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Forming a parenting plan that is mutually beneficial

When a couple is just beginning the process of getting divorced in California, one of their primary concerns is the well-being of their children. Divorce is undoubtedly difficult for children and can be exceptionally challenging if they need to relocate. The faster and more amicably that parents are able to arrange a parenting agreement, the more effective they may be at minimizing the impact of their split on the stability of their children's lives. 

Many parents have to completely redevelop a relationship with their ex that is void of personal feelings and memories of the past and is solely focused on the future of their children and the necessity their children have of maintaining a relationship with each one of their parents. The faster a couple is able to put their differences behind them and move forward with a desire to protect and support their children, the more effective they may be at developing a parenting plan in an appropriate period of time. 

How can I cope with my ex getting into a new relationship?

Watching your ex-spouse enter into a new relationship after your divorce can be difficult. It's not uncommon to experience feelings of sadness and hurt at this new development, even if you feel you've taken the proper steps to heal after the end of your marriage. It's possible to cope with an ex's new relationship in a healthy and rational way according to LifeHack.org.

Try not to compare yourself to the new person. It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that he or she is superior to you or has something you lack. The truth is the relationships end for all sorts of reasons. Maybe you and your former spouse were no longer compatible or you wanted different things out of life. In either case, the person your ex is with now might share their outlook in a way you could not. That doesn't make you're inferior, it just means that you're different and are better served by a partner that meets your needs. 

Murder charge filed after fatal crash in Temecula

Westminster residents likely view their fellow motorists with a great deal of empathy, believing that everyone one the road around them does not want to be involved in an accident any more than they do. While that is most likely the case a majority of the time, there are those instances where the negligent actions of another endanger not just themselves, but everyone else on the road. When such negligence is readily apparent in an accident, victims and their families may feel justified in seeking legal action against the one who perpetrated it. 

Little doubt appears to exist as to the negligence of a Washington man who recently caused a multi-car accident in Temecula. Witnesses say that he was driving is truck in excess of 100 mph when he struck another vehicle that was slowing on the freeway. That collision led to others, with multiple vehicles eventually becoming involved and several people being sent to the hospital. Sadly, the driver of the vehicle that was initially struck died at the scene. 

Detailing temporary possession rights

There certainly is a strong finality that comes with death. Yet what many in Westminster may fail to appreciate is that such a finality does apply to any debts that may owe. Indeed, when one dies in debt, the responsibility to settle those liabilities falls to their estate. Given that CBS News reports that Americans are dying with an average of $62,000 in debt, the likelihood that one's heirs will be left to deal their debts is relatively high. 

One of main purposes of estate planning is to ensure that one's debts can be settled while still preserving assets for their beneficiaries. Yet in many cases, debts may only be able to be resolved after estate assets have been liquidated. Oftentimes, such assets may include one's home and other personal property. What, then, are those who survived a decedent who also enjoyed the use of those assets to do if they indeed must be sold? 

Five teens involved in fatal Santiago Canyon crash

Teen drivers need to be given the opportunity to build experience behind the wheel. Yet in entrusting them with the chance to develop that experience, parents or others that provide them with vehicles also may need to accept the fact that their inexperience (combined with their relative lack of maturity) may make them more susceptible to causing (or being involved in) a car accident. Studies have indeed shown that teen drivers are more likely to engage in those actions that can contribute to car crashes, such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driving at odd hours of the night. 

When such actions lead to losing control of a vehicle, the results are often devastating. Such results have already been seen in an accident that recently occurred in Santiago Canyon. A total of five local teens were traveling in a car during the early morning hours when the vehicle lost control and ran into a tree. Three passengers were rushed to local hospitals with major injuries, A fourth was also taken for care after sustaining similarly serious injuries who later died. The driver of the vehicle died at the scene. Authorities are still investigating what might have caused him to lose control while driving. 

Why parents should consider updating estate plan around summer

Summer can be one of the most exciting times of the year for both children and their parents. Kids get school for the next couple of months off and parents can use that time to plan for outings that can create memories that last for a lifetime.

For estate planners, summer may feel like the last season where they would want to look at their will or trust. It may feel better saving it for the beginning or end of the year to review current circumstances and what lies ahead. However, the middle of the year may be the perfect opportunity for parents to update their plans to accommodate their family’s upcoming needs.

Marital vs. separate property: What you should know

Whether you have recently filed for divorce or are simply considering terminating your marriage, there are a host of things to consider. One of the most difficult topics to negotiate may be that of property division. It can be difficult and emotional to separate property that you have accumulated throughout your marriage. Understanding the difference between marital and separate property may help to ensure you get everything you are entitled to in the divorce settlement.

California is a community property state, which means all marital property is divided equally in half between spouses. While the judge presiding over the case may take into consideration certain factors involved in the divorce, everything is generally split 50/50. Marital property is considered everything that has been amassed during the time of the marriage. This includes property, vehicles, furniture, possessions and assets, such as stocks, 401k plans, term life insurance policies and retirement funds.

The emotional toll of a motorcycle crash

Motorcycle accidents can result in various physical hardships, such as high levels of pain and immobility due to an injury. Moreover, financial challenges are not uncommon, whether an injured motorcyclist has to miss work because of their circumstances, or they struggle to pay hospital bills. However, the emotional side of motorcycle accidents is sometimes overlooked, even though it can be equally disruptive. A motorcycle accident victim may struggle with a number of problems from an emotional standpoint, whether they are very stressed out, suffer from depression due to the crash or even become angry with the challenges they are facing.

In some instances, victims of these wrecks suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can throw one’s life off in many different ways. Those struggling with the emotional effects of a crash may experience problems in their personal lives, whether they have difficulty associating with friends and family members or they suffer setbacks in their marital relationships. Some people are so emotionally distraught that they have to take time off work, and a number of victims will never get back on a motorcycle again because of mental trauma.

Rental vehicles and the risk of a collision

Whenever someone gets behind the wheel, they may come across a number of dangers on the road. Sometimes the likelihood of an accident is especially high, such as when one rents a vehicle. Not only do some people cause accidents due to a lack of familiarity with the new vehicle they are driving, but they may also be heading to another part of the state (or country), leading to unfamiliarity with the roads. If you plan on renting a vehicle in the near future, it is imperative to be prepared and mindful of the risk factors you may face.

Unfortunately, some drivers disregard the concerns associated with driving a different type of vehicle in an area they are not familiar with. This can prompt them to become distracted behind the wheel or even cause an accident because they are not used to operating this type of vehicle. For example, someone may be driving a truck for the first time, and they may not be used to sitting higher from the ground, which could impact their ability to drive safely.

Key areas to cover in a business succession plan

As a California business owner who is thinking about turning over your business to someone else, you may be trying to get your ducks in a row so that you can make the transition of ownership as seamless as possible. At the Law Firm of Lan Quoc Nguyen & Associates, we recognize that succession planning is a critical part of owning a business, and we have helped many clients accomplish this and related objectives.

According to Inc., creating a comprehensive business succession plan can help ensure that your business lives on once you are no longer a part of it, and this holds true regardless of whether you operate a family business or something else. So, what areas should you be sure to cover in your business succession plan?

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