Considering Divorce? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions First

When it comes to divorce, there are many variables to consider, so it is not in your best interest to make a fast choice. Unless you're in an abusive relationship (whether physical, emotional, or economic), it is best to carefully consider your next step. Before moving forward with a divorce, here are the questions you need to ask yourself. Question #1: Is My Marriage Really Over? Have your emotions truly diminished Read More

What to Expect at a Temporary Hearing

A temporary hearing occurs when one person seeks some sort of preliminary order until the matter is finally resolved. Most commonly, these hearings are part of a divorce proceeding, but may also occur when a grandparent or other figure seeks custody of a child when the parents cannot provide proper care. Temporary court hearings are much shorter than final hearings, so you should be sure that you know exactly what Read More

Splitting Up Is Hard to Do: The Factors Arkansas Courts Consider When Dividing Property in a Divorce

Divorce often looks like a series of complicated issues, like child custody and property division, revolving around the already complex matter of a breakup between two partners. Unfamiliar legal concepts can add to that confusion, making it difficult to envision the next steps on your road to a finalized divorce. Let’s start by clearing up the concept of marital property division in the state of Arkansas. Each Read More

Credit and Debit Card Processing Fees and the FDCPA

Credit and Debit Card Processing Fees and the FDCPA. Recent legal trends in consumer protection are causing Arkansas creditors and debt collectors to reevaluate collection practices. The recent litigation of claims brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) in other states has provided both clarity and a warning shot to debt collectors with regard to the collection or attempts to collect pass Read More

Life Estates in Estate Planning

Life Estates in Estate Planning. Did you know that there is a way to transfer your home to your kids now, but hold on to your right to live in your house until you pass away? A Life Estate is an express right to possess and/or use real property for the remainder of your life and it can be a great tool to ensure your land or home go to the right people after you are gone. For example, if you know you want your Read More

Arkansas Custody Basics

Arkansas Custody Basics Arkansas law is clear that an award of child custody is determined by the best interest of the child. Whether it is an initial custody determination or a change of custody, case law states that judges are required to set aside presumptions that daughters should be raised by the mothers or sons should be raised by their fathers. Arkansas has even removed the presumption that young children Read More

The Importance of Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney: Inexpensive and Important Powers of Attorney are, perhaps, the most inexpensive yet vital legal document you can have drawn up during your lifetime. With this one easy step, you can save your friends and family from the long, expensive, drawn-out process of filing for a guardianship with the courts if you become unable to take care of yourself through an illness or accident. A power of attorney Read More

Arkansas Probate, Intestate Succession, and Wills

Arkansas Probate, Intestate Succession, and Wills Each and every state has a set of laws that control the transfer of a person’s property after he or she dies. Probate is the judicial proceedings which must typically take place in order to ensure that a person’s debts are paid and his or her heirs take legal title to whatever property is left over. Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the concept of will. Read More

Planning for Divorce? How to Get Your Fair Share

Planning for Divorce? How to Get Your Fair Share Nobody gets married thinking they will end up divorced, but if you feel things are heading in that direction there are steps you can take now to protect yourself. 1. You may need to start building credit in your own name. After the divorce, you may find yourself needing to borrow money to buy a home or a car. You will need good credit to obtain the financing. Apply Read More

New Ruling Impacts Out-of-State Creditors

  New Ruling Impacts Out-of-State Creditors               On September 11, 2014, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state collection agencies were required to become licensed in Arkansas before they could attempt to collect debts in Arkansas. HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. retained Cavalry SPV I, LLC to collect an account owed to it in Arkansas. Cavalry was not licensed in Arkansas as a collection agency. Cavalry Read More