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Attorney-Client Privilege: Can You Speak Freely?

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Hiring an attorney can be a stressful event, without even taking into account the circumstances that may have led you to do so. You know you should be honest and forthcoming with your new attorney, but how much confidence can you have in the attorney's discretion? For more information about how the law protects your communications with your attorney, read on.   What is Attorney-Client Privilege? The legal concept of attorney-client privilege means that all communications between you and your attorney is private and protected.

2 September 2015

4 Estate Planning Documents That Everyone Should Have

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Thinking about your eventual death may not be pleasant, but if you want to ensure that your wishes are followed after your death, or in the event that you become mentally or physically incapacitated, it is important to put your discomfort aside and create several important estate planning documents. These documents are not easy and straightforward to write, so it is in your best interest to consult an estate planning attorney to ensure that everything is done correctly and is legally binding.

1 September 2015

Writing A Will? Here Are 3 Tips To Help You

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Writing your own will can be a challenge. Because you may be new to the process, it can be easy to make mistakes that affect your family and friends after you pass away. Here are some will writing tips that can help you avoid problems for your loved ones in the future.   Name an Executor When you pass on, the executor of your will is entrusted with settling your affairs.

31 August 2015

When Can You Legally Adopt Your Significant Other's Child?

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You've been married or living in a committed relationship with a person who has children. And, you love those children like your own. Your spouse probably has full custody of the kids, and the two of you are starting to talk about having you legally adopt them. What steps do you have to go through? 1. Get consent. The other birth parent must be deceased, have already forfeited his or her parental rights or give you legal consent to adopt.

27 August 2015

Limiting Costs after Causing an Oil Spill

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In 2014, the Obama administration increased the liability for companies involved in oil spills. The company that is responsible for an oil spill must pay for all removal costs and must also pay for any damages caused by the spill. Removal costs would include mitigation efforts that reduce the impact that the environmental spill has on the welfare of locals. Damages can include lost property, lost profits, lost tax revenue, and the destruction of natural resources.

27 August 2015

Going Over The Assets For Divorce? 5 Items You Shouldn't Forget

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You're going through a divorce and an attorney, like the ones at Karp Law Offices, has told you to document the worth your family's assets. You can only think of the cash you have in your checking account. If you leave it at that, you're going to be doing yourself a huge disservice. Take a step back and think of all the other assets you and your spouse share. If you're still having a difficult time, here's a list of the assets you should be including in your documentation.

26 August 2015