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Is Your Inheritance Considered Separate Property?

For many people, inheriting property from parents, grandparents or other loved ones is an emotional prospect. If you decide to divorce, the idea of selling or sharing that property with your ex-spouse is upsetting. Luckily, most inheritance is considered separate property. When is an inheritance considered martial property? In most cases, any inheritance you receive—even Read More

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Gray Divorce Can Be Financially Devastating for Women

There’s a significant societal assumption that when a man and woman divorce, the wife will automatically end up “taking him for everything he has.” Nothing could be further from the truth, especially when it comes to “gray” divorce. When couples over the age of 50 divorce, it can be financially devastating for the female partner. Read More

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Do You Have to Legally Separate Before Divorce?

Divorce laws can vary between states. If you’re filing for divorce in Minnesota, you might wonder whether you’re required to legally separate before the divorce is final. Minnesota does not require legal separation before divorce. Here’s what you need to know before you decide your next steps. What is legal separation? Legal separation is usually Read More

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Why Mediation Could Be Right for Your Divorce

When your marriage is beyond repair, a divorce can provide both spouses with a fresh new start. Mediation could be right for you: it’s a less adversarial solution that can save time, money and stress. Here are some of the benefits to mediation: Save money: Divorces can be expensive, especially if you’re fighting out every Read More

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Situations in Which Mediation Might Not be a Good Idea

Mediation can be an extremely effective tool for many people going through a divorce. In the right circumstances it will reduce the amount of conflict between the couple and it will cut down on the cost of divorce. However, divorce is not necessarily right for all couples. Here are some situations in which traditional divorce Read More

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Gathering Information for Divorce Mediation

Once you’ve made the decision to get a divorce and to go through the mediation process, the next step is to prepare your case. You will do this by gathering as much information as you can about your assets, debts, financial situation and anything else that could affect the outcome of your divorce. Your mediator Read More

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When Should You Consult With an Attorney About Divorce?

The decision to divorce is not one you will arrive at suddenly and without much thought. Chances are if you have made the decision to divorce your spouse it is something that has already been on your mind for quite some time. The question that many people have, then, is at what point you should Read More

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DIY Divorce Can Be Disastrous

There has been a significant rise in the number of people attempting to go it their own with the divorce process. Generally people make this decision with the hope of saving a significant amount of money on legal fees. However, there are also some major drawbacks to working without an attorney or mediator in the Read More

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Take Divorce Advice from Friends and Family With a Grain of Salt

As you begin the divorce process, one thing you will notice is that you will get a lot of unsolicited advice from friends and family about your own divorce. This advice typically comes from a very well-meaning place. People who care about you think they can help you and want to share their own experiences. Read More

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Tips to Make the Divorce Process Easier On You

The experience of going through a divorce can be quite challenging, and will involve a great deal of emotional turbulence. However, there are plenty of people every year who get through their divorce and thrive afterward in their new life. Here are a few tips that will make the divorce process easier on you: Find Read More

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  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.

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