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What is the means test?

If you want to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Iowa, you must pass something called the means test. This was a requirement created when the bankruptcy laws were overhauled. According to NerdWallet, it is designed to help ensure only people who cannot afford to pay off their debts can file Chapter 7. If you do not pass the means test, you will have to file Chapter 13.

How long does probate take?

If you have recently taken on the role of estate executor for a loved one, you already know how overwhelming your duties will be. After you have inventoried the estate and notified the heirs, there are still dozens of details to take care of before probate is complete. You may have heirs contacting you to find out how much longer they have to wait for their inheritance. Do you know the answer?

What are some estate planning concerns after divorce?

After a divorce, you may think everything is settled and you can move forward with your life. However, there is one area that you should focus on right away. That is your estate planning. As an Iowa resident who has just gotten a divorce, you will need to take a few steps to update your estate plan and ensure everything reflects your current situation. Death is very unpredictable, so you cannot take any chances.

Can vaccine disagreements affect custody?

If you are getting a divorce in Iowa and have children, there will be a huge focus on custody. The court may look at many different aspects of your lives to determine who gets custody of the children. If you and your spouse are embroiled in a disagreement over vaccinating your children, it could play into the court's final decision on custody.

Co-parenting advice for a harmonious family

Co-parenting after a divorce is one of the greatest struggles couples have in Iowa. Working together after ending a marriage can be tough, especially if the divorce was messy. However, once the marriage has ended, parents are still obligated to take care of their children and ensure they have a happy and healthy life. When co-parenting issues get in the way, it can negatively affect the children.

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