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Overcoming co-parenting challenges when a toxic ex is involved

Parenting challenges often arise even after the most amicable of divorces. Parents in Pennsylvania who are dealing with a toxic ex-spouse may feel like the challenges they are facing cannot be overcome. Here are a few tips to help individuals who have a toxic ex-spouse.

In order to be a good parent, there are times when learning to put up with a toxic ex-spouse is necessary. However, this does not mean that every interaction has to be extremely stressful. A steady temperament and resolved composure can go a long way in helping a person to maintain their commitment to great parenting.

Avoid these common estate executor mistakes

Having someone name you as the executor of their estate is an important responsibility. This can be a difficult time, however. If you are still mourning the loss of a loved one, you might not be in the right frame of mind. This could cause you to make mistakes you normally would not have made.

Estate planning and overcoming commonly cited obstacles

Estate planning is a vital part of being prepared for the future. Pennsylvanians undoubtedly understand this, but there are certain times when there is a reluctance to move forward with the process. There are common reasons a person might avoid taking the next step in crafting an estate plan. Facing these concerns and overcoming them is key.

Although there will be differences in the details of an estate plan, getting beyond basic obstacles to creating one is essential. Thinking about mortality can be scary. Some might prefer to dismiss the topic entirely. Still, that does not prevent the inevitable, and failure to plan can have a negative impact on loved ones. When discussing these matters with a spouse, children and grandchildren, being sensitive can make it easier to prepare.

Weighing the pros and cons of a strategic divorce

Before a couple in Pennsylvania decides that a strategic divorce is right for them, it may be wise to weigh both the pros and cons. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act along with proposed wealth taxes from presidential candidates have some people talking about the potential benefits that could come from individuals getting a divorce on paper in order to save money.

There are several ways that couples could save money by divorcing. Couples who are high earners may be able to save some money by filing their taxes as single individuals. They may also be able to qualify for Medicaid as single individuals in order to benefit from the health care savings that come from this program. Another way that they could potentially benefit financially is qualifying for more federal student aid for college-age children.

Estate planning should be a priority for remarried couples

If you live in Pennsylvania and are preparing to get married, it is wise for you and your partner to discuss your wishes for the future. These discussions should extend all the way through your lives and even include what you want to happen when you die. This is especially important if one or both of you have children from any prior marriages or relationships. 

As explained by CNBC, starting a blended family without a solid estate plan in place opens the door for the children brought into the marriage to essentially be disinherited by accident. If a married person dies without a will or a trust, it is common for the surviving spouse to inherit most of the estate. There would be nothing that requires that person to then pass anything from the estate on to the deceased spouse's children.

Know your child custody options

When you and your spouse get a divorce in Pennsylvania, one of the things you have to figure out is who will have custody of your children. At Huckabee, Weiler and Levengood, P.C., we know it is important for you to understand your custody options so you can find the best arrangement for your family.

You may think that custody simply determines which of you your child lives with. LiveAbout.com says that custody also determines who makes important choices about your child's life. If you have legal custody of your son or daughter, you can typically decide what kind of medical care he or she receives and where he or she will go to school. This type of custody can come in two forms, joint and sole. If you and your ex-spouse have joint legal custody, then you both can make these important decisions for your child. If you have sole legal custody, however, then you are the only one who can make these choices. 

Understanding elder financial abuse

There are many telephone and online scams going around that aim to fraudulently separate people from their money. Some scams may even be conducted in person. Perhaps you have already been called by someone posing as an agent from the Internal Revenue Service or had someone knock on your door saying they were mowing lawns but asking for a deposit before they would return. You may see through these ruses, but at the law office of Huckabee, Weiler, & Levengood, P.C., we know that many Pennsylvania residents – especially the elderly – are unaware of the different scams out there.

Modern scams are sophisticated and can seem legitimate, even to the most financially savvy person. If your loved one is older, he or she may be more vulnerable to being taken advantage of. In fact, states the National Adult Protective Services Association, approximately one out of 20 elderly people in the United States are victimized by financial abuse, including scams.

How should I pay taxes with my LLC?

As you set up your new business, you will start making multiple decisions about how to run it. As the owner of the business, you will plan the budget, decide on which expenses are necessary, determine the location of the business and much more. But one important decision you will make will be how to pay taxes. If you have started a limited liability company (LLC), you have a few different options to pay taxes.

Since the IRS doesn’t consider an LLC to be a tax designation, LLCs have the unique ability to choose their tax designation. Each different option has different benefits. The options for LLC tax designation include:

Keys to a healthy divorce

When faced with the word divorce, some people in Pennsylvania may only see the long, drawn-out court battles in which each soon-to-be-ex brings up each and every fault of the other while trying to walk away with almost everything. However, divorce proceedings do not have to be so vile and hateful. There are ways that a couple can have a smooth and amicable divorce without terrible fights and selfishness.

According to the American Psychological Association, it is normal to experience emotions, such as fear, grief and anger, at the end of a marriage, and that partners who are compassionate to themselves will have an easier time dealing with them. Open communication and cooperation with the other spouse are also important. If both partners are able to communicate, divorce mediation may be a better option than courtroom litigation. Mediation allows the couple to negotiate asset and debt division, living situations and child custody in a less stressful environment.

What entity choices do you have for your new business?

As a Pennsylvania entrepreneur, one of the most important decisions you must make is which type of business entity you will choose for your new company. This decision will affect how both you and your company will operate for many years into the future.

The Internal Revenue Service reports that your business formation options consist of the following:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • S Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company

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