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How to Determine Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce

When getting a divorce, a question arises amidst dividing furniture and disentangling finances: who keeps the family pet? For most pet owners, their dog, cat or other animal is a Read More

How the Business Structure You Choose Affects Your Tax Liability

A business’ legal structure can significantly affect the owner’s income tax liabilities. With respect to taxes, there are three types of businesses: “Direct taxation,” “pass through” and “double tax.” There Read More

What Damages Are Available in a Breach of Contract Claim?

When a party to a contract does not fulfill their obligations, the other party is usually entitled to collect money damages suffered due to the breach of contract. While the Read More

What Is Informal Probate and What Estates Are Eligible?

Probate is the court-supervised process of validating a deceased person’s (the decedent) will and appointing an executor or administrator to administer the assets of the decedent to the rightful beneficiaries. Read More

The Differences Between a Revocable and Irrevocable Trust

Trusts are incredibly valuable estate planning tool when they are used correctly. They allow you to transfer ownership of your property to a trustee who will manage that property for Read More

How a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) Works

Dividing retirement assets is often one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. Retirement benefits are usually substantial assets acquired during the marriage and typically subject to division under Read More

What is “Cramdown” in Chapter 12 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 12 bankruptcy proceedings are specifically designed for family fisherman or family farmers that have a regular income. This type of bankruptcy allows these farmers and fishermen to create a Read More

The Benefits of Working With an Attorney If You’re Being Audited

Receiving notice that you’re being audited by the IRS can be overwhelming and intimidating. It can be difficult to know what concerns the IRS has with your prior returns or Read More

How Often Should You Review or Update Your Will?

For many people, preparing a will is a significant task that takes time and effort. After it is completed, you may feel that you’ve checked that box and no longer Read More

Common Disputes That Arise During Probate

In the aftermath of the death of a loved one, it can be difficult to manage all of the logistics that arise when dealing with an estate. Emotions are often Read More

Is Simple Assault a Felony in South Dakota?

Assault is a crime that encapsulates a wide range of conduct directed at another person. Each state has its own laws defining the different types of criminal assault and the Read More

What is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

When businesses or individuals face serious financial hardship, they have several options when it comes to filing for bankruptcy. Among those options is Chapter 11, also known as reorganization bankruptcy. Chapter Read More

Guardianship or Adoption: Which One Is Right for You?

Guardianship and adoption are both legal mechanisms designed to give minor children a safe, supportive and nurturing environment with an adult or a family unit. Both options give the adult Read More

Probate: What Does a Personal Representative Do?

Probate is the process by which the decedent’s affairs are settled and the remaining property is distributed to the rightful beneficiaries or heirs. The decedent’s estate goes through the probate Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody

Child custody is often a contentious issue for divorced or separated parents. Custody arrangements can profoundly affect parent-child relationships and greatly influence a child’s development. Therefore, it is important for Read More

Is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) the Right Business Entity for You?

The limited liability company (LLC) is one of the most popular types of business entities for those starting their own commercial enterprises. In choosing what business structure works for you, Read More

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