How to Make the Most of Dying

The end of life can be chaotic and painful, even if you have money and family support. Though doctors may assume terminally-ill people want to live as long as possible, a 2017 study showed people care more about avoiding strain on their families, having medical...

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE HOSPITAL DURING MY ADOPTION?

While your baby’s birth mother is in the hospital, a social worker from the Social Services Department will visit to answer questions about the hospital, the adoption process, or parenting. You may visit during visitation hours, or stay in another room by request, but...

Foster Parents – The Advantages of Having Your Own Attorney

A foster parent losing legal custody can be worse than anyone is prepared to accept. It is a foster parent’s advantage to have counsel as a spokesperson and navigator through complex and confusing child custody law. Hoping to adopt a child taken into your home when...

Aretha Franklin Dies Without a Will…No Respect!?

The Queen of Soul died without a Will!! What will happen to her musical dynasty? Who gets her Estate?…her four kids, equally. What if one of the kids is a spendthrift? What if one of the kids has special needs? What if she didn’t want her kids to get an...
Don’t Let Your Soon-To-Be Ex Get Your Stuff!

Don’t Let Your Soon-To-Be Ex Get Your Stuff!

Rather than seeking divorce, a common trend among married couples is to remain married but permanently separated. While this may be comfortable on a personal basis, it does not mean that they lose their spousal rights and privileges. Both fashion designer Kate Spade...
Don’t Leave Money on the Table – Adoption Tax Credit Explained

Don’t Leave Money on the Table – Adoption Tax Credit Explained

The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance on the revived adoption tax credit. Congress declared the tax credit permanent in 2013 and, in 2018, raised the maximum adoption credit to $13,810 for qualified expenses, including adoption fees, court costs, attorney’s...