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Division of property during divorce in Pennsylvania

A large part of the divorce process is separating assets between the two parties. It may be helpful to become familiar with the property division process.

Certain states distribute assets differently than others. In the state of Pennsylvania, a few aspects contribute to the division of property. 

Key considerations for a valid prenuptial agreement

You hope for a lasting marriage, but that may not be an option. When some individuals think of a prenuptial agreement, they think they are planning the end before it begins. However, this is not the case.

A well-crafted prenup helps to protect both parties and to encourage an amicable separation during divorce proceedings. When constructing this agreement, there are a few things to consider.

Understanding Pennsylvania's inheritance tax

You want to make sure your loved ones are taken care of even after you are gone. A proper estate plan is a great way to ensure the individuals you designate receive set portions of your estate. 

In the state of Pennsylvania, your survivors will face an inheritance tax. Knowing how these taxes work may help you in your planning decisions.

Can you keep your home if you file for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is an effective solution to insurmountable debt for many people, but it is a common misconception that filing means you will lose everything you have to your name. On the contrary, filing for bankruptcy can help you retain some assets and get your debt under control. Understandably, you may be most concerned with whether or not you can keep your home when you file for bankruptcy.

Various factors determine the answer to this question. According to the Huffington Post, there are a number of benefits that bankruptcy may provide, and keeping your home may be one of them. Read on to learn whether or not you will be able to keep your home if you file.

Different ways to divorce in Pennsylvania

You know you want a divorce, but do you know how you want to get the divorce? There is more than one way to do it in Pennsylvania, and understanding each type can help you know which approach is best for your situation.

Remember that regardless of the route you choose, you should have a family law attorney guide you through the process to save time and money and to reduce conflict.

Do you need to change custody arrangements for your child?

Circumstances change in life, and even if you feel your divorce agreement covered all the bases, you may need to modify it. Child custody is one of the issues that most often comes up.

The requested change could be due to a matter that involves either you or your ex, or the need for modification might involve your child directly.

Myth: Estate planning is only for older people

When you picture a couple going into a lawyer’s office to discuss estate planning, what image springs to mind? Perhaps the couple is silver-haired, retired or close to retirement. That makes sense, as estate planning is extremely important for that demographic.

However, estate planning is also important for people at other points in their lives, even single people and married couples in their 20s.

Common mistakes to avoid when filing for bankruptcy

If you find yourself on the verge of filing for bankruptcy, you are not alone. Many people in Harrisburg turn to bankruptcy every day because they can no longer afford to their pay bills. Whether your situation is because of a recent divorce, serious illness, job loss or some other unfortunate event, bankruptcy can help make your financial situation more manageable and less stressful. 

You should understand that once you declare bankruptcy, you need to modify your lifestyle and spending habits to ensure that there are no complications with your case. Here are a couple mistakes you should avoid when filing for bankruptcy

3 things to look for when choosing the executor of your estate

Many people do not like to think about when they die. But sometimes it is necessary to do so to ensure that their estate and loved ones remain financially protected. Estate planning is an excellent tool for you to use to plan for your family's well-being after your death. To prepare, you need to do more than write down a list of instructions for everyone to follow and label it your last will and testament. You need to choose the right person to act as your executor. To avoid complications that can lead to disputes and a lengthy probate process, you should take the following factors into consideration when choosing an executor.

1. Can remain neutral

What you need to know about alimony and taxes

Many people in Harrisburg cannot wait for the ink to dry on their divorce papers. They may feel so frustrated with their situation that they rush and agree to things before thinking about how the consequences may affect their tax situations once they are single.

It is not uncommon to feel anxious and ready for your separation to be made legal so you can close the door on this chapter of your life. But if you rush through your divorce and make hasty decisions regarding property division, alimony and child support, you could end up with a hefty tax bill or other complications that could adversely impact your financial situation. Before you agree to anything and sign off on your divorce decree, take some time to learn how to avoid tax issues when determining who is to receive and pay alimony.

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