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Who’s Getting the Property in Your Divorce?

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Family Law | 0 comments

Though it may not be your first question in a divorce, it is one of the most important: who’s getting all our stuff? When you’re going through a divorce, it’d be nice if everything had a very clear tag denoting who owns what and who is entitled to what, but that just isn’t the case usually. People buy houses together as a married couple. They buy cars. They buy expensive furniture. They buy expensive electronics. They invest together. They invest in each other together. Sorting out who gets what can be incredibly difficult and upsetting, even in the best of situations, which most divorces are not.

However, one thing that helps is to have a basic understanding of how property is divided in Texas before you file for a divorce. That way, you know what to expect when the process begins, and you’ll be prepared. What does Texas law say about property division? For that, we’ll look at Adams Law Firm, where they have already addressed this question with their clients and potential clients.

Adams Law Firm tell us that Texas is a community property state. What that means is that any property purchased during a marriage probably counts as joint property. To me, that makes a lot of sense. If you bought a boat together, you are both entitled to ownership. There are exceptions to this, such as property received as gifts or through inheritance. That will stay with the person who received those pieces of property. Any property you had before the marriage will also remain yours and won’t be divided up.

So, what happens with that joint property during the divorce? The court will attempt to divide it up equitably in most cases – note that equitably is different than equally. The court will consider factors such as the length of the marriage and the behavior of each spouse when deciding how to divide the property fairly. While this could mean a 50-5o split, this is relatively unlikely.

What does this mean for you? It means that it’s best to try to work with your soon-to-be-former spouse to come up with an agreement about the property before the divorce so that no one loses out on some piece of property that is important to them. Otherwise, you may see that boat sold in order to split the value as evenly as possible. This is one of the most painful parts of a divorce. After all, many pieces of property come to have great importance to us. Your house is your home, and no one wants to lose that place that is so central to their sense of security. Yet, only one individual can keep a house after a divorce.

Understanding the basics of property division in a divorce can allow you to prepare for what is ahead now. If there is some piece of property that is important to you, try to speak to your spouse about it beforehand, or else, instruct your lawyer to attempt to maintain possession of that property. You are sure to lose some of your property if you have been married for a significant amount of time, but with a good lawyer and the best of efforts to resolve things fairly, you don’t have to lose everything.

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The Benefits of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Breast Augmentation | 0 comments

For most women in the United States, and even the world, breast size, and shape is key to personal image and confidence. Breast augmentation surgery can be used to change the shape, size, and firmness of breasts to your liking. This is usually done with silicone or saline implants.

In the United States, an average of 1 in every 26 women have had breast augmentation surgery, and the number is trending upward. As time goes on, breast augmentation surgery becomes increasingly successful, yielding better, more satisfying results for women. Professionals frequently perform breast augmentations for women due to a variety of reasons. The reasons are many and include but are not limited to:

1. Women commonly feel that breast augmentation will improve their image, allow them to fill out their clothes better, and give an overall boost to their confidence.

2. Losing weight drastically affects the shape, size, and perkiness of breasts, and often women find breast augmentation to be an option to return to their former shapeliness after losing weight. Pregnancy also takes a toll on shape and firmness, and augmentation can address these issues as well.

3. Our bodies are rarely perfect and aligned. While asymmetry in other parts of our bodies is less crucial, asymmetric breasts are more noticeable and can be easily corrected through breast augmentation. This makes their size, weight and shape more proportionate.

4. After a mastectomy, many women feel like they’ve lost their edge, and look to regain it through breast augmentation surgery. Reconstructing the breast after a mastectomy can breathe new life into a woman, giving her newfound confidence. This a common reason for breast augmentation surgery that has seen great success over the years.

5. Breast augmentation is also commonly used to correct chest wall deformities. Whether a woman has a sunken or pigeon chest, breast augmentation can alter the appearance of the chest for the better. This is another common reason for breast augmentation surgery that has seen success.

Breast augmentation surgery has made leaps and bounds in recent years. As it has developed, it has been used to correct many issues in women’s breasts and chest areas, often giving great confidence boosts to women. Regardless of the reason behind breast augmentation surgery, it has seen great success and delivered results to many women, which is why the procedure is increasingly used today. 

It’s important not to shy away from an opportunity to change your life for the better with a surgical procedure that has been developing and getting better every year. You could change your life drastically and find new confidence that you never knew you had.

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Making a Front Yard Safe

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

In terms of walking pathways to and from a house to the driveway, as well as to and from the pool, it would be wise to have one of these pathways, especially if you are expecting young people and/or older folk to visit.  These pathways are practical, not just to help your guests walk smoothly around your yard, but also so that if someone were to fall on one of these pathways, you don’t get sued by this particular person or persons.  Even if this individual happens to be a family member and/or friend, you still run the risk of being sued, if someone falls on your property.  Never assume that you will not be sued and always have a lawyer on retainer, if you can afford it.  But, I digress.  

The simple fact is that, because human beings tend to lose their balance as they get older, older people to fall and break things more easily than young people.  The reverse is true for very young people, who have not yet mastered the art of being fully balanced on their own two feet yet.  So, in order to avoid a tantrum and the wrath of their parents, these Chicago Landscapers suggest it would be best to have both a sturdy concrete path for the old people and a soft patch of grass nearby for grownups to suggest that the children stroll on.  Because telling a child not to do something means that they will inevitably do it, this makes it important to have the grass, so that when the kid inevitably falls and the kid’s parents are angry at you for ‘allowing’ this horrible thing to happen to their little angel, you can safely say that you did everything that you could.  Who knows?  There is even a chance that sheer dumb luck will intervene and, when the child inevitably falls, there’s a chance that the child, at least partially, falls on the nice soft grass, as opposed to the nicely built limestone pathway.  

