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Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

Estate planning provides substantial benefits for many individuals, including married couples, individuals, and those with children. Unmarried couples have a significant reason to create a comprehensive estate plan due to having fewer property and legal rights afforded to them. To create an estate plan that addresses the unique requirements of your and your family’s well-being, it is important to talk with a Springfield estate planning attorney. Spouses have certain legal inheritance rights if their partner passes. An estate plan can make this inheritance better reflect an individual’s wishes, saving their spouse time, stress, and money. Unmarried couples do not have

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Your Guide to Child Custody in Springfield, MO

Navigating divorce or separation when you have children can be complex and emotionally straining. It can be helpful to discuss custody arrangements with a child custody attorney as you negotiate these decisions. Types of Child Custody Child custody in Missouri includes both legal and physical custody. Both of these custody types can be joint or sole, depending on the unique circumstances and needs of a family. Physical custody refers to where a child lives primarily. Legal custody refers to the ability of parents to make important decisions for their child, including where a child receives healthcare, where a child will

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What Is the Probate Process in Springfield?

The process of probate is necessary to manage and distribute an individual’s estate after their death. Many individuals use comprehensive estate planning to avoid long, costly, and stressful probate court. That way, their loved ones do not have to go through the process shortly after losing them. By working with an experienced Springfield estate planning attorney, you can create a strong and enforceable estate plan that protects you, your family, and your estate. The purpose of probate is to transfer assets and settle the debts of a deceased individual who died with no will, or intestate, or who only had

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What Are the Benefits of Getting a Collaborative Divorce in Springfield?

A collaborative divorce is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Divorce mediation is also a form of ADR. ADR enables couples who are divorcing to settle their difference and negotiate the terms of their divorce outside of court. Rather than engaging in a likely contentious litigious battle, couples can work together with a Springfield collaborative divorce lawyer on a mutually beneficial separation agreement that both spouses have a say in. Collaborative divorces can be useful for spouses who wish to collaborate and those who may have a contentious relationship. Parties can negotiate important terms such as child support, property

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What Is the Difference Between Divorce and Annulment in Springfield?

While divorce is a common way to legally end a marriage, annulment legally voids a marriage and the couple continues on as if the marriage did not exist. Both an annulment and a divorce are ways that couples can end their marriage, but only some couples qualify for annulment in Missouri. An annulment and a divorce have different legal requirements and different implications for the separation of the two parties. Even if you qualify for an annulment, you may still want to proceed with a divorce, depending on your unique circumstances. What Is an Annulment? An annulment refers to a

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Why Is Estate Planning Important for Those With Minor Children?

An estate plan may seem like something you only need to worry about near the end of your life, but this isn’t the case. Estate planning is not only for individuals with significant inheritance. They also provide for your medical and financial care if you are incapacitated and ensure your wishes are carried out. A comprehensive estate plan ensures that any minor children you have are protected in the tragic event of your death. You want to ensure they are cared for and are able to benefit from your assets. Essential Choices to Make Regarding Children in an Estate Plan

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