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I am thinking of filing for bankruptcy soon and want to transfer my house to my cousin so that it is not an issue in the process. Is that ok?
Bankruptcy can be a confusing and emotional process which is why is is always best to work with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. While transferring your most valuable assets may seem like a good idea, it will likely run afoul to federal law. Whether you are filing for chapter 7 or chapter 11 bankruptcy, part of the process involves a thorough evaluation of all of your assets so you can imagine how a property transfer right before filing is going to look to the trustee and court in your case.
I was recently arrested and facing a criminal trial soon. I really want to testify but my attorney thinks that is a bad idea. Ultimately, is that my decision of his?
We get a lot of questions related to trial strategy in criminal cases and the concern here is is simple: the poster feels that if he doesn't testify it will make him look guilty. While that concern is certainly a common one in these scenarios, there are definitely pros and cons when it comes to taking the stand in your own defense. If an attorney does not think a client should testify, he or she probably has some valid reasons why it is not a good idea to testify but ultimately, the client has the final say in this important decision.
I own my own gardening service and have been handling jobs on a verbal basis for years. I give my clients a monthly invoice but more recently have received requests for service agreement. Is there someone I can get a simple one?
This question comes from our small business board and is a great example of how the resources on FindLaw.com can help a poster quickly find the legal solution they are looking for. It is always a good idea to put in place a written agreement when you are providing services and our forms section has a range of options for individuals and small businesses to choose from.