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One of the ways that the United States is able to thank and repay service men and women for their military service is the benefits offered through United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The benefits that military personnel receive after their service is complete help to make up for the hardship and often-low pay that our nation's men and women experience when on active duty.

While the government's intent is laudable, it is not always easy for a veteran to navigate the often-complex bureaucracy of one of the federal government's largest agencies. This is largely due to budget shortfalls which keep the agency understaffed as more and more service personnel are discharged and seek to claim benefits. Frequent changes in agency policies and application procedures make it more difficult for veterans to obtain the medical and financial benefits that they need and deserve.

New developments on the VA benefits landscape

Veterans in Tennessee, as well as those from elsewhere in the U.S., can look forward to some welcome changes on the horizon. In recent weeks, Congress has made several strides toward improving the levels and extent of services at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is one of the federal government's largest agencies. Ultimately, if all comes to fruition, many more individuals will be eligible for certain veterans benefits, and the agency as a whole will finally see some stability in its leadership.

At the end of June, the House of Representatives passed, in a 382-0 vote, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Once passed by the Senate - which is expected to happen - and signed by the president, the law will expand the benefits available to 90,000 Navy veterans who were exposed to chemical exfoliants while serving in the coastal waters of Southeast Asian during the Vietnam War. Veterans who were on the ground during the war receive benefits to treat several maladies that have been linked to chemicals, such as Agent Orange. Navy vets, on the other hand, have been denied treatment for most such illnesses.

Choosing bankruptcy: What you should expect

While Chapter 7 bankruptcy has its detractors, the reality is that it's not all bad. In fact, there are many benefits to choosing Chapter 7 bankruptcy over other forms, like Chapters 13 or 11.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which is also known as liquidation bankruptcy, helps you get out of debt by liquidating your assets. When you have nothing left to sell or give the courts, the remainder of your debts are forgiven. There are a few exceptions, but in general, any unsecured debts can be eliminated through this kind of bankruptcy.

Property division during divorce under Tennessee laws

When people decide to get married, divorce is usually the furthest thought from their mind. However, the reality is that nearly half of all marriages end due to dissolution of the marriage. It's fairly common, however, when divorce happens to you or a loved one, you likely will have many questions about the process. Questions related to property division are often high on the list of concerns.

During property division anything considered of value between a married couple, including financial accounts, assets, property or any other thing of value will be up for a split between the soon-to-be ex-spouses. Tennessee is an equitable property state, which means all marital property is split evenly. A judge may determine what is equitable, or fair, rather than splitting the property equally in two. This could mean an uneven distribution of assets, depending on specifics related to the couple in a divorce.

Crafting an strong estate plan

If you close your eyes and think about the things that are most important to you, what comes to mind? For many people, they would first say their loved ones, like spouses and children. Maybe your dog or other family pet jumps into your mind and perhaps your favorite vacation home or the car you drive. Well, no one lives forever, so it might be time to think about an estate plan to take care of those things you love after you pass on.

At Miller Law Firm, your priorities are our priorities. That's why we take special care in building an estate plan that addresses a person's top priorities and concerns. Every person is different and will require a specific plan that addresses their needs and the needs of their loved ones. It's nice to know that you would have the people and things you care about most in the world taken care of when you are no longer able to.

Who can file for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy?

It is easy to see how financial responsibilities could quickly boil over and get out of control. Beyond day-to-day expenses, sometimes things happen that can quickly upset an already shaky financial situation. Chapter 7 bankruptcy exists to help debtors and get them back into a better financial place.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a bankruptcy solution when looking to find a solution for personal financial issues. There are certain criteria that determines whether or not a debtor is a candidate for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In Chapter 7, a debtor is allowed to discharge debts, rather than rolling them into a consolidated payment, like in Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If a person meets the requirements of Chapter 7, it is an attractive option for those who have debt that is out of control.

Glen Campbell's estate to be governed by Tennessee law

With talent and success often comes an amassed estate that grows over a person's lifetime. For successful musicians, their legacy lives on after their death as their music often continues to bring financial security, even after a person passes on. For musician Glen Campbell, his widow is moving to protect her inheritance after his recent death. A court battle has been ongoing and for the recent widow, she is moving to assure she gets 40 percent of his behest.

Probate and estate matters are almost always governed by state law. In Tennessee, a law exists that guarantees a widow a set percentage of her late husband's estate in the event he dies without a valid will. In Campbell's case, he is not known to have a valid will. The most recent will, submitted by the widow, was contested by his three children. It specifically excluded the same three children from benefiting from his estate. While the validity of that will has neither been proven or disproven, the recent development in which state law allows for a percentage in case of lack of validity of will certainly may ensure the widow some large percentage of her late husband's estate.

Bankruptcy after divorce: What to know

When you found out that your spouse wanted a divorce, it devastated you. You thought you were a good match and never saw this coming.

After your initial reaction, you realized that you're facing many difficult decisions. Although your spouse has a good job and is financially stable, you're not in the same position. You've been looking for work and haven't found anything that pays enough to live on. Now, there's a real risk that you'll lose everything.

Create a divorce solution that works for you and your family

We all know that things change and sometimes marriages can't or shouldn't last, and that is what divorce is for. Every marriage will have its own quirks and perhaps even a child custody arrangement to determine, which makes it even more important that you build a divorce solution that works for you and your family. Many people who are going through a divorce are concerned about the financial aspects of divorce.

Who will acquire what assets and what about the liabilities a marriage often takes on, like a mortgage and other financial obligations? Also, one spouse may feel that they are entitled to alimony or some type of spousal support due to their personal and career sacrifices during the marriage, while the other spouse was furthering their career and personal success. For those with children, what is the ideal child custody arrangement?

Avoiding or minimizing the impact of probate is key

When you have lost a loved one, there is so much to handle, both logistically and emotionally. Losing someone you care about is not easy, yet it is something most all of us will experience in our lifetime. For people who lose close family members, like parents and siblings, there may be legal matters to handle when it comes to the person's estate. Some people have a clear and defined estate plan, while for others, it may be less obvious.

They key to both of these situations is avoiding probate completely, or as much as possible. Probate is the process by which a will is proved to be accurate and valid in a court of law. While this may sound harmless enough, it can prove to be a long and trying process for the parties involved in probate as the will, and a person's estate, cannot be cleared as long as there is an issue with the validity of the will.

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