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Limited Liability Corporation

I have s corp but I out of business. I have vendors demanding money which I dont have I have been struggling to file an s corp bankruptcy. I need to find s corp bankruptcy lawyer?

Please update your post with the city and state you are located in. You may also wish to contact your local or state Bar association. Most have referral services that you can take advantage of.

Holding company?

Holding company is a generic term for a parent entity that owns and/or controls all or part of one or more children entities, typically with overlapping control. To explore how LegalZoom can assist with this, it is best to discuss your ideas with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Incorporation

Do you need to renew the inc every year or is this a one time fee?

Every state has its own requirements to maintain compliance and good standing. In some cases this includes an annual report, which would have a filing fee. You may want to contact the state directly to see what your state requires to maintain good standing. When it comes to LegalZoom fees, our initial package filing fee is a one-time fee. Any recurring fees to LegalZoom would be associated with subscription services and are indicated on your initial receipt.

Can I just have bylaws created? I have my corp registered already.

Bylaws are a corporation’s governing documents, and provide a framework for its operations and management. Resolutions are a records of major business decisions made by a corporation’s board of directors. LegalZoom can create Bylaws & Resolutions for a Corporation. You can get started on this process here: http://www.legalzoom.com/additional-business-services/stand-alone-bylaws-resolutions.html

Sole Proprietorship

I want to start a sole proprietorship, can I do legal paperwork under my name and use a fictitious business name on my website/products without getting a dba?

The answer to this questions will differ from state to state. For instance, in California, filing the name as a fictitious business name would be unnecessary as long as the business name includes your last name. You should contact a business attorney in your state with your Legal Zoom provider law firm.

I want to legally protect the name of my band?

That type of protection is typically achieved via a Trademark. LegalZoom and the provider firms offer Trademark services. I recommend you explore your options with LegalZoom or schedule a consultation with your provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Non Profit

Do you have to have all board members in place before the non profit is official?

While this may differ based on State, the general answer is yes, there must be a Board identified prior to an entity obtaining tax exempt status. To discuss this more thoroughly, please schedule a consultation with your provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

How do I close my nonprofit organization?

Tax exempt entities are created under State law, so the dissolution process varies by State. There is the Federal aspect with the IRS, but the pivotal starting point is under State Law and to an extent, the By-Laws of the entity itself, usually requiring Board action. To discuss the specifics, I recommend you schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

501(c)3

I have to refill the 503c1 do you do this?

Both LegalZoom and many of the provider firms offer 501(c)(3) related services. It is unclear what you mean by re-file. I encourage you to schedule a consult with your provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

I need a new will a simple one?

LegalZoom can assist you with your Will. We offer a Last Will and Testament, as well as a Living Will. A Last Will and Testament is a document that states how a person’s property will be distributed upon his or her passing. It also names who's in charge of managing the estate and who would be the guardian of any minor children. A Living Will, on the other hand, is a document that is effective while the person is living, and spells out your decisions regarding whether to prolong life by artificial life support when suffering from terminal illness, are in a coma, or in a vegetative state. A living will has nothing to do with who receives a person’s property. You can compare our estate planning documents here: https://www.legalzoom.com/personal/estate-planning/compare.html#/questions-1

Business Legal Plan

Legal documents for special needs trust?

I believe you are asking whether LegalZoom has a template Special Needs Trust. You can confirm with Customer Service, but I do not believe so. These Trusts are often very fact and need specific. As a member, you enjoy a 25% preferred member discount. To explore this further, I recommend you schedule a free initial consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

California immediately remove a trustee?

The answer depends on whether or not the trust establishing the trustee is revocable or irrevocable. If the trust is revocable, then the trustee can be changed via an amendment to the trust. If the trust is irrevocable, then the trustee cannot be removed immediately because any changes to the trust requires court approval. It is important to note that if the people who created the trust passed on, the trust is irrevocable.

Cody Cooper's offices are located in Pasadena, California. Cody Cooper is licensed to practice law in the state of California and their comments may only apply to that state. If your question applies to a different state you should check with an attorney in that state. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Corporate Dissolution

I am trying to convert my domestic utah llc to a foreign llc because we have moved out of state. What do I need to do?

To add on to that, for the process of registering a foreign LLC (or the question of whether or not you even need to register), depends on the laws of the state you moved to. I suggest scheduling a consultation with a LegalZoom attorney in the state you moved to for a more complete analysis.

Cody Cooper's offices are located in Pasadena, California. Cody Cooper is licensed to practice law in the state of California and their comments may only apply to that state. If your question applies to a different state you should check with an attorney in that state. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

What steps are needed to close my business because of retirement?

The method for closing a business varies based on the type of business entity you have set up. It also varies based on State. Sometimes more than one State is involved. Thus, I cannot answer your question. I recommend you schedule a full consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Business Amendment

How do I change the legal registered address of my s-corp?

