Arkansas Law Blog

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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Bankruptcy

What do I have to include when filing for bankruptcy?

The short answer – Everything! But it’s going to be ok.  Including it in your filing doesn’t mean you can’t keep your stuff.   Assets | Do I have to include all of my property when filing bankruptcy? We’ll start with what everyone is worried about. Keeping their stuff. You do need to list everything you own but including it

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Criminal Law

Arkansas Open Container Laws

Can I have an open container of alcohol in my vehicle while driving in Arkansas? Up until 2017, the answer was yes. But the recently passed HB 1001 changes that. Now, it is illegal for passengers to have an open alcoholic beverage while on a highway or other public road. It is legal to have an open alcohol container if

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Family Law

Can an Arkansas Divorce Court Divide Retirement Accounts?

One of the most frustrating conversations that I have with divorce clients is about his or her retirement accounts. Everyone knows that you must split the house and the bank accounts and the debt, but it is offensive to most people when they learn that you may have to split your retirement during a divorce, too. Most of us have

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Family Law

Is there Alimony in Arkansas?

Yes, there is alimony in Arkansas. Always has been and there always will be. Note: This is another good reason to make sure that you get your legal information from a lawyer (or at least a good lawyer’s website). I regularly speak to people who are convinced that there is none in Arkansas. Citation: Uncle Joe, who went through a

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Family Law

How Do Arkansas Laws Determine Child Support?

To determine child support you can use the calculator below. Select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement. When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of determined child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Arkansas. What does lawyer cost?

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