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July Fourth is My Favorite Time of the Year!

July 4th has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I was a history major in college (S.M.U. to be exact – and, I’m talking about THE SMU that we know here in the SouthCoast – Southeastern Mass. University now known as UMass Dartmouth). As a history major, I was always drawn to the struggles of our Founding Fathers in forming this great nation of ours. To this day, I enjoy programs and books about that era and still enjoy learning.

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How Do We Define the “New American Family?”

Not long ago, the traditional American family typically consisted of a husband, a wife and two to three kids (think “Leave it to Beaver”). But, the growing incidence of separation, divorce, remarriage and unmarried hetero and same-sex couples living together with kids has changed the landscape of how we as a culture define a family.

Noted Indiana University sociologist, Brian Powell, set out to determine how Americans’ definition of what constitutes a family has changed over the last decade. Not surprisingly, what he found was that we’ve been moving away from the traditional “Leave it to Beaver” idea of family to arrive at a view of the “New American Family” which comes in many different forms.

Powell’s findings revealed that almost 100% of people consider a husband, wife and kids as a family. Yet, he also found that over 83% of people consider cohabiting heterosexual couples with kids to be a family and that now over two-thirds of Americans agree that same-sex couples with kids are a family.

Take the kids away from the “family equation” and those percentages drop drastically. For example, only 39% of people consider a cohabiting hetero couple with no kids to be a family even though that cohabiting couple might consider themselves a family.

In the end, though, when it comes to defining a family all that may matter is how people view their own living arrangements. Whether you’re a traditional family, blended family, domestic partnership or single parent, over 60% of people now agree that if you consider yourself a family, then you are a family.

Regardless of how it’s defined, the “New American Family” faces many different legal issues in this day and age. From designating health care agents, to drafting wills that protect everyone, to choosing guardians for kids, all families are faced with these challenges.  So like the old program “All in the Family,” our blog is dedicated to tackling the legal issues facing our New American Family.

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Why would a bank approve a Massachusetts short sale? 2nd Marriage Estate Planning Attorney

Ep. 4 of “2nd Marriage Estate Planning

Will a Massachusetts bank approve a short sale? Andrew Garcia of Phillips Garcia Law answers this question in the 4th installment of “2nd Marriage Estate Planning.”

Watch our previous episodes involving short sales and estate planning on our channel or website.

http://www.youtube.com/user/PhillipsGarcia?feature=mhee

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Should I short sell my Massachusetts home?

Episode 3 of “2nd Marriage Estate Planning” where Andrew Garcia continues to answer a viewer’s questions regarding her debt due to a short sale in Massachusetts. Does her debt now lie on the shoulders of her new husband as well? To find out the answers to these questions watch our mini-series “2nd Marriage Estate Planning.”

Episode 1 – What is a short sale?
Episode 2  – What happens during a short sale?

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The Importance of Writing a Will

More than half of Americans die without leaving a will. Without a will or any legal arrangement state laws will control how your assets and finances will be passed onto you loved ones. But more importantly, without a legal plan in place, custody of your minor children will be left in the hands of a probate judge, who knows nothing about your hopes and family values for raising your kids.

I’m attorney Andrew Garcia of Phillips Garcia, writing a will right now could be the smartest decision for ensuring the protection of your assets but more importantly your loved ones.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO WRITE A WILL TODAY, CALL US AT 508-998-0800 OR FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM. YOU CAN ALSO VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.PHILLIPSGARCIA.COM.

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Prom and Graduation Season: Protecting Your Children

It’s one of the most exciting times of the year, the sun is finally out, the Sox and Bruins are winning and guess what, it’s prom and graduation season! Prom is an incredible experience that culminates a whole year of hard work and perseverance during one of the most confusing times of a person’s life, high school. This can also be said for many high school seniors who are graduating this spring and ready to celebrate. You should celebrate! You deserve it. Celebration along with year ending ceremonies is a right of passage and it is important for you and your child to understand how to celebrate safely and within the limits of the law.

This week we are going to be discussing a variety of topics ranging from prom safety, minors and drinking, to texting while driving. We truly believe that this special time in our lives should be cherished and completed safely so that we can all look back and remember our wonderful young years.

To start off I’ve compiled a few local articles with great information about these topics. Enjoy!

A great tip from Safeandsober.com
“Weekends and especially Prom night are the worst times to be on the road. There are more drunk drivers at that time. Be sure to drive carefully and know where you’re going. Keep your cell phone charged in case of an emergency and take extra precautions like pausing another second at a red light or stop sign.”

“Durfee Seniors Win Prom Safety Video Contest” Congrats to the local seniors at Durfee High for winning “Dance, Don’t Chance” video contest. Great stuff, check it out!

“Grant Designed to Combat Underage Drinking”

“Help teenagers avoid prom pitfalls”

“Simulators show drivers, teens crash consequences”

 To speak with Attorney Garcia call him at (508) 998-0800 or email him at [email protected] For more information on how to protect your family visit us at www.phillipsgarcia.com. Have a smart-phone? Scan below!

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Update: Dartmouth Massachusetts Attorney Takes on Bank of America in Federal Court

Today, Attorney Andrew Garcia from Phillips & Garcia Law is scheduled to appear at Federal Court in Sacramento, Ca. Today’s meeting is for a Rule 16 Scheduling conference for a case against America’s largest bank, Bank of America. Your probably wondering “what exactly is a Rule 16 Scheduling conference?” Check out this link from the Cornell Law School.

You can follow Andrew’s twitter here, where he will be updating us on his day.

Phillips & Garcia is known for being a small yet powerful firm always fighting for the common consumer’ family and their rights. They specifically select only a handful of clients in order to exert the right amount of time and care into each case. All too often the rights of consumers are ignored by BIG corporations who are looking out for their bottom line.” From the insurance company to the big bank, Phillips & Garcia is always fighting for the rights of the common consumer.

For more information about big bank cases check out our earlier post or go to our website.

If you are interested in learning more about his Business Legal Planning services, just contact him at [email protected] or by calling (508) 998-0800.

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Local Dartmouth Lawyer Andrew Garcia Takes on Bank of America in California Federal Court

Local Dartmouth Ma. lawyer Andrew Garcia of Phillips & Garcia Law is currently flying over the continental United States on his way to California Federal court to take on the largest American bank, Bank of America. Andrew’s trip is for a widely publicized illegal lock-out and trash-out case.

You can follow Andrew for updates on twitter.

Check out earlier discussions about illegal lockout and trash-out cases with Phillips & Garcia featured on the Today Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

For more information on illegal lockout, trash-out cases and how to protect your family check out our website here.  If you have a smartphone scan below.