The number of attorneys in the United States has increased by almost 15% over the last 10 years.
There has also been an explosion of specializations among attorneys. Rather than having an attorney that you can turn to for any situation, you have one attorney for tax questions, another for personal injury lawsuits, and still another one for business.
One specialization that every family needs is a family lawyer. This is a legal specialization that is as close to a general practitioner that you can get.
Read on to find out what a family attorney does and how they can help you.
1. Wills and Estates
About 60% of Americans don’t have a legal will or an estate plan. Even if you have no savings or assets, you have to have a plan to distribute your belongings and pay for your remaining expenses.
If you have assets without a will, your state will decide how they get distributed to your family members. By not having a will, you and your family have no say in how your belongings are handled.
A family lawyer is an indispensable person to have because they’ll make sure your family is protected no matter what your situation is.
2. Divorce and Child Custody Agreements
You get married thinking that it will last forever. Unfortunately, many marriages end up in divorce. Even if a divorce is amicable, there are still assets that need to be divided evenly. In contentious situations, it can be hard to negotiate a settlement on your own.
You always want to protect your children in a divorce, and a child custody agreement may be difficult to reach. A family lawyer will make sure that the agreement is fair, and you get a settlement that you deserve.
Thousands of children are adopted every year. The process to adopt a child isn’t a simple one. There are plenty of legal loopholes that can delay the process or cause the adoption to fall through.
A family lawyer will guide you through the process and help you with your adoption, and in some case, assist with international adoptions.
Hiring a Family Lawyer
A family lawyer can cover a broad range of legal issues that can help you and your family in the best of times and the worst of times. You should know what to look for if you need to hire a family lawyer.
Take a look at their standing within the state bar association. They should be current with no complaints against them. They should also have plenty of experience with legal issues similar to yours.
Take the time to interview different attorneys in your area to find the best one for your needs.
An Introduction to Family Law
Family law encompasses many different things that you have to deal with during the course of your life. A family lawyer will be able to handle divorces, custody arrangements, and wills and trusts.
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