Making arrangements for the care of your children in the event of dire circumstances isn't just good parenting, it's also good planning. No one can predict what the future will bring, but you can take steps to ensure your children are well cared for even if you can't be there to do so. Establishing a legal guardianship while you're still able to make those decisions will ensure that someone you trust is given responsibility for raising your child once you're gone.
There are times, particularly when dealing with family situations, where it might be necessary to try to get a handwritten document admitted as evidence in court. For example, a handwritten codicil on a will could have a significant impact on who inherits what from an estate -- but only if the court accepts it as evidence. To do that, you'll have to authenticate the handwriting and prove that it was written by the person you say it was.
The holidays can be a terrible time to go through a divorce. Many people experiencing a divorce at the end of the year go through despair and various stages of grief. These tips will help you take care of yourself, maintain good spirits and keep your divorce on track.
Spend Time with Loved Ones
Wallowing in negative emotions may sound easier than spending your holiday with relatives, but it's important to have a support network at this emotional time of year.
For parents who are attempting to settle a disputed child custody situation, the term "best interest of the child" is likely to surface. Judges use this standard of measurement to assist in determining who should get or retain custody of minor children, either in a divorce proceeding or other change of custody proceeding, such as a grandparent seeking custody of their grandchild. Though this term at first may seem vague, judges use this standard as an overall measure of custodial fitness in tandem with the below influencing factors.
Probate administration is the creation, processing and execution of your will. If you have estranged or missing family members, your will may encounter some complications with its execution after your passing. Here is how your family or probate lawyer (like those at Davis & Mathis) will handle these unusual situations.
Tracking Down Estranged Family
A big part of executing your will is notifying your kin and heirs that you have passed away.