This answer will vary depending on the state that you are in, but typically you would file an amendment to your incorporation documents with your state's Secretary of State.

Cody Cooper's offices are located in Pasadena, California. Cody Cooper is licensed to practice law in the state of California and their comments may only apply to that state. If your question applies to a different state you should check with an attorney in that state. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Can you add a second state to a current llc?

Entities of any kind, including LLC's, can generally operate in multiple States. You typically need to Register as a Foreign Entity with the subject State's regulatory agency. The application, costs and requirements vary by State but you generally need at least a stamped copy of your Articles of Organization; A Certificate of Good Standing; and a Resident Agent designated. I encourage you to consult with a LegalZoom provider law firm for the specifics in the intended State(s). Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Registered Agent

Annual Reports

What is the deadline for an annual report in new jersey?

For all entity types, the annual report due date is the last day of the anniversary month of the entity’s formation or qualification in New Jersey.

Business Name Reservation

I want to make a name reservations with my state on my own, how will this affect using legal zoom to form the entity?

You should check with both LegalZoom itself and your provider law firm, but I don't believe there would be any impact whatsoever other than you not engaging LegalZoom to file for your Doing Business As (DBA). Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Copyright

Do I need to pay for a copyright on every blog that I post, or are my blogs protected under 1 single copyright?

The fact is you can do either. It would be very cumbersome and expensive to register every blog. Most blog authors rely on a Common Law Copyright. You also periodically Copyright a compendium. To discuss this more fully, please schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Can canadian businesses do their copyright registration on this site?

The short answer is yes, country of origin is not a bar to applying for and receiving a registered Copyright. To discuss the details of this issue, I recommend you schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Trademark

I came up with an idea for the company I work for and I also have an original drawing to go with the idea, do I need to get a patent on this? This is an original idea and picture

Generally speaking, Patents do not apply to drawings. That may differ based on the detail, but Copyrights generally protect drawings. I'd recommend you schedule a consultation with the LegalZoom provider firm Intellectual Property attorneys. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

What about a trademark for a preformer. His name and slogan for his music business?

The types of Marks you reference (Stage name, Slogan, Logos) are all potentially Trademark protected. Songs themselves are typically protected by Copyright. To discuss this more fully, I encourage you to schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Trademark Search

Utility Patent

I have an idea for design that would be able to be used by everyone what kind of patent should I get?

Patents are very technical and specific. Ideas are not often eligible for a Patent. The invention typically needs to be new and novel technology; or a new use of technologies; and a material improvement upon existing technology. But there are several types of Patents. I recommend that you schedule a consultation with the LegalZoom provider law firms that have Patent expertise to fully discuss your idea. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

I already have a utility patent and drawings drafted by a lawyer and ready to file, but i'm concerned with my lawyers level of skills. I'd like to have it reviewed by somebody else. Do you have an option for something like this?

Our non-provisional utility patent product is composed of two separate steps. Step 1 must be completed before purchasing Step 2, and the packages cannot be broken up into individual components. With the Step 1 package, a patent professional will provide an initial consultation to review your invention, answer legal questions, and provide suggestions for improvement. Also included are patent drawings drafted by a professional patent illustrator (up to 4 pages). Step 2 of our non-provisional utility patent process offers professional preparation and drafting of a non-provisional utility patent application that includes 10 claims (up to three independent claims) and five pages of specifications. You can find this service on our website, or you can feel free to call us at 888-381-8758 to speak with a representative, or chat for further assistance.

Last Will

I am separated how does that affect me creating a will?

Marital property and spousal election (dower) rights vary by State. It can also be impacted by a pre-nuptial or Separation Agreement. I recommend that you schedule a full consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

My mother has 4 children; the youngest son never married, nor had any children. However, he has lived with a woman for over 30 years. When designating beneficiaries, if my brother precedes my mother in death, she wants his common-law wife (or domestic partner) to receive his 25% of her estate. What is the correct verbiage to indicate this?

The first determination is whether the state recognizes common law marriage. Then it needs to be determined whether they qualify as common law spouses. If so, then the rest can be discussed or outlined in a Will. If there is no common law marriage in the subject state, there may be other options. I urge you to schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Living Trust

My mother in law recently purchased land and a home through their family trust for my husband and I we are happily married still I just have a quick question... Am I as his wife able to put my name on the paperwork along side my husbands as an owner?

As was mentioned in a previous comment, if the house is owned by the trust, then the terms of the trust will control who will inherit it upon your in-laws' deaths. If they just used funds from the trust but titled the house in your husband's name, then your husband would be able to add you as a co-owner on the title. Issues such as this require a more in depth understanding of the circumstances, and are better suited to a 1-on-1 discussion. Check out LegalZoom’s Legal Plan. Membership provides access to provider attorneys that can discuss with you your specific situation, your rights, applicable State and Federal laws, and remedies or options. Bryan Zlimen is licensed to practice law in the state of Minnesota, and his comments may only apply to that jurisdiction. The information above is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

If I should go into a nursing home will they be able to take my home in which my daughter lives in?

