Two Times When A Misdemeanor Assault Automatically Becomes A Felony

Generally, misdemeanor assault—also called simple assault—is a minor crime relatively speaking. If you're convicted, the maximum penalty you would face is a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail. However, here are two special circumstances that will automatically elevate a misdemeanor assault to a felon, resulting in a more severe punishment. The Victim Was Part of a Special Class The law does not discriminate when it comes to assaults. Read More 

4 Situations Where You Need A Divorce Lawyer

Ending your marriage won't be easy, which is why it helps to go through the process with a lawyer by your side. While it is possible to do it alone, here are 4 situations where it will benefit to have a lawyer on your side: Your Divorce Is Contested Are you in favor of getting a divorce, but your spouse is against it? If so, this means your divorce will be contested. Read More 

The Three Flavors Of Spousal Support

While spousal support (alimony) may not be as popular as in the past, it does still exist and still fills an important financial need for some spouses. Raising a family is an important, time-consuming and all encompassing endeavor, and many spouses, including husbands, still make the decision to forgo careers to stay home and be a full time parent to their children. There are actually three different types of spousal support available for those who need it, so read on to learn more. Read More 

How Legal Separation Can Benefit A Spouse That Is Terminally Ill

If you and your spouse are experiencing tough times due to you having a terminal disease, you may have many thoughts about what your spouse is feeling and what he or she will do after you're gone. You more than likely have faced many hard choices since you learned you are terminally ill, one being about your spouse getting on with his or her life. For many married couples, telling their spouse to leave and experience life without the burden of watching you die can be one of hardest tasks they have ever had to do. Read More 

Living Trusts: How To Create One To Avoid Probate

Have you started planning for your future? Do you know what will happen to your property and assets when you die? Will it all go into probate for months on end while your grieving family has to sit and wait on a decision to be made by the court to validate or invalidate your will? Or do you have a living trust set up that will avoid probate altogether? If you do not currently have a living trust, you definitely need to consider one for yourself. Read More