Divorce Asset Analysis: Buried Treasures

You never realize how much junk you’ve acquired until you have to move. You find a dozen matchbooks with one match left each, an 8th-grade history paper you got an A+ on, that weed whacker you never returned to the neighbor who moved away two years ago, and the $2.37…

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Businesses print their own checks because it’s quick, easy and cheap. Financial applications such as Easy Soft’s legal billing and accounting software have the capability built in so you don’t have to mess with formats and spacing trying to set it up yourself. Although we try to make the process…

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Putting A Price On A Person’s Life

Negotiation is a key element in a divorce settlement. Even the most amicable divorce–and the phrase “amicable divorce” is an oxymoron–everyone wants to get what’s fairly owed. However each party probably disagrees on the definition of fair. The Case Information Statement (NJ) is designed to present an unbiased view of…

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How to Keep Your Practice’s Balances In Balance

Maintaining a law firm’s accounts is more complicated than balancing a checkbook. A typical practice needs to monitor not just a single account but four critical balances: unbilled, unpaid, operating retainer and trust retainer. The unbilled balance is the amount entered into the business’s records but not yet sent to…

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Don’t Let Paperwork Jeopardize Your Short Sale

The real estate market seems to be improving nationwide but short sales are still a common transaction seen by agents. Job loss, illness and divorce may prevent a homeowner from being able to keep up mortgage payments and a short sale is a preferable alternative to a foreclosure. Short sales…

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Customized Documents Because Every Divorce Is Special

State governments want to put everyone into convenient little boxes so they can easily process any family law forms. Family law attorneys know it’s not that simple. Each divorce has unique features that distinguish it from every other case the practice handles. There are provisions within the law to customize…

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Three Cheers For The Red, White And Blue (Boxes)

When you first open Easy HUD you might be struck by the red, white and blue boxes. No, this color scheme isn’t there out of patriotism. Each color represents a particular type of field on the HUD settlement statement form and it’s important to understand how each box works in…

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The Taxes That Got Away: Alimony Recapture Rules

One of the few advantages of paying alimony is that the money is tax deductable. That may not take the all the sting out of New York state spousal support but it eases the pain a little. Unfortunately that pain can come back redoubled when the payer gets a polite…

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