Key Facts About Social Security

Social Security gets a bad rap, but in truth, it is the single largest source of income among those 65 and older. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Matthew Greenwald & Associates, Social Security is the primary source of income for 69 percent of retirees.

The media loves to present flashy headlines about Social Security, but they often get their information wrong or present an extreme example without a Andersen-Law-Social-Securitybalanced explanation. Social Security facts are based on reliale sources, not flip comments meant to alarm viewers or readers.

In order to better serve my clients, I regularly attend trainings on issues affecting my clients. Because of my focus on elder law, one of those areas is Social Security. Here is some of what I learned at the latest update on Social Security. Continue reading “Key Facts About Social Security”

Simply Listening Can Help Someone Facing Family Law Issues

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It’s ironic that I often hear “I don’t know anyone facing divorce or a family law issue.”  Within the week, a mutual friend is in my office for advice on those very issues. Obviously, none of us knew.  And even after I have a client, that fact is confidential. Unless someone reaches out, no one will know — perhaps for many painful months of isolation.

We keep family issues private, minding our own business and not wanting to air dirty laundry. Discretion is critical. Yet, rethink your take on privacy: people tend to feel very isolated when going through family law problems and need someone who is there for them.

You don’t need to have all the answers. Simply listening when someone mentions their family law issue is a great service and act of kindness, and will make them feel better.

If you know or believe someone is dealing with family law issues, you shouldn’t necessarily push them to talk, but letting them know that you are there for them can be appreciated. They may be holding it in, unsure of who to turn to, and you simply offering your ear can ease their mind and help them to not feel alone.

Especially around holidays, people feel isolated as they look around seeing other happier families, or do not get to be with their children. It’s around those dates in particular that it is so important to reach out to those who are struggling. Lending your ear can be more of a gift than you ever could imagine.

Though Helpful, a Mediator Does Not Replace a Lawyer in Divorce Proceedings

Mediation can be an excellent way to make progress and, ideally, resolve your divorce proceeding. In an era when the courts are overrun with divorces and have little time to address critical issues about your family and finances, mediation gives you more control over results.

However, a mediator does NOT replace an attorney.  A mediator CANNOT give legal advice or tell you whether the agreement you are signing is fair to you.

That is where a family law attorney like myself comes in to the picture. At the very least, I can review the separation and parenting time agreements before you sign them to make sure they protect your interests. In addition, I can advise you as to negotiation strategies and even participate in the mediation session to ensure you are making the correct legal arguments to optimize your results.  I also am very specific about the excellent mediators I refer for each case and client. That choice can make a huge difference and I know the mediators who will work best for you.

Mediation and legal representation can work together like hand and glove. Do not neglect mediation, but do not forget to protect yourself with a lawyer’s critical advice. Usually you cannot afford NOT to know your rights.

Think You Don’t Know Anyone With Family Law Issues? Think Again.

family dinner andersen law pc beth andersenAs families come together for the holidays, there is the false reality of TV commercials where everyone is bathed in a glowing light toasting their good fortune. Even friends and relations seem to have it together as they boast about their perfect lives on Facebook.

But then you really think about it and realize that when you think of the people you know best, you know that their lives and families aren’t actually “perfect.” Every couple and family has their own sets of issues and struggles unique to them, some more serious than others.

Maybe your family is fortunate to be close-knit, and you think you don’t know anyone with family law issues. However, the facts are that family law issues affect more than one in two families. So even if you don’t have those issues, you definitely do know someone else dealing with them.

If there is a family member or friend who comes to mind, because they’re going through a tough time with family law issues such as new divorce, separation, or won’t get to be with their children for Thanksgiving or other upcoming holidays, reach out. Make an extra space at your holiday table for that loved on and let them know they aren’t alone.

When it comes down to it, we all need family and friends to reach out at one time or another. Emotions and stress can run high during the holiday season, so there can be no better time to help that person in need. You never know how appreciated it can be and long-lasting your impact will be for that person.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 

Unbundled Legal Services Offer a Way for Many to Hire a Divorce Attorney

When you hear the term “divorce attorney,” what comes to mind? Do you think of celebrities in the tabloids with their high-profile multi-million dollar divorces, custody battles and “conscious uncoupling”? Maybe you don’t take it quite that far, but you do think divorce attorneys are only for the wealthy. Fortunately, that is just a myth. You do not have to be rich to hire a divorce attorney.

Unbundled legal services offer a more affordable way for people to retain legal representation in a divorce. With unbundled legal services for divorce, you pay as you go and only pay for as much or as little legal assistance as you choose to use.  This model allows for a reasonable retainer as well.

For example, I can coach you through a court conference or hearing so you are well prepared to handle it on your own. I can attend a hearing and withdraw after it is complete, allowing you to follow up on your own. I can also write your pleadings for you, edit your own drafts or review pleadings served on you to devise a strategy. One of the most important things I do is to review a separation agreement and advise clients as to its legal implications, often saving them heartache, court fees and unnecessary disputes in the process.

I offer unbundled legal services in the Greater Denver areas in order to make sure my clients get the representation that best suits them, at the price point they can afford.

 

What is Family Law?

Because attorneys practice so many types of law, it can be confusing to know which type of lawyer you need. Many people think that Family Law attorneys like myself only assist clients with divorce, but that is a myth. The truth is that divorces are far from the only thing I do.

Family Law includes several types of cases, such as:

  • prenuptial agreements (also called prenups)
  • postnuptial agreements (also called postnups)
  • cohabitation agreements
  • legal separations
  • annulments
  • mediation
  • adoptions including step parent adoptions
  • parenting time
  • maintenance (also called alimony or spousal support)
  • division of property
  • child support
  • civil unions
  • allocation of parental responsibilities
  • dependency and neglect proceedings
  • contempt
  • protection orders
  • post-decree issues
  • enforcement of court orders
  • relocations
  • grandparent proceedings
  • guardianships

Basically, any type of legal issue a family may have is “Family Law,” just what it sounds like in the name. The above are all Family Law cases I handle. If you or someone you know is in need of Family Law representation in the Greater Denver area, please have them contact me.