Tips to Help Siblings Avoid or Resolve an Estate Battle

Tips to Help Siblings Avoid or Resolve an Estate Battle

General Legal, Legal Matters
The older sibling has always seemed to hold the upper hand in a family's estate battle, but the power balance has shifted with the advent of technology. Today's parents and grandparents have access to legal documents through the internet, but not everyone has the time or the inclination to research their options. So, skipping the legal part and digging a little into the other side of the coin might help the peace process. When parents pass away, it is sometimes necessary to make important decisions regarding the care and maintenance of their estate. Whether the parents have created a will or not, their estate may still need to be managed by a family member, such as a sibling. If a family member is unwilling or unable to take care of…
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Is Estate Planning the Same as Making a Will?

Is Estate Planning the Same as Making a Will?

General Legal
Making a will or estate planning has become a popular topic for many reasons. The first is that people are ever more aware of how important it is to make a will and how important it is to make sure that they do. The second is that most people are not sure what they can do to protect their interests after they die. Thirdly, an ever-increasing number of people are not sure how they can protect their families' interests when they die. Lastly, many people are not sure whether they have the time or the motivation to get their affairs in order. What is estate planning? Estate planning is the process of taking care of all the legal aspects of how your estate (the assets) will be distributed after you…
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5 Types of Crimes That Have a Severe Punishment

5 Types of Crimes That Have a Severe Punishment

General Legal
Human beings have been evolving in societies for at least 200,000 years. Over that time, we've developed sophisticated ways to ensure that our societies can function in a way that benefits all of our members. Our laws, customs, and traditions are a result of this evolutionary process. As a society, we tend to be mostly free and rule-abiding. But, as the world becomes more complex, some people tend to commit more dangerous crimes. This article will list the 5 types of crimes with the most severe punishment. Terrorism Terrorism is often associated with violence and destruction, but it is possible to commit terrorism without violence. There are 5 Types of Terrorism, and they are: State Terrorism Political Terrorism Religious Terrorism Anarchist Terrorism Economic Terrorism Terrorism is an act of violence…
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What Is a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

What Is a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

General Legal
Do you have a criminal record? Do you need to know about a Notice of Intended Prosecution? If you answered yes to both questions, then you have come to the right place. Here, we'll learn more about the process of having a Notice of Intended Prosecution filed on you, as well as how that affects your life. A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) is a document sent by a prosecutor to a defendant that informs the defendant they are under investigation for a crime and gives them the chance to defend themselves. It is a formal notification of the existence of an investigation and is used when there is an actual or imminent threat of an indictment or conviction. Sometimes, a judge will issue a "Notice of Intended Prosecution," sometimes…
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Do’s and Don’ts When You’re a Victim of Crime

Do’s and Don’ts When You’re a Victim of Crime

General Legal
We often talk about how to stay safe and what to do to prevent crimes, but we don’t always remember that the victims of crime are also people too. We rely on our friends, colleagues, and family for help. So, here is a guide on how to stay safe and protect yourself when you are a victim of crime. Dos: Call 911 immediately Do you dial 911 when you are a victim of a crime? If you are a victim of a crime, then you should do everything that you can to have the police come take care of the crime. If you dial 911, then you have the law on your side, and you will have the police come and take care of the crime. If you dial 911…
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What is Comparative Fault?

What is Comparative Fault?

General Legal
Comparative fault is a legal doctrine that allows a plaintiff to recover full damages for a tort committed by a defendant who was not acting in concert with the plaintiff. In other words, a defendant may be found to be liable for a wrong committed by another under a theory of "guilt by association." Comparative fault (CF) is a legal principle that holds that each party in a lawsuit is solely responsible for their damages regardless of what other parties do or fail to do. This principle can be applied to the parties involved in a multi-party lawsuit and trials involving multiple defendants. It also applies to claims of negligence, such as in automobile accidents and medical malpractice cases. Comparative Fault is a part of the "fault" part of the…
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What To Consider Before Becoming A Whistleblower

What To Consider Before Becoming A Whistleblower

General Legal
When you see something wrong happening in a business and think it's a violation of law, you might think twice about complaining. But, sometimes, the right thing to do is to raise your concerns with the appropriate people as a whistleblower and not keep it to yourself. If you're considering blowing the whistle on another person or business, you may be wondering what the pitfalls are. Here are a few things to consider. The first is probably the most obvious: most people who do this are successful targets and don't want to jeopardize their future by taking on a nobody who has no leverage against them. The second is that this type of situation is generally a "he said, she said" scenario. The whistleblower only has her word, and whether…
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Why Are Record Expungements Important?

Why Are Record Expungements Important?

General Legal, Legal Matters
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many advocates have mounted a renewed push for the expungement of felony convictions from the records of thousands of people after they're released from prison. The idea is that millions of people convicted of felonies have their records on file, making it difficult for those people to find and retain jobs, housing, and other necessities. Records are often sealed due to concerns about the victim's privacy, but records are also often sealed due to public safety concerns. In either case, a sealed record should not be an excuse for the general public to carry on as if the person who committed the offense never existed. It is incumbent upon the public to understand how important it is to seal criminal records. What are…
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How to Prepare Yourself Mentally for a Court Case

How to Prepare Yourself Mentally for a Court Case

General Legal
When the law is involved people have little say. Their fate is then in the hands of those trying to either prosecute or defend them with all their expertise. It is a mental peace of mind, if you are in this situation, to know that there is a good legal team behind you and fighting your corner. This is whether guilty or not guilty. Your defending lawyer will be doing everything that they can to either prove you innocent, if you have pleaded that way, or to mitigate your guilt. With reputations or freedoms at stake and a particularly worrying time ahead, we shall think about how best someone can prepare mentally for the weeks and months ahead. Feel Ready Mentally, defendants need to feel ready for a course case.…
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Do You Really Need a CFO?

Do You Really Need a CFO?

Financial, General Legal
Business owners and managers are often faced with the question, "Do you really need a CFO?" The answer is always a resounding yes. A CFO is responsible for managing the business's finances, providing advise to company management on financial decisions, and overseeing the entire business's fiscal operation. The CFO also serves as an interface between company management and investors or lenders. A CFO can be employed by a company in addition to other executive positions. However, sometimes they are found as part of the overall leadership team for smaller companies with fewer resources to devote to finance management. What is a CFO? A CFO is a financial officer who deals with the financial aspects of a company or person. They oversee the day-to-day management of accounting, budgeting, and tax issues.…
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