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Bankruptcy is not as simple as you may think

When people in Connecticut overextend themselves financially, bankruptcy may often seem like the easy answer. While bankruptcy may very well be the only answer in some instances, there is a lot more to the process and aftereffect of filing than many people consider. So, before making the decision to file for bankruptcy, it is a good idea to prepare for the repercussions that come with the benefits.

For example, Forbes points out that bankruptcy is not free. There are often legal fees associated with filing for bankruptcy. And, even if a person knows the process well enough to file on their own, there is one financial repercussion that is unavoidable. Their credit will suffer a 10-year mark and it may take some time for it to recover.

Defense options after a shoplifting accusation

It is surprisingly common for a person to be wrongfully accused of shoplifting. This is partly because the act of purchasing goods is such a frequent activity, and most of us engage in this several times per day.

This means that every so often, honest mistakes will be made. For example, perhaps a person is not paying attention and accidentally walks out of a store with an item that they did not purchase. This person will likely be accused of shoplifting, and they should take action to defend themselves.

Can you keep anything when you file for chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you are drowning in debt in Connecticut and feel you have no other options, you may be considering filing for bankruptcy. In a chapter 7 bankruptcy, the trustee takes many of your assets and sells them to help pay down your debt. However, there are some exemptions about items you are able to keep. 

The United States Courts states the purpose of bankruptcy is to give debtors a fresh start, and in chapter 7 bankruptcy the courts discharge some or most of an individual's debts to help. In bankruptcy filings, the debtor must submit a list of all creditors, property, monthly living expenses and sources of income. The court then determines what items to liquidate to pay down unsecured debts and then discharges the remaining debt.

Why criminal jury selection matters

Criminal defense attorneys recognize that the people that make up a jury in Connecticut could be the factor that decides whether their clients are acquitted or convicted. This is why defense attorneys play a part in determining who is chosen to serve on a jury. As a crucial part of the American justice system, a jury should be fair and impartial while weighing the evidence and arguments presented. However, if one or more of the jurors hold biases against the person being tried, the eventual decision could result in an unfair conviction.

As Chron.com explains, the jury selection stage is known as “voir dire.” During this process, potential jurors are questioned by the defense attorney and by the prosecution. Both sides will be looking for jurors that could tip the balance against them. The role of a defense attorney is to ensure that the prosecution does not sway the jury selection into the prosecution’s favor. To that end, a defense attorney is going to look for certain factors that might sway a juror against a client. These considerations will vary according to the trial.

Are you overdue for a review of your will?

Once you take the time to establish your wishes for your estate in your will, it is easy to let the first draft be the last draft. Unfortunately, if you don't update your will when you experience life events that impact it, your loved ones may face a difficult time honoring your wishes when the time comes.

Many life events can affect a will, as well as changes in the law that may occur without your realizing it. It is typically wise to review your will and make sure that it is up-to-date every four years, to help avoid unfortunate complications. This process does not take long, and can hep prevent many different complications that prolong distribution of your estate to your beneficiaries.

Preparation is critical in writing a reliable will

Writing a will is just one of several factors of coordinating a complete estate plan. For many people in Connecticut, it is also one of the most important. This critical document allows people to make designations for the responsibility of dependents, as well as provide clarifications for important desires they may have when they pass away. 

Creating a will from start to finish requires commitment and resolve to regularly update it to account for any changes that have taken place since its inception. People should pay close attention to the dynamic and relationships within their family when delegating responsibilities and naming beneficiaries. This is especially important if step-children are involved or if a couple has had children together, but are not legally married. Another important tip that people should remember when writing their will is to form and address various scenarios so they can confidently provide a solution for each potential happenstance. 

Can you still get a job despite being a convicted criminal?

Even though you were a convicted criminal at one point in Connecticut and have served time behind bars, you are coming to a close with your required jail time and are preparing to reenter society as a free person. However, you are concerned about how your criminal past may affect your ability to secure a stable job. Fortunately, with your dedication to maintaining your integrity and taking responsibility for your actions, you still have a definite chance of getting the outcome you hope for. 

Acquiring a job that allows you to support yourself is critical as you begin to integrate back into society. You will want to begin rebuilding your life and rebuilding your reputation as someone who has changed and has moved beyond your criminal behaviors of the past. A job is a fantastic way to allow you to begin forming new relationships and strengthening professional traits that can be useful in multiple facets of life. 

Getting custody with a domestic violence record

Any charge could end up leaving you with long-term consequences, should you receive a guilty verdict. At Beebe and O'Neil, we advise our clients to take any criminal allegations in Connecticut very seriously.

However, there are potential consequences of certain crimes that may surprise you. One example is assault, especially in a domestic setting. Having this on your record could affect both your public and private lives.

Finding the courage to initiate divorce

For some, the decision to divorce is easy and there are no doubts when it comes to moving forward with a petition. For others, there may be a lot of uncertainty regarding divorce, and some people may be hesitant to approach the divorce process. There are multiple reasons why some people may be hesitant to file for divorce, whether they are afraid of how their spouse will react or what their friends and family members will say. Moreover, some may be too stressed out to approach the divorce process or they may think they do not have enough time to undertake a divorce at this time.

If you are facing any of these challenges, it is important to find the courage to divorce if you are positive that such a move is in your best interests and, if you are a parent, the best interests of your kids. You may find it helpful to build a supportive network of friends and family members who will help you work through this potentially difficult time. Or, perhaps you will have to make your way through a divorce on your own. Fortunately, there are ways you can make things easier, such as consulting a legal professional with considerable experience in this area and carefully examining your options and various laws that may be applicable to your circumstances.

Preparing for the cost of divorce

There are all sorts of things to consider when it comes to your divorce, whether you have kids and are concerned about child support or a custody ruling, or you are unsure of how your marital property will be split up. Divorce can be very costly and may lead to various financial issues before, during and even after you and your spouse go through the divorce process. Aside from alimony, child support and other financial issues resulting from your divorce, you may have difficulty paying legal fees. As a result, preparation is essential.

It is important for you to familiarize yourself with the various divorce-related legal costs that you may encounter and try to develop a clear understanding of just how much it will cost you to file for a divorce. Some people let these expenses, which can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars, prevent them from moving forward with their divorce. However, you should not stay in an unhealthy and dysfunctional marriage solely because you think you cannot afford to move ahead with your divorce.

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