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Bankruptcy Filings Spike in Spring Months

bankruptcy spring.jpgSpring is a season of new beginnings and hope for the future. For many people, this same feeling of hope carries over into their finances. Perhaps that is one reason why personal bankruptcy filings tend to spike in spring.

Debt is a common struggle for many individuals. Although it is sometimes difficult to consider bankruptcy as an option, in many cases, bankruptcy really is the best choice. This is particularly true for those who are not making progress on erasing debt. Just as spring offers nature a fresh start, bankruptcy can offer people in debt a fresh financial start that gives them hope for the future. Instead of interest payments, money can go toward retirement, saving for college and other productive uses.

Help Guide Your Loved Ones After You Pass

will-testament.jpgAt some point, each of us will leave behind loved ones who must pick up the pieces after we are gone. As our loved ones struggle emotionally with our loss, they are also put in a position of responsibility with regards to our burial and estates. The least we can do for these loved ones during this difficult time is have an organized plan for them to follow so they are not left picking up the pieces from scratch. The following list consists of some helpful tips and is not intended to be exhaustive.

The Importance of Experienced Legal Representation When Buying or Selling Your Own Business

real estate.jpgWhether you are about to embark on your lifelong dream of purchasing, owning and operating your own business or your dream has already been fulfilled and you are looking to sell your business in order to meet life's next challenge, it is imperative to have competent legal representation to guide you.

6 Ways a TBI Can Alter Your Life



You are involved in a workplace accident, suffering a traumatic brain injury. Almost right away, the symptoms become clear -- you can hardly remember the accident itself. Everything is a blur. You watch the video footage from the security camera and feel like you are watching someone else. You can't believe it happened to you.

Even as you heal, these jarring changes may not end. Below are six ways that the TBI can massively change your life:

Fathers going through divorce: Learn more about shared parenting

father parenting.jpgIf you are a father going through the divorce process, there are many details that deserve your full and undivided attention. Most importantly, you need to focus on your future relationship with your child.

While some divorcing couples are unable to work out a shared parenting agreement, others have come to find that this is best for all parties involved. In short, this gives both parents the opportunity to make key decisions with regard to their child's upbringing.

Do NJ or PA State Laws Apply to My Divorce?

divorce.jpgWhich state's laws apply to your divorce? Sometimes, the answer to this question is not as easy as it may appear. For instance, if each spouse lives in a different state, which state would have jurisdiction to enter a Final Judgement of Divorce if the parties decided to get divorced? 

This Program Could End Drunk Driving - But Will It?

DADSS.jpgAdvocates are pushing to get the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety implemented in vehicles.

We all know drunk driving is dangerous. Additionally, people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) face significant penalties that can affect their lives and families. Reducing the number of people who drive drunk is beneficial for everyone. 

Although DUI-related deaths are down significantly from where they were decades ago, there has been a recent increase in drunk driving fatalities. So how far should we go in our efforts to stop drunk driving? 

Wife of Founder of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Seeks $400k a Month in Alimony. Here is Why a Court Might Grant It.

alimony.jpgThe multi-millionaire founder of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Richard Stephenson, and his wife, Alicia Stephenson, have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for the better part of the last decade, and the case has been on trial in Illinois since October 2016. One of the more contentious issues in the case is Mrs. Stephenson's request for $400,000.00 per month in alimony. While this amount may seem shocking to some, divorce courts in most states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have the discretion to order such an amount, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. 

Appealing a Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits

Social-Security-Disability.pngIf you have recently filed an application for Social Security Disability benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits through the Social Security Administration, you may be wondering what will happen next. For every application for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will issue a written decision which will be sent to the person applying, also called the Claimant, by mail. If the Social Security Administration has granted the application, the Claimant will likely receive a Notice of Award explaining the amount of monthly benefits to which he or she will be entitled. 

Divorce and Alimony in New Jersey: Three FAQs

Going through a divorce is a difficult experience. Those who find themselves considering a divorce or who recently filed for a separation likely have a number of questions. Three common questions are:

  • How is property classified during a divorce in New Jersey?
  • How is this property split?
  • Is alimony available?

Knowing the answers to these questions can help ease some of the stress associated with the divorce.

It is also important for those moving forward with a divorce to note that family law is governed by state law. As such, the rules that apply vary from state to state. This information focuses specifically on those that apply to divorces in New Jersey.

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