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Installment Payments in a New York Divorce Property Settlement

By Van DeWater & Van DeWater, LLP |

There isn’t always an obvious way to divide an asset you own with a spouse. Some are straightforward, such as personal items that one spouse wants but another doesn’t, or the cash in a shared checking account. Others are much more challenging, such as the family home, a retirement account that will soon become… Read More »

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Considering Filing for Divorce without a Lawyer? Consider What’s at Stake First

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As if it weren’t painful enough for emotional reasons, divorce can be an expensive proposition. The costs of going to court, establishing a new residence, and making support payments can take a serious toll on your finances. Some divorcing spouses attempt to lessen the blow of a split on their bank account by taking… Read More »

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Ways that Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce or Family Court Proceeding

By Van DeWater & Van DeWater, LLP |

Social media has become a ubiquitous part of modern life. We may feel an urge to keep our friends, family, and complete strangers fully apprised of the latest goings-on in our lives through Facebook and Instagram posts, or to prove how well our lives are going through photos of our latest purchases or paramours…. Read More »

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What to Ask a Potential Divorce Lawyer

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Going through a divorce can be a grueling experience, but having the right attorney by your side can make all the difference. Before hiring an attorney to represent you in your divorce, it’s important to learn more about them, how they will bill, and their preferred form of representation. Read on to learn what… Read More »

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Revoking Your Will

By Van DeWater & Van DeWater, LLP |

If you’ve made the responsible decision to create a will, there may come a time when that will no longer accurately represents your wishes for how your resources should be distributed at your death. In order to prevent your estate from passing to heirs you no longer wish to provide a gift to, you’ll… Read More »

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Putting Off Making Your Will? You Might Be Hurting Its Chances of Survival

By Van DeWater & Van DeWater, LLP |

It can be a bit grim to spend hours considering what will happen to your hard-earned savings when you die. For that reason, many people put off creating their estate plan until late in their lives. Not only does this strategy fail to account for the possibility that you’ll be taken before your time… Read More »

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Tips on Money Management for Aging Parents

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When your parents enter their old age, they may become unable to manage their property and financial accounts without your help. Having these conversations with your parents can be challenging, but don’t let these questions slide until your parents lack the mental sharpness to have a thoughtful conversation on these important issues. Before something… Read More »

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Three Ways to Protect Your Estate Plan

By Van DeWater & Van DeWater, LLP |

Creating a will is only the first step in designing an estate plan that will carry out your wishes after you pass. Read on to learn about ways that you can protect the plan you’ve created and make sure the assets you’ve worked hard to earn are distributed according to your wishes. Determine your… Read More »

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Planning Your Estate after a Second Marriage

By Van DeWater & Van DeWater, LLP |

Writing a will with your spouse often involves balancing competing interests on where your assets should go—whether it’s a donation to a nonprofit organization you support but your spouse doesn’t, or a gift to a relative with a checkered history. These decisions become even more complex when planning your estate with your second spouse… Read More »

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Estate Planning and Debt

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When deciding how an estate will be distributed to heirs, people spend far more time considering the assets they’re leaving behind, rather than the debts. However, it is equally important to devise a plan that will account for the debts that will remain owing after you pass away, including whether a portion of the… Read More »

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