Articles Written by Doug Mentes, Esq.

Consider a Mediator Over a DIY Divorce

Wisconsin allows mediators to draft all court documents for disputing parties

 

Do Domestic Abusers Keep Their Guns?

Tennessee has taken steps to require surrender of an abuser’s guns

 

Can I Deduct Alimony Payments from My Income?

Due to the federal tax overhaul, maybe not

 

How to Save Assets and Qualify for Medicaid

In Massachusetts, pooled trusts help

 

Can Bankruptcy Get Rid of Student Loan Debt?

Yes, but those with student loans in Massachusetts will be in a for a battle

 

Can I Claim the Child Care Expenses in My Taxes?

For unmarried parents, only one parent can claim this income tax benefit in Connecticut

 

What Asset Transfers Must I Report?

New York bankruptcy filers must disclose all asset transfers

 

What to Do If You Find Errors in a Credit Report

More than one in five Texans have them, but here’s where to seek help

 

Should I take Early, Full or Delayed Social Security?

When Texas retirees should draw and the effect on their benefit amount

 

When Credit Bureaus Have the Wrong Info

What Texans should do when a company gives credit reporting agencies incorrect data

 

Domestic Abusers are Federally Banned from Owning Guns

But Texas does little to enforce those laws

 

Will Medicaid Pay for Nursing Home Care?

Navigating the complex laws of Medicaid in Oregon

 

Should I Pay Debts Before Bankruptcy?

Oregon debtors must weigh their options before making these difficult decisions

 

What Property Can I Keep When Applying for Medicaid?

California seniors, and those assisting them, need to plan ahead

 

How Do I Terminate Parental Rights?

Here’s how it works in Minnesota, but it’s quite difficult

 

How Do I Get Out of Home Ownership with My Ex-girlfriend or Boyfriend?

For unmarried partners living together in Minnesota, it’s best to plan ahead

 

A Loved One Passed Away Without a Will. Now What?

The survivors are left with some difficult probate decisions

 

Tips to Minimize the Cost of Divorce or Custody Matters

Minnesota’s ECM and ENE programs have been recognized for quick resolutions and lower …

 

Make Sure You Trust Your Attorney-in-Fact

Executing a Power of Attorney form is simple in Minnesota, so long as you trust that person

 

Who Gets to Choose the Kids’ School if the Parents are Unmarried?

It’s a difficult decision for the court to make with joint custody in Minnesota

 

Should I Get My Custody Agreement Signed By a Judge?

Unmarried parents with non-binding custody agreements put themselves at risk

 

How to Sell Your House Without an Agent

Consider hiring a real estate attorney instead

 

Finding a Minnesota Family Law Attorney You Can Trust

The questions to ask as you try to select a competent and honest lawyer

 

Do I Need an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order?

Victims of domestic abuse in Minnesota need to know

 

Minnesota Courts Can Take Domestic Abusers’ Guns

An order for protection or misdemeanor conviction can be grounds to bar owning firearms

 

How to Save a Pet from an Abusive Household

Minnesota courts and shelters offer protection

 

Should I Get a Health Care Directive?

For Minnesotans, it’s little effort to ensure important decisions are decided correctly

 

Which Divorced Parent Gets to Claim the Kids in Taxes?

The federal rules on dependent exemptions for Minnesota parents doing their tax returns

 

Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Better Than Chapter 7?

For some Minnesota debtors, Chapter 13 might be the only option

 

Do You Need Comp Coverage for Your Employees?

With few exceptions, Florida employers are required to have workers’ compensation …

 

What Can You Get for an Inaccurate Credit Report Lawsuit?

The damages Washington consumers can expect for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

 

Seeking Damages for Background Check or Credit Reporting Errors

A Florida attorney can help you secure punitive awards against consumer reporting agencies

 

Gifting and Transferring Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

What Florida seniors are allowed to do with their assets

 

Losing Your House to Medicaid Estate Recovery

With planning, heirs may be able to keep the family home

 

There’s an Error in My Credit Report

Washingtonians can fix errors with the FCRA

 

The End of Alimony Deductions in Utah

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates the long-standing deduction for alimony payers

 

At What Age Should I Draw from Social Security?

It’s not an easy decision to make when planning retirement in Pennsylvania

 

Wrong Information Reported to the CRAs?

Virginians must keep an eye on their credit reports

 

Make Sure Your Employer Follows the Law for Background Checks

What employees in New Jersey need to know about their records

 

Contemplating Divorce? If Alimony is an Issue, You Better Hurry

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ends alimony deduction in Georgia

 

Can I Shelter Assets to Qualify for Medicaid?

Pooled trusts allow Georgia seniors to qualify

 

Should I Take Early or Delayed Social Security?

There are pros and cons for Georgia seniors

 

How is Child Custody Decided in Georgia?

Unmarried and divorced parents must understand Georgia law

 

How to Prove Your Car is a Lemon

Indiana vehicle owners must meet strict requirements or risk losing out on relief

 

Filing an Automotive Breach of Warranty Lawsuit

Indiana car owners can sue a manufacturer if their vehicle is still under warranty

 

How Does a Court Decide Child Custody in Indiana?

The eight factors that a judge analyzes before awarding custody

 

How Do I Determine Child Support in Indiana?

It’s a complicated task for unmarried or divorced parents

 

Disputing a Furnisher in a Credit Information Suit

California consumers should know the laws and obligations that protect them

 

Can You Discharge Student Loans in California?

Bankruptcy courts make it difficult, but some student loan holders will qualify

 

Frustrated with a Vehicle Purchase?

Many Illinois automobile owners aren’t aware they may qualify for relief

 

Is Your Vehicle a Lemon or Not Lived Up to its Warranty?

Illinois car owners should know the vehicle maker informal dispute resolution process

 

Financial Planning for Medicaid in Illinois

How to navigate the laws and ensure that nursing home care will be covered

 

Who Claims the Kids on Their Tax Return?

Illinois parents should review the IRS rules for claiming the dependent exemption before filing …

 

How Is Child Custody Determined in Illinois?

Parents must understand the significant recent changes made to the law

 

How Much Child Support Will I Pay in Illinois?

A change in the law could make a significant difference in support payments

 

Can Police Take Guns from My Abusive Partner?

Louisiana does little to enforce the law

 

Will I Pay Taxes on Alimony Payments?

For Louisianans, they can’t be deducted from income for those divorced in 2019 or after

 

What If You Find Mistakes in Your Credit Report?

Get to know the laws consumer reporting agencies must follow

 

Can I Transfer Assets Prior to Bankruptcy?

In Maryland, transfers to avoid creditors risk being set aside by a trustee

 

Which Creditors Can I Pay Before Bankruptcy?

Maryland debtors should be cautious prior to filing

 

When Should I Start Receiving Social Security?

For Maryland seniors, age affects benefits

 

Which Parent Claims the Child Care Tax Credit?

Unmarried parents: Don’t overlook this benefit in Ohio

 

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