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property dispute

Consider Legal Papers If Cohabitating

More and more heterosexual couples are cohabitating and delaying marrying or deciding against walking down the aisle altogether to be legally wed.

While that works for many, skipping the "I dos" can create more hassles in the event of a break up if financial ground rules were not laid out ahead of time. 

According to the U.S. Census, the number of unwed married couples jumped to 7.5 million opposite-sex couples percent in the past decade. While some of that is attributed to economic difficulties, many are a shift in society's view of relationships. 

An article on Foxbusiness.com discusses what unwed couples need to do financially to protect themselves and advises such a relationship needs to be thought of as a business relationship. 

The author interviews an expert who discusses what specific aspects should be discussed and kept separate, including keeping property like your vehicle in your name and keeping financial accounts, loans and credit cards separate.  

Since there is not a specific legal framework for cohabitating couples to divide assets should the relationship break up, it may be wise to discuss specific financial aspects with a family attorney and set legal groundwork that would clarify asset division should the relationship break up. 

If you are interested in setting up financial arrangements for a serious relationship, contact our office today. 

No One Injured When Man Bulldozes House With People Inside

No one was injured Wednesday when an angry man rammed a bulldozer into a North St. Louis house with people inside it. 

Jessica Braddock, along with her 8-year-old and 13-year-old daughters were in the house at 1314 Clara Avenue at the time. Braddock said she saw a man in a bulldozer jump out just before the bulldozer hit her house.

The house has been the center of a legal battle for the past year. According to the stltoday.com, Braddock lived their with 33-year-old Damon Walker, who was her boyfriend at the time. He was shot to death in April 2010 and she stayed in the house. His brother, Jermaine Walker, sued arguing the house was part of the estate and as such, should go to Damon's parents and brother, who were named the heirs because Damon and Broddock weren't married. He won that lawsuit, but she filed suit separately and was awaiting an October court date. 

If you are dealing with any type of property disputes, it is imperative to discuss your case with an attorney who can assist you. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

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Jeffrey A. Heater
Attorney at Law

5205 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109

Phone: (314) 541-7421

Fax: (314) 932-7672


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