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June 2019 Archives

What should I know before disinheriting a child from my will?

Disinheriting a child is a matter that should be taken very seriously. It usually occurs when a child has been provided financial support in the long term, perhaps at the expense of other children and family members. Emotional factors may also come into play, especially if parent and child have experienced a serious falling out. No matter the underlying reason, The Balance recommends keeping the following factors in mind if you're considering disinheritance. 

Ending your marriage as an older adult

Some people decide to end their marriage after a couple of years, while others may decide that divorce is necessary after decades of marriage. Moreover, divorce may involve young adults and those who are middle-aged, but some older adults decide that the time has come to move on as well. If you are an older adult, there may be a number of factors to take into consideration as you work through the divorce process. For example, you may need to revise your estate plan and you may have various health-related issues to take into account as you make your way through the divorce process.

The Fourth of July has more drunk drivers than any other holiday

If you had to guess what the worst drunk driving holidays were, what would you say? New Year’s Eve? Thanksgiving or Christmas? If you said the Fourth of July, you would be correct. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that Independence Day sadly has the most fatal car crashes nationwide. Of those accidents, 40 percent were alcohol related.

Am I a victim of gaslighting?

Marital abuse can take on many forms. Along with physical violence and threats, an abuser may also employ a tactic known as gaslighting. This involves lies and other manipulative tactics that make the target of the ill-treatment question his or her grasp on reality. Psychology Today explains more about how gaslighting works so you can determine whether it's an issue in your marriage.

When is probate not applicable?

Probate is the process of proving a will's validity, settling debt, and dispersing assets to heirs. When certain circumstances apply, probate may not be necessary. While the rules vary from state to state, The Balance offers a few examples of when probate is not applicable. 

How can I avoid child discipline issues after my divorce?

Many parents disagree on how to properly discipline their children when they neglect chores and school work or talk back. These disagreements often become more pronounced after a divorce, especially when ex-spouses share in the decision-making responsibility. Very Well Family explains how divorced parents should approach common discipline issues to ensure their children are subject to consistent rules and expectations. 

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