Arkansas Law Blog

Estate Planning

How to Control Your Retirement Accounts after Your Death

More and more people own retirement accounts that are connected in some way to IRAs.  It’s also true that nearly half of the married people in the country used to be married to someone else.  If you have kids from a previous marriage, you might be nervous about your wife and those kids fighting over your retirement account when you’re…

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Family Law

When Do I Stop Accumulating Marital Property in an Arkansas marriage?

In some ways, dividing the marital property during an Arkansas divorce is like reading the gas meter. You had a certain number before you started, so you just measure how much the meter has moved and that’s what’s in the marital estate. Short version: stuff you owned before marriage is yours.  Stuff you got while you were married is marital…

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Civil Law

Moving to Arkansas. Do I have to register as a sex offender?

The very short answer to this is: it’s complicated.  Let us figure it out for you. If you’re supposed to register, but you just don’t do it because you don’t know if you have to, you can still be prosecuted for not registering.  Don’t chance it. Let us look into your case and tell you whether you have to register….

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Bankruptcy

What is Exempt in Bankruptcy?

This is question everyone asks and for good reason. Everyone is worried about keeping their property and we don’t blame them. You worked hard for it. Most states require you to use state exemptions when you file for bankruptcy. Arkansas allows you to choose between Arkansas or Federal exemptions. However, you must pick one system or the other (you cannot…

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Administrative Law

Can I lose my nursing License for refusing a drug test

Can nurses lose their license if they refuse to drug test? Lots of nurses want to know if they’ll lose their licenses for refusing to take a drug test. The short answer is yes, you can lose your license if you refuse to take a requested drug test. However, it is a little more complicated than that.  If a nurse…

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Bankruptcy

Your Privacy and Bankruptcy

It should not be a surprise to anyone that one of the most important concerns of those considering filing for bankruptcy is privacy. It is true that bankruptcy is public information. Like most court cases, they are public record, you can view court records and sometimes newspapers publish notice of legal filings. Even though Bankruptcies are a public record they…

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Family Law

What Happens to My House During a Divorce?

Houses are a huge pain in the butt during a divorce. Property division in an Arkansas divorce is (Lord willing) a relatively simple problem. You just figure out what something is worth and then cut it in half. A house can make both of those tasks really tough. What is a house worth? You can ask an Arkansas realtor, but…

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Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy | Student Loans and other Unforgivable Debts

It’s one of the most commonly asked student loan questions: Can you discharge your student loans in bankruptcy? The short answer: normally no, student loans are not dischargeable. Student loans are now the second highest consumer debt category – behind mortgages, but ahead of credit card debt. Unlike other consumer debt such as credit card and mortgage debt, however, student…

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Administrative Law

Dealing with Harassment as a Registered Sex Offender

Registered sex offenders face many challenges, but they do not give up the right to be free from harassment.  Sex offenders deal with social isolation, property damage, housing restrictions, and decreased job opportunities. However, the right to live without harassment belongs to everyone. Stop Harassment Keeping records is the first step to end the harassment. Note the time, date and…

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Bankruptcy

Filing Bankruptcy and Retirement Accounts

What happens to your retirement funds if you file bankruptcy before you retire? How about during retirement? Is your Social Security income at risk? Does bankruptcy even make sense for seniors? Here are the answers to five common questions about retirement in bankruptcy.   How Will Filing Bankruptcy Affect My Retirement Funds? Retirement accounts will probably will not be affected….

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