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Your estate plan should be as unique as you are

Estate planning is a big deal for everyone, including people who have considerable wealth and those who don't. If you don't have an estate plan together, we can help you determine what you need to get started. This isn't a process that has to be very difficult to work through. Instead, you can make decisions about everything as we discuss your wishes.

When you are creating an estate plan, you can't focus on what worked for someone else. These plans must be unique. They must be based on what you have and what you want to happen when you are gone. You have to think about each family member, beneficiary and recipient of the assets you have.

Child custody is often complex for service members

Military members face a lot of unique challenges that the civilian population doesn't have to worry about. Some of these issues have to do with their family life. As you can imagine, family life isn't easy for people in the military.

For service members who are going through a divorce and have children, the child custody matters can add a bit of complexity to the case. Here are some important things that you need to know about custody in the military:

Military family estate planning: Electing guardians

Military families have a lot to think about when it comes to estate planning. Being mobile and not having a stable home to call your own may change your priority on protecting tangible property and physical assets. However, that doesn't mean that estate planning should be completely neglected for military personnel. If your family includes children, it may be more important than ever.

As anyone who has been in the military or been the spouse of a military person can tell you, life is unpredictable, and it is better to be prepared for the unexpected. Marriages break up, moves and deployments can be irregular and unexpected, and yes, unfortunately, fatalities or life-changing injuries can also occur.

Can a divorce really be amicable?

You may not have believed it a few decades ago, but these days, it is quite possible to have an amicable divorce.

Not only is the cost of an amicable divorce easier on the pocketbook, a generally accepting attitude and willingness to be fairly agreeable can also be far less costly to your spirit and heart as well.

Think about your options for compensation after a car crash

Personal injury cases are difficult for victims of crashes to handle because it adds more things for them to think about on top of the impacts of the injury and normal life events. If you were injured in a car accident, you have to decide what you are going to do now.

One option that you have is to cover the costs of the accident yourself and just try to forget that it ever existed. Many people don't choose this option because it means that they have to deal with the financial burden.

Conversations can make visual recognition difficult for drivers

Many people know about the dangers of texting while driving. Some people might not realize that distractions of any sort can be deadly when you are driving. Even something as seemingly innocent as having a conversation with another person in your vehicle can lead to a crash.

A recent study found that people who are talking to someone else are more likely to have delayed recognition of objects that come into the field of view. This delay can have a negative impact on the way a driver reacts to hazards and other things when he or she drives.

Why do you need to make a will today?

Many people think that they don't need a will, but this is almost never the case. Instead, almost all adults need to have a will in place. In fact, the real question that you should ask is why you are opposed to making a will?

There are many reasons why a person might need a will, but let's take a look at some of the reasons you might think about right away.

Know how different bankruptcy chapters can impact your case

Coming to the realization that you can't handle your debt load is a frightening event. Once you have made this determination, you have to decide what you are going to do to take control. You have a few different options to think about.

First, you can continue to struggle and try to keep on top of the bills. Second, you can stop paying the bills and face the possibility of collection attempts that might include a lawsuit. Third, you can file for bankruptcy and enjoy protections this federal program offers.

School bus accidents can lead to injuries or death

Parents like to think that their children will be safe when they are on a school bus. The fact of the matter is that school buses aren't always safe. When they are involved in an accident, the occupants can become injured or even killed. One recent accident highlights the horrors of these accidents.

In this accident, a pickup truck slammed into a bus head-on. The accident led to the death of a coach who was driving the bus. There were five female students on the bus. Four of them suffered minor to moderate injuries that required medical care. Of the five students, one had to be rescued by firefighters. The remaining students were able to escape the bus through the back door.

Understand the options for making custody decisons

Child custody decisions are some of the most difficult that come during a divorce. You and your ex might disagree about how the children should be raised. This can make things related to child custody even more difficult to handle.

There are two primary ways that child custody cases can be handled. The first one is that you and your ex work together to come up with the terms of the agreement. This is something that can work well in these cases since you and your ex know your child. You can bring this personal knowledge to the table during negotiations.

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