A weekend on a Mediterranean island could have been mine.  Relaxing on the beach.  Admiring the mountains.  Perhaps a palace tour or a walk among the Moorish remains. It could have been mine, had I said yes. All of my friends were going. I was in the middle of my semester as a Spanish student…

“This is unacceptable.  Can I talk to your supervisor?” The woman was irritated and barking demands.  I waited patiently in line to check my daughter in to Children’s Hospital for a shoulder injury.  I was called up to the next available receptionist and beside the irate woman.  “I do not understand how this happened,” she…

Grandparents can add a lot to a child’s life, especially when the child’s parents are divorced.  Unfortunately, when one spouse divorces another, they often “divorce” their ex’s parents as well.  In Nebraska, grandparents can go to court to request visitation rights for their grandchildren, but it can be an uphill battle since Nebraska requires very…

Even if you think you’ve covered all the bases when it comes to your estate planning, if you haven’t prepared your children for the inheritance they will receive one day, you still have work to do. Parents can find many reasons for putting off this discussion because it can be uncomfortable.  You don’t want to…

The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The warm wind blows over me in my convertible with the top down. This is my charmed life. Grigio—named after his beautiful shade of silver—has two seats, a tiny trunk, and limited leg room.  He’s Italian, and for my season without children to shuttle or mulch to…

Good planning is essential to making a successful start to getting a divorce. Even though you may feel you are ready from an emotional standpoint, you need to be sure you are legally prepared before you file.  Here are five planning tips to help you prepare for a divorce: #1: Talk with an experienced divorce…

We all know that, on average, women outlive men.  What we generally neglect to consider is that they also generally earn less than men and have to manage expenses longer due to their longer life expectancies.  Here are the top 10 estate planning rules for women: Make a will.  A will provides instruction on how…

It is hard for me to write about him.  In so many ways now he is just someone I used to know.  Strange that what seems like another lifetime ago, he was the person I used to know best.  This week would have been our 18th wedding anniversary, but instead time let 8 years slip…

If you can qualify, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may provide more advantages to you than Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  But everyone’s circumstances are different, so you will need to know the advantages and disadvantages to Chapter 7 bankruptcy to determine if it is the best solution for you. The key advantage of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is…

The one thing just about everyone can agree to about divorce is that no one wants it to drag on and on.  Getting a divorce done quickly (relatively speaking) is possible, but it requires some effort on the part of both spouses to work together toward a fair and equitable settlement.  If you’ve made the…