Real Estate- Title Searches
A title search is the process of determining from the public record that the person who is selling property truly has the right to sell it and that the buyer is receiving all the entitled rights to the property. A title search is usually performed by a title company or an attorney, who researches the vested owner, the liens or other judgments on the property, the loans on the property and the property taxes due. Before closing a deal on the purchase of a home, a title company will search public records on the property’s ownership. Once the search is finished, the buyer receives a preliminary title report. If there are any issues or problems with the title, the buyer can point them out to the seller. Some problems are easily cleared up while others may take so long that they jeopardize your loan commitment.  It’s important to use experienced lawyer like Bill Mathews in order that the process goes smoothly and that time and money is not wasted.

A will provides a person with the opportunity to control how his or her property and assets will be passed upon his/her death. If you do not have a will when you pass, your property and assets will generally pass according to the state’s laws of intestacy. The intestacy laws that apply to you are usually determined based on where you resided and sometimes where your property/asset is located.  A will can protect your spouse and their rights, appoint a guardian or trustee for your children, and appoint an executor. A will is also useful if you have a trust because it covers the sum total of your holdings, not just specific assets like a trust covers. Ultimately, without a will, you are unable to exclude or include beneficiaries. Then, you are dependent on the law and/or government to decide the economic fate of your family and assets.  Having a lawyer is crucial in drafting and finalizing your will.  He can make sure everything will be prepared in case of the greatest of misfortunes.

There are two types of domestic adoption: open and closed/private.  In a private adoption, prospective adoptive parents are advised by an adoption attorney, instead of working with an adoption agency. The law concerning adoption differs dramatically from state to state, and it is important to employ an experienced adoption attorney who is knowledgeable about the differing requirements.  Generally, what most states have in common is that their adoption laws must be followed to the letter in order for there to be a successful adoption. The attorney will also prepare legal documents so when a match is made with birth parents, the adoption can proceed in a safe and efficient manner. An experienced adoption attorney will guide prospective adoptive families find resources to get the adoption process started. They provide an unbiased explanation of adoption methods and resources and help the prospective parents develop a legally secure plan to their needs. They assess the risks involved, including determining what costs are legally permissible and ensuring that the birthparents’ rights are legally terminated before placement is finalized. As well as review and negotiate adoption agency contracts to safeguard the prospective parents. Lastly, the attorney clarifies the prospective adoption parents’ options for post-placement arrangements, if any, with the birthparents and draft or review an agreement to guarantee that the prospective parents’ best interest and those of the child are served.

Social Security Disability
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities.  However, the process to apply, determine if you are eligible for benefits, and then finally receive Social Security disabilities benefits can be lengthy because it is wide open to the interpretation of many Social Security Administration employees and depends greatly on the accumulation of medical records. A Social Security attorney serves as a guide to the applicant and helps them understand the process and what actions and paperwork must be in order to efficiently and effectively apply and receive benefits.

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