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Estate planning: Do you know one will from another?

Have you executed a solid estate plan? If not, why? Perhaps, you're one of many Kentucky residents who cringe at the thought of having a discussion or making plans that focus on your own mortality. Many people procrastinate when it comes to estate planning, for this reason. There are also those who want to get things started but hesitate because they are confused about certain terms, such as wills.

There are various types of wills, and a key to developing a good estate plan is knowing the difference between documents, then determining which ones best fit your immediate needs and long-term goals. One helpful tip is to talk to someone you know with an estate plan in place -- in particular, someone who signed a will. Also, there is experienced legal support available that you can tap into at any time.

Start your summer planning now for the children

Even though it is only March, now is the time to start thinking about your plans for the children when school is out. This can help to prevent you from scrambling at the last minute to make plans. There are several considerations that you have to think about for this aspect of custody matters.

One thing to remember is that you need to plan your childcare options. This consideration is especially important for parents with young children. It can take a good deal of work to finalize these plans because you might not have the children for the entire summer. You and your ex must determine whether the same childcare provider will be used by both parents or whether each will find their own for the times when they have the children.

Changes in circumstances that should start an estate plan review

One concern that some individuals have when they are creating an estate plan is what will happen if things change with their situation. The good news is that with the exception of an irrevocable trust, it is fairly easy to change the estate plan as necessary. Whether you have already set your estate plan or are working on it now, you should know some of the situations that might signal you need to look at the terms of it to ensure that it still reflects your wishes.

If you get married, you need to take a close look at the estate plan. You will likely want to ensure that your spouse is taken care of if you pass away. But what about children from a previous relationship or other family members that you have already promised to care for? You need to be sure that those considerations are reflected in the estate plan, but the way you do this might have to change, so ask your estate planning attorney for guidance. The plan must also reflect what will happen if you and your spouse pass away at the same time.

Ease the stress of co-parenting with these 3 tips

Co-parenting isn't ever easy. You have to be able to put the differences between you and your ex aside so that you can focus on the children. The problem with this is that the horrors of your marriage and the tension that led to the end of it might still be present. This is a challenge that you will have to work hard to overcome.

There are a few ways that you can ease the stress of the co-parenting relationship so that you can work with your ex throughout your kids' childhood. These do take work on the part of both adults, so they will be much easier if you and your ex can work as a parenting team.

Work through the terms of your divorce as amicably as possible

The terms of your divorce can either set you up for success in the future or tear you down and make it hard to rebuild. Obviously, your goal is the first option. We know that you want a divorce settlement that is in your best interests and we are here to work toward that goal.

One of the most important things for you to remember as you are going through the divorce is that you have to protect yourself. Your ex might have done that while you were married, but now they are going to look after themselves.

Trucking crashes demand urgent attention, act accordingly

Accidents with semi-trucks are particularly devastating. This is because of the sheer size and the incredible weight of these large vehicles. When they slam into a personal vehicle, the occupants of the car are likely going to face a worse fate than the people in the semi-truck cab. If you are injured in a trucking crash, you should remember that you have specific rights now.

Your top priority is likely going to be getting medical care for your injuries. This can actually be very important in a claim for compensation because the medical records can tie those injuries together with the accident, which can help to prove that your case meets the legal requirement for a personal injury case. We realize that this might seem complex, but we are here to handle the legal aspects of the matter so that you can focus on healing and moving forward.

Beware of emotional trauma after a car wreck

While it is easy to focus on the physical injuries that you suffered in a car wreck, you need to look beyond those and determine how your mental health is holding up after this traumatic event. There is a chance that you are suffering from mental trauma that can become very serious if it is left unchecked.

Some people might even experience post-traumatic stress disorder after a serious car wreck. There are several things to remember if you are trying to determine how you are faring emotionally after an accident.

Protecting your loved ones who live in nursing homes

Making the choice to place a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy decision. If this is something your Kentucky family did in order to ensure a family member gets the care and support he or she needs, you probably assume that the facility will meet certain standards. It can be devastating to learn that your loved one suffered some kind of harm while living in a nursing home. 

Negligence and abuse of any kind is unacceptable in a nursing home. Residents have certain rights, and when facilities and those who work there violate these rights, family members can take action. If you suspect abuse, mistreatment and other types of harm, you would be wise to take quick action to see about protecting your loved one and holding liable parties accountable.

Consider the various impacts of divorce aspects

The end of a marriage is a trying time for many people. If your ex sprung a divorce unexpectedly on you, it might feel like you are trying to rush to catch up. It is important for you to take stock of the situation and learn about what's coming so you can protect your own interests. We can help you do this and come up with solutions to address the issues that are present in your case.

One thing to remember is that you are likely going to go through negotiations with your ex about child custody, support payments and property division. These might be heated, but you might be able to work out a deal that allows you to start your new life off on the best foundation possible. Throughout the negotiations, you need to think about how various arrangements will affect you right away, but don't forget about the long-term effects.

Including charities in your estate plan should be done early

Many people focus on what they want to leave to their family members when they pass away. This is a good thing to do, but there are some individuals who look at other options for their estate. Sometimes, the person might want to hand some money or assets over to a charity that can help others with it. If you are going to do this when you pass away, now is the time to get your estate plan in place.

Even if you don't want to think about it, there might be someone in your family who will call your wishes into question after you pass away. Trust litigation is a huge issue for some estates, and it might be more probable if you are older and closer to your final days than you are now. The person might question your ability to understand what you are doing, which could lead to your charity having to fight to get what you wanted to leave to it.

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