA

When people talk about the criminal consequences of an impaired driving charge in Pennsylvania, they almost always focus on jail time and financial fines, as well as worrying about a criminal record. While a criminal record, incarceration and financial consequences can have a negative impact on your life, people focused on jail and fines are overlooking a third, very significant consequence of impaired driving.

Specifically, the state of Pennsylvania has the legal authority to revoke or temporarily suspend your driver's license depending on the nature of the impaired driving infraction. Everything from whether you caused a collision to your previous impaired driving criminal convictions will impact how long you lose your license for.

When car accident victims are injured, legal protections step in

Car accident victims can suffer a range of serious injuries which can cause harm to them and their families that, unfortunately, can be long lasting. The bit of good news is that personal injury legal options are available to help protect victims of car accidents receive compensation for their injuries suffered in a car accident.

One type of injury car accident victims may suffer is a soft tissue injury which can worsen over time and be even worse than immediately thought following a car accident. Soft tissue injuries can include sprains, strains and contusions and also whiplash injuries which are caused when the car accident victim's head is jolted violently back and forth in the car accident. Soft tissue injuries impact the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the car accident victim.

The ways in which car accident victims are protected

Car accidents can result in painful physical, financial and emotional damages for victims and their families. As a result, car accident victims and their families should always be familiar with how personal injury legal protections can protect them and that they are available to them when they have been harmed.

Car accident victims may be unable to work because of the injuries they have suffered as the medical bills pile up around them. Personal injury legal resources can help them pursue a claim for their damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, against the negligent driver responsible for causing their car accident. Personal injury legal protections may be available in circumstances of not only car accidents but truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and drunk driving accidents as well.

A financial power of attorney will give you peace of mind

If you become incapacitated, you're unable to make decisions for yourself. This is why it's so important to create a financial power of attorney. With this, you grant another person, known as a financial agent, the power to manage your finances and make key decisions on your behalf.

When creating a financial power of attorney, it's important to address these questions:

  • Whom should you name as your agent?
  • What type of power will you give your agent?

Don’t forget to prepare your finances for divorce

If you decide to divorce, it's imperative to understand the impact it will have on your finances. Neglecting to think about this upfront can result in a variety of challenges and mishaps in the future.

The first thing you should do is gather all documentation pertaining to your finances. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Bank statements
  • Tax returns
  • Paystubs
  • Investment and retirement account statements
  • Mortgage statements
  • Credit card statements
  • List of all assets and debts
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