If you find yourself in need of a lawyer to help you with a divorce, making a will or estate litigation, the first thing to look for is someone you can trust. Anyone going through a divorce, making a will or litigating an estate is almost by definition in a highly emotional and stressed out frame of mind. In this situation, having a calm, knowledgeable, experienced legal team on your side can make all the difference.
Legal issues like divorce, wills and estates are intensely personal matters and it can be difficult to share details with outsiders. Having an attorney who can listen sympathetically and offer the best legal advice and support can help you straighten things out and move on with your life.
Family and divorce lawyers can help you with a number of legal issues, including trusts and estates. They can also help with all aspects of estate planning, including the following:
- Last Will and Testament
- Power of Attorney
- Living Will
- Life Insurance Trusts
- Grantor Trusts
- Revocable Trusts
- Testamentary Trusts
- Estate Litigation
Estate planning has the advantages of avoiding probate and minimizing discord among beneficiaries. It can also prevent beneficiaries from mismanaging or losing their money.
Divorce is increasingly common and about 10% of the population in the U.S. has gone through a divorce. Every year, 1.5 million children watch their parents get divorced. A first marriage has a 20% probability of ending in separation or divorce within the first five years. After five years, the probability rises to 33%. In as many as 80% of all divorces, it’s just one partner who wants out, unilaterally.
Divorce proceedings can last as long as one year, but the vast majority of cases are actually settled out of court. Having a strong legal team that knows the law can help someone going through a divorce to negotiate a settlement that works and is agreed upon by both parties.
In cases where there is a struggle over child custody, an aggressive lawyer can safeguard the best interests of the children. The majority of couples who chose a mediated divorce are satisfied with the agreements reached. Having a lawyer whose advice and skills you can trust can be a great support for anyone going through this difficult process.
Even though it takes only about ten to fifteen minutes to draft a will, less than half of all people have made a will. A will, along with a living will and durable power of attorney are three important legal documents that every American should have, reports Business Insider.
Without a will, the fate of the estate is decided by the courts rather than family members and associates. As with other aspects of family law, it’s important when making a will to have a lawyer who can be relied upon to safeguard the client’s interests.
Legal issues pertaining to family law come with a lot of emoticons baggage. At such times, it helps to have a lawyer who can see things clearly and sympathetically, and provide the best advice and support to safeguard the client’s interests.