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Your children can and will be used against you

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Mar 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

In a conscious and wholly abusive manner, my ex-wife took the old and invalid court order to her local police station to file a complaint stating that I was over stepping and violating the custody agreement. The custody agreement clearly defined the terms and conditions of my time with my daughter, and it was clear and unmistakable that this was my designated and agreed upon two weeks of summer vacation with my daughter in June. If there was any kind of confusion, all the police or my ex-wife would have to do was read the document. However, she brought the nullified version to the police and used it as a way to infringe upon our daddy-daughter time.

Jealousy an excuse for domestic violence

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Feb 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Abuse relationships rarely begin with abuse. They start out with all the same warmth and butterflies of happy and healthy relationships. Then comes the falling in love and creating a life together. There may be signs of abusive tendencies, but those are just flukes or signs of how deep and true that love is. The abuse begins to creep in though, growing slowly over time. As it becomes more confident, it reaches further, taking up more space until abuse is all that is left in a relationship. Abusive partners are charming in the beginning, but they have a way of escalating steadily, sometimes slowly, sometimes very quickly

Cyberstalking: My Personal Story

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Trust is a fundamental and foundational element in any and every relationship, platonic or romantic. It's the key to a relationship's success, longevity, stability, and well-being. Trust can be given freely, but it should be earned. In today's technologically dependent world, everything from comp...

Domestic Violence Story

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Dec 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

It had been a beautiful and fun-filled day at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California that April 29, 2017. That is until my life was completely flipped upside down within a matter of hours. This isn't a story I'm necessarily fond of or proud to tell, but it is an experience I feel compelled t...

Can Both Drivers Be at Fault?

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Sep 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Can Fault Be Shared? When one person is at fault for an accident, determining liability and filing an insurance claim can be relatively straightforward. When both drivers are at fault, however, determining who is responsible for the costs becomes a little more complicated. The laws on fault are s...

Negligence in Insurance Claims: The Duty People Owe

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Sep 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

 Held to a Standard Negligence plays a significant role in insurance claims, as the negligent party could be the one who is found liable for compensating the wronged party. To understand how negligence plays a role in insurance claims, let's first take a look at the legal definition. Negligence D...

Tax Tactics in Estate Planning

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Sep 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Planning for Taxes The federal estate tax can hit high net-worth estates with a hefty tax burden that affects the surviving family members. Most people want to leave all their assets to their heirs, not the federal government. The lifetime exclusion amount for gifts and estates is just under $11....

Estate Planning Tips for Remarriage

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Sep 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Second Step Nearly one-fourth of all married spouses have been married before, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Remarriage is becoming more common, as are blended families. But remarriage presents unique complications in estate planning, as your family structure—and your intende...

How to Include Your Pets in Your Estate Plan

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Sep 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

Planning for Your Pets Pets are considered property, legally speaking, although they play a much more important role in our lives. When we die, our property can be distributed according to our wishes. You might not care what happens to your collectibles and other belongings once your beneficiarie...

Estate-Planning Tips for Same-Sex Couples

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Aug 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Unique Needs Same-sex couples face the same challenges as heterosexual couples do when estate planning. Married same-sex spouses enjoy many benefits and are viewed the same as heterosexual spouses for legal and tax purposes. Unmarried spouses, however, have to take a few additional steps to ensur...

Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Aug 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Planning for the Future as an Unmarried Couple For married couples, estate planning may be relatively straightforward. With many assets, the deceased's spouse is typically the beneficiary. For unmarried couples, however, estate planning might take a few additional measures to ensure the surviving...

Medical Record Rights: Disclosure and Access

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Aug 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Protecting Your Right to Privacy When filing a personal injury claim, insurance companies will request medical records to corroborate the medical bills for which you are seeking reimbursement. But insurance companies will also use medical records as a resource through which to comb for evidence t...

How to Not Fall Prey to Insurance Company Tactics

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Aug 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Insurance companies spend a lot of money on presenting an image to the public of a trusted service company that has your best interests in mind. From well-known spokespeople to catchy taglines, Big Insurance is not without its deceptive practices. Insurance companies make an effort to convince po...

Trust Fund Basics: Benefits and Protections

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Aug 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

Managing and Controlling Assets Trusts provide an avenue to pass wealth to your heirs while retaining some control over when and how they receive those funds. Because they are little understood, trusts are often overlooked as a vehicle for carrying out your wishes for your estate when you die. Bu...

Top Tips for Asset Protection Planning

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Aug 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reaching Your Goals, Protecting Your Interests Proper asset protection planning can safeguard your hard-earned assets should you face legal trouble down the road. An essential step in financial planning, too many Californians overlook the importance of asset protection planning because they don't...

Avoid These Easy Mistakes When Naming Beneficiaries

Posted by Martens & Brusseau | Aug 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

Naming Beneficiaries Many people overlook the importance of naming life insurance, annuity, and retirement account beneficiaries. Often, making a mistake when naming a beneficiary will result in an expensive and lengthy probate process upon the policy or account holder's death. Because these acco...

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