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What you should know about guardianships

When people are unable to make important decisions regarding their finances, safety or medical treatment, they may need an appointed guardian to make decisions on their behalf. People who suffer from a mental illness, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, dementia or were born with a developmental disability may need a guardianship. Whether you are in need of a guardian or you wish to obtain a guardianship over another person, there are some things you should know about the process of establishing a guardianship in Iowa.

Why you should periodically review your estate plan

Once you have determined what you want to have happen with your property in Iowa if you were to pass away or become incapacitated, your estate planning is still not finished. While the hardest part may be past, you will still need to perform periodic reviews to ensure that everything is up to date. There are also many changes that could happen and force you to adjust the terms and conditions. Here are some things we at Janssen Law recommend to keep in mind when it comes to modifying your estate plan.

The difference between secured and unsecured debt

If you are considering declaring bankruptcy, you might be confused by the many new terms and phrases you need to understand. One of those may be secured and unsecured debt and how they relate to bankruptcy. Knowing the differences between these can have a big effect on your choices moving forward. At Janssen Law, we try to make sure all Iowa citizens have all the information they need to successfully navigate the intricacies of a bankruptcy declaration.

What happens if the custodial parent relocates?

In life, there are many reasons why you may need to move. A work promotion, new job, new duties, health restrictions or simply a desire to live somewhere else are all possible reasons for you to change residences. While many people only have to worry about selling their home and finding a new place when they moved, divorced couples often have additional concerns that can complicate the moving process. The Iowa State Legislature details what you need to know if you are the custodial parent and are planning to relocate.

The constructive approach to divorce

Nasty divorces make for fine television drama but don't always reflect the needs and wants of the couple. Sometimes you fall out of love and there is general agreement that it's time to call it a day. Perhaps it got a little rocky but both of you still understand that the emotional and financial impact of a messy divorce wasn't something either of you want. Sometimes, however, the behavior of a spouse leaves you no choice but to go to court.

Understanding adoption requirements

Iowa residents who are considering adding to their family through adoption should have a long and extensive checklist at the ready. Adoption itself is a wonderful opportunity for parents to welcome a child into their home, but there are plenty of responsibilities, hurdles and tasks that they should be prepared to tackle first.

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