Estate planning options for blended families

The dynamics of a blended family, defined as one where at least one spouse has at least one child from a prior marriage or relationship, can complicate financial and estate planning because no off-the-shelf plans apply.

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Real estate owners need a will to document their property wishes

Anyone who owns real estate needs to have a will that indicates what should happen to the property if he or she suddenly passes away. You might assume you know who would inherit your house, but without a written will the inheritance would be decided by state-law rules that might not be exactly what you’d expect.

Attorney Christopher B. Slusser and his staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton will help you prepare your will to ensure that your wishes for your property are made legal.

Addressing your real estate assets in a will is important for more than just determining who will get the property. Even if the house ultimately goes to the person you want, the lack of a will might mean that ownership remains in legal limbo for an extended period of time. This can create unnecessary complications when it comes to paying property taxes and arranging for continued utilities and insurance coverage. If you have a mortgage, it can create even bigger headaches.

Having a will also prevents family disputes. For instance, if you live in your house with one of your children, the child might assume that he or she will get the house. But other siblings might legally inherit a share, and demand that it be sold.

If you live in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, Columbia or Schuylkill County, contact the lawyers at Slusser Law Firm for assistance in documenting your will.

Proving you have a good personal injury compensation case may be easier than you think

Many people who are injured in a slip-and-fall don’t know their rights. Often they’ll simply think it was their own fault and therefore they have no case. In a lot of instances this may be true. But if you’ve been hurt in a fall, it’s still a good idea to consult with a lawyer. Attorney Christopher B. Slusser said he and his staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton will consult with clients to learn the individual attributes of their case and help you receive a just amount of compensation for your pain and suffering.

That’s because it may be easier to get compensated than you realize — even if you’ve encountered an “open and obvious” danger.

Take for example a recent case in New York City. A theatergoer named John Sada slipped and fell on a wet staircase during intermission, then sued the theater for his injuries.
The theater owners argued that they couldn’t be held accountable because they’d been maintaining the theater responsibly and had no realistic opportunity to discover the hazard and address it in time to prevent the injury. To back up their argument, the owners even presented evidence of their maintenance schedule.

However, a New York judge concluded that the case could proceed to trial. According to the judge, evidence of the maintenance schedule wasn’t enough to show the owners weren’t negligent (unreasonably careless). For that, they would have had to show they stuck to the schedule on the day of the accident. Sada also presented evidence that he told an usher about the water on the stairs before he left for intermission, 15 minutes before his fall occurred.

While you might think this would hurt his case — after all, he knew of the hazard well before he decided to navigate it, making it an “open and obvious danger” — the court felt he showed enough to be able to bring a claim against the owners. It remains to be seen what will ultimately happen at trial.

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Slusser Law Firm donates $1,500 to city by waiving invoice

Attorney Chris Slusser donated $1,500 to Hazleton by waiving an invoice for services rendered during the city's legal battle over immigration ordinances several years ago.
Complete details were provided in a story published on November 3 in the Standard-Speaker.
Former Hazleton solicitor donates $1,500 to city by waiving invoice

By Sam Galski

A former Hazleton City solicitor waived a roughly $1,500 invoice his law firm submitted to the city earlier this year for services rendered regarding Hazleton’s neverenforced immigration ordinances.

Council members applauded former Solicitor Chris Slusser after learning earlier this week that the attorney agreed to donate $1,551.50 worth of legal services that the Slusser Law Firm submitted for work regarding the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA).

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Slusser Law Firm sponsors benefit motorcycle run

The Slusser Law Firm sponsored food that was served before a benefit motorcycle run that delivered hundreds of toys to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s South Wilkes-Barre campus.

More than 60 motorcyclists from the N.E. Federation of Clubs ate a hearty meal before hitting the road for a 55-mile ride from the Poconos to Wilkes-Barre. Local children will receive the gifts from the fourth annual toy run during a Morning with Santa community event sponsored by the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Auxiliary on December 3.

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