Finding A Skilled Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will see that there are numerous lawyers in your neighborhood that advertise which they specialize in your kind of case. This could make the entire process of finding one with a lot of experience a bit of a challenge. However, when you follow the tips below it will be possible to limit your quest off to the right one out of very little time. The first task is to produce a selection of the lawyers which are listed in the area specializing in your circumstances. When you are making this list you need to only include those that you may have a good vibe about according to their advertisement. You can then narrow this list down if you take a little while evaluating their site. There you should be able to find the number of years they have been practicing plus some general details about their success rates. At this stage your list ought to have shrunken further to the people which you felt had professional websites plus an appropriate amount of experience. You ought to then make time to check out independent reviews of each attorney. Make sure you see the reviews rather than counting on their overall rating. The data in the reviews will give you a solid idea of how they interact with the clientele and the length of time they invest into each case that they are taking care of. Finally, you should talk with at the very least the final three lawyers who have the credentials you are looking for. This gives you the time to really evaluate how interested these are in representing you and the case. It is imperative that you follow all of these steps to ensure that you hire a company which has the correct amount of experience to help you get the best possible outcome.
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Question About The Estate Tax?
My Parents Have A Professional Do Their Estate Planning But I Had A Quick Question Since I'M Not In The Loop (Yet). I'Ll Ask This Simply And Hope For A Simple Answer. My Grandma Passed Away And Left Her Estate To My Father. He Then Incorporated It Into His Estate. The Total Now Is About $5 Million In Cash And Property. If My Parents Pass Away And My Brother And I Each Get Half Do The Taxes Come Out Of The Original 5 Million Or Do They Say Since We Each Are Getting 2.5 Million They Tax Based On That?
Say The Exemption Is 1 Million And Your Parents Have 2 Million. Do They Tax The Entire 2 Million Or Do They Tax Nothing Because Each Heir Is Getting The Exempted Amount? Thanks.
Estate tax is a federal tax imposed on a decedent's estate to the extent it exceeds the estate-tax exemption in the year of death. The number of beneficiaries is irrelevant. Using your example: if your parents' estate were valued at $2 million when the survivor of them passes, and the then current estate-tax exemption were $1 million, WITHOUT proper planning, the estate tax would be $345,800, based on a $1 million taxable estate. WITH proper planning, however, the estate tax would be $0, as both husband and wife would take advantage of their own estate tax exemption, saving the estate, and ultimately the heirs, over 345 grand!
Where husband and wife have "simple" wills, that is, all to the survivor at the first death, and then to the kids, the estate-tax exemption of the deceased spouse (first spouse to die) is wasted. Using your scenario, the surviving spouse with assets of $2 million will get only one estate-tax exemption at his or her death. Of course, if the couple were worth less than the estate-tax exemption, all of this would be moot.
That said, it is IMPERATIVE your parents work with an attorney, competent in estate planning, to make sure their documents (wills, trusts, etc) provide for the estate-tax exemption for BOTH of them. Given your reference to working with a professional, they may have this strategy in place. While HOW it's done is beyond the scope of this Q&A format, for informational purposes - or if you want to Google it for more info - it's called a Credit-Sheltered or Bypass Trust.
Estate tax was repealed for 2010, and, unless Congress acts, reverts to $1 million in 2011.
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What Happens At A Consultation With A Divorce Lawyer?
What Information Will They Need, Etc?
A consultation with a divorce lawyer is an opportunity for you to decide if you want to use that lawyer or not. You can ask him/her questions about their rates and anything else you want pertaining to the divorce or about how they would proceed. It's a good way for you to compare different lawyers and their rates, and to decide whether you would have confidence in one to work for you or not. Most consultations are free, but some charge, so it's always best to make sure first so there are no surprises. You might find one you like right off the bat, but it might be a good idea to talk with a few before you decide.
You will probably just need some basic information with you for the consultation: incomes, whether you own a house or not, the date and place the marriage took place, the reason you are seeking divorce, whether there are kids involved or not, etc. You might want to have additional information with you, though, just in case, such as SSN numbers, 401k/retirement plans, stocks, savings and checking accounts, credit cards, loans and other debts. You could bring along a copy of your last year's taxes. Mostly, though, the consultation is for you to decide whether you think that lawyer is a good fit for you. If you decide to use them, they will let you know what other information they will need.
What Is The Animal Legal Defense Fund?
I Know Its About Protecting Animals, But I Need An Easier Way To Understand This D:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is an American non-profit law organization that aims to protect the rights and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. It was founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law. The ALDF has campaigned for stronger enforcement of anti-animal cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals. Their activities include filing lawsuits, providing legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases, working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes and hosting seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts. In addition to their national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.
Family Law Lawyer?
I'M Doing An Essay On What I Want To Be After High School. I Picked Family Law Lawyer, And I Can'T Find Much Information, If You Could Answer My Questions Or Give Me Links It Will Be Very Much Apreisiated! Heres The Questions.
1.) Necessary Education
2.) Average Salary
3.) Weekly Hours/ Daily
4.) Insurance/ Benefits Generally Available
5.) Roles And Responsibilities
Thank You In Advance!!!
The real life answer to most of those is that it depends.
1) Yes, you need a bachelors and then a JD.
2) Depends on the area you live in. Usually between $80 and $150 per hour starting out in private practice (again, it depends).
3) Depends on your case load and if you've got your own practice or you work for a firm, but they usually average 8-10 hours.
4) Depends on where you work. If you've got your own practice, you're the boss! If you work for a firm, you usually get pretty good insurance through it.
5) Depends on what kind of law you want to do. Divorce, adoptions, custody, estate planning. The responsibilities of a lawyer are the same no matter what: you're there to advocate for your client and uphold the rule of law.
How Do I Find A Cheap Divorce Attorney In California?
A Friend Of Mine Is Filing For Divorce From Her Husband. She Is Poor, But May Not Qualify For Legal Aid. Are There Other Avenues She May Examine For Obtaining Cheap Legal Services For This Divorce?
She may be able to file a pro se (on her own without an attorney) divorce if there are no kids, properties or money to be divided. She can check with her local courthouse to see if she can file pro se and if she can't, if there are legal associations that will handle this for her on a pro bono (free) basis or at very low and affordable rate.
What Is The Fair Settlement For An Car Accident That Caused A Brain Injury?
I Was In The Back Seat And Was Hit By A Car (Hit And Run). I Suffered Whiplash Which Caused A Rare Blood Clot In My Neck, Which Caused A Stroke (Wallenburg Syndrome). I Have Many Permanent Symptoms And Lost Everything I Had From The Accident. I Had To Have Throat Therapy (Trouble Swallowing), Physical Therapy, Lost Feeling In My Left Side.... On And On... Medical Bills Reached Around $70,000.... I Was 34 At The Time, Play All Sports And Loved Being Active. Almost Two Years Later My Lawyer Informed Me That The Offer Was $115,000 Which He Is Pursuing More.... Called Today And It'S Now $125,000. Do You Think This Is Fair Or Should I Keep Pushing It For A Fair Settlement. I Am Lucky Because I Now Have A Good Job And My Body Has Recovered Somewhat To What Happened. I Will Still Never Have Full Pain Sensation In My Left Side And Swallowing Is Always Scary.
Your lawyer is the best person to answer this question. They know your full medical situation and the odds of collecting more.