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Tying the Knot with a Common Law Marriage [Video]

  A wedding is one popular way to get married, but it’s not the only way. Most of us have heard of common law marriage, but what does that actually mean? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Many people believe that if two people live together long enough, the law eventually considers them married. Some celebrity couples reinforce that idea, by living together for years without ever tying the knot, even though their relationships have every feature …

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Posted 1 year ago in Estate Planning Wills and Probate by Michele Bowman  
James Brown’s Legacy Protected by S.C. Supreme Court

Despite challenges by the children and wife he left behind, as well as by the state of South Carolina, James Brown’s plans for the inheritance of his money will stay in place. In February the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that an irrevocable trust set up by the Godfather of Soul – which cut out any wives and left most of his estate to an educational trust fund – could not be set aside.   It’s This Man’s World Brown …

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Posted 1 year ago in Estate Planning Wills and Probate by Michele Bowman  
Your Child’s Marriage and Rewriting Your Will

If Valentine’s Day results in the announcement of an engagement for one of your children, lawyers say it’s time to start thinking about how your own legal affairs are structured. And while you’re at it, you may need to offer a little good old-fashioned parental advice for your googly-eyed child.   Think Ahead Once an engagement happens, the wheels start turning for the parents. “I typically see parents getting their wills drafted for the first time when their kids get …

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Legal Wisdom for Valentine’s Day and After [Video]

  Some words of wisdom for the Day of Hearts and those that follow. Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine speaks with Nina Pineda of WABC-TV in New York City in a special Valentine’s Day report, “The Legalities of Love.” Larry tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about your Feb. 14 promises — and the law. He also shares an interesting and little known fact about which couples tend to stay married and which ones are more …

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Who Should Keep the Engagement Ring? [Poll]

It’s Valentine’s Day, a time of romance and wedding proposals. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in February last year, jewelry stores sold more than $2.66 billion worth of merchandise, including engagement rings. Afterall, a popular belief is the holiday commemorates a saint, martyred for secretly performing weddings. But with so much love in the air, unfortunately some of it can sometimes drift away. Short of romantic martyrdom, unless OKCupid improves his aim, all engagements will not end in marriages. …

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