New year signpost 2014

Hi there,

New year signpost 2014I believe that the above title rings true for lots of folks since we tend to evaluate our lives around New Year’s Day. And if your marriage is bad, divorce is a reasonable resolution.

Most divorce lawyers will agree that the first few weeks of the new year are busy with new clients. I had attributed this to folks wanting to get through the holidays before they made drastic changes, but after reading this great post by a firm in New Jersey, I changed my mind.

If divorce is your resolution for the new year, it is important to have an understanding of the process first. Then you need to line up the professionals who will help you get through it. And, finally, you will need to get a good understanding of your own finances.

If divorce is your New Year’s resolution, may you have an effective and peaceful one!

Happy New Year!


Nancy… Keep reading

The Importance of Estate Plans Post-Divorce

Hi there,

If your divorce has just ended, you probably feel like you NEVER want to talk to a lawyer again. However, there are a number of financial steps you should take after you divorce, and one requires a lawyer:  You need to change your estate plan, or if you don’t have one, create an estate plan.

Not only does this require good professional assistance, it costs money. Maybe money you feel you can’t spend because you are now “divorce poor.”

I get that. The divorce process drains you of energy and time and money. Regardless, you are at a new beginning and you need to get this one piece done right.

In addition, and it might not happen as part of your estate planning, you need to be sure you have dealt with the possibility that something might happen to your adult (over age 18) unmarried children as well. We tend to assume that when children leave the nest that’s it. In tragedy, it often isn’t.


Nancy… Keep reading

Hi there!

I hope you stayed dry this past weekend.

Just when I think legal advertising can’t get any worse, a colleague directs me to the litigation over the “Lawyer of Love.”

I have been watching the health care debate with great interest, and I found this analysis very illuminating.  The Taxgirl is talking about intact families of course, but the same considerations are applicable to divorced families as well.

Finally, here’s a story sponsored today by the letter “H” and made possible by Judge Terence T. Evans in the case of U.S. v. Murphy, 406 F.3d 857, 859 (7th Cir. 2005).  Here is a portion of the actual transcript and a footnote.  

On the evening of May 29, 2003, Hayden was smoking crack with three other folks at a trailer park home on Chain of Rocks Road in Granite City, Illinois. Murphy, Sr., who had sold drugs to Hayden several years earlier, showed up later that night. He was friendly at first, but he soon called Hayden a “snitch bitch hoe”

The trial transcript quotes Ms. Hayden as saying Murphy called her a snitch bitch “hoe.” A “hoe,” of course, is a tool used for Keep reading