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What do you do if you think your child may go missing?

For some parents, sharing custody is a complete nightmare. They may face threats from the other parent of having their children withheld from them. The other parent may not return them on time or may make plans without talking them through.

You need to know that you have a right to speak up and reach out to the court if you are concerned about the welfare of your children. You have rights as a parent with visitation or custody of your children, and the other parent should not be violating those rights.

Do you understand the means test for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Anyone can get in over their heads financially, but not everyone can qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to regain control of their finances. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as liquidation bankruptcy, is the most aggressive kind of bankruptcy available to individuals struggling with personal debt. Unlike Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which requires a repayment plan that lasts for multiple years, Chapter 7 proceedings result in immediate discharge, provided that the courts approve your filing.

Given the speedy discharge and lack of repayment obligations, it might be possible for individuals to abuse the bankruptcy system by accruing substantial debt that they could theoretically repay and then filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to avoid paying off their credit cards and other financial obligations.

Consider hiring an attorney if you're selling your home

If you plan to sell your home, you may be looking into which realtor you want to work with. Another thing that you should be doing is deciding which attorney you want on your side. While many people don't think about needing an attorney for selling a house, the truth is that an attorney can do a lot to protect your interests.

In typical purchases, sellers enter into a brokerage contract with a real estate agent. While there are contracts involved throughout the buying and selling process, having an attorney on your side is the only way to make sure you're doing all you can to protect your own interests. An attorney can help you avoid contracts with vague or unclear terms, protecting you against having to pay brokerage fees when your property doesn't sell, for example.

Set up advanced directives to assert your wishes

Out of all the items you want to have in your estate plan, one of the most important is your health care directive. An advance directive, also known as a health care directive, is a written document that tells others your health care wishes if you are unable to communicate those wishes yourself.

Having a health care directive is important because it takes the guesswork out of knowing what you would want to see happen in certain situations. For example, you may state that you don't want to be given life-extending treatments if you are suffering from a terminal illness. Your directive can state the kinds of treatment that you want to be given as well.

Mediation could help you resolve your dispute

If you're going through a dispute, one option is to try mediation. Whether you're divorcing, having a dispute about child custody or are arguing over different factors, mediation could help.

Mediation involves a third-party mediator. It's a nonbinding process that helps you and the other party involved in a dispute come to a resolution that you can both agree on.

Prepare your finances before you choose a divorce

For most people, divorce only happens after they have tried everything they could to preserve their marriages. At that point, they may have struggled to stay together for many months or years.

When you decide that a divorce is the right answer for you, there are a few things to do before you go to speak to your attorney. First, you will need to collect financial documents and a list of your assets as soon as possible. It is usually a good idea to put together this information before you suggest a divorce to your spouse.

Parents who don't pay support can be taken to court

When you got a divorce from your spouse, it was with the understanding that they'd be paying child support. You had a more flexible job, so you've had to take on the responsibility of raising your child the majority of the time. Their financial support isn't necessary, but that doesn't mean it isn't wanted.

Since you don't need the money to support your child, you had hoped to set it aside in a college fund. By the time they reached 18, you believed that it would be enough to support them through school. Sadly, the other parent is not paying, and you don't know what you can do to make them pay up.

An estate plan can help protect you: Set one up easily

One of the biggest questions surrounding estate planning is, "Do I really need one?" It's normal to ask this, especially when you start thinking about everything an estate plan could include. If you don't have a large family or many assets, you may think that an estate plan is unnecessary, but the truth is that it can be beneficial no matter how large your estate is and no matter who you want to leave your estate to.

The key advantage of having an estate plan is that it minimizes the probate process. That means that your family won't have to struggle with probate if you pass away. They won't face delays or the loss of privacy that comes with the probate process, either. If you're interested in giving charitable donations, it's possible to do so in your estate plan as well.

Make a list to evaluate potential homes

Buying a home is an important and exciting process in your life. Making the right choice could help you by growing your initial investment and giving you a property that you can love and care for.

There are many aspects of buying a home that you have to consider, but one of the important things for you to consider is a home checklist. Having a checklist allows you to evaluate each home you view for structural problems, water damage and other issues that will tell you if the home is worth your investment.

Set up your estate plan today and avoid procrastinating

It isn't always fun to sit down and think about growing older, becoming impaired or passing away. It can be frustrating and fill you with anxiety to think of everything you'd have to take care of legally before that occurs.

It's important to put your estate plan into perspective. This is the one legal product that can protect you, your family and your beneficiaries. It's your way to communicate when you are no longer able to in any other way. It's a way to protect your assets and to distribute them to your family and loved ones.

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