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When is a Divorce Final?

September 2nd, 2015

divorce 6People have many different views on when their divorce is final. Some believe it is when their divorce case is filed. Some believe it is when they come to an agreement with their ex-spouse. Others believe it is when their ex-spouse is dead.

However, Missouri has ruled that a divorce is final when all of the property in the divorce is separated and divided. This includes both the assets and the debts of the two former lovers.

If all of the property, assets and debts, have not been divided, then the divorce is not final. When the divorce is not final, no one can appeal the divorce.

If you are thinking of divorce or are facing a divorce, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Kansas Votes Not to Release Police Body Cams

September 1st, 2015

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In a 40-0 vote, the Kansas Senate voted that police body cams were exempt from the state’s open records act. This means that police would only have to release the video to the defendant of a criminal charge. However, if the police decide to release the videos on their own, they are allowed to do so.

If you are facing a criminal charge and would like legal representation, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Kansas City Court Offers Payment Plan

August 28th, 2015

Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Court now allows defendants payment plans on any fines and court costs. When asking for a payment plan, the defendant must pay 10% of the fines within 15 days of pleading guilty and then the defendant is able to make monthly payments on the remaining balance.

If you have a traffic ticket that you need help with, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Tax Tips when you Sell Your Home

August 27th, 2015

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Here are a few tax tips you should know about when you sell your home:

  1. You can usually exclude (not report) any profit or gain up to $250,000-$500,000 that you receive from the sale of your home.
  2. You cannot deduct any loss that you receive from the sale of your home.
  3. You can only exclude the gain from the sale of your home every two (2) years.
  4. You must report any gain that you receive from the sale of a property that is not your main home.

If you believe you incorrectly filed a tax return or that you need to file a tax return, feel free to set up a consultation with our office by contacting us at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Divorce Discount for Ashley Madison Victims

August 26th, 2015

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Recently, hackers released the names, addresses, logins, email addresses, credit card information, and sexual preferences of anyone who has used or registered with the website Ashley Madison. If you are a victim of the hacker’s release, whether you were the spouse who was cheated on or you were the Ashley Madison user looking for a new flame, our office is willing to help. For a limited time, our law office is offering a discount for any victim of the Ashley Madison hack who desires to obtain a divorce.

If you were a victim of Ashley Madison or you would like a divorce, feel free to contact our office at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Tax Return for Truckers Due August 31

August 25th, 2015

Truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles need to file their next federal highway use tax return on Monday, August 31, 2015. This deadline applies to Form 2290 and is for the tax period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. This form needs to be filed by anyone who owns a highway vehicle that weighs 55,000 pounds or more.

If you are a truck owner and have tax issues, feel free to contact our office at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Beware of New IRS Scams

August 20th, 2015

These days, scam artists are posing as IRS agents trying to scare people into paying the scam artists money. In order to stop this scam from happening to you, check out a few of these tips:

  1. Scam artists use scare tactics and aggressive language to get you to pay them.
  2. The IRS never calls you about a tax debt. If the IRS believes that you owe them money, they will send you many, many letters regarding the amount they want you to pay.
  3. Hang up and call the IRS directly. If someone calls you and says that you owe the IRS money, simply hang up the phone, go to the IRS website at ww.irs.gov, and call the IRS directly.
  4. The IRS will not email you. Similar to phone calls, if the IRS believes that you owe them money, they will send you notice through the mail. The IRS will not email you.

If you believe you have tax issues and would like some assistance, feel free to contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Back-to-School Education Credits

August 19th, 2015

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There are two tax tips you should know about sending your children off to college:

  1. The American Opportunity Credit allows a tax credit of up to $2,500 per year per eligible student. This credit can be claimed for up to the first four (4) years of college. This credit also offers a maximum $1,000 refund.
  2. The Lifetime Learning Credit is worth up to $2,000 off of your taxes per year. There is no limit as to the number of years you can claim this credit. However, this credit does not offer a refund.

If you believe you made a mistake on a past tax return or need to file a tax return and would like some assistance, feel free to set up a consultation with our office by contacting us at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Sex Tapes and Bankruptcy

August 18th, 2015

Who says bankruptcy can’t be sexy? In the case of rapper 50 Cent, he has learned about bankruptcy the hard way. Rapper 50 Cent chose to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after being sued by Lastonia Leviston for $5 million. Ms. Leviston won a $5 million judgment against 50 Cent when 50 Cent violated her privacy when he leaked a sex tape of her online.

If you believe that bankruptcy may be an option for you and would like some information, feel free to contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or www.hoorfarlaw.com.

 

Terminating Maintenance or Alimony

August 12th, 2015

Maintenance, or alimony, is when one person pays their ex-spouse for a certain period of time after their divorce in order to support their ex-spouse. However, a person’s requirement of maintenance stops, or terminates, when the ex-spouse re-marries. Getting re-married means getting married in a marriage ceremony by a person with the authority to perform the marriage ceremony.

If you are facing a divorce or are paying alimony, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

 
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