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Why do lawyers and judges tell divorce clients that it is often better to reach a settlement in their case, rather than go to trial?

At some point you will almost certainly be told that it is better to settle your case rather than go to trial. In fact, the likelihood is that you will probably be told this several times by several different people, including your lawyer and the judge who ultimately hears your case. Why do we say this,…

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Divorce Meets Estate Planning – What is an Elective Share and What Does it Mean to Waive it in a Settlement?

Once you have negotiated a settlement in your divorce case, the next step is to put it all together into a formal settlement agreement that each side signs. Typically these agreements (often referred to as PSAs or MSAs for Property Settlement Agreement or Marital Settlement Agreement) contain a fair amount of ‘boilerplate’ language. One standard…