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Should I pay my deceased family member's credit card debt?

Handling the estate of a loved one as an executor is a great privilege and responsibility, but that doesn't mean that it will be easy. The process can become exceptionally difficult if the estate in question has a significant amount of credit card debt. When it comes to credit card debt, the law actually provides survivors of a debtor some surprising options.

Why is a purchase agreement important?

There are numerous reasons why it is crucial to include an attorney in your real estate buying team, but one of the most important reasons is the purchase agreement. Many purchase agreements are done with standard forms that may not fully reflect the property you are buying, and without the strong guidance of an experienced attorney, you may find yourself with few good options if and when things go sideways.

Should I use an irrevocable life insurance trust?

When preparing your estate plan, it is always important to deal with your life insurance policy before it can become an unintended frustration for the ones you love. If you do not take proper precautions, your policy can add to your estate so that you cannot avoid probate, which can keep your beneficiaries from receiving your estate for quite some time after you pass away. Fortunately, the law provides just such a solution.

Sedona residents protest new water tower

One of the primary purposes of zoning laws is often protecting and preserving elements of nature that surround a community, They ensure that the short-term desires of the present are not upheld: to walk all over hundreds or thousands of years of natural resources for the sake of convenience or fleeting business interests. Our neighbors in Sedona are currently facing a tricky dilemma — many city officials and industry professionals say that the community needs to install a new water tank to meet the demands of living in a dry, demanding area. However, many residents of the area where the water tank would be installed don't want the tank disrupting their community, fearing that it will affect their home values, among other things.

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