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September 2018 Archives

Can I appeal my child custody decision?

Whether or not you can appeal your child custody decision depends on the answer to two questions: (1) Did a judge issue a final ruling on your child custody case or did you settle it out of court; and (2) was that decision unlawful or was the lawfulness of your legal process jeopardized for some reason?

How Burt Reynolds used trust planning to perfect his estate plan

Burt Reynolds did not leave anything to his 30-year-old son in his will, but that doesn't mean his son won't receive an inheritance as a result of the Hollywood star's death. It appears that Reynolds may have left his son an inheritance by way of a strategically-planned trust.

My ex won't let me have the kids this Christmas: What can I do?

One source of post-divorce stress for many parents can involve their conflicting views about how to share their children on special occasions, like Christmas, Easter, birthdays and other special times of the year. If your spouse doesn't want you to have the kids this Christmas, the question of what you can do about it can only be answered in the context of your parenting plan and child custody agreement.

What legally constitutes slander?

From our formative years in grade school to the present day, the thought of somebody talking about you behind your back is one of the most potent threats to one's confidence and sense of self. Of course, while childish gossip may be harmless, it can be legitimately detrimental when adults engage in such behavior. When the talk in question is unquestionably untrue and spreads with the intention to hurt another, it can be illegal as well.

Should I hire an attorney for my surrogacy arrangements?

The modern world comes with numerous advantages -- such as the ability to hire someone to carry your baby for you. Surrogacy is the use of reproductive technology to artificially inseminate a woman or to implant an embryo in a surrogate mother, who will allow the baby to gestate in her womb.

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