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  • Bankruptcy and Divorce: Answers to Five Commonly Asked Questions

    People who are getting divorced have to face their financial situation head-on and often that causes them to think about bankruptcy.  Here are the answers to the five questions that I am asked most frequently asked by my divorce clients about bankruptcy. My wife has filed for divorce. We have a lot of debt. Neither of our […]

    Materials from Bob Hamilton’s Presentation about Real Estate Commissioners (your guide to being one)

    Presenter: Robert N. Hamilton   USE OF A COMMISSIONER IN FAMILY LAW CASES   WHAT IS A COMMISSIONER See Rule 68-01 Masters and Circuit Courts (attached). For the sale of real estate. Both in state and out of state. To divide personal property. To decide who owns said property (is it marital property or is […]

    The Five Things that Divorce Attorneys Must Know about Bankruptcy

      LLOYD M. NOLAN ATTORNEY AT LAW 225 SOUTH MERAMEC SUITE 512 CLAYTON, MISSOURI 63105 www.lnolanlaw.com (314) 725-1880 FAX 725-1882 *Licensed in Missouri and Illinois     WHAT THE FAMILY LAW LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT BANKRUPTCY     The Automatic Stay Upon the filing of a bankruptcy petition, an automatic stay is entered pursuant […]

    How to increase the chances that your family law attorney will return your calls and respond to your e-mails promptly

    1. Pay your bills by return mail or e-mail. If you question a charge, pay the part of the bill with which you have no issue and write a note or an e-mail explaining your issue and proposing a resolution (the questioned item is credited wholly or in part) and the reasoning behind your request. […]

    How do I know if I can get the child support in my case modified (either increased or decreased)?

    The starting point for a change in child support is that there must have been a change in circumstances since the last order regarding child support so as to make the terms of that order regarding child support unreasonable. These changes may be in the income of either or both parents, the circumstances of the […]

    5 Things You Can Do TODAY to Improve Your Credit Score After Your Divorce:

    1. Make sure pull your credit report so you know where you stand. Don’t go to websites like FreeCreditReport.com. Go see Bob Raaf at 1st Equity Funding Group— (314) 872-290 – he will pull your credit report for free. 2. Ask your parents to add you as an authorized user on their credit cards. This […]

    3 Things You Can Do TODAY to Protect Your Credit Before Filing for Divorce:

    1. Make sure pull your credit report so you know where you stand. Don’t go to websites like FreeCreditReport.com. Go see Bob Raaf at 1st Equity Funding Group – (314) 872-2901 — he will pull your credit report for free. 2. Limit the damage your spouse can do to your credit score. Call your credit […]

    Ex gave your cell number to debt collectors and now they are calling your Cell? TCPA Telephone Consumer Protection Act may provide some help

    A lot of people think it OK for a bill collector to call you on your cell. Well, a lot of times it’s not. We interviewed attorney Patric Lester, attorney licensed in California, New York and Missouri, who explains why bill collector calls you get on your cell phone may be illegal. Q. What is […]

    Worried that the parent who is to carry health insurance on the children may drop coverage? A QMCSO may help

    A Qualified Medical Child Support Order (a “QMCSO”) is an Order entered by a Court pursuant to state domestic relations law (dissolution, legal separation, paternity, parentage) directing that a child who is a dependent of a participant in a group health plan (most, but not all, employer sponsored health plans are covered by this law) […]

    10 Tax Issues You Should Address in a Divorce

    Divorces are usually messy. One spouse is usually angry and many times both spouses are very emotional. Not the best setting for talking about taxes, but here are ten issues that will affect income taxes for years to come and addressing them now can save thousands of dollars. 1) Determining who gets the tax benefits […]