Speaking of walkways, it is also important to maintain one’s driveway, whether it is a paved driveway or a crushed gravel driveway.  

If the driveway in question is crushed gravel, then the annoying that cars make when they drive on the driveway is fortunately counteracted by the less likely event that, should anyone trip on the driveway, it would cause as serious as an injury if the driveway was made of concrete.  While gravel driveways are much easier to maintain, compared to concrete driveways, concrete driveways offer a more user-friendly experience for drivers who do not like the uneasy feeling of driving on gravel, in addition to the accompanying and always present noise.  Concrete driveways must be maintained, but nowhere near as regularly as gravel driveways, the supply of which must be frequently replenished.  Concrete driveways, on the other hand, very rarely require the occasional hole to be filled, so that people do not trip on them and fall on the very hard driveway, which can, again, lead to the possibility of litigation.  All and all, there are pluses and minuses to every type of driveway, and they can all be accessorized on the sides with nice grass and what not.  

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Elder Woman Owes North Carolina Thousands for the State’s Mistake

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

When it comes to receiving disability checks, most people expect to be paid monthly by the government to help financially support them. Nobody expects to have to pay the government for their own disability. Especially if it is for a mistake the state messed up on and it is now your responsibility to pay them back $19,000 to fix their record books for them. If this sounds like a really specific example with some obvious real-world tie-in then your right.

For 74-year-old Carla Shuford, a phone call from the state treasurer’s office changed her life for the next ten years. Apparently the state of North Carolina had been overpaying Carla since 2016 for her monthly Disability Income Plan. There was some math that wasn’t accounted for and the state never deducted her cost-of-living bonuses from Social Security from her disability checks. So what was the state’s answer to this computer error so obviously on their fault? Well, they started to cut Carla’s disability checks by more than half for the next five years to cover their tail. Without budgeting for this Carla will surely be financially hurting for the next half-decade, which is ridiculous. She is not alone either; there are 60 other people who have to face financial hardships because the state treasury department didn’t properly compute their benefits. The craziest thing is that those 60 other people including Carla were all former employees of the North Carolina state department! It really shows some kind of incompetence when a treasury department doesn’t even know how to pay its own employees. In a bittersweet end to the story, Carla was able to change the repayment play so that she has ten years to pay back her surprise debt. This still means that for the next decade she will be receiving only three-fourths of the disability checks she had planned her budgets around.

It is absurd to saddle an elderly woman with financial struggles for a mistake that she isn’t even involved in. Since Carla’s injury was a leg she had to have amputated when she was 15, she would most likely be entitled to full disability compensation. That means that she could have lived in relative comfort with monthly payments and still she wanted to work for the state. And the state repays her by making her pay for their mistake. The main problem here is how the treasury department can let such a financial mistake continue and build up for so long.  

Carla says that she is happy that the treasurer’s office is working with the people who have been affected but also feels sad for those involved. Apparently, overpayments are one of the main problems in treasurer’s office as it was flagged in a state audit report. Hopefully, they do more to fix this in the future before more good people like Carla have to suffer.

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Big Money, At What Cost?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Reading diverse articles about personal injury laws may help you better assess if you should file a claim or not. Personal injury is a broad term that depends on the context of the people and surroundings at a certain time and day, but it can get more complex as the recovery and pain continues.

In an article on Guns.com, the article navigates the incident and story of Vicent Sheperis, who is a 34-year-old police officer in Stamford, Connecticut. Sig Sauer was named in a $7 million personal injury lawsuit, who was injured when his holstered P320 pistol discharged when it hit the ground. His case claims that his injuries were the result of a defective safety mechanism in the P320 design, which other firearm enthusiasts have been raving about.

Sheperis was injured when his P320 pistol fell as he loaded equipment into a vehicle. His pistol discharged when it made contact with the ground, and the bullet made contact with his leg and knee. The lawsuit explains that the weapon’s internal and external safeties failed to prevent it from discharging and the trigger was incapable of being touched because it was inside a holster. The statement continues to defend by stating that at any point before, during, or after did Sheperis place his finger on the trigger or touch the holstered firearm in any manner. Because of this incident, the Stamford police made the decision to shelve all P320 pistols issued to SRT operators. Controversially, this New Hampshire gun maker has been in the hot seat with the Dallas Police Department. A gun blogger from Dallas published test results showing the gun discharging at a certain angle. The gun manufacturer then issued a statement saying they would offer an upgrade to their consumers. Jeffrey Bagnell, Sheperis’s attorney, claims the gun manufacturer’s rhetoric is a fancy way of “recalling” the product.

After reviewing this article on NBC, it is only fair to assess the reparations that Sheperis deserves. Sig is clearly protecting their brand name by attempting to recall their products and avoid the lawsuit. However, the company sincerely can forfeit $7 million after being awarded with a $580 million contract with the U.S. army. It is heinous and awful that the brand will not own up to their defective products. It clearly shows how little Sig cares about its consumers, and I would rather select a more reputable brand. I understand that mistakes happen and $7 million justifies the injury, but I would look up the word “integrity” if I represented Sig.

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