McKinley Irvin Blogs from April 2013

  • 8 Weird Things People Fought for in Their Divorce

    We're accustomed to people battling over kids, houses and bank accounts, but some of the items below boggle the mind with their eccentricity, specificity and downright meanness (see kidney). These 8 things people have fought over in a divorce cover everything from pets to a future Nobel Prize win. For people who didn’t want the actual item back, many asked to be reimbursed the alleged cash value of the items, such as a designer shoe collection in one case (1200 pairs!) and a single breast implant (to the tune of $2,750) in ...
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  • Ins & Outs of a Will, Living Will & Trust

    Estate planning is an important legal tool often put on the back burner because people are very busy with their day-to-day activities. Before putting off estate planning any further, it is important to consider the various estate planning options available - particularly three heavily used estate planning tools: (1) wills, (2) living wills, and (3) living trusts. As laws vary by state, it is always important to seek legal advice from local family attorney experienced in estate planning in your jurisdiction. Wills A will (or ...
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  • Purchasing Property During a Divorce

    Purchasing Property During a Divorce If you are undergoing a divorce, you may find yourself in the position of needing to make significant purchases, such as a more reliable vehicle to transport children, furniture to outfit a separate residence, or perhaps even a new residence. When you purchase property (whether land or personal property) while a divorce is pending, a court may consider the purchase in dividing assets . But a court's treatment of such newly purchased property at the time it divides assets depends on a number of factors, among them the value ...
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  • Should I Get a Legal Separation?

    Couples struggling with a marriage are faced with many questions. Where did we go wrong? What do we do now? What is the best choice for me and my family? In some cases the answer may be a legal separation. Divorce vs. Separation Prior to making the decision to legally separate or divorce, it is vital for parties to understand the difference between the two. In both a legal separation and a divorce, the court will rule on the same issues: Property Distribution Debt Distribution Spousal Maintenance/Alimony (if applicable) ...
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