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Cohabitation Agreements: Do you need one?

November 21, 2019

According to the Council on Contemporary Families, 70% of couples live together for some period of time before marriage (if they ever get married).  A Cohabitation Agreement is a contract between two people in an intimate relationship sharing a living space.  The Cohabitation Agreement outlines each person’s rights and responsibilities related to the living arrangement.  […]

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Avoid a Custody Nightmare Before Christmas

November 21, 2019

Holiday parenting time can be hard for parents living separately but parenting together. But there are some things you can try to help smooth holiday parenting time and avoid a nightmare before  Christmas. As longtime child custody lawyers, we know that trying to make holiday parenting time work so everyone is happy can be hard […]

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What’s this Discovery You’re Talking About?

November 7, 2019

During your divorce, your attorney will likely talk about having to do “discovery”.  Discovery is the process in a divorce case where spouses will gather documents and provide them to the other side in an organized manner.  Discovery is usually done to identify all debts and assets that need to be separated in the divorce.  […]

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Welcome Carrie Gaines, our newest Associate Attorney

October 28, 2019

Carrie Gaines has joined our team at Hightower Reff Law We are constantly thinking of ways we can help our clients.  Carrie joins us with over 15 years of experience in the general civil litigation and bankruptcy world.  Over the course of her career, Carrie has had a wide variety of experiences and has represented […]

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Estate Planning Week, Day Five: Trusts 101

October 25, 2019

There are several types of Trusts you can utilize in an Estate Plan.  And trust us, there is a difference between the different types. Trusts are an effective Estate Planning tool for a variety of clients, depending on the Estate Planning goals you are trying to meet. It is helpful to understand the basics surrounding […]

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Estate Planning Week, Part Four: Disabled Persons

October 24, 2019

If your loved one is a person with disabilities, you are in a unique Estate Planning position.  It is important to know the options available to you to help make the best decision for you and your loved one. Special Needs Trust Often times, disabled persons are receiving some type of financial aid or assistance […]

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Estate Planning Week, Part Three: Single Adults

October 23, 2019

An Estate Plan is not only for the wealthy or people with children.  If you are a single person, it is still important for you to have a solid Estate Plan (it might be even more important).  Figuring out where you want your stuff to go after you die is important.  You will also have […]

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Estate Planning Week, part two: Spouses

October 22, 2019

Having a conversation with your spouse about what happens to you and your stuff after you die or become disabled is not the conversation you probably want to have.  During Estate Planning Awareness Week, we will help you understand why it’s important to have this conversation before it’s too late. You’re not alone, it’s a […]

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Estate Planning Week, part one: what is estate planning?

October 21, 2019

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” A basic Estate Plan includes a Will, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, and Power of Attorney for Finance.  These documents allow you to make your wishes known when you die and to choose the person who will handle your affairs, both in the event of […]

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