Even if you’re not a criminal, a lawyer or somewhere in between, you will end up having to understand at least some small part of our complicated legal system in your lifetime. Even the richest person can only hire so many experienced lawyers before it becomes more practical to simply learn how to go about certain things oneself. Whether you’re trying to figure out distribution of marital property, will planning, personal injury or estate matters, these pointers are bound to help you one way or another in life.
Have A Will
Even though it takes 10 to 15 minutes to draft a will, 57% of those without simply say they “haven’t gotten around to making one.” There are many online resources to consult regarding how to go about this process, but if you have any serious questions, it’s best to talk to the appropriate specialized attorneys.
The top three reasons that clients engage in estate planning are to avoid probate, minimize discord among beneficiaries, and protect children from mismanaging their inheritances. As a result, it’s useful to review your estate planning documents every three to five years, particularly if you have children, to keep things up-to-date and to ensure you have selected the appropriate beneficiaries.
In 80% of divorce cases, one party wishes to divorce and the other does not. Yet 80% of divorcing couples who went through negotiation and mediation of divorce reported satisfaction with the process. Avoid emotional and legal issues in the dissolution of a marriage by seeking mediation and going through the proper channels.
Distribution Of Marital Property
As one might imagine, distribution of marital property can be an extremely contentious issue. Who wants to give up their couch to a person worth legally separating yourself from? Given that the average divorce costs somewhere around $20,000, this is not a matter to take lightly. Family law attorneys may be of use.
If you suffer a personal injury, even if you’re a victim of domestic violence, don’t go crazy trying to figure out all the legal issues. As many as 95% of personal injury cases are settled pre-trial. Find an aggressive attorney who can give the defendant the message, and you may avoid a lot of hassle.
We believe these legal pointers should be enough to guide you out of most problematic situations. Consult these tips often to keep yourself refreshed, and feel free to leave us some feedback.