What’s The Difference Between a Notarization and Attestation?

Many people assume that “notarization” and “attestation” refer to the same act.

That’s not quite the case.

While only a state-commissioned public notary can perform a notarization, anyone can perform an attestation. Read more to learn the subtle differences between the two legal terms.
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Building a Winning Team for Your Real Estate Business

The old adage “There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’” often rings true in most business environments, and it’s especially factual when it comes to real estate.

Finding a niche in competitive real estate markets can be frustrating and laborious, but it can pay huge dividends. You won’t be able to do that without a competent team of co-workers, in-house professionals and contractors at your side to assist, which means you must carefully measure how all of these components come together and function.

Here are some tips on building a winning team for your real estate business.

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Increasing Revenue For Your Private Law Practice

Increasing Revenue For Your Private Law Practice

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All industries change from time to time — even relatively stable ones like law practice.

If you fail to stay with or ahead of the curve, you will likely find that your firm — and your profits — might begin to lag behind competitors, which can pose a threat to your professional and personal well-being.

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Managing Financial Affairs for Aging Parents

Managing Financial Affairs for Aging Parents

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For a long time, your parents likely managed the financial aspects of your life or at least provided valuable advice that helped set you up for future success.

With that in mind, it can be incredibly difficult to institute a role reversal when your parents become older, as they become more at-risk for financial fraud. Bringing up this topic through discussion, however, might make them feel as though their independence is being taken away from them, and it might feel like you’re taking on an extra burden.

While it can be uncomfortable for both sides, sharing or taking over financial responsibilities for your parents doesn’t have to be highly stressful if you handle the process the right way.

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What to Do After a Wedding Proposal

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You’ve Proposed. Now What?

Congratulations, you’ve officially popped the question to your significant other. It’s a time for celebration, but eventually, you’ll need to ask a series of other questions: What paperwork will you need to legitimize your union? What goes into completing those documents? Who will you choose to officiate your ceremony and officially verify it?

You have to consider multiple factors when making these decisions with your fiancé to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch.

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Tips for Running Your Own Consulting Business

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Running Your Own Consulting Business

Running a business is a tough job, but when you are doing what you love, it doesn’t seem like work at all. Most business owners work far more hours than they did as an employee of a company — but starting your own consulting business gives you the opportunity to make the rules and reap all the benefits.

When you are running a business, you need a plan to bring in clients, complete jobs efficiently and develop new revenue streams. One key to success is balancing your time between serving clients and searching for new clients. Ideally, clients will become repeat customers, and you will develop a work process to maximize your income.

These tips for running your own consulting business will help you succeed faster:

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What to Know When Your Parents Are in the Hospital

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What to Know When Your Parents Are in the Hospital

It is a strange role-reversal when your parent is in the hospital and you become the caregiver. You are a responsible adult now, and your parent needs your help. Here are three forms you should know about if your parent is anticipating any type of medical procedures:

Health Proxy

No matter what their medical situation, if your parent is in the hospital or is anticipating a hospital stay, you may need a health care proxy. The laws are strict on who can speak for a patient when that patient is unable to make his or her own health care decisions. There are several reasons why you may not be legally considered the next of kin. Having a health care proxy in place will avoid confusion and complication at a critical time.

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Tips For Succeeding in Small Claims Court

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Getting Relief in Small Claims Court

Small claims court is designed to settle disputes with a relatively small dollar value. The issue may be important to you or even a little emotional, but the compensatory damages are limited to just a few thousand dollars. The amount you seek is usually the determining factor for whether you should bring your claim in small claims court or a higher court, like superior court.

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Considerations For A Legal Divorce

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Dissolving Your Marriage With Grace

When most people enter into a marriage, they likely expect it to last forever, so it can be disheartening when things go wrong. A long-lasting marriage takes more than just love and roses, though. It is hard work, compromise and commitment — but there are situations where spouses can no longer remain married.

Maintaining your sanity and respecting the humanity of your spouse might require ending the marriage, but it can still be a very difficult and emotional journey.

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10 Reasons Why a Real Estate Closing Date Changes

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When you sign your purchase agreement, the closing date is set — but that’s only an approximation. Your closing date will be officially set by the attorney handling the transaction. Between signing the purchase agreement and handing over the keys to the new owner, you may experience a change in the closing date.

As a buyer, you shouldn’t be alarmed if this happens — in fact, it’s best to be prepared for it no matter what. Here are 10 reasons a real estate closing date may change.

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