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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Lawyer

by Ball Morse Lowe on October 8, 2019

Certain legal matters require assistance from an attorney. In situations involving legal disputes, 
challenges or deals, it’s wise not to risk going in alone without having an experienced lawyer at your side. While good legal representation ranges in cost depending on your case, trusting a professional can help you save expenses in the long run.

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How to Transfer Guardianship Across States

by Ball Morse Lowe on June 27, 2019

In the last fifty years, the mobility of American families has exploded. The invention of things like the phone, computer, and (of course) the internet have brought people closer together than ever before. Because of this, the need to transfer guardianships between different states is also on the rise.

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6 Items to Address in a Parenting Plan

by Ball Morse Lowe on June 18, 2019

Whether you’ve split perfectly and you’re still really amiable or you’ve just gone through a very messy divorce or separation, the health and happiness of your child and/or children remains the highest priority. The separation of a child’s parents is incredibly stressful for a young child, and it’s good to be aware and prepared to nurture them through this hard time.

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Guardianship Paperwork: 4-Step Process for Submitting a Petition

by Ball Morse Lowe on June 11, 2019

If you’re considering becoming a legal guardian, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. While there are many reasons to become the guardian of a child or children within many different situations, it is an extensive process that involves many steps and (a lot of) paperwork. 

To help guide you through this strenuous but often rewarding process, we’ve created a 4-step process that details the basic steps you’ll need to take from the beginning to the end of your guardianship process.

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How to Establish Legal Guardianship of a Child

by Ball Morse Lowe on June 3, 2019

If you’re interested in naming someone the guardian of your child or children or you want to become a guardian yourself, there are a number of steps to take and it’s a good idea to learn what you need before you get started. In all issues of custody over a child or children, the court seeks what is best for the child first and foremost. You’ll need to be able to show the court that you can provide that.

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Do I Need a Special Needs Trust for My Loved One?

by Ball Morse Lowe on May 29, 2019

As you probably already know, a trust is a fiduciary agreement that allows a third party or trustee to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary. Trusts are used in many ways and can specify exactly how and when the assets pass to beneficiaries. One type of trust that is especially useful is a special needs trust, also referred to as a supplemental needs trust. 

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How Long Does Probate Take in Oklahoma?

by Ball Morse Lowe on May 28, 2019

It would be nice and much easier for everyone if this blog post was one sentence long and simply told you the exact amount of time probate takes in the state of Oklahoma. However, probate is an extensive process, and the length depends on the complexity of the probate estate and the ease of the litigation involved regarding asset distribution and the payment of debts.

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Is Probate Necessary for a Donor-Advised Fund?

by Ball Morse Lowe on May 24, 2019

A donor-advised fund, also known as a DAF, is a great way to donate to various charitable organizations without going through mountains of paperwork, all the while minimizing your taxes through deductions. It also offers tremendous flexibility for post-death giving, specifically if the DAF is funded while you’re still alive.

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6 Reasons to Have a Lawyer Prepare Your Last Will and Testament

by Ball Morse Lowe on May 22, 2019

Everyone knows the only truly certain aspect of life is uncertainty. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have any control. Whether you’re in your early twenties or you’re getting closer to retirement age, it’s never too early – or too late – to start considering what will happen to your belongings and estate when you’re gone.

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