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Many people fail to create an estate plan because they don’t truly understand what is involved and therefore believe it is too complicated. But the real truth is that creating an estate plan during your lifetime is far less complicated (and less expensive) than what your family will deal with after you are gone, if you don’t:
1. Create a Trust. When most people think of preparing for the end of life, they think of writing a Will. But having a Will without a Trust is a fast track to putting your family in the Courthouse after you’re gone. Instead, to keep your family out of Court, you’ll want to set up a Trust and title all of your assets to be owned by that Trust. While it might feel like a lot of effort up front, it will save your family a LOT of trouble after you’re gone, and it only takes a couple of days to gather the necessary statements and financial information. Plus, a lot of my clients have stated that putting all their financial information in once place that was easily accessible was something that had been on their “to-do list” anyways!
A person’s first thought after being arrested and put in jail is often how to get out and fast! The usual way to do it is to post a bail.
Bail is cash, a bond or a piece of property that has a cash value, that a defendant gives as a guarantee that he or she will appear in court when ordered to do so. In general, if a defendant shows up to court when he or she is supposed to after being released from a jail, the court will return the bail. BUT if he or she DOES NOT show up, the court will keep the bail and most likely issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.
Judges are responsible for setting a bail. Commonly many people want to get out of jail immediately instead of waiting a day or longer to see a judge, that’s why most jails have standard bail schedules that specify bail amounts for common crimes. Where a defendant poses a threat to the safety of the community, he or she may be held without bail.
After being released a defendant may be required to: limit travel; maintain or seek employment; undergo drug and alcohol testing; comply with a curfew; comply with periodic check-ins with authorities; refrain from possession of a firearm etc.
Everybody would agree that nothing is more important than protecting our kids. State Child Protection involves situations when parents are investigated by the state for neglecting or abusing their children.
The State Child Protection procedure:
A report of suspected abuse or neglect is made to the appropriate state agency.
An investigation process of the report’s validity takes place. It is done through: interviews, observations and reviewing documents concerning the child.
If at the end of the investigation the child is determined to be at risk, the child may be temporary taken out of their homes to ensure their safety.
Usually the child is kept with their parents unless there is an definite safety concern.
Social services can provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members if it is necessary.
If the situation is serious, the Court will determine what should be done. If the accusations of abuse and neglect are true, the court may issue a Child Protection Order to keep the child safe.