State and federal laws about same-sex relationships have changed a lot over the past few decades and will probably continue to change in the near future, so it’s important to understand the current statutes and how they may affect your relationship. Out of the all the 50 US states, California was the first one to grant the most rights and protections to same-sex couples through its domestic partnership law. Enacted in 1999, domestic partnerships in California gave same-sex partners (and opposite-sex couples where at least one party is age 62 or older) a legal status similar to marriage, at least at the state level. When same-sex couples registered as domestic partners, they would be able to use sick leave or family leave to take care of an ill partner, and name their partners as beneficiaries of their wills and 401(k) Plans. Since then California domestic partnerships have been expanded to … Read the rest
Identity theft victims reported losing more than $15 billion in 2014. That’s more than the combined losses from burglary, motor vehicle theft and other property theft in the same period. While it’s no surprise that identity theft can leave you feeling vulnerable, there are things you can do to take some control.
Step 1: Order your credit report when you realize you’ve become a victim. You need to quickly find out about any errors showing up on your report. Go to annualcreditreport.com for free copies of your report from all three nationwide credit-reporting companies-Experian, Equifax and Transunion.
If you see any errors or fraudulent charges, report them to the credit reporting companies right away. They will investigate those items and then forward the information to the business that reported it. The business has 30 days to respond.
If the business providing the loan finds an error, it must notify the … Read the rest
Recently, I met a man whose father died suddenly back in IL where he grew up. He was returning home to CA from the memorial. The man shared his father became suddenly sick. Within days of being admitted to the hospital, they called and told him to get there quick. He said that when he arrived, his father took four breaths and passed. I could see the shock and numbness in this man’s being from the experience of his father’s passing. The man said his parents were by no means hoarders but that he felt overwhelmed by his sadness and at the possibility of having to go through the house and make the final settlement of his father’s affairs.
In an article by Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. in Psychology Today entitled “Death, American Style”, (*see link below) Dr. Samuel states: “Over the past century, death and sex battled it out … Read the rest
When you see the dead body of your loved one, you are in a terrible state of shock. No doubt you have got nothing to do with the property, the money and the inheritance that you have been assigned with, deep down inside, you know that you must go on and live your life with a smile after a few days. After all, no one can control death and the things that are beyond your control make you surrender in life.
If you have recently lost a loved one and have been assigned with inheritance, you must know about the concept of probate. The word probate stands for proving of a particular will, which is written by the one, who wishes to pass his money or property to someone he trusts and adores. For an instance, if your father has a huge property, there are a lot of chances for … Read the rest
Most people prefer not to dwell on this subject, but the fact is that life is transient. Upon the death of an individual, the fate of their property must be decided. Inheritance is the universal practice of passing on property, as well as rights, obligations, debts and even titles.
But although the practice itself appears in some form in all cultures, the rules of inheritance are subject to the jurisdiction where the decedent (deceased) died or owned property at the time of his or her death.
Inheritance in Israel is governed by the Succession Law of 1965 (‘Succession Law’). The Israeli courts have jurisdiction over the estate of any person who at the time of his or her death was a resident of Israel, or who left property in Israel.
The default presumption of the law is stated in section number 1 of the Succession Law, which is that a … Read the rest
When people talk about the end of a marriage they often mix up their terminology. They sometimes use legal terms that have very specific meanings without due attention. It is common, for instance, to use the term “divorce” to refer to the termination of a marriage in all cases when, in reality, dissolution (or even a legal separation) is meant. The matter is further complicated by the fact that the definition of these terms varies from state to state.
In states like Ohio, where there is a legal distinction between divorce and dissolution, the difference hinges on whether or not the process whereby a couple terminates their marriage is subject to trial. On a personal level, the difference is largely a function of a couple’s attitude toward one another and their perspective on the end of their marriage.
Fundamentally, a divorce is a lawsuit in which one spouse is … Read the rest
In personal injury cases, if a person or child is injured under the care of another, there might be claims of negligent supervision. Negligent supervision is a term that refers to the act of failing to responsibly watch over or take care of a child, person, or group of people. The most common victims of negligent supervision injuries and accidents are children and elderly, but really anyone can sustain a personal injury resulting from negligent supervision. Continue reading to learn more about negligent supervision claims, and who to call if you believe you or a loved one might have recently endured personal injuries as a result of this kind of carelessness.
When we hire a service or person to watch over, babysit, or care for a loved one, we don’t anticipate that something will go wrong, or that a loved one will be injured while under appointed … Read the rest
If you are looking to buy a holiday or second home or invest in Romania, Transylvania or at the Black Sea and you are a foreign citizen/investor, there are few aspects you should know about the procedure an the costs for the acquisition of Romanian land or Romanian houses.
After 2012, foreign citizens EU citizens (non-Romanian) may purchase a home or apartment in Romania may freely buy and sell any Romanian property, without restrictions. Along with the sell price for the property, buying real estate in Romania has other costs associated with it.
If you have chosen to collaborate with a Romanian real estate agent/ broker you can expect to have an additional commission of approximately of the price of the property. The local tax will be of the price of the property. The signing of a contract must be witnessed by a public notary who submits it for certification … Read the rest
A divorce lawyer is the one that people see to help them with the legal ending of their marriage. Both the husband and wife will need to justify and validate their reasons for the divorce and why they are no longer living together as husband and wife. The lawyer will have the evidence that supports their client’s claim. In cases where the marriage has broken down on hostile grounds the divorce lawyer will need to prove that the complaints being filed by their client is valid. This is especially true if they are claiming they have been assaulted by their spouse, the marriage was violent, danger to the children, or infidelity.
In addition to pleading their client’s case in court there are other duties that a divorce lawyer has to do before even getting to court. These can include:
• Interviewing their client and getting all the necessary information from … Read the rest
This being one of the most important questions asked by many who face the dilemma of divorce proceedings. Based on our experience, we have summarized a few of the commonly used ploys used by husbands against their wives, while we have represented the wives.
1. Obtaining Loans
The first thought running through a husband’s claim is how to minimize the financial judgment at the time of the divorce is to attempt to take loans, including credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, credit lines, car financing, etc. this results in the increase of their liability and they try to prove to the judge that due to their liabilities, they are unable to pay a financial claim raised by the wife. The judge is required to look at the assets and liabilities of the husband prior to declaring the settlement amount.
There are a few issues with this tactic used by … Read the rest