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Probating small estates in Pennsylvania

Those who have recently lost a loved one in Cranberry Township may be preparing themselves for the process that most assume to automatically follow: probate. Many hear investment and estate planning experts extol the wisdom of planning to avoid probate (as its costs are paid for from the estate's assets). Yet even with this advice in place, most of those party to an estate likely resign themselves to the idea that the local probate court will be involved in their cases in some way.

Watch out for unexpected post-divorce expenses

Navigating through the divorce process can take up all of your time and energy. Deciding who receives certain assets, who spends what time with the children and more is not always easy. For this reason, you may forget to think about just how your post-divorce financial life will look.

Reality TV star announces split from husband

It may go without saying that divorce proceedings can involve a good deal of emotion. Couples who at one point may have shared a strong love for each other may find that the emotions they feel are still present; they have simply gone from positive to negative. The hurt feelings surrounding the end of a marriage can easily spill into a couple's divorce case, hindering the process as both sides prepare to fight it out over what they think that they deserve. The hope, however, is that those involved in divorce proceedings realize that it is in the best interest of everyone impacted by their decision for them to allow their marriages to come to an amicable conclusion. 

How can parental rights be terminated in Pennsylvania?

If you were to ask most in Cranberry Township what is the one job that you cannot be fired from, most might likely say “parent.” Yet that is not always the case. There are indeed scenarios where state officials may determine that you are unfit to retain parental authority over your child. Then there are also cases where you may question the fitness of your children’s other parent. In both cases, the state has established criteria that allow for parental rights to be terminated. 

Addressing your will after your divorce

Asset division can be one of the more contentious aspects of divorce cases in Cranberry Township. Dividing up your marital property with your spouse requires quite a bit of give and take from both of you. Yet at least that ends once your divorce becomes final, right? Not necessarily; there may be other aspects of your life where you will need to address the financial ties that you have to your ex-spouse. One of these is your estate planning. When clients come to us here at the Sweeney Law Offices, LLC asking about this, their main concerns center on updating their wills in order to ensure that their ex-spouses are not inadvertently included in them. While there are indeed reasons to address your estate plans following your divorce, they often differ from what you might guess. 

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