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Establishing a parenting plan in Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country rear their children alongside their former partner or spouse. It's becoming more common than ever to co-parent. With this trend comes the broader availability of tools and resources for co-parents.

When the parents of a child make the decision to separate, it is always a good idea to put in place some kind of written agreement that will establish both the responsibilities, schedules and roles that each parent will have when it comes to parenting the child.

The different types of wills and testaments

There are many different types of wills and testaments, and many of which will be applicable in one state but not in another. For example, in some states, holographic wills are not considered valid, but in other states, they are perfectly legitimate forms of last wishes. The following are the most common forms of wills and testaments.

Olographic or holographic wills

How to prove undue influence regarding a will

It can be a very concerning experience to believe that a loved one was coerced into making a will as another person intended it to be. If you have experienced this, you are likely to feel anger, and a determination to change the course of events so that justice is finally done.

In order to achieve this, you must go through a will contestation.

The problems with the child support system

The child support system was created with only the best intentions for children of the United States, and offers a vital way to ensure consistency in support for all children, especially the most vulnerable. However, like most things, it is far from perfect. Today, it could be said that the system makes life difficult for fathers, especially when they are struggling with a low income. However, being aware of the faults in the system can help fathers to be prepared for the challenges that they will face.

The problem with an outdated system

Restoring credit through bankruptcy

Many people see bankruptcy as a last resort, but in reality, going through bankruptcy can be a wise choice for those experiencing financial difficulties and desiring a fresh start. It can be an act of empowerment rather than something you are forced into. One reason why many people think that filing for bankruptcy is the last possible option is because they think that it will have a long-term negative effect on their credit. Whether or not this is the case can depends on the type bankruptcy you file.

In fact, research has shown that those who choose to file for bankruptcy rather than opting to struggle through the tough times eventually see better credit scores, on average. But when deciding whether to file for bankruptcy, it's a good idea to consider your situation.

I’ve been injured by a defective product. What next?

We use all sorts of consumer products – cars, appliances, tools – every day. If one of these products malfunctions and causes a serious injury, however, it is important to know what to do next to protect your rights for getting the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.

Defective product claims can be quite complex, and you can be sure that the manufacturer, distributor or retailer that you are taking action against will try to mount a strong defense and cast doubt on your claims.

How to resolve a stressful inheritance dispute

Nobody wants to get into an argument with their family members about inheritance, especially when simultaneously going through the mourning process of a loved one that has passed away. However, at the same time, feeling as though a relative that you loved and trusted has deceived you or tried to take advantage of you can be an infuriating feeling, bringing about a high amount of anger and stress. Fortunately, however, there are ways in which you can resolve these disputes and move on with your life in a positive way. The following are some of the most common ways for a dispute to arise, and what can be done about them.

A belief that the will was not what the deceased person intended

Preventing estate fraud

Unfortunately, although matters of the estate usually revolve around the family, it is not an area that is immune to fraud. Many people will go to extreme lengths to secure their inheritance, and that can include breaking the law and committing fraud against a family member. This is why it is important to go to great lengths in order to ensure the protection of your will or trust.

This blog will serve as a brief overview into estate fraud, the different types that exist and the steps that can be taken in order to prevent it.

What are the common challenges to breathalyzer test results?

Breathalyzer tests are frequently conducted by law enforcement officials to try and establish whether a person was over the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit permitted while driving. A Breathalyzer test is not the most accurate or reliable way to establish BAC. A blood test is. However, a Breathalyzer test is a convenient way to establish a preliminary result on the scene.

This blog will provide a brief overview into what Breathalyzer tests are and what challenges can be made before the courts when a defendant believes that the Breathalyzer test was not accurate or they are otherwise dissatisfied with the result.

What is the ‘automatic stay’ and how can it help you?

People who are struggling with out-of-control debts often put off filing for bankruptcy for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is the belief that they will lose everything to their creditors.

Most people filing for bankruptcy don’t realize that they are actually seeking bankruptcy protection, which means breathing room from creditors and collection agencies. This is where the “automatic stay” provision of any bankruptcy filing comes in.