Legal Updates

Married and Real Estate

When you are married, you can buy real estate individually, however you cannot sell real estate without your spouse’s signature.  Also, the law considers a ‘sale’ a mortgage. 

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Power of Attorney and Health Care Agents

Often times, it is a common belief that a power of attorney is all that is needed to make decisions for you if you’re unable to make them yourself.  However, a power of attorney directive doesn’t carry over upon death, therefore you need a will to specify whom will make decisions after your death. 

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Meeting with an Attorney

Meeting with an attorney doesn’t have to be stressful.  A half an hour for the first initial consult is at no charge with Melchert Hubert Sjodin and can save headaches in the future.

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Child Support Laws Changing

Attorney Lisa Hill explains a change coming to the child support laws August 1st.  The current model calculates child support based on different levels of the time spent with the child.  The upcoming changes will use a formula that is based on the number of overnights that the child spends with each parent.  The new amount will be based on this formula on a curve, based on a 2-year average. Learn more in this interview on KDUZ 1260 AM’s show “Legal Update”.

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Pet Trusts

A pet trust is a legal arrangement to provide care for a pet after its owner dies. During your estate planning process you can appoint a “trustee”, who is the person you designate to carry out the instructions of the pet trust.  The trustee should be someone you trust to care for your pet after your passing. Attorney Lisa Hill explains a pet trust in her interview on KDUZ 1260 AM’s show “Legal Update”. 

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