The answer to this question depends on what state you live in and who are you referring to when you say "they". I would recommend setting up a consultation with the LegalZoom attorney in your state for a more thorough discussion.

Cody Cooper's offices are located in Pasadena, California. Cody Cooper is licensed to practice law in the state of California and their comments may only apply to that state. If your question applies to a different state you should check with an attorney in that state. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Estate Plan Bundle

Does california require documents to be notarized?

Requirements for signing can vary based on the state and the document. LegalZoom includes detailed instructions in your final package so you’ll know what steps are needed.

Can I get a bundle for myself and my wife, together?

Absolutely, you have the option to purchase a bundle for yourself and your wife. Simply select “two people” when going through the process online.

Power of Attorney

Can power of attorney change will if both parents have problems making decisions without notifying beneficiary?

The power of attorney document grants many broad and sweeping powers to the agent. However, the power of attorney does not grant the ability to make a will or change a will. A person cannot grant the right for someone else to make a will or change a will on his or her behalf. ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Amy Hutchens' offices are located in Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Hutchens is licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas and Missouri and her comments may only apply in those states. If your question applies to a different state you should check with an attorney in that state. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

My mom die can I get power of attorney?

A Power of Attorney is not effective after death, nor can it be obtained after death. An Estate may need to be opened with a Personal Representative/Executor being named. To discuss this fully, I encourage you to schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Real Estate Deed Transfer

How do I get a name of my deeds?

A copy of your deed is typically available at the county recorder's office of the county where the property is located.

Cody Cooper's offices are located in Pasadena, California. Cody Cooper is licensed to practice law in the state of California and their comments may only apply to that state. If your question applies to a different state you should check with an attorney in that state. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

My mother in law recently purchased land and a home through their family trust for my husband and I we are happily married still I just have a quick question... Am I as his wife able to put my name on the paperwork along side my husbands as an owner?

As I understand your question, the property is now titled in the name of the Trust. No person would be the Title owner on the Deed. Further, only the Trustee is empowered to change the Deed, and they likely would not as it defeats the purpose of the Trust. To discuss this further, I recommend you schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Living Will

Personal Legal Plan

If I set no trespassing signs and beware of dog signs in my property line is my hoa and other people allowed to legally be inside my property line?

The law on property likely varies by jurisdiction but generally a property owner has a right to exclude others from their property. Likewise, there are often Easements and rights of way reserved to HOA's for maintenance and repairs and utility workers. You should review your closing documents and HOA By-Laws for reference. To discuss any specific laws, I recommend you schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

What state do I choose when selecting a prepaid plan? In the state that I live in or where I need legal help?

When selecting a pre-paid plan for yourself, use the state you reside in. If you're selecting a plan for your business, select the state you formed your business in. Once you have your plan and you want to submit a request for a consultation, select the state where the issue applies. For example, if you have a plan based in California where you live, but you own property in Texas and have a question regarding that property, when you submit your question select Texas as the jurisdiction state. Seeking legal advice? Check out our Legal Plan options at http://www.legalzoom.com/attorneys

Real Estate Lease

I live in california. Was wondering if I don't have a tenant at the time. Do I need their name before I can create a lease contract with legal zoom? Another question, do you offer rental applications as well too?

We currently have two plans that cover Residential Leases... a 7 day plan and a 30 day plan. Each plan allows you to update the terms of the agreement while your plan is active. Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a residential rental application.

Is this form applicable for month to month rental?

Lease requirements vary not only by State, but also at times by locality. It also may vary on whether this is a residential or commercial lease. The form document may be a decent starting point, but you will definitely need modifications. This might be achieved through use of your document review benefit. To explore these issues more fully, I recommend you schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Disability

Is it illegally to have a class a drivers license if you get on ssdi?

Eligibility is not an automatic bar to obtaining or maintaining a driver's license. The type of disability may be related to the privilege to drive. State's have different laws and you are encouraged to schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Can I lose my benefits. If my fiancé received a settlement.. And we're not married?..

It is unclear what type of benefits you refer to. It is further unclear what type of disability benefit relies upon fiance wealth. A more thorough analysis is required and I recommend you schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Bankruptcy

How can I protect my home from bankruptcy?

The answer really is it depends. First, it must be determined whether you are eligible for Bankruptcy at all, and then which Chapter of Bankruptcy. A home can be protected through different means in different Chapters. There are also certain States that have extensive protections over "homesteads". To discuss this fully, I encourage you to schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider attorney. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

If my credit is great can I file bankruptcy?

While Bankruptcy has impacts on one's credit, your credit score is not relevant to whether you are eligible for Bankruptcy. There are a number of factors and to discuss these fully, i encourage you to schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm. Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Prenuptial Agreement