Arkansas Law Blog

Family Law

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married in Arkansas?

You have probably heard that Arkansas has one of the highest rates of divorce in the county. It is true. One significant reason for the high divorce rate is the relatively young marriage age in Arkansas: 24 for women (the lowest in the country) and 26 for men, which is also among the youngest. So, in effect, Arkansans have continued

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Family Law

Family Visitation Supervised

How do I get supervised visitation in Arkansas? A frequent request from clients during divorce or child custody cases is “How do I get supervised visitation?”  What they are really asking is “How do I get the judge to make my ex have supervised visitation?” This is a common request, but the fact is that supervised visitation is an exception,

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Bankruptcy

Debt Collection and the Fair Debt Collection Practices

Debt Collection and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act You’re likely reading this because a debt collector is repeatedly calling you trying to collect a debt or because you’ve been served some papers saying a lawsuit has been filed against you to collect a debt.  If so, you should keep reading. A lot of people feel trapped when a debt

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Administrative Law

Title 9 – Sexual Misconduct in Educational Settings

What is Title 9? Title 9 is a group of federal statutes that governs rules of conduct for individuals enrolled in educational institutions, among other things.  Title 9 deals with sexual harassment, dating violence, discrimination, stalking, and sexual misconduct. The group of laws forces a university to investigate and respond to any of the above types of incidents. What happens

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Estate Planning

Can someone please explain IRA and RMD to me?

If you own an IRA, eventually you will need to start taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from your IRA, unless it is a ROTH IRA.  ROTH IRAs do not require RMDs as they were funded with after tax money and therefore enjoy special treatment under the tax code. The following chart pulled from the IRS website may be helpful in

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Estate Planning

What does an Arkansas Estate Plan Cost?

First, I guess we need to talk about what an Arkansas estate plan can include. It can contain the following: Living Revocable Trust, Irrevocable Trust, Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Will, Personal Property Memorandum, Funding of the Trust, deeds, and an LLC Now, your estate plan can also include single parts of the

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Criminal Law

How much does a criminal lawyer cost?

How much does a criminal lawyer cost in Arkansas? Of all the questions lawyers are asked, the only question we get every time is “how much does a lawyer cost?” Traditionally, lawyers do not have flat-rate, across the board pricing, and many things will dictate the final price of a case.  While this is fine for the lawyer, this is

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Family Law

How Should You Choose Your Family Lawyer?

Pretty much everyone seems to agree that there are too many lawyers around. (This actually isn’t true, but it definitely feels true if you know any unpleasant ones.) And if there are too many lawyers in general, it follows that there are too many family lawyers—folks who focus on things like divorce, child custody, child support, and adoption. We are

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Elder Law

Fear of Losing Control

My job as an estate and elder law attorney brings me into contact with people on a daily basis who have decided to begin their end-of-life planning. As a part of the initial conversation I have with clients, I usually ask what made them decide to do this planning now. After all, many of them have lived 70+ years and

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Family Law

How Much Does an Arkansas Divorce Cost?

The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce I talk to a lot of people who need divorces. Everyone wants them to be quick and easy, and most want them to be cheap. To that end, many of these people don’t have much money and want advice about whether they can complete their divorce without an attorney to save on divorce

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