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6 Ways to Prepare Financially for Life After an Uncontested Divorce

by Ball Morse Lowe on September 11, 2018


 
The process and experience of filing for divorce is anything but simple, and it can be difficult to make sound financial decisions while in an emotional state of mind, even in an uncontested divorce. However, it is important for both parties to plan ahead for their financial futures as individuals early on in the process, before the divorce is finalized.

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How to Divide Assets Fairly With the Help of a Divorce Attorney

by Ball Morse Lowe on August 31, 2018

One of the most difficult issues in a divorce is splitting assets into “his” and “hers.” Dividing real property (marital home), personal property (your stuff), vehicles and financial items are where most couples run into difficulty. Before a divorce can be granted, all marital assets must be distributed in a way that’s satisfactory to both parties.

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Uncontested Divorce? Here's How to Navigate the Paperwork

by Ball Morse Lowe on August 22, 2018

When it comes to divorce, there are several terms, procedures and documents that are confusing to navigate if you’re unfamiliar with the process. As you may have guessed, this includes no-fault and uncontested divorce. 

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How to Get a Divorce in Oklahoma: The Process From Start to Finish

by Ball Morse Lowe on August 14, 2018

Divorce serves two main purposes: to end a marital relationship and establish a fair division of assets and debts. If you’re considering ending a marriage, you’re likely experiencing a range of emotions. You’re also beginning to assess the factors of divorce that’ll affect your day-to-day activities.

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The Reality of Divorce Papers: 8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Signing

by Ball Morse Lowe on August 7, 2018

Divorce can be a messy process, one you want to end quickly so you can move on with your life. It’s emotional; it’s tiring and has the ability to affect your rational thinking. However, there are negative consequences of jumping into divorce. It can cause you financial stress, anger and missing out on the assets you deserve.

Before you sign your name on the dotted line and cut legal ties, we recommend asking yourself these eight questions to achieve a better outcome for your divorce.

 

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Cleaning Your Record After Criminal Expungement

by Ball Morse Lowe on July 25, 2018

  

Criminal Expungement is a legal process that can clear an arrest, charge or minor conviction from your record. Expungement and sealing are often used interchangeably. However, they are carried out quite differently. Expungement erases the documentation while sealing simply means it’s no longer public record.

Countless people are haunted by simple charges and feel the negative impact on their record. From job opportunities to housing applications, it never hurts to learn if you’re eligible for criminal expungement. In today’s blog, we’ll be sharing six things you didn’t know about cleaning your record.

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How Long Does it Take to Remove a Criminal Record? Your Top 13 Questions Answered

by Ball Morse Lowe on July 20, 2018

Expungement can seem like a scary and complicated process when you first start researching all the steps. It’s normal to feel uncertainty, but at the end of the day, a shot at a second chance is worth it for a lot of Oklahomans.

For some people, expungement might equal new job opportunities, the ability to obtain a professional license, restored rights to own guns or vote in the next election. No doubt, it's frustrating when a criminal past prevents future success or the ability to enjoy basic freedoms granted to every other American.

Here are some of the most common questions asked on how to remove a criminal record. Hopefully, these will answer a few for you! However, if you have more, you can always call us at Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC and speak with a trusted member of our team.

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There's No Such Thing as an Automatic Expungement

by Ball Morse Lowe on July 13, 2018

 
Criminal defense lawyers hear it all the time, “My lawyer told me my case would be expunged automatically when it was over! Why is the arrest record still popping up on background checks?”
 
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion among the public about how Oklahoma expungements work.
 
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Criminal Expungement Myths That Are Holding You Back

by Ball Morse Lowe on July 3, 2018

If your record isn’t exactly spotless, the opportunity of a clean slate may appeal to you. Criminal expungement is the process

in which a record can be destroyed or sealed from state or federal record. Essentially, the order directs the court to treat the conviction like it never existed.

However, it’s important to clarify that criminal expungement doesn’t operate like a legal pardon. Unlike pardons, expungement proceedings must be ordered by a judge or court. They typically take place in state court and the procedures may vary by location.

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