If you are considering divorce or are already in the middle of the process, you have likely had friends and family offer opinions and advice. Unless they are a family law attorney, it is wise to take their advice with a grain of salt. There are many misconceptions about divorce.
The state of Washington ranks among the 10 states with the highest divorce rates. If you have been served with divorce papers, even if you expected them, you probably have a lot of questions about what comes next.
Estate planning is important for all persons in the United States. With a proper will or trust in place, assets can be passed on to heirs and beneficiaries seamlessly. Wills generally end up in what is known as probate court, as do the estates of those who die without a will (otherwise known in legal terms as those who die intestate). A living trust or any other type of trust can often resolve these issues outside of probate court.
About half of all new residential communities and condominium developments have Homeowners Associations (HOAs) set up by the developers. Generally, this is to ensure that a governing board of residents will work to maintain the integrity of the commons areas and make sure owners follow the rules set forth to protect property valuation.
According to The Washington Post, more than one-third of all real estate transactions require "extraordinary work" to resolve a title issue. A title dispute typically arises when there is a disagreement over the specific owner of a piece of property or the area of land covered by the specified property.
The majority of existing homes are often renovated or upgraded before they are sold. Unfortunately, finding an undisclosed defect after buying a home can be extremely frustrating and potentially costly. If you discover an undisclosed defect after the closing of escrow, you should consult with an attorney to protect your legal rights.