Why should I make an estate plan?
201712.17
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Why should I make an estate plan?

Estate planning is often a topic that people avoid because it involves contemplation of death, family relationships and distributing their property. Some people believe that estate planning does not apply to them because they are young or they are not wealthy. However, many people (regardless of age or wealth) can benefit from some kind of…

DIVORCE PROCESS AND PROCEDURES
201710.25
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DIVORCE PROCESS AND PROCEDURES

Most people are unfamiliar with the divorce process and the procedures that the law requires. All cases are different but, here is a short summary of the divorce process and procedures in the majority of cases filed in Montana. File a verified, signed petition for dissolution with parenting plan if there are minor children. Have…

Estate Planning Part I
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Estate Planning Part I

What does estate planning involve? Estate planning involves an analysis of your estate, planning your present financial goals, and determining your wishes for distribution of your estate after your death.  Your estate consists of all of your assets (real and personal property, retirement accounts, pensions, business interests, etc.) and liabilities (mortgages, loans, notes, etc.).  The…

Child Support
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Child Support

Montana Law requires that all parenting plans address child support, and that child support be calculated pursuant to the Montana Child Support Guidelines.  The Guidelines are “based on the principle that it is the first priority of parents to meet the needs of the child according to the financial ability of the parents.  In a…

Montana Divorce Litigation
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Montana Divorce Litigation

Litigation is something that most people don’t want to experience. In the U.S., divorce is a legal process that requires, to some extent, the parties to engage in litigation. While most divorce cases will settle during the litigation process and without a trial, getting a good resolution, whether through negotiation or by trial, is easiest…

Child “Custody” and “Parenting Plans” in Montana
201701.23
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Child “Custody” and “Parenting Plans” in Montana

In 1998, Montana changed its laws which govern parenting between separated or divorced parents.  As part of those changes, the State did away with the term “custody” from our laws, and instead requires parents, and the Courts, to address three subject matters within a “parenting plan.” All three subject matters must be addressed in a…