Most people do not know what a beneficiary deed is. Do you?
A beneficiary deed is a very efficient and cost effective way to transfer the title to your house to a loved one at the time of your death without your loved one having to go through the time and expense of Probate Court. Going through Probate could take 10-50 hours or more and Thousands of Dollars($$$).
A beneficiary deed is also a document that you create that gets recorded with the Recorder of Deeds before you pass away and it ensures that title to your real estate passes to whomever you designate in the deed.
In this day and age where just about everything can be found online, why do I need an attorney to create a Will for me? The honest answer is that you don't! However, the next best answer is that having an attorney will help you make sure that what you mean to leave to your family and friends actually gets left to the people that you intend to leave it to.
It is true that you could actually just write out in your own handwriting or type up on a computer your wishes, however, do you know what needs to be in your Will to make it efficient and go through Probate without problems?
So you are looking to file a child custody or child support case but you do not want to hire an attorney to handle every aspect of the case because that would be cost prohibitive. For the most part you want to be hands on and handle the case yourself. However, there may be some small aspects of the case that require legal expertise. For those issues you can us "Limited Scope Representation" as an affordable option that will allow you to get what legal expertise you may need without breaking the bank. If you decide to go this route you will need to set out the parameters of representation in a limited legal services contract. The best way to do that is to set an appointment to discuss what it is that you want and need and then sign a written document evidencing exactly what it is that will be expected from the attorney. Our office can help you with those details and enter our limited appearance in your case, if that is what is outlined in the agreement. If an Entry of Limited Appearance is filed in your case and once the work outlined in the limited scope representation agreement is completed a Termination of Limited Appearance will be filed with the Court and the attorney's work in the case will end. However, an attorney is not required to file an Entry of Limited Appearance in every case. Work can be completed without an attorney ever entering their appearance in your case. If you are interested in this type of representation, please give my office a call to set an appointment. Let my assistant know that your office visit is to discuss possible "Limited Scope Representation." The phone number for The Faulstich Law Firm is 314-260-7823.
We are in a digital age where everything is instantaneous, right? The best way to advertise is generally by making contact with people on their phones because our phones are always in our hands, right? The next best way is probably through television. However, the cost of this type of advertising is generally cost prohibitive for a small business. So, the next best way to advertise is through word of mouth from prior clients. Build your practice in such a way that client's will want you to succeed and will remember your name. Have those client's write reviews so that you can be found on google and on other sites. That is the best way to succeed as a small business.
In Divorce cases where children are involved it's sometimes
appropriate to ask for a Psychological Evaluation or a Child Custody
Evaluation. Generally these are not done in cases where children are not
involved. The reason for this is that generally there is a concern that a
parent may not have the psychological aptitude to nurture a child in a way that
is appropriate for the child. A generally conscientious parent without any
mental health history usually doesn't have to worry about this kind of testing.
In every Divorce where children are involved, a parenting
plan is required by the court. A parenting plan lays out the basic perimeters
of the custody of the child as well as the support of the child. Part A of the
Parenting Plan deals with the legal and physical custody of the child. Part B
deals with the monetary issues that arise when parenting a child (for instance
health insurance costs, extracurricular costs and child support itself).
Unfortunately, when Children are involved in a divorce, there's always a good
chance that you are going to have to go back to court some day to modify the
agreement that you have made in your initial divorce.
Mediation can be a good tool for certain sets of people in
family law cases. In some jurisdictions, a certain amount of mediation is
required before you delve too deeply into your court case. Mediation can help
facilitate settlement. However, if the two parties are too far apart or have
poor communication skills with each other, mediation can be an expensive detour
from the process. Some cases are made for mediation and some are not. A good
attorney can tell the difference. Some might be in a grey area. A good attorney
can tell you that as well. In my experience, a lot of people look to mediation
to keep costs down. Also in my experience, it rarely does that. If money is
truly an issue, I would probably suggest to a client that each party talk to an
attorney to see if this case is right for mediation. If both say yes, then try
mediation. In this way, you will only have a consult fee for an attorney (one
for you and one for spouse or ex-spouse in the case of modifications) and then
also pay a mediator for his or her time. On the other hand, without at least
doing a consult first, you may think your case is ripe for mediation and find
out that it is not and that you cannot come to an agreement. At that point, you
have to do everything you would have had to do in the court system and you've
already spent a great deal of money in mediation, perhaps as much or more than
you would have spent on a retainer. And
additionally, no progress has been made. A consult might also give you an idea
of the range of what you can reasonably expect if the case went to trial so you
know that you are not agreeing to a bad deal for yourself.
No. The courts will not work the court dates around your
schedule. One of the things I tell my clients to prepare for is losing vacation
days. You will have to take time off work. Your work likely doesn't have
vacation days for this particular purpose. There are a few that do, but most do
not. If you schedule a vacation, get insurance on it so that you can move your
dates around. Also, it is probably best not to take a vacation if you can. If
you have limited days off, don't make it so that you have to take unpaid days
or so that potentially you could get fired.
There are a few reasons why it is important to hire someone
who practices family law for a family law case. I know that a lot of people
rely on their social network of friends and family to get a lawyer. I know a
lot of people feel more comfortable with this. If you find an attorney you are
comfortable with, that is great. That's important. However, if that attorney doesn't
practice certain family law the majority of the time, they probably won't be
able to spot all of the issues in your case that need to be addressed as well
as they might otherwise have.
It is important to get an attorney to take care of a simple
ticket like speeding or improper driving because if you do not have an attorney
handle the ticket, you will get points on your license. These points are going
to be visible on your record for multiple years to come. Insurance companies
can see these points. They will increase your insurance rate accordingly. The
price of hiring an attorney to handle the ticket (between $75 and $150 usually)
will vastly be outweighed by the extra money you pay in insurance over the next
few years that this offense shows on your driving record in almost every case.
This is because in many cases, an attorney can compromise for you so that no
points (beyond what you already have) appear on your license. You will likely
have to pay a fine as well as the attorney fee the fine is typically similar to
what you would have paid for the ticket in the first place, so that comes out
to no loss or gain.