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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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How Does the Court Determine Sole Custody?

by Ball Morse Lowe on May 1, 2019

This month, we’re writing all about child custody to help you better understand the various processes and outcomes associated with it. We’ve already written posts about the different types of custody, from legal to physical to sole and joint.

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4 Things Unmarried Parents Should Know About Legal Custody

by Ball Morse Lowe on April 30, 2019

Cases of child custody are incredibly complex, involving many factors and leading to a variety of outcomes. If you haven’t already read our prior blog posts on custody, you should know before continuing that there are many different types of custody, from joint to sole, physical to legal.

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A Father's Rights: How to Navigate Joint Custody

by Ball Morse Lowe on April 29, 2019

In the case of a divorce or separation, children are one of the most important yet complicated aspects. Especially in a difficult, emotional case, the custody of your child or children can easily become a point of contention. Before beginning your court proceedings, it’s good to have an idea of the possible outcomes. If you’re seeking joint custody, there are still plenty of pieces to figure out. Here are some things to know before you get started.

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The 5 Different Types of Physical Custody

by Ball Morse Lowe on April 25, 2019

When preparing for a child custody case or even just considering the possibility, it’s good to know the various outcomes. There are two main, general types of custody with different versions of each one. Those two types are physical and legal custody.

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5 Strategic Ways to Avoid a Probate Case

by Ball Morse Lowe on February 26, 2019

Many have heard that it’s wise to avoid probate, but few know the reasons why. Probate is the legal process of proving a will, determining heirs and distributing the property of a decedent.

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Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Prepare Your Living Trust

by Ball Morse Lowe on February 20, 2019

Every adult, wealthy or not, should have a valid will or a living trust in place. Yet, more than half of Americans are unprepared for the inevitable. A last will and testament is a legal document that outlines where and whom your

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Oklahoma’s Residential Real Estate Disclosure Act

by David Morse on February 7, 2019

If you are buying or selling a home, the transaction is subject to the Residential Property Condition Disclosure Act found at 60 OS 831, which provides for a disclosure of defects to the property (the “Act”). The Act is an exception to the common law rule of “caveat emptor” or “buyer beware.